GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering (CE)

GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering-(CE) | Structural Engineering | Geotechnical Engineering | Water Resources Engineering

The GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering (CE) consists of:

1 Engineering Mathematics
2 Structural Engineering
3 Geotechnical Engineering
4 Water Resources Engineering
5 Environmental Engineering
6 Transportation Engineering
7 Geomatics Engineering

GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering (CE)


The Engineering Mathematics Syllabus consists of:

a Linear Algebra
b Calculus
c Ordinary Differential Equation
d Partial Differential Equation
e Complex variables
f Probability and statistics
g Numerical methods


1 Matrix algebra
2 Systems of linear equations
3 Eigen values and Eigen Vectors


1 Functions of single variable
2 Limit, continuity, and differentiability
3 Mean value theorems
4 Local maxima and minima
5 Taylor and Maclaurin series
6 Evaluation of definite and indefinite integrals
7 Application of definite integral to obtain area and volume
8 Partial derivatives
9 Total derivative
10 Gradient, Divergence, and Curl
11 Vector identities
12 Directional derivatives
13 Line, Surface and Volume integrals
14 Stokes
15 Gauss and Green’s theorems


1 First order (linear and non-linear) equations
2 Higher order linear equations with constant coefficients
3 Euler-Cauchy equations
4 Laplace transform and its application in solving linear ODEs
5 Initial and boundary value problems


1 Fourier series
2 Separation of variables
3 Solutions of one-dimensional diffusion equation
4 First and second order one-dimensional wave equation and two-dimensional Laplace equation


1 Analytic functions
2 Cauchy’s integral theorem
3 Taylor and Laurent series
4 Probability and Statistics
5 Definitions of probability and sampling theorems
6 Conditional probability
7 Mean, median
8 Mode and standard deviation
9 Random variables
10 Poisson, Normal
11 Binomial distributions


1 Definitions of probability and sampling theorems
2 Discrete Random variables
3 Conditional probability
4 Poisson and Binomial distributions
5 Continuous random variables
6 Normal and exponential distributions
7 Descriptive statistics
8 Mean, median
9 Mode and standard deviation
10 Hypothesis testing


1 Accuracy and precision
2 Error analysis
3 Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations
4 Least square approximation
5 Newton’s and Lagrange polynomials
6 Numerical differentiation
7 Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule
8 Single and multi-step methods for first order differential equations


The Structural engineering syllabus consists of:

a Engineering mechanics
b Solid mechanics
c Structural analysis
d Construction materials and management
e Concrete structures
f Steel structures


1 System of forces
2 Free-body diagrams
3 Equilibrium equations
4 Internal forces in structures
5 Friction and its applications
6 Energy methods
7 Impulse-momentum
8 Euler’s equations of motion
9 Centre of mass
10 Kinematics of point mass and rigid body
11 Principles of virtual work


1 Bending moment and shear force in statically determinate beams
2 Simple stress and strain relationships
3 Theories of failures
4 Simple bending theory
5 Flexural and shear stresses, shear centre
6 Uniform torsion, buckling of column
7 Combined and direct bending stresses


1 Statically determinate and indeterminate structures by force/ energy methods
2 Method of superposition
3 Analysis of trusses
4 Arches, beams, cables and frames
5 Displacement methods
6 Slope deflection and moment distribution methods
7 Influence lines
8 Stiffness and flexibility methods of structural analysis


1 Construction Materials
2 Structural steel – composition
3 Material properties and behavior; Concrete
4 Constituents, mix design
5 Short-term and long-term properties
6 Bricks and mortar
7 Timber
8 Bitumen
9 Construction Management
10 Types of construction projects
11 Tendering and construction contracts
12 Rate analysis and standard specifications
13 Cost estimation
14 Project planning and network analysis
15 PERT and CPM


1 Working stress
2 Limit state and Ultimate load design concepts
3 Design of beams, slabs, columns
4 Bond and development length
5 Prestressed concrete
6 Analysis of beam sections at transfer and service loads


1 Working stress and Limit state design concepts
2 Design of tension and compression members
3 Beams and beam- columns, column bases
4 Connections – simple and eccentric
5 Beam-column connections
6 Plate girders and trusses
7 Plastic analysis of beams and frames

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The Geotechnical engineering syllabus consists of:

a Soil mechanics
b Foundation engineering


1 Origin of soils
2 Soil structure and fabric
3 Three-phase system and phase relationships
4 Index properties
5 Unified and Indian standard soil classification system
6 Permeability – one-dimensional flow, Darcy’s law
7 Seepage through soils – two-dimensional flow
8 Flow nets, uplift pressure, piping
9 Principle of effective stress, capillarity
10 Seepage force and quicksand condition
11 Compaction in laboratory and field conditions
12 One-dimensional consolidation, time rate of consolidation
13 Mohr’s circle, stress paths
14 Effective and total shear strength parameters
15 Characteristics of clays and sand


1 Sub-surface investigations
2 Scope, drilling bore holes
3 Sampling, plate load test
4 Standard penetration and cone penetration tests
5 Earth pressure theories – Rankine and Coulomb
6 Stability of slopes finite and infinite slopes
7 Method of slices and Bishop’s method
8 Stress distribution in soils
9 Boussinesq’s and Westergaard’s theories
10 Pressure bulbs
11 Shallow foundations
12 Terzaghi’s and Meyerhoff’s bearing capacity theories
13 Effect of water table
14 Combined footing and raft foundation
15 Contact pressure; Settlement analysis in sands and clays
16 Deep foundations
17 Types of piles
18 Dynamic and static formulae
19 Load capacity of piles in sands and clays
20 Pile load test, negative skin friction


The Water resources engineering syllabus consists of:

a Fluid mechanics
b Hydraulics
c Hydrology
d Irrigation


1 Properties of fluids
2 Fluid statics
3 Continuity, momentum, energy and corresponding equations
4 Potential flow, applications of momentum and energy equations
5 Laminar and turbulent flow
6 Flow in pipes, pipe networks
7 Concept of boundary layer and its growth


1 Forces on immersed bodies
2 Flow measurement in channels and pipes
3 Dimensional analysis and hydraulic similitude
4 Kinematics of flow, velocity triangles
5 Basics of hydraulic machines, specific speed of pumps and turbines
6 Channel Hydraulics
7 Energy-depth relationships
8 Specific energy, critical flow
9 Slope profile, hydraulic jump
10 Uniform flow and gradually varied flow


1 Hydrologic cycle, precipitation, evaporation
2 Evapo-transpiration, watershed, infiltration
3 Flood estimation and routing
4 Unit hydrographs, hydrograph analysis
5 Reservoir capacity, reservoir and channel routing
6 Surface run-off models, groundwater hydrology
7 Steady state well hydraulics and aquifers
8 Application of Darcy’s laws
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1 Duty, delta, estimation of evapotranspiration
2 Crop water requirements
3 Design of lined and unlined canals
4 Head works, gravity dams and spillways
5  Design of weirs on permeable foundation
6  Types of irrigation systems, irrigation methods
7  Water logging and drainage
8  Canal regulatory works
9  Cross-drainage structures
10  Outlets and escapes

GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering (CE)


The Environmental engineering syllabus consists of:

a Water and waste water
b Air pollution
c Municipal solid wastes
d Noise pollution


1 Quality standards
2 Basic unit processes and operations for water treatment
3 Drinking water standards
4 Water requirements, basic unit operations
5 Unit processes for surface water treatment
6 Distribution of water
7 Sewage and sewerage treatment
8 Quantity and characteristics of wastewater
9 Primary, secondary and tertiary treatment of wastewater
10 Effluent discharge standards
11 Domestic wastewater treatment
12 Quantity of characteristics of domestic wastewater
13 Primary and secondary treatment
14 Unit operations and unit processes of domestic wastewater
15 Sludge disposal


1 Types of pollutants their sources and impacts
2 Air pollution meteorology
3 Air pollution control
4 Air quality standards and limits


1 Characteristics, generation
2 Collection and transportation of solid wastes
3 Engineered systems for solid waste management


1 Impacts of noise
2 Permissible limits of noise pollution
3 Measurement of noise
4 Control of noise pollution


The Environmental engineering syllabus consists of:

a Transportation infrastructure
b Highway pavements
c Traffic engineering


1 Highway alignment and engineering surveys
2 Geometric design of highways – cross-sectional elements
3 Sight distances, horizontal and vertical alignments
4 Geometric design of railway track
5 Airport runway length
6 Taxiway and exit taxiway design


1 Highway materials
2 Desirable properties and quality control tests
3 Design of bituminous paving mixes
4 Design factors for flexible and rigid pavements
5 Design of flexible pavement using IRC: 37-2012
6 Design of rigid pavements using IRC: 58-2011
7 Distresses in concrete pavements


1 Traffic studies on flow, speed, travel time
2 Delay and O-D study
3 PCU, peak hour factor, parking study
4 Accident study and analysis
5 Statistical analysis of traffic data
6 Microscopic and macroscopic parameters of traffic flow
7 Fundamental relationships
8 Control devices, signal design by Webster’s method
9 Types of intersections and channelization
10 Highway capacity and level of service of rural highways and urban roads


1 Principles of surveying
2 Errors and their adjustment
3 Maps – scale, coordinate system
4 Distance and angle measurement
5 Levelling and trigonometric levelling
6 Traversing and triangulation survey
7 Total station; Horizontal and vertical curves
8 Photogrammetry – scale, flying height
9 Remote sensing – basics, platform, and sensors
10 Visual image interpretation
11 Basics of Geographical information system (GIS)
12 Geographical Positioning system (GPS)


GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering (CE) 2017-2018


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