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GATE 2017 Civil Engineering (CE) Paper Analysis Session 8

Last Updated - March 30, 2017

IISc, Roorkee conducted GATE for CE on February 12, 2017. The GATE 2017 exam carried 65 questions which were to be completed in 3-hour duration. The paper contained 10 sections and a separate section of General Aptitude.

GATE Civil Engineering paper had both MCQs and Numerical Type Questions. The level of difficulty of GATE CE paper was reported easy to moderate. Candidates who studied well for GATE 2017 can score a good rank. Hard work in a smarter way always pays.

Most of the questions were concept based. Weightage given to Transportation Engineering, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering as well as Irrigation Hydrology was relatively high. Geotechnical Engineering questions were perceived to be tougher than usual. General Aptitude questions were medium in nature.

The detailed analysis of the questions of all the sections is discussed below.

GATE CE Paper Analysis

Subject TopicsNo. Of QuestionsTopics – Questions were asked fromDifficulty LevelTotal Marks
Engineering Mathematics1 marks- 4 2 marks- 4Chain rule, Vector divergence. Probability, Characteristics equation, Matrix, Tangent and curve. Definite integral. Differential equationMedium12
Fluid Mechanics1 marks- 1 2 marks- 2Centrifugal pump, Head loss, U-tubeMedium5
Environmental Engineering1 marks -3 2 marks- 4ASP, NP, AP, SWH, BOD, Total hardness, Sedimentation tankMedium11
Structural Analysis1 marks -1 2 marks- 1Kinematic Indeterminacy, RotationalEasy3
R.C.C1 marks- 1 2 marks- 2Concrete technology, PSC, Tests on cementEasy5
Geotechnical Engineering1 marks- 5 2 marks- 4Seepage Analysis, Bearing capacity. Compaction, Earth pressure, Slopes, Pile, Shear strength. Stress distributionTough13
Transportation Engineering1 marks- 4 2 marks- 2Curves, Railway, Space headway, Rigid pavementEasy8
CMM1 marks- 2 2 marks- 1CPM, PERTEasy4
Irrigation & Hydrology1 marks- 2 2 marks- 3Infiltration, Thickness polygon method, Water requirement of crops, OCFEasy8
Engineering Mechanics1 marks- 0 2 marks- 2Work & Energy MethodsMedium4
Solid Mechanics1 marks-1 2 marks- 2Shear Strain, Deflection, Torque, Strain energy, SFD and BMDMedium5
Steel structure1 marks-0 2 marks- 1WeldingEasy2
Geomatics1 marks-1 2 marks- 2Plane table, Geo informatics, LevellingMedium5
General Aptitude1 marks-5 2 marks-5Probability, Numerical ability, GrammarMedium15
Total65  100

Read GATE 2017 Civil Engineering (CE) Paper Analysis Session 7


GATE 2017 CE Section Wise Analysis

All the sections had a different difficulty level.

General Aptitude- This section was Medium in nature.

Technical Section- The technical part was of Moderate difficulty level in session 8 (Set - 2).

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

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