Syllabus and Pattern Changes: GATE 2021 CE (Civil Engineering)

GATE 2021 is conducted by IIT-Bombay. Earlier they had announced updates on GATE 2021 Exam

The major changes being two new subject papers are introduced for GATE 2021 and that third-year students can now appear for the exam.

They have now released the syllabus, pattern in their official website.

What are the changes in the pattern?

All Test Papers of GATE 2021 will be entirely objective type. Pattern of questions may include

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ),

  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and/or

  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.

MSQ is a new type of question where you can select multiple answers. There won't be any negative marking, but there are no partial marks either for the correct answer.

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and

sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four

answers, out of which ONE or MORE than ONE choice(s) are correct.

Note: There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in MSQ questions. However, there

is NO partial credit for choosing partially correct combinations of choices or any single

wrong choice

What are the changes in the syllabus for Civil Engineering?

The syllabus is slightly modified for Civil Engineering. Compare previous year syllabus vs new syllabus

Highlight the changes as follows

Engineering Mathematics


  • Maclaurin series; Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems

  • Laplace transform and its application in solving linear ODEs

  • Hypothesis testing

  • Least square approximation


  • Linear Regression

Engineering Mechanics


  • Euler’s equations of motion;

  • Impulse-momentum;

  • Energy methods;

  • Principles of virtual work.


  • Free Vibrations of undamped SDOF system.

Solid Mechanics


  • Theories of Failure

Construction Materials and Management


  • Bricks and mortar;

  • Timber;

  • Bitumen

Concrete Structures


  • Ultimate load design concepts

  • Analysis of beam sections at transfer and service loads

Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics


  • Kinematics of flow

  • Velocity triangles;

  • Basics of hydraulic machines

  • Specific speed of pumps and turbines;

Environmental Engineering


  • Noise Pollution: Impacts of noise, permissible limits of noise pollution, measurement of noise and control of noise pollution.

Transportation Engineering


  • Highway alignment and engineering surveys

  • Level of service of rural highways and urban roads.

What are the changes in aptitude?

The syllabus of aptitude for 10 marks include the following:

Verbal Aptitude

Basic English grammar: tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech Basic vocabulary: words, idioms, and phrases in context Reading and comprehension Narrative sequencing

Quantitative Aptitude & Data interpretation

Data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables Numerical computation and estimation: ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series Mensuration and geometry Elementary statistics and probability

Analytical Aptitude

Logic Deduction and induction Analogy Numerical relations and reasoning

Spatial Aptitude

Transformation of shapes, Translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions

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All the best for GATE 2021!