GATE Syllabus 2021: Check Branch-wise Syllabus and Download PDF

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    IIT Bombay will release GATE 2021 in an online mode along with official notification in the month of August 2020. Candidates will be able to check the syllabus of all the 25 papers. GATE 2021 syllabus will have all the topics from where questions will be asked in the final paper. 

    • GATE 2021 syllabus will include General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and the topics from the subject opted by the test takers. The weightage of all the sections will be different. Check  GATE 2021 Exam Pattern
    • General Aptitude syllabus will remain common for all the 25 subjects. 
    • Life Sciences (XL), Geology & Geophysics (GG), and Ecology & Evolution (EY) do not have Engineering Mathematics section as a part of the syllabus.

    Knowledge of GATE 2021 syllabus and major topics is important before the start preparation. With the help of the GATE syllabus, you can easily plan your studies and focus on topics that require more time. Earlier there were only 23 disciplines in GATE but the previous year two new subjects i.e. Statistics and Biomedical Engineering had been added. Candidates can go through the syllabus given below to get an idea about the syllabus of  GATE 2021.

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    GATE 2021 Syllabus for General Aptitude (GA)

    General Aptitude (GA) is a common section in all GATE Papers and holds 15% of the total marks. The questions in GA are based on verbal ability and numerical ability. The 2 subsections in the GA section are as follows:

    Verbal Ability- The following topics are tested in this section:

    • English Grammar
    • Sentence Completion
    • Verbal Analogies
    • Word Groups
    • Instructions
    • Critical Reasoning
    • Verbal Deduction

    Numerical Ability – This section comprises of questions which test the basic mathematical skills of candidates. The following subtopics included in this section are:

    • Numerical computation
    • Numerical Estimation
    • Numerical Reasoning
    • Data Interpretation

    Important Books For GATE General Aptitude Section

    GATE Recommended Books

    GATE General Aptitude Book NameAuthor
    A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
    Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal
    High School English Grammar & CompositionWren and Martin

    GATE 2021 Syllabus for Engineering Mathematics

    Engineering Mathematics holds 15% weightage in GATE for the paper codes: AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE.

    • This section tests a candidate’s skills in mathematical methods and techniques which are majorly used in engineering.
    • Following are the sub-topics of engineering mathematics for various papers:
    GATE PaperTopics included in Engineering Mathematics
    Aerospace Engineering (AE)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations
    Agricultural Engineering (AG)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Probability, and Statistics, Numerical Methods
    Biotechnology (BT)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability, and Statistics, Numerical Methods
    Civil Engineering (CE)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE), Partial Differential Equations (PDE), Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods
    Chemical Engineering (CH)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables
    Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Probability, and Statistics, Discrete Mathematics
    Electronics and Communication (EC)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Vector Analysis, Complex Analysis
    Electrical Engineering (EE)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables, Transform Theory
    Instrumentation Engineering (IN), Mechanical Engineering (ME)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables
    Metallurgical Engineering (MT), Mining Engineering (MN)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods
    Petroleum Engineering (PE), Production and Industrial Engineering (PI), Textile Engineering and Fiber Science (TF)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables
    Engineering Sciences (XE)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE), Partial Differential Equations (PDE), Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Vector Calculus, Complex Variables

    Important Books for Engineering Mathematics

    GATE Recommended Books

    GATE Engineering Mathematics Book NameAuthor
    Higher Engineering MathematicsB. S. Grewal
    GATE Engineering MathematicsMade Easy Team

    GATE Mechanical Engineering Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus – Mechanical Engineering (ME)

    Mechanical Engineering applies the principles of engineering, physics and material science for the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems.

    • This branch of engineering involves the design, production, and operation of machinery.
    • Mentioned below are the important topics that will form GATE Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME).
    • Other than general aptitude and engineering mathematics the following are the topics from the core subject. 
    Applied Mechanics and DesignThermal Sciences
    Heat TransferFluid Mechanics
    Theory of Machines and VibrationMaterials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

    Check  GATE 2021 Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering

    Important Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering

    GATE Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
    Engineering ThermodynamicsP.K. Nag, Edition: 5
    Introduction to Fluid Mechanics & Fluid MachinesS K Som, Gautam Biswas, S Chakraborty, Edition: 3
     Fundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass TransferR.C. Sachdeva, Edition: 4
    Theory of MachinesS S Rattan, Edition: 4
    Engineering MechanicsS. Timoshenko, D.H. Young, J.V. Rao, Sukumar Pati, Edition: 5

    GATE Computer Science Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus – Computer Science Engineering (CS)

    CSE stands for Computer Science Engineering. This field deals with implementation, designing, and management of the information system of both software and hardware processes. GATE Syllabus for CSE with important topics is tabulated below:

    • The major sections GATE Computer Science Engineering syllabus are General Aptitude, Engineering mathematics, and Core subject syllabus.
    • The main topics from the core subject syllabus are mentioned below in the table.
    Programming and Data StructuresAlgorithms
    Operating SystemsDigital Logic
    Computer Organization & ArchitectureDatabases
    Computer NetworkTheory of Computation

    Check  GATE 2021 Syllabus for Computer Science Engineering

    Important Books for GATE CS

    GATE Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/Publisher
    The C Programming languageBrian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie, Edition: 2
    Classic Data StructuresDebasis Samanta, Edition: 2
    Introduction to AlgorithmsThomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein, Edition: 3
    Computer Networking: A Top-Down ApproachJames F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross, Edition: 6

    GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus – Civil Engineering (CE)

    GATE Civil Engineering Exam is known as one of the most reputed exams for any graduate engineers.

    • The exam will help in understanding a candidate’s ability to work in the development sector of our country and tests their knowledge in design, construction, and maintenance of physical and naturally build structures like roads, canals, etc. 
    • The syllabus of GATE Civil Engineering (CE) is divided into 3 parts: General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and Core Subject Syllabus. 
    • The core sbuject syllabus of GATE Civil Engineering (CE) is as follows: 
    Structural EngineeringGeotechnical Engineering
    Water Resources EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
    Transportation EngineeringGeomatics Engineering

    Check  GATE 2021 Syllabus for Civil Engineering

    Important Books for GATE Civil Engineering

    GATE Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/Publisher
    Basic Structural AnalysisC.S.Reddy, Edition: 3rd
    R.C.C. DesignsB.C.Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Jain Edition: 3rd
    Design Of Steel StructuresS.K Duggal Edition: 3rd
    Surveying (vol. 1,2,3)B.C.Punia, Ashok Jain, Arun Jain
    Engineering HydrologyK Subramanya, Edition: 4th

    GATE Electrical Engineering Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus – Electrical Engineering (EE)

    Electrical Engineering deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. The paper code for this paper is EE.

    • Again this subject also have 3 major sections i.e. General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and Core Subject Syllabus. 
    • Important topics for EE are mentioned below in a tabulated format:
    Electric CircuitsElectromagnetic Fields
    Signals and SystemsElectrical Machines
    Power SystemsControl Systems
    Electrical and Electronic MeasurementsAnalog and Digital Electronics
    Power Electronics-

    Check  GATE 2021 Syllabus for Electrical Engineering

    Important Books for Electrical Engineering

    GATE Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/Publisher
    Electrical Power SystemsC. L. Wadhwa, Edition: 6
    Electrical MachineryAuthor's Name: P. S. Bimbhra, Edition: 7
    Control Systems EngineeringI.J.Nagrath, M. Gopal, Edition: 5
    Power System EngineeringI. J. Nagrath, D Kothari, Edition: 2

    GATE Electronics & Communication Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus –  Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)

    This is a discipline that combines electrical and communication engineering together.

    • EC stands for Electronics and Communication Engineering.
    • Do not confuse yourself with Electronics and Electrical syllabus. Both disciplines are different and the syllabus is also different. 
    • Mentioned below are the most important topics for EC exam -
    Networks, Signals and SystemsElectronic Devices
    Analog CircuitsDigital Circuits
    Control SystemsCommunications

    Check  GATE 2021 Syllabus for EC

    Important GATE Books for Electronics and Communication

    GATE Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/Publisher
    Microelectronic Circuits : Theory and ApplicationsAdel S. Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith, Edition: 6
    Fundamentals of Electric CircuitsCharles K. Alexander, Matthew N. O. Sadiku, Edition: 5
    Automatic Control SystemsBenjamin C. Kuo, Edition: 9
    Digital Logic and Computer DesignM. Morris Mano, Edition: 1
    Principles of Communication SystemsGoutam Saha, Herbert Taub, Donald Schilling, Edition: 3

    GATE Instrumentation Engineering Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering (IN)

    Instrumentation engineering is the branch of engineering that focuses on the principle and operation of measuring instruments.

    • The syllabus of GATE 2021 IN paper majorly divided into 9 major sections.
    • Further based on the syllabus the paper will be divided into 3 sections namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and core subject. 
    Electrical CircuitsSignals and Systems
    Control SystemsAnalog Electronics
    MeasurementsDigital Electronics
    Sensors and Industrial InstrumentationCommunication and Optical Instrumentation

    Check GATE 2021 Instrumentation Engineering Syllabus

    Important GATE Books for Instrumentation Engineering

    IN Books

    Title of the bookName of the Author/ Publication
    GATE 2020: Instrumentation Engineering Previous Solved PapersGKP
    Instrumentation Engineering GATE 2020Arihant Experts
    GATE 2020 – Guide – Instrumentation EngineeringGKP

    GATE Textile Engineering Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus for Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)

    Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus, exam pattern, books to prepare well for the exam. 

    • The core syllabus of Textile Engineering and Fibre Science is divided into 5 major sections.
    • Other than the core syllabus will have to prepare for General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics as well. 

    Textile Fibers

    Yarn manufacture, Yarn structure, and Properties
    Fabric manufacture, Structure, and PropertiesTextile Testing
    Chemical processing-

    Check GATE 2021 TF Syllabus

    Important GATE Books for Textile Engineering and Fibre Science

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    Book NameAuthor
    Advanced Engineering MathematicsErwin Kreyszig
    Developments in Science and TechnologyKalpana Rajaram
    Textile Processing and PropertiesVigo TL Vigo Vigo

    GATE Statistics Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus for Statistics (ST)

    Statistics is a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, interpretation, organization, analysis, and presentation of data.

    • Statistics is the newly added subject or discipline in GATE.
    • GATE Statistics (ST) syllabus does not include a separate section of Engineering Mathematics. However, General aptitude is the part of syllabus. 
    • Tabulated below are important chapters with the topics that are likely to appear in GATE 2021.
    CalculusLinear Algebra
    ProbabilityStochastic Processes
    InferenceRegression Analysis
    Multivariate AnalysisDesign of Experiments

    Check GATE 2021 Statistics Syllabus

    Important GATE Books for Statistics

    GATE Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/Publisher

    Statistics for Machine Learning

    Pratap Dangeti

    Statistics for Data ScienceJames D. Miller
    Fundamentals of Mathematical StatisticsS.C. Gupta
    Fundamentals of StatisticsS.C. Gupta

    GATE Architecture & Planning Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus – Architecture and Planning (AR)

    The paper code for this exam in GATE is AR.

    • It is again the most desired and competitive field among the graduate engineers.
    • Tabulated below are important chapters with the topics that are likely to appear in GATE 2020.
    City PlanningLandscape Design
    HousingVisual and Urban Design
    Computer-Aided DesignDevelopment of Contemporary Architecture

    Check  GATE 2021 Syllabus for Architecture & Planning

    Important Books for Architecture and Planning

    GATE Recommended Books

    GATE Architecture and Planning Book NameAuthor
    Landscape Architect's Siobhan Vernon and Nicola Garmory
    Architecture: Form, Space, and Order Francis D. K. Ching
    The Urban PatternSimon Eisner
    Strength of MaterialR.S Khurmi

    GATE Syllabus of Other Subjects

    GATE 2021 Syllabus of Other Subjects

    The subject wise syllabus is given below in the table. This will help candidates to get an idea about the syllabus. 

    Biomedical EngineeringCheck Here
    Engineering SciencesCheck Here
    Production and Industrial EngineeringCheck Here
    Petroleum EngineeringCheck Here
    Mining EngineeringCheck Here
    Metallurgical EngineeringCheck Here
    Agricultural EngineeringCheck Here
    Aerospace EngineeringCheck Here
    Chemical EngineeringCheck Here
    Biotechnology EngineeringCheck Here
    Life SciencesCheck Here
    Geology and GeophysicsCheck Here
    Ecology and Evaluation Check Here 
    Physics Check Here
    ChemistryCheck Here
    MathematicsCheck Here

    GATE 2021 Syllabus FAQs

    Ques: Are there any changes in GATE syllabus 2021? 

    Ans: GATE 2021 has a major update that Biomedical Engineering has been added as a new subject. There is no recent change in GATE syllabus as a whole but as a new subject is added, the syllabus of the same is added with the syllabus of the rest of the questions. 

    Ques: For how many papers can I take GATE exam?

    Ans: GATE is held for a total of 25 papers, depending upon the candidate’s eligibility, they can choose any one of all 25 papers. Biomedical Engineering paper has been added this year. If a candidate is eligible to apply for this paper then he/she can apply. 

    Ques: I am in the final year of my graduation, will I be able to crack GATE exam?

    Ans: GATE is a national level exam and therefore competition level is also high, it totally depends on the candidate’s performance and preparation for GATE exam. You can apply for it and start preparing according to the syllabus provided here. 

    Ques: Is GATE general aptitude test common for all papers?

    Ans: There is a general aptitude section common for all papers that are held in GATE exam. There is no difference in general aptitude paper for any candidate. Candidates taking the exam for each paper will have to answer the general aptitude section. 

    Ques: I am from B.Tech CSE Branch, please recommend some books for GATE CSE paper. 

    Ans: GATE CSE syllabus has several sub-sections, and each section can be prepared from a different book. The top books that can be preferred for preparing for CSE paper are tabulated:

    Engineering MathematicsDiscrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth Rosen, Higher Engineering mathematics by B.S. Grewal, Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
    Programming and Data StructuresThe C Programming language by Dennis Richie, Classic Data Structures by Debasis Samanta
    Computer Organization and ArchitectureComputer Architecture – A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson, Computer Organization and Embedded systems by Carl Hamacher
    Theory of ComputationAn Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata by Peter Linz, NPTEL lectures by Kamala Krithivasan
    Compiler DesignCompilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools by Aho & Ullman, Compiler Design in C by Allen I Holub
    AlgorithmsIntroduction to Algorithms by Cormen, Data Structures & Algorithms by R.S. Salaria
    Digital LogicDigital Design by Morris Mano, Digital Electronics by S. Salivahanan & S. Arivazhagan
    Operating SystemOperating System Concepts by Galvin, Modern Operating System by Andrew Tanenbaum Operating Systems by Stallings
    DatabasesDatabase System Concepts by Henry. F. Korth, Normalization and indexing by Shamkant B. Navathe
    Computer NetworkComputer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Data Communications and Networking by Kurose & Ross and Behrouz A. Forouzan Computer Networks by Peterson & Davie

    Ques: Which is the best book for GATE Aptitude section?

    Ans: There are ample of general aptitude books available for the preparation of general aptitude section. Few of the highly recommended books are given below: 

    1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
    2. A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
    3. High School English Grammar by Wren and Martin

    *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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