GATE 2021 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus, Preparation Tips and Books

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    Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest branches and its history goes way long back to the inception of Engineering. GATE 2021 syllabus of Mechanical Engineering syllabus majorly divided into 4 major sections. These sections are Engineering Mathematics, Applied Mechanics and Design, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, and Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering.

    In GATE ME paper, the majority of questions i.e 70% are from core subject syllabus and 15% each from General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics. The paper consists of 65 questions worth 100 marks.  Check GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

    GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is a national level entrance exam conducted for admission to M.Tech/Ph.D. programs. Only GATE 2021 qualifying candidates will become eligible to get admissions offered at IITs, NITs, etc.

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    GATE 2021 Syllabus of Mechanical Engineering

    GATE 2021 Mechanical Engineering Syllabus

    Section 1: Engineering mathematics

    The section comprising of arithmetical questions, Engineering mathematics’ main aim is to test the applicant’s ability to understand complex concepts of mathematics involved in Engineering with ease and their application into problems.

    • Linear Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Differential equations
    • Complex variables
    • Numerical Methods

    Section 2: Applied Mechanics and Design

    The Branch deals with the application of concepts of mechanics into complex situations. Closely looked, the branch explores the response of bodies or systems of bodies under the action of external forces. Let’s look at the Applied Mechanics & Design.

    • Engineering Mechanics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Theory of Machines
    • Vibrations
    • Machine Design

    Section 3: Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

    Archimedes observed deviation in the mechanics of fluid and forces acting on them long before the term ‘engineering’ was coined. Following the footsteps of Archimedes- Leonardo Da Vinci, Issac Newton, and Blaise Pascal paved the way for Fluid Mechanics with their groundbreaking inventions and indisputable Theories. 

    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Heat Transfer
    • Thermodynamics
    • Applications
    • Turbomachinery

    Section 4: Materials, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering

    Considered the nerve of Mechanical Engineering, Material Science deals with the discovery and design of new elements, with an emphasis over solids. Manufacturing Engineering deals with intricacies of manufacturing processes and other considerations involved in it. Industrial Engineering deals with the work culture of Industries and mechanical processes involved with a clear depiction of Managing roles needed.

    • Engineering Materials
    • Casting, Forming and Joining Processes
    • Metrology and Inspection
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing

    Direct link to download GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) syllabus PDF 

    GATE 2021 Mechanical Engineering - Weightage of Important Topics

    GATE 2021 Mechanical Engineering – Weightage of Important Topics

    • Sample Question 1:
    • Sample Question 2:

    Weightage of Topics/Sections

    Section1 Mark2 MarkNo.of Ques
    Engineering Mathematics 549
    Engineering Mechanics022
    Strength of Materials549
    Design of Machine Elements011
    Theory of Machines123
    Fluid mechanics437
    Thermal Science549
    Heat Transfer 112
    Manufacturing Science4610
    Industrial Engineering022
    Verbal Ability325
    Numerical Ability235

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    GATE 2021 Mechanical Engineering Exam Pattern

    GATE 2021 Exam Pattern of Mechanical Engineering

    • Exam Mode: Online
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Types of questions: MCQs and NAT
    • Sections: 3 sections – General Aptitude, Mathematics and Subject-based
    • Total questions: 65 questions
    • Total marks: 100 marks
    • Negative Marking: For MCQs only
    Section Total Marks
    General Aptitude15% of the total marks
    Engineering Mathematics15% of the total marks
    Subject-Based (ME)70% of the total marks

    Marking scheme

    Type of questionNegative marking for wrong answer

    1/3 for 1 mark questions

    2/3 for 2 marks questions

    NATsNo negative marking 

    Read More  GATE 2021 ME Exam Pattern

    Important Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering

    Important Books for GATE 2021 Mechanical Engineering Paper

    GATE Preparation Books for Mechanical EngineeringAuthor
    Mechanical VibrationGK Grover
    Design Of Machine ElementsVB Bhandari
    Engineering MechanicsSS Bhavikatti
    Fluid MechanicsRK Bansal

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    How to Prepare for GATE 2021 ME Paper?

    Preparation Tips for GATE 2021 ME Paper

    1. Know your Syllabus and Exam Pattern

    • First, go through your syllabus. Download a copy of the syllabus for future reference.
    • Check the exam pattern to get a better idea about marking scheme, weightage of sections, etc.
    • Divide your syllabus in increasing order of difficulty level so that you can [re[are your preparation plan based on the difficulty level of topics.
    • Go through your syllabus again and again so that you won't miss any important topic.

    2. Practice Virtual Calculator

    • Students must practice the use of a virtual calculator because it is always better to prepare in advance.
    • Using the virtual calculator from the time of your preparation will also help you in saving a lot of time in the exam. 

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    3. Work on your Speed and Accuracy

    • To improve speed and accuracy, you must practice more and more practice papers or online tests.
    • Candidates must solve 1-2 practice after every 3 days. 
    • You will also come to know about the exam pattern, difficulty level of questions, type of questions asked in the paper, etc.

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    4. Time Management

    • Candidates must prepare for the exam for 6-8 hours a day.
    • Do not leave any topic for the end. Try to complete all the topics on time.
    • Candidates are advised to do revisions 1-2 hours daily. This will help you in memorizing importing topics.

    5. Regular Revisions

    • Regular revision sessions will help you to remember all the important points during the time of examination.
    • Do not overburden yourself. Take frequent breaks and revise topics when do not feel right to start a new topic.
    • Make handwritten notes for revisions.
    • Take a quick look at these notes before appearing for the exam to refresh the memory.

    GATE 2021 Syllabus Of Other Papers

    GATE 2021 Syllabus Of Other Papers

    Aerospace EngineeringAEComputer ScienceCS
    Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
    Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
    Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
    Engineering SciencesXEProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
    Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
    Electrical EngineeringEEBiotechnologyBT

    Rated as one of the best branches to pursue higher studies in, the stream is the first option for most of the engineering interested candidates and their guardians as well. Unarguably the elite, Mechanical Engineering deals with the complexities and intricacies of an automobile, power sector, manufacturing science, and other construction-related fields. Simply put, Mechanical is required almost everywhere- whether a tool needs to be manufactured, an automobile needs to be modified or a building or heavy machinery needs to be built. To pursue a career in this field candidates must prepare well for the exam.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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