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GATE 2017 Chemical Engineering Preparation Tips

Last Updated - November 10, 2016

Chemical Engineering is opted by a large number of candidates after their B.Tech in the concerned/relevant field .As per the analysis, in the year 2016 almost 19,000 candidates applied for GATE in the branch of chemical engineering. Now a days  GATE  score is also considered by several Indian public sector units (PSU’S) are undertaking for the recruitment of graduate engineers in entry-level positions. Candidates must follow the proper preparation tips and guidelines in order to crack the exam with a good score.

The GATE chemical Engineering syllabus covers 70% marks of the question paper and rest 15% and 15% marks are covered by Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude respectively. For the year 2017, GATE is scheduled to be held on February 4 – 12, 2017

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Preparation tips for GATE Chemical Engineering

Candidate is required to follow a proper study strategy, expert guidance and good study material for effective results. Here are some effective preparation tips to crack GATE Chemical Engineering 2017.

  • Clear the basic concepts: The clear concepts are the key to crack the GATE exams. Candidate should focus more on the clear concepts rather than going for solving numerical straightaway. Candidates should not switch to the shortcuts and the formulae. If any concept is not clear, different sources  should be consulted till that concept is clear
  • Make notes: According to most of the GATE toppers making notes is found quite useful .The notes help in sorting out the important concepts and formulae .The concentration and the clarity in study increases. Besides all this the notes are useful for quick and crisp revision before the test as it’s cumbersome and inconvenient to revise the vast syllabus from the books.
  • Cover all the topics: Since it’s not easy to predict which topic will cover more questions in the GATE paper, candidates are suggested to cover all the topics in the syllabus.
  • Manage time: If a candidate has studied seriously during his /her B.Tech course then a serious preparation of 2 month is sufficient for the preparation of GATE exam, but in case the basic concepts are not clear to the candidate if then a devoted and dedicate study of 6 months will be sufficient for cracking the GATE exam. Candidate must give minimum 5-6 hours for the study every day. Timely revision is quite necessary.
  • Self study: Candidate has to do the self study in any case. Even if the candidate joins a coaching centre to speed up the preparation process, he/ she should only take the guidance from the coaching centres and not follow them blindly.
  • Consult the best study material:  Candidate can use the text books, Video lectures and other sources to build up the basic concepts. Since one book does not cover all the topics of a particular subject, it is quite necessary to go consult some more books.  Candidate can choose one book as the main book for study and for the topics which are not covered in that book should be looked in other books.
  • Solve the previous year’s question papers and Sample papers: Candidates are suggested to solve previous years question papers / mock test series/ sample papers of GATE in the last two months of preparation. This will give a fair idea to the candidate regarding the question pattern and all important concepts that are asked in the GATE examination. The Sample Papers of GATE  Chemical Engineering 2017 can be downloaded for practice purposes from the following links:


GATE Chemical Engineering Paper Analysis

There are three section in the GATE paper. The three and their analysis is given below:

  • General Aptitude : The aptitude problems asked  in the GATE paper are very easy to solve .These problems are based on Basic English and math skills. Thus, this section, does not  require much preparation.
  • Engineering Mathematics :The Mathematics portion no doubt is vast but the level of questions is relatively easy. Most of the questions are asked from the topics -Matrices, Differential Equations, Linear algebra ,Calculus etc.This  is a high scoring part in the GATE paper so, the candidates are advised to cover all the   topics. Most of the questions asked in this portion are short type and based on direct application of the formulae.
  • Chemical Engineering Topics: The most difficult and important part of the paper is chemical engineering. This section of the paper is comparatively tough and thus demands sincere effort. Maximum questions were asked from the following topics :
  1. Mass transfer – 7 questions
  2. Fluid Mechanics – 6 questions
  3. Heat transfer – 3 questions
  4. Chemical Reaction Engineering – 4 questions
  5. Process, Dynamics and Control – 3 questions
  6. Chemical Process Technology – 2 questions
  7. Mechanical Operations – 1 question
  8. Plant Economics – 1 question


Important Books for GATE chemical Engineering 2017

GATE requires qualitative and smart preparation. The candidate should choose the study material based on shortcut techniques and strategies for effective results. The study material should strictly cover the GATE Syllabus and Concepts should be easily understood.

Given below is the name of the most popular books recommended by the GATE toppers: of the subjectName of the bookName of the author
1Engineering MathematicsEngineering Mathematics
B.S. Grewal
2Chemical EngineeringChemical Engineering for GATERam Prasad
3Fluid MechanicsIntroduction To Fluid Mechanics (English) 7th Edition (paperback)Yunus A. Cengel, John M. Cimbala
Introduction to Fluid MechanicsFox and Mcdonald
4Chemical EngineeringBasic Principles and Calculations in Chemical EngineeringDavid.M.Himmelblau
5ThermodynamicsA Textbook of Chemical Engineering ThermodynamicsK. V. Narayanan.
An Introduction to Chemical Engineering ThermodynamicsJ. M. Smith, H. C. Van Ness, M. M. Abbott
6Chemical Reaction Engineering
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Fogler & Gurmen
Chemical Reaction EngineeringOctave Levenspiel
7Heat TransferHeat TransferJack Philip Holman
Heat TransferBinay.K.Dutta
8Process Dynamics and ControlProcess Systems Analysis and ControlDonald R. Coughanowr & Steven E. LeBlanc
9Mass TransferMass Transport PhenomenaChristie J. Geankoplis
Mass Transfer OperationsRobert E. Treybal
10Chemical Process ControlAn Introduction To Theory And PracticeStephanopoulos.G
 Plant design and EconomicsPeters M. S. and Timmerhaus K. D
Process dynamics and controlSeborg, D.E., Edgar, T.F. and Mellichamp, D.A
11Heat TransferHeat TransferBinay.K.Dutta
Heat TransferJack Philip Holman
12Mechanical OperationUnit Operations of Chemical Engineering Warren McCabe, Julian Smith, Peter Harriott
Mechanical Operation For Chemical EngineeringNarayanan C. M. & Bhattacharyya B. C 
13Chemical TechnologyChemical Technology
Dryden’s Outlines of Chemical Technology by Gopala Rao M. and Marshall S
14Transport PhenomenaTransport PhenomenaR. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, Edwin N. Lightfoot


Important Guidelines to follow during preparation

Following are some of the things that a candidate should highly avoid while preparing for GATE

  1. Don’t stress yourself un-necessarily during the preparation time.
  2. Do not indulge in over-confidence or over-competitive attitude.
  3. Do not study any extra subjects.
  4. Study in a proper and scheduled manner.
  5. Revise the important formulae needed for GATE questions frequently.
  6. Prepare brief notes of all the covered topics during the study for GATE.



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