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GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Exam

All You Need to Know About GATE 2023 Civil Exam

All about GATE 2023 Civil Exam

Are you preparing for the GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Exam? You need a great GATE Exam score to get into your desired PSU, reputed institutions, or high-profile MNCs.

To help you head in the right direction, we have compiled all the relevant GATE 2023 Civil Exam information on this page. Read further to learn all the important GATE Civil Exam information such as exam pattern, syllabus, important topics, question types, mark weightage, and more.

Everything You Need to Know About GATE 2023 Civil Exam

  1. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Exam Latest News & Notification
  2. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Important Dates
  3. GATE CE 2023 Eligibility Criteria
  4. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Exam Pattern Overview
  5. GATE Civil Engineering 2023 Exam Sections
  6. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Marking Scheme
  7. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Question Types
  8. Nature of GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Questions
  9. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Syllabus
  10. Weightage of Different Sections in Previous Years' GATE CE Exam
  11. Important Books for GATE Civil Engineering 2023
  12. GATE CE Previous Year Question Papers
  13. Previous Year GATE CE Question Paper Analysis
  14. GATE Civil Engineering Cut-Off Over the Years
  15. How to Apply for GATE 2023 CE Exam?
  16. GATE CE Admit Card Overview
  17. GATE 2023 CE Results
  18. What is the Scope After GATE 2023 CE?
  19. GATE Civil Engineering Exam FAQs
  20. How VISHWA Can Help You

1. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Exam Latest News & Notification

Get all the latest GATE Civil Engineering Exam latest updates here:

  • IIT Kanpur will likely be organizing the GATE 2023 Exam.
  • The official notification for GATE 2023 CE Exam will mostly be released in September 2022.
  • GATE 2023 Application Form is expected to be released by September 2022.

In addition, if you want to get the most recent updates for the GATE CE 2022 exam, you can find them below.

Notification for the GATE Civil Engineering Exam 2022

Check out the most recent GATE Civil Engineering exam updates here:

EVENTS Dates
GATE Civil Engineering results will be released Mar 17, 2022
GATE CE Answer Key 2022 is available Feb 21, 2022
GATE 2022 Schedule Available now
GATE CE 2022 registration with late fees began October 3
GATE CE Admit Card 2022 will be available Jan 15, 2022
GATE CE registration will begin Sep 2, 2022
GATE 2022 application form 2022 has been postponed Sep 2, 2022

2. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Important Dates

IIT Kanpur will tentatively organize the GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Exam in the first week of February. IIT Kanpur will publish all the official GATE 2023 CE in September 2022, along with the examination dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and updated syllabus. Candidates can check out the tentative dates below to prepare accordingly for the GATE 2023 CE Exam.

GATE 2023 Events Tentative Dates
GATE 2023 Official Notification 1st week of September 2022
Last Date for Registration (without late fees) 4th week of September 2022
Last Date for the Extended Period of Registration (with late fees) 2nd week of October 2022
Last Date for GATE 2023 Form Correction 2nd week of November 2022
GATE 2023 Admit Card Release 1st week of January 2023
GATE 2023 CE Examination Date 5th to 7th & 12th to 14th February 2023
Result Announcement 3rd week of March 2023

3. GATE CE 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the GATE Civil Engineering Exam, candidates should check whether they meet the eligibility criteria. Here are the eligibility requirements for the GATE 2023 CE Exam.

  • Minimum Educational Qualification: Students who have completed the 10th, 12th, & an undergraduate degree or are currently in the third year of their undergraduate program are eligible.
  • Degree Requirement: Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology.
  • Age Limit: No Upper Age Limit.
  • Nationality: Indian, Foreign, or NRI.

Are you a foreign citizen or NRI aspiring to take the GATE 2023 CE Exam?

Students living outside India are also allowed to appear for GATE CE Exam provided they have obtained or are currently in the final year of their bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology.

4. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Exam Pattern Overview

Candidates can check out the GATE Civil Engineering pattern highlights below to understand the CE Exam pattern and prepare effectively for the exam.

GATE Civil Engineering Paper Code CE
Examination Mode Online – Computer-Based Test
No. of Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Question Types MSQs, MSQs, & NAT
Exam Duration 3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Sectional Time-limit None
Number of Sections 3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, Civil Engineering Topics)
Section-wise Weightage General Aptitude – 15 Marks Engineering Mathematics – 13 Marks Civil Engineering Subjects – 72 Marks
Marking Scheme 1 Marks/ 2 Marks for each correct answer

5. GATE Civil Engineering 2023 Exam Sections

GATE Civil Engineering 2023 Exam paper is divided into three sections namely,

  • General Aptitude,
  • Engineering Mathematics, and
  • Civil Engineering questions.

The questions & mark weightage for the 3 sections are as follows:

GATE Civil 2023 - Section Number of Questions Marks
General Aptitude 10 15
Engineering Mathematics 10 13
Civil Engineering Topics 45 72
Total: 65 100

6. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Marking Scheme

The marking system for different types of GATE questions is as follows:

Type of Question Marking for Correct Answer Negative Marking Scheme
MCQs 1 or 2 Marks → 1/3 Marks for 1 Mark Questions
→ 2/3 Marks for 2 Mark Questions
MSQs 1 or 2 Marks No Negative Marking
NATs 1 or 2 Marks No Negative Marking

 

7. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Question Types

As stated above, the GATE 2023 CE Exam includes 3 question types: MCQ, MSQ, and NAT.

Multiple Choice Questions: Candidates should pick a correct answer from the available 4 options.

Multiple Select Questions: Candidates should select multiple correct answers from the available options.

Numerical Answer Types: Candidates are required to enter a numerical value as an answer.

8. Nature of GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Questions

The GATE CE Exam comprises questions of different nature. Listed below are the different kinds of GATE CE questions.

Recall: These questions are based on facts, principles, laws, formulas, etc. These are straightforward questions that candidates can answer from their memory or a simple calculation.

Civil Engineering Concepts: These questions test a candidate's knowledge of core civil engineering concepts. Candidates are expected to derive solutions from fundamental Civil Engineering concepts.

Application Questions: Logical reasoning and computational skills are essential to answer the questions in this section.

Common Data Questions: Multiple questions are presented with a data passage or graph. Candidates are required to refer to the data and solve a set of problems. These types of questions carry 2 marks each.

Linked Answer Questions: This section comprises a problem statement using which candidates have to solve 2 questions. The questions are linked to each other, meaning the second question relies on the first question's answer.

9. GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Syllabus

GATE aspirants need to check the GATE 2023 CE syllabus before starting their exam preparation. Identify the list of topics you should cover and develop a study plan accordingly. Also, please remember that all candidates are required to prepare for the General Aptitude section as it is a mandatory section irrespective of the exam discipline.

GATE Civil Engineering Sections Topics
Engineering Mathematics → Linear Algebra
→ Calculus
→ Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE)
→ Partial Differential Equation (PDE)
→ Probability and Statistics
→ Numerical Methods
Structural Engineering → Engineering Mechanics
→ Solid Mechanics
→ Structural Analysis
→ Construction Materials and Management
→ Concrete Structures
→ Steel Structures
Geotechnical Engineering → Soil Mechanics
→ Foundation Engineering
Water Resources Engineering → Fluid Mechanics
→ Hydraulics
→ Hydrology
→ Irrigation
Environmental Engineering → Water and Wastewater
→ Air Pollution
→ Municipal Solid Wastes
→ Noise Pollution
Transportation Engineering → Transportation Infrastructure
→ Highway Pavements
→ Traffic Engineering
Geomatics Engineering → Principles of Surveying
→ Maps
→ Distance & Angle Measurement
→ Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing

10. Weightage of Different Sections in Previous Years' GATE CE Exam

Take a look at the section-wise weightage of previous GATE CE papers to identify the important GATE 2023 CE topics you should master to score good marks in the exam.

Section 1: General Aptitude

Section Topics Weightage (GATE CE 2022) Weightage (GATE CE 2021) Weightage (GATE CE 2020)
Numerical Ability Numerical Computation 15 15 15
Numerical Estimation
Numerical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability English Grammar
Verbal Analogies
Vocabulary
Total 15 15 15

 

Section 2: Engineering Mathematics

Section Topics Weightage (GATE CE 2022) Weightage (GATE CE 2021) Weightage (GATE CE 2020)
Engineering Mathematics Linear Algebra 13 10 12
Calculus
Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE)
Partial Differential Equations (PDE)
Probability & Statistics
Numerical Methods
Total 13 10 12

 

Section 3: Civil Engineering Subjects

a. Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering
Section Topics Weightage (GATE CE 2022) Weightage (GATE CE 2021) Weightage (GATE CE 2020)
  Structural Engineering Engineering Mechanics 1 2 1
Strength of Materials 3 5 6
Structural Analysis 6 9 6
Construction Materials & Management 4 6 2
Design Concrete Structures 8 4 5
Steel Structures 2 2 2
Total 24 28 23

 

b. Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering
Section Topics Weightage (GATE CE 2022) Weightage (GATE CE 2021) Weightage (GATE CE 2020)
Geotechnical Engineering Soil Mechanics 11 14 15
Foundation Engineering
Total 11 14 15

 

c. Water Resources Engineering

Water Resources Engineering
Section Topics Weightage (GATE CE 2022) Weightage (GATE CE 2021) Weightage (GATE CE 2020)
  Water Resources Engineering Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics 8 8 9
Hydrology 2   1
Irrigation 3   1
Total 13 8 11

 

d. Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering
Section Topics Weightage (GATE CE 2022) Weightage (GATE CE 2021) Weightage (GATE CE 2020)
Environmental Engineering Water & Wastewater 11 11 14
Air Pollution & Noise Pollution
Solid Waste Management
Total 11 11 14

 

e. Transportation Engineering

Transportation Engineering
Section Weightage (GATE CE 2022) Weightage (GATE CE 2021) Weightage (GATE CE 2020)
Transportation Engineering 8 10 8
Total 8 10 8

 

f. Geomatics Engineering

Geomatics Engineering
Section Weightage (GATE CE 2022) Weightage (GATE CE 2021) Weightage (GATE CE 2020)
Geomatics/Surveying 6 4 4
Total 6 4 4

11. Important Books for GATE Civil Engineering 2023

Acquiring the best books available in the market is crucial while preparing for the GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Exam. Listed below are some of the highly rated Civil Engineering books that can help students during GATE Exam prep.

Important books for GATE CE Exam

 

Section Topics Essential GATE CE Books Author
General Aptitude   Numerical Computation
Numerical Estimation
Numerical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
English Grammar
Verbal Analogies
Vocabulary
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning   R.S. Aggarwal
High School English Grammar and Composition Wren & Martin
Engineering Mathematics Linear Algebra
Calculus
Ordinary Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations
Probability & Statistics
Numerical Methods
Higher Engineering Mathematics Dr. B.S. Grewal
Advanced Engineering Mathematics Erwin Kreyszig
Advanced Engineering Mathematics   Dr. H.K Dass
Structural Engineering Engineering Mechanics
Solid Mechanics
Structural Analysis
Construction Material & Management
Concrete Structures
Steel Structures
Theory of Structure CK Wang, S. Rammamrutham, L.S. Negi & Jangit
Theory of Elasticity Timoshenko & Gere
Theory of Structure Wilbur & Norris
Strength of Materials/Mechanics of Structure Gare & Timoshenko, E. Popove, L. Singer, B.C. Punamia, Rammamrutham
Geotechnical Engineering Soil Mechanics
Foundation Engineering
Soil Mechanics Gopal Ranjan & Rao, Venkat Ramaiha, S. K. Garg, B.C. Punamia, V N S Murthy
Basics and Applied Soil mechanics Gopal Ranjan, A.S.R.Rao
Water Resources Engineering Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics
Hydrology
Irrigation
Water Resources SK Garg
Water and Wastewater (1 & 2) SK Garg
Fluid Mechanics RK Bansal and Fox and Richard
Environmental Engineering Water and Wastewater
Air Pollution & Noise Pollution
Solid Waste Management
Environmental Engineering (Part I & Part II) SK Garg
Wastewater Engineering (Part I & Part II) B. C. Punamia
Transportation Engineering Transportation Engineering Highway Engineering S.K.Khanna, C.E.G.Justo
Geomatics Engineering Geomatics/Surveying Surveying (Volume 1,2,3) B.C.Punia, Ashok Jain, Arun Jain

12. GATE CE Previous Year Question Papers

The GATE 2023 administrator, i.e., IIT Kanpur will release the GATE 2023 question paper soon after the exam. However, candidates can download the previous years' question papers and familiarize themselves with the format and prepare better for the exam.

Exam Year Question Paper
2021 Set 1: Download PDF
Set 2: Download PDF
2020 Set 1: Download PDF
Set 2: Download PDF
2019 Set 1: Download PDF
Set 2: Download PDF
2018 Set 1: Download PDF
Set 2: Download PDF
2017 Set 1: Download PDF
Set 2: Download PDF

13. Previous Year GATE CE Question Paper Analysis

It is crucial that the candidates look into the previous years' question papers during the GATE 2023 CE preparation phase. Familiarizing with the previous years' questions will help candidates judge the difficulty level of GATE 2023 CE and prepare accordingly.

GATE CE Question Paper Analysis

The highlights of previous GATE CE papers are listed below.

  • GATE CE 2022:
    • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Tough
    • Question Types:
      • There were 35 MCQs, 23 NATs, and 7 MSQs asked in the Forenoon session of GATE CE 2022.
      • There were 34 MCQs, 24 NATs, and 7 MSQs asked in the Afternoon session of GATE CE 2022.
    • Highest Mark Weightage: Geotechnical Engineering & Environmental Engineering carried the highest weightage in GATE CE 2022. (11 marks each)
    • The General Aptitude section was tough.
    • The Engineering Mathematics section was moderate to tough.
  • GATE CE 2021:
    • Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Question Types:
      • There were 36 MCQs, 28 NATs, and 1 MSQ asked in the Forenoon session of GATE CE 2021.
      • There were 36 MCQs, 28 NATs, and 1 MSQ asked in the Afternoon session of GATE CE 2021.
    • Highest Mark Weightage: Geotechnical Engineering & Environmental Engineering carried the highest weightage in GATE CE 2022. (14 marks each)
    • The General Aptitude section was easy.
    • The Engineering Mathematics section was easy to moderate.
  • GATE CE 2020:
    • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
    • Question Types:
      • There were 40 MCQs, 25 NATs asked in the Forenoon session of GATE CE 2020.
      • There were 40 MCQs, 25 NATs asked in the Afternoon session of GATE CE 2020.
    • Highest Mark Weightage: Geotechnical Engineering (15 marks)
    • The General Aptitude section was easy.
    • The Engineering Mathematics section was easy.

14. GATE Civil Engineering Cut-Off Over the Years

Check out the GATE Civil Engineering cut-off marks for the last 6 years. It will help you to set study goals and realistic GATE 2023 CE score targets.

Year General OBC SC/ST/PwD
2021 29.2 26.2 19.4
2020 32.9 29.6 21.9
2019 28.2 25.4 18.8
2018 26.9 24.2 17.9
2017 28.7 25.8 19.1
2016 25 22.5 16.6

15. How to Apply for GATE 2023 CE Exam?

GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Application Form will be released during the 1st week of September 2022. Candidates can apply only through online mode. Follow the below steps to have a smooth registration process.

Step 1: Register as a 'New User' on GATE Online Application Processing Systems (GOAPS) by filling in details such as name, phone number, email ID.

Step 2: After registering, candidates will get an enrollment ID. Create a password for the respective ID to proceed further.

Step 3: Log in to the GOAPS portal using the enrollment ID and password and fill out the application form. Applicants need to fill in their personal details such as name, DOB, phone number, email ID, address, parent's details, etc. and enter their educational qualification details such as the university name, registration number, etc.

Step 4: Students need to decide on how many papers they are undertaking. A maximum of two papers are allowed for each candidate.

Step 5: Select preferred exam centers. Candidates can select up to three locations as their favored examination centers.

Step 6: Applicants need to upload the scanned documents of their signature, photo, ID proof, and community certificate (applicable for SC/ST).

Step 7: Finally, candidates should pay the exam application fees (Payment can be done only through online modes).

16. GATE CE Admit Card Overview

Wondering how to download the GATE 2023 CE Admit Card? The Admit Card will be available to download from the 1st week of January 2023 (tentative). Candidates can only download the GATE Admit Card from the official GOAPS website. Follow the below steps to download the GATE 2023 CE Admit Card.

  • Step 1: Visit the official GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website.
  • Step 2: Login using the essential credentials.
  • Step 3: Click on the “Download GATE Admit Card” option.
  • Step 4: GATE Admit Card will be downloaded in PDF format.
  • Step 5: Save the Admit Card and take printout to carry to the GATE Examination Hall.

The GATE Admit Card will contain the following details:

  • Candidate's Registration Number
  • Name of the Candidate
  • GATE Exam Paper Code
  • GATE Exam Date
  • Exam Centre Code
  • Exam Duration
  • Candidate's Photo
  • Candidate's Signature
  • Examination Instructions

Take a look at the sample Admit Card below to have a better idea of how the GATE Admit Card would look like:

17. GATE 2023 CE Results

IIT Kanpur will release the GATE CE 2023 results in March 2023. Candidates can check their results by logging into the GOAPS website. Once the results are out, qualified candidates can download their GATE 2023 score card from March 2023 to May 2023. If candidates need the soft copy of the GATE score card after May 2023, they are required to pay an additional fee of ?500.

The GATE score card is valid for 3 years. Candidates can use the GATE score to get admission in Post Graduate programs or employment opportunities in PSUs.

List below are the important details mentioned in the GATE score card:

  • Registration Number of the Candidate
  • Name of the Candidate
  • GATE Paper Attempted by the Candidate
  • GATE Score (out of 1000)
  • Total Marks (out of 100)
  • All India Rank Obtained
  • Qualifying Marks for General, OBS, SC/ST/PwD
  • Number of candidates appeared in the exam.

Take a look at the sample score card below to have a better idea of how the GATE score card would look like:

18. What is the Scope After GATE 2023 CE?

For each passing day, the number of candidates appearing for the GATE Civil Engineering Examination is on the rise. The increase in this trend can be associated with the need for a good GATE Exam score to pursue a master's degree in premier institutions and PSUs recruiting through GATE Exam score.

Some people want to pursue an M.Tech in institutes like NITs/IITs in various disciplines such as Structures, Geotechnical, Water Resources, Construction Project Management, and Transportation. Other candidates try for employment opportunities in PSU.

Here are some things you can do after cracking the GATE 2023 CE.

18.1 Career Opportunities in PSU

Leading Public Sectors like IOCL, ONGC, HPCL, RITES, EIL, NHAI, etc., consider GATE Exam score as a criterion for recruitment. A job in a PSU ensures job security with a higher salary package presents exciting challenges that keep you in touch with all the latest developments in civil engineering.

18.2 Master's Degree After GATE

One of the most promising ways to improve your career after appearing for GATE 2023 CE is to pursue an M.Tech in top universities like IISc, IIT, or NIT.
A good GATE score can be the catalyst to realizing your dream of studying in our country's top universities.

18.3 Research Opportunities

In India, engineering graduates often do not explore research options, as many prefer to go for an M.Tech or public sector employment. However, if you have a keen eye for learning and want to contribute to society through research, you can join the Junior Research Fellowship program with a high GATE score. You can also earn a healthy stipend during the research period.

19. GATE Civil Engineering Exam FAQs

Have some queries regarding GATE 2023 CE application process, syllabus, pattern, etc.? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the GATE Civil exam.

Question: When does registration open for GATE 2023 CE?

Answer: The application form for the GATE CE 2023 will be published on GATE's official website around the first week of September 2022. The registration will likely be open from the 1st week of September 2022 to the 2nd week of October 2022.

Question: Where can I apply for the GATE CE 2023?

Answer: You can apply for the GATE CE only through online modes. You can apply directly for the examination through the GOAPS portal for the GATE 2023 Civil Exam.

Question: Who will administer the GATE 2023 Civil Exam?

Answer: IIT Kanpur will conduct the GATE 2023 Civil Engineering Examination.

Question: How many sections are there in the GATE 2023 Civil Exam?

Answer: There are 3 sections, namely:
General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and Core Civil Engineering questions.

Question: How many questions are there in the GATE 2023 CE?

Answer: There will be a total of 65 questions. The expected question split up is as follows: General Aptitude (10), Engineering Mathematics (10), and Core Civil Engineering questions (45).

Question: Which topic will have the highest weightage in GATE 2023 CE?

Answer: Based on the previous trends, we can predict that Geotechnical Engineering & Environmental Engineering will carry the highest weightage. This is just a guess and might not be entirely true.

Question: What types of questions will be in GATE 2023 Civil Exam?

Answer: GATE CE will comprise 3 types of questions, MCQ, MSQ, and NAT. The questions will carry 1 or 2 marks each.

Takeaway Thoughts

We hope the information presented on this page gives you insights into the GATE 2023 Civil Exam pattern, syllabus, cut-off, and more. Ensure you have optimal time to prepare for the exam, as you will regret preparing for the exam at the last minute. Examine the syllabus and determine your areas of strengths and weaknesses. Join a GATE CE online training course, if possible, to significantly improve your odds of qualifying the GATE Civil Engineering Exam.

All the Best!!

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