GATE Exam 2020 Civil Engineering (CE-1) Question Paper With Answer Key


CE1: Civil Engineering

GA-General Aptitude

Q1 – Q5 carry one mark each.

1. It is a common criticism that most o the academicians live in their ______, so, they are not aware of the real life challenges.

(A)  homes

(B)  ivory towers

(C)  glass palaces

(D)  big flats

Answer: (B)

2. His hunger for reading is insatiable. He reads indiscriminately. He is most certainly a/an _____ reader.

(A)  all-round

(B)  precocious

(C)  voracious

(D)  wise

Answer: (C)

3. Select the word that fits the analogy:

Fuse : Fusion :: Use : ______

(A)  Usage

(B)  User

(C)  Uses

(D)  Usion

Answer: (A)

4. If, 0, 1, 2, …….. 7, 8, 9 are coded as O, P, Q, …., V, W, X, then 45 will be coded as _______.

(A)  TS

(B)  ST

(C)  SS

(D)  SU

Answer: (B)

5. The sum of two positive numbers is 100. After subtracting 5 from each number, t he product of the resulting numbers is 0. One of the original numbers is ______.

(A)  80

(B)  85

(C)  90

(D)  95

Answer: (D)

Q6 – Q10 carry two marks each.

6. The American psychologist Howard Gardner expounds that human intelligence can be subcategorized into multiple kinds, in such a way that individuals differ with respect to their relative competence in each kind. Based on this theory, modern educationists insist on prescribing multi-dimensional curriculum and evaluation parameters that enable development and assessment of multiple intelligences.

Which of the following statements can be inferred from the given text?

(A)  Howard Gardner insists that the teaching curriculum and evaluation needs to be multidimensional.

(B)  Howard Gardner wants to develop and assess the theory of multiple intelligences.

(C)  Modern educationists want to develop and assess the theory of multiple intelligences.

(D)  Modern educationists insist that the teaching curriculum and evaluation needs to be multi-dimensional.

Answer: (D)

7. Five friends P, Q, R, S and T went camping. At night, they had to sleep in a row inside the tent. P, Q and T refused to sleep next to R since he snored loudly. P and S wanted to avoid Q as he usually hugged people in sleep.

Assuming everyone was satisfied with the sleeping arrangements, what is the order in which they slept?





Answer: (A)

8. Insert seven numbers between 2 and 34, such that resulting sequence including 2 and 34 is an arithmetic progression. The um of these inserted seven numbers is ______.

(A)  120

(B)  124

(C)  126

(D)  130

Answer: (C)

9. The unit’s place in 26591749110016 is ______.

(A)  1

(B)  3

(C)  6

(D)  9

Answer: (A)

10. The total expenditure of a family, on different activities in a month, is shown in the pie-chart. The extra money spent on education as compared to transport (in percent) is _____.

(A)  5

(B)  33.3

(C)  50

(D)  100

Answer: (C)

CE1: Civil Engineering

Q1 – Q25 carry one mark each.

1. In the following partial differential equation, θ is a function of t and z, and D and K are functions of θ

The above equation is

(A)  a second order linear equation

(B)  a second degree linear equation

(C)  a second order non-linear equation

(D)  a second degree non-linear equation

Answer: (C)

2. The value of  is

(A)  0

(B)  1/4

(C)  1/2

(D)  1

Answer: (B)

3. The true value of ln(2) is 0.69. If the value of ln(2) is obtained by linear interpolation between ln(1) and ln(6), the percentage of absolute error (round of to the nearest integer), is

(A)  35

(B)  48

(C)  69

(D)  84

Answer: (B)

4. The area of an ellipse represented by an equation  is

(A)  πab/4

(B)  πab/2

(C)  πab

(D)  4πab/3

Answer: (C)

5. Consider the planar truss shown in the figure (not drawn to the scale)

Neglecting self-weight of the members, the number of zero-force members in the truss under the action of the load P, is

(A)  6

(B)  7

(C)  8

(D)  9

Answer: (C)

6. A reinforcing steel bar, partially embedded in concrete, is subjected to a tensile force P. The figure that appropriately represents the distribution of the magnitude of bond stress (represented as hatched region), along the embedded length of the bar, is

Answer: (C)

7. In a two-dimensional stress analysis, the state of stress at a point P is

The necessary and sufficient condition for existence of the state of pure shear at the point P, is


(B)  τxy = 0

(C)  σxx + σyy = 0


Answer: (C)

8. During the process of hydration of cement, due to increase in Dicalcium Silicate (C2S) content in cement clinker, the heat of hydration

(A)  increases

(B)  decreases

(C)  initially decreases and then increases

(D)  does not change

Answer: (B)

9. The Los Angeles test for stone aggregates is used to examine

(A)  abrasion resistance

(B)  crushing strength

(C)  soundness

(D)  specific gravity

Answer: (A)

10. Which one of the following statements is NOT correct?

(A)  A clay deposit with a liquidity index greater than unity is in a state of plastic consistency.

(B)  The cohesion of normally consolidated clay is zero when triaxial test is conducted under consolidated undrained condition.

(C)  The ultimate bearing capacity of a strip foundation supported on the surface of sandy soil increases in direct proportion to the width of footing.

(D)  In case of a point load, Boussinesq’s equations predicts higher value of vertical stress at a point directly beneath the load as compared to Westergaard’s equation.

Answer: (A)

11. In a soil investigation work at a site, Standard Penetration Test (SPT) was conducted at every 1.5 m interval up to 30 m depth. At 3 m depth, the observed number of hammer blows for three successive 150 mm penetrations were 8, 6 and 9 respectively. The SPT N-value at 3 m depth, is

(A)  23

(B)  17

(C)  15

(D)  14

Answer: (C)

12. Velocity of flow is proportional to the first power of hydraulic gradient in Darcy’s law. This law is applicable to

(A)  laminar flow in porous media

(B)  transitional flow in porous media

(C)  turbulent flow in porous media

(D)  laminar as well as turbulent flow in porous media

Answer: (A)

13. A body floating in a liquid is in a stable state of equilibrium if its

(A)  metacentre lies above its centre of gravity

(B)  metacentre lies below its centre of gravity

(C)  metacentre coincides with its centre of gravity

(D)  centre of gravity is below its centre of bouyancy

Answer: (A)

14. Uniform flow with velocity U makes an angle θ with the y-axis, as shown in the figure

The velocity potential (ϕ), is

(A)  ±U(x sin θ + y cos θ)

(B)  ±U(y sin θ − x cos θ)

(C)  ±U(x sin θ − y cos θ)

(D)  ±U(y sin θ + x cos θ)

Answer: (A)

15. The data an agricultural field for a specific month are given below:

Pan Evaporation = 100 mm

Effective Rainfall = 20 mm (after deducting losses due to runoff and deep percolation)

Crop Coefficient = 0.4

Irrigation Efficiency = 0.5

The amount of irrigation water (in mm) to be applied to the field in that month, is

(A)  0

(B)  20

(C)  40

(D)  80

Answer: (C)

16. During chlorination process, aqueous (aq) chlorine reacts rapidly with water to form Cl, HOCl, and H+ as shown below

Cl2 (aq) + H2O ⇌ HOCl + Cl + H+

The most active disinfectant in the chlorination process from amongst the following, is

(A)  H+

(B)  HOCl

(C)  Cl

(D)  H2O

Answer: (B)

17. An amount of 35.67 mg HCl is added to distilled water and the total solution volume is made to one litre. The atomic weights of H and Cl are 1 and 35.5, respectively. Neglecting the dissociation of water, the pH of the solution, is

(A)  3.50

(B)  3.01

(C)  2.50

(D)  2.01

Answer: (B)

18. The probability that a 50 year flood may NOT occur at all during 25 years life of a project (round of to two decimal places), is ______.

Answer: (0.59 to 0.61)

19. A planar elastic structure is subjected to uniformly distributed load, as shown in the figure (not drawn to the scale)

Neglecting self-weight, the maximum bending moment generated in the structure (in kN.m round off to the nearest integer), is _________.

Answer: (95 to 97)

20. In an urban area, a median is provided to separate the opposing streams of traffic. As per IRC:86-1983, the desirable minimum width (in m, expressed as integer) of the median, is _______.

Answer: (5 to 5)

21. A road in a hilly terrain is to be laid at a gradient of 4.5%. A horizontal curve of radius 100 mm is laid at a location on this road. Gradient needs to be eased due to combination of curved horizontal and vertical profiles of the road. As per IRC, the compensated gradient (in %, round off to one decimal place), is _______.

Answer: (4.0 to 4.0)

22. In a drained triaxial compression test, a sample of sand fails at deviator stress of 150 kPa under confining pressure of 50 kPa. The angle of internal friction (in degree, round of to the nearest integer) of the sample, is _______.

Answer: (36 to 38)

23. A fully submerged infinite sandy slope has an inclination of 30° with the horizontal. The saturated unit weight and effective angle of internal friction of sand are 18 kN/m3 and 38°, respectively. The unit weight of water is 10 kN/m3. Assume that seepage is parallel to the slope. Against shear failure of the slope. the factor of safety (round off to two decimal places) is _______.

Answer: (0.59 to 0.61)

24. A 4 m wide rectangular channel carries 6 m3/s of water. The Manning’s ‘n’ of the open channel is 0.02. Considering g = 9.81 m/s2, the critical velocity of flow (in m/s, round off to two decimal places) in the channel, is _________.

Answer: (2.35 to 2.55)

25. A river has a flow of 1000 million litres per day (MLD), BOD5 of 5 mg/litre and Dissolved Oxygen (DO) level of 8 mg/litre before receiving the wastewater discharge at a location. For the existing environmental conditions, the saturation DO level is 10 mg/litre in the river. Wastewater discharge of 100 MLD with the BOD5 of 200 mg/litre and DO level of 2 mg/litre falls at that location. Assuming complete mixing of wastewater and river water, the immediate DO deficit (in mg/litre round off to two decimal places), is ________.

Answer: (2.45 to 2.65)

Q26 – Q55 carry two marks each.

26. For the Ordinary Differential Equation  with initial conditions x(0) = 0 and  the solution is

(A)  −5e2t + 6e3t

(B)  5e2t + 6e3t

(C)  −10e2t + 10e3t

(D)  10e2t + 10e3t

Answer: (C)

27. A continuous function f(x) is defined. If the third derivative at xi is to be computed by using the fourth order central finite-divided-difference scheme (with step length = h), the correct formula is

Answer: (A)

28. Distributed load(s) of 50 kN/m may occupy any position(s) (either continuously or in patches) in the girder PQRST as shown in the figure (not drawn to the scale)

The maximum negative (hogging) bending moment (in kN.m) that occurs at point R is

(A)  22.50

(B)  56.25

(C)  93.75

(D)  150.00

Answer: (B)

29. A rigid weightless platform PQRS shown in the figure (not drawn to the scale) can slide freely in the vertical direction. The platform is held in position by the weightless member OJ and four weightless, frictionless rollers. Points O and J are pin connections. A block of 90 kN rests on the platform as shown in the figure

The magnitude of horizontal component of the reaction (in kN) at pin O, is

(A)  90

(B)  120

(C)  150

(D)  180

Answer: (B)

30. A cantilever beam PQ of uniform flexural rigidity (EI) is subjected to a concentrated moment M at R as shown in the figure

The deflection at the free end Q is

(A)  ML2/6EI

(B)  ML2/4EI

(C)  3ML2/8EI

(D)  3ML2/4EI

Answer: (C)

31. A dowel bar is placed at a contraction joint. When contraction occurs, the concrete slab cracks at predetermined location(s). Identify the arrangement, which shows the correct placement of dowel bar and the place of occurrence of the contraction crack(s).

Answer: (B)

32. The relationship between traffic flow rate (q) and density (D) is shown in the figure

The shock wave condition is depicted by

(A)  flow with respect to point 1 (q1 = qmax)

(B)  flow changing from point 2 to point 6 (q2 > q6)

(C)  flow changing from point 3 to point 7 (q3 > q7)

(D)  flow with respect to point 4 and point 5 (q4 = q5)

Answer: (MTA)

33. The appropriate design length of a clearway is calculated on the basis of ‘Normal Take-off’ condition. Which one of the following options correctly depicts the length of t he clearway? (Note : None of the options are drawn to scale)

Answer: (C)

34. The total stress paths corresponding to different loading conditions, for a soil specimen under the isotropically consolidated stress state (O), are shown below

The correct match between the stress paths and the listed loading conditions, is

(A)  OP – I, OQ – II, OR – IV, OS – III

(B)  OP – IV, OQ – III, OR – I, OS – II

(C)  OP – III, OQ – II, OR – I, OS – IV

(D)  OP – I, OQ – III, OR – II, OS – IV

Answer: (B)

35. The soil profile at a suite up to a depth of 10 m is shown in the figure (not drawn to the scale). The soil is preloaded with a uniform surcharge (q) of 70 kN/m2 at the ground level. The water table is at a depth of 3 m below ground level. The soil unit weight of the respective layers is shown in the figure. Consider unit weight of water as 9.81 kN/m3 and assume that the surcharge (q) is applied instantaneously.

Immediately after preloading, the effective stresses (in kPa) a points P and Q, respectively, are

(A)  124 and 204

(B)  36 and 90

(C)  36 and 126

(D)  54 and 95

Answer: (D)

36. Water flows at the rate of 12 m3/s in a 6 m wide rectangular channel. A hydraulic jump is formed in the channel at a point where the upstream depth is 30 cm (just before the jump). Considering acceleration due to gravity as 9.81 m/s2 and density of water as 1000 kg/m3, the energy loss in the jump is

(A)  114.2 kW

(B)  114.2 MW

(C)  141.2 h.p.

(D)  141.2 J/s

Answer: (A)

37. A water supply scheme transports 10 MLD (Million Litres per Day) water through a 450 mm diameter pipeline for a distance of 2.5 km. A chlorine dose of 3.50 mg/litre is applied at the starting point of the pipeline to attain a certain level disinfection at the downstream end. It is decided to increase the flow rate from 10 MLD 13 MLD in the pipeline. Assume exponent for concentration, n = 0.86. With this increased flow, in order to attain the same level of disinfection, the chlorine dose (in mg/litre) to be applied at the starting point should be

(A)  3.95

(B)  4.40

(C)  4.75

(D)  5.55

Answer: (C)

38. An open traverse PQRST is surveyed using theodolite and the consecutive coordinates obtained are given in the table

If the independent coordinates (Northing, Easting) of station P are (400 m, 200 m), the independent coordinates (in m) of station T, are

(A)  194.7, 370.1

(B)  205.3, 429.9

(C)  394.7, 170.1

(D)  405.3, 229.9

Answer: (C)

39. If C represents a line segment between (0, 0, 0) and (1,1, 1) in Cartesian coordinate system, the value (expressed as integer) of the line integral ∫c[(y + z)dx + (x + z)dy + (x + y)dz] is _______.

Answer: (3 to 3)

40. Consider the system of equations 

The value of x3 (round off to the nearest integer), is ______.

Answer: (3 to 3)

41. A rigid, uniform, weightless, horizontal bar is connected to three vertical members P, Q and R as shown in the figure (not drawn to the scale). All three members have identical axial stiffness of 10 kN/mm. The lower ends of bars P and R rest on a rigid horizontal surface. When NO load is applied, a gap of 2 mm exists between the lower end of the bar Q and the rigid horizontal surface. When a vertical load W is placed on the horizontal bar in the downward direction, the bar still remains horizontal and gets displaced by 5 mm in the vertically downward direction.

The magnitude of the load W (in kN, round off to the nearest integer), is ________.

Answer: (129 to 131)

42. The flange and web plates of the doubly symmetric built-up section are connected by continuous 10 mm thick fillet welds as shown in the figure (not drawn to the scale). The moment of inertial of the section about its principal axis X-X is 7.73 × 106 mm4. The permissible shear stress in the fillet welds is 100 N/mm2. The design shear strength of the section is governed by the capacity of the fillet welds.

The maximum shear force (in kN, round off to one decimal place) that can be carried by the section, is_______.

Answer: (393.5 to 399.1)

43. The singly reinforced concrete beam section shown in the figure ( not drawn to the scale) is made of M25 grade concrete and Fe500 grade reinforcing steel. The total cross-sectional area of the tension steel is 942 mm2.

As per Limit State Design of IS 456:2000, the design moment capacity (in kN.m, round of to two decimal places) of the beam section, is ________.

Answer: (158.00 to 158.80)

44. A simply supported prismatic concrete beam of rectangular cross-section, having a span of 8 m, is prestressed with an effective prestressing force of 600 kN. The eccentricity of the prestressing tendon is zeo at supports and varies linearly to a value of e at the mid-span. In order to balance an external concentrated load of 12 kN applied at the mid-span, the required value of e (in mm, round off to the nearest integer) of the tendon, is _______.

Answer: (39 to 41)

45. Traffic volume count has been collected on a 2-lane road section which needs upgradation due to severe traffic flow condition. Maximum service flow rate per lane is observed as 1280 veh/h at level of service ‘C’. The Peak Hour Factor is reported as 0.78125. Historical traffic volume count provides Annual Average Daily Traffic as 12270 veh/day. Directional spilt of the traffic flow is observed to be 60:40. Assuming that traffic stream consists of ‘All Cars’ and all drivers are ‘Regular Commuters’, the number of extra lane(s) (round off to the next higher integer) to be provided, is _______.

Answer: (MTA)

46. A vertical retaining wall of 5 m height has to support soil having unit weight of 18 kN/m3, effective cohesion of 12 kN/m2, and effective friction angle of 30°. As per Rankine’s earth pressure theory and assuming that a tension crack has occurred, the lateral active thrust on the wall per meter length (in kN/m, round off to two decimal places), is_______.

Answer: (21.00 to 23.00)

47. Water flows in the upward direction in a tank through 2.5 m thick sand layer as shown in the figure. The void ratio and specific gravity of sand are 0.58 and 2.7, respectively. The sand is fully saturated. Unit weight of water is 10 kN/m3.

The effective stress (in kPa, round off to two decimal places) at point A, located I am above the base of tank, is _______.

Answer: (8.70 to 9.30)

48. A 10 m thick clay layer is resting over a 3 m thick sand layer and is submerged. A fill of 2 m thick sand with unit weight of 20 kN/m3 is placed above the clay layer to accelerate the rate of consolidation of the clay layer. Coefficient of consolidation of clay is 9 × 102 m2/year and coefficient of volume compressibility of clay is 2.2 × 104 m2/kN. Assume Taylor’s relation between time factor and average degree of consolidation.

The settlement (in mm, round off to two decimal places) of the clay layer, 10 years after the construction of the fill, is ______.

Answer: (18.40 to 19.50)

49. Three reservoirs P, Q and R are interconnected by pipes as shown in the figure (not drawn to the scale). Piezometric head at the junction S of the pipes is 100 m. Assume acceleration due to gravity as 9.81 m/s2 and density of water as 1000 kg/m3. The length of the pipe from junction S to the inlet of reservoir R is 180 m.

Considering head loss only due to friction (with friction factor of 0.03 for all the pipes), the height of water level in the lowermost reservoir R (in m, round off to one decimal place) with respect to the datum, is ________.

Answer: (97.2 to 97.8)

50. In a homogenous unconfined aquifer of area 3.00 km2, the water table was at an elevation of 102.00 m. After a natural recharge of volume of 0.90 million cubic meter (Mm3), the water table rose to 103.20 m. After this recharge, ground water pumping took place and the water table dropped down to 101.20 m. The volume of ground water pumped after the natural recharge, expressed (in Mm3 and round of to two decimal places), is ________.

Answer: (1.40 to 1.60)

51. A circular water tank of 2 m diameter has circular orifice of diameter 0.1 m at the bottom. Water enters the tank steadily at a flow rate of 20 litre/s and escapes through the orifice. The coefficient of discharge of the orifice is 0.8. Consider the acceleration due to gravity as 9.81 m/s2 and neglect frictional losses. The height of the water level (in m, round off to two decimal places) in the tank at the steady state, is ________.

Answer: (0.50 to 0.54)

52. Surface overflow Rate (SOR) of a primary settling tank (discrete settling) is 20000 litre/m2 per day. Kinematic viscosity of water in the tank is 1.01 × 102 cm2/s. Specific gravity of the settling particles is 2.64. Acceleration due to gravity is 9.81 m/s2. The minimum diameter (in μm, round off to one decimal place) of the particles that will be removed with 80% efficiency in the tank, is ______.

Answer: (14.0 to 15.0)

53. A gaseous chemical has a concentration of 41.6 μmol/m3 in air at 1 atm pressure and temperature 293 K. The universal gas constant R is 82.05 × 106 (m3 atm)/(mol K). Assuming that ideal gas law is valid, the concentration of the gaseous chemical (in ppm, round off to one decimal place), is _______.

Answer: (0.9 to 1.1)

54. A steam with a flow rate of 5 m3/s is having an ultimate BOD of 0 mg/litre. A wastewater discharge of 0.20 m3/s having BOD5 of 500 mg/litre joins the stream at a location and instantaneously gets mixed up completely. The cross-sectional area of the stream is 40 m2 which remains constant. BOD exertion rate constant is 0.3 per day (logarithm base to e). The BOD (in mg/litre, round off to two decimal places) remaining at 3 km downstream from the mixing location, is _______.

Answer: (49.00 to 50.00)

55. The lengths and bearings of a traverse PQRS are:

The length of line segment SP (in m, round off to two decimal places), is _________.

Answer: (44.00 to 45.00)

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