How to Prepare Mechanical Engineering for GATE-2017

How to Prepare Mechanical Engineering for GATE-2017

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How to Prepare Mechanical Engineering for GATE-2017


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The (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) GATE-2017 will be held in the month of February-2017.The Dates of exam though tentative but have already been disclosed in the notification given GATE authority. This time the exam will be organised by Indian Institute of technology IIT-Roorkee. The Exam is conducted all over India for Engineering and Science graduates for entrance to Post graduate courses. Around 1 Furthermore the Public Sector Units (PSUs) also select candidates based on their GATE score. Here we are providing a series of posts dedicated to preparation strategies for various branches.In addition this post is dedicated to Mechanical Branch.

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The GATE Examination – 2017 is conducted in Twenty Three (23) branches and the branch codes as mentioned below- AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL

So in this posts we will discuss important strategies to crack GATE – 2017 from Mechanical Engineering Branch and How to Prepare Mechanical Engineering for GATE-2017 . Furthermore, the Candidates with various correlated branches with mechanical engineering have to appear GATE-2017 from Mechanical Engineering branch only.

First of all, Let us observe the pattern of GATE Examination -2017. There will be total of 65 Questions worth 100 marks which are to be attempted in the Duration of stipulated time of 3 hours.In addition there will also be the provision of negative marking i.e .33 mark for 1 mark questions and .66 mark for 2 marks questions respectively. The Given below is the exam pattern of GATE-2017 for mechanical branch in the Tabular form-

GATE 2017 Exam Pattern for Mechanical Branch

Section                         No. of Question                  Marks per Question                   Total Marks
General Aptitude               15                                                  1                                                15
Mechanical Engineering
&                                              50                                              1 & 2                                            85
Engineering Mathematics

Total                                      65                                                                                                   100

Note– There will also be the Numeric type questions. In such questions a candidate has to fill their responses in the given blank and no options will be provided.Around 25-40 marks allotted for such questions. These questions carry no negative marking.


GATE 2017 Exam Syllabus for Mechanical Branch

In addition let us see the Syllabus confined for How to Prepare Mechanical Engineering for GATE-2017
Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering in How to Prepare Mechanical Engineering for GATE-2017

Engineering Maths

Linear Algebra: Matrix Algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and Eigen vectors.

Calculus: Mean value theorems, Theorems of integral calculus, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial Derivatives, Maxima and minima, Multiple integrals, Fourier series. Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line, Surface and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.

Differential equations: First order equation (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Method of variation of parameters, Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, Initial and boundary value problems, Partial Differential Equations and variable separable method.

Complex variables: Analytic functions, Cauchy’s integral theorem and integral formula, Taylor’s and Laurent’ series, Residue theorem, solution integrals.

Probability and Statistics: Sampling theorems, Conditional probability, Mean, median, mode and standard deviation, Random variables, Discrete and continuous distributions, Poisson, Normal and Binomial distribution, Correlation and regression analysis.

Numerical Methods: Solutions of non-linear algebraic equations, single and multi-step methods for differential equations.

Transform Theory: Fourier transform, Laplace transform, Z-transform.

General Aptitude

Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.

Mechanical Engineering

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

Strength of Materials:
Stress and strain, stress-strain relationship and elastic constants, 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; strain energy methods; thermal stresses.

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

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..

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.

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, Stefan-Boltzmann law, Wien’s displacement law, black and grey surfaces, view factors, radiation network analysis

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

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

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 ty pes 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: its, 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: sic 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.

Its a great step to go through syllabus and it is very important to follow this way. This will give an edge and will help in understanding the idea of which topics to excel and which topics to skip. This gives a support to adopt a selective study to prepare for exam. Here are some strategies to have an edge on preparation and How to Prepare Mechanical Engineering for GATE-2017. Therefore, sticking to these strategies will make preparation smooth and faster.

Strategies to crack GATE-2017

1) First of all go through the detailed syllabus of Mechanical Engineering. Select your subjects accordingly i.e those subjects which carry more weightage are more important for exam. Do analyse what exam wants from you (Mechanical Engineer).

2) Focus more on core subjects. For Mechanical Engineering subjects like Machine design, Thermal engineering Manufacturing science & Engineering are must. These subject carry more than 50% of Weightage of Technical Subjects.

The Priority of Subjects should be –

Mechanical Engineering
Design of Mechanical Equipment or Machine Design
Thermal Engineering
Manufacturing Science & Engineering
Production Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Material Science & management

3) Prepare short and smart notes using Standard textbooks like Dr. U.C. Jindal, Buffa&Sarin etc. or get enrolled in good coaching if self study is not possible

4) The Most important Pillar of Preparation  is “Previous Years Questions” . Do Practice previous year questions as much as possible. This will let you know the level of Questions asked in the GATE examination. Furthermore, it will guide in judging the evolving nature of Exam.

5) Do Make a short List for Various Formulae and keep it handy so that you can revise it periodically.


7) Frequently Practising Mock Test is another Important part of preparation. It acts like a Garnishing agent in the preparation.Do stick to a good test series. This nourishes our exam preparation and readily helps to experience a real time exam mode.

8) Set target of completion of syllabus and keep 1 month for revision of exam. Consistent revision of subjects help in mastering the subjects quickly.

Best of Luck of Exams!!

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