GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

    Megha Rohilla Megha Rohilla
    University Data Specialist

    GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering Paper was concluded in 2 sessions on Feb 1, 2020. IIT Delhi has released GATE 2020 Answer Keys at GOAPS portal. The response keys are also available at the official website and candidates can access them by logging in with their valid IDs and Passwords. Candidates can also raise objections against the answer keys from Feb 19 to 21, 2020 by making a payment of INR 500. 

    Both the sessions in  GATE 2020  had a different density in terms of the difficulty level. As per the students, the forenoon session difficulty level was easy to moderate. Whereas, the afternoon session had considerable difficult questions. Candidates can also check their rank  Using GATE Rank Predictor.

    The governing body will release GATE 2020 Result on March 16. The results will be released in the form of scores. As the exam is conducted in multiple sessions, normalization procedure will be followed to evaluate and publish the final scores. Candidates qualifying the exam will have a choice to go for a Masters degree or can apply to the topmost PSUs offering post like Engineer Trainee in various departments. 

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    ME Answer Key 2020

    GATE 2020 Answer Key

    Candidates can download the answer keys for both forenoon and afternoon sessions from the links provided below. With the help of answer keys, you can get an idea about the number of correct or incorrect attempts.

    GATE 2020 Official Answer Key:

    YearMechanical Engineering

    Question Paper Slot 1

    Question Paper Slot 2

    Answer Key Slot 1

    Answer Key Slot 2

    Previous Year Answer Key

    YearMechanical Engineering
    2019Question Paper (ME01)Answer Key (ME01)
    Question Paper (ME02)Answer Key (ME02)
    2018Question Paper (ME01)Answer Key (ME01)

    Question Paper (ME02)

    Answer Key (ME02)

    How to Check GATE 2020 ME Answer Key?

    1. Visit the official website of GATE i.e.
    2. Enter the required credentials i.e. Enrollment ID, Registration Number and Date of Birth
    3. GATE ME Answer key will be displayed on your screen.
    4. Check and download it for future reference.

    How to challenge GATE Answer Key?

    1. Log into GATE Online Application Processing System.
    2. Go through the guidelines given carefully.
    3. Agree by checking on the declaration. 
    4. Click on the “Contest Answer Key" tab to be able to pay and mail objections related to the answer.
    5. INR 500 has to be paid via online portal provided for every question. NRI candidates of GATE will have to pay the US $10 per question being challenged.
    6. It is important to use the correct question number given in the question paper to challenge.
    7. Attach a justified proof for challenging the answer key.

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    GATE ME 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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    ME Paper Analysis 2020

    GATE 2020 Paper Analysis

    GATE ME Forenoon Session

    • Timings: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
    • Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • General Aptitude Section was easy.
    • Maths section was tough in comparison to last year.
    • Conceptual questions from Design Topics
    • 10 Marks questions were asked from Fluid Mechanics
    • 20+ questions from Numerical Ability. These questions were time taking and lengthy.
    • 2 questions from Vibration Section were tricky
    • 2 or 1 questions from Trusses, Metrology, Forming, Sheet Metal, Convention, Radiation, Heat Exchanger and LMTD.

    GATE ME Afternoon Session

    • Timings: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
    • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
    • Candidates found General Aptitude Section to be very easy.
    • Questions from Thermal section were very easy.
    • Questions from SOM and Production were very difficult and time-consuming.
    • 25+ questions from NAT
    • 16 Marks questions from Manufacturing
    • 12 Marks questions from Thermodynamics
    • Fewer questions from TOM in comparison to last year.

    GATE Previous Year Mechanical Engineering (ME) Paper Analysis

    This year, the mechanical engineering paper was conducted in two sessions viz.

    Session 1 (Forenoon): 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

    As per the students, the General Aptitude section had easy and direct questions. On the technical side, the Math section had about 8 questions (4Qs were of 1 mark and 4Qs. were of 2 marks) and about 47 questions were from ME branch.

    There were about 26 questions in NAT section. 10 questions were of 1 mark and 16 questions of 2 marks. They were a bit lengthy and evaluated the candidate’s concepts.

    Tabulated below is the section-wise important topics asked in GATE ME paper:

    SubjectTopicsQues. (1mark | 2marks)Total Marks
    General AptitudeEnglish + Reasoning10 (5 | 5)15
    Engg. MathIntegration, Limits, Eigenvalues, Trapezoidal Method8 (4 | 4)12
    ManufacturingNon-Conventional, Defects of casting, orthogonal turning, Slab milling, Clearance Fit8 (2 | 6)14
    Theory of Machine & VibrationVibrations, Cam follower, Gyroscope, Angular Velocity6 (3 | 3)9
    Strength of MaterialsThermal Stress, Stress & Starin, Twisting moment6 (2 | 4)10
    Fluid MechanicsKinematics, Viscosity btw. layers, total acceleration3 (2 | 1)4
    Thermodynamics & ApplicationsEntropy, Ideal gas, VCRs, Brayton cycle, Rankine with regeneration7 (3 | 4)11
    Industrial EngineeringWeightage moving average, forecast, assignment4 (2 | 2)6
    Head TransferConvection (Nusselt no.), Conduction with heat generation4 (2 | 2)6
    Machine DesignGrar, Breaks, Fluctuating Stress, Factor of Safety5 (3 | 2)7
    Engineering MechanicsPosition Vector, Friction Force, Truss, FBD4 (2 | 2)6
    • GATE ME Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
    • No. of Questions: 64 {10 (General Aptitude | 8 (Math) | 47 (ME)}

    The cut off is expected to fall in the range of 31- 33*. (*May change post session 2), based on the morning session. Check GATE Cut off

    Session 2 (Afternoon): 2:30 pm – 5: 30 pm

    As per the students, the General Aptitude section had some difficult questions. On the technical side, the Math section had about 8 questions and about 32 questions were from ME branch. There were about 32 questions in NAT section. 6 questions more than the morning session. As there were more questions in this section, managing the time became a task for the aspirants.

    Tabulated below is the section-wise important topics asked in GATE ME paper:

    General Aptitude10
    Engineering Math8
    Theory of Machine & Vibration7
    Strength of Materials7
    Fluid Mechanics6
    Thermodynamics & Applications5 – 7
    Industrial Engineering2 – 4
    Heat Transfer2
    Machine Design 2 – 3
    Engineering Mechanics1
    • GATE ME Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult and tricky as well
    • No. of Questions: 64

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    GATE Paper Analysis

    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%

    ME Cut Off 2020

    GATE 2020 Cutoff & Qualifying Marks for ME

    GATE Cut off is the minimum score required for admissions to the M.Tech programme in Mechanical Engineering. The merit list will be prepared for counselling and admission process on the basis of cutoff marks.


    Check Expected Cut off for Mechanical Engineering



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