Candidates appearing for GATE 2020 Petroleum Engineering (PE) must know the exam pattern, syllabus, Important topics, books for GATE PE exam to crack the exam with a better GATE score
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GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering (PE) Preparation Strategy

Petroleum Engineering (PE) is a multidisciplinary engineering covering exploration and production of hydrocarbon – oil, and gas. Introduced in the late nineties, a relatively new branch is slowly gaining interest from a lot of engineering aspirants. To pursue higher degree admission in Petroleum Engineering (PE) course from top Institutes a candidate needs to know how to prepare for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering (PE).

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) Exam is a brilliant opportunity for the candidates not only to be eligible for post graduation courses in engineering subject but also they can apply for lucrative engineering jobs offered by the PSUs.



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Petroleum Engineering is being offered in around 20 institutes in India- some of them well known like University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) Dehradun, Dibrugarh University : Institute of Engineering and Technology (DUIET)-Dibrugarh (Assam), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology – Raebareli, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University – Gandhinagar, and ISM Dhanbad – Dhanbad in addition to some of the IITs  and other institutes.

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As far as guidance concerned, AfterGraduation brings the Syllabus, books to be referred for Petroleum Engineering GATE preparation, understanding the GATE pattern and basic mantras to prepare and score well in GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering. The candidates of GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering are required to check the eligibility criteria and then fill the application form of GATE 2019 from September 2018 onwards.

Few Steps to Start GATE 2019 Preparation

  • know your GATE Exam syllabus
  • Select Best Reference Books
  • Prepare a Study plan
  • Prepare own Preparation and short Notes
  • Practice Previous years Question Papers
  • Practice few Mock Test Papers

About Petroleum Engineering

  • UPSTREAM Sector: Relates to surveys of geological structures that may form oil reservoirs, explore the location of the reservoir, plan the technique to extract the oil. This sector covers Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Reservoir characterization, Formation evaluation, Reserve accretion/estimation, Delineation, Development and Well Completion Techniques to safeguard the environment and lives.
  • DOWNSTREAM Sector: Relates to execution of the oil extraction and recovery. This sector covers Drilling, Production, EOR, IOR, Transportation, Processing and Refining, Marketing and HSE issues to prevent untoward incidents/hazards to safeguard the environments, fauna, flora and human lives.

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Know the GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering (PE) Syllabus

The first step the students need to take is to collect the correct syllabus. This requires a good checking of the GATE 2018 Syllabus for Petroleum 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 learned. The topics you are strong in need to be revised while the others require a good effort.

Petroleum Engineering is a relatively new paper in GATE, so there are no topics that can be actually segregated as very important and must read. It is highly recommended that for Petroleum Engineering aspirants should study the complete prescribed GATE Syllabus.

Understand the GATE 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) Petroleum Engineering (70%)

2) Aptitude (15%)

3) Engineering Mathematics (15%)

The aptitude problems are based on basic math and English skills and are very easy. Concentrate more on general aptitude, this will be quite easy to score more.  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 the high scoring portion. Most questions are short and based on direct application of formulae.

The most important part is Petroleum Engineering. This section is comparatively difficult and requires sincere effort. GATE Petroleum Engineering syllabus consists special, and core topics. Both core and special topics are taken from your 4 years engineering course.

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Books to be Referred for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering

GATE Petroleum Engineering aspirants must be prepared for the fact there is no general book for preparation and that each topic will have to be studied from individual books authored by domain experts under multinational publishing houses.

Books Authors
Oil Well Testing Handbook Amanat Chaudhry
Drilling Engineering By Dr. J. J. Azar And Dr. G. Robello Samuel
Elements of Petroleum GeologyPetroleum  Geology

Geology Of Petroleum Nontechnical Guide to Petroleum

Geology, Exploration, Drilling & Production

Richard C. Selley, Academic Press Second EditionNorth, F.K., 1985, Springer Publication

A.I. Leverson, 1954,; W. H. Freenan Company

Norman J. Hyne

Modern Petroleum Technology Volume-1, Upstream,  Edited By Richard A, Dawe,  John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2000
Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering Dake L P Dake
Applied Geophysics Telford, W.M, Geldart, L.P, Shrieff, R.E, 1990,  Cambridge University Press
Wellsite Geological Techniques for Petroleum Exploration: Methods and Systems of Formation Evaluation Bhagwan Sahay, South Asia Books
Petroleum refining processes Rakesh Rathi
Drilling Operation Practice Manual ONGC’s Publication
Fundamentals of Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering Ulag Mahadevan
Petroleum Formation Evaluation Edward J.Lynch, The English Book Depot, Dehra Dun
Basic Concepts in Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes M Baviere
Enhanced Oil Recovery Latil M From Gulf Publishing C,
Environmental Technology in the Oil Industry Stefan T. Orszulik
Health, Safety And Environmental Management In  Offshore And Petroleum Engineering Srinivasan Chandrasekaran

I will suggest to following the textbook that you are most comfortable. The main thing is to be clear your fundamentals before appearing for any exam.

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Study Plan and Preparation Strategy

  • Take a print out of the syllabus and mark the details of your comfortability over the topic and weightage of the different topic in the exam.
  • Whatever subjects that are common to your current semester and GATE exam, or some tough subjects you have already done in previous semesters, start doing them. Don’t follow the Rattafication but build your concepts.
  • Note the important concept and formulae along side. Besides, whenever you find some important trick while solving problems, note it down in your handbook.This would be useful in revising in the last days of exam.
  • Make small targets, daily targets, weekly targets. At this stage, completing 3-4 topics including the mock test every day would be okay. Revise each topic completed, after 7-15 days so that you don’t forget it.
  • Keep targets of 2 or 3 subjects in a month along with practice questions.
  • Take a break of a day in between subjects, if you feel things are getting hectic.
  • Google good portals for GATE in Petroleum Engineering, join some facebook group.
  • Have faith in yourself. Request your friends and parents to motivate you daily. The most difficult task would be to keep up your motivation high since the time is long.
  • Don’t ever think about the results. Keep doing your share of efforts.

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 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.

GATE Mock Test

The 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.

Some Important Guidelines

  • Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude constitute about 30 marks of the total marks in the  GATE question paper. It is imperative that you place emphasis on the preparation of these sections. Preparing for them and doing them well will ensure a good score.
  • Take help of your seniors and faculty while preparing for GATE Petroleum Engineering as they are far more experienced able to guide you in this regard.
  • Make short notes while preparing for GATE Petroleum Engineering to revise in the last days before the exam.
  • Study in the best manner that is suited to you. Scheduling and planning are very important.

After completing B.Tech or B.E, most of the students who want to make their career in research and development, they look forward to 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, PSU and other organizations demand GATE qualified score.

Cracking GATE examination requires proper study strategy, determination and focus. It requires constant efforts towards each subject in clearing up the basic concepts to obtain good marks. Also, keep in mind that GATE exam is much easy than other exams. This is a single exam in India in which around 15 % students get success. Otherwise, in other exams like IES, IAS – success is not more than 2%. So don’t lose your confidence at the end of GATE exam.

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