GATE Civil Engineering Subject Weightage Analysis 2016

GATE Civil Engineering Subject Weightage Analysis 2016

GATE Civil Engineering Subject Weightage Analysis 2016: Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering is  a national level examination conducted every year. It provides admission to post-graduate engineering courses like M.Tech, M.E offered by the IITs, NITs, and various private institutions.  This year, IIT Roorkee is the organising institute for GATE Exam.

GATE is the most popular competitive entrance exam where lakhs of candidates appear for it. As the GATE 2017 Exam date is approaching, it is time for the candidates to start preparing. Similar to our previous articles, we will be emphasizing on the importance of previous years’ papers analysis and how it can have a positive impact on your preparation and GATE score.

This is our last article of the civil engineering subject weightage analysis series concerning the years 2005-2016. This article will cover all the information related to civil engineering subject weightage analysis for the year 2016. We have also mentioned the important topics for each subject of the CE paper in our in-depth analysis.


Analysis of GATE Civil Engineering Exam

For the year 2017, Civil engineering consists of 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks. Out of these 65 questions, 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA). Rest of the 55 questions will be from Technical and Engineering Mathematics section.

 Section  No. of Questions  Marks Per Section
 General Aptitude  10  15
Engineering Mathematics + Technical  55 85 (15+70)
 Total 65 100

In GATE 2017, there will be negative marking for the multiple choice type questions.

  • For, 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
  • For 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
  • There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

Once you get acquainted with the exam pattern, you must drag your attention towards previous year’s papers analysis. It is the most important aspect which you need to consider to ease off your preparation and to improve your exam score. Thus, it is imperative to know the pattern of questions and distribution of marks of the topics covered in GATE exam.

Now, let’s shift our focus to the civil engineering subject weightage analysis for the both the sessions of GATE 2016 and also analyze the important topics.


GATE Civil Engineering Subject Weightage Analysis 2016

Since 2005, a lot of changes has been subjected to the GATE exam pattern. Initially the paper carried a total of 150 marks including 90 questions. Later on, the number of questions and marks dropped to 60 and 100 in 2009. From 2010 onwards, the number of questions increased to 65 and the total marks allotted to the paper was 100. This particular pattern is being followed since.

Have a look at our previous articles for an in-depth analysis and better understanding of GATE Civil Engineering paper for the years 2005-2015:

One subject common to all papers of GATE examination is Engineering Mathematics. Engineering maths has significant contribution in terms of distribution of marks every year in all of the papers. So, you must give it equal attention and try to put it at the top of your priority list.gate-civil-engineering-mathematics-e-book

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From 2014 onwards, GATE examination was conducted in multiple sessions. For the year 2016, civil engineering paper was held in 2 sessions i.e. forenoon of 6th February 2016 and forenoon of 7th February 2016. Now, let’s have a look at our civil engineering subject weightage analysis for 2016 from the following table.

Analysis of Civil Engineering Subject Weightage of Marks 2016

 Name of the Subject CE Set 1 CE Set 2
1 Mark ques 2 Mark ques  Total Marks 1 Mark ques  2 Mark ques Total Marks
Environmental Engineering  4  3  10  2  2  6
Structural Analysis  1  1  3  1  2  5
Water Resources Engineering  3  4  11  3  5  13
SOM/Solid Mechanics  1  2  5  1  1  3
R.C.C  1  2  5  1  2  5
Geomatics/Surveying Engineering  3  1  5  3  2  7
Geotechnical Engineering  3  6  15  4  5  14
Transportation Engineering  2  2  6  3  2  7
Construction Materials and Management  0  3  6  1  1  3
Engineering Mechanics  1  1  3  0  1  2
Steel Structures  1  1  3  1  2  5
Engineering Mathematics  5  4  13  5  5  15
General Aptitude  5  5  15  5  5  15
 Total  30  35  100  30  35  100

From the above information, it is clear that Water Resources and Geotechnical Engineering carries a higher weightage of marks when compared to all other subjects. Environmental and Transportation Engineering also carry significant weightage of marks. Now, let’s dwell more on these subjects and find out the important topics for each.


Civil Engineering Subject Weightage Analysis: Important Topics

The overall difficulty level for both the sets of civil engineering paper was Moderate. However, the level of difficulty for each subject varies from another. Lets’s start our analysis of civil engineering subject weightage analysis of both the sets along with their important topics. Have a look at the table for complete analysis of gate civil engineering paper 2016.

Important Topics for each Subject

 Name of the Subject Important Topics
 CE Set 1  CE Set 2
Environmental Engineering BOD, Air Pollution; Sludge Disposal; Domestic wastewater. BOD, Air Pollution; Sound Pollution, Hardness, Ion Exchange Method, Sedimentation tank.
Structural Analysis Deflection of beam; truss & Strain. Force in Truss, Kinematic indeterminacy in Truss.
Water Resources Engineering Unit hydrographs; flood estimation; fluid routing. Unit hydrographs; Khosla Theory, Well hydraulics; Jet impact, Open channel fow;Hydraulic machines, fluid properties.
SOM/Solid Mechanics Struess;Deflection of Beams. Principal stress, Vol strain; SF & BM.
R.C.C Concrete Technology; shear; compression and torsion by limit state methods. Building materials; shear strength of RCC; modulus of rupture; Non prismatic RCC beam
Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Leveling;coordinate system; map projections; theodolite traversing. Photogrammetery
Geotechnical Engineering Earth Pressure; Consolidation; Shear Strength; permeability& seepage; compaction. Earth Pressure; permeability& seepage;compaction; Bearing capacity.
Transportation Engineering Traffic characteristics, Theory of traffic flow; pavements; GIS Remote sensing. Geomatric design; Signal design, pavements
Construction Materials and Management Construction Management; Analysis of beam sections at transfer and service loads. Construction Management
Engineering Mechanics Trusses and Frames; Kinematics of Rectilinear Motion. Trusses and Frames.
Steel Structures Plastic Analysis ; Design of Tension Member; Beams. Plastic Analysis ; Design of Tension Member.
Engineering Mathematics Numerical Method; Matrices; Complex Variable; Probability ; Limit & Continuty. Numerical Method; Matrices; Complex Variable; Probability ; Limit & Continuty.
General Aptitude 5 Time & Work ; Mixtures,Directions ; Venn Diagram ; Mensuration& Area, clock. Time & Work ;Paragraph; English fill in Blank, ;Number theory; Venn Diagram ; Mensuration& Area

We are quite positive that you can easily filter out the important topics for each subject from the above table. From our civil engineering subject weightage analysis, we can conclude the following points:

  • Questions from Construction Materials, General Ability were relatively easy.
  • Subjects such as Digital Electronics, Water Resources and Transportation Engineering were the most scoring ones.
  • Engg. Mechanics and Structural Analysis were difficult in nature and thus, needs rigorous practice.
  • Topics/ Subjects that must be at the top of your priority list- Engg. Mechanics, Water Resources, Transportation and Geo-technical Engineering.

In order to excel in GATE examination, one needs rigorous preparation and commitment. No matter how many times you study the syllabus or attempt mock tests, your score will eventually depend on how you are able to utilize time and engage in selective and smart study.


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So, it is advised that you must prepare a proper exam strategy while keeping these important topics in mind. Have a look at the GATE subject weightage and analysis for other related disciplines from the following links:

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