The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018 exam will be held on February 3-4 and February 10-11, 2018. Chemical Engineering is one of the relatively preferred branches after ME, CSE, ECE, EE, CE and IN. Many PSUs have advertised for Chemical Engineering graduates through GATE 2016/2017. It is time for the GATE 2018 aspirants to start their preparation in a serious and intense manner, but before that it require proper planning, a road map to reach the aim of GATE 2018 better Score.
Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that applies physical sciences (physics and chemistry), life sciences (microbiology and biochemistry), together with applied mathematics and economics to produce, transform, transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy.
The technical section of the chemical engineering GATE will include the thermodynamics, process calculations, fluid mechanics and fluid operations, heat transfer, mass transfer, plant design and economics. Plan a schedule to read these each concepts and practice at least 10-20 questions daily from each concept that you read.
It is important to do this exercise to be clear in your GATE preparation. Mark the Subjects and topic according to weightage and prepare with more weightage subjects or something that interests you. As far as guidance are concerned, AfterGraduation can share the basic mantras that worked perfectly for all candidates. AfterGraduation brings the Syllabus, books to be referred for GATE preparation, Understanding the GATE pattern and Guidance for preparing and scoring well in GATE 2018 exam.
Understand the Pattern
First of all make a clear understanding about GATE exam. GATE exam is online and the questions asked are objective type. There are two types of questions: multiple choice and numerical answer type. There are 3 sections.
1) Chemical Engineering (70%)
2) Aptitude (15%)
3) Engineering Mathematics (15%)
The aptitude problems are based on basic math and English skills and are very easy. They do not require much preparation. The course for the Mathematics portion is vast but the questions asked are relatively easy. It would be better to cover all the topics as it is high scoring portion. Most questions are short and based on direct application of formulae. The most important part is chemical engineering. This section is comparatively difficult and requires sincere effort.
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Know the GATE 2018 Chemical Engineering Syllabus
The first step the students need to take is to collect the correct syllabus. This step will ensure to prepare only those subjects from which the questions are asked in the GATE exam. The same will prevent unnecessary time wastage by studying non-important topics.
This requires a good checking of the GATE 2018 Syllabus for Chemical Engineering to know in detail the topics that need to be covered. You can plan your preparation after segregation of the topics into difficult, easy and to be learnt. The topics you are strong in need to be revised while the others require a good effort. It is important exercise to be clear in your Gate 2018 preparation.
Concentrate more on general aptitude, this will be quite easy to score more. Don’t stuck with the unknown questions and concepts, have a look on almost all categories of question paper and choose the section that you will excel.
Topics/Books & Authors
Check the books recommended by GATE Toppers as well as GATE experts below for preparation.
|S.No.||Topics||Books and Authors|
|1.||Engineering Mathematics||B.S. Grewal|
|2.||Chemical Engineering for GATE||Ram Prasad|
|3.||Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering||David.M.Himmelblau|
|4.||Thermodynamics||An Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics-J. M. Smith, H. C. Van Ness, M. M. AbbottA Textbook of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics – K. V. Narayanan.|
|5.||Mechanical Operation||Mechanical Operation For Chemical Engineering by Narayanan C. M. & Bhattacharyya B. CUnit Operations of Chemical Engineering -Warren McCabe, Julian Smith, Peter Harriott|
|6.||Heat Transfer||Heat Transfer – Jack Philip HolmanHeat Transfer- Binay.K.Dutta|
|7.||Mass Transfer||Mass Transport Phenomena- Christie J. GeankoplisMass Transfer Operations-Robert E. Treybal|
|8.||Fluid Mechanics||Introduction To Fluid Mechanics (English) 7th Edition (paperback) … by Yunus A. Cengel, John M. CimbalaIntroduction to Fluid Mechanics- Fox and Mcdonald|
|9.||Chemical Reaction Engineering||Chemical Reaction Engineering- Fogler & GurmenChemical Reaction Engineering- Octave Levenspiel|
|10.||Process Dynamics and Control||Process Systems Analysis and Control – Donald R. Coughanowr & Steven E. LeBlanc|
|11.||Chemical Process Control||An Introduction To Theory And Practice- Stephanopoulos.GProcess dynamics and control – Seborg, D.E., Edgar, T.F. and Mellichamp, D.A
Plant design and Economics- Peters M. S. and Timmerhaus K. D
|12.||Chemical Technology||Dryden’s Outlines of Chemical Technology by Gopala Rao M. and Marshall S|
|13.||Transport Phenomena||R. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, Edwin N. Lightfoot|
I will suggest to follow the text book that you are most comfortable. The main thing is to be clear your fundamentals before appearing for any exam.
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Prepare a Formula Book
Prepare a handbook containing important formulae needed for GATE questions. Prepare a quick guide and make note of each chemical formula and equations that you are learning. This handbook will be your last minute guide for revision. This will help you to give a fast look on formulas during exam time. Have a regular read out on every concept and work out more than analyzing the concept.
So during initial preparing days, study the major topics 3-4 hours daily and made a formula book out of it. Besides, whenever you find some important concept or trick while solving problems, note it down in your formulae book. And in chemical engineering, you have to a keen sense of engineering insight, for example orders of magnitude of say pressure drop or heat transfer coefficients etc. It helps in calculated guesses if you do not how to solve.
Practise GATE Sample Papers
Experts and Toppers firmly believe that one of the important exercises in GATE Preparation is practice with the help of previous year GATE papers. There are many advantages to this:
- GATE Question Paper Pattern becomes familiar and you can get comfortable knowing the pattern of questions to expect.
- The type of questions that may be asked in the actual exam can be generally gauged along with the difficulty levels of questions with constant practice.
- With more practice, you can improve on your speed and hone your time management skills.
- You can plan your exam strategy by solving as many as possible sample papers.
The best preparation for Gate is solving last year papers. You get all of them on the GATE website.
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GATE Mock Test
Mock test is the simulation of GATE exam, and is online. Aspirants are advised to attempt it so that they get a fair idea of the actual entrance test. The GATE Mock Test will have an online calculator, timer and, will just be like the real GATE exam. So it is advantageous to attempt it in order to get a feel of the exam.
Not to missed Guidelines during preparation
- Study in the best manner that is suited to you. Scheduling and planning is very important.
- Prepare short notes on all topics during your study for GATE. This can be used for revision in the last days of GATE preparation.
- Ensure that you cover Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude in the course of your preparation. Preparing for them and doing them well will ensure a good score.
After completing B.Tech or B.E, most of the students who want to make their career in research and development, they look forward for masters. Getting a master’s degree from reputed universities like IIT, IISC etc. increases the importance and knowledge of his field. When anyone qualifies GATE ,it means he/she has good engineering knowledge. That’s why R&D companies and organizations demand for GATE qualified score.
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