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GATE Civil Engineering (CE)

GATE Civil Engineering (CE) is one of the most appeared subjects in the GATE Exam. Every year, more than 1 lakh candidates attempt the exam. GATE 2024 CE Exam dates are not announced yet. The IISc Bangalore will conduct GATE 2024. The GATE 2023 CE exam was conducted on 12th February 2023 in 2 shifts, and the result was released on 16th March 2023.

Get all the necessary information like syllabus, exam pattern, new changes introduced in GATE, important books, preparation tips, previous years’ question papers, cutoff, and latest news related to the GATE Civil Engineering exam here. We have also provided direct links to the Answer Keys and Question Papers.

GATE Civil Engineering Latest News

GATE Civil Engineering Paper 2024 Overview

Particulars Details
Number of Questions in Paper 65
Number of Sections Section 1 – General Aptitude, Section 2 – Mathematics and Civil Engineering
Topic-wise weightage General Aptitude – 15%

Mathematics – 15%

Civil Engineering – 70%

Pattern of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT)
Duration of Exam 3 Hours
Marking Scheme Test Paper has questions carrying 1 mark and 2 marks, and

⅓ and ⅔ negative marks for incorrect answers, respectively

GATE Civil Engineering Preparation Videos

Candidates can check the GATE Civil Exam videos below for preparation tips and expected questions:

GATE CE Preparation Videos:

GATE 2022 Rank Prediction:

GATE Civil Engineering Related Study Resources

GATE Civil Engineering Important Dates 2023

Particulars Dates
GATE online application processing August 2023
Closing of submission of application form September 2023
Last date of the extended period for online registration application (with late fees) October 2023
Modifications in GATE 2024 application November 2023
Admit card January 2024

GATE Civil Engineering (CE) Exam Pattern

Candidates can check the overview of the GATE Exam Pattern for Civil Engineering in the table below:

Feature Description
Examination Mode Online (Computer Based Test)
Duration of Exam 3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Sectional Time Duration None
Total Marks 100
Total Number of questions 65
Number of Subjects (Papers) 29
Number of Sections It depends on the subjects.

2-3 (GA and Core Discipline or GA, Engineering Mathematics and Core Subject)

Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)

Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Marking Scheme 1 or 2 marks for each right answer
Negative Marking Scheme For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking.

For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

No negative marking for MSQ & NAT.

Marking Scheme for Civil Engineering:

Paper Exam Pattern
Civil Engineering (CE) GA (General Aptitude) – 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics – 13 marks

Subject of the Paper – 72 marks

GATE Civil Engineering Paper Analysis

Overview of the GATE paper analysis 2023:

Forenoon Session

Particulars Details
Question Type 7 MSQs

23 NATQs

35 MCQs

Difficulty Level Moderate to Tough
Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering Highest Weightage in the Paper

(11 marks each)

Engineering Mathematics Moderate to Tough
General Aptitude Relatively Tough

GATE 2023 Civil Engineering (CE) Paper Analysis, Answer Key | GATE Civil Solutions, Expected Cutoff

Afternoon Session

Particulars Details
Question Type 7 MSQs

24 NATQs

34 MCQs

Difficulty Level Moderate to Tough
Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering Highest Weightage in the Paper

(14 and 10 marks respectively)

Engineering Mathematics Moderate to Tough
General Aptitude Moderate

GATE Civil Engineering Results Analysis

GATE result analysis is one of the important aspects of the exam. Every year, 1-2 lakh students attempt the GATE Civil Engineering exam.

GATE CE Topper Marks by Year

Year Paper Marks Score
2022 Civil Engineering (CE) 97.36 1000
2021 Civil Engineering (CE) 95.56 1000
2020 Civil Engineering (CE) 90.77 980
2019 Civil Engineering (CE) 87.7 1000
2018 Civil Engineering (CE) 91.29 994
2017 Civil Engineering (CE) 92.94 1000

GATE Civil Engineering Cutoff Over Years

2021 Civil Engineering (CE) 29.2 26.2 19.4
2020 Civil Engineering (CE) 32.9 29.6 21.9
2019 Civil Engineering (CE) 28.2 25.4 18.8
2018 Civil Engineering (CE) 26.9 24.2 17.9
2017 Civil Engineering (CE) 28.7 25.8 19.1

The graph below shows the CE cutoff trend of the last 5 years:

CE cutoff trend of the last 5 years

GATE Important Topics for Exam Preparation

Check this video to get an overview of the GATE CE Important Topics:

Based on the previous years’ question papers, we have listed the most important topics from the technical subjects of Civil Engineering below:

S. No. Subject Important Topics
1. Structural Engineering SFD & BMD
Deflection of Beams
Kinematic & Static Indeterminacy
Combined Stress
Moment Distribution Method
2. Geotechnical Engineering Soil Index Properties
Behaviour of Sand & Clay
Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundation
Seepage Analysis
Effect of Water Table on Soil
3. Water Resources Engineering







Fluid Kinetics
Fluid Properties
Water Requirement for Crops
Turbulent Flow
Boundary Analysis
Open Channel Flow
4. Environmental Engineering






Noise Pollution
Sedimentation Tank
Biochemical Oxygen Demand
Mixing of Pollutants from Two Streams
Trickling Filter
Hardness of Water
Activated Sludge Process
5. Transportation Engineering






Sight Distances
Cross-Sectional Elements
Types of Pavements and their Characteristics
Highway Capacity
Marshall Mix Design
Traffic Control Devices
6. Geomatics Engineering




Error Measurement
7. Engineering Mathematics






Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics
Eigen Values
Newton’s and Lagrange Polynomials

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a good rank in GATE CE?

If you score 65+ score, then you will manage to secure a good rank.


Is GATE CE tough?

On the basis of the last few years, the exam is moderate to tough.


What are CE 1 and CE 2 in GATE?

CE 1 means morning shift (9:00 am – 12:00 pm), and CE 2 means evening shift (2.30 pm – 5.30 pm).


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