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GATE Syllabus 2020 for all 25 papers will be released by IIT Delhi at the official website i.e. Before appearing in the examination, candidates must be well aware of the syllabus and GATE Exam Pattern. This year, the exam will be conducted for 25 subjects. 

GATE 2020 is scheduled to be held on February 1, 2, 8 and 9 in online mode. This year, Biomedical Engineering is added as a new paper in GATE exam. In 2019, Statistics was added as a new paper. Candidates can go through the syllabus given below to get an idea about GATE syllabus. 

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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 the 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 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)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


Dual Cycle

Detonation and Knocking

Turbo Machinery

Fluid MechanicsHeat Transfer

Velocity Potential

Flow through Pipes

Boundary Layer Theory


Surface Tension


Applications of Bernoulli equation

Centrifugal pumps

Specific speeds of the 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


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 the 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



Queues Trees

Recursive Functions


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



Page Replacement Algorithm


Disk Scheduling Algorithm

Page Replacement


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


Cache Organization

Addressing Modes 

Machine Cycles

I/O Data Transfer

Relational Algebra

Relational Algebra


SQL/ SQL Queries

Tuple Calculus



Computer NetworkTheory of Computation

IP Addressing

Routing Algorithms


Application Protocols


Congestion Control

Encryption and Decryption Algorithms



Regular Languages

Regular Expressions


Closure Properties

Formal Grammars


Download Full GATE 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


Fluid Mechanics



Water and wastewater disposal

Air Pollution

Noise Pollution

Municipal Solid Waste

Transportation EngineeringGeomatics Engineering

Transportation Infrastructure

Highway Pavements

Traffic Engineering


Basics of Geographical Information System (GIS)

Geographical Positioning System (GPS)

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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 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


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 EngineeringI. J. 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, photodiode 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.



Maxwell’s equations

Plane waves and properties

Transmission lines



Basics of radar

Light propagation in optical fibers

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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


Countable & Uncountable sets


Mean value theorems

Riemann Integration

Finite dimensional vector spaces

Systems of Linear equations

Minimal Polynomial

Cayley Hamilton



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





Uniformly minimum variance unbiased estimation

Simple & Multiple linear regression

Polynomial regression


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


One and two-way ANOVA




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
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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


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

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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

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques: Are there any changes in GATE syllabus 2020? 

Ans: GATE 2020 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 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. 

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. 

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. 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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