GATE 2022 Syllabus for Chemical Engineering

GATE 2022 Syllabus for Chemical Engineering

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GATE 2022 Syllabus for Chemical Engineering - IIT, Kharagpur has released the GATE Chemical Engineering syllabus 2022 in online mode. The GATE syllabus for CE mentions the topics which must be covered for the GATE exam. Candidates who are preparing for the exam are advised to follow only the official GATE 2022 syllabus to ensure that they do not miss out on any important topic.

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The GATE question papers in the exam will be formulated strictly in accordance with the GATE 2022 Chemical Engineering syllabus. Preparing for the exam as per GATE Chemical Engineering syllabus is highly advisable to score good marks in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. The GATE 2022 Chemical Engineering paper will have questions from General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and the subject of Chemical Engineering. Candidates are also provided with the GATE exam pattern along with the syllabus of GATE syllabus for Chemical Engineering.

Topics in GATE 2022 Syllabus for Chemical Engineering

Candidates can check the topics in GATE CE syllabus 2022 below.

GATE 2022 Syllabus for CE - Topics from Chemical Engineering

Section 1 - Process Calculations and Thermodynamics :

Steady and unsteady state mass and energy balances including multiphase, multicomponent, reacting, and non-reacting systems. Use of tie components; recycle, bypass and purge calculations; Gibb’s phase rule and degree of freedom analysis.

First and Second laws of thermodynamics. Applications of first law to close and open systems. Second law and Entropy. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances: Equation of State and residual properties, properties of mixtures: partial molar properties, fugacity, excess properties and activity coefficients; phase equilibria: predicting VLE of systems; chemical reaction equilibrium.

Section 2 - Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations

Fluid statics, surface tension, Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, transport properties, shell-balances including differential form of Bernoulli equation and energy balance, equation of continuity, equation of motion, equation of mechanical energy, Macroscopic friction factors, dimensional analysis and similitude, flow through pipeline systems, velocity profiles, flow meters, pumps and compressors, elementary boundary layer theory, flow past immersed bodies including packed and fluidized beds, Turbulent flow: fluctuating velocity, universal velocity profile and pressure drop.

Particle size and shape, particle size distribution, size reduction and classification of solid particles; free and hindered settling; centrifuge and cyclones; thickening and classification, filtration, agitation and mixing; conveying of solids.

Section 3 - Heat Transfer

Equation of energy, steady and unsteady heat conduction, convection and radiation, thermal boundary layer and heat transfer coefficients, boiling, condensation and evaporation; types of heat exchangers and evaporators and their process calculations; design of double pipe, shell and tube heat exchangers, and single and multiple effect evaporators.

Section 4 - Mass Transfer

Fick’s laws, molecular diffusion in fluids, mass transfer coefficients, film, penetration and surface renewal theories; momentum, heat and mass transfer analogies; stage-wise and continuous contacting and stage efficiencies; HTU & NTU concepts; design and operation of equipment for distillation, absorption, leaching, liquid-liquid extraction, drying, humidification, dehumidification and adsorption, membrane separations(microfiltration, ultra-filtration, nano-filtration and reverse osmosis).

Section 5 - Chemical Reaction Engineering

Theories of reaction rates; kinetics of homogeneous reactions, interpretation of kinetic data, single and multiple reactions in ideal reactors, kinetics of enzyme reactions (Michaelis-Menten and Monod models), non-ideal reactors; residence time distribution, single parameter model; non-isothermal reactors; kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions; diffusion effects in catalysis; rate and performance equations for catalyst deactivation.

Section 5 - Instrumentation and Process Control

Measurement of process variables; sensors and transducers; P&ID equipment symbols; process modeling and linearization, transfer functions and dynamic responses of various systems, systems with inverse response, process reaction curve, controller modes (P, PI, and PID); control valves; transducer dynamics; analysis of closed loop systems including stability, frequency response, controller tuning, cascade and feed forward control.

Section 8 - Plant Design and Economics

Principles of process economics and cost estimation including depreciation and total annualized cost, cost indices, rate of return, payback period, discounted cash flow, optimization in process design, and sizing of chemical engineering equipments such as heat exchangers and multistage contactors.

Section 9 - Chemical Technology

Inorganic chemical industries (sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, chlor-alkali industry), fertilizers (Ammonia, Urea, SSP and TSP); natural products industries (Pulp and Paper, Sugar, Oil, and Fats); petroleum refining and petrochemicals; polymerization industries (polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC and polyester synthetic fibers).

GATE 2022 Syllabus for Chemical Engineering - Topics from Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra: Matrix algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors.

Calculus: Functions of single variable, Limit, continuity and differentiability, Taylor series, Mean value theorem, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial derivatives, Total derivative, Maxima and minima, Gradient, Divergence and Curl, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line, Surface and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.

Differential equations: First order equations (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, Initial and boundary value problems, Laplace transforms, Solutions of one-dimensional heat and wave equations and Laplace equation.

Complex variables: Complex number, polar form of complex numbers, triangle Inequality.

Probability and Statistics: Definitions of probability and sampling theorems, Conditional probability, Mean, median, mode and standard deviation, Random variables, Poisson, Normal and Binomial distributions, Linear regression analysis.

Numerical Methods: Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations. Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule. Single and multi-step methods for numerical solution of differential equations.

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GATE 2022 Exam Pattern for Chemical Engineering

Candidates can find below the exam pattern of GATE 2022 Chemical Engineering. Candidates are advised to prepare for the exam as per the exact exam pattern and syllabus to score good marks in the GATE 2022.

Pattern of Questions

The GATE 2022 Chemical engineering paper will contain two types of questions

● Multiple Choice Questions carrying 1 and 2 marks, each having choice of four answers

● Numerical Ability Type (NAT) questions for which the answers have to be entered by using the virtual keyboard in the monitor.

Marking Scheme

Students can find below the marking scheme

● The General Aptitude part will carry a total of 15 marks. There will be a total of 5 questions carrying 1 mark each and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each.

● The Chemical Engineering part will contain 25 questions carrying 1 mark each and 30 questions carrying 2 marks each.

Reference Books for GATE 2022 Syllabus for Chemical Engineering


Reference Books



Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering

David M. Himmelblau



A Textbook of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics - K. V. Narayanan.

An Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics-J. M. Smith, H. C. Van Ness, M. M. Abbott


Fluid Mechanics

Introduction To Fluid Mechanics by Yunus A. Cengel, John M. Cimbala

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics- Fox and Mcdonald


Chemical Engineering for GATE

Ram Prasad


Engineering Mathematics

B.S. Grewal


Transport Phenomena

R. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, Edwin N. Lightfoot


Chemical Technology

Dryden’s Outlines of Chemical Technology by Gopala Rao M. and Marshall S


Mass Transfer

Mass Transport Phenomena- Christie J. Geankoplis

Mass Transfer Operations-Robert E. Treybal


Heat Transfer

Heat Transfer- Binay K. Dutta

Heat Transfer - Jack Philip Holman


Mechanical Operation

Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering -Warren McCabe, Julian Smith, Peter Harriott

Mechanical Operation For Chemical Engineering by Narayanan C. M. & Bhattacharyya B. C


Chemical Reaction Engineering

Chemical Reaction Engineering- Fogler & Gurmen

Chemical Reaction Engineering- Octave Levenspiel


Process Dynamics and Control

Process Systems Analysis and Control - Donald R. Coughanowr & Steven E. LeBlanc


Chemical Process Control

An Introduction To Theory And Practice- Stephanopoulos.

Process dynamics and control - Seborg, D.E., Edgar, T.F. and Mellichamp, D.A

Plant design and Economics- Peters M. S. and Timmerhaus K. D

GATE Cutoff for Chemical Engineering

Students can find below the previous year cutoff of GATE Chemical Engineering paper which will help candidates to prepare accordingly.