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GATE AG: Agricultural Engineering Preparation Tips

Last Updated - September 05, 2018

GATE 2019 will be conducted by IIT Madras in online mode on February 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2019 for 24 papers. GATE Paper for Agricultural Engineering will probably be held in the first two days. AG Paper will cover 70% of the Agriculture subject, 15% from General Aptitude, and 15% from Engineering Mathematics. The questions will be a mix of Multiple choice type and Numerical Answer Type. 

Through this examination, the test takers are tested on their knowledge from the graduation level, how well they can implement their knowledge in the practical based questions. Most of the questions asked in GATE are tricky and a combination of 2-3 topics. Candidates are also tested in the field of Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude.

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In this article, we are going to provide you with the syllabus and all the tips you need for the preparation of GATE AG paper.


GATE AG Preparation Tips: Know your syllabus

GATE 2019 syllabus of Agricultural Engineering (AG) will help candidates to know about the sections and topics that need to be prepared for the examination. AG Paper has three section, General Ability and Engineering Mathematics section will be compulsory. Questions will be asked from sentence completion, English grammar, verbal analogies, critical reasoning as well as word group instructions in General Aptitude. Along with the topics and sections, candidates will be able to know the important sections that they need to cover. 

Before we jump to the syllabus, here is the marks distribution for GATE AG Paper:

GATE Paper SectionsGATE Marks Distribution
Subject Questions (Core Subject)70% of the total marks.
Engineering Mathematics15% of the total marks.
General Aptitude (GA)15% of the total marks.

GATE Syllabus for AG

SectionCore Topics
Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra Calculus Vector Calculus Differential Equations Probability and Statistics Numerical Methods
Farm MachineryMachine Design Farm Machinery
Farm PowerSources of Power Farm Power Tractors and Power-tillers
Soil and Water Conservation EngineeringFluid Mechanics Soil Mechanics Hydrology Surveying and Levelling Soil and Water Erosion Watershed Management: Watershed characterization; land use capability classification
Irrigation and Drainage EngineeringSoil-Water-Plant Relationship Irrigation Water Conveyance and Application Methods Agricultural Drainage Groundwater Hydrology Wells and Pumps
Agricultural Processing EngineeringDrying Size Reduction and Conveying Processing and By-product Utilization Storage Systems
Dairy and Food EngineeringHeat and Mass Transfer Preservation of Food

GATE AG: Agricultural Engineering Preparation Tips

Preparing for GATE is not so easy, it requires hard work and dedication. It is subject focused paper; therefore, candidates should keep in mind that they have to focus and get hold of each topic if they want to crack the examination. Agricultural Engineering is a big domain, it deals with crops, animals husbandry, farming, Soil as well as Storage and manufacturing. To help candidates do better in their preparation and stay focused, here are a few smart tips.

  • Candidates should be aware of the syllabus of AG Paper to be asked in GATE, some particular topics which are not in the undergraduate syllabus are also present in the syllabus.
  • Select the best reference books that cover all the basic topics of the core. Do not try to study each topic from different books. Check GATE AG Books
  • Stick to one or two books and prepare it well.
  • Whatever the topics which are common to the current semester and GATE, or some tough subjects you have already done in previous semesters, start doing them. 
  • Don’t learn. Build your concepts.
  • Make your notes alongside.
  • The questions are mainly based on the conceptual thinking of the candidates in the field of agriculture and husbandry.
  • Topics which are lengthy and tough like Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Agricultural Processing Engineering, and Farm Power are to be studied first.
  • A study plan should be made to complete all the topics before the exams.
  • For the beginning, you should give 4 to 5 hours specifically to the GATE Preparation.
  • Topics like Agricultural Drainage, Preservation of Food, Watershed Management: Watershed characterization; land use capability classification, and Farm Machinery are asked in GATE AE Paper. 
  • Candidates should take a note and complete topics like Farm Power, Erosion, Processing and By-product utilization in-depth for covering Agricultural topics. This is a very important topic in GATE.
  • The best source for preparing is the past years' question papers. These papers will tell you about the important topics as well as the type of questions asked in the exam. Download GATE Previous Year Papers
  • Candidates should solve as many problems as possible so as to have a good practice for the exam.
  • Decide small and effective targets on day to day, and weekly basis. Try to complete the targeted topics in time.
  • Revision is essential, revise the subject or topic as many times as possible until you are perfect on that.

GATE AG Preparation Tips: Reference Books

Tabulated below are the top most recommended books for GATE Agriculture Engineering paper:

S.NoName of the bookAuthor
1Application and Concept in Agricultural EngineeringDash & Mohanty
2Applied HydrologyVen Chow, David Maidment, Larry Mays
3Advanced Engineering MathematicsErwin Kreyszig (10th Edition)
4Engineering Principle of Agricultural MachinesAjit K. Srivastava.
5Elements of Agricultural EngineeringJ. Sahay
6Engineering HydrologyK. Subramanya
7Fundamentals of Food Process EngineeringR.T. Toledo
8Gate Digest in Agricultural EngineeringEr. Sanjay Kumar
9Heat TransferJ.P. Holman
10Higher Engineering MathematicsDr B.S Grewal
11Introduction to Food Process EngineeringP. G. Smith
12Land and Water Management EngineeringV.V.N. Murty
13Numerical Approach in Agricultural EngineeringEr. Sanjay Kumar
14Postharvest Technology and Food Process EngineeringAmalendu Chakraverty, R. Paul Singh, CRC Press (2014).
15Soil and Water Conservation EngineeringGlenn O Schwab.

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