Top 10 Preparation Tips For Gate Chemical Engineering

Last updated on 26 Nov, 2018 | 1 comment

GATE Chemical Engineering

GATE Chemical Engineering has literally become the onto gateway of almost every PSU now, along with the IITs and NITs for Masters in the chemical engineering.

While preparing for GATE we often panic, especially the chemical engineers. And it is very obvious also because not many coaching centers are there to provide coaching for chemical engineers. Also, not much information is given on the internet that may prove to be beneficial for us.

Preparation Tips for GATE Chemical Engineering

Being a Chemical Engineering Graduate I have also faced this. Multiple questions used to revolve in my mind like what to study, how to complete the syllabus, how to score a good rank in GATE etc. and I’m sure many have faced the same or are going to face.

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1. Know the GATE Chemical Exam Pattern

See cracking GATE exam needs just a simple strategy to make and then follow it. The entire syllabus of GATE for Chemical Engineering can be divided into three main parts. The division along with the marking scheme is given below (the division of marks may change every year, however, won’t change much from the usual marking scheme):

a. Subjects Common to All

Common SubjectsMarks
Engineering Mathematics15 marks
Aptitude test15 marks

b. Core Subjects (Large Syllabus)

Main SubjectsMarks
Chemical Reaction Engineering9-12 marks
Fluid Mechanics8-10 marks
Process Dynamics and Control6-8 marks
Mass Transfer8-10 marks
Thermodynamics7-9 marks
Heat Transfer8-10 marks

c. Core Subjects (Small Syllabus)

Side SubjectsMarks
Mechanical Operation4-5 marks
Process Calculation4 marks
Plant Design and Economics4-5 marks
Chemical Technology4-8 marks

2. Take Advantage of Common Subjects

Engineering Mathematics and Aptitude, these two subjects are common to all the GATE papers and covers 30% of it. Chemical Engineers have an advantage here. Mathematics questions for Chemical Engineering paper are comparatively easier than that of the other branches. So, try to score more than 25 marks in this section because this section can really fetch you maximum marks with minimum effort.

3. Divide Your Syllabus into Small Parts

Now comes the Chemical Section of the paper which can be further divided into two parts. The first part contains the six Main Subjects whereas the other part is of the small four subjects. All the ten Chemical Subjects need to be studied thoroughly first. You need to have a correct concept of each and every topic in all those ten subjects. There’s no shortcut to it.

4. Plan According to Your Goal

After you master them, make a plan. Decide, in what range of marks you want to score. Even if you manage to get 60-65 marks in GATE Chemical Engineering, it is considered as good enough for getting a job in PSU. Once my teacher told me that you can’t decide the rank as it depends on how others perform but you can decide the marks you want to score because that completely depends on how you perform.

5. Try to Score More from Easy

Mechanical Operations and Plant Design and Economics are the two are very simple subjects that need to be revised every once a week and that’s enough to score full marks in those subjects. Questions from this two topics are mostly based on formulae. So, every once in a while you must go through all the important formulae of this topic and keep yourself updated.

6. Only Practice Can Make You Perfect

Process Calculation and Chemical Technology should be practiced every day for half an hour or one, just like Aptitude and Mathematics. Process calculation requires good manipulation skills while solving numerical problems, which can only be acquired with the help of practice. But again questions on chemical technology are mostly memory based, so you need to revise regularly.

7. Be Confident, Be Successful

Try to have a firm grip on all these above mentioned four subjects along with Aptitude and Mathematics which altogether sums up to a total of about 50 marks. These are those subjects which are very simple to understand and are easy to score. One can easily score if not full marks at least between 40-45 marks in this section. So, for a good score, you have to be confident enough in these six subjects.

8. Revise your Topics Thoroughly

The major portion of the paper is covered by the main six subjects. Therefore, initially choose only three of them which you think you are more comfortable in than the other three. Revise them first thoroughly. Get hold over these subjects and then move on to the next three. In this way, a systematic study will help you help you score good marks.

9. Make Your Own Strategy

I would like to say that this was my strategy while preparing for GATE Chemical Engineering and need not be followed by you. Everybody is free to make their own plans and strategies that suits them. If you have your own strategy, very well then. Go ahead and apply your strategy and become successful. Always remember that you are the best judge to yourself.

10. Never Ever Skip Topic

One of the most important point that you should always keep in mind is that never skip any topic or any subject. Most of us often do this mistake. You never know in which year, which question from which topic is going to be tough or easy. So, if you can keep a track on every topic included in the syllabus, there is a great chance of easily scoring an extra 10-15 marks without any effort.


I hope this article on preparation tips for GATE chemical engineering, will be pretty helpful for the aspirants who are preparing for GATE Chemical Engineering. I have tried to provide maximum preparation tips for the GATE chemical engineering and I hope that you guys like it. If you have any other queries regarding GATE examination, please feel free to share with us in the comments section below.