GATE 2020 Civil Engineering (CE) Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

Updated On - July 16th 2019By - Lokesh Gupta

GATE Answer Keys 2020: The answer key of GATE CE Paper will be released by IIT Delhi. Candidates can visit the official portal ( to download the question paper with answer keys. 

  • The exam will be conducted on February 10 in two shifts. The overall difficulty level of paper is expected to be Moderate. Read more GATE 
  • GATE Result 2020 will be announced on March 16, 2020 at GOAPS website.
  • After the declaration of result, each Institute will release its separate GATE Cut off.

GATE Civil Engineering Answer Key

YearCivil Engineering
2019Question Paper (CE01)Answer Key (CE01)
Question Paper (CE01)Answer Key (CE01)
2018Question Paper (CE01)Answer Key (CE01)
Question Paper (CE02)Answer Key (CE02)

Last year, 1,18,147 students took GATE CE Paper out of which 18, 013 qualified the exam. As per the trends, most of the questions in the paper are based on fundamental, concept based and thought-provoking. 

  • Session 1 – Weightage given to Fluid Mechanics, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering is relatively high. Check GATE CE Paper Analysis
  • Session 2 – Geotechnical Engineering questions are perceived to be tougher than usual. 

The official answer keys are referred for evaluating GATE Scores. Based on official answer keys, the result is declared. Also, candidates can also submit their contests on the answer keys provided. This facility will be available for a limited time period against a payment.

How to Check GATE Answer Key (CE)?

GATE Answer Keys illuminate test takers of right answers. Concocting the marking scheme, applicants derive marks they may acquire in the final result. Aside from that facility, Applicants can likewise challenge the official keys within the given time-frame before the announcement of results.

  1. Visit the official website of GATE i.e.
  2. Enter required credentials i.e. Enrollment ID, Registration Number and Date of Birth
  3. The CE Answer Key of GATE 2020 will be displayed on your screen.
  4. Check and download it for future reference.

An applicant can avail the chance and challenge the answer key of any question subsequent to giving their practical legitimization. The same is to be encased in the required entirety of money. Candidates are advised to ensure that they quote the proper question number. If the specialists acknowledge the presented reply, the money paid will be refunded.

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GATE CE Paper Analysis

  • The paper contained both numerical and multiple-choice questions. The difficulty level of the paper was moderate.
  • There were three sections in the paper - Technical Section, Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude. It consisted of 65 questions carrying total 100 marks.
  • Candidates were given three hours or 180 minutes to solve the paper. One-mark questions were very easy to attempt but the questions with two marks were a little time-consuming.
  • There were more of conceptual questions than the calculation-based questions. So, qualifying the exam was easy, but scoring was tough as stated by the appearing students.

The GATE Academy has released the paper analysis of GATE CE Paper on memory based questions. The analysis of morning session can be found below:

Candidates can also check the video solutions and analysis of GATE CE Paper (both shifts – Feb 11) from the website of The Gate Academy. Click Here

The paper analysis of GATE Civil Engineering (CE) (Shift-2) is available. Find it below:

Following is the section-wise paper analysis of the GATE CE exam:

Section NameMajor Topics Covered in the ExamOverall Difficulty Level of the Questions
Environmental EngineeringBOD, Air Pollution, Sludge Disposal, Domestic WastewaterModerate
Structural AnalysisDeflection of Beam, Truss & StrainDifficult
Water Resources EngineeringUnit Hydrographs, Flood Estimation, Fluid RoutingEasy
SOM/Solid mechanicsStruss, Deflection of BeamsEasy
RCCConcrete Technology, Shear, Compression and Torsion by Limit State MethodsEasy
Geomatics/ Surveying EngineeringLevelling, Coordinate System, Map Projections, Theodolite-TraversingModerate
Geotechnical EngineeringEarth Pressure, Consolidation, Shear Strength, Permeability & Seepage, CompactionModerate
Transportation EngineeringTraffic Characteristics, Theory of Traffic Flow, Pavements, GIS Remote SensingModerate
Construction Materials and ManagementConstruction Management, Analysis of Beam Sections at Transfer and Service LoadsDifficult
Engineering MechanicsTrusses and Frames, Kinematics of Rectilinear MotionDifficult
Steel StructurePlastic Analysis, Design of Tension Member, BeamsModerate

Following is the section-wise distribution of marks of the GATE CE exam –

Section NameNumber of 1 Mark QuestionsNumber of 2 Marks QuestionsTotal Marks From the Section
Environmental Engineering4310
Structural Analysis113
Water Resources Engineering3411
Solid Mechanics125
Geomatics/ Surveying315
Geotechnical Engineering3615
Transportation Engineering226
Construction Material & Management036
Engineering Mechanics113
Steel Structure113
Engineering Mathematics5413
General Aptitude5515
Total30 Questions35 Questions100 Marks

GATE 2020 Expected Cut off

GATE 2020 cut off will be announced once the final results will be declared by organizing committee. GATE Cut off will be the minimum mark that you will require to get selected for the admission process to various individual participating colleges in India.

The cut off marks of the GATE exam will vary based on the various categories. You can predict the cut off for GATE 2020 by analyzing those of the previous few years. Following is the cut off of the GATE exam for past few years.

Year of GATE for CE ExamGeneral CategoryOBC CategorySC, ST and PH Categories

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