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GATE 2020 Production & Industrial Engineering Syllabus

Last Updated - July 19, 2019

Producation and Industrial Engineering is an interdisciplinary engineering discipline that includes manufacturing technology, engineering sciences, management science, and optimization of complex processes, systems, or organizations. GATE Producation and Industrial Engineering syllabus includes the subject topics and general aptitude. GATE 2020 exam will be held on February 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2020.

  • 85% of the questions are asked from core subject and the remaining 15% questions are asked from general aptitude section.
  • GATE Production and Industrial Engineering question paper will have 65 questions. Read MoreGATE Exam Pattern
  • Candidates have to attend all questions in 3 hours.
  • Candidates preparing for GATE producation and industarail engineering exam must be aware about the GATE syllabus for PI exam.

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GATE Production and Industrial Engineering

GATE Producation and Industrail Engineering syllabus is spread across seven sections. Candidates can check the following section to know the syllabus for production and industrial engineering which are given below:

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

TopicsSub Topics
Linear AlgebraMatrix algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and eigen vectors.
Complex variablesAnalytic functions, Cauchy’s integral theorem, Taylor series
CalculusFunctions of single variable, Limit, continuity and differentiability, Mean value theorems, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial derivatives, Total derivative, Maxima and minima, Gradient, Divergence and Curl, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line, Surface and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.
Differential EquationsFirst order equations (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, Initial and boundary value problems, Laplace transforms, Solutions of one dimensional heat and wave equations and Laplace equation.
Probability and StatisticsDefinitions of probability and sampling theorems, Conditional probability, Mean, median, mode and standard deviation, Random variables, Poisson, Normal and Binomial distributions.
Numerical MethodsNumerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule, single and multi-step methods for differential equations.

Section 2: General Engineering

TopicsSub Topics
Engineering MaterialsStructure and properties correlation;engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) – properties and applications; stressstrain behavior of metals and alloys;iron-carbon phase diagram, heat treatment of metals and alloys, its influence on mechanical properties
Applied MechanicsEngineering mechanics – equivalent force systems, free body concepts, equations of equilibrium; trusses; strength of materials – stress, strain and their relationship; failure theories, Mohr’s circle(stress), deflection of beams, bending and shear stress, Euler’s theory of columns
Theory of Machines and DesignAnalysis of planar mechanisms, cams and followers; governors and fly wheels; design of bolted, riveted and welded joints; interference/shrink fit joints; design of shafts, keys, spur gears, belt drives, brakes and clutches; pressure vessels
Thermal and FluidsEngineeringFluid mechanics – fluid statics, Bernoulli’s equation, flow through pipes, equations of continuity and momentum, capillary action, contact angle and wetting; thermodynamics – zeroth, first and second law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic system and processes, calculation of work and heat for systems and control volumes; air standard cycles; heat transfer – basicapplicationsof conduction, convection and radiation.

Section 3: Manufacturing Processes I

TopicsSub Topics
Castingtypes of casting processes and applications; patterns – types and materials; allowances; moulds and cores – materials, making, and testing; casting techniques of cast iron, steels and nonferrous metals and alloys; analysis ofsolidification andmicrostructure development; design of gating and riser; origin of defects.
Metal FormingStress-strain relations in elastic and plastic deformation; concept of flow stress; hot and cold working – forging, rolling, extrusion and wire drawing; sheet metal working processes – blanking, bending and deep drawing; ideal work and slab analysis;origin of metal workingdefects.
Joining of materialsPrinciples of fusion welding processes(manual metal arc, MIG, TIG, plasma arc, submerged arc welding processes)–different heat sources (flame, arc, resistive, laser, electron beam), and heat transfer and associated losses, flux application, feeding of filler rod; Principles of solid state welding processes (friction, explosive welding, ultrasonic welding processes); Principles of adhesive, brazing and soldering processes; Origins of welding defects.
Powder processingProduction of metal/ceramic powders, compaction and sintering of metals and ceramic powders.
Polymers and CompositesPlastic processing – injection, compression and blow molding, extrusion, calendaring and thermoforming; molding of composites.

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Section 4: Manufacturing Processes II

TopicsSub Topics
Machine Tools and Machining:Basic machine tools like centre lathe, milling machine, and drilling machine – construction and kinematics; machining processes - turning, taper turning, thread cutting, drilling, boring, milling, gear cutting, thread production, grinding; geometry of single point cutting tools, chip formation, cutting forces, specific cutting energy and power requirements, Merchant’s analysis; basis ofselection of machining parameters; tool materials, tool wear and tool life, economics of machining, thermal aspects of machining, cutting fluids, machinability; Jigs and fixtures – principles, applications, and design
Non-traditional ManufacturingPrinciples, applications, effect of process parameters on MRR and product quality of non-traditional machining processes – USM, AJM, WJM, AWJM, EDM and Wire cut EDM, LBM, EBM, PAM, CHM, ECM.
Computer Integrated ManufacturingBasic concepts of CAD – geometric modeling, CAM – CNC and robotics – configurations, drives and controls, Group Technology and its applications – CAPP, cellular manufacturing and FMS.

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Section 5: Quality and Reliability

TopicsSub Topics
Metrology and InspectionLimits, fits, and tolerances, gauge design, interchangeability, selective assembly; linear, angular, and form measurements(straightness, squareness, flatness, roundness, and cylindricity) by mechanical and optical methods; inspection of screw threads and gears; surface finish measurement by contact and non-contact methods;tolerance analysis in manufacturing and assembly.
Quality managementQuality – concept and costs; quality assurance; statistical quality control, acceptance sampling, zero defects, six sigma; total quality management; ISO 9000.
Reliability and MaintenanceReliability, availability and maintainability; distribution of failure and repair times; determination of MTBF and MTTR, reliability models; determination of system reliability; preventive maintenance and replacement.

Section 6: Industrial Engineering

TopicsSub Topics
Product Design and DevelopmentPrinciples of good product design, tolerance design; quality and cost considerations; product life cycle; standardization, simplification, diversification, value engineering and analysis, concurrent engineering;comparison of production alternatives.
Work System DesignTaylor’s scientific management, Gilbreths’s contributions; productivity – concepts and measurements; methodstudy, micro-motion study, principles of motion economy; work measurement –time study, work sampling, standard data, PMTS; ergonomics; job evaluation, merit rating, incentive schemes, and wage administration.
Facility DesignFacility location factors and evaluation of alternate locations; types of plant layout and their evaluation; computer aided layout design techniques; assembly line balancing; materials handling systems.

Section 7: Operations research and Operations management

TopicsSub Topics
Operation ResearchLinear programming – problem formulation, simplex method, duality and sensitivity analysis; transportation and assignment models; network flow models, constrained optimization and Lagrange multipliers; Markovian queuing models; dynamic programming; simulation – manufacturing applications.
Engineering Economy and CostingElementary cost accounting and methods of depreciation; break-even analysis, techniques for evaluation of capital investments, financial statements, time-cost trade-off, resource leveling.
Production controlForecasting techniques – causal and time series models, moving average, exponential smoothing, trend and seasonality; aggregate production planning; master production scheduling; MRP and MRP-II; routing, scheduling and priority dispatching; Push and pull production systems, concept of JIT manufacturing system; Logistics, distribution, and supply chain management; Inventory – functions, costs, classifications, deterministicinventory models, quantity discount; perpetual and periodic inventory control systems.
Project managementPERT and CPM.

GATE Exam Pattern

GATE Exam Pattern is defined paper wise depending upon candidates’ discipline. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati will conduct GATE 2019. The syllabus is different for each discipine. The exam is held in online mode (Computer Based Test).

There are some important points of GATE Exam Pattern

  • GATE consists 3 sections namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and specific subject of the paper
  • The question paper comprises total 65 questions.
  • There are two type of questions in GATE i.e. Multiple Choice type (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT).
  • Questions will be asked in a random order and one has to select the answer (for MCQ type) and enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard.
  • Students have to attempt all the questions in the duration of three hours. 
  • The maximum number of questions in GATE are from the core subject.
  • There is no negative marking for NAT questions but it is applicable for MCQs.  For 1 mark MCQs, 1/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. Likewise, for 2 marks MCQs, 2/3 marks will be deducted.

Syllabus Of Other Papers

Aerospace EngineeringAEMechanical EngineeringME
Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSEngineering SciencesXE
Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
Electrical EngineeringEEBiotechnologyBT
Instrumentation EngineeringIN



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