GATE Study Material Guide

Oil and Gas Well Drilling Technology


This covers a major portion of the paper and needs proper strategy and exhaustive numerical solving.


Some of the must-read books include:

  1. Drilling Engineering (Heriot-Watt University): Theory and concepts should be covered effectively from this book.

  2. Well Engineering & Construction (Hussain Rabia): Should be used for numerical problems solving.

  3. Directional drilling (T A Inglis): Best for directional drilling.

Reservoir Engineering


This is one of the most scoring subject in technical section and also constitutes major section of the paper. A strong grasp overthe subject is necessary as many numerical problems can be formed with mixed concepts.


Books to be followed include:

  1. Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering (L. P. Dake)

  2. Reservoir Engineering Handbook (Tarek Ahmed)


Petroleum Production Operations


Being one of the crucial subject, one should expect over 15 marks from this portion, following the trend in previous papers. One is advised to use Petrowiki, Youtube and Slideshare as much as possible for clearer understanding.


Standard books to be followed:

  1. Petroleum production engineering (Boyun Guo)

  2. Petroleum production systems (Michael J Economides)

  3. Surface Production Operations (Ken Arnold)


Offshore Drilling and Production Practices


The syllabus of gate for this topic is varied, so its difficult to get all the topics in just one book. The best book you can follow is Offshore Petroleum Drilling and Production (Sukumar Laik).


Petroleum Formation Evaluation


Questions from this section are very uncertain. You can practice previous year questions and follow these books:

  1. Petrophysics MSc Course Notes (Paul Glover)

  2. The Geological Interpretation of Well Logs (Malcolm Rider)


Oil and Gas Well Testing


Syllabus of this section is very limited but demands a high level of understanding.

The formulae, which seem apparently complex to commit to memory, are extremely important and questions have been asked directly from the formulae. Formulae have to be remembered in Darcy units and Field units for concepts and numericals respectively and this needs practice.

Best book to follow is Well Testing (John Lee).


Health Safety and Environment in Petroleum Industry


Considering the vast syllabus of this subject and irrelevancy of the questions asked, this portion should be covered at last. Questions asked depends on your luck, sometimes they simply based on your general knowledge and sometimes very specific from syllabus.

Environmental Control in Petroleum Engineering (John C. Reis)


Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques


This is probably the easiest part of the syllabus to cover. But make sure that you cover it well to harness the full advantage. This is indeed a mark fetching section with a potential for a lot of questions being asked. Ignore it at your own risk.

Applied enhanced oil recovery (Aurel Cârcoană)


Latest trends in Petroleum Engineering & Petroleum Exploration


This portion should be covered with online resources and for Petroleum Exploration you should follow Non-Technical Guide to Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production (Hyne, N.J.). No need to go in depth and much detail.


Engineering Mathematics


Follow standard books prepared especially for Gate exam rather than following academics oriented conventional books like B. S. Grewal etc. Recommendation is to use GATE Engineering Mathematics by Made Easy.

Don’t take Maths + Aptitude sections for granted. Having good command on these sections will surely give you edge over other candidates.