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GATE AE: Aerospace Engineering Preparation Tips

Last Updated - September 06, 2018

This year IIT Madras will conduct GATE 2019 in online (computer-based) mode on February 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2019 for 24 papers. GATE Paper for Aerospace Engineering will cover 70% of the Aerospace subject, 15% from General Aptitude, and 15% from Engineering Mathematics. The questions will be a mix of Multiple choice and Numerical Answer Type. 

Candidates are tested on their knowledge from the graduation level, how well they can implement their knowledge in the examination. Most of the questions asked in GATE exam are tricky and a combination of 2-3 topics. Candidates are also tested in the field of Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude.

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In this article, we are going to provide you with the syllabus and all the tips and tricks you need for the preparation of GATE AE paper.

GATE AE Preparation Tips: Know your syllabus

GATE syllabus of Aerospace Engineering (AE) will help candidates to know about the sections and topics that needs to be prepared for the examination. Along with the topics and sections, candidates will be able to know the important sections that they need to cover. Before we jump to the syllabus, here is the exam pattern for GATE AE Paper:

GATE Paper SectionsGATE Marks Distribution
Subject Questions (Core Subject)70% of the total marks.
Engineering Mathematics15% of the total marks.
General Aptitude (GA)15% of the total marks.

Check GATE Exam Pattern 2019

JEE Main Syllabus AE 

SectionsCore Topics
Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra Calculus
Differential Equations Fourier Series Laplace Transform Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations Numerical integration and differentiation
Flight MechanicsBasics Aeroplane performance Static stability Dynamic stability Euler angles Equations of motion; aerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives; decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics; longitudinal modes; lateral-directional modes
Space DynamicsCentral force motion Determination of trajectory The orbital period in simple cases
Orbit transfer In-plane and out-of-plane
AerodynamicsBasic Fluid Mechanics Airfoils and wings Compressible Flows
Elementary ideas of viscous flows including boundary layers
Wind Tunnel Testing: Measurement and visualization technique
StructuresStrength of Materials Flight vehicle structure Structural Dynamics Vibration of beams Theory of elasticity: Equilibrium and compatibility equations Airy’s stress function
PropulsionBasics Thermodynamics of aircraft engines Axial compressors Axial turbines Centrifugal compressor Rocket propulsion

Checkdetailed GATE AE Syllabus

GATE AE: Aerospace Engineering Preparation Tips

Preparing for GATE is not like preparing for other competitive exams. This national level examination is subject focused paper therefore, candidates should keep in mind that they have to work hard and get hold of each topic if they want to crack GATE.

Aerospace Engineering is really a heavy domain as it deals with both Aeronautics as well as Astronautical engineering. To help candidates do better in their preparation and stay focused, here are a few smart tips.

  • Candidates should be fully aware of the syllabus, some particular topics which are not in the undergraduate syllabus are also present in the syllabus like the vibration of beams.
  • Select the best reference books that cover all the basic topics of the core. Do not try to study each topic from different books. Check GATE Recommended Books
  • Stick to one or two books and prepare it well.
  • In Aerospace engineering, the questions are mainly based on the aircraft performance and dynamics.
  • Topics which are lengthy and tough like Structures, Space Dynamics, Flight Mechanism is to be studied first.
  • A study plan should be made to complete all the topics at least 20 days before the exams.
  • For the beginning, you should give 4 to 5 hours specifically to GATE Preparation.
  • Topics like aircraft turn, pull down, pull up, ascend, flight, gliding, etc. are asked in GATE AE Paper. 
  • Candidates should take a note and complete topics like the strength of materials, mechanical vibrations and aircraft structures in-depth for covering Aircraft structures. It is a very important topic in GATE.
  • The best source is the past year's question papers. These papers will tell you about the important topics as well as the type of questions asked in the examination. Check GATE Previous Year Questions Papers
  • Candidates should solve as many problems as possible so as to have a good practice for GATE exam.
  • Decide small and effective targets on day to day, and weekly basis. Try to complete the targeted topics in time.
  • Revision is essential, revise the subject or topic as many times as possible until you are perfect on that.

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About GATE 2019

IIT Madras has released the official brochure for the exam at The last date to apply online is September 21 at There is no change in the exam pattern of GATE. The only new thing introduced is ‘Statistics’ is added as a new paper. Read more GATE Exam



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