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GATE 2018 Syllabus for Petroleum Engineering (PE)

Last Updated - August 23, 2017

GATE Syllabus is available on the official website of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. There are 23 papers in GATE. The syllabus of each discipline is different. Candidates who are applying for Petroleum Engineering paper can check the complete GATE Syllabus from this article. 

  • GATE 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018.
  • The syllabus of GATE exam is based on the topics studied at graduation level.
  • The paper consists of 65 questions worth 100 marks. 
  • There are two types of questions in GATE namely- Objective type and Numerical Type. 

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 Petroleum Engineering (PE) Syllabus 

The syllabus of Petroleum Engineering (PE) consists of 15 topics mentioned below. Petroleum engineering is a field of engineering concerned with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or natural gas. 

Petroleum engineering Important Topics

  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Petroleum Exploration
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Petroleum Production Operation
  • Offshore Drilling and Production Practices
  • Oil and Gas Well Testing
  • Health Safety and Environment in Petroleum Industry
TopicsSub Topics
Linear AlgebraMatrix algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and eigenvectors.
Complex variablesComplex number, polar form of complex number, triangle inequality.
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.
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.
Petroleum ExplorationClassification and description of some common rocks with special reference to clastic and nonclastic reservoir rocks. Origin, migration and accumulation of Petroleum. Petroleum exploration methods.
Oil and Gas Well Drilling TechnologyWell planning. Drilling method. Drilling rigs Rig operating systems. Drilling fluids function and properties. Drilling fluid maintenance equipment. Oil & gas well cementing operations. Drill bit types and their applications. Drill string & Casing string function, operations, selection & design. Drilling problems, their control & remedies. Directional drilling tools. Directional survey. Application of horizontal, multilateral, extended reach, slim wells.
Reservoir EngineeringPetrophysical properties of reservoir rocks. Coring and core analysis. Reservoir fluid properties. Phase behavior of hydrocarbon system. Flow of fluids through porous media. Water and gas coning. Reservoir pressure measurements. Reservoir drives, drive mechanics and recovery factors. Reserve estimation & techniques.
Petroleum Production OperationsWell equipments. Well completion techniques. Well production problems and mitigation. Well servicing & Workover operations. Workover & completion fluids. Formation damage. Well stimulation techniques. Artificial lift techniques. Field processing of oil & gas. Storage and transportation of petroleum and petroleum products. Metering and measurements oil & gas. Production system analysis & optimization. Production testing. Multiphase flow in tubing and flow-lines. Nodal system analysis. Pressure vessels, storage tanks, shell and tube heat exchangers, pumps and compressors, LNG value chain.
Offshore Drilling and Production PracticesOffshore oil and gas operations & ocean environment. Offshore fixed platforms, Offshore mobile units, Station keeping methods like mooring & dynamic positioning system. Offshore drilling from fixed platform, jack-up, ships and semi submersibles. Use of conductors and risers. Offshore well completion. Deep water applications of subsea technology. Offshore production: Oil processing platforms, water injection platforms, storage, SPM and SBM transportation and utilities. Deep water drilling rig. Deep water production system. Emerging deep water technologies.
Petroleum Formation EvaluationEvaluation of petrophysical of sub-surface formations: Principles applications, advantages and disadvantages of SP, resistivity, radioactive, acoustic logs and types of tools used. Evaluation of CBL/VDL, USIT, SFT, RFT. Production logging tools, principles, limitations and applications. Special type of logging tools. Casing inspection tools (principles, applications and limitations), Formations micro scanner (FMS), NMR logging principles. Standard log interpretation methods. Cross-plotting methods.
Oil and Gas Well TestingDiffusivity equation, derivation & solutions. Radius of investigation. Principle of superposition. Horner’s approximation. Drill Stem Testing. Pressure Transient Tests: Drawdown and build up-test analysis. Wellbore effects. Multilayer reservoirs. Injection well testing. Multiple well testing. Interference testing, Pulse testing, well-test analysis by use of type curves. Gas well testing.
Health Safety and Environment in Petroleum IndustryHealth hazards in Petroleum Industry: Toxicity, Physiological, Asphyxiation, respiratory and skin effect of petroleum hydrocarbons, sour gases. Safety System: Manual & automatic shutdown system, blow down systems. Gas detection system. Fire detection and suppression systems. Personal protection system & measures. HSE Policies. Disaster & crisis management in Petroleum Industry. Environment: Environment concepts, impact on eco-system, air, water and soil. The impact of drilling & production operations on environment, Environmental transport of petroleum wastes. Offshore environmental studies. Offshore oil spill and oil spill control. Waste treatment methods.
Enhanced Oil Recovery TechniquesBasic principles and mechanism of EOR, Screening of EOR process. Concept of pattern flooding, recovery efficiency, permeability heterogeneity. Macroscopic and microscopic displacement efficiency. EOR methods: Chemical flooding, Miscible flooding, Thermal recoveries (steam stimulation, hot water & steam flooding, in-situ combustion), Microbial EOR.
Latest trends in Petroleum EngineeringCoal bed methane, shale gas, oil shale, gas hydrate, and heavy oil.

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

GATE Exam Pattern is defined paper wise depending upon candidates’ discipline. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati will conduct GATE 2018. The syllabus is different for each discipine. The exam is held in online mode (Computer Based Test).

There are some important points of GATE Exam Pattern

  • GATE consists 3 sections namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and specific subject of the paper
  • The question paper comprises total 65 questions. 
  • There are two type of questions in GATE i.e. Multiple Choice type (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT).
  • Questions will be asked in a random order and one has to select the answer (for MCQ type) and enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard.
  • Students have to attempt all the questions in the duration of three hours. 
  • The maximum number of questions in GATE 2018 are from the core subject.
  • There is no negative marking for NAT questions but it is applicable for MCQs.  For 1 mark MCQs, 1/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. Likewise, for 2 marks MCQs, 2/3 marks will be deducted.

Books for Petroleum Engineering

Books for Petroleum Engineering
BooksAuthor/ Pulisher
Khanna’s Objective Questions in Petroleum EngineeringVikas Mahto, Khanna Book Publishing Company Private Limited
Introduction to Petroleum EngineeringJohn R. Fanchi, Wiley-Blackwell
HPCL Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited Boiler Technician Mechanical EngineeringG.K Publications PVT.LTD
Elements of Petroleum Refinery EngineeringOP Gupta, Khanna Publishers
Applied Petroleum Reservoir EngineeringRonald E. Terry, Prentice Hall

Syllabus Of Other Papers

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

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