GATE PE 2024 (Petroleum Engineering): Exam Date, Syllabus, Pattern, Paper Analysis, Cutoff

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarUpdated On: January 04, 2024 08:22 pm IST | GATE

GATE PE 2024 exam date is February 4, 2024. Check the GATE Petroleum Engineering 2024 exam date, pattern, syllabus, old question papers, exam analysis, and cutoff here. 

GATE PE 2024 (Petroleum Engineering): Exam Date, Syllabus, Pattern

GATE PE 2024 (Petroleum Engineering) - GATE PE 2024 exam date is February 4, 2024. In this article, you can check all the details related to the GATE 2024 PE exam such as exam date, pattern, syllabus, old question papers, previous year exam analysis, and cutoff details. 

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GATE PE 2024 Exam Dates

The important dates related to the GATE PE 2024 exam have been provided in the table below -

GATE PE 2024 Exam DateFebruary 4, 2024
GATE PE 2024 Exam Time2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
GATE PE 2024 ResultMarch 16, 2024

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GATE PE 2024 Exam Pattern & Weightage

The Petroleum Engineering exam of GATE 2024 will include General Aptitude and Subject questions. You can check the PE exam pattern and weightage of GATE here -

Name of the Subject

No. Of Questions

Division of Questions

Total Marks (as per Questions Division)

General Aptitude

10 Questions

Question No: - 1-5

1 Mark Each (Five Marks)

Question No: - 6-10

2 Marks Each (Ten Marks)

Physics (Subject)

55 Questions

Question No: - 1-25

1 March Each (25 Marks)

Question No: - 26- 55

2 Marks Each (60 Marks)

Overall, the PE question paper of GATE has 65 questions, and 100 is the total marks for which the exam is conducted.

GATE PE Syllabus 2024

IISc Bangalore has released the official GATE Syllabus 2024on the official website. Candidates can download the PDF from the table below.
Direct Link to Check GATE PE Syllabus 2024 PDF - Click Here
The detailed GATE 2024 PE Syllabus has been listed below.


Topics of GATE 2024 Syllabus

Reservoir Engineering

  • Coring and core analysis. 
  • Reservoir fluid properties
  • Petrophysical properties of reservoir rocks
  • Flow of fluids through porous media
  • Water and gas coning
  • Phase behavior of hydrocarbon system
  • Drive mechanics and recovery factors
  • Reservoir pressure measurements
  • Reservoir drives
  • Reserve estimation techniques

Petroleum Exploration

  • Origin
  • Petroleum exploration methods
  • Migration and Accumulation of Petroleum
  • Classification and description of some common rocks with special reference to clastic and nonclastic reservoir rocks

Offshore Drilling and Production Practices

  • Offshore fixed platforms
  • Offshore drilling from a fixed platform
  • Use of conductors and risers
  • Deep water applications of subsea technology
  • Jack-up
  • Offshore oil & ocean environment and gas operations
  • Offshore mobile units
  • Station-keeping methods like mooring & dynamic positioning system
  • ships and semi-submersibles
  • Offshore well completion

Offshore production:

  • water injection platforms
  • Oil processing platforms


  • SPM and SBM transportation and utilities Deepwater drilling rig.
  • Emerging deep water technologies
  • Deepwater production system.

Oil and Gas Well Drilling Technology

  • Well planning
  • Drilling rigs Rig operating systems
  • Drilling method
  • Oil & gas well cementing operations
  • Drilling problems, their control & remedies.
  • Application of horizontal
  • extended reach
  • Drilling fluid maintenance equipment
  • Drilling fluids function and properties
  • Drill bit types and their applications
  • Drill string and casing string function
  • operations, selection & design
  • Directional drilling tools
  • Directional survey
  • Multilateral
  • slim wells

Petroleum Production Operations

  • Well equipment
  • Well completion techniques
  • Well-production problems and mitigation
  • Workover & completion fluids
  • Formation damage
  • Well stimulation techniques
  •  Well-servicing and workover operations 
  • Artificial lift techniques
  • Field processing of oil & gas
  • Storage and petroleum products and transportation of petroleum 
  • Metering and measurements of oil & gas
  • Production system analysis & optimization
  • Production testing
  • Multiphase flow in tubing and flow-lines
  • Nodal system analysis
  • Pressure vessels
  • storage tanks
  • shell and tube heat exchangers
  • pumps and compressors
  • LNG value chain

Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques

  • Mechanism of EOR Screening of EOR process and Basic principles 
  • Concept of pattern flooding
  • recovery efficiency
  • permeability heterogeneity
  • Macroscopic and microscopic displacement efficiency

EOR methods:

  • Chemical flooding
  • Miscible flooding
  • Thermal recoveries 
  • in-situ combustion)
  • Microbial EOR.

Petroleum Formation Evaluation

  • Evaluation of petrophysical of sub-surface formations:
  • Principles applications
  • Advantages and disadvantages of SP
  • resistivity, radioactive
  • acoustic logs and types of tools used
  • Evaluation of CBL/VDL
  • USIT
  • SFT
  • RFT
  • Production logging tools
  • Principles
  • limitations and applications.
  • A special type of logging tool.
  • Casing inspection tools (principles
  • applications and limitations)
  • Formations micro scanner (FMS)
  • NMR logging principles
  • Standard log interpretation methods
  • Cross-plotting methods

Health Safety and Environment in the Petroleum Industry

Health Hazards in the Petroleum Industry:

  • Toxicity
  • Physiological
  • Asphyxiation
  • respiratory and skin effects of petroleum hydrocarbons
  • sour gases

Safety System:

  • Manual & automatic shutdown system
  • blow down systems
  • Gas detection
  • system
  • Fire detection and suppression systems
  • Personal protection system & measures
  • HSE
  • Policies
  • Disaster & Crisis Management in Petroleum Industry


  • Environment concepts
  • impact on ecosystem
  • air
  • water and soil
  • The impact of drilling & production operations
  • on environment
  • Environmental transport of petroleum wastes
  • Offshore environmental studies
  • Offshore oil spill and oil spill control
  • Waste treatment methods

Oil and Gas Well Testing

  • Diffusivity equation
  • derivation & solutions
  • Radius of investigation
  • Principle of superposition
  • Horner’s approximation
  • Drill Stem Testing
  • Pressure Transient Tests:
  • Drawdown and buildup-test analysis
  • Wellbore effects
  • Multilayer reservoirs
  • Injection well testing
  • Multiple well testing
  • Interference testing
  • Pulse testing
  • well-test analysis by use of type curves
  • Gas well testing

Linear Algebra

  • Matrix algebra
  • Systems of linear equations
  • Eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

Differential Equations

  • First-order equations (linear and nonlinear)
  • Higher order linear differential
  • Equations with constant coefficients
  • Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations
  • Initial and boundary value
  • Problems
  • Laplace transforms
  • Solutions of one-dimensional heat and wave equations and Laplace equation

Complex Variables

  • Complex number
  • the polar form of a complex number
  • triangle inequality

Numerical Methods

  • Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule
  • Multi-step and Single methods for numerical solution of differential equations.
  • Numerical solutions of non-linear & linear algebraic equations

Latest trends in Petroleum Engineering

  • Coal bed methane
  • shale gas
  • oil shale
  • gas hydrate
  • and heavy oil.


  • Functions of a single variable
  • Limit
  • continuity and differentiability
  • Taylor series
  • Mean
  • value theorems
  • Evaluation of definite and improper integrals
  • Partial derivatives
  • Total derivative
  • Maxima and minima
  • Gradient
  • Divergence and Curl
  • Vector identities
  • Directional derivatives
  • Line
  • Surface and Volume integrals
  • Stokes
  • Gauss and Green’s theorems.

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

GATE PE Cutoff

The category-wise GATE Petroleum Engineering (PE) cutoff for different years has been enumerated in the table below.

Name of the Category

2023 Cutoff2022 Cutoff

2021 Cutoff

2020 Cutoff


To be released37.8




To be released34




To be released25.1



GATE PE (Petroleum Engineering) 2022 Exam Analysis

The overall difficulty level of the GATE 2022 PE exam was tough. Candidates can check the GATE Petroleum Engineering (PE) 2022 exam analysis below.

GATE 2022 Petroleum Engineering (PE) exam analysis

GATE PE (Petroleum Engineering) 2021 Exam Analysis

The GATE 2021 Petroleum (Engineering PE) exam analysis can be checked below.

GATE 2021 Petroleum Engineering (PE) exam analysis

GATE PE (Petroleum Engineering) 2020 Exam Analysis

The overall difficulty level of the PE question paper was easy to moderate, and there were not many difficult questions. There were most questions from the subject and conceptual-based. Students are easily able to answer 60 questions. The question paper was lengthy and consumed more time to answer.

GATE PE 2022 Question Paper & Answer Key 

The question paper and answer key of GATE PE exam 2022 can be downloaded by clicking on the links below 

GATE PE Question Paper 2022GATE PE Answer Key 2022

GATE PE 2021 Question Paper & Answer Key 

The question paper and answer key of GATE PE exam 2021 can be downloaded by clicking on the links below

GATE PE Question Paper 2021GATE PE Answer Key 2021

GATE PE 2020 Question Paper & Answer Key 

The 2020 question paper and answer key of GATE PE exam 2020 can be downloaded by clicking on the links below 

GATE PE Question Paper 2020

GATE PE Answer Key 2020

GATE PE 2019 Question Paper & Answer Key

The overall difficulty level of the GATE PE exam that took place in 2019 was difficult to moderate. You can check the question paper and answer key for the same below.

GATE PE 2019 Question Paper (PDF) DownloadGATE PE 2019 Answer Key (PDF) Download

GATE PE Question Paper & Answer Key 2018

You can also check and download the 2018 GATE PE question paper and answer key here -

GATE PE 2018 Question Paper (PDF) DownloadGATE PE 2018 Answer Key (PDF) Download

GATE PE Question Paper & Answer Key 2017

You can also check and download the 2017 GATE PE question paper and answer key here -

GATE PE 2017 Question Paper (PDF) DownloadGATE PE 2017 Answer Key (PDF) Download

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