GATE 2021 Chemistry Syllabus, Books and Preparation Tips

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    Chemistry is the scientific discipline involved with compounds composed of atoms, elements, molecules, and their composition, structure, properties, and behavior. GATE 2021 Chemistry syllabus will consist of General Aptitude and Core Chemistry topics. 

    In GATE 2021 chemistry paper, the majority of questions that is 55 will be asked from core subject and 10 questions from General Aptitude. The paper code for Chemistry paper is CY. Candidates will be given 3 hours to complete the exam. There will be negative markings for every incorrect response.  Check GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

    GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is a national level entrance exam conducted for admission to M.Tech/Ph.D. programs. Only GATE 2021 qualifying candidates will become eligible to get admissions offered at IITs, NITs, etc.

    Must Read:  IIT Bombay Admission Process

    GATE 2021 Syllabus for Chemistry

    GATE 2021 Syllabus for Chemistry

    GATE Syllabus for Chemistry consists of three sections. The sections are Physical Chemistry, Inorganic chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Here, we are providing the complete syllabus of Chemistry for GATE  which is given below:

    Section 1 - Physical Chemistry

    • Structure
    • Equilibrium
    • Kinetics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces

    Section 2 - Inorganic Chemistry

    • Main Group Elements
    • Transition Elements
    • Lanthanides and Actinides
    • Bioinorganic Chemistry
    • Solids
    • Instrumental Methods of Analysis

    Section 3 - Organic Chemistry

    • Stereochemistry
    • Reaction Mechanisms
    • Organic Synthesis
    • Pericyclic Reactions and Photochemistry
    • Heterocyclic Compounds
    • Biomolecules
    • Spectroscopy

    Direct link to download GATE Chemistry (CY) syllabus PDF 

    Sample Questions of GATE Chemistry Paper

    • Sample Question 1: An ideal gas occupies an unknown volume V liters (L) at a pressure of 12 atm. The gas is expanded isothermally against a constant external pressure of 2 atm so that its final volume becomes 3 L. The work involved for this expansion process is ________cal. (Round off to two decimal places)
    • Sample Question 2: 

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    GATE 2021 Exam Pattern of Chemistry

    GATE 2021 Exam Pattern of Chemistry

    • GATE is conducted by IIT Madras through online mode (Computer-Based)
    • Applicants have to attend 65 questions in the duration of 3 hours
    • The exam includes 2 types of Questions- MCQs & NAT
    • All the questions will be based on 3 sections (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics* and Subject Specification Section)
    Section Distribution of Marks  Total MarksTypes of questions
    General Ability5 questions of 1 mark each
    5 questions of 2 marks each

         15 marks 

    Chemistry25 questions of 1 mark each
    30 questions of 2 marks each 
        85 marks  MCQs and NATs

    Marking scheme

    • Total marks: 100 marks
    • Negative marking: Only for the MCQs 
    Type of questionNegative marking for wrong answer

    1/3 for 1 mark questions

    2/3 for 2 marks questions

    NATsNo negative marking 

    Read More GATE Exam Pattern

    Best Books for GATE 2021 Chemistry

    Important Books for GATE 2021 Chemistry Paper

    BookAuthor/ Publication
    Chapterwise Solved Papers Chemistry GATE 2020Sanjay Saxena & Preeti Gupta
    GATE 2020: Chemistry Year-wise Previous Solved Papers 2000-2019GKP

    How to Prepare for GATE 2021 Chemistry Paper?

    Preparation Tips for GATE 2021 Chemistry Paper

    1. Target Based Study Plan

    Candidates can divide their preparation plan as short term and long term study plan. The implementation of any of the plans is totally based on the choice and comfort of candidates.

    • In short term study plan: Candidates can include revision, practice previous year papers, taking the mock tests, etc after the completion of each major topic. This will help them in judging their weaker and stronger points at an early stage of preparations. Candidates can also predict their rank using  GATE Rank Predictor
    • In long term study plan: Candidates can go for final revision, mock test, online test, etc only once that is after the completion of the whole syllabus.

    2. Time Management

    Time management is very important. We are providing one time table to help candidates.

    Time AllotmentActivities to Do
    5:00 AM to 8:00 AMPen down the important topics and scan all the important points
    8:00 AM to 10:00 AMTake a Break
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PMPick up a Major Topic
    1:00 PM to 5:00 PMTake a Break
    6:00 PM to 9:00 PMGo through all the topics that you have covered in the day or you can also continue with the preparation of Major Topic
    10:00 PMA quick go through of the Notes and try to sleep early

    Also Read  Preparation Tips from GATE Topper

    3. Maintain Consistency 

    • Candidates are advised to start from the basic concepts. Make your base strong enough so that you can cover the difficult topics easily. 
    • Consistency plays an important role in your preparation. Without it, you will not be able to achieve any of your goals. Stick to your time table and first go for the major topics only. 

    4. Online Test, Mock Test Series, and Video Lectures

    Taking the online tests or mock test is one of the important steps of your preparation plan. The mock test will help you boost up your confidence level as it gives the feel of the real exam. With the help of an online test, you will be able to judge your strong and week points and you can prepare for your weaker sections again. Candidates can also take help from video lectures. The benefits of video lectures are:

    • Easy to access anytime or anywhere.
    • Learning at one place.
    • Chances of getting valuable information.
    • Information about an easy approach to difficult topics.

    5. Previous Years Practice Papers

    • Previous years' papers are handy and you can go through them n number of times.
    • You can observe the trend of questions asked in the past 2-3 years and prepare according to that.
    • Practice papers help you prepare for your exams in the long run.

    Download GATE Previous Years Papers of TF

    GATE 2021 Syllabus of Other Subjects

    GATE 2021 Syllabus of Other Subjects

    GATE 2021 will be conducted for 25 disciplines and candidates can check the syllabus fo the respective from the links provided in the table below:

    Aerospace EngineeringAEMechanical EngineeringME
    Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
    Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
    Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
    Engineering SciencesXEProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
    Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
    Electrical EngineeringEEBiotechnologyBT

    GATE 2021 Chemistry Syllabus FAQs

    Ques: What will be the major topics in GATE 2021 Chemistry syllabus?

    Ans: The major topics are mentioned below:

    • Section 1 - Physical Chemistry
    • Section 2 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • Section 3 - Organic Chemistry

    Ques: What will be the marking scheme and weightage of sections in GATE 2021 Chemistry syllabus?

    Ans: The marking scheme and weightage of sections in GATE 2021 Chemistry syllabus are mentioned below:

    Section Distribution of Marks  Total Marks
    General Ability5 questions of 1 mark each
    5 questions of 2 marks each

         15 marks 
    Physics25 questions of 1 mark each
    30 questions of 2 marks each 
        85 marks

    Ques: I am planning to appear for chemistry paper so do I need to prepare for the engineering mathematics section?

    Ans: No. The Engineering mathematics section is not part of GATE 2021 Chemistry syllabus. So there is no need to prepare for the same. But the general aptitude section is common for all the 25 disciplines of GATE.

    Ques: How should I prepare for GATE 2021 Chemistry syllabus? 

    Ans: You must refer to the notes, study material, etc of your graduation because the syllabus will be based on graduation level. For better preparations you can also refer to some of the books provided below:

    BookAuthor/ Publication
    Chapterwise Solved Papers Chemistry GATE 2020Sanjay Saxena & Preeti Gupta
    GATE 2020: Chemistry Year-wise Previous Solved Papers 2000-2019GKP

    *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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