GATE 2021 Syllabus for Agriculture Engineering (AG), Preparation Tips and Books

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    Agricultural engineering is the engineering discipline related to the studies of agricultural production and processing. GATE 2021 Agricultural Engineering Syllabus contains core subject topics, general aptitude and is further divided into 7 major topics including Engineering Mathematics. 

    There will be a total of 55 questions from core subject plus engineering mathematics in the exam and the remaining 10 questions will be from the General Aptitude section. Applicants will have to attempt all the questions worth 100 marks in the duration of three hours.  Check GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

    Candidates applying for GATE Agriculture Engineering (AG) paper can check the complete AE syllabus from this article. Moreover, candidates qualifying the exam will become eligible to take admission in M.Tech courses offered at prestigious institutes like IITs, NITs, etc.

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    GATE 2021 Syllabus of Agriculture Engineering

    GATE 2021 Agriculture Engineering Syllabus

    Candidates can check the syllabus for agriculture engineering below:

    Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

    Engineering Mathematics is one of the important and tough sections of GATE exam. The section carries 15% weightage of questions in the question paper. Engineering Mathematics is the branch of applied mathematics concerning mathematical methods and techniques that are typically used in engineering and industry.

    Section 2: Farm Machinery

    Farm machinery is one of the most expensive and critical inputs when growing a rice crop. Machinery should be up to date and easy to use.

    Section 2: Farm Power

    Humans, animals, and machines are all used as sources of power in agriculture production. When undertaking different operations on a farm, a certain amount of work is required to complete the task.

    Section 3: Soil and Water Conservation Engineering

    Soil is the thin skin covering the land, clean water is becoming more valuable every day. Soil water relations, evapotranspiration, precipitation, runoff, erosion, flow in natural waterways and through reservoirs, wetland and groundwater hydrology, and water quality.

    Section 4: Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

    Irrigation is the artificial exploitation and distribution of water at the project level aiming at the application of water at field level to agricultural crops in dry areas or in periods of scarce rainfall to assure or improve crop production. 

    Section 5: Agricultural Processing Engineering

    Agricultural Engineering deals with the design of farm machinery, the location, and planning of farm structures, farm drainage, soil management, and erosion control, water supply and irrigation, rural electrification, and the processing of farm products. 

    Section 6: Dairy and Food Engineering

    Food engineering is a multidisciplinary field that combines microbiology, applied physical sciences, chemistry, and engineering for food and related industries. Food engineers provide the technological knowledge transfer essential to the cost-effective production and commercialization of food products and services. 

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    Important Topics from GATE 2021 Agriculture Engineering Syllabus

    Important Topics from GATE 2021 Agriculture Engineering Syllabus

    • Sample Question 1: In a country of 1400 million population, 70% own mobile phones. Among the mobile phone owners, only 294 million access the Internet. Among these Internet users, only half buy goods from e-commerce portals. What is the percentage of these buyers in the country?
    • Sample Question 2: “I read somewhere that in ancient times the prestige of a kingdom depended upon the number of taxes that it was able to levy on its people. It was very much like the prestige of a head-hunter in his own community.”
      Based on the paragraph above, the prestige of a head-hunter depended upon ___________?
    • Sample Question 3: The clean paddy production per annum is 160 million tonnes. Average milling quality analysis indicates the husk content, total yield and degree of polish as 22%, 73.32% and 6%, respectively. For an average bran oil yield of 20%, the annual rice bran oil potential in million tonnes is ________?
    • Sample Question 4: A horizontal axis drag type wind rotor, fitted with 4 thin rectangular blades having drag coefficient 1.29, is used to extract power when the average wind velocity in the rotor plane is 10 km h. The maximum power coefficient is ____?
    Important TopicsNumber of Questions
    General Aptitude10
    Engineering Mathematics10-12
    Farm Machinery10
    Soil and Water Conservation Engineering15
    Dairy and Food Engineering5-8

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    GATE 2021 Exam Pattern of Agriculture Engineering

    GATE 2021 Exam Pattern of Agriculture Engineering

    GATE Exam Pattern is defined paper wise depending upon candidates’ branch. 

    • Mode of Examination: Online
    • GATE consists of 3 sections namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Specific subject of the paper
    • The total number of questions in the exam is 65.
    • The exam includes 2 types of Questions - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Numerical Answer Type (NAT).
    • Applicants have to attempt all the questions in a duration of three hours.
    • The maximum number of questions in GATE is from the core subject.
    • GATE Syllabus is based on graduation level.
    • 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.
    • There is no negative marking for NAT 
    Section Distribution of Marks  Total MarksTypes of questions
    General Ability5 questions of 1 mark each
    5 questions of 2 marks each
    15 marks MCQs
    AG (Subject Syllabus)25 questions of 1 mark each
    30 questions of 2 marks each 
    85 marksMCQs and NATs

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    Section Wise Books for GATE 2021 Agriculture Engineering Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Agriculture Engineering Section Wise Books

    To know, what are the best books for GATE preparation, you need to know your requirement first. You must choose the book which has all the topics. GIven below section wise books for those candidates who appear for GATE Agriculture Engineering exam:

    Books for Engineering Mathematics

    Engineering Mathematics books
    BooksAuthor/ Publisher
    Advanced Engineering MathematicsDass H.K. S Chand; Reprint Edn
    A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and ScienceBarbara Oakley TarcherPerigee
    A Textbook of Engineering MathematicsN.P. Bali , Laxmi Publications
    Modern Mathematical Methods for Physicists and EngineersCantrell Cambridge University Press

    Books for Farm Machinery

    Farm Machinery books
    Agricultural Machinery ManagementBello R S, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
    The Book of Farm Implements and MachinesJames Slight
    Farm Machinery And EquipmentHarris Pearson Smith
    Principal Of Agricultural Engg.Vol -I T P & A M Michael Ojha

    Books for Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

    GATE soil Engineering Book
    Book NameAuthorISBN Number
    Soil and Water EngineeringDelmar D. Fangmeier, William J. Elliot813151210X, 978-8131512104
    Hydrology and Soil Conservation EngineeringGhanshyam Das-
    Soil Conservation Service Curve Number (SCS-CN) MethodologyS.K. Mishra, Vijay Singh9048162254, 978-9048162253
    Soil and water conservation engineeringRichard K. Frevert-

    Books for Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

    GATE Irrigation drain book
    Book NameAuthorISBN Number
    Irrigation And DrainageLENKA D8127224596, 978-8127224592
    Irrigation Water Resources And Water Power EngineeringModi P.N8189401297, 978-8189401290
    Irrigation EngineeringH.M. Raghunath8126528818, 978-8126528813
    Land Drainage: Principles, Methods and ApplicationsA.K. Bhattacharya, A.M. Michael812592776X, 978-8125927761

    Books for Agricultural Processing Engineering

    GATE agriculture book
    Book NameAuthor
    Question Bank in Agricultural EngineeringAmandeep Godhara
    Agricultural Engineering Soil MechanicsE. McKyes
    Introduction to Agricultural Engineering TechnologyHarry Field and John Solie
    Introduction to Agricultural Engineeringlawrenceo. Roth and Harry Field

    Books for Dairy and Food Engineering

    GATE food engineering book
    Book NameAuthorISBN Number
    Food ScienceB Srilakshmi8122438091, 978-8122438093
    Fundamentals of Food Process EngineeringRomeo T. Toledo1441939660, 978-1441939661
    Obj.Type Questions in Food Process Engg. &TechnologyAnsari Irfan Ahmed8183601928, 978-8183601924
    Introduction to food engineeringR. Paul Singh-

    How to Prepare for GATE 2021 AG Paper?

    How to Prepare for GATE 2021 Agriculture Engineering Paper? 

    1. Clear your Basic Concepts

    • Candidates are advised to start their preparation from the base. With the clarity of basic topics or concepts, candidates can easily understand other related topics.
    • Make notes of all the important points for revision.
    • Do not panic if you are not able to crack the questions. Give some time to clear your basics.

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    2. Attend Video Lectures

    • To get more information on the topics candidates can watch online video lectures. 
    • You can also download e-books for reference.
    • Fix a time in your time table to do the same and do not waste your time by watching n number of videos. Only go for the topic related videos.

    3. Section Wise Preparation

    • Candidates must go for section-wise preparation because one section will have all the similar topics so you can easily understand all the same topics at one time.
    • Do not juggle between sections. 
    • Cover all the important and high weightage topics and then move on to the one that is difficult.
    • Candidates can refer to the section-wise books provided above.

    4. Practice Papers

    • Practice papers are very helpful for preparations. Solve as many papers as you can.
    • With the help of practice papers, you can judge the level of your preparations.
    • Practice papers give an idea of exam pattern, the difficulty level of questions, etc.
    • Practice papers help in improving accuracy and speed.

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    5. Do’s & Don’ts during Preparations

    • Do not overburden yourself.
    • Take frequent breaks.
    • Do not try to match the preparation level of your friends. Stick to your preparation plan only.
    • Do not leave any topic for the end. The last 1-2 weeks should be dedicated to revisions only.

    GATE 2021 Syllabus Of Other Papers

    GATE 2021 Syllabus Of Other Papers

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    Computer ScienceCSMetallurgical EngineeringMT
    Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
    Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
    Engineering SciencesXEProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
    Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
    Electrical EngineeringEEBiotechnologyBT

    Candidates are advised to keep a check on what they have studied and how well. For better preparations start attempting mock tests. They are very helpful in assessing the preparation levels. Try to improve your weaker areas before appearing in the final exam.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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