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GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Exam

Last Updated - September 12, 2017

GATE Syllabus is set by the conducting authority of the examination. GATE 2018 is held by Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. There are 23 papers in GATE exam. The syllabus of each paper is different. Applicants are advised to go through the complete syllabus, before start preparation of the exam. 

  • GATE 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018 in multiple sessions.
  • GATE Syllabus is based on the topics studied at graduation level.
  • The Mechanical Engineering paper held on February 03, 2018.
  • GATE Mechanical Engineering question paper consists of total 65 questions worth 100 marks.
  • Students are required to attempt all the questions in the duration of three hours. 
  • Check out the new changes introduced by IIT Guwahati in GATE 2018.
  • Candidates have to use GATE virtual Calculator for calculations. No physical calculator is allowed in Examination Center.

Through GATE mechanical engineering exam candidate will be able to take admission in Mechanical Engineering PG courses. Also, they can get jobs in various PSUs based on GATE score.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level test conducted for admission to and Ph.D. courses. The exam is held in online mode (Computer Based Test) in multiple shifts. 

GATE Mechanical Engineering Syllabus

GATE paper is divided into three sections i.e. General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and the Qualifying Degree i.e. Mechanical Engineering section. There is a section for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) also where the candidate has to enter numerical values using the virtual keyboard.

Numerical Answer Type section and Engineering Mathematics section are included to test candidate’s ability to understand and solve complex engineering mathematical problems and their applications.

Syllabus of Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Mathematics syllabus is structured to test student’s mathematical concept and his/her ability to solve mathematical problems.

Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Complex Variables
Numerical Methods

Applied Mechanics and Design

Applied Mechanics and Design syllabus include the concept of mechanics and its application in complex situation and problems. 

Engineering Mechanics
Theory of Machines
Mechanics of Materials
Machine Design

Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science

Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics

Material, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

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

Read More Detailed GATE Mechanical Engineering Syllabus

Important Topics

Here we are giving the list of important topics that must be considered by the candidates and it will help them to plan out their Preparation strategy.

TopicsExcepted No. of questionsExpected Marks
Engineering Mechanics46
Mechanics of Material711
Machine Design23
Theory of Machines58
Heat Transfer47
Fluid Mechanics69
Manufacturing Engineering811
Industrial Engineering24
General Aptitude1015

Read More: GATE Paper Analysis

Best Coaching Centres for GATE

It is good to join a coaching center for the preparation of GATE it will definitely help to attain good marks in the examination and candidates will get a proper guidance by the experienced and trained teachers and they will be able to save their precious time from wastage.

Here is a list of top ranking coaching center across the country.

Coaching InstituteCityRatings
ACE Engineering AcademyBangalore4 Stars
Trump and GatesNew Delhi4.1 Stars
GATE ForumChennai4.2 Stars
Vani Institute of Engineering & TechnologyChennai4.6 Stars
IMS GuwahatiGuwahati4.9 Stars
New Cambridge CollegeChandigarh4.9 Stars
Let’s Talk AcademyJaipur5 Stars

Read More: GATE Top Coaching Institute

GATE Books for ME paper

Here is the list of important books for preparation of mechanical engineering paper. 

gate books
Books NameAuthor Name
Strength Of Materials SS Rattan
Theory Of MachinesRS Khurmi
Mechanical VibrationGK Grover
Design Of Machine ElementsVB Bhandari
Fluid Mechanics RK Bansal
Engineering ThermodynamicsCengel & Boles
Internal Combustion EngineV Ganesan

Read More:GATE 2017 Books

Internet Resources

These days there are many websites available online that provides online tutorials and web study material for the preparation of GATE. These websites have lectures conducted by the highly experienced and trained professors from the most reputed institutes of the country. To name a few NPTEL is among the top ranked website that offers courses for GATE Preparation.

Notes and Sample Papers

Many coaching institutes provide hand-made study material for the preparation of GATE and these hand-made study materials are available in both online and off- line mode. Candidates may get these handy notes from the coaching centres by joining them or may even get it online also.

Many websites provide hand-made study material online in the pdf form for free. Candidates have to visit the sites and download the notes of their respective degree courses and use it for preparation.

Candidates can also download previous year papers and sample papers from the official website.

Download Mechanical Engineering GATE sample Paper

Preparation Schedule

GATE is all about time management as the duration of the examination is less compared to the number of questions to be attempted. It is very important for the candidates to prepare a schedule so that they can cover every topic on time with any delay or confusion. Here we are providing a proper preparation schedule for GATE 2018 to help the candidates with their preparation scheme.

Engineering Mechanics (3 days)

This section holds 6-7 marks of the paper hence candidates are advised to give their time on the following topics:

  • Work and Energy
  • Structural Analysis
  • Resolving Forces
  • Equilibrium
  • Law of restitution
  • Equilibrium and Truss

Mechanics of Material (5 days)

This section comprises 6-7 marks and questions are mostly from these topics SF & BM, Deflections, Stress and strain, Concepts, Bending stress, General Theories of Failure and Mohr's Circle.

Read More: GATE Preparation

Machine Design (2 days)

Machine Design holds 5-6 marks in total and the important topics that must be considered while preparing this subject are Failure Theories, Design of gears and bearings, Joints, Fatigue Strength and the S-N Diagram.

Theory of Machines (9 days)

This section accounts for 10-12 marks in total and cover topics such as Flywheel, Linkages, Gear train,  Inversions of single and double slider crank, Free damped vibrations, Linear Vibration Analysis of Mechanical systems, D.O.F. of Mechanisms and Finding Natural Frequencies (Under damped, Critically Damped, Over damped).

Heat Transfer (2 days)

This section accounts for 4-5 marks and questions are generally from topics such as Shape factor in radiation Conduction, Critical thickness, Problem in Heat exchangers like NTU and numbers in convection like Pr No, Gr No, Re No, etc.

Fluid Mechanics (12 days)

This section holds 12-13 marks of the question paper and has questions from these topics: Pump Parameters, Bernoulli’s Law, Simple & Differential Piezometer, Velocity potential, Reynolds’s no. Calculation, Hydraulic Power, Nozzle Velocity of Turbines, Flow through Pipes and Boundary layer theory.

Manufacturing Engineering (13 days)

This section is the most time-consuming and holds 11-14 marks of the total marks. Questions are basically from the topics such as Orthogonal cutting, Casting types and design of castings, Riser and Gate design of casting,  Tool life equation, Resistance welding and Problems on welding.

Industrial Engineering (10 days)

Industrial Engineering section of the paper accounts for 9-10 marks and have questions mostly from the topics such as EOQ problems,  CPM, PERT, Queuing theory, Work Study And Measurement, Scheduling And Johnson's Rule Time Study, Inventory control, and Poisson’s Arrivals & Departures.

Thermodynamics (9 days)

Thermodynamics consist of 12-15 marks and therefore it is essential to prepare this section very strongly to score high in the examination. The important topics of this section are Otto, Dual cycle, Laws of Thermodynamics, Turbines, Problems on Diesel, Detonation and Knocking, Turbo machinery, Entropy and Properties Of Pure Substances.

Mathematics (13 days)

This section of the paper contains the maximum number of questions and holds maximum marks hence it is necessary to give more time and attention to this section.

General Aptitude (13 days)

General Aptitude section of the paper consist 10 questions of 15 marks and are easy to score and attempt if practiced properly.


Read More: GATE Cutoff for all NITs and IIITs

IIT GATE Mechanical Engineering Cut off

Check the expected cut off of IITs for mechanical engineering from the table given below: 

IIT Roorkee1736 (Closing Rank)
IIT Kharagpur840 GATE Score
IIT Bombay600 GATE Score
IIT Gandhinagar400 GATE Score
IIT Madras798 GATE Score

PSU Hiring through GATE

Here is the list of PSUs which hires the Mechanical Engineer graduate through GATE 2017 score:

 PSUCTC Offered
BPCL INR 24900 – 50500/- per month
MDLINR 5.98-14.77 lakh per annum
IOCLINR 11.25 lakhs per annum
GAILINR 24900 -50500/- per month
BHELINR 20600- 46500/- per month
NCPILINR 15600-39100/- per month
HPCLINR 24900-50,500/-per month
NTPCINR 24900-50,500/-per month
OILINR 24900-50,500/-per month
CELINR 6.5 lakh per annum



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