Monday, July 9, 2018

How to prepare for CAT 2018: Give sufficient mocks and analyse the output, says Soumyajit Ghosh, CAT Topper

How to prepare for CAT 2018: Give sufficient mocks and analyse the output, says Soumyajit Ghosh, CAT Topper

How to prepare for CAT 2018: Give sufficient mocks and analyse the output, says Soumyajit Ghosh, CAT Topper
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Soumyajit Ghosh holds the distinction of securing a high percentile in CAT 2017 and secured himself a seat in IIM Bangalore. Having secured 94.3 percentile in CAT, the topper also sat for other premier entrances likeIIFT, SNAP, XAT and shares his success mantras for the same.
An engineer from Kolkata with an work experience of around four years, Soumyajit envisages to become an entrepreneur after gaining the right skills from his B-school. Speaking on how to prepare for CAT 2018, Soumyajit shares that he made sure to read newspaper daily, took sufficient mock test, and most importantly he analysed his performance. He made sure that he wrote everything relevant in the SOP. He also took aid from mainly three books by Arun Sharma. Since his workplace was at a remote location, he followed recorded videos from an online course he enrolled in.
To add icing to the cake, Soumyajit also got shortlisted at SIBM, IIFT, FMS, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore and all the new IIMs under CAP, DMS IIT-Delhi, VGSoM IIT Kharagpur and SJMSoM IIT Bombay and NITIE. He attended interviews at most of these campuses which is the reason why he has a rich and unique experience to share. Read on to know about the topper’s journey from how to prepare for CAT to interview rounds until he converted the call from IIM Bangalore.
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Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Tell us about yourself in terms of your academic and family background, work experience etc.
Soumyajit: I belong to Kolkata. After completing B.E. in Chemical Engineering in 2014 from Jadavpur University, West Bengal, I joined GAIL (India) Ltd in July 2014. Currently I am working as a Senior Engineer here. I was involved in the commissioning of the then India’s largest gas cracker plant in Pata, Uttar Pradesh. My father is a retired state government employee. My mother is a homemaker. My sister is working at ITC Limited after she completed her M. Tech in Food Technology.
Careers360: Why and when did you decide to pursue MBA?
Soumyajit:At the end of 2016, I realised that going up the ladder in a company requires strong management knowledge. Also, I felt the strong urge to work as an entrepreneur and to be a successful businessman in future. This led me to try for MBA.
Careers360: Which MBA entrances did you appear for and what are your scores and percentiles?
Soumyajit:I appeared for CAT, IIFT, SNAP, XAT
My scores are:
  • CAT-94.3;
  • IIFT-95.5;
  • SNAP-98.44;
  • XAT-96.5
Careers360: Which B-schools have shortlisted you for the WAT/GD PI rounds? How many calls did you convert?
Soumyajit:I got shortlisted at SIBM, IIFT, FMS, IIM B, L, K, I and all new IIMs under CAP, IIT-Delhi, KGP Mumbai, and NITIE
I attended the interviews at IIFT, IIM B, L, K, I, SJMSoM IIT Bombay and NITIE Mumbai.
Out of these, I converted IIM Bangalore and am still awaiting results of IIFT, IIM L, K, I, IIT-Mumbai and NITIE
Careers360: Which B-School have you decided to take admission in and why?
Soumyajit:I have decided to take admission in IIM Bangalore because of its enviable fame, their curriculum, and it is known to be a hub for entrepreneurs.
Careers360:What was your strategy for cracking the entrances? From when did you start preparing and what was your approach?
Soumyajit:I started preparing from May 2017.
I just tried to strengthen my capability of solving more and more quantitative questions, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation questions and Reading Comprehensions.
QA was my strongest part and I kept improvising on it. I learned quick tricks to save time and practiced a lot to increase my speed and to reduce errors.
LR and DI is the hardest part of CAT. I made it a habit to solve lots of such questions on a daily basis.
The major part in RC section consists of the verbal part. I used to practice RCs of various lengths every day.
I resorted mainly to Arun Sharma’s three books. Since my workplace is at a remote location, I took an online course. I used to follow their recorded videos. I gave numerous topic tests and from August I started giving mock tests every week. But merely giving the test yields no result if it is not properly analysed for performance evaluation. So I gave enough good time to analyse my weaknesses and strengths.
Careers360: How did you balance time between your job and studies?
Soumyajit:I tried to read and practice for five to six hours on days when I had an off and minimum of two hours on a weekday.
Careers360: Did you follow a specific strategy for CAT vis a vis IIFT or other exams you appeared for?
Soumyajit: No, not really. I gave importance to the basics. I only read current affairs for last 6 months for IIFT, XAT, SNAP and practiced decision making questions for XAT.
Careers360: Please share your exam day experiences in terms of difficulty level, time management, technical glitches (if any) etc.
Soumyajit:This was the most important day. For two days before CAT, I read nothing to keep myself tension-free. I watched movies and tried to make myself realise that this was not the last exam of my life.
Verbal section was good. I skipped Para Jumble questions as per my strategy (because of high probability of error and time consuming). I attempted all RCs but took enough time to revise. This is because I had very bad experience of getting low marks in English in mocks.
The LR DI portion was very tough. I kept my head cool and tried to solve the questions without error. I could answer 12-13 questions only. Math was easy. But I kept getting stuck in two easy questions which consumed some of my time. I would suggest avoiding this. In some questions, options were very near-so one should take care of it.
Careers360: Please share your WAT-PI experience of IIM Bangalore in detail.
Soumyajit:There were two lady panellists (one professor and one alumni) and one male panellist (professor) in the panel. They were asking questions from my SOP mainly. I had written about my willingness to be an entrepreneur. So they asked a lot from it. They asked me whether I had any projects or not. They asked me about my work experience, the company, its functions, location etc.
Careers360: Were there any questions which you have not been able to answer? How did you tackle them?
Soumyajit:The male panellist asked me about Convex set and method of linearisation. I had no idea about convex set and confessed it clearly. I also told them that I have forgotten the method of linearisation. They were smiling. I was able to answer the rest.
Careers360:Any interesting question or incident which you enjoyed answering?
Soumyajit:After just entering the room, one of the female panellists said “See, we’re very bored. You are 6th in the panel. So tell me anything interesting about you that might raise our interest.”
This was like a bouncer for me. I told them that I know Graphology and they became interested. They also discussed about it with me for quite sometime.
Careers360: How did you prepare for these rounds?
Soumyajit:I used to read newspaper and specially the editorial part a lot. I believed that these help in building writing skills and provide useful data, which might be very helpful in WAT, GD and PI. I maintained an exercise book for that. And before every interview, I used to go through that. It proved to be very useful indeed for me.
Candidates might be asked about any topic – be it of national or international importance. So it is important to follow every type of topic.
Reading storybooks may also help in WAT from the writing skill perspective.
Careers360: How did you prepare your SOP?
Soumyajit:I wrote everything I felt relevant in the SOP. I did not lie about anything. I gave a brief introduction of my family, my achievements, the type of work experience I have and its relevance to MBA, my future plans, and my dreams. I also mentioned the name of the specialisation in which I want to pursue MBA.
IIM B’s interview is fully based on SOP. So one should carefully write that. I would advise aspirants to avoid any type of canvassing in SOP because it might backfire during the interview.
Careers360: What was your WAT topic and how did you structure it?
Soumyajit:My WAT topic- “The fear of being politically incorrect is restricting the expression of true feelings.” (The exact arrangement of words might be different)
The topic was completely unfamiliar to me. I tried to understand the meaning of the phrase ‘politically incorrect; first. After getting some idea, I started with two lines from the poem “Where the mind is without fear” by Rabindranath Tagore. I took the decision to go write in a positive sense about the topic and tried to quote two to three examples. I also gave brief measures to tackle it.
Careers360: What was your overall experience about the process at IIM Bangalore? After the PI round, did you have a positive intuition about converting the call?
Soumyajit:I was happy after my experience. Although the WAT was not at par with expectation, the interview was satisfactory-at least I had conveyed what I intended to.
But given the uncertainty of converting any call in any IIM, I was never sure about it and just prayed to the almighty.
Careers360: What are your career goals post completion of MBA?
Soumyajit:I would like to work in a company where I get to learn many things. After four to five years, I am planning to start my own business – although nothing is fixed.
The first year of MBA is going to play a major role in this because many of our plans and ideas get shaped there.
Careers360: What is your advice to the MBA aspirants preparing for next year’s CAT and other tests?
Soumyajit: I will advise all aspirants to try hard for CAT but not to take it as a burden. One failure cannot decide our life path. One should give sufficient mocks and analyze the output. One should regularly read newspaper. It really helps during WAT-PI process.
For PI, keep a smile all the time on the face – it matters a lot. They basically see your confidence and determination.
I wish all future aspirants of CAT 2018 all the best and success!

JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Interview- Shalabh Gupta (AIR 19) says, “To succeed believe in yourself”

JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Interview- Shalabh Gupta (AIR 19) says, “To succeed believe in yourself”
JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Interview- Shalabh Gupta (AIR 19) says, “To succeed believe in yourself”
JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Interview: Shalabh Gupta - Aided by a strong determination and a serene nature, Shalabh Gupta found himself in the exalted ranks of the JEE Advanced toppers on June 10 with his all India rank of 19 when the results were declared by IIT Kanpur. Having performed well, the result was a complete surprise to Shalabh who was ecstatic at inching more close to his dream of studying Computer Science Engineering at IIT Bombay. Shalabh believes his success mantras include lots of practice especially with mock tests and sample papers that allowed him to keep calm inside the exam hall and attempt the exam with a clear head. Careers360 interacted with him to know more about his JEE Advanced journey, preparation strategy, motivation behind his success, future plans etc. Read full interview of JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Shalabh Gupta (AIR 19) below to know all about his JEE journey.
Careers360:Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2018! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Shalabh: Thank you. I was actually surprised to see my result and thought for a second that I had opened the wrong one. It was unexpected. I am very happy.
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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Shalabh:I am 18 years old and like playing and watching football. I want to pursue computer science at IIT Bombay. I studied my class 12 at NK Bagrodia Public School, Dwarka under CBSE board.
Careers360:What is your score in JEE Advanced 2018? What is your all India rank and category rank?
Shalabh:I scored 304/360 in JEE Advanced 2018 and my all India rank is 19.
Careers360:Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering?
Shalabh:I wanted to go into the engineering field as PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) were my favorite subjects and I used to focus more on them. I decided to study engineering in class 9th.
Careers360: JEE Advanced went online this year. What is your opinion about it? Did it change your preparation strategy for the exam?
Shalabh:I believe making the exam online was a good step taken as it reduced chances of mistakes like the printing mistakes in last year’s question paper and OMR filling mistakes. However, there was no change in my study strategy; I just had to practice more online exams before appearing for the real one.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Advanced preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Advanced?
Shalabh:I started my JEE preparation at the end of class 10. There is nothing special about the way I prepared, just that I followed whatever my teachers prescribed and most important I enjoyed preparing for entrance exam.
Careers360: How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main?
Shalabh:JEE Main is comparatively easier and thus requires a theoretical approach to things. One who has a good grasp on theory can crack JEE Main. But for JEE Advanced, one needs to practice a lot of questions across all difficulty levels. Also, many topics in JEE Main needed to be memorized and this was not there in Advanced.
Careers360: Since there was just a month after the JEE Main, elaborate on your preparation strategy?
Shalabh:Since I had done the theory part for JEE Main, I had to only focus on questions and deep knowledge of topics so I started revising previous year questions and practicing about 1 mock paper each day.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?’
Shalabh:Yes, I took coaching from FIITJEE, Dwarka center. I believe the teachers at my coaching centre are very experienced and this helped me a lot. Also, you are forced to think out of the box; all of this is much more beneficial than preparing without any help.
Careers360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practise with the help of these? Do you think practising from the previous year papers help and how?
Shalabh:Well, initially there were only weekly tests held at the centre, so I used to practice only those, but later, during the last month, I practice many mock tests at home(about 7 every week). In addition many more tests were also held at the center during the last days.
Yes, students should purchase books containing previous years questions with solutions as they give you a real idea of the exam.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?
Shalabh:Nothing special. I practiced from HC Verma for Physics the day one of my preparation. It helps in building concepts and later I used IE Irodov to build on it. For Chemistry, I referred to only worksheets I got from coaching.
Careers360: Did you face any problem during the JEE Advanced examination? Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest in JEE Advanced? What do you think is a tough thing to manage during the JEE Advanced exam?
Shalabh: No, I didn't face any technical problems during the exam. According to me, Physics was the easiest and Maths the toughest. It is difficult to remain calm during the exam and most students start panicking. Paper 1 was moderate while paper 2 was difficult. I am happy with the way the exam was organized as there were very less errors.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Advanced?
Shalabh:The key factors for my success are the practice hours I put in and the daily struggle which made me tough enough to keep calm inside the exam hall. I also believe my calm temperament which I developed due to mock tests was also instrumental.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Shalabh:I used to de-stress by talking to my friends on WhatsApp and also used to watch football. Watching and playing football is my hobby. I used to go and play about twice in a month in class 11th, but had to abandon it in class 12th.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Shalabh:Leo Messi, Argentine professional footballer is my idol and inspiration. He came from a very small family, and still went on to become the one of the greatest football player due to his determination and hard work.
Careers360: You know you are an inspiration to thousands of students across the country. Do you have any message for future aspirants on tackling the JEE Advanced exam?
Shalabh:I advise all the students to just believe in their teachers or mentors and do as they prescribe. Also not to run here and there to gather knowledge, just revise whatever you know again and again

MHT CET 2018 Topper Interview: Abhang Aditya Subhash (AIR I) says “My mantra’s are Motivation, Inspiration, Determination”

MHT CET 2018 Topper Interview: Abhang Aditya Subhash (AIR I) says “My mantra’s are Motivation, Inspiration, Determination”
MHT CET 2018 Topper Interview: Abhang Aditya Subhash (AIR I) says “My mantra’s are Motivation, Inspiration, Determination”
Abhang Aditya Subhash’s family has got the reason to celebrate and cheer their lad. The Ahmednagar-based boy has scored 195 marks in PCM in MHT CET 2018 and topped the chart making his parents proud. DTE Maharashtra, announced MHT CET result 2018 in online mode on June 3. However, authorities had released the details of toppers on June 2 via a press note. Aditya was on the ninth cloud on checking his marks but was pleasantly surprised on being declared the topper. The College of Engineering, Pune is his dream college where he wishes to pursue engineering. He further wants to prepare for civil services after being inspired by Tukaram Mundhe. Careers360 caught up with him to know his future plans, his preparation strategy to balance board and MHT CET, exam experiences and more..
Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in MHT CET! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
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Abhang Aditya Subhash: I have scored a total of 195 marks in MHT CET 2018. When I checked my score I was not sure that I will top the chart. However, when my parents, relatives start congratulating me, I felt so proud. Today was one of the brightest mornings for me.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: I belong from Ahmednagar. I have studied from Maharashtra board. In 10+2 I have scored 92.92 percent. I went to New Art Commerce and Science College, Ahmednagar.
Careers360: Did you also appear for JEE Main? What was your score and rank in JEE Main?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: Yes, I have appeared for JEE Main 2018 in offline mode. I have scored 154 marks in JEE Main. Apart from JEE Main, I have also appeared for JEE Advanced 2018. I am just hoping that I get better score in JEE Advanced.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decide to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Which college do you wish to apply for?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: I am looking to get admission in College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) in Computer Science branch. I always wanted to study engineering. My father is an engineer and therefore I want to continue the legacy.
Careers360: When did you start your MHT CET preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for MHT CET?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: I started my preparation last year around October. My complete focus was on MHT CET. I use to take coaching from three institutes for each subject- Ghonse Maths Academy for Mathematics, Kandake Chemistry Academy for Chemistry and one coaching for Physics. On a daily basis, I used to study for 6 to 7 hours after the coaching classes were over. Also, one benefit of taking coaching was that I learnt the trick of managing my time during the examination. I practised with lots and lots of sample papers and mock test. Not only this, the last month before the exam was fully dedicated to practice with sample papers and mock test such that we honed our time management skills and wrote the exam well.
Careers360: Was there a difference in the preparation strategy in the last months of MHT CET considering that the board exams also are during this period? How did you manage preparation for both?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: As such, there is no difference is preparation strategy. However, the trickiest part of the entrance exam is time management. You have to solve 50 questions in 45 minutes. So you need to practice a lot. And for me practicing lot of sample papers and mock test was a challenge while preparing for the boards. I think this was the only reason why I scored fewer marks in JEE Main. I know I could have scored better in JEE Main, but managing the time was a real challenge for me.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your MHT CET preparation? Are the school text books adequate for preparing for MHT CET and Class XII?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: I have mainly referred to books that were prescribed by my coaching professors. Apart from that I also used notes given by my coaching institutes as well as text books of class XII books (Maharashtra board). Solving sample/last year papers also helped me a lot to prepare for MHT CET 2018.
Careers360: Did you face any problem during the MHT CET examination? Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest? What do you think is a tough thing to manage during the exam?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: As such I didn’t face any problem during the examination. The only thing which was quite challenging was, managing time. Physics and Mathematics was easy, however, Chemistry was quite lengthy.
Careers360: This year also three questions were found wrong and full marks awarded to all students. Did you attempt these questions? What is your opinion about this – should only students who have attempted the questions get the marks or all should?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: Yes, 2 questions in Mathematics were declared incorrect. However, out of these 2 two, one was completely wrong for which awarding marks to all candidates was correct. But the other question was correct. It was the answer key that was wrong. So, I think awarding marks for this question to all the candidates were wrong.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in MHT CET?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: My mother is the sole factor behind my success. Her continuous backing and motivation helped me crack the exam successfully in flying colours. My father was equally supportive in spite of his busy schedule.
Careers360: How did you unwind yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: My father always says‘A change is as good as rest’. So whenever I used to feel bored or sleepy, I use to rotate the subjects I needed to study. If I was solving mathematical problems, I switched to Physics or Chemistry just to give an example. My mother always comes to my rescue in difficult times. Just talking to her makes me feel fresh and energetic.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: Tukaram Mundhe, a famous IAS officerin Maharashtra is my inspiration. This 43 year old leader is serving as the chairman and managing director of Pune Municipal Transport Corporation Limited.
Careers360: You know you are an inspiration to thousands of students across the country. Do you have any message for future aspirants on tackling the MHT CET exam?
Abhang Aditya Subhash: Dedication and hard work is the only success mantra that can allow you to reach your dreams. During the examination, don’t panic, keep your mind cool and focus on your goal. If you have done your work then nothing can come between you and your success.

How to Prepare for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering (PE)

How to Prepare for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering (PE)
How to Prepare for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering (PE)
How to Prepare for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering (PE): Since Petroleum Engineering is relatively new in the GATE scheme, most of the times students appearing for the exam have the biggest dilemma of how to prepare for GATE Petroleum Engineering. GATE Petroleum Engineering question papers are not easily available and many coaching centres also do not offer support in this discipline. To kick start the preparation for GATE Petroleum Engineering, candidates need to know not just the syllabus, exam pattern but also the books to refer. The syllabus is vast and hence its coverage can be planned if one knows which topics have weighatge and what to expect in the exam. Careers360 brings forth all this information from the past year toppers such that future aspirants can know well how to prepare for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering. Read on to know more.

How to Prepare for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering (PE)

Knowledge is Enlightenment-Know Your Syllabus – Aspirants need to be informed about exam pattern and must have knowledge of syllabus of GATE 2019 for the preparation of petroleum engineering. This is essentially the first step that will allow them to segregate the topics accordingly and plan out a schedule. The GATE 2019 Syllabus for Petroleum Engineering is given below.
GATE Syllabus for PE
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Syllabus for Petroleum Engineering (PE)
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
Complex variables
Complex number, polar form of complex number, triangle inequality
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.
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.
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.
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.
Latest trends in Petroleum Engineering
Coal bed methane, shale gas, oil shale, gas hydrate, and heavy oil
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Linear Algebra
Matrix algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and eigenvectors.
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.
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.
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.
Which topics in GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering carry more weightage?
This is best learnt from those students who have been there and written the exam. The topper recommendations are detailed below. While it is good to know the topics that one must stress on, what should not be forgotten is that there is no guarantee that the questions will only come from these topics. It is best to be prepared for questions from the entire syllabus in order to crack GATE 2019.

Important Topics as per GATE Toppers:

As per Amit Kumar (AIR 1 - PE) GATE 2018, the following topics are important
Petroleum Exploration ; Reservoir Engineering ; Principles applications, advantages and disadvantages of SP, resistivity, radioactive, acoustic logs and types of tools used; CBL/VDL ; Horner’s Plot; Drill Stem Testing; Pressure Transient Tests: Drawdown and build up-test analysis ;Oil and Gas Well Drilling Technology ; Petroleum Production Operations; Differential equations; Probability ; Numerical Methods ; Matrix algebra
Mudit Vajpayee (AIR 2 - PE) GATE 2018 says, " Reservoir Engineering, Production Engineering and Drilling Engineering – these constitute around 50% marks in PE section of GATE exam."
Which books to refer while preparing for GATE Petroleum Engineering
Experts who are teaching the subject have recommended some books that could be used for GATE preparation for PE. This sort of encompasses the syllabus to be covered to succeed in GATE 2019. Candidates can take a look below.
Reference Books for GATE Petroleum Engineering
Reference Books
Petroleum Formation Evaluation
Edward J.Lynch, The English Book Depot, Dehra Dun
Health, Safety And Environmental Management In Offshore And Petroleum Engineering
Srinivasan Chandrasekaran
Applied Geophysics
Telford, W.M, Geldart, L.P, Shrieff, R.E, 1990, Cambridge University Press
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Latil.M From Gulf Publishing Co
Wellsite Geological Techniques for Petroleum Exploration: Methods and Systems of Formation Evaluation
Bhagwan Sahay, South Asia Books
Modern Petroleum Technology
Volume-1, Upstream, Edited By Richard A, Dawe, John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2000
Handbook of Petroleum And Natural Gas Engineering
William C Lyons, Gary, C Plisga, Gulf Professional Publishing
Drilling Operation Practice Manual
ONGC’s Publication
Elements of Petroleum Geology
Richard C. Selley, Academic Press Second Edition
Petroleum Geology
North, F.K., 1985, Springer Publication
Geology Of Petroleum
A.I. Leverson, 1954,; W. H. Freenan Company

Books Recommended by GATE 2018 Toppers

Some of the books in addition to the ones mentioned above have been recommended by the GATE 2018 toppers for PE. These books have been used by these students to crack GATE successfully. So candidates can also take a look at thise to refer to the topics as required.
Reference Books
Engineering Maths
MADE EASY GATE Engg. Maths book
Oil & Gas Drilling
H.Rabia and Heriot-Watt University book
Formation Evaluation
Heriot-Watt and SLB Openhole Logs
Reservoir Engineering
Tarek Ahmed 4th Ed
Well Testing
Tarek Ahmed & McKinney and J. Lee
Production Engineering
Boyun Guo and Heriot-Watt Univ
Exploration, EOR, Offshore, HSE, Latest trends
IIT (ISM) proff. notes provided on GATE AIOTS PE website
Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering
L.P. Dake
Petroleum Production Operations
Heriot Watt Publication
Production Operations (vol 1& 2)
Thomas Allen and Alan Robert
Surface production operation (vol. 1 &2)
Ken Arnold
Offshore Drilling and Production Practices
Sukumar Laik
Some Other Important References - NPTEL Lectures and Videos;
  • Ocean Engineering >> Health, Safety and Environmental Management in Petroleum and Offshore Engineering : Dr. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran, IIT Madras
  • Chemical Engineering >> Petroleum Refinery
  • Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S.Grewal
  • Engineering Mathematics - Erwin Kreyszig
Success Is Result Of Preparation And Opportunity- To prepare well for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering, time management as well as working on strengths and weaknesses are very important. Students need to to make an evaluation plan too to evaluate their preparation for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering. Therefore they need to devise a strategy that could provide them enough time for self evaluation after thorough studying.
Your Own Notes Are Your Best Guide- The best guide and companion for the preparation of GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering are the short notes made during self-study. These notes contain the reminders, revision strtaegies, formulae and important information that could be used during the last days of preparation to ensure a quick revision for each topic. The notes should be prepared in the order of weightage of topics as well as the strong and weak areas of the students.
Practicing Is the Only Way To Perfection- Practicing is mandatory to crack GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering. The tools that come to the resue are the mock test, previous year’s question papers of GATE 2019 as well as sample papers. After every topic studied, it is advisable to practice from the question papers and ensure that the concept usage is understood. The next step would be to tackle the mock tests in their entirety. A very important point to keep in mind is to analyse the performance and revise where wrong. This way the practising part will be fruitful and the how to prepare for GATE 2019 Petroleum Engineering highly successfull.