Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

GATE 2023 Syllabus (Out): Download Paper-wise syllabus, Important Topics, Exam Pattern

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has released the GATE syllabus 2023. The syllabus for the year 2023 witnessed no change. Hence, candidates must stick to the old syllabus.
GATE Syllabus 2023

GATE Syllabus 2023

GATE Syllabus 2023: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has released the GATE syllabus for the year 2023 on the official website. The GATE syllabus depends upon the subject the candidate is opting for. IIT Kanpur has already released the detailed syllabus for all 29 subjects in which the GATE 2023 exam is conducted. Aspirants preparing for the exam must know the detailed syllabus along with the exam pattern as well.

To get a comprehensive understanding of the syllabus and exam pattern as well, candidates must solve GATE previous year question papers. This will help them assess their level of preparation for the exam and have an idea of their strong and weak topics. Accordingly, aspirants must make changes to their GATE preparation.

The GATE GA syllabus, however, is the same for all candidates as it is the common paper irrespective of the subject candidate has chosen. In this section, the questions are asked from Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Analytical Aptitude, and Spatial Aptitude. Also Read: GATE 2023 Exam Pattern

GATE Syllabus 2023: Paper-wise

Candidates can check the paper-wise syllabus for GATE paper below:

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Aerospace Engineering (AE)

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Instrumentation Engineering (IN)

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Agricultural Engineering ( AG)

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Mathematics (MA)

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Architecture and Planning (AR)

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Mechanical Engineering (ME)

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Biomedical Engineering (BM)

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Mining Engineering (MN)

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Biotechnology (BT)

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Metallurgical Engineering (MT)

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Civil Engineering (CE)

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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (New Paper) (NM)

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Chemical Engineering (CH)

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Petroleum Engineering (PE)

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Computer Science and Information Technology  (CS)

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Physics (PH)

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Chemistry (CY)

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Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)

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Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)

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Statistics (ST)

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Electrical Engineering (EE)

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Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)

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Environmental Science & Engineering (ES)

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Engineering Sciences (XE)

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Ecology and Evolution (EY)

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Humanities & Social Sciences (XH)

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Geomatics Engineering (New Paper) (GE)

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Life Sciences (XL)

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Geology and Geophysics (GG)

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GATE Paper-wise Important Topics

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Engineering Mathematics, Flight Mechanics, Space Dynamics, Aerodynamics, Structures, Propulsion


Engineering Mathematics, Electricity and Magnetism, Electrical Circuits and Machines,  Signals and Systems, Control Systems, Analog Electronics, Digital Electronics, Measurements, Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation, Communication and Optical Instrumentation 


Engineering Mathematics, Farm Machinery, Farm Power, Soil & Water Conservation Engineering, Irrigation & Drainage Engineering, Agriculture Process Engineering, and Dairy & Food Engineering


Calculus, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Ordinary Differential Equations, Algebra, Functional Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Topology, Linear Programming


Architecture, Planning and Design, Construction and Management,  Environmental Planning and Design,  Urban Design, Landscape and Conservation, Planning process, Housing, Services and Infrastructure, History and Contemporary Architecture,  Building Construction and Structural systems, Building Services and Sustainability, Regional and Settlement Planning, Planning Techniques and Management, Infrastructure Planning


Engineering Mathematics, Applied Mechanics and Design, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering


Engineering Mathematics, Electrical Circuits, Signals and Systems, Analog and Digital Electronics, Measurements and Control Systems, Sensors and Bioinstrumentation, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Imaging Systems, Biomechanics, Biomaterials


Engineering Mathematics, Mining Geology, Mine Development and Surveying, Geomechanics and Ground Control, Mining Methods and Machinery, Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation and Underground Hazards, Mineral Economics, Mine Planning, Systems Engineering


Engineering Mathematics, General Biology,  Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology,  Fundamentals of Biological Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology, Plant, Animal and Microbial Biotechnology, Recombinant DNA technology and Other Tools in Biotechnology


Engineering Mathematics, Metallurgical Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena and Rate Processes, Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy, Mechanical Metallurgy, Manufacturing Processes


Engineering Mathematics, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering,  Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Geomatics Engineering 


Engineering Mathematics, Applied Mechanics and Structures, Fluid Mechanics and Marine Hydrodynamics, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Thermodynamics and Marine Engineering


Engineering Mathematics, Process Calculations and Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer,  Chemical Reaction Engineering, Instrumentation and Process Control, Plant Design and Economics,  Chemical Technology


Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Complex Variables, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Petroleum Exploration, Oil and Gas Well Drilling Technology, Reservoir Engineering, Petroleum Production Operations, Offshore Drilling and Production Practices, Petroleum Formation Evaluation, Oil and Gas Well Testing, Health Safety and Environment in Petroleum Industry, Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques, Latest trends in Petroleum Engineering


Engineering Mathematics, Digital Logic, Computer Organization and Architecture, Programming and Data Structures,  Algorithms, Theory of Computation, Compiler Design, Operating System, Databases, Computer Networks


Mathematical Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Solid State Physics, Electronics, Nuclear and Particle Physics 


Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry


Engineering Mathematics, General Engineering, Manufacturing Processes I, Manufacturing Processes II, Quality and Reliability, Industrial Engineering, Operations Research and Operations Management


Engineering Mathematics,  Networks, Signals and Systems, Electronic Devices, Analog Circuits, Digital Circuits, Control Systems, Communications, Electromagnetics 


Calculus, Matrix Theory, Probability, Standard Discrete and Continuous Univariate Distributions, Stochastic Processes, Estimation, Testing of Hypotheses, Non-parametric Statistics, Multivariate Analysis, Regression Analysis


Engineering Mathematics,  Electric circuits, Electromagnetic Fields, Signals and Systems, Electrical Machines, Power Systems, Control Systems, Electrical and Electronic Measurements, Analog and Digital Electronics, Power Electronics 


Linear Algebra, Calculus, Vector Calculus, Complex Variables, Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods 


Mathematics Foundation, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Microbiology, Water Resources and Environmental Hydraulics, Water & Wastewater Treatment and Management, Air and Noise Pollution, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Global and Regional Environmental Issues,  Environmental Management and Sustainable Development 


Reading Comprehension, Expression, Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning


Ecology,  Evolution, Mathematics and Quantitative Ecology, Behavioural Ecology, Applied Ecology & Evolution


Atomic Structure and Periodicity, Structure and Bonding, s, p and d Block Elements, Chemical Equilibria, Electrochemistry, Reaction Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Structure-Reactivity Correlations and Organic Reaction Mechanisms, Chemistry of Biomolecules


Engineering Mathematics and Basic Geomatics, Surveying and Mapping, Image Processing and Analysis


Engineering Mathematics, Textile Fibres, Yarn Manufacture, Yarn Structure and Properties, Fabric Manufacture, Structure and Properties, Textile Testing, Chemical Processing

GATE Exam Pattern 2023

Interested candidates can check the GATE exam pattern in the table below:



Mode of Exam

Computer Based Test 

Duration of Exam

3 Hours*

Number of Subjects



General Aptitude (GA) +

Candidate’s Selected Subject(s) (Core Subject)

Question Types

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Questions for testing these abilities

  • Recall
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis & Synthesis

Number of Questions

10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions

Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL

General Aptitude: 15 Marks +

Subject Questions: 85 Marks =

Total: 100 Marks

Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL

General Aptitude: 15 Marks +

Engineering Mathematics**: 13 Marks +

Subject Questions: 72 Marks =

Total: 100 Marks

(**XE includes Engineering Mathematics section XE-A of 15 Marks)

Marking Scheme

Questions carry 1 or 2 marks

Negative Marking

For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking.

For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

Likewise, For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

No negative marking for Incorrect answers to MSQ or NAT questions.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Has the GATE syllabus 2023 changed?

No, the GATE syllabus is the same as of previous year. IIT Kanpur has released the GATE syllabus on its official website without making any changes to it.

Can I cover the GATE syllabus in 3 months?

No, the GATE syllabus is widely extensive and cannot be covered in just three months. Candidates are advised to start preparation for the GATE exam as early as possible during their graduation years. It takes around 8-12 months to cover the syllabus for the GATE 2023 exam.

What is the GATE General Aptitude syllabus?

The General Aptitude syllabus for the GATE exam covers four topics: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Analytical Aptitude, and Spatial Aptitude. The GA syllabus remains the same for all students irrespective of the subject they have opted for.

What is the GATE syllabus for Architecture & Planning?

The GATE syllabus for Architecture & Planning covers the following topics:

  • Architecture
  • Planning and Design
  • Construction and Management
  • Environmental Planning and Design
  • Urban Design
  • Landscape and Conservation
  • Planning process
  • Housing, Services and Infrastructure
  • History and Contemporary Architecture
  • Building Construction and Structural systems
  • Building Services and Sustainability
  • Regional and Settlement Planning
  • Planning Techniques and Management
  • Infrastructure Planning

What types of questions are asked in the GATE exam?

The GATE exam includes three types of questions:

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions