GATE CE Civil Engineering Paper Analysis (2005-2015)


Continuing our series on detailed GATE exam analysis from 2005 to 2015, we now present GATE Civil Engineering Exam. We hope this article provides you with some useful pointers for GATE (CE) Civil Engineering Exam 2016.

Every year, GATE committee conducts exam for Civil Engineering wherein student is tested for his core engineering knowledge. Several PSUs and Institutes take GATE scorecard as qualifying criteria for the jobs and admission respectively.

Analysis of GATE Civil Engineering Exam (2005-2015)

Civil Engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physically and naturally built environment including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, buildings.


This year, IISC Bangalore is conducting GATE 2016 between 30th Jan to 7th Feb on Saturdays & Sundays. The exam is in accordance with the pattern specified in the exam prospectus. The paper consists of 65 Questions with a maximum score of 100 marks.

The Question-wise breakup is as follows:

Name of the Section  Marks 
 Engineering Mathematics  15
 General Aptitude ( Verbal & Non- Verbal Ability)  15
 Core Engineering Subjects  70
 Total Marks  100


Subject wise weightage in GATE  Civil Engineering Examination Paper

Based on previous year GATE CE papers, Geo-Technical, Environmental & Transportation Engineering, Fluid Mechanics  are having weightage more than 50 marks. So prioritizing these subjects may get you more marks.

So prioritizing these subjects may get you more marks.

GATE Civil Engineering Exam Paper Analysis (2010-2015)

Name of the Subject  2010  2011 2012  2013 2014 2015
Geo-Technical Engineering 17  15 15 15 10  15
Engineering Mathematics  15 13  13  10  11  13
Environmental Engineering  9  11  10  10  9 8
Transportation Engineering  8  9  9  7  8  8
Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics  7  1  7  5 6  11
Concrete Structures  5  9  9  7  10 6
Hydrology & Irrigation  5  13  8  10 8  5
Mechanics  6  1  2  4 6 6
Structural Mechanics  3  8  7 8 8  3
Steel Structures  4 2 3 7 6 4
Surveying  3  3  2  2 3  6
General Aptitude (GA)  15  15  15  15  15



GATE Civil Engineering Exam Paper Analysis (2005-2009)

Name of the Subject  2005  2006 2007  2008 2009
Geo-Technical Engineering 24 21 23  25 16
Engineering Mathematics 16 18 19  20 15
Environmental Engineering 20 15 15 14  14
Transportation Engineering 14 15 17  20  6
Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics 17 17  16  15 7
Concrete Structures 14  11  12 12  6
Hydrology & Irrigation 14 8  10  9 7
Mechanics  10 18  12  3  8
Structural Mechanics  10 6 9  6  2
Steel Structures  9 6  6  5 6
Surveying  0 10  10 9 5
General Aptitude (GA)  –  –  –  –  –

GATE requires students to be strong in fundamentals to do well and the same trend has been observed over the years.

GATE CE Exam 2016: Important Topics from each subject

The questions from these topics are frequently asked and hence, these topics are important in getting good score in GATE.


We will focus on the main topics to help civil engineers to develop their engineering skills for cracking GATE EXAM. The topics are:

 Geo-Technical  Engineering  Soil Mechanics (Consolidation, Permeability, Slope Stability, Index  properties) Foundation Design,Concrete Technology
 Environmental  Engineering  Quality standards,Domestic wastewater treatment, air pollution  meteorology
 Transportation  Engineering  Highway Engineering, Transportation Infrastructure,Geometric design  of railway track
 Fluid  Mechanics &  Hydraulics  Fluid statics, Kinematics, Dynamics, Laminar-Turbulent Flow, Pipe  Flow, Open Channel Flow Hydraulics
 Concrete  Structures  Working stress, Limit state and Ultimate load design concepts; Design  of beams, Bond and development length; Pre-stressed concrete
 Hydrology &  Irrigation  Hydrologic cycle, ground water hydrology -steady state well  hydraulics,Canal regulatory works, cross-drainage structures,
 Mechanics  System of forces, free-body diagrams,Euler’s equations of motion;
 Structural  Mechanics  Statically determinate and indeterminate structures by force/ energy  methods; Method of superposition; Analysis of trusses
 Steel  Structures  Working stress and Limit state design concepts; Design of tension and  compression members, Connections – simple and eccentric, Plastic  analysis of beams and frames.
 Surveying  Basics of Geographical information system (GIS) and Geographical  Positioning system (GPS).

We recommend you focus more on the above mentioned topics to score better in GATE Exam 2016.

How to prepare for GATE Civil Engineering Exam 2017

Time management, familiarity with the computers and online test pattern definitely plays a role in the candidate’s success to some extent. So candidates are advised to enroll for some online test series or practice through mock tests.

 S. No.  Name of the Book  Authors
 1.  Pre-stressed Concrete  Krishna Raju
 2.  Railway Engineering  Subhash and Satyapal
 3.  RCC Design  Krishna Raju and PC Verghese
 4.  Reinforced Concrete  Ashok K. Jain
 5.  Soil Mechanics  Gopal Ranjan & Rao, Venkat Ramaiha and S.K.  Garg, B.C. Punamia and V.N.S. Murthy
 6.  Steel Design  Kazimi Zindal to improve concepts; L.S. Negi for  numericals and S.K. Duggal for other topics.
 7.  Strength of Materials/  Mechanics of Structure  Gare & Timoshenko, E. Popove, L. Singer, B.C.  Punamia and Rammamrutham
 8.  Theory of Elasticity  Timoshenko & Gere
 9.  Theory of Structure  CK Wang, S. Rammamrutham, L.S.  Negi  &  Jangit, Wilbur & Norris
 10.  Transportation  Justo Khanna
 11.  Water Resources  S. K. Garg

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