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GATE 2018 Syllabus for Chemical Engineering (CH)

Last Updated - August 25, 2017

GATE Syllabus is released by the conducting body. For the academic session 2018-19, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) will set the syllabus of GATE. available on the official website of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. Before starting the preparation of GATE exam, candidates are advised to go through the complete syllabus.  

  • GATE 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018
  • GATE Syllabus is based on topics studied at graduation level. 
  • There are total 23 papers is GATE exam. The syllabus of each paper is different.
  • The paper consists of 65 questions worth 100 marks.

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level online test. It is conducted for admission to M.Tech and Ph.D. courses in the field of engineering and technology. GATE is conducted on rotational basis by IITs and IISc Bangalore. 

GATE 2018 Chemical Engineering Syllabus

Chemical Engineering uses Physics and Chemistry with applied Mathematics to convert chemicals and raw materials into useful substances. Chemical Engineers essentially design large-scale processes for such transformations.

GATE CH Syllanbus 2018- Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Mathematics is a branch of applied mathematics concerning mathematical methods and techniques that are typically used in engineering and industry. THis section carries 15% weighatge of questions. It is one of the important section of gate syllbaus. 

Main TopicSub Topic
Linear AlgebraMatrix algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and eigenvectors
CalculusFunctions of single variable, Limit, continuity and differentiability, Taylor series, Mean value theorems, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial derivatives, Total derivative, Maxima and minima, Gradient, Divergence and Curl, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line, Surface and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems
Differential equationsFirst order equations (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, Initial and boundary value problems, Laplace transforms, Solutions of one dimensional heat and wave equations and Laplace equation
Complex variablesComplex number, polar form of complex number, triangle inequality
Probability and StatisticsDefinitions of probability and sampling theorems, Conditional probability, Mean, median, mode and standard deviation, Random variables, Poisson, Normal and Binomial distributions, Linear regression analysis
Numerical MethodsNumerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations. Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule. Single and multi-step methods for numerical solution of differential equations

GATE CH Syllabus 2018- Process Calculations and Thermodynamics

Steady and unsteady state mass and energy balances including multiphase, multicomponent, reacting and non-reacting systems. Use of tie components; recycle, bypass and purge calculations; Gibb’s phase rule and degree of freedom analysis.
First and Second laws of thermodynamics. Applications of first law to close and open systems. Second law and Entropy. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances: Equation of State and residual properties, properties of mixtures: partial molar properties, fugacity, excess properties and activity coefficients; phase equilibria: predicting VLE of systems; chemical reaction equilibrium.

GATE CH Syllabus 2018- Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations

Fluid statics, Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, shell-balances including differential form of Bernoulli equation and energy balance, Macroscopic friction factors, dimensional analysis and similitude, flow through pipeline systems, flow meters, pumps and compressors, elementary boundary layer theory, flow past immersed bodies including packed and fluidized beds, Turbulent flow: fluctuating velocity, universal velocity profile and pressure drop.
Particle size and shape, particle size distribution, size reduction and classification of solid particles; free and hindered settling; centrifuge and cyclones; thickening and classification, filtration, agitation and mixing; conveying of solids.
TopicSub Topic
Heat TransferSteady and unsteady heat conduction, convection and radiation, thermal boundary layer and heat transfer coefficients, boiling, condensation and evaporation; types of heat exchangers and evaporators and their process calculations. Design of double pipe, shell and tube heat exchangers, and single and multiple effect evaporators.
Mass TransferFick’s laws, molecular diffusion in fluids, mass transfer coefficients, film, penetration and surface renewal theories; momentum, heat and mass transfer analogies; stage-wise and continuous contacting and stage efficiencies; HTU & NTU concepts; design and operation of equipment for distillation, absorption, leaching, liquid-liquid extraction, drying, humidification, dehumidification and adsorption.
Chemical Reaction EngineeringTheories of reaction rates; kinetics of homogeneous reactions, interpretation of kinetic data, single and multiple reactions in ideal reactors, non-ideal reactors; residence time distribution, single parameter model; non-isothermal reactors; kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions; diffusion effects in catalysis.
Instrumentation and Process ControlMeasurement of process variables; sensors, transducers and their dynamics, process modeling and linearization, transfer functions and dynamic responses of various systems, systems with inverse response, process reaction curve, controller modes (P, PI, and PID); control valves; analysis of closed loop systems including stability, frequency response, controller tuning, cascade and feed forward control.
Plant Design and EconomicsPrinciples of process economics and cost estimation including depreciation and total annualized cost, cost indices, rate of return, payback period, discounted cash flow, optimization in process design and sizing of chemical engineering equipment such as compressors, heat exchangers, multistage contactors.
Chemical TechnologyInorganic chemical industries (sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, chlor-alkali industry), fertilizers (Ammonia, Urea, SSP and TSP); natural products industries (Pulp and Paper, Sugar, Oil, and Fats); petroleum refining and petrochemicals; polymerization industries (polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC and polyester synthetic fibers).

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GATE 2017 CHE Marking Scheme

The marking scheme and pattern for GATE exam as mentioned is generally applicable to all the exams. This percentage as given may vary on year in year basis with certain percent up and doing. However, the weightage will revolve around the given topic weightages.

 GATE 2017 Chemical Engineering Marking Scheme
Engineering Mathematics15%
General Aptitude15%
Remaining Topics of CHE70%

Syllabus Of Other Papers

Aerospace EngineeringAEMechanical EngineeringME
Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
Engineering SciencesXEPetroleum EngineeringPE
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
Electrical EngineeringEEBiotechnologyBT
Instrumentation EngineeringIN  




I m expecting 52 in gate 2018 civil engineering and I belong to sc .can I get any PSU?

15 Mar, 2018 23:14
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23 Mar, 2018 16:43
sumit kharbanda

I am getting 41 marks in gate biotechnology, can i get any iit.

15 Mar, 2018 19:58
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sumit, I am giving you the GATE Cutoff list please check the IIT's Cutoff list through the given link: GATE Cutoff List

23 Mar, 2018 11:26
sumit kumar

I m expecting 52 in gate 2018 civil and m belong to sc category.. Can I get any PSU?

15 Mar, 2018 10:56
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sumit, You get information about the GATE Cutoff list through this link: PSU Cutoff List.

21 Mar, 2018 12:12
Prashant kumar

Sir my gate marks 65 in gate 2018 in civil engineering can I get it Delhi?

14 Mar, 2018 02:37
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Prashant, Please check the Cutoff list of Delhi through this link: GATE Delhi Cutoff

17 Mar, 2018 11:20
Avinash Chauhan

I m expecting 32 number in gate 2018 mechanical and belong to sc category can i get admisiion in dtu??

09 Mar, 2018 00:22
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Avinash, I am giving you the Cutoff list of DTU college please check the list through this link: GATE Cutoff List.

09 Mar, 2018 12:58
sama raju

what is the expected cut off marks for physics ( OBC Category)

23 Feb, 2018 13:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sama, To get information about the Cutoff by this link: GATE Cutoff List

23 Feb, 2018 16:04
Arvind kumar Yadav

how much mark is required to get admission in iit kharakpur..

16 Feb, 2018 21:16
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Arvind, I am giving you the Cutoff list of IIT Kharagpur please check the list through this link: Gate Cutoff List

17 Feb, 2018 15:19
abhishek sharma

I am from commerce background and I have done MBA with specialization in hr can I eligible for filling the form for the post of personal and hr pls rep me fast

30 Jan, 2018 11:05
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Abhishek, GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level test for admission to M.Tech/ Ph.D. and other Government Scholarships/Assistantships in the field of engineering and technology. So you can not fill this exam for MBA. But you can apply for MBA by filling the CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT entrance exam.

15 Feb, 2018 16:34
suraj rohila

how to prepare for gate and when we will get the forms of gate exam and now a i am in fourth year

15 Jun, 2017 00:20
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Suraj, The GATE 2018 Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website opens from September 01, 2017. You can check form status from the official website. For know about the preparing tips, please check this link Prepare for GATE

01 Sep, 2017 18:24

about nsr round in ccmt 2017

12 Apr, 2017 00:20

Hi Nikhil, to get details on GATE counseling and its rounds, please find the link

12 Apr, 2017 17:03
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