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GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering 2018

GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering 2018 - The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati has released the GATE 2018 syllabus for civil engineering. GATE 2018 will be conducted on February 3 & 4, 2018 and February 10 & 11, 2018 in an online mode. The GATE 2018 application form has been released on August 31 and the last date for filling it was October 9, 2017. The civil engineering syllabus for GATE 2018 has been listed here in detail along with the books to be referred to as suggested by toppers and experts. GATE syllabus for civil engineering 2018 mentions the section wise topics from where the questions will be asked for the national level engineering exam. It is to be noted that two sections of the CE paper for GATE are mandatory – Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude. Candidates can also check the syllabus of Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude that has been specified by IIT Guwahati to prepare better. The Civil Engineering Syllabus of GATE 2018 is mostly similar to that of the graduation level. However candidates would do well to check it before starting their preparation. The detailed syllabus for GATE civil engineering 2018 is available on this page in pdf form for candidates to download. 

What are the types of questions asked in GATE 2018?

The types of questions that will be asked in the GATE 2018 exam are:

  • Multiple Choice Questions – has negative marking

  • Numerical Answer questions – does not have negative marking. Candidates have to calculate the answer and use the numerical keypad to key in the answers

Important: Candidates will have to use the virtual calculator that will be provided with the online test paper. Physical calculators are not allowed.

GATE 2018 Syllabus for Civil Engineering is as follows:

GATE Syllabus for CE - General Aptitude (Mandatory)

Total Questions asked

  • 10

  • 1 mark questions asked will be 5

  • 2 marks questions asked will be 5

Total marks

15 marks

Questions asked from

verbal and numerical ability

Verbal Ability Syllabus

  • English Grammar

  • Sentence Completion

  • Verbal Analogies

  • Word Groups Instructions

  • Critical Reasoning And Verbal Deduction, etc.

Numerical Ability

  • Numerical Computation

  • Numerical Estimation

  • Numerical Reasoning And Data Interpretation, etc.


  • Questions on Engineering Mathematics and Civil Engineering will be of 85 marks of which marks

  • Marks for Engineering Mathematics will be 15 and for Civil Engineering 70.

  • Total questions asked will be 25 questions of one mark each and 30 questions of 2 marks 

  • each

GATE Syllabus for CE - Engineering Mathematics (Mandatory)

  • Linear Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE)

  • Partial Differential Equation (PDE)

  • Probability and  Statistics

  • Numerical Methods.

GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus 2018


The Civil Engineering GATE 2018 syllabus is divided into seven sections, which are mentioned below. Each section consists of certain sub-topics which are also mentioned.


Structural Engineering

  • Solid Mechanics

  • Construction Materials and Management

  • Engineering Mechanics

  • Structural Analysis

  • Steel Structures

  • Concrete Structures

Geotechnical Engineering

  •  Foundation Engineering

  •  Soil Mechanics

Water Resources Engineering

  • Hydrology

  • Hydraulics

  • Fluid Mechanics

  • Irrigation

Transportation Engineering

  •  Traffic Engineering 

  •  Transportation Infrastructure

  •  Highway Pavements

Environmental engineering

  • Air pollution

  • Noise Pollution

  • Municipal Solid Wastes

  • Water and Waste Water

Geomatics Engineering

Candidates can use the following reference books to study the GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering.

Reference books for Civil Engineering for GATE 2018


Name of the Book



Prestressed Concrete

Krishna Raju


Railway Engineering

Subhash And Satyapal


RCC Design

Krishna Raju, PC Verghese


Reinforced Concrete

Ashok K Jain


Soil Mechanics

Gopal Ranjan & Rao, Venkat Ramaiha,S. K. Garg, B.C. Punamia, V N S Murthy


Steel Design

Kazimi Zindal to improve concepts; for numerals L.S. Negi  and for other topics - S.K. Duggal


Strength of Materials/Mechanics of Structure

Gare & Timoshenko, E. Popove, L. Singer,

B.C. Punamia, Rammamrutham


Theory of Structure

CK Wang, S. Rammamrutham, L.S. Negi & Jangit


Irrigation Engineering

S K Garg


Structural Analysis

R.C. Hibbeler



K. Subramanya


Water Resources

S K Garg



Justo Khanna


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