GATE Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME)

GATE Syllabus 2020: Mechanical

GATE 2020 Examination will begin from 01/02/2020 conducted by IIT Delhi and Candidates preparing for GATE ME 2020 can check the Exam Pattern, GATE ME Syllabus & Marking Scheme of the Examination. Candidates who are preparing for GATE ME have to understand the GATE ME Syllabus before starting the Preparation. GATE Syllabus gives better understanding of the Important Topics and Level of Examination. Generally all the questions will be from the Syllabus provided by the GATE Officials. Candidates can also give previous Year & Practice Mock test for preparation by doing so they will came to know about the Exam Pattern & Difficulty Level of the Examination.

This article consist of GATE Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering to help the candidates in Preparing for the Examination. We have listed down the Sections for GATE ME 2020 as per the information provided by the GATE Officials and Exam Pattern.

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Exam Pattern for GATE Mechanical 2020:

The paper will have two types of Questions MCQ’s & NAT, duration of the Examination will be 03 Hours. GA & Maths consist of 30% of the weightage & rest 70% will be Mechanical Engineering Based. Refer the table below to have an Idea of Exam pattern for GATE ME:

Exam Mode Online
Number of Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Type of Questions MCQs and NAT
Number of Sections 3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Subject Specification Section)
Sectional Time-Limit No
  • There is no provision of negative marking in NAT questions.
  • MCQs carrying 1 marks each, 1/3 marks would be deducted as a penalty of marking the wrong answer.
  • For questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks would be deducted for marking an incorrect answer.

GATE General Aptitude Syllabus:

GATE General Aptitude Syllabus consist of Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability. General Aptitude Section is same for all the GATE 2020 Examination. There will be a Total of 10 Questions of 1 & 2 Marks. The Verbal Ability consist of English Grammer, Vocabulary & Sentence Completion. Numerical Ability consist of Numerical Computation & Data Interpretation.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Syllabus:

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics
Linear Algebra: Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigen vectors.
Calculus: Functions of single variable, limit, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorems, indeterminate forms; evaluation of definite and improper integrals; double and triple integrals; partial derivatives, total derivative, Taylor series (in one and two variables), maxima and minima, Fourier series; gradient, divergence and curl, vector identities, directional derivatives, line, surface and volume integrals, applications of Gauss, Stokes and Green’s theorems.
Differential equations: First order equations (linear and nonlinear); higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients; Euler-Cauchy equation; initial and boundary value problems; Laplace transforms; solutions of heat, wave and Laplace’s equations.
Complex variables: Analytic functions; Cauchy-Riemann equations; Cauchy’s integral theorem and integral formula; Taylor and Laurent series.
Probability and Statistics: Definitions of probability, sampling theorems, conditional
probability; mean, median, mode and standard deviation; random variables, binomial, Poisson and normal distributions.
Numerical Methods: Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rules; single and multi-step methods for differential equations.

Section 2: Applied Mechanics and Design
Engineering Mechanics: Free-body diagrams and equilibrium; trusses and frames; virtual work; kinematics and dynamics of particles and of rigid bodies in plane motion; impulse and momentum (linear and angular) and energy formulations, collisions.
Mechanics of Materials: Stress and strain, elastic constants, Poisson’s ratio; Mohr’s circle for plane stress and plane strain; thin cylinders; shear force and bending moment diagrams; bending and shear stresses; deflection of beams; torsion of circular shafts; Euler’s theory of columns; energy methods; thermal stresses; strain gauges and rosettes; testing of materials with universal testing machine; testing of hardness and impact strength.
Theory of Machines: Displacement, velocity and acceleration analysis of plane mechanisms dynamic analysis of linkages; cams; gears and gear trains; flywheels and governors; balancing of reciprocating and rotating masses; gyroscope.
Vibrations: Free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, effect of damping; vibration isolation; resonance; critical speeds of shafts.
Machine Design: Design for static and dynamic loading; failure theories; fatigue
strength and the S-N diagram; principles of the design of machine elements such as
bolted, riveted and welded joints; shafts, gears, rolling and sliding contact bearings,
brakes and clutches, springs.

Section 3: Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences
Fluid Mechanics: Fluid properties; fluid statics, manometry, buoyancy, forces on submerged bodies, stability of floating bodies; control-volume analysis of mass, momentum and energy; fluid acceleration; differential equations of continuity and momentum; Bernoulli’s equation; dimensional analysis; viscous flow of incompressible fluids, boundary layer, elementary turbulent flow, flow through pipes, head losses in pipes, bends and fittings.
Heat-Transfer: Modes of heat transfer; one dimensional heat conduction, resistance concept and electrical analogy, heat transfer through fins; unsteady heat conduction, lumped parameter system, Heisler’s charts; thermal boundary layer, dimensionless parameters in free and forced convective heat transfer, heat transfer correlations for flow over flat plates and through pipes, effect of turbulence; heat exchanger performance, LMTD and NTU methods; radiative heat transfer, StefanBoltzmann law, Wien’s displacement law, black and grey surfaces, view factors, radiation network analysis.
Thermodynamics: Thermodynamic systems and processes; properties of pure substances, behaviour of ideal and real gases; zeroth and first laws of  thermodynamics, calculation of work and heat in various processes; second law of thermodynamics; thermodynamic property charts and tables, availability and irreversibility; thermodynamic relations.
Applications: Power Engineering: Air and gas compressors; vapour and gas power cycles, concepts of regeneration and reheat. I.C. Engines: Air-standard Otto, Diesel and dual cycles. Refrigeration and air-conditioning: Vapour and gas refrigeration and heat pump cycles; properties of moist air, psychrometric chart, basic psychrometric processes. Turbomachinery: Impulse and reaction principles, velocity diagrams, Pelton-wheel, Francis and Kaplan turbines.

Section 4: Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Engineering Materials: Structure and properties of engineering materials, phase diagrams, heat treatment, stress-strain diagrams for engineering materials.
Casting, Forming and Joining Processes: Different types of castings, design of patterns, moulds and cores; solidification and cooling; riser and gating design. Plastic deformation and yield criteria; fundamentals of hot and cold working processes; load estimation for bulk (forging, rolling, extrusion, drawing) and sheet (shearing, deep drawing, bending) metal forming processes; principles of powder metallurgy. Principles of welding, brazing, soldering and adhesive bonding.
Machining and Machine Tool Operations: Mechanics of machining; basic machine tools; single and multi-point cutting tools, tool geometry and materials, tool life and wear; economics of machining; principles of non-traditional machining processes; principles of work holding, design of jigs and fixtures.
Metrology and Inspection: Limits, fits and tolerances; linear and angular measurements; comparators; gauge design; interferometry; form and finish measurement; alignment and testing methods; tolerance analysis in manufacturing and assembly.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing: Basic concepts of CAD/CAM and their integration tools.
Production Planning and Control: Forecasting models, aggregate production planning, scheduling, materials requirement planning.
Inventory Control: Deterministic models; safety stock inventory control systems.
Operations Research: Linear programming, simplex method, transportation, assignment, network flow models, simple queuing models, PERT and CPM.

Reference Books for GATE Mechanical 2020:

Refer the Books below for the Preparation of GATE ME 2020:

Topic

Book Name Author
Thermal Science   Engineering Thermodynamics P.K. Nag
Fluid Mechanics Introduction to Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines S. K. Som
Theory of Machines & Vibration Theory of Machines S S Rattan
Strength of Materials Strength of Materials Dr. B.C. Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Kumar Jain
Manufacturing Production Technology R.K. Jain
Heat Transfer Fundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer R.C. Sachdeva
Engineering Mechanics & Engineering Material Materials Science And Engineering I P Singh
Engineering Mechanics S. Timoshenko, D.H. Young, J.V. Rao, Sukumar Pati
Machine Design Design of Machine Elements V Bhandari
Industrial Engineering Industrial Engineering and Management O. P. Khanna
Engineering Mathematics Higher Engineering Mathematics B. S. Grewal
Aptitude A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (Edition: Revised) R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal

For Preparation the Syllabus should be divided into three Categories:

Grade A – Thermodynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics and machineries, production & manufacturing Science, mathematics.

Grade B – Operations research, industrial engineering, Heat and mass transfer, theory of machines, machine design.

Grade C – Metrology, Material science, RAC, IC Engine, Engineering mechanics.

By going through the exam pattern & GATE ME Syllabus, a candidate will get an estimate about the exam difficulty level and how to prepare for the GATE ME Examination. A well prepared exam comprises thorough knowledge of the syllabus, previous year papers and/or mock papers. Candidates can consult the adda247 website for study material related to question papers/mock papers.

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