GATE Civil Engineering (CE)

GATE Civil Engineering is one of the most appeared subjects in the GATE Exam. Every year more than 1 lakh candidates appear for the exam. GATE 2022 CE Exam was held on 12th February in two shifts (Forenoon and Afternoon), and results will be announced on 17th March 2022.

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

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GATE Civil Engineering Latest News

  • Candidates who took the CE, EC, EE, ME, IE, CSE, and other papers exam on 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th February 2022 are now able to access the GATE Answer Key and GATE Response Sheet from their GOAPS Portal.

GATE Civil Engineering Paper 2023 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 Question (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 mark for incorrect answers, respectively

GATE Civil Engineering Preparation Videos

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

Expected questions:

GATE 2022 Rank Prediction:

GATE Civil Engineering Related Study Resources

GATE Civil Engineering Important Dates 2023 (Tentative)

Particulars

Dates (Tentative)

GATE online application processing

August/September 2022

Closing of submission of application form

4th week of September 2022

Last date of the extended period for online registration application (with late fees)

2nd Week of October 2022

Last date for requesting a change of examination city

3rd week of November 2022

Admit Card

1st week of January 2023

GATE 2023 examination

1st and 2nd week of February 2023

Announcement of result

3rd week of March 2023

GATE Civil Engineering Important Dates 2022

GATE 2022 exam schedule is given below:

Date (Day)

Time (IST)

Activities/Paper

4th February 2022 (Friday)

14:00 – 17:00 hours

Miscellaneous Activities

5th February 2022 (Saturday)

09:00 – 12:00 hours (Forenoon Session – FN)

CS & BM

14:30 – 17:30 hours (Afternoon Session – AN)

EE & MA

6th February 2022 (Sunday)

09:00 – 12:00 hours (Forenoon Session – FN)

EC, ES, ST, NM, MT & MN

14:30 – 17:30 hours (Afternoon Session – AN)

CY, CH, PI, XH, IN, AG, GG & TF

11th February 2022 (Friday)

14:00 – 17:00 hours

Miscellaneous Activities

12th February 2022 (Saturday)

09:00 – 12:00 hours (Forenoon Session – FN)

CE-1**, BT, PH & EY

14:30 – 17:30 hours (Afternoon Session – AN)

CE-2**, XE & XL

13th February 2022 (Sunday)

09:00 – 12:00 hours (Forenoon Session – FN)

ME-1**, PE & AR

14:30 – 17:30 hours (Afternoon Session – AN)

ME-2**, GE & AE

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 2022:

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

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 appear in the GATE Civil Engineering exam.

GATE CE Topper Marks by Year

Year

Paper

Marks

Score

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

Year

Paper

GEN

OBC

SC/ST/PH

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

Hydrographs

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

Levelling

Traversing

Tacheometer

Error Measurement

7.

Engineering Mathematics

Calculus

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 is 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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