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Typically 5-6 months are required, but some students need a longer time frame based on other commitments. College students start preparation 12-18 months before GATE to have more time to practise questions as they may have semester exams as well.

We suggest about 800 to 1200 hours of preparation time overall. This can be divided into 3-4 months or 12-18 months, based on your schedule.

A Good Score For GATE Civil Engg. (CE) is considered To Be: 55

Steps And Strategy To Prepare For GATE Civil Engg. (CE) Exam

  1. Take a diagnostic test – best diagnostic test is a GATE paper of any of the previous 3 years.
  2. Note down what you have scored and what was the actual GATE qualifying score cut-off. Note that qualification does not help you much. What you need is a good score. So note the good score mentioned above and measure the gap between your score and a good score.
  3. Note the GATE syllabus and mark your topics that you are good at. First try to master subjects that you are good at.
  4. However, some subjects like Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering have a high weightage. So you should definitely prepare these.
  5. General Aptitude does not require preparation. It requires practice. So just practice solving Aptitude questions every day for 30 minutes.
  6. Mathematics may have a very high weightage. But note that to get these 10-12 marks, what you have to study and practice is typically more than a core subject. So if you wish to eliminate some topics in Maths, it is fine. Master topics that you are good at.
  7. Take lots of section tests and Mocks. Career Avenues provides an excellent test series for GATE Civil Engg. (CE).
  8. In case you require focused GATE study material and books, you should take Career Avenues GATE Civil Engg. (CE) study material which has been made by IIT alumni and is focused towards GATE.
  • Being a GATE aspirant, it is very important that you first know what is the syllabus for GATE Civil (CE) Examination before you start preparation.
  • Keep handy the updated copy of GATE Civil (CE) Examination syllabus.
  • Go through the complete and updated syllabus, highlight important subjects and topics based on Past GATE Civil (CE) Papers and Weightage plus your understanding of particular subject or topic.
  • Keep tracking and prioritizing your preparation-to-do list and the syllabus for the GATE Civil (CE) examination.

Section I: Engineering Mathematics

  1. Linear Algebra:

    • Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors.
  2. Calculus:

    • Functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, mean value theorems, Taylor and Maclaurin series, and surface and volume integrals.
    • Partial derivatives, gradient, divergence, curl, vector identities, and theorems such as Stokes, Gauss, and Green’s theorems.
    • Ordinary differential equations (ODE): first-order linear and non-linear equations, higher-order linear equations with constant coefficients, Euler-Cauchy equations, and Laplace transform.
    • Partial differential equations (PDE): Fourier series, separation of variables, solutions of one-dimensional diffusion, wave, and Laplace equations.
  3. Probability and Statistics:

    • Definitions of probability, conditional probability, and sampling theorems.
    • Discrete random variables: Poisson and Binomial distributions.
    • Continuous random variables: normal and exponential distributions.
    • Descriptive statistics, mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and hypothesis testing.
  4. Numerical Methods:

    • Accuracy, precision, error analysis, numerical solutions of algebraic equations, approximation methods, and numerical differentiation and integration.

Section II: Structural Engineering

  1. Engineering Mechanics:

    • System of forces, equilibrium equations, internal forces in structures, kinematics of point mass and rigid body, and principles of virtual work.
  2. Solid Mechanics:

    • Bending moment, shear force, stress, strain relationships, theories of failures, torsion, buckling, and combined bending and direct stresses.
  3. Structural Analysis:

    • Determinate and indeterminate structures, force/energy methods, analysis of trusses, arches, beams, cables, frames, and displacement methods.
  4. Construction Materials and Management:

    • Structural steel, concrete, bricks, mortar, timber, construction projects, tendering, contracts, cost estimation, project planning, and network analysis.
  5. Concrete Structures:

    • Working stress, limit state, and ultimate load design, design of beams, slabs, columns, bond, development length, and prestressed concrete.
  6. Steel Structures:

    • Working stress and limit state design, design of tension and compression members, beams, beam-columns, connections, and plastic analysis.

Section III: Geotechnical Engineering

  1. Soil Mechanics:

    • Origin of soils, soil structure and fabric, soil classification, permeability, seepage, consolidation, shear strength, and characteristics of clays and sands.
  2. Foundation Engineering:

    • Sub-surface investigations, earth pressure theories, slope stability, stress distribution in soils, bearing capacity, shallow and deep foundations, and pile load testing.

Section IV: Water Resources Engineering

  1. Fluid Mechanics:

    • Properties of fluids, fluid statics, continuity, momentum, energy equations, potential flow, laminar, turbulent flow, and flow in pipes.
  2. Hydraulics:

    • Forces on immersed bodies, flow measurement, dimensional analysis, hydraulic machines, channel hydraulics, energy-depth relationships, uniform flow, and gradually varied flow.
  3. Hydrology:

    • Hydrologic cycle, precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, unit hydrographs, hydrograph analysis, flood estimation, reservoir, and groundwater hydrology.
  4. Irrigation:

    • Water requirements, canal design, irrigation systems, waterlogging, drainage, canal regulatory works, and irrigation methods.

Section V: Environmental Engineering

  1. Water and Wastewater:
    • Water treatment, quality standards, distribution, sewage treatment, wastewater characteristics, primary and secondary treatment, and sludge.

Recommended Books for GATE Civil Engineering (CE) Examination:

  1. Strength of Materials:

    • “Strength of Material” by R.K. Bansal
    • “Strength of Materials” by U.C. Jindal
  2. Structural Analysis:

    • “Theory of Structures” by S. Ramamrutham & R. Narayan
  3. R.C.C. Design:

    • “Reinforced Concrete Design” by Devdas Menon & S. Pillai
  4. Design:

    • “Design of Steel Structure” by S.K. Duggal
  5. Environmental Engineering:

    • “Water Supply Engineering: Environmental Engineering v.1”
    • “Sewage Disposal and Air Pollution Engineering” by S. K. Garg
  6. Soil Mechanics:

    • “Basics and Applied Soil mechanics” by Gopal Ranjan, A.S.R. Rao
  7. Fluid Mechanics:

    • “Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics” by Dr. P.N. Modi, Dr. S.M. Seth
    • “Fluid Mechanics in SI Units” by Yunus Cengel
  8. Highway Engineering:

    • “Highway Engineering” by S.K. Khanna, C.E.G. Justo
  9. Surveying:

    • “Surveying” (vol. 1, 2, 3) by B.C. Punia, Ashok Jain, Arun Jain
  10. Engineering Hydrology:

    • “Engineering Hydrology” by K Subramanya
  11. Irrigation Engineering and Hydraulic Structures:

    • “Irrigation Engineering and Hydraulic Structures” by S.K. Garg
  12. Railway Engineering:

    • “Railway Engineering” by Saxena & Arora
  13. Airport Engineering:

    • “Airport Engineering” by Saxena & Arora
  14. Docks & Harbors:

    • “Docks & Harbors” by Rangwala
  15. Building Materials:

    • “Building Materials” by Rangwala, M.L. Gambhir
  16. R.C.C. Design:

    • “R.C.C. Design” by H J Shah, B.C. Punamia, A.K. Jain
  17. Steel Design:

    • “Steel Design” by N. Subramanian, S.K. Duggal, L.S. Negi
  18. Plastic Analysis:

    • “Plastic Analysis” by Manicka Selvam

Note: While there are several books available, it is important to choose the ones that suit your learning style and preferences. Additionally, consider referring to GATE-specific study material and practice questions for focused preparation.