GATE PETROLEUM ENGINEERING Syllabus 2019 – GATE PE Chapters & Topics

GATE PETROLEUM ENGINEERING Syllabus : Check out the latest GATE Syllabus for PETROLEUM ENGINEERING (PE). Petroleum subject is the one of the papers in GATE 2019 Exam. Earlier we’ve provided GATE Exam pattern 2019, Now we are providing GATE Syllabus 2019 of Petroleum Paper. PE is the subject code of GATE Petroleum Engineering Exam. Below we’ve provided GATE Petroleum Engineering Syllabus and weight-age for GATE 2019 Exam. Here you can see Petroleum Engineering applicable chapters and topics for GATE exam 2019.

GATE Paper Pattern & Marks Weightage

GATE paper questions are divided into three sections.  As given below GATE marks are distributed for each section. 70% of the marks covers the core subject of the GATE Exam. i.e here Core Subject is Petroleum Engineering.

GATE 2018 – 2019
Paper Pattern for Petroleum Engineering (PE)

GATE Paper SectionsGATE Marks Distribution
Subject Questions (Core Subject)70% of the total marks.
Engineering Mathematics15% of the total marks.
General Aptitude (GA)15% of the total marks.


The GATE exam will also have General Aptitude section. General Aptitude section is common for all papers. You can download the GATE 2019 Syllabus for General Aptitude (GA) in PDF or you can check

GATE General Aptitude (GA) Syllabus (Full Details)

GATE Syllabus for Petroleum Engineering pdf 2019

General Aptitude Syllabus (Common to all papers)Download
GATE Syllabus for Petroleum Engineering (PE)Download


Engineering Mathematics

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.

GATE Petroleum Engineering Syllabus 2019 – 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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  1. kkn says

    can you divide those topics as per semester

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