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GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

Last Updated - March 12, 2018

GATE ME Paper 2018 was successfully conducted in 2 shifts on February 3. The session 1 was conducted from 9:00 am to 12:00 hrs while shift 2 was held from 2:00 to 5:00 hrs. The official answer key for GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 2018 and questions papers will be released after the GATE 2018 exam along with the notification of a time frame to raise objections with the proof.

The Official GATE 2018 Answer key and Question Paper has been released – 

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Question Paper (ME01)

Question Paper (ME02)

Answer Key (ME01)

Answer Key (ME02)

The official answer keys are referred for evaluating GATE Scores. Based on official answer keys, the result is declared. GATE Result is expected to be declared on March 17, 2018.

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The final answer keys for GATE 2018 will be published after considering all the objections (if, raised by the candidates) at in 1st week of March. Read on to know GATE ME Paper Analysis and unofficial answer keys. The unofficial GATE answer keys are released by coaching centers just after the conduct of exam.

GATE ME 2018 Paper Highlights

Paper CodeME
Shift 109:00 – 12:00 hrs
Shift 202:00 – 05:00 hrs
No. of Questions65
Maximum Marks100
Types of QuestionsObjective (MCQs, NAT)
SectionsEngineering Mathematics, General Aptitude & Subject Specific

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GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Paper Analysis

The memory based analysis of GATE 2018 ME Paper (shift 1- Feb 3) is defined below:

Candidates can also check the video solutions and analysis of GATE ME Paper (both shifts – Feb 3) from the website of The Gate Academy. Click Here

The first session of GATE Mechanical Engineering 2018 Paper successfully conducted and was analysed by various coaching institutes and experts. A detailed analysis of number of questions and weightage is given below-

Subject TopicsNo. Of QuestionsTopics – Questions were asked fromDifficulty LevelTotal Marks
Strength of Materials (SOM)1 marks- 4 2 marks- 3Poisson's Ratio, Columns,Easy10
Mechanical Precision Engineering1 marks -5 2 marks - 6Slab Milling, non-traditional machining, Casting, WeldingEasy to Moderate17
Theory of Machines (TOM) and Vibration1 marks- 1 2 marks- 3Natural Frequency, Dynamics of Slider Crank Mechanism, Epicyclic Gear TrainsEasy7
Thermo Dynamics & Applied Thermo Dynamics1 marks -1 2 marks- 4Brayton Cycle, EntropyModerate9
Heat & Mass Transfer1 marks - 1 2 marks - 2Conduction, Heat ExchangerEasy to Moderate5
Fluid Mechanics1 marks - 4 2 marks - 3Flow through Pipes, KinematicsEasy to Moderate10
Engineering Mechanics1 marks - 1 2 marks - 2---
General Aptitude1 marks - 5 2 marks - 5Family Relations, Grammar, Inference, Co-ordinate GeometryTough15
Machine Design1 marks - 2 2 marks - 1S-N Curve, Theories of FailureEasy to Moderate4
Industrial Engineering1 marks - 0 2 marks - 2SchedulingModerate4
Engineering Mathematics1 marks - 5 2 marks - 2Differential Equations, Probability, Rank of the Matrix, Eigen ValuesModerate14

Detailed GATE Paper Analysis for ME - Session 1

General Aptitude15%
Engineering Mathematics14%
Industrial Engineering4%
Manufacturing Engineering14%
Heat Transfer2%
Fluid Mechanics11%
Machine Design5%
Theory of Machines7%
Mechanics of Materials14%
Engineering Mechanics4%

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