GATE 2021 Civil Engineering Books, GATE 2021 CE Exam Pattern, Preparation Tips for GATE Civil Engineering, Best Books for GATE Civil Engg exam
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GATE 2021 Civil Engineering Books, Exam Pattern and Preparation Tips for Better GATE Score

GATE 2021 Civil Engineering: Candidates appearing for GATE Civil Engineering must know the proper syllabus, Exam pattern, Best books, preparation Strategy and proper Guidance to crack the GATE Exam in the best way. GATE 2021 exam is going to be held in the first week of February 2021.

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) exam is a brilliant opportunity for the candidates to be eligible for postgraduate engineering courses admission in IITs/IISc/NITs and also to apply for lucrative engineering jobs offered by the PSUs.

Civil Engineering is one of the relatively preferred branches in GATE exam along with Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and IT, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering among others. So, it is important for the aspirants to know the preparation strategy of GATE 2021 Civil Engineering (CE).

It is high time for GATE 2021 aspirants to start their preparation in a serious and intense manner for the better GATE Score. In this article, we will let you know about the GATE 2020 syllabus for civil engineering, GATE 2021 Civil Engineering preparation tips, exam pattern, and the reference books and materials which are regarded best to have better GATE 2021 Score.

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GATE 2021 Civil Engineering Exam Pattern



Number of Questions in Paper


Number of Sections

Section 1- General Aptitude, Section 2 – Mathematics and Civil Engineering

Topic wise weightage

General Aptitude 15%

Mathematics – 15%

Civil Engineering- 70%

Pattern of Questions

Multiple Choice Question (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT)

Duration of Exam

3 Hours

Marking Scheme

Test Paper have questions carrying 1 mark and 2 marks

â…“ negative mark for incorrect answer


GATE Civil Engineering Reference Books

Many students have doubts about which books or study material to be refered for GATE civil engineering preparation. The books with easy language, simple to to understand, cover the entire syllabus and have lots of examples to understand fundamentals are the best books for GATE Civil engineering paper.

Students are advised to consult their seniors, teachers and faculty about what are the best books for GATE CE. Students must also refer to the internet to check ratings and reviews before buying best books for GATE civil engineering preparation.

Reference books for the common subjects:

Topics Books Title/Author
Engineering Mathematics Higher Engineering Mathematics by Dr B S Grewal
Introductory Methods of numerical analysis by SS Sastry
Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
General Aptitude Reasoning & Aptitude for GATE 2020 and ESE 2020 (Prelims) – Theory and Previous Year Solved Papers By ME Editorial Board

Objective General English by RS Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation by Disha Experts

Verbal Ability Solved papers on verbal and numerical ability by ACE Engineering Academy

Reference Books for Civil Engineering Specific Subject:

S.No Name of the Book Author
1. Prestressed Concrete Krishna Raju
2. Railway Engineering Satish Chandra & MM Agarwal
3. Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures N Subramanian
4. Limit State Design of Reinforced Concrete Ashok K Jain, Arun Kumar Jain, BC Punmia
5. Soil Mechanics and Foundations Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Kumar Jain, B.C. Punamia
6. Steel Structures: Design and Practice N. Subramanian
7. A textbook of Strength of Materials R. K. Bansal
8. Theory of Structures S. Rammamrutham
9. Irrigation Engineering S S Basak
10 Matrix Methods of Structural Analysis S.S. Bhavikatti
11. Hydrology: Principles, Analysis, Design H M Raghunath
12. Water Resources Engineering: Principles and Practice S N Murthy and Challa
13. Transportation Infrastructure Engineering Hoel, Garber and Sadek

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GATE Preparation Tips for Civil Engineering Students

First of all,relax! If you determined and passion then there is an ample time to thoroughly prepare for the GATE examination and crack. Secondly, make an examination preparation and revision plan to properly divide the time. There are still 2-3 months left for the preparation.

1.It is important to have a thorough knowledge of the exam pattern and syllabus. Go through GATE Civil Engineering previous year exam papers and make a list of topics based on a number of questions appeared and give importance to them accordingly.

2. Do Not Miss Engg. Maths/Aptitude: Ensure that you cover Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude in the course of your preparation. Prepare well both of them as it will ensure a good score.

3. Study materials: Choose books and study materials for Civil Engineering subject which are the best for you. There are several standard study materials available in the market. We have also shared some good books referred by GATE CE toppers and faculties in our earlier articles. Choose the one with the best explanations and which is easy to understand.

4. Time table: An efficient study plan consists of the time table with sufficient time allotted for every section of the syllabus. Allot time in a way so as to cover every topic efficiently without costing the time for other sections.

5. Practice as many questions as possible: Doing so not only highlights your weak areas but also helps you to manage the time. It also brings out a variety of questions which might be new. You have to learn time management skill by practising more and more.

6. Practise GATE Sample Papers and Mock Test: Students should attempt both online and offline mock tests. Analyze your performance to judge your preparation level. Through GATE mock tests, candidates get to learn time management, handling exam pressure, Accuracy, and skills to attempt the question paper.

7. Use of Virtual Calculator: Taking a mock test will help you adapt to the online pattern and how to use ;enabled virtual calculator. Use the calculator only when its really required for complex calculations.

8. Make Small Notes: Prepare short notes on all important topics, concepts, formulas, tricks etc during your preparation for GATE exam. This will be very useful till last minute of revision.

9. Revision is the most important to have success in any exam. It is fast go through the complete syllabus, important topics for quick access to reacll during exam.

10. It is very important to keep a healthy mind and body. Do not forget to take adequate sleep and eat healthily. Take small breaks for leisure activities to relax.

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