GATE 2021 Engineering Sciences (XE) Syllabus and Books

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    GATE 2021 Engineering Sciences (XE)syllabus majorly divided into 3 sections. The first section is General Aptitude and the second section is Engineering Mathematics which is named as section A is compulsory for candidates. The third part comprises sections B to H and candidates have to choose any two sectionsto appear for the exam.

    The weightage of General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics will be 30% and the rest 70% will be reserved for sections selected by the candidates. The question paper will consist of 65 questions which will be further divided into three sections worth 100 marks. The total time duration provided to complete the exam is three hours.  Check GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

    Engineering sciences XE section comprises the following subjects/codes:

    • XE-A – Engineering Mathematics
    • XE-B – Fluid mechanics
    • XE-C – Material Science
    • XE-D – Solid mechanics
    • XE-E – Thermodynamics
    • XE-F – Polymer Science and Engineering
    • XE-G – Food technology
    • XE-H – Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

    NOTE: Each subject (chosen ones) will carry 35 marks.

    GATE is a national level exam which is held for admission to M.Tech/ Ph.D. in the field of engineering and technology. It is conducted on a rotational basis by zonal IITs and IISc Bangalore. Candidates can check the Engineering Sciences section syllabus in this article. 

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    GATE 2021 XE-A Syllabus & Books

    GATE 2021 XE-A Engineering Mathematics Syllabus (Compulsory)

    Engineering Mathematics is a branch of applied mathematics concerning mathematical methods and techniques that are typically used in engineering and industry. It is an interdisciplinary subject motivated by engineers' needs both for practical, theoretical and other considerations out with their specialization, and to deal with constraints to be effective in their work.

    • Linear Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Vector Calculus
    • Complex variables
    • Ordinary Differential Equations
    • Partial Differential Equations
    • Probability and Statistics
    • Numerical Methods

    Direct link to download GATE  Engineering Mathematics (XE-A) syllabus PDF 

    Engineering Mathematics Important Books

    GATE Mathematics Book
    Book NameAuthorISBN Number
    GATE Engineering MathematicsAbhinav Goel, Suraj Singh935203550X, 978-9352035502
    Higher Engineering MathematicsB.S. Grewal8174091955, 978-8174091956
    GATE 2017: Engineering MathematicsME Team9351471977, 978-9351471974
    A Textbook of Engineering MathematicsDr. Sudheer K. Srivastava, Dr. Suyash N. Mishra Dr. Vijai S. Verma9383758465, 978-9383758463
    Wiley Acing the Gate: Engineering Mathematics and General AptitudeAnil K. Maini, Varsha Agrawal, Nakul Maini8126567430, 978-8126567430

    GATE 2021 XE-B Syllabus & Books

    GATE 2021 XE-B Fluid Mechanics Syllabus

    Fluid Mechanics is a branch of physics concerned with the mechanics of fluids and the forces on them. Fluid mechanics has a wide range of applications, including mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, geophysics, astrophysics, and biology. 

    • Flow and Fluid Properties
    • Kinematics
    • Integral analysis
    • Differential Analysis
    • Inviscid flows
    • Dimensional analysis
    • Internal flows
    • Prandtl boundary layer equations

    Direct link to download GATE Fluid Mechanics (XE-B) syllabus PDF 

    Fluid Mechanics Important Books

    Fluid mechnism book gate
    Book NameAuthor
    Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and ApplicationsYunus A. Cengel, John Cimbala
    A Textbook of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic MachinesR.K. Bansal
    A Textbook of Fluid MechanicsR.K. Bansal
    Fundamentals of fluid mechanicsBruce Roy Munson
    An Introduction to Fluid DynamicsGeorge Batchelor

    GATE 2021 XE-C Syllabus & Books

    GATE 2021 XE-C Materials Science Syllabus

    The interdisciplinary field of materials science, also commonly termed materials science and engineering, involves the discovery and design of new materials, with an emphasis on solids. 

    • Structure
    • Diffusion
    • Metals and Alloys
    • Ceramics
    • Polymers
    • Composites
    • Advanced Materials and Tools
    • Mechanical Properties
    • Thermal Properties
    • Electronic Properties
    • Optical Properties
    • Magnetic Properties
    • Environmental Degradation

    Direct link to download GATE Material Science (XE-C) syllabus PDF

    Material Science Important Books

    Material science gate
    Book NameAuthorISBN Number
    Material Science and EngineeringWilliam F. Smith, Javad Hashemi, Ravi Prakash1259062759, 978-1259062759
    Materials Science and Engineering - SIEWilliam Smith, Javad Hashemi, Ravi Prakash0070667179, 978-0070667174
    Materials Science and EngineeringI P Singh8183600956, 978-8183600958
    Materials ScienceSedha R.S.8121901464, 978-8121901468
    Basics of Material Science and EngineeringMade Easy Editorial Board9351472078, 978-9351472070

    GATE 2021 XE-D Syllabus & Books

    GATE 2021 XE-D Solid Mechanics Syllabus

    Solid mechanics is the branch of continuum mechanics that studies the behavior of solid materials, especially their motion and deformation under the action of forces, temperature changes, phase changes, and other external or internal agents.

    Solid mechanics is fundamental for civil, aerospace, nuclear, biomedical and mechanical engineering, for geology, and for many branches of physics such as materials science.

    TopicsSub Topics
    Solid Mechanics

    Equivalent force systems; free-body diagrams; equilibrium equations; analysis of determinate trusses and frames; friction; simple relative motion of particles; force as a function of position, time and speed; force acting on a body in motion; laws of motion; law of conservation of energy; law of conservation of momentum.

    Stresses and strains; principal stresses and strains; Mohr’s circle; generalized Hooke’s Law; thermal strain; theories of failure.

    Axial, shear and bending moment diagrams; axial, shear and bending stresses; deflection (for symmetric bending); torsion in circular shafts; thin cylinders; energy methods (Castigliano’s Theorems); Euler buckling.

    Free vibration of single degree of freedom systems.

    Direct link to download GATE Solid Mechanics (XE-D) syllabus PDF 

    Solid Mechanics Important Books

    Solid mechanism GATE BOOK
    Book NameAuthorISBN Number
    Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics: A Treatise on Strength of MaterialsGambhir M.L8120338707, 978-8120338708
    Solid Mechanics: Theory, Modeling, and ProblemsAlbrecht Bertram, Rainer Glüge3319360035, 978-3319360034
    Strength of Materials (Mechanics of Solids)R.K. Rajput9350144786, 978-9350144787

    GATE 2021 XE-E Syllabus & Books

    GATE 2021 XE-E Thermodynamics Syllabus

    Thermodynamics is a branch of physics concerned with heat and temperature and their relation to energy and work. It applies to a wide variety of topics in science and engineering, especially physical chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering.

    • Basic Concepts
    • First Law of Thermodynamics
    • Second Law of Thermodynamics
    • Properties of Pure Substances
    • Thermodynamic Relations
    • Thermodynamic cycles
    • Ideal Gas Mixtures

    Direct link to download GATE Thermodynamics (XE-E) syllabus PDF 

    Thermodynamics Important Books

    Thermadynims gate book
    Book NameAuthorISBN Number
    Heat and ThermodynamicsAnandamoy Manna8131754006, 978-8131754009
    ThermodynamicsSingh Kumar Ashok9383137967, 978-9383137961
    Thermodynamics and An Introduction to ThermostatisticsHerbert B Callen8126508124, 978-8126508129
    Engineering ThermodynamicsGupta S.K.8121942705, 978-8121942706

    GATE 2021 XE-F Syllabus & Books

    GATE 2021 XE-F Polymer Science and Engineering Syllabus

    Polymer science or macromolecular science is a subfield of materials science concerned with polymers, primarily synthetic polymers such as plastics and elastomers. The field of polymer science includes researchers in multiple disciplines including chemistry, physics, and engineering.

    • Chemistry of high polymers
    • Polymer Characterization
    • Synthesis and properties
    • Polymer blends and composites
    • Polymer Technology
    • Polymer rheology
    • Polymer processing
    • Polymer testing

    Direct link to download GATE Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F) syllabus PDF  

    Polymer Science and Engineering Important Books

    GATE XE Polymer Science and Engineering important books
    Book NameAuthorISBN Number
    Textbook of Polymer ScienceFred W. Billmeyer8126511109, 978-8126511105
    Specialty Polymers: Materials and ApplicationsFaiz Mohammad8188237655, 978-8188237654
    The Elements of Polymer Science and EngineeringAlfred Rudin Phillip Choi9780123821782, 0123821789
    Introduction To Polymer Science And TechnologyN. B. Singh8122430074

    GATE 2021 XE-G Syllabus & Books

    GATE 2021 XE-G Food Technology Syllabus

    Food technology is a branch of food science that deals with the production processes that make foods.

    • Food Chemistry and Nutrition
    • Food Microbiology
    • Food Products Technology
    • Food Engineering

    Direct link to download GATE Food Technology (XE-G) syllabus PDF 

    Food Technology Important Books

    GATE XE Food technology important books
    Book NameAuthorISBN Number
    Training Manual for Food and Beverage ServicesMahendra Singh Negi9385909185, 978-9385909184
    Food ScienceB Srilakshmi8122438091, 978-8122438093
    Question Bank on food Science and TechnologyU D Chavan8170358825, 978-8170358824
    Foods Facts and PrinciplesN. Shakuntala Mana8122422152, 978-8122422153

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    GATE 2021 XE Exam Pattern 

    The exam pattern and the marking scheme for Engineering science paper is given below:

    Section Distribution of MarksTotal MarksTypes of questions
    General Aptitude5 questions of 1-mark each
    5 questions of 2-marks each

       15 marks 

    Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)7 questions of 1-mark each
    4 questions of 2-marks each

       15 marks 

    MCQs and NATs
    Sections B to H (Any two)9 questions of 1-mark each 
    13 questions of 2-marks each

       35 marks 

    MCQs and NATs
    • Mode of Examination is online
    • The duration of the same is 3 hours.
    • The total number of questions is 65 and the total marks are 100 marks.
    • There will be negative marking for only the MCQs in the exam. 

    Check Detailed GATE 2021 Exam Pattern 

    GATE 2021 Syllabus Of Other Papers

    Aerospace EngineeringAEMechanical EngineeringME
    Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
    Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
    Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
    Computer ScienceCSProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
    Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
    Electrical EngineeringEEBiotechnologyBT

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