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GATE ME: Preparation Tips & Tricks for Engineering Mechanics

Last Updated - August 31, 2018

Engineering Mechanics is one of the most diverse subjects in Mechanical Engineering. It deals with the theories of machines, designing mechanics and energy formulations. It consists of wide-ranging topics of free- body diagrams, kinematics and dynamics of particles etc. Candidates aspiring to appear for GATE Engineering mechanic must start appearing as only a few months is left.

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GATE is a national level entrance test conducted every year. GATE 2019 will be held for February 02, 03, 09 and 10, 2019 for 23 subjects. It is of 100 marks and duration is 3 hours. GATE question paper has 65 questions.

To score good marks in the exam is important to know a few tricks to solve the questions that would even save time for the technical subject. By using some tricks and practices which can significantly improve your chances of scoring high on a test. This article will help you in studying, analyzing and solving exam questions. Here you go!


How to prepare for Engineering Mechanics in GATE Mechanical Engineering?

Candidates need to give special attention on resolving forces, equilibrium, truss & equilibrium. To effectively learn Mechanics for GATE, candidate needs to have a good idea of the basics mechanics.

  • They need to just brush up the concepts that learnt during 11th standard physics.
  • Candidate must go through the entire syllabus for each section before starting any topic.
  • They must have clear preparation strategy on what to study or not.

Here, candidates can go through following table to analyze the important topics. It indicates the pattern of question in GATE ME papers from the 2007 to 2016.

Analysis of GATE ME Paper pattern for Engineering Mechanics
YearNo. of questionsTotal MarksTopics
2016 SET 1

1 Mark -2

2 Marks -2

6

Free body diagram

Dynamics

Kinematics

2016 SET 2

1 Mark -1

2 Marks -2

3

Free body diagram

Dynamics

Kinematics

2016 SET 3

1 Mark -1

2 Marks -3

7

Free body diagram

Dynamics

Kinematics

2015 SET 1

1 Mark -3

2 Marks -3

9

Statics

Dynamics

2015 SET 2

1 Mark -1

2 Marks -2

5

Statics

Dynamics

2015 SET 3

1 Mark -2

2 Marks -1

4

Statics

Dynamics

2014 SET 1

1 Mark -2

2 Marks -2

6

Calculus

Statics

Dynamics

2014 SET 2

1 Mark -2

2 Marks -2

6

Calculus

Statics

Dynamics

2014 SET 3

1 Mark -1

2 Marks -1

3

Statics

Dynamics

2014 SET 4

1 Mark -1

2 Marks -3

7Statics
2013

1 Mark -1

2 Marks -1

3Dynamics
2012

1 Mark -2

2 Marks -0

2

Kinematics & Dynamics

of particles

Rigid bodies in plane

2011

1 Mark -1

2 Marks -2

5

Kinematics & Dynamics

of particles

Rigid bodies in plane

FBD & Equilibrium

2010

1 Mark -2

2 Marks -1

4

Kinematics & Dynamics

of particles

Rigid bodies in plane

FBD & Equilibrium

2009

1 Mark -1

2 Marks -2

5

Friction

Complex Variables

Work & Energy

methods

2008

1 Mark -2

2 Marks -2

6

Kinematics & Dynamics

of particles

Rigid bodies in plane

Trusses & Frames

2007

1 Mark -1

2 Marks -1

3

Kinematics & Dynamics

of particles

Friction

Check HereGATE Paper analysis


Important Topics for Engineering Mechanics

Candidates need not to prepare by blindly following the syllabus from various reference books. They need to prepare a proper exam strategy that will help to utilize time and efforts efficiently. It is time to shed some light on the preparation tips required to prepare for engineering mechanics in a better way. For Engineering Mechanics, candidate need to start with the important topics which are given below:

GATE Preparation Tips

Preparation Tips for Engineering Mechanics

GATE is one of the toughest exams of the country. In order to excel in the field of mechanical engineering, candidates need a positive and thoughtful approach. To Prepare for Engineering Mechanics for GATE ME, aspirants need to incorporate these tips and tricks daily to yield the best result.

  • Analyze the important topics

One of the best preparation tip is analyzing the important topics. Rather than overburdening with unnecessary topics, need to focus on the important ones. For engineering mechanics, start with the important topics first which are mentioned above. Later on, if you get spare time, focus on the rest of the topics.

  • Allocate realistic time to topics

With a few months’ time left, you need to cover all the subjects of GATE ME paper. So, it is best advised that you must allocate time for each topic individually and formulate a study plan around it. Given the vastness of the syllabus, it is important for you to perform this exercise. Create a priority list and cover the first 3-4 topics first.

  • Practice previous year papers

Candidates have to be familiar with the exam pattern for GATE mechanical engineering and its respective topics. For that, start with getting hold of previous year’s GATE question papers. Solving the previous years’ papers religiously helps to develop an understanding of the pattern of questions. Candidate also get the chance of analyzing the weightage of marks needed to prepare for Engineering Mechanics. Therefore, this exercise will most definitely help in all the aspects of preparation.

  • Read, practice & Revise

Firstly, make a time table and follow it religiously. Due to time constraint, many candidates are not able to attempt all the questions. So, the more you practice questions from Mock Tests or Questions banks better will be the outcome. They can refer to various books to prepare for strength of materials topic.

  • Finish preparation well in advance

Make sure to make a time table that allow to finish preparation well in advance. Most of all, dedicate your last month for previous years’ questions and mock tests. During the last month solve as many questions as possible and maintain your speed.


Its challenging to find out the correct books for Engineering Mechanics for GATE ME. Candidates can go through following table for recommended books:

Engineering Mechanics BooksAuthor’s nameISBN No.
Text Book on Engineering MechanicsJindal U G9789381069127
Engineering Mechanics 4th editionS.S. Bhavikatti9788122433739
An Introduction to MechanicsDavid Kleppner9780070647787
Engineering MechanicsJ. L. Meriam, L.G. Kraige9788126527632
Engineering Mechanics of solidsEgor P Popov9788120321076

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