GATE Petroleum Engineering syllabus online tests books

GATE Petroleum Engineering Overview

Petroleum is the fuel World runs on today.It is heart of current civilization.Due to usage and importance of it new branch of Engineering was started. GATE Petroleum Engineering paper provides you platform to explore World of Petroleum in more details.

You can read my article on GATE exams to know more about this paper.The article mentions eligibility criteria, exam format and other details important for exams. You can also post your questions as well.In this article I will cover resources important to crack the GATE Petroleum Engineering paper with ease.

  • Paper Statistics
  • Free Online tests
  • Recommended Books
  • Detailed Syllabus
  • Free Android App

GATE Petroleum Engineering Statistics

Below are some interesting statistics about this paper

  1. Number of candidates registered for the exam – 2,800(approx)
  2. Number of candidates appeared for the exam – 2,300(approx)
  3. Number of qualified candidates – 474
  4. Percentage of candidates qualified – 20% (approx)
  5. Maximum marks out of 100 – 83
  6. Minimum marks out of 100 – 26.67
  7. Average marks – 48.56
  8. Standard Deviation – 10.72

The average marks is among one of the highest compared to the papers of GATE exams.The maximum and minimum marks are one of the highest compared to other papers. This makes is scoring paper compared to other papers. Also the passing percentage is same as most of the other papers.

Since average marks is close to 50 you have to score good marks to get decent rank in this paper.You should ideally target anything in range of 65 to 75. Most of the candidates will have marks in range of 35 to 60. So scoring above this range will be good.Below are the preparation materials to help you score good marks with ease.

GATE Petroleum Engineering online tests

Petroleum Engineering is not so popular compared to other GATE papers like Mechanical,Civil or Electrical.The number of candidates appearing for this exams is also not huge.This is the reason there is not much available on Internet on GATE Petroleum Engineering.

We have created online tests on all GATE papers.We have not left Petroleum Engineering also.Though the number of tests created for Petroleum Engineering may not be same as that of other but have created exams for it as well.Below are links to GATE Petroleum Engineering online tests

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We have focused on quality of test rather than quantity of test.The questions included in both tests are unique and important for upcoming GATE exams.We will be adding few more tests with in some time.

GATE Petroleum Engineering recommended books

As mentioned above there are not many books available in market.You should prepare using your course books.But if you want a dedicated book for GATE exams then you can follow below book.It has objective questions collection which will help you in exams.

The book has good rating and is popular.You can buy the book in discounted price from below link

Khanna’s Objective Questions in Petroleum Engineering

Along with online tests you can use this book for better preparation of the exams.The book covers most of the topics and good number of objective tests.

GATE Petroleum Engineering syllabus

Since there is lack of dedicated books you should focus more on syllabus.Ideally the syllabus covers pretty much important topics.These topics should be focused more.The syllabus shared below is updated one and is taken from official website of GATE exams (link)

1. Linear Algebra: Matrix algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and eigenvectors.

2. Calculus: Functions of 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.

3. 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.

4. Complex variables: Complex number, polar form of complex number, triangle inequality.

5. 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.

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6. 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.

7. Petroleum Exploration: Classification and description of some common rocks with special reference to clastic and nonclastic reservoir rocks. Origin, migration and accumulation of Petroleum. Petroleum exploration methods.

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

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

10. Petroleum Production Operations: Well equipments. Well completion techniques. Well production problems and mitigation. Well servicing & Workover operations. Workover & completion fluids. Formation damage. Well stimulation techniques. Artificial lift techniques. Field processing of oil & gas. Storage and transportation of petroleum and petroleum products. Metering and measurements 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

11. Offshore Drilling and Production Practices: Offshore oil and gas operations & ocean environment. Offshore fixed platforms, Offshore mobile units, Station keeping methods like mooring & dynamic positioning system. Offshore drilling from fixed platform, jack-up, ships and semi submersibles. Use of conductors and risers. Offshore well completion. Deep water applications of subsea technology. Offshore production: Oil processing platforms, water
injection platforms, storage, SPM and SBM transportation and utilities. Deep water drilling rig. Deep water production system. Emerging deep water technologies.

12. 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. Special type of logging tools. Casing inspection tools (principles, applications and limitations), Formations micro scanner (FMS), NMR logging principles. Standard log interpretation methods. Cross-plotting methods.

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13. 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 build up-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.

14. Health Safety and Environment in Petroleum Industry: Health hazards in Petroleum Industry: Toxicity, Physiological, Asphyxiation, respiratory and skin effect 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: Environment concepts, impact on eco-system, 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.

15. Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques: Basic principles and mechanism of EOR, Screening of EOR process. Concept of pattern flooding, recovery efficiency, permeability heterogeneity. Macroscopic and microscopic displacement efficiency. EOR methods: Chemical flooding, Miscible flooding, Thermal recoveries (steam stimulation, hot water & steam flooding, in-situ combustion), Microbial EOR.

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


I have tried to include material important to crack GATE Petroleum Engineering exams.In case you have any questions then let me know.Consider sharing this post in case you found this useful.

You can also use below Android App.It is free to install and is available on Google Play.The App has questions with answers. So you can prepare for exams anywhere you want. Below is link to Android App

GATE Exams Android Mobile App

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