In this article, you will learn about MECH GATE exam pattern, syllabus, tips & guidelines to crack GATE Exam

The first piece of advice to any GATE aspirant is ‘know your syllabus’. CE, EE, EC, ME and CS are vast subjects and before you delve into preparation, you need to know the extent of questions you could be asked. This is your superset.

Equally important is to know what topics make frequent appearances in the exam you plan to appear for. Being familiar with the types of questions that appear frequently in exams and the areas they pertain too can help you tremendously in your preparation.

Section1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra: Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

Calculus: Functions of single variable, limit, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorems, indeterminate forms; evaluation of definite and improper integrals; double and triple integrals; partial derivatives, total derivative, Taylor series (in one and two variables), maxima and minima, Fourier series; gradient, divergence and curl, vector identities, directional derivatives, line, surface and volume integrals, applications of Gauss, Stokes and Green’s theorems.

Differential equations: First order equations (linear and nonlinear); higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients; Euler-Cauchy equation; initial and boundary value problems; Laplace transforms; solutions of heat, wave and Laplace’s equations.

Complex variables: Analytic functions; Cauchy-Riemann equations; Cauchy’s integral theorem and integral formula; Taylor and Laurent series.

Probability and Statistics: Definitions of probability, sampling theorems, conditional probability; mean, median, mode and standard deviation; random variables, binomial, Poisson and normal distributions.

Numerical Methods: Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rules; single and multi-step methods for differential equations.

Section 2: Applied Mechanics and Design 

Engineering Mechanics: Free-body diagrams and equilibrium; trusses and frames; virtual work; kinematics and dynamics of particles and of rigid bodies in plane motion; impulse and momentum (linear and angular) and energy formulations, collisions.

Mechanics of Materials: Stress and strain, elastic constants, Poisson’s ratio; Mohr’s circle for plane stress and plane strain; thin cylinders; shear force and bending moment diagrams; bending and shear stresses; deflection of beams; torsion of circular shafts; Euler’s theory of columns; energy methods; thermal stresses; strain gauges and rosettes; testing of materials with universal testing machine; testing of hardness and impact strength.

Theory of Machines: Displacement, velocity and acceleration analysis of plane mechanisms; dynamic analysis of linkages; cams; gears and gear trains; flywheels and governors; balancing of reciprocating and rotating masses; gyroscope.

Vibrations: Free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, effect of damping; vibration isolation; resonance; critical speeds of shafts.

Machine Design: Design for static and dynamic loading; failure theories; fatigue strength and the S-N diagram; principles of the design of machine elements such as bolted, riveted and welded joints; shafts, gears, rolling and sliding contact bearings, brakes and clutches, springs.

Section 3: Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

Fluid Mechanics: Fluid properties; fluid statics, manometry, buoyancy, forces on submerged bodies, stability of floating bodies; control-volume analysis of mass, momentum and energy; fluid acceleration; differential equations of continuity and momentum; Bernoulli’s equation; dimensional analysis; viscous flow of incompressible fluids, boundary layer, elementary turbulent flow, flow through pipes, head losses in pipes, bends and fittings.

Heat-Transfer: Modes of heat transfer; one dimensional heat conduction, resistance concept and electrical analogy, heat transfer through fins; unsteady heat conduction, lumped parameter system, Heisler’s charts; thermal boundary layer, dimensionless parameters in free and forced convective heat transfer, heat transfer correlations for flow over flat plates and through pipes, effect of turbulence; heat exchanger performance, LMTD and NTU methods; radiative heat transfer, StefanBoltzmann law, Wien’s displacement law, black and grey surfaces, view factors, radiation network analysis.

Thermodynamics: Thermodynamic systems and processes; properties of pure substances, behaviour of ideal and real gases; zeroth and first laws of thermodynamics, calculation of work and heat in various processes; second law of thermodynamics; thermodynamic property charts and tables, availability and irreversibility; thermodynamic relations.

Applications: Power Engineering: Air and gas compressors; vapour and gas power cycles, concepts of regeneration and reheat. I.C. Engines: Air-standard Otto, Diesel and dual cycles. Refrigeration and air-conditioning: Vapour and gas refrigeration and heat pump cycles; properties of moist air, psychrometric chart, basic psychrometric processes. Turbomachinery: Impulse and reaction principles, velocity diagrams, Pelton-wheel, Francis and Kaplan turbines.

Section 4: Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

Engineering Materials: Structure and properties of engineering materials, phase diagrams, heat treatment, stress-strain diagrams for engineering materials.

Casting, Forming and Joining Processes: Different types of castings, design of patterns, moulds and cores; solidification and cooling; riser and gating design. Plastic deformation and yield criteria; fundamentals of hot and cold working processes; load estimation for bulk (forging, rolling, extrusion, drawing) and sheet (shearing, deep drawing, bending) metal forming processes; principles of powder metallurgy. Principles of welding, brazing, soldering and adhesive bonding.

Machining and Machine Tool Operations: Mechanics of machining; basic machine tools; single and multi-point cutting tools, tool geometry and materials, tool life and wear; economics of machining; principles of non-traditional machining processes; principles of work holding, design of jigs and fixtures.

Metrology and Inspection: Limits, fits and tolerances; linear and angular measurements; comparators; gauge design; interferometry; form and finish measurement; alignment and testing methods; tolerance analysis in manufacturing and assembly.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing: Basic concepts of CAD/CAM and their integration tools.

Production Planning and Control: Forecasting models, aggregate production planning, scheduling, materials requirement planning.

Inventory Control: Deterministic models; safety stock inventory control systems.

Operations Research: Linear programming, simplex method, transportation, assignment, network flow models, simple queuing models, PERT and CPM.



GATE 2017 Set-1Set-2Average
Engineering Mathematics
General Aptitude151515
Industrial Engineering 475.5
Production Engineering151012.5
Material Science 121.5
IC Engine2nil2
Power Plant 222
Heat & Mass Transfer565.5
Fluid Machinery 132
Fluid Mechanics1068
Machine Design375
Theory of Machines 766.5
Strength of Materials1089
Engineering Mechanics 465

GATE MECH Tips and Guidelines

Do’s for GATE Exam

  • Solve at-least last 10 years Previous Papers. It will make you get the idea about the type of Questions being asked in the Exam.
  • Focus more on 2 mark questions. They boost your Score exponentially
  • Practice as many Mock-tests as you can (that too as per the Standard pattern of the Gate Exam)
  • Keep your fundamentals and concepts clear. The Questions asked in the GATE Exam are mostly based on the fundamental concepts.
  • By giving these you will actually know about question pattern and gain experience for giving objective kind of test and also you will be able to measure your standard as per another student so that you can change yourself better to crack the exam.
  • Prepare easy subject first

Don’ts for GATE Exam

  • Don’t waste your time studying stuff that is out of syllabus.
  • Don’t lose your hope and confidence in preparation.
  • Don’t discuss the doubts just before the Exam at the Exam Centre.
  • Don’t start your preparation with hard subjects.
  • Don’t Waste your time in reading all the books on a single topic.

Before Exam

  • NEVER OMIT ANY subject. I find most students omit a subject based on the weightage. The problem with this approach is often it happens that the subject you omit will have some really easy questions and the subject you prepare well has much harder problems to solve.
  • Maths will make a huge difference in your scores. Around 30 marks (including aptitude) is really easy to score. They are usually less difficult and direct than subject questions.
  • Solve as many previous year GATE problems as you can.
  • Learn concepts only from standard books that were prescribed for your under-graduate program. Notes, ppts may not give you complete knowledge.
  •  Use standard books. Solve 10–15 Questions Daily.

During Exam

  • If you are not sure about an answer, LEAVE it. Negatives cost a lot.
  • Don’t compare marks of previous years and answer questions. For example, in CS 2014, for a score of 60, AIR was around #500, but in CS 2016, for a score of 60, AIR is around #50. You might end up scoring more negatives trying to match previous year’s scores. This requires you to judge the paper’s difficulty, which is possible only if you had prepared all subjects.
  • Having a strong clear mind throughout the exam is absolutely necessary. Question papers usually contain the most difficult questions up front to dent your confidence. Easy questions get mixed up at the later part. So keep moving on even if you had to leave 5 questions on the trot.
  • Solve aptitude section first.
  • Solve Easy Question first then shift to hard one.

Preparation Technique Fast Track

There is no ideal strategy for GATE preparation. As long as you cover all the topics, any strategy should work. Last four months preparation strategy

1. Allot a week for each subject. This includes studying all the topics, going through standard book back questions, coaching institute material exercises. Sorted the subjects into a 12-week schedule (3 months).

2. Last month to revise everything, take Test Series and go through the GATE previous year questions. So in all, it was a 4-month preparation.

3. Too many cooks spoil the broth. Stop searching for preparation tips too much and start preparing!

4. Don’t panic.

All the Best!