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GATE Civil Engineering: Structural Analysis Preparation Tips

Last Updated - January 21, 2017

Civil Engineering is one of the most interesting branch among GATE aspirants. The field encompasses planning of designs, and executing structural works. This year, 138,147 candidates opted for this discipline for appearing in the national level entrance test. Having a ME/M. Tech degree in Civil Engineering definitely gives one a great boost for future opportunities.

GATE online examination will be conducted on the dates 4, 5, 11 and 12 February 2017. As only a few months is left, candidates aspiring to appear for GATE Civil Engineering exam must start preparing.

In this article, we present the guidelines, tips, books and more for successful preparation for Structural Analysis for GATE Civil Engineering. So, decide it today that you’ll study tough and get a very good rank in GATE.


How to Prepare for Structural Analysis for GATE Civil Engineering

Structural analysis involves determining structures by energy / force methods. For structural analysis, one needs to have their basics cleared as it involves theoretical knowledge. Before starting any topic, one must go through the entire syllabus for each section.

To help you in analyzing the important topics for structural analysis we have mentioned a table below. It indicates the pattern of questions in GATE Civil engineering papers from the year 2007 to 2016.

Analysis of Paper Pattern for Structural Analysis

YearNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTopics
2016 Set 1

1 Mark – 1

2 Marks – 1

3

Deflection of beam

Truss & Strain

2016 Set 2

1 Mark – 1

2 Marks – 2

5

Force in Truss

Kinematic indeterminacy in Truss

2015 Set 1

1 Mark – 2

2 Marks – 2

6

Matrix Method of Structural Analysis

Internal Forces in Beams

Slope and Deflection Method

Trusses and Arches

Displacement Method

2015 Set 2

1 Mark – 1

2 Mark – 1

3

Matrix Method of Structural Analysis

Trusses and Arches

2014 Set 1

1 Mark – 2

2 Marks – 4

10

Trusses and Arches

Influence Line Diagram and Rolling Loads

Slope and Deflection Method

2014 Set 2

1 Mark – 1

2 Marks – 4

9

Degree of Static Indeterminacy

Slope and Deflection Method

Trusses and Arches

2013

1 Mark – 1

2 Marks – 6

13

Slope and Deflection Method

Influence Line Diagram and Rolling Loads

Matrix Method of Structural Analysis

2012

1 Mark – 0

2 Marks – 2

4

Slope and Deflection Method

Matrix Method of Structural Analysis

2011

1 Mark – 0

2 Marks – 2

4Slope and Deflection Method
2010

1 Mark – 1

2 Marks – 1

3Trusses and Arches
2009

1 Mark – 0

2 Marks – 3

6

Trusses and Arches

Slope and Deflection Method

2008

1 Mark – 0

2 Marks – 6

12

Trusses and Arches

Influence Line Diagram and Rolling Loads

Slope and Deflection Method

2007

1 Mark – 1

2 Marks – 4

9

Matrix Method of Structural Analysis

Influence Line Diagram and Rolling Loads

Slope and Deflection Method


Preparation Tips for Structural Analysis for GATE Civil Engineering

For the benefit of GATE Civil Engineering candidates in cracking the exam with a good score, here GATE Civil Engineering Preparation Tips is mention in details. Aspirants need to incorporate these preparation tips daily to yield the best result.

1. Scoring Tips: Go through previous year’s papers. Be familiar with the exam pattern for GATE Civil Engineering and its respective topics. Solving the previous year’s papers religiously helps you develop an understanding of the pattern of questions.

2. Analyze the important topics: For structural analysis, we suggest you to start with the important topics such as discussed below:

  • Matrix Method of Structural Analysis
  • Trusses and Arches
  • Slope and Deflection Method
  • Influence Line Diagram and Rolling Loads

3. Time Management: Set Proper time management for all the topics. Manage your time carefully. Select the questions you solve first, keeping in mind your stronger areas of study.

4. Interest: Mark the topics as per your knowledge and strength.

5. Practice: It is one of the most important parameter. Take up a good book which covers all the topics and make it a habit to practice till the end.

6. Read & Revise: At the last moment, read and revise your study material thoroughly. Make sure you go through them once at the end of the week.

7. Lastly, maintain a positive outlook to release the pressure.

Read About GATE Syllabus


GATE Civil Engineering Preparation books are being mentioned below and the candidates can prepare so well for the exam.

Best Books for Structural Analysis for GATE Civil Engineering

Structural Analysis BooksName of AuthorGet Books (ISBN No.)
Structural Analysis 6 EditionR. C. Hibbeler9788131721414
Analysis Structure: Theory & Disigen Vol 2Vazirani V N9788174092052
Theory of StructuresRamaMRUTHAM9782000000037
Elementary Structural AnalysisJohn Benson Wilbur, Charles Head Norris9781258242909
Matrix Methods of Structural AnalysisS. S. Bhavikatti9789381141359
Understanding Concept of Structural Analysis and DesignParikh9789380358598

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