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Updated On - June 4th 2019 by SHIVANI TIWARI

GATE Syllabus 2020 for all the 24 papers is released by IIT delhi at Three sections namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and specific subject of the paper are covered in this exam, General Aptitude being the compulsory section. GATE 2020 scheduled on February 2 and 3 has concluded and the majority of students appeared for ME and CS paper. Check GATE Paper Analysis

  • The other 3 major exams (EC/ EE/ CE) will be conducted between February 9 and 10 in CBT mode. Check GATE Exam Pattern
  • A new paper namely Statistics (ST) is added in GATE 2020.
  • The mock tests for all the papers are available at the portal. Download Free GATE Practice Papers

GATE Syllabus for General Aptitude (GA)

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

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

  • English Grammar
  • Sentence Completion
  • Verbal Analogies
  • Word Groups
  • Instructions
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Verbal Deduction
  1. 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 & CompositionWrenand Martin

GATE 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 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)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Analysis of Complex Variables
Mechanical Engineering (ME)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables
Metallurgical Engineering (MT)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods
Mining Engineering (MN)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods
Petroleum Engineering (PE)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Complex Variables
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 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 design, production, and operation of machinery.
  • Mentioned below are the important topics that will form GATE Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME).
ManufacturingThermal Sciences
  • Orthogonal Cutting
  • Tool Life Equation Problems
  • Casting Types and Design
  • Resistance Welding
  • Problems in Welding
  • 1st and 2nd Law Problems
  • Steam Turbines
  • Laws of TD and Properties
  • Problems of Diesel
  • Otto
  • Dual Cycle
  • Detonation and Knocking
  • Turbo Machinery
Fluid MechanicsHeat Transfer
  • Velocity Potential
  • Flow through Pipes
  • Boundary Layer Theory
  • Buoyancy
  • Surface Tension
  • Capillary
  • Applications of Bernoulli equation
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Specific speeds of turbine and pumps
  • Numbers in convection like Pr No, Gr No, Re No, etc.
  • Problems on conduction
  • Critical thickness
  • Shape factor in radiation
  • Problem in Heat exchangers like NTU
Theory of Machines and Vibration
  • Planetary gear train
  • Gears LOC, POC
  • Shafts Problems
  • Governors & Fly Wheel
  • Linkages
  • Pairs & its applications
  • Inversions of Single & double slider crank
Download Full GATE 2020 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 Syllabus – Computer Science Engineering (CSE)

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

Programming and Data StructuresAlgorithms
  • Recursive Programs
  • Trees and Graphs
  • Trees
  • Stacks
  • Queues Trees
  • Recursive Functions
  • Pointers 
  • Algorithm Analysis
  • Heap Trees
  • Sorting and Graph Algorithm
  • Searching and Sorting Algorithm
  • Dynamic Programming Algorithm
  • Divide and Conquer
  • Greedy Algorithm
Operating SystemsDigital Logic
  • CPU Scheduling Algorithms
  • Paging
  • Semaphores
  • Page Replacement Algorithm
  • Deadlock
  • Disk Scheduling Algorithm
  • Page Replacement
  • Segmentation
  • Combinational Circuits: Multiplexer, Decoder and De-Multiplexer
  • Combinational Circuits
  • Minimizational Circuits
  • Sequential Circuits
  • Minimization and Counters
  • Number System
  • Fixed and Floating Point Registers
Computer Organization & ArchitectureDatabases
  • Pipelining
  • Cache Organization
  • Addressing Modes 
  • Machine Cycles
  • I/O Data Transfer
  • Relational Algebra
  • Relational Algebra
  • Normalization
  • SQL/ SQL Queries
  • Tuple Calculus
  • Transactions
  • Serializability
Computer NetworkTheory of Computation
  • IP Addressing
  • Routing Algorithms
  • TCP and UDP
  • Application Protocols
  • Ethernet
  • Congestion Control
  • Encyption and Decryption Algorithms
  • DFA
  • CFL and DCFL
  • Regular Languages
  • Regular Expressions
  • Undecidability
  • Closure Properties
  • Formal Grammars
  • CNF
Download FullGATE 2020 Syllabus for CSE

Important Books for GATE CSE

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 Syllabus – Civil Engineering (CE)

GATE Civil Engineering Exam 2020 is 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 understanding a candidate’s knowledge in design, construction, and maintenance of physical and naturally build structures like roads, canals.

Structural EngineeringGeotechnical Engineering
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Steel Structures
  • Structural Analysis
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Foundation Engineering 
Water Resources EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • Hydrology
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Hydraulics
  • Irrigation
  • Water and waste water disposal
  • Air Pollution
  • Noise Pollution
  • Municipal Solid Waste
Transportation EngineeringGeomatics Engineering
  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Highway Pavements
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Basics of Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Geographical Positioning System (GPS)
Download Full GATE 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, Askok jain, Arun Jain
Engineering HydrologyK Subramanya, Edition: 4th

GATE Syllabus – Electrical Engineering (EE)

Electrical Engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. The paper code for this paper is EEE. Tabulated below are the important topics for GATE Exam.

Electric Circuits

Electromagnetic Fields

  • Network graph
  • KCL, KVL, Node and Mesh analysis
  • Sinusoidal steady-state analysis
  • Thevenin’s theorem, Norton’s theorem
  • Three phase circuits
  • Electric Field Intensity, Electric Flux Density, Gauss's Law,
  • Electric field & potential due to point, line, plane & spherical charge distributions
  • Biot-Savart’s law, Ampere’s law
  • Self and Mutual inductance of simple configurations

Signals and Systems

Electrical Machines

  • Representation of continuous and discrete-time signals.
  • Linear Time Invariant and Causal systems, Sampling theorem.
  • Applications of Fourier Transform, Laplace Transform and z-Transform
  • Single phase transformer,
  • Three phase transformers,
  • Auto-transformer, DC machines, Three phase induction motors, Operating principle of single phase induction motors, Synchronous machines
  • Types of losses and efficiency calculations of electric machines.

Power Systems

Control Systems

  • Power generation concepts
  • Electric field distribution and insulators
  • Gauss-Seidel and Newton-Raphson load flow methods
  • Voltage and Frequency control, Power factor correction
  • Symmetrical components, Symmetrical and unsymmetrical fault analysis,
  • Circuit breakers, System stability concepts
  • Mathematical modeling and representation of systems
  • Feedback principle, transfer function, Block diagrams and Signal flow graphs
  • Transient and Steady-state analysis of linear time invariant systems
  • Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist criteria, Bode plots.
  • P, PI and PID controllers; State space model, State transition matrix.

Electrical and Electronic Measurements

Analog and Digital Electronics

  • Bridges and Potentiometers
  • Measurement of voltage, current, power, energy and power factor
  • Instrument transformers, Digital voltmeters and multimeters
  • Phase, Time and Frequency measurement; Oscilloscopes
  • Characteristics of diodes, BJT, MOSFET
  • Oscillators and Feedback amplifiers
  • Operational amplifiers
  • 8085Microprocessor

Power Electronics

  • Characteristics of semiconductor power devices: Diode, Thyristor, Triac, GTO, MOSFET, IGBT;
  • DC to DC conversion: Buck, Boost and Buck-Boost converters;
  • Single and three phase configurations of uncontrolled rectifiers, Line commutated thyristor-based converters, Bidirectional ac to dc voltage source converters,
  • Issues of line current harmonics, Power factor, Distortion factor of ac to dc converters,
  • Single phase and three phase inverters, Sinusoidal pulse width modulation.
Download Full GATE Syllabus for Electrical and Electronics

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 Engineering I Nagrath , D Kothari, Edition: 2

GATE Syllabus –  Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)

This is a discipline that combines electrical and communication engineering together. ECE stands for Electronics and Communication Engineering. Mentioned below are the most important topics for GATE exam.

Networks, Signals and Systems

Electronic Devices

  • Network solution methods
  • Network theorems
  • Linear 2-port network parameters
  • Continuous-time signals
  • Discrete-time signals
  • LTI systems
  • Digital filter design techniques.
  • Energy bands in intrinsic and extrinsic silicon; Carrier transport
  • P-N junction, Zener diode, BJT, MOS capacitor, MOSFET, LED, photo diode and solar cell
  • Integrated circuit fabrication process

Analog Circuits

Digital Circuits

  • Small signal equivalent circuits of diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs; Simple diode circuits
  • Single-stage BJT and MOSFET amplifiers
  • BJT and MOSFET amplifiers
  • Sinusoidal oscillators
  • Function generators, wave-shaping circuits and 555 timers
  • Voltage reference circuits
  • Power supplies: ripple removal and regulation.
  • Number systems; Combinatorial circuits
  • Sequential circuits
  • Data converters
  • Semiconductor memories
  • 8-bit microprocessor (8085)

Control Systems


  • Basic control system components
  • Block diagram representation
  • Signal flow graph
  • Transient and steady-state analysis of LTI systems;
  • Frequency response;
  • Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist stability criteria; Bode and root-locus plots; Lag, lead and lag-lead compensation;
  • State variable model and solution of state equation of LTI systems.
  • Random processes
  • Analog communications
  • Information theory
  • Digital communications
  • Fundamentals of error correction, Hamming codes;
  • Timing and frequency synchronization, inter-symbol interference and its mitigation
  • Basics of TDMA, FDMA and CDMA.


  • Electrostatics
  • Maxwell’s equations
  • Plane waves and properties
  • Transmission lines
  • Waveguides
  • Antennas
  • Basics of radar
  • Light propagation in optical fibers
Download Full GATE Syllabus for ECE

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 Syllabus for Statistics (ST)

Statistics is a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, interpretation, organization, analysis and presentation of data. Tabulated below are important chapters with the topics that are likely to appear in GATE 2020.


Linear Algebra

  • Finite
  • Countable & Uncountable sets
  • Archimedean
  • Mean value theorems
  • Riemann Integration
  • Finite dimensional vector spaces
  • Systems of Linear equations
  • Minimal Polynomial
  • Cayley Hamilton
  • Skew-symmetric


Stochastic Processes

  • Classical, relative frequency & axiomatic definitions of probability
  • Bayes’ theorem
  • Independent events
  • Random variables & probability distributions
  • Moments & moment generating functions
  • Markov chains with finite & countable state space
  • Classification of states
  • Limiting behavior of n-step transition probabilities
  • Stationery distribution
  • Poisson & birth-and death processes


Regression Analysis

  • Unbiasedness
  • Consistency
  • Sufficiency
  • Completeness
  • Uniformly minimum variance unbiased estimation
  • Simple & Multiple linear regression
  • Polynomial regression
  • Estimation
  • Confidence intervals & testing for regression coefficients
  • Partial & Multiple correlation coefficient

Multivariate Analysis

Design of Experiments

  • Basic properties of multivariate normal distribution
  • Multinomial distribution
  • Wishart distribution
  • Hotellings T2 & related tests
  • Clustering
  • One and two-way ANOVA
  • CRD
  • RBD
  • LSD
  • Factorial experiments

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
Download Full GATE Syllabus for Statistics

GATE 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 PlanningHousing
  • Evolution of Cities
  • Sustainable Development
  • Eco City Concept
  • Planning Regulations
  • Housing Typology
  • Finance and Management
  • Housing Programs in India
  • Housing Policies
  • Site Planning Principles
Landscape DesignComputer Aided Design
  • Landscape design and Material Used
  • Methodology and Styles
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Application of Computers
  • Graphics
  • Languages (C, Visual Basic, AutoCAD, 3D-Studio)
Visual and Urban DesignDevelopment of Contemporary Architecture
  • Knowledge of Design
  • Material Used
  • Styles Followed
  • Images and Pattern
  • Influence in Society
  • Impact of New Development
  • Post Modernism
Download Full GATE 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 for other Papers

Tabulated below are the PDF syllabus files for all the papers of GATE 2020:

GATE 2020 PapersGATE Paper Code
GATE Syllabus for Aerospace EngineeringAE
GATE Syllabus for Agriculture EngineeringAG
GATE Syllabus for BiotechnologyBT
GATE Syllabus for Chemical EngineeringCH
GATE Syllabus for ChemistryCY
GATE Syllabus for Ecology & EvolutionEY
GATE Syllabus for Engineering ScienceXE
GATE Syllabus for Geology & GeophysicsGG
GATE Syllabus for Instrumentation EngineeringIN
GATE Syllabus for Life SciencesXL
GATE Syllabus for MathematicsMA
GATE Syllabus for Metallurgical EngineeringMT
GATE Syllabus for Mining EngineeringMN
GATE Syllabus for Petroleum EngineeringPE
GATE Syllabus for PhysicsPH
GATE Syllabus for Production and Industrial EngineeringPI
GATE Syllabus for Textile Engineering and Fiber ScienceTF

GATE Exam Pattern

The brief of GATE 2020 exam pattern is elucidated in the following table:

SectionQuestion NoNo. of QuestionsMarks Per QuestionTotal Marks
General Aptitude1 to 5515
Technical1 to 2525125
Engineering26 to 5530260
Total Question: 65Total Marks: 100Total Duration: 3 Hours
Technical Section: 70 MarksGeneral Aptitude: 15 MarksEngineering Mathematics: 15 Marks
25 marks to 40 marks will allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions
Negative Marking: No negative marking in NAT questions. -1/3, -2/3 marks would be deducted for incorrect response in MCQ type questions carrying 1 and 2 marks respectively.

Check detailed GATE Exam Pattern

Things to Remember

  • Exam Date – February 2 to 10, 2020
  • Exam Centers – 195+ exam centers are enlisted under 8 zonal IITs. Check Exam Day Dos’ and Donts
  • Carry your admit cards along with the required IDs to the exam center. Download GATE Admit Card

The above article is based on previous years’ information. In case of any query, ask them in the comments below.

*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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