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Gate 2018 Exam syllabus for  petroleum Engineering

Gate 2018 Exam syllabus for  petroleum Engineering –

GATE PETROLEUM ENGINEERING SYLLABUS 2018. In the GATE 2018, Petroleum Engineering  exam pattern consists 70%  weight age  of the total marks is for the Core Subjects ( Petroleum Production Operations, Reservoir Engineering, Petroleum Exploration etc) , 15% marks are dedicated to the Engineering Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations etc) and the rest 15%  marks dedicated  to  General Aptitude which includes (Numerical Ability, Verbal Ability, Reasoning).

Gate 2018 Exam syllabus for  petroleum Engineering

Exam SectionMarks Weightage
Subject Questions70% of total marks
Engineering Mathematics15% of total marks
General Aptitude15% of total marks




General Aptitude Questions
All the papers will have a few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.

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GATE Petroleum Engineering Syllabus 2018 – Engineering Mathematics

Core Topics:

Linear Algebra: Vector algebra, Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, rank of a matrix, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

Calculus: Functions of single variable, limits, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorem, chain rule, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, gradient, divergence and curl, directional derivatives. Integration, Line, surface and volume integrals. Theorems of Stokes, Gauss and Green.

Differential Equations: First order linear and nonlinear differential equations, higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients. Partial differential equations and separation of variables methods.

Special Topics: Fourier Series, Laplace Transforms, Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, Numerical integration and differentiation.

Complex variables: Complex number, polar form of complex number, 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 Petroleum Engineering Syllabus 2018 – Main Subject Topics

Petroleum Engineering (PE) syllabus will constitute the topics as mentioned below. Including the below topics, the new inventions in petroleum  industry are also included as part of exam. These topics include-

Petroleum Exploration: Classification of rocks, origin, migration, description of petroleum.

Oil & gas Well Drilling Technology: Well planning, drilling method, oil & gas well cementing operations, drill bit types, drilling problems, applications of horizontal, directional survey & drilling tools, multilateral, casting string function

Reservoir Engineering: Petrophysical properties of rocks, coring and core analysis, phase behavior, hydrocarbon system, flow of fluids, water & gas coning, reservoir pressure measurements, reserve estimation & techniques

Petroleum Production Operation: Well equipments, well completion methods, well production problems, servicing, workover fluids, formation damage, storage of petroleum, petroleum system analysis, multiphase flow in tubing & flow lines, nodal system analysis, pressure vessels, storage tanks, artificial lift techniques, pumps, compressors, LNG value chain

Offshore Drilling and Production Practices: Offshore fixed platforms, mobile units, station keeping methods, deep water technologies, well completion, oil processing platforms, water injection platforms, SPM and SBM transportation, mooring & dynamic positioning system, jack up, ships, semi submersibles

Petroleum Formation Evaluation: Evaluation of CBL/ VDL, USIT< SFT, RFT, Production logging tools, principles, FMS- Formation Micro scanner, NMR logging principles, resistivity radioactive, sub surface formations

Oil & gas Well Testing: Derivation & solutions, radius of investigation, superposition principles, horner’s approximation, drill stem testing, pressure transient tests, wellbore effects, multilayer reservoirs, pulse testing, gas well testing, radius of investigation, interference testing

Health Safety & Environment in Petroleum Industry: Safety systems, fire detection & suppression systems, disaster & crisis management, impact of eco system, waste treatment methods, HSE policies, asphyxiation, physiological, toxicity, manual & automatic shutdown systems

Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques: EOR mechanism, screening of EOR process, microscopic displacement efficiency, EOR methods like chemical flooding, miscible flooding, thermal recoveries, microbial EOR.

Latest trends in Petroleum Engineering: Coal bed methane, shale gas, oil shale, gas hydrate, and heavy oil.

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