GATEAG:Agricultural Engineering Exam Pattern
Exam Pattern
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) AG: Agricultural Engineering has 3 hours duration.

The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.

In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA).
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) AG: Agricultural Engineering would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).
 Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 (an integer only).?
 General Aptitude (GA) Questions
 In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1mark each (subtotal 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2marks each (subtotal 10 marks).
Paper  General Aptitude (GA) Questions  Subject Marks  Total Marks  Total Time 
AG: Agricultural Engineering  15  85  100  3 hours 
Test duration 3 hours
Total Marks 15+85= 100
Total Question 65
Marking System –
 For 1mark multiplechoice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
 Likewise, for 2mark multiplechoice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
 There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.
Syllabus Summary
No. Of Subject  8 

No. Of Unit  30 
No. Of Chapter  153 
 Design of irrigation channels and underground pipelines
 Irrigation Scheduling
 Irrigation Methods
 Irrigation Efficiencies
 Types of wells
 Classification Of Pumps
 Pump Characteristics
 Pump Selection And Installation
 Drainage coefficient
 planning, design of drainage systems
 leaching requirement and salinity control
 Irrigation And Drainage
 Groundwater Hydrology
 Darcy’s Law
 Evaluation of aquifer
 Water requirement of crops
 Measurement Of Infiltration
 Consumptive use and evapotranspiration
 Psychrometry
 Concentration And Drying Of Liquid Foods
 Hydrothermal Treatment
 Drying And Milling Of Cereals, Pulses And Oilseeds
 Controlled and modified atmosphere storage
 Perishable food storage
 Processing and Byproduct Utilization
 Byproduct utilization from processing industries
 Mechanics And Energy Requirement In Size Reduction Of Granular Solids
 Particle Size Analysis For Comminuted Solids
 Size Reduction and Conveying
 Fluidization Of Granular Solids
 Cleaning And Grading
 Effectiveness Of Grain Cleaners
 Centrifugal Separation Of Solids, Liquids And Gases
 Design and selection of machine elements
 overload safety devices used in farm machinery
 measurement of force, torque, speed, displacement and acceleration on machine elements
 Soil tillage
 Forces acting on a tillage tool
 Hitch systems and hitching of tillage implements
 Functional requirements, principles of working, construction and operation of manual, animal and power operated equipment
 Testing of agricultural machinery and equipment
 Calculation of performance parameters  field capacity, efficiency, application rate and losses
 Cost analysis of implements and tractors
 Engineering properties of soils
 Fundamental definitions and relationships
 Index properties of soils
 Permeability and seepage analysis
 Shear strength
 Stability of slopes
 Hydrological cycle and components
 Meteorological parameters
 Runoff estimation
 Hydrograph analysis
 Stream flow measurement
 Flood routing, hydrological reservoir and channel routing
 Measurement of distance and area
 Instruments For Surveying And Leveling
 Chain Surveying, Methods Of Traversing
 Measurement of angles and bearings
 Types Of Leveling
 Theodolite Traversing
 Contouring
 Computation Of Areas And Volume
 Watershed characterization
 Land Use Capability Classification
 Rainwater Harvesting Structures,Check Dams And Farm Ponds
 Mechanics of soil erosion
 Soil Loss Estimation
 Biological And Engineering Measures
 Terraces And Bunds
 Vegetative Waterways
 Gully Control Structures
 Earthen Dams
 Ideal and real fluids, properties of fluids
 Hydrostatic pressure and its measurement
 Continuity equation
 Bernoulli’s theorem
 Darcy Weisbach and HazenWilliams equations
 Flow through orifices and notches
 Flow in open channels
 Hydrostatic forces on plane and curved surface
 Limits, continuity and differentiability
 Partial Derivatives
 Maxima and Minima
 Tests for Convergence
 Fourier Series
 Taylor series
 Sequences and Series
 Linear and nonlinear first order Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE)
 Higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients
 Cauchy’s And Euler’s Equations
 Laplace transforms
 Partial Differential Equations  Laplace, heat and wave equations
 Matrices and determinants
 Systems of Linear Equations
 Eigen values and eigen vectors.
 Gradient
 Divergence and Curl
 line
 Surface and Volume Integrals
 Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems
 Mean, median, mode and standard deviation
 Random Variables
 Poisson, Normal And Binomial Distributions
 Correlation And Regression Analysis
 Tests of significance, analysis of variance (ANOVA)
 Solutions Of Linear And NonLinear Algebraic Equations
 Numerical integration  trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule
 Numerical solutions of ODE
 Numerical computation
 Numerical Estimation
 Numerical Reasoning
 Data Interpretation
 English grammar
 Sentence Completion
 Verbal Analogies
 Word Groups
 Instructions
 Critical Reasoning
 Verbal Deduction
 Kinetics of microbial death
 Preservation of Food
 Refrigeration and cold storage applications
 Steady state heat transfer
 Transient heat transfer
 Working principles of heat exchangers
 Diffusive and convective mass transfer
 Simultaneous heat and mass transfer
 Material and energy balances
 Water activity
 Desorption isotherms
 Type, selection, maintenance and repair of tractors and powertillers
 Power transmission systems
 Mechanics of tractor chassis
 Traction theory
 Three point hitches
 Mechanicalsteering and hydraulic control systems used in tractors
 Tractor tests and performance
 Human engineering and safety in design of tractor and agricultural implements
 Tractor clutches and brakes
 Sources of power on the farm  human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass
 biofuels
 Thermodynamic principles of I.C. engines
 I.C. engine cycles
 Engine components
 Fuels and combustion
 Lubricants and their properties
 Selection, operation, maintenance and repair of I.C. engines
 Power efficiencies and measurement
 Calculation of power, torque, fuel consumption, heat load and power losses
 I.C. engine systems
How to prepare
Preparation Strategy 
Make a proper Time Table
It is very important that you make a timetable and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than routes learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important to make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams. Try to build up an Engineering Entrance Exam Test Prep MCQ Question Bank
Time management
Time management can be learned through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.
Negative marking
Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.
Important Instructions

Examinations for all the 23 papers (disciplines) will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). A candidate can appear only in any one paper of the GATE examination.

The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using the virtual keypad.

Rest of the questions shall be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type.

A virtual onscreen calculator only shall be used during the examination.

The candidates shall use the ONLY virtual calculator to be provided by GATE.

Physical calculator, mobile phone and wrist watches with calculation facility are strictly prohibited and candidates possessing these in the examination hall (even if not using) shall be disqualified.

Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start of the examination.

The candidate has to appear at the GATE Examination Center on the date and time specified in the admit card; no request for any change in Center or Date/Time shall be entertained. Similarly, this being an examination body with certain constraints, candidates needing very special or specific facility for the exam may not be entertained.

For GATE the entire process of filling up of an application form, uploading of certificates/documents etc., shall be online only and the candidates should not send any hard copy of his/her application form/documents etc., to IITR or any of the IIT’s zonal GATE office.

The payment of application fees would be through electronic mode; online as well as through payment at bank counters using echallan.

The admit cards for GATE would be available through the online process only. Candidates can download their admit card from GATE website.
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