GATE Exam Pattern for Civil Engineering 2024 - Download PDF

GATE Exam Pattern for Civil Engineering 2024 - IISc Bangalore has released the GATE 2024 Civil Engineering exam pattern online at the official website, Candidates can check the GATE Civil Engineering paper pattern 2024 on this page as well. The exam pattern of GATE Civil Engineering 2024 includes the mode of the exam, the number of questions, the marking scheme, different sections, and more. Candidates preparing for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering should check the GATE exam pattern for CE 2024 to score good marks in the exam. The authority has released the GATE Exam Pattern 2024 for all the papers online. GATE 2024 will be held in online mode.
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The GATE 2024 exam pattern for civil engineering and syllabus shall be divided into 7 sections including Engineering, Mathematics, Structural Engineering, Geomatics Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Geotechnical Engineering. The pattern of questions will include some Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ), and some may include Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. GATE 2024 exam date is February 3, 4, 10, and 11. The GATE exam will be conducted in online mode as a computer-based test (CBT) mode.

GATE Exam Pattern 2024 - Civil Engineering

There shall be a total of 65 questions with 100 marks including General Aptitude (10 questions) and Civil Engineering Subject (55 questions). However, 72 percent weightage will be given to the Civil Engineering subject questions, 13 percent to Engineering Mathematics, and the rest 15 percent to the General Aptitude.
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GATE Civil Engineering Exam Pattern 2024 - Highlights

Below are the important highlights of the GATE Civil Engineering exam pattern 2024:



Exam Mode

Online Computer Based Test (CBT)


3 Hours (180 Minutes)

Question Pattern

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)

  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

Number of Sections

  • General Aptitude

  • Civil Engineering

Type of sections

  • Recall

  • Comprehension

  • Application

  • Analysis and Synthesis

Total Number of Questions

10 (General Aptitude)

55 (Civil Engineering)

Total- 65 Questions

Total Marks

100 Marks

Marking Scheme

1 Marks and 2 Marks questions

Negative Marking

  • For 1-mark MCQ question, 1/3 mark will be deducted.

  • For 2-mark questions MCQ, 2/3 marks will be deducted.

  • No negative marking MSQ and NAT questions.

GATE Civil Engineering Marking Scheme 2024

Subject Code/Name

No. of Questions

Marks Distribution


Negative Marking

Total time

General Aptitude


5 Ques- 1 Marks

5 Ques- 2 Marks


1/3 for 1 mark Que in MCQ

2/3 for 2 marks ques in MCQ

No Negative marking in MSQ and NAT

CE (Civil Engineering)


18 Ques- 1 Marks

27 Ques- 2 marks


Engineering Mathematics


7 Ques- 1 Marks

3-Ques- 2 Marks





180 Minutes

GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering - Topic Wise Weightage





Solid Mechanics


Highway & Surveying


Structural Analysis


Design of Steel Structures


Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic machine


Environment Engg


Irrigation and Hydrology


General Aptitude


RCC and Prestressed concrete


Engineering Mathematics




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GATE Civil Engineering Question Paper Pattern 2024

There will be a total of 65 questions in the GATE Civil Engineering exam 2024, which consists of three types of questions in all the papers:

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): Each question carries 1 or 2 marks, in all the papers and sections. In each question, there will be four options, out of which the candidate has to choose only one correct option.

  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQ): Each question carries 1 or 2 marks, in all the papers and sections. In each question, there will be four options, out of which the candidate can choose more than one correct option.

  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT): Each question carries 1 or 2 marks, all papers, and sections. The candidate has to enter their answer using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor.

  • Negative Marking: There will be negative markings for MCQ questions. For each wrong 1-mark question, 1/3 mark will be deducted and for each wrong 2-mark question, 2/3 mark will be deducted. However, there will be no negative markings in MSQ and NAT questions.

GATE Civil Engineering Question Paper Design 2024

GATE has designed the GATE exam pattern for Civil Engineering 2024 to test the following abilities of candidates such as-

  • (i) Recall: This part contains facts, principles, formulae, or laws in the discipline of the paper. Candidates are required to choose the correct answer using their memory or from a one-line computation.

  • (ii) Comprehension: These questions are designed to test the understanding ability of the candidate in which he is required to conclude answers from fundamental ideas.

  • (iii) Application: In these questions, the candidate is required to use their knowledge using computation or logical reasoning.

  • (iv) Analysis and Synthesis: To solve these questions, candidates are required to analyze the data which is present in the form of diagrams images, etc. On the basis of their analysis and synthesis of questions, candidates have to compare the information and choose the right answer.

GATE Civil Engineering General Aptitude Syllabus 2024


Important Topics

General Aptitude

  • Verbal Aptitude

  • Quantitative Aptitude

  • Analytical Aptitude

  • Spatial Aptitude

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GATE Engineering Mathematics Syllabus 2024

The exam conducting authority has released the GATE 2024 syllabus online. Candidates can check the syllabus of GATE Engineering Mathematics below.


Important Topics

Engineering Mathematics

  • Linear Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Partial Differential Equation (PDE)

  • Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE)

  • Probability and Statistics

  • Numerical Methods

GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus 2024

GATE 2024 syllabus for Civil Engineering pdf is available online. Candidates can check the GATE Civil Engineering syllabus below.

Civil Engineering Sections

Important Topics

Structural Engineering

  • Engineering Mechanics

  • Solid Mechanics

  • Structural Analysis

  • Construction Materials and Management

  • Steel Structures

  • Concrete Structures

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Soil Mechanics

  • Foundation Engineering

Water Resources Engineering

  • Fluid Mechanics

  • Hydraulics

  • Hydrology

  • Irrigation

Environmental Engineering

  • Water and Waste Water Quality and Treatment

  • Air Pollution

  • Municipal Solid Wastes

Transportation Engineering

  • Transportation Infrastructure

  • Highway Pavements

  • Traffic Engineering

Geomatics Engineering

  • Principles of surveying

  • Maps

  • Distance and angle measurement

  • Horizontal and vertical curves

  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

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GATE Civil Engineering 2024- Important Books

Below is the list of GATE Civil Engineering books.

Civil Engineering Topics


Theory of Structure

CK Wang, S. Rammamrutham, L.S. Negi & Jangit

Theory of Elasticity

Timoshenko & Gere

Strength of Materials/Mechanics of Structure

Soil Mechanics

Gare & Timoshenko,

E. Popove, L. Singer,

B.C. Punamia, Rammamrutham

Geo-tech Engineering

Gopal Ranjan and Rao, R.F. Craig

Pre-stressed Concrete

Krishna Raju

Reinforced Concrete

Ashok K Jain

Highway/ Pavement & Traffic

Khanna & Justo, Kadiyali

Fluid Mechanics & Machines

RK Bansal, Modi & Seth

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GATE Civil Engineering Previous Year Question Papers Free Download

Candidates who are looking for GATE CE previous year question papers can download them from CareersToday for free. All the answers are available with the sample papers. The candidates are advised to solve these papers to understand the GATE exam pattern for civil engineering 2024 and prepare for their exams so that they can score good grades.

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GATE Civil Engineering CutOff 2024

Candidates who will qualify for the GATE exam will be eligible for admission to various institutes. The GATE Cutoff 2024 will be released on the official website of GATE. Candidates can visit the site.

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Quick Tips To Prepare GATE Civil Engineering Paper 2024

Follow these most important tips for GATE preparation for Civil Engineering (CE):

  • Go through the GATE syllabus for Civil Engineering carefully and mark the important topics.

  • First, understand the GATE exam pattern for Civil Engineering and make a study plan before starting your GATE CE preparation. Set a specific time for a specific topic and make a daily schedule.

  • Don't forget to revise your course syllabus, and make sure that you have covered all sections.

  • Solve the GATE CE previous year's mock test papers and check your score to know your progress. Download free GATE 2024 Mock Test here.

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