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GATE Entrance Examination 2019 Syllabus

Recently, the IIT Guwahati has released syllabus & paper pattern for Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering. There are more than 26 subjects in which the exam is going to be conducted. Candidates who had filled application forms and preparing for the test must download the preparation material online. We have collected the entire section wise and subject wise syllabus for GATE 2019. Here in this article, we have updated the details of GATE Civil Engineering (CE) Syllabus. Check the entire page for complete information.

GATE Civil Engineering CE Syllabus 2019


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GATE Civil Engineering CE Syllabus 2019

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra

Matrix algebra

Systems of linear equations

Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors


Functions of single variable

Limit, continuity, and differentiability

Mean value theorems, local maxima and minima, Taylor and Maclaurin series

Evaluation of definite and indefinite integrals, application of definite integral to obtain area and volume

Partial derivatives

Total derivative

Gradient, Divergence and Curl, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line, Surface and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems

Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE)

First order (linear and non-linear) equations

Higher order linear equations with constant coefficients

Euler-Cauchy equations

Laplace transform and its application in solving linear ODEs

Initial and boundary value problems

Partial Differential Equation (PDE)

Fourier series

Separation of variables

Solutions of the one-dimensional diffusion equation

First and second order one-dimensional wave equation and two-dimensional Laplace equation

Probability and Statistics

Definitions of probability and sampling theorem

Conditional probability

Discrete Random variables: Poisson and Binomial distributions

Continuous random variables: normal and exponential distributions

Descriptive statistics-Mean, median, mode, and standard deviation

Hypothesis testing

Numerical Methods

Accuracy and precision

Error analysis. Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations

Least square approximation, Newton’s and Lagrange polynomials, numerical differentiation, Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule, single and multi-step methods for first order differential equations

GATE Civil Engineering CE Syllabus 2019

Section 2: Structural Engineering

Engineering Mechanics

The system of forces, free-body diagrams, equilibrium equations

Internal forces in structures

Friction and its applications

Kinematics of point mass and rigid body

Centre of mass

Euler’s equations of motion


Energy methods

Principles of virtual work

Solid Mechanics

Bending moment and shear force in statically determinate beams

Simple stress and strain relationships

Theories of failures

Simple bending theory, flexural and shear stresses, shear Centre

Uniform torsion, buckling of column, combined and direct bending stresses

Structural Analysis

Statically determinate and indeterminate structures by force/energy methods

Method of superposition

Analysis of trusses, arches, beams, cables, and frames

Displacement methods: Slope deflection and moment distribution methods

Influence lines

Stiffness and flexibility methods of structural analysis

Construction Materials and Management

Construction Materials: Structural steel-composition, material properties and behavior

Concrete-constituents, mix design, short-term and long-term properties

Bricks and mortar

Timber; Bitumen. Construction Management: Types of construction projects

Tendering and construction contracts

Rate analysis and standard specifications

Cost estimation

Project planning and network analysis-PERT and CPM

Concrete Structures

Working stress, Limit state and Ultimate load design concepts

Design of beams, slabs, columns

Bond and development length

Prestressed concrete

Analysis of beam sections at transfer and service loads

Steel Structures

Working stress and Limit state design concepts

Design of tension and compression members, beams and beam-columns, column bases

Connections-simple and eccentric, beam-column connections, plate girders and trusses

Plastic analysis of beams and frames

GATE Civil Engineering CE Syllabus 2019

Section 3: Geotechnical Engineering

Soil Mechanics

Origin of soils, soil structure and fabric

Three-phase system and phase relationships, index properties

Unified and Indian standard soil classification system

Permeability-one dimensional flow, Darcy’s law

Seepage through soils-two-dimensional flow, flow nets, uplift pressure, piping

Principle of effective stress, capillarity, seepage force and quicksand condition

Compaction in laboratory and field conditions

One-dimensional consolidation, the time rate of consolidation

Mohr’s circle, stress paths, effective and total shear strength parameters, characteristics of clays and sand

Foundation Engineering

Sub-surface investigations – scope, drilling bore holes, sampling, plate load test, standard penetration and cone penetration tests

Earth pressure theories – Rankine and Coulomb

Stability of slopes – finite and infinite slopes, the method of slices and Bishop’s method

Stress distribution in soils – Boussinesq’s and Westergaard’s theories, pressure bulbs

Shallow foundations – Terzaghi’s and Meyerhoff’s bearing capacity theories, the effect of water table

Combined footing and raft foundation; Contact pressure

Settlement analysis in sands and clays

Deep foundations – types of piles, dynamic and static formulae, load capacity of piles in sands and clays, pile load test, negative skin friction

GATE Civil Engineering CE Syllabus 2019

Section 4: Water Resources Engineering

Fluid Mechanics

Properties of fluids, fluid statics

Continuity, momentum, energy and corresponding equations

Potential flow, applications of momentum and energy equations

Laminar and turbulent flow

Flow in pipes, pipe networks

Concept of the boundary layer and its growth


Forces on immersed bodies

Flow measurement in channels and pipes

Dimensional analysis and hydraulic similitude

Kinematics of flow, velocity triangles

Basics of hydraulic machines, specific speed of pumps and turbines

Channel Hydraulics-Energy-depth relationships, specific energy, critical flow, slope profile, hydraulic jump, uniform flow and gradually varied flow


Hydrologic cycle, precipitation, evaporation, evapotranspiration, watershed, infiltration, unit hydrographs, hydrograph analysis, flood estimation and routing, reservoir capacity, reservoir and channel routing, surface run-off models, groundwater hydrology – steady state well hydraulics and aquifers

Application of Darcy’s law


Duty, delta, estimation of evapotranspiration

Crop water requirements

Design of lined and unlined canals, head works, gravity dams and spillways

Design of weirs on permeable foundation

Types of irrigation systems, irrigation methods

Water logging and drainage

Canal regulatory works, cross-drainage structures, outlets and escapes

Section 5: Environmental Engineering

Water and Waste Water

Quality standards, basic unit processes and operations for water treatment

Drinking water standards, water requirements, basic unit operations and unit processes for surface water treatment, distribution of water

Sewage and sewerage treatment, quantity, and characteristics of wastewater

Primary, secondary and tertiary treatment of wastewater, effluent discharge standards

Domestic wastewater treatment, the quantity of characteristics of domestic wastewater, primary and secondary treatment

Unit operations and unit processes of domestic wastewater, sludge disposal

Air Pollution: Types of pollutants, their sources and impacts, air pollution meteorology, air pollution control, air quality standards and limits.
Municipal Solid Wastes: Characteristics, generation, collection and transportation of solid wastes, engineered systems for solid waste management (reuse/ recycle, energy recovery, treatment, and disposal).
Noise Pollution: Impacts of noise, permissible limits of noise pollution, measurement of noise and control of noise pollution.

GATE Civil Engineering CE Syllabus 2019

Section 6: Transportation Engineering

Transportation Infrastructure

Highway alignment and engineering surveys

Geometric design of highways-cross-sectional elements, sight distances, horizontal and vertical alignments

Geometric design of railway track

Airport runway length, taxiway, and exit taxiway design

Highway Pavements

Highway materials-Desirable properties and quality control tests

Design of bituminous paving mixes

Design factors for flexible and rigid pavements

Design of flexible pavement using IRC: 37-2012

Design of rigid pavements using IRC: 58-2011

Distresses in concrete pavements

Traffic Engineering

Traffic studies on flow, speed, travel time – delay and O-D study, PCU, peak hour factor, the parking study, accident study and analysis, statistical analysis of traffic data

Microscopic and macroscopic parameters of traffic flow, fundamental relationships

Control devices, signal design by Webster’s method; Types of intersections and channelization

Highway capacity and level of service of rural highways and urban roads

GATE Civil Engineering CE Syllabus 2019

Section 7: Geomatics Engineering

Principles of surveying

Errors and their adjustment

Maps-scale, coordinate system

Distance and angle measurement – Levelling and trigonometric levelling

Traversing and triangulation survey

Total station

Horizontal and vertical curves

Photogrammetry – scale, flying height

Remote sensing – basics, platform, and sensors, visual image interpretation

Basics of Geographical information system (GIS) and Geographical Positioning system (GPS)

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