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Agricultural engineering is the engineering discipline that studies agricultural production and processing. GATE Agricultural Engineering Syllabus has been released by the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. Agricultural Engineering syllabus contains the subject topics and general aptitude.
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GATE 2020 is scheduled for February 01, 02, 08 and 09, 2020 in online mode. It consists of 25 papers including Agriculture Engineering (AG). Candidates applying for GATE Agriculture Engineering (AG) paper can check the complete AE syllabus from this article.
Candidates can check the section wise syllabus for agriculture engineering:
Engineering Mathematics is one of the important and tough section of GATE exam. The section carries 15% weihtage 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.
|Linear Algebra||Matrices and determinants, systems of linear equations, Eigen values and eigen vectors.|
|Vector Calculus||Gradient; divergence and curl; line; surface and volume integrals; Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems|
|Calculus||Limit, continuity and differentiability; partial derivatives; maxima and minima; sequences and series; tests for convergence; Fourier series, Taylor series|
|Differential Equations||Linear and non-linear first order Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE); Higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients; Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations; Laplace transforms; Partial Differential Equations - Laplace, heat and wave equations.|
|Probability and Statistics||Mean, median, mode and standard deviation; random variables; Poisson, normal and binomial distributions; correlation and regression analysis; tests of significance, analysis of variance (ANOVA).|
|Numerical Methods||Solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; numerical integration - trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule; numerical solutions of OD.|
Farm power is one of the most expensive and critical inputs when growing a rice crop. 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.
|Sources of Power||Sources of power on the farm - human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass; bio-fuels|
|Farm Power||Thermodynamic principles of I.C. engines; I.C. engine cycles; engine components; fuels and combustion; lubricants and their properties; I.C. engine systems – fuel, cooling, lubrication, ignition, electrical, intake and exhaust; selection, operation, maintenance and repair of I.C. engines; power efficiencies and measurement; calculation of power, torque, fuel consumption, heat load and power losses.|
|Tractors and Powertillers|
Type, selection, maintenance and repair of tractors and powertillers; tractor clutches and brakes; power transmission systems – gear trains, differential, final drives and power take-off; mechanics of tractor chassis; traction theory; three point hitches- free link and restrained link operations; mechanical steering and hydraulic control systems used in tractors; tractor tests and performance.
Human engineering and safety in design of tractor and agricultural implements.
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.
|Fluid Mechanics||Ideal and real fluids, properties of fluids; hydrostatic pressure and its measurement; hydrostatic forces on plane and curved surface; continuity equation; Bernoulli’s theorem; laminar and turbulent flow in pipes, Darcy- Weisbach and Hazen-Williams equations, Moody’s diagram; flow through orifices and notches; flow in open channels|
|Soil Mechanics||Engineering properties of soils; fundamental definitions and relationships; index properties of soils; permeability and seepage analysis; shear strength, Mohr’s circle of stress, active and passive earth pressures; stability of slopes.|
Hydrological cycle and components; meteorological parameters, their measurement and analysis of precipitation data; runoff estimation; hydrograph analysis, unit hydrograph theory and application; stream flow measurement; flood routing, hydrological reservoir and channel routing.
|Surveying and Leveling||Measurement of distance and area; instruments for surveying and leveling; chain surveying, methods of traversing; measurement of angles and bearings, plane table surveying; types of leveling; theodolite traversing; contouring; computation of areas and volume.|
|Soil and Water Erosion||Mechanics of soil erosion, soil erosion types, wind and water erosion, factors affecting erosion; soil loss estimation; biological and engineering measures to control erosion; terraces and bunds; vegetative waterways; gully control structures, drop, drop inlet and chute spillways; earthen dams|
|Watershed Management||Watershed characterization; land use capability classification;rainwater harvesting structures,check dams and farm ponds.|
Soil and Water Conservation Engineering section carries six topics tebulated below. Irrigation is the artificial exploitation and distribution of water at project level aiming at application of water at field level to agricultural crops in dry areas or in periods of scarce rainfall to assure or improve crop production.
|Core Topics||Sub Topics|
|Soil-Water-Plant Relationship||Water requirement of crops; consumptive use and evapotranspiration; measurement of infiltration, soil moisture and irrigation water infiltration.|
|Irrigation Water Conveyance and Application Methods||Design of irrigation channels and underground pipelines; irrigation scheduling; surface, sprinkler and micro irrigation methods, design and evaluation of irrigation methods; irrigation efficiencies|
Drainage coefficient; planning, design and layout of surface and sub-surface drainage systems; leaching requirement and salinity control; irrigation and drainage water quality and reuse.
|Groundwater Hydrology||Groundwater occurrence; Darcy’s Law, steady flow in confined and unconfined aquifers, evaluation of aquifer properties; groundwater recharge.|
|Wells and Pumps||Types of wells, steady flow through wells; classification of pumps; pump characteristics; pump selection and installation.|
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. There are four topics in agricultural engineering mentioned below.
|Drying||Psychrometry – properties of air-vapors mixture; concentration and drying of liquid foods – evaporators, tray, drum and spray dryers; hydrothermal treatment; drying and milling of cereals, pulses and oilseeds.|
|Size Reduction and Conveying:||Mechanics and energy requirement in size reduction of granular solids; particle size analysis for comminuted solids; size separation by screening; fluidization of granular solids-pneumatic, bucket, screw and belt conveying; cleaning and grading; effectiveness of grain cleaners; centrifugal separation of solids, liquids and gases.|
|Processing and By-product Utilization||Processing of seeds, spices, fruits and vegetables; By-product utilization from processing industries|
|Storage Systems||Controlled and modified atmosphere storage; perishable food storage, godowns, bins and grain silos.|
Food engineering is a multidisciplinary field which 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.
|Heat and Mass Transfer||Steady state heat transfer in conduction, convection and radiation; transient heat transfer in simple geometry; working principles of heat exchangers; diffusive and convective mass transfer; simultaneous heat and mass transfer in agricultural processing operations; material and energy balances in food processing systems; water activity, sorption and desorption isotherms.|
|Preservation of Food||Kinetics of microbial death – pasteurization and sterilization of milk and otherliquid foods; preservation of food by cooling and freezing; refrigeration and cold storage basics and applications.|
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:
|Advanced Engineering Mathematics||Dass H.K. S Chand; Reprint Edn|
|A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science||Barbara Oakley TarcherPerigee|
|A Textbook of Engineering Mathematics||N.P. Bali , Laxmi Publications|
|Modern Mathematical Methods for Physicists and Engineers||Cantrell Cambridge University Press|
|Agricultural Machinery Management||Bello R S, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing|
|The Book of Farm Implements and Machines||James Slight|
|Farm Machinery And Equipment||Harris Pearson Smith|
|Principal Of Agricultural Engg.Vol -I||T P & A M Michael Ojha|
|Book Name||Author||ISBN Number|
|Soil and Water Engineering||Delmar D. Fangmeier, William J. Elliot||813151210X, 978-8131512104|
|Hydrology and Soil Conservation Engineering||Ghanshyam Das||-|
|Soil Conservation Service Curve Number (SCS-CN) Methodology||S.K. Mishra, Vijay Singh||9048162254, 978-9048162253|
|Soil and water conservation engineering||Richard K. Frevert||-|
|Book Name||Author||ISBN Number|
|Irrigation And Drainage||LENKA D||8127224596, 978-8127224592|
|Irrigation Water Resources And Water Power Engineering||Modi P.N||8189401297, 978-8189401290|
|Irrigation Engineering||H.M. Raghunath||8126528818, 978-8126528813|
|Land Drainage: Principles, Methods and Applications||A.K. Bhattacharya, A.M. Michael||812592776X, 978-8125927761|
|Question Bank in Agricultural Engineering||Amandeep Godhara|
|Agricultural Engineering Soil Mechanics||E. McKyes|
|Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Technology||Harry Field and John Solie|
|Introduction to Agricultural Engineering||lawrenceo. Roth and Harry Field|
|Book Name||Author||ISBN Number|
|Food Science||B Srilakshmi||8122438091, 978-8122438093|
|Fundamentals of Food Process Engineering||Romeo T. Toledo||1441939660, 978-1441939661|
|Obj.Type Questions in Food Process Engg. &Technology||Ansari Irfan Ahmed||8183601928, 978-8183601924|
|Introduction to food engineering||R. Paul Singh||-|
GATE Exam Pattern is defined paper wise depending upon candidates’ branch. For this year, IIT Guwahati will hold the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
|Aerospace Engineering||AE||Mechanical Engineering||ME|
|Engineering Sciences||XE||Metallurgical Engineering||MT|
|Civil Engineering||CE||Mining Engineering||MN|
|Chemical Engineering||CH||Petroleum Engineering||PE|
|Computer Science and Information Technology||CS||Production and Industrial Engineering||PI|
|Electronics and Communication||EC||Textile Engineering and Fibre Science||TF|