The GATE examinations are undertaken as an entrance examination for admission in different Masters and Ph.D. degree courses. This test is mainly for students from science and engineering backgrounds, including the civil engineering stream as well. 

  • The GATE 2020 Civil examinations will be held on 9th February 2020. 
  • The GATE 2020 Civil examination have Forenoon: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Tentative) and Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Tentative) schedule. 
  • The Civil Engineering has a paper code CE and consists of two papers. 
  • The Civil Engineering topics include General Ability, Engineering Maths ( of civil topics) and Civil Engineering discipline. 
  • The GATE Civil exam will be conducted on online mode with MCQ and NAT question format. 
  • The aspirants preparing for the Civil Engineering stream must be aware of the entire exam pattern to qualify the test. 

GATE Civil Exam Dates 2020

The candidates who want civil engineering recruitment through GATE must have a fair idea regarding the important GATE notifications. The dates have been announced on the official website and candidates can visit there to get more details. 

Important Events Important Event Dates
GATE Registration Window 2020 August 31 – October 5, 2019
GATE Application Form Correction Window October 15, 2019
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable) November 25, 2019
GATE Admit Card Availability January 3, 2020
GATE 2020 Examination February 9, 2020 Forenoon: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Tentative) Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Tentative)
Official Answer Key Releasing 10 days after the examination 
Result Declaration  March 16, 2020
Scorecard Publication 7 days after the result declaration
GATE Counselling cum Admission Process April 2020

GATE Civil Exam Schedule 2020 

To get civil engineering recruitment through GATE 2020, applicants of GATE must be aware of the exam schedule. The detailed schedule with the date, time, session code and paper code has been provided below for the civil engineering candidates. 

Session Code Exam Date and Date Time Paper Code
S7 9th February (Sunday) 09:30 am – 12:30 pm (Forenoon Session) CE1
S8 9th February (Sunday) 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Afternoon Session) CE2

GATE 2020 Civil Eligibility

GATE civil recruitment requires the candidates to check the eligibility criteria before they appear for the test. Given below is the common GATE eligibility for every engineering aspirant. 

Criteria GATE Eligibility 2020
Age Limit No age limit
Qualification Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technology Master’s Degree in any Science Discipline
Nationality Indians and Foreign Nationals

The GATE examination has individual parameters for every discipline of science and engineering. The candidates willing to take admission in Master’s and Ph.D. level programs must have the following qualification along with the passing year to be able to sit for the test. GATE recruitment for civil engineers needs to meet the following criteria. 

Qualifying Degree / Examination Curriculum Description Year of Qualification
Bachelor’s in Engineering/Technology (4 years degree after 12th or 3 years degree after Diploma/ B.Sc. in Engineering /Technology) At present in the final year or completed the course 2020
Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/Technology (4 years program for Post-B.Sc.) Presently in the 2nd/ 3rd/4th year or already completed 2022
Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5 years program) At present in the 4th/5th year or already completed 2021
Equivalent examinations by Professional Societies recognized under MHRD/UPSC/AICTE in B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. Completed Section A or other equivalent professional courses NA
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GATE Exam Pattern for Civil Engineering

The candidates aspiring to have recruitment through GATE for civil engineering should have a clear overview regarding the exam pattern and format. All the necessary information and details have been furnished below. 

Mode of Examination Online
Question Pattern Multiple Choice Question ( MCQ)+ Numerical Ability Test (NAT)
Total number of Questions 65
Maximum Marks 100
Exam Duration 3 Hours
  • General Aptitude (Verbal Ability + Numerical Ability)-15% of the total marks.
  • Engineering Mathematics (Civil Engineering)- 15% of the total marks.
  • Civil Engineering Discipline- 70% of the total marks.

GATE Marking Scheme 2020

  • The GATE Examination has total marks of 100. 
  • 2/ 3rd marks will be deducted for incorrect answers in questions carrying 2 marks. 
  • 1/ 3rd marks will be deducted for incorrect answers in questions carrying 1 mark. 
  • There is no negative marking for NAT questions. 

GATE Civil Syllabus

The GATE examination has a common paper of General Aptitude for all the candidates. This section carries 15% of the total marks. Civil Engineering aspirants also have to prepare this paper for the GATE. This GA paper consists of two subtopics which incorporate the verbal ability and numerical ability. The topics under both these sections are given below. 

Verbal Ability- This section has topics from the English Grammar and Logical Reasoning. The following subjects are tested in this section:

  • English Grammar
  • Sentence Completion
  • Verbal Analogies
  • Word Groups
  • Instructions
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Verbal Deduction

Numerical Ability– This section includes questions that assess the basic mathematical skills of candidates. The following subtopics are comprised in this section of the GATE exam. 

  • Numerical computation
  • Numerical Estimation
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Data Interpretation

The Civil Engineering Syllabus includes two papers Engineering Mathematics and topics from Civil Engineering Discipline. Engineering Mathematics has a weightage of 15% while the chapters under Civil Engineering contain 70% marks.

Engineering Mathematics Paper (Civil Engineering)

The topics under Engineering Mathematics Paper have a separate syllabus for each discipline. The chapters for Civil Engineering in detail are given for the candidates. 

Engineering Mathematics (Civil Engineering) Sub Topics
Linear Algebra Systems of linear equations, Matrix algebra, and Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors.
Calculus Functions of a single variable, Mean value theorems, Limit, continuity and differentiability, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial derivatives, Maxima and minima, Gradient, Total derivative, Directional derivatives, Divergence and Curl, Vector identities, Line, Surface and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.
Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE)  First-order equations (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Initial and boundary value problems, Cauchy’s- Euler’s equations, Solutions of one-dimensional heat and wave equations, Laplace transforms, and Laplace equation.
Partial Differential Equation (PDE) Fourier series, Solutions of one-dimensional diffusion equation, Separation of Variables, First and second-order one-dimensional wave equation and two-dimensional Laplace equation.
Probability and Statistics Definitions of probability and sampling theorems, Mean, median, mode and standard deviation, Normal and Binomial distributions, Conditional probability, Random variables, Poisson.
Numerical Methods Accuracy and precision; error analysis, Least square approximation, Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations, Numerical Differentiation, Newton’s and Lagrange polynomials, Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule, single and multi-step methods for first-order differential equations.

Civil Engineering Paper

These are the topics with details under Civil Engineering that candidates need to follow for their GATE entrance examinations. 

Civil Engineering Topics Sub Topics 
Structural Engineering Engineering Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Construction Material and Management, Steel Structures, and Structural Analysis.
Geotechnical Engineering Soil Mechanics, and Foundation Engineering.
Water Resources Engineering Hydrology, Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics, and Irrigation.
Environmental Engineering Water and Wastewater Disposal, Air Pollution, Noise Pollution, and Municipal Solid Waste.
Transportation Engineering Transportation, Infrastructure, Highway Pavements, and Traffic Engineering.
Geomatics Engineering Surveying, Basics of Geographical Information System (GIS), Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Levelling, and Geographical Positioning System (GPS).
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GATE Civil Cut off 2020

The GATE Civil Cut-off score of seven consecutive years along with the latest scores of 2019 have been given with categories like General, OBC, SC/ST/PwD. 

Year General SC/ ST/ PH OBC
GATE CE 2019 Cutoff 28.2 18.8 25.4
GATE CE 2018 Cutoff 26.9 17.9 24.2
GATE CE 2017 Cutoff 28.7 19.1 25.8
GATE CE 2016 Cutoff 25 16.67 22.5
GATE CE 2015 Cutoff 25.45 16.96 22.9
GATE CE 2014 Cutoff 26.57 17.71 23.1
GATE CE 2013 Cutoff 27.13 18.09 24.2

Colleges Accepting GATE 2020 Civil Score

These are the list of colleges that are accepting the GATES 2020 Civil Scores. Aspirants willing for civil recruitment through GATE 2020 can apply for these colleges. 

  • IIT, Bombay 
  • IIT, Bhubaneswar
  • IIT, Delhi
  • IIT, Gandhinagar
  • IIT, Guwahati
  • IIT, Kanpur
  • IIT, Kharagpur
  • IIT, Madras
  • IIT, Mandi
  • IIT, Patna
  • IIT, Roorkee
  • IIT, Ropar
  • IIT-(BHU), Varanasi

PSU Recruitment for GATE Civil

Based on the GATE scores, many candidates can get recruitment in different PSUs in India. However, the candidates must also meet the other criteria required set by these organizations whenever they are applying. These are the list of PSU companies in India that are accepting the GATES scores of 2020 for Civil Engineering Discipline. 

  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) 
  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)
  • Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) 
  • National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) 
  • Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL)
  • Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) 
  • NLC India Limited (NLC)
  • THDC India Limited

Candidates aspiring for civil engineering recruitment through gate 2020, must have a clear concept of the entire exam format. The information provided will give them an overview of the entire process.