How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Chemical Engineering
Satyendra Singh, 27 Nov 2019, #GATE
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How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Chemical Engineering (CH) - After completing B.Tech in chemical engineering, the next target for many candidates is to get a good rank in GATE. High performers in GATE chemical engineering (CH) paper are frequently absorbed by top PSUs and MNCs. Many also go for higher studies in top institutes like IITs and NITs. But chemical engineering being a popular discipline, the number of test takers is high and so also the competition. Consequently, to perform well the candidate at the minimum needs to know how to prepare for GATE chemical engineering paper. For example, while good and easy-to-follow study material can aid preparation, those with convoluted explanations can really slow down progress. There are many other ways that can send a well-meaning preparation cartwheeling towards failure. It is the reason why we have come up with this article on How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Chemical Engineering (CH).
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How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Chemical Engineering (CH)

The national-level exam this year will be conducted for 25 papers, including chemical engineering. The tips presented here tell how the candidate can start from scratch; good foundation knowledge naturally makes things easier though. Go through our tips on GATE 2020- How to Prepare for Chemical Engineering listed below.

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Get hold of the GATE syllabus. Check out the topics included in it. Please note that questions will invariably be asked from the official GATE syllabus only, so there is no point wasting time and effort elsewhere. It is also a good idea to segregate the syllabus into smaller segments, say based on difficulty level, how a topic is interrelated, and also weightage they carry. It will bring a method to your preparation.

Make a study schedule: Having a schedule will make it easier to keep tab of things like the candidate can check how much progress has been made. It is generally a good idea to be flexible with the schedule, as this way the candidate will be able to make the necessary changes.

Check out the exam pattern

Many students don’t give much thought to the exam pattern of GATE 2020. But it shouldn’t be the case as a proper understanding of the exam pattern can help the candidate prepare better. For example, the exam pattern tells that some questions carry negative marks, while question type may be multiple choice or NAT type. Such details would help the candidate plan a strategy – like focus on speed and accuracy.

Key points of GATE 2020 exam pattern

  • The test will be of 3 hours

  • Questions will be asked from – General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and Subject-specific part

  • A total of 65 questions, carrying total 100 marks, will be asked

  • Question type: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions.

  • Marking scheme: MCQs carry negative marks, while NAT questions don’t

Prepare from good books

Unless the books the candidate is relying on are not of the desired standard, a good outcome can’t be expected. When selecting books for GATE, some of the points that must be considered are:

  • Do the books meet prescribed GATE standards?

  • Are they properly edited for factual and other errors?

  • Is the language simple enough for the candidate to follow

  • Is the book (s) the latest edition with all the latest GATE guidelines incorporated.

Important Books for GATE Chemical Engineering (CH)



Important Topics

Books and Authors


Engineering Mathematics

  • Eigen Values & Eigenvectors

  • Rank of Matrix

  • Limit Continuity

  • Maxima & Minima

  • Differential Equations

  • Laplace Equation

  • Probability, Mean, Median

  • Numerical Solution of Differential Equations

B.S. Grewal


Chemical Engineering for GATE

  • Classifications of Chemical Reactions

  • Design of Isothermal IDEAL reactors

  • Design of Non-Isothermal IDEAL reactors

  • Modelling of Non-IDEAL reactors

  • Introductions to Heterogenous Reactions System

  • Solid Catalysed Reactions

Ram Prasad


Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering


David. M. Himmelblau



  • First law of Thermodynamics

  • Second law of Thermodynamics

  • Principle of Entropy

  • Properties of Pure Substances

  • Chemical Reaction Equilibrium

  • Solutions Thermodynamics

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

  • Properties of Fluid

  • Fluid Kinematics & Fluid Dynamics

  • Application of Bernoulli’s Equations

  • Flow Meters

  • Flow through Pipes

  • Fluid Machinery

  • Characterization of Particulates

  • Screen Analysis

  • Fluidization

  • Size Reduction Equipment & Laws of Size Reduction

  • Filtration

Introduction To Fluid Mechanics (English) 7th Edition (paperback) ... by Yunus A. Cengel, John M. Cimbala

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics- Fox and Mc Donald


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


Heat Transfer

  • Modes of Heat Transfer

  • Conduction & Convection in Fins

  • Temperature Distribution in Slab/ Cylinder/ Sphere

  • Convective Heat Transfer & Application of Newton’s Cooling Law

  • Radiation Heat Transfer

  • Boiling & Condensation

  • Design of Heat Exchanging Equipment

  • Heat Transfer through the Pipe

Heat Transfer- Binay.K.Dutta

Heat Transfer - Jack Philip Holman


Mass Transfer

  • Types of Mass Transfer

  • Inter-phase Mass Transfer

  • Mass Transfer Equipments

  • Mass Transfer Operations

  • Design of Mass Transfer Equipments

  • HTU & NTU Concepts

Mass Transport Phenomena- Christie J. Geankoplis

Mass Transfer Operations-Robert E. Treybal


Chemical Reaction Engineering


Chemical Reaction Engineering- Fogler & Gurmen

Chemical Reaction Engineering- Octave Levenspiel


Process Dynamics and Control

  • Introduction to Laplace to Solve Differential Equations

  • Types of System

  • Transfer Functions

  • Responses of Systems for Different Type of Input Functions

  • Open Loop and Closed Loop System

  • Servo and Regulator Problems

  • Types of Feedback Controller

  • Design of Feedback & Feed Forward Control System

  • Tuning of Control Parameters

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


Chemical Process Control

  • Basic Chemical Calculations

  • Material Balance with and without Chemical Reaction

  • Recycle and Bypass Operations

  • Energy Balance

  • Combustions Calculation

An Introduction To Theory And Practice- Stephanopoulos.G

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


Chemical Technology

  • Fertilizer Industries

  • Sugar Industries

  • Paper & Pulp Industries

  • Petrochemical

  • Polymer

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


Transport Phenomena


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

Solve sample papers

Simple reading and trying a few problems here and there is not going to be enough. Instead, the candidate must solve as many sample papers and previous years’ GATE question papers he/ she can. Also, it is not necessary that sample and questions papers be solved only in the last few months of the exam. Instead, the candidate must make it a part of the preparation strategy early on. After completing a chapter, the candidate may start solving problems related to it. This exercise will help build problem-solving ability and also instill confidence.

Take mock tests

The next item included in our GATE 2020 - How to Prepare for Chemical Engineering list is related to mock tests. The GATE exam will be conducted online and mock tests are designed to help the candidate get familiar with the functionalities of the test. The GATE mock test is just like the actual test, so candidates can find out how questions are distributed across sections, the segregation of questions as per their status, and much more. In addition to official mock tests, the candidates may also attempt mock tests at school or even online.

Stay positive

The trials and tribulations of preparation often take a toll on the student. To withstand it, the candidate needs to ensure that there are gaps during preparation that give enough breathing space. Also, to distract from the pressure, physical activities are recommended. Another thing is the candidate shouldn’t stay completely isolated, as it will make it difficult for others to help the candidate if help is required.

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If  one scores 400 in gate examination then his marks will be around 28.33 out of 100 marks in the paper.
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thomas joy 11th Dec, 2019
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Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 11th Dec, 2019
see after clearing gate exam you do have 2 options. you can go for higher studies in reputed colleges of India like iiits, iits, nits even you can go for foreign universities like nangyang university Singapore. other option you do have which is PSU. ecil, DRDO, barc, coal India, bel this organization recruits electronics engineer through gate score, however the number of vacancy is really less compare to electrical engineering. you need to have rank within 200 to get cal from PSU.
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How many Psus or private companies are recruiting geologists based on their Gate performance?

Parvathi Ramachandran 10th Dec, 2019

Greetings !!

Lot of Private companies in mining , Petroleum sector will definitely recruit geologists in upcoming years. Apart from this every year SSC conducts geologist Exam for recruitment. With full confidence and prospects you may start your preparation , definitely you will be able to clear the exam. If any doubts, pls feel free to ask.

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