Mining engineering is an engineering discipline that applies science and technology to the extraction of minerals from the earth. GATE 2021 Mining Engineering Syllabus has been revised and is divided into 6 major sections.
- The syllabus is based on the topics studied at the graduation level. It consists of three sections, viz General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and core subject.
- There will be a total of 65 multiple-choice questions that need to be completed in 3 hours. The weightage of questions in the exam from the core syllabus is 72%. Check GATE 2021 Exam Pattern
- Candidates who are appearing for MN as their first paper can only opt from GG or XE for the second paper.
The eligibility criteria of GATE 2021 have also been relaxed which enables 3rd-year candidates to sit for the exam. After qualifying GATE candidates will become eligible to get admission in M.Tech courses offered by prestigious colleges like IITs, NITs, etc. Read the article to know more about the revised syllabus, exam pattern, weightage of important topics, important books, and much more.
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GATE Mining Engineering Syllabus
GATE 2021 Syllabus of Mining Engineering
GATE syllabus for Mining Engineering is given section-wise in the tables below.
Section 1: Engineering Mathematics
- Linear Algebra
- Vector Calculus
- Differential Equations
- Probability and Statistics
- Numerical Methods
Section 2: Mining Geology, Mine Development and Surveying
- Mining Geology: Minerals, Rocks and their Origin, Classification, Ore Genesis; Structural Geology.
- Mine Development: Methods of access to deposits; Underground drivages; Drilling methods and machines; Explosives and energetics, blasting devices, blast design practices; Rock-Tool Interaction applicable to mechanical cutting systems and their selection.
- Mine Surveying: Levels and levelling, theodolite, tacheometry, triangulation; Contouring; Errors and adjustments; Correlation; Underground surveying; Curves; Photogrammetry; EDM, Total Station, GPS, Basics of GIS and remote sensing.
Section 3: Geomechanics and Ground Control
- Engineering Mechanics: Equivalent force systems; Equations of equilibrium; Two dimensional frames and trusses; Free body diagrams; Friction forces; Particle kinematics and dynamics; Beam analysis.
- Geomechanics: Geo-technical properties of rocks; Rock mass classification; Instrumentation and in-situ stress measurement techniques; Theories of rock failure; Ground vibrations; Stress distribution around mine openings;
Subsidence; Slope stability.
- Ground Control: Design of pillars; Roof supporting systems; Mine filling. Strata Control and Monitoring Plan.
Section 4: Mining Methods and Machinery
- Mining Methods: Surface mining: layout, development, loading, transportation and mechanization, continuous surface mining systems; highwall mining; Underground coal mining: bord and pillar systems, room and pillar
mining, longwall mining, thick seam mining methods, Underground metal mining: open, supported and caved stoping methods, stope mechanization, ore handling systems.
- Mining Machinery: Generation and transmission of mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic power; Materials handling: wire ropes, haulages, conveyors, face and development machinery, hoisting systems, pumps;comminution methods and machinery.
Section 5: Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation, and Underground Hazards
- Surface Environment: Air, water and soil pollution: Standards of quality, causes and dispersion of contamination and control; Noise pollution and control; Land reclamation; EIA.
- Mine Ventilation: Underground atmosphere; Heat load sources and thermal environment,; air cooling; Mechanics of airflow, distribution, natural and mechanical ventilation; Mine fans and their usage; Auxiliary ventilation; Ventilation survey and planning; Ventilation networks.
- Underground Hazards: Mine Gases, Methane drainage; Underground hazards from fires, explosions, dust and inundation; Rescue apparatus and practices; Safety management plan; Accident data analysis; assessment; Mine lighting; Mine legislation; Occupational health and safety.
Section 6: Mine Economics, Mine Planning, Systems Engineering
- Mineral Economics: Mineral resource classification; Discounted cash flow analysis; Mine valuation; Mineral taxation.
- Mine Planning: Sampling methods, practices and interpretation; Reserve estimation techniques: Basics of geostatistics and quality control; Optimization of facility location; Mine planning and its components, Determination of mine size and mine life; Ultimate pit configuration and its determination, Optimum mill cut-off grade and its determination, Stope planning, Design of haul road, Selection of mining system vis-à-vis equipment
- Systems Engineering: Concepts of reliability; Reliability of simple systems; Maintainability and availability; Linear programming, transportation and assignment problems; Network analysis; Inventory models; Queuing theory; Decision trees.
GATE Exam Pattern of MN
GATE 2021 Exam Pattern of Mining Engineering
Candidates must go through the exam pattern and the marking scheme before preparing for the exam.
- Mode of Examination: Online
- Duration of the exam is 3 hours.
- There will be 2 types of questions in GATE - MCQs and NATs.
- There will be three sections in the exam – General Aptitude, Mathematics and Subject- wise.
- The total no. of questions in the exam will be 65.
- Total Marks of 100
|General Aptitude||15% of the total marks|
|Engineering Mathematics||13% of the total marks|
|MN – Subject-Based||72% of the total marks|
|Type of question||Negative marking for wrong answer||Marking for correct answer|
|MCQs||⅓ for 1 mark questions⅔ for 2 marks questions||1 or 2 marks|
|NATs||No negative marking||1 or 2 marks|
Previous Year Sample Questions
Sample Questions of GATE Mining Engineering
- Sample Question 1: A flat longwall panel is mined out at an area having subsidence factor a. The measured maximum subsidence on the surface is S for a mining height of m. The subsidence is subcritical if ________?
- Sample Question 2: A low-grade deep-seated ore body dipping at 70° has a strike length of 2 km, and width of 100 m. The ore body and wall rocks are weak and fractured. The preferred method of mining is _________?
- Sample Question 3: In a slake durability test, mass of the drum with samples before the test and mass of the drum with oven-dried samples after the test are 1.52 kg and 1.48 kg respectively. If the mass of the drum is 1.05 kg, slake durability index in percentage (rounded off to two decimal places) is _________?
Books for Mining Engineering
Important Books for GATE 2021 Mining Engineering
|Title of the book||Name of the Author/ Publication|
|Objective English for Competitive Examination 5th Ed||Hari Mohan Prasad|
|Advanced Engineering Mathematics||RK Jain, SRK Iyengar|
|Elements of Mining Technology||DESHMUKH|
How to Prepare for GATE MN Paper?
Preparation Tips for GATE 2021 Mining Engineering Paper
1. Prepare Topic Wise
- Candidates are advised to prepare topic wise.
- Do not start 2 topics at one time. First, try to finish one topic then move for the next topic.
- Candidates should not leave any topic for the end days.
- Each topic should be completely done by the candidates one week before the exam.
- Last week should be dedicated to revisions.
2. Mock Test
- Take the help of mock tests to check your preparation level.
- You can also practice previous papers or model papers.
- This way you can increase your accuracy and speed.
- You can also get an idea about the type and difficulty level of questions.
3. Time Management
- Time management is a very crucial factor during preparations.
- Those who will strictly follow the time table will be able to complete their syllabus in time.
- 6-8 hours of time is required daily for preparation.
- Candidates can take breaks after 2-3 hours.
- 1-2 hours of time should be dedicated to revisions only.
4. Use to Best Study Material
- Refer the best books while preparing for the exam. Candidates are advised to consider the graduation level books.
- Take help from UG notes to clear your basics.
- Watch video lectures for better understanding.
- Go through the syllabus and exam pattern again and again so that you won't miss any important points.
GATE Syllabus of Other Papers
GATE 2021 Syllabus of Other Papers
GATE judges a candidate’s expertise in specific fields. Candidates can go through the syllabus of other papers as well from the table below:
Candidates must note that the syllabus for all the 25 papers of GATE is different. Candidates can check the Mining Engineering subject syllabus, exam pattern, important books, preparation tips, etc from above.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.