GATE PE Previous Question Papers and Keys

Past 4 Year Question Papers and Solutions of GATE Petroleum Engineering

GATE PE Petroleum Engg Previous Papers

GATE Qualification is mandatory nowadays for seeking admission to
Master’s programs in Engineering/ Architecture/ Technology  and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies.

What is GATE?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore along with seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of MHRD and Government of India to test the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects related to Science.

The score gained are valid for Three Years from the announcement of the results and they are accepted by many institutes across India.

A collection of previous years GATE PE Question papers along with answers are provided to give a better understanding about GATE PE upcoming examination.

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The points to be known about GATE PE exam are:

  • The exam is conducted ONLINE.
  • It is a duration of 3 hours.
  • Questions are divided into three sections: General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and Subject-specific part.
  • Number of questions are 65 totaling to 100 marks
  • Question type: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions of 1 mark and 2-marks respectively. Be cautious on the marking scheme as MCQs carry negative marks, but NAT questions don’t attract negative marking.

Here is a brief on the topics covered for GATE 2020 Petroleum Engineering examination.

GATE PE Syllabus:

Petroleum Exploration: Origin, migration and accumulation of Petroleum. Petroleum exploration methods.

Oil and Gas Well Drilling Technology: Well planning. Drilling method. Drilling fluid maintenance equipment. Oil & gas well cementing operations. Drilling problems, their control & remedies. Directional drilling tools. Directional survey.

Reservoir Engineering: Petrophysical properties of reservoir rocks. Phase behavior of hydrocarbon system. Flow of fluids through porous media. Reserve estimation & techniques.

Petroleum Production Operations: Well equipment. Well completion techniques. Artificial lift techniques. Field processing of oil & gas. Multiphase flow in tubing and flow-lines. Nodal system analysis.

Offshore Drilling and Production Practices: Offshore oil and gas operations & ocean environment. Use of conductors and risers. Offshore well completion. Deep water applications of subsea technology. Emerging deep water technologies.

Petroleum Formation Evaluation: Evaluation of petro-physical of sub-surface formations, Production logging tools, Casing inspection tools, Formations micro scanner (FMS), NMR logging principles. Cross-plotting 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, Injection well testing, Gas well testing.

Health Safety and Environment in Petroleum Industry: Health hazards in Petroleum Industry, Safety System, Gas detection system. Fire detection and suppression systems. Personal protection system & measures. Environment, The impact of drilling & production operations on environment, Waste treatment methods.

Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques: Basic principles and mechanism of EOR, Macroscopic and microscopic displacement efficiency, EOR methods.

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

For the complete syllabus, click on GATE PE Syllabus 2020

Previous Papers of GATE PE Examination

Previous Years Question Papers along with the answer key are provided in the links below:

Sl. No Year of GATE  PE Exam Download Link of Previous Papers and Keys
1 2019 Download
2 2018 Download
3 2017 Download
4 2016 Download

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