GATE Syllabus is released by the conducting body. For the academic session 201819, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) will set the syllabus of GATE. Before delving into preparation, one should know about the syllabus and questions that are frequently asked in the exam. It will help a candidate to allocate their time and channel the efforts towards those topics that are considered important by GATE exam setters. Being familiar with that can help tremendously in GATE Preparations.
 GATE Syllabus is vast for EE, EC, ME and CS papers
 Syllabus for the exam is of graduate level
 Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted for 23 different engineering disciplines
 The exam consists 3 sections namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and specific subject of the paper
 One must note that GATE papers will have General Aptitude as a compulsory section
 Also, Engineering Mathematics sections are common to most of the papers
GATE syllabus and pattern was revised in 2016. Till date, the pattern has not seen any changes. GATE 2018 will be conducted in online mode. GATE exam pattern includes 2 types of questions  Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Numerical Answer Type (NAT). There will be a total of 65 questions of total 100 marks, to be completed in 3 hours. There is no negative marking for NAT but it is applicable for MCQs. For 1 mark MCQs, 1/3 marks will be deducted as penalty for every wrong marked answer. Likewise, for 2 marks MCQs, 2/3 marks will be deducted. Know more about GATE Exam Pattern
Note: In most of the paper codes, nearly 70 % of the weightage is allocated to the particular subject of the paper. Therefore, candidates have to carefully go through GATE 2018 syllabus for their respective paper codes to identify important topics based on their weightage in the exam.
GATE exam is designed to measure a candidate’s problemsolving ability, concept comprehension, time management skills and aptitude. The syllabus is published on the official portal of GATE 2018 i.e. www.gate.iitr.ernet.in. Candidates can check GATE Sample Papers to get an idea of marking scheme and the pattern of GATE Exam. All the questions in GATE are designed to test following qualities in a candidate:
 Recall: These questions are based on facts, formulae, principles and law of the discipline of GATE paper. Answers to these questions can be obtained either from memory of the subject or through one line computation.
 Comprehension: GATE will test a candidate's understanding of his core field. This will require him to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.
 Application: Logical reasoning of a candidate can help a candidate to get the answers.
 Analysis & Synthesis: Questions will be represented with data, images, diagrams etc. that require analysis before it is answered. A synthesis question might require candidate to compare two or more pieces of information.
GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is jointly regulated by the IITs and IISc on a rotational basis. For this year, IIT Roorkee will hold the exam. It is conducted on annual basis for candidates seeking admission into M.Tech. and PH.D. courses in any of the engineering colleges/ institutes. One may get direct admission to Ph.D program through GATE Score.
GATE Syllabus for General Aptitude (GA)
General Aptitude (GA) is a common section in all GATE Papers. General Aptitude holds 15% weightage. The questions in GA are based on verbal ability and numerical ability. So without much ado, have a look at GATE syllabus for General Aptitude. The 2 subsections in GA section are as follows:

Verbal Ability The following topics are tested in this section:
 English Grammar
 Sentence Completion
 Verbal Analogies
 Word Groups
 Instructions
 Critical Reasoning
 Verbal Deduction
 Numerical Ability  This section comprises of questions which test the basic mathematical skills of candidates. The following sub topics included in this section are:
 Numerical computation
 Numerical Estimation
 Numerical Reasoning
 Data Interpretation
Important Books For GATE General Aptitude Section
GATE General Aptitude Book Name  Author 

A Modern Approach to Verbal & NonVerbal Reasoning  R.S. Aggarwal 
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations  R.S. Aggarwal 
High School English Grammar & Composition  Wren and Martin 
GATE Syllabus for Engineering Mathematics
Engineering Mathematics holds 15% weightage in GATE for the paper codes: AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE. This section tests candidate’s skills in mathematical methods and techniques which are majorly used in engineering. Following are the subtopics of engineering mathematics for various papers:
GATE Paper  Topics included in Engineering Mathematics 

Aerospace Engineering (AE)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations 
Agricultural Engineering (AG)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Probability, and Statistics, Numerical Methods 
Biotechnology (BT)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods 
Civil Engineering (CE)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE), Partial Differential Equations (PDE), Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods 
Chemical Engineering (CH)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables 
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Probability, and Statistics, Discrete Mathematics 
Electronics and Communication (EC)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Vector Analysis, Complex Analysis 
Electrical Engineering (EE)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables, Transform Theory 
Instrumentation Engineering (IN)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Analysis of Complex Variables 
Mechanical Engineering (ME)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables 
Metallurgical Engineering (MT)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods 
Mining Engineering (MN)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods 
Petroleum Engineering (PE)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables 
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables 
Textile Engineering and Fiber Science (TF)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables 
Engineering Sciences (XE)  Linear Algebra, Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE), Partial Differential Equations (PDE), Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Vector Calculus, Complex Variables 
Important Books for Engineering Mathematics
GATE Engineering Mathematics Book Name  Author 

Higher Engineering Mathematics  B. S. Grewal 
GATE Engineering Mathematics  Made Easy Team 
GATE Syllabus – Mechanical Engineering (ME)
The paper code for Mechanical Engineering is ME. It is the oldest and widest branch in GATE. Hence, aspiring engineering candidates prefer it the most. The branch applies the principles of engineering, physics and material science for the design, analysis, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. This branch of engineering involves design, production, and operation of machinery. Mentioned below are the important topics that will form GATE Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME).
Manufacturing  Thermal Sciences 


Fluid Mechanics  Heat Transfer 


Theory of Machines and Vibration  

Important Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering
Book Name  Author/ Publisher 

Engineering Thermodynamics  P.K. Nag, Edition: 5 
Introduction to Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines  S K Som, Gautam Biswas, S Chakraborty, Edition: 3 
Fundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer  R.C. Sachdeva, Edition: 4 
Theory of Machines  S S Rattan, Edition: 4 
Engineering Mechanics  S. Timoshenko, D.H. Young, J.V. Rao, Sukumar Pati, Edition: 5 
GATE Syllabus – Computer Science Engineering (CSE)
CSE stands for Computer Science Engineering. This field deals with implementation, designing and management of information system of both software and hardware processes. GATE Syllabus for CSE with important topics is tabulated below:
Programming and Data Structures  Algorithms 


Operating Systems  Digital Logic 


Computer Organization & Architecture  Databases 


Computer Network  Theory of Computation 


Important Books for GATE CSE
Book Name  Author/Publisher 

The C Programming language  Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie, Edition: 2 
Classic Data Structures  Debasis Samanta, Edition: 2 
Introduction to Algorithms  Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein, Edition: 3 
Computer Networking: A TopDown Approach  James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross, Edition: 6 
GATE Syllabus – Civil Engineering (CE)
GATE Civil Engineering Exam 2018 is one of the most reputed exams for any graduate engineers. The exam will help in understanding a candidate’s ability to work in the development sector of our country. Through this exam, it helps in understanding a candidate’s knowledge in design, construction, and maintenance of physical and naturally build structures like roads, canalsGATE Civil Engineering paper code is CE.
Structural Engineering  Geotechnical Engineering 


Water Resources Engineering  Environmental Engineering 


Transportation Engineering  Geomatics Engineering 


Important Books for GATE Civil Engineering
Book Name  Author/Publisher 

Basic Structural Analysis  C.S.Reddy, Edition: 3rd 
R.C.C. Designs  B.C.Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Jain Edition: 3rd 
Design Of Steel Structures  S.K Duggal Edition: 3rd 
Surveying (vol. 1,2,3)  B.C.Punia, Askok jain, Arun Jain 
Engineering Hydrology  K Subramanya, Edition: 4th 
GATE Syllabus – Electrical Engineering (EE)
Electrical Engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. The paper code for this paper is EEE. Tabulated below are the important topics for GATE Exam.
Electric Circuits 
Electromagnetic Fields 


Signals and Systems 
Electrical Machines 


Power Systems 
Control Systems 


Electrical and Electronic Measurements 
Analog and Digital Electronics 


Power Electronics 


Important Books for Electrical Engineering
Book Name  Author/Publisher 

Electrical Power Systems  C. L. Wadhwa, Edition: 6 
Electrical Machinery  Author's Name: P. S. Bimbhra, Edition: 7 
Control Systems Engineering  I.J.Nagrath , M. Gopal, Edition: 5 
Power System Engineering  I Nagrath , D Kothari, Edition: 2 
GATE Syllabus – Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)
This is a discipline that combines electrical and communication engineering together. ECE stands for Electronics and Communication Engineering. It is one of the most popular and competitive stream amoung the aspiring engineers. Mentioned below are the most important topics for GATE exam.
Networks, Signals and Systems 
Electronic Devices 


Analog Circuits 
Digital Circuits 


Control Systems 
Communications 


Electromagnetics 


Important GATE Books for Electronics and Communication
Book Name  Author/Publisher 

Microelectronic Circuits : Theory and Applications  Adel S. Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith, Edition: 6 
Fundamentals of Electric Circuits  Charles K. Alexander , Matthew N. O. Sadiku, Edition: 5 
Automatic Control Systems  Benjamin C. Kuo, Edition: 9 
Digital Logic and Computer Design  M. Morris Mano, Edition: 1 
Principles of Communication Systems  Goutam Saha , Herbert Taub , Donald Schilling, Edition: 3 
GATE Syllabus – Architecture and Planning (AR)
The paper code for this exam in GATE is AR. It is again the most desired and competitive field amoung the graduate engineers. Tabulated below are important chapters with the topics that are likely to appear in GATE.
City Planning  Housing 


Landscape Design  Computer Aided Design 


Visual and Urban Design  Development of Contemporary Architecture 


Important Books for Architecture and Planning
GATE Architecture and Planning Book Name  Author 

Landscape Architect's  Siobhan Vernon and Nicola Garmory 
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order  Francis D. K. Ching 
The Urban Pattern  Simon Eisner 
Strength of Material  R.S Khurmi 
GATE Syllabus for other Papers
Tabulated below are the PDF syllabus files for all the papers of GATE: