Aligarh Muslim University Entrance Exam (M. Tech)  XEC Materials Science Exam Pattern
Exam Pattern
Aligarh Muslim University M.Tech Entrance Exam Take GATE Exam pattern for all branches that have 3 hours duration.

The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.

In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA).
GATE XEC Materials Science would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).
(ii) Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 (an integer only).
General Aptitude (GA) Questions
In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1mark each (subtotal 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2marks each (subtotal 10 marks).
A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following
1. Section A – Engineering Mathematics
2. GA – General Aptitude
3. Any two of XE sections B to H
XE paper
The choice of two sections from A to G can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (A to G).
Subject 
SECTIONS 
Fluid Mechanics 
A 
Materials Science 
B 
Solid Mechanics 
C 
Thermodynamics 
D 
Polymer Science and Engineering 
E 
Food Technology 
F 
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 
G 
XE Paper
In XE paper, Engineering Mathematics section (Section A) is compulsory. This section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks: 7 questions carrying 1mark each (subtotal 7 marks), and 4 questions carrying 2marks each (subtotal 8 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. Each of the other sections of the XE paper (Sections B through H) contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks: 9 questions carrying 1mark each (subtotal 9 marks) and 13 questions carrying 2marks each (subtotal 26 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.
Paper  General Aptitude (GA) Questions  Subject Marks  Total Marks  Total Time 
XEC Materials Science  15  15+2*35  100  3 hours 
Test Duration 3 hours
Total Marks 15+15+2*35= 100
Total Question 65
Marking System – For 1mark multiplechoice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2mark multiplechoice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.
Syllabus Summary
No. Of Subject  17 

No. Of Unit  24 
No. Of Chapter  115 
 Limit, continuity and partial derivatives
 Directional derivative
 Total derivative
 Tangent Plane and Normal Line
 Maxima, minima and saddle points
 Method of Lagrange Multipliers
 Double and Triple Integrals
 Limit, Continuity and Differentiability
 Mean value theorems
 Indeterminate forms and L'Hospital's rule
 Maxima and minima
 Taylor's theorem
 Fundamental theorem
 Mean ValueTheorems
 Evaluation of definite and improper integrals
 Convergence of Sequence and Series
 Tests for Convergence
 Power series
 Taylor's series
 Fourier Series
 Half range Sine and Cosine Series
 Corrosion
 Oxidation and Prevention
 Numerical computation
 Numerical Estimation
 Numerical Reasoning
 Data Interpretation
 English grammar
 Sentence Completion
 Verbal Analogies
 Word Groups
 Instructions
 Critical Reasoning
 Verbal Deduction
 First Order equations
 Higher Order linear differential equations
 Second Order linear differential equations
 CauchyEuler equation
 Legendre Polynomials
 Bessel Functions
 Algebra of matrices
 Inverse and rank of a matrix
 System of linear equations
 Determinants
 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
 Diagonalisation of Matrices
 CayleyHamilton Theorem
 Axioms of Probability
 Conditional Probability
 Bayes' Theorem
 Discrete and continuous random Variables
 Binomial, Poisson and normal Distributions
 Correlation and Linear Regression
 Method of separation of Variable
 Laplace equation
 Solutions of one dimensional heat and wave Equations
 Crystal Symmetry
 Close Packing in Solids
 Coordination and Radius Ratio Concepts
 Surface Energy and Equilibrium Shapes of Crystals
 Concept of Amorphous, Single Crystals
 Classification of Polymers, Polymerization
 Effect of Environment on Materials
 Xray Diffraction
 Spectroscopic Techniques
 Optical and Electron Microscopy
 Powder Synthesis
 Sintering
 Chemical Methods
 Crystal Growth Techniques
 Zone Refining
 Preparation of Nanoparticles and Thin Films
 Gradient
 Divergence and Curl
 Line and surface integrals
 Green's theorem
 Stokes theorem and Gauss divergence theorem
 Phase Rule, Phase Diagrams
 Lever Rule, Basic Heat Treatment of Metal
 Solidification and Phase Transformations
 Fick’s Laws of Diffusion
 Temperature Dependence of Diffusivity
 Basics of Quantum Mechanics
 Quantum Mechanical Treatment
 Analytical Solid Geometry
 Fourier Series
 Probability and Statistics
 Gauss Elimination and GaussSeidel Methods
 Lagrange and Newton's interpolations
 NewtonRaphson method
 Trapezoidal rule
 Simpson's rule and Gaussian Quadrature Rule
 Euler's method
 4th order RungeKutta method
 Analytic Functions
 CauchyRiemann Equations
 Line Integral
 Cauchy's Integral Theorem
 Taylor's series and Laurent Series
 Residue theorem
 StressStrain Response of Metallic, Ceramic and Polymer Materials
 Tensile Strength and Modulus
 Free Electron Theory
 Fermi energy
 Elements of Band Theory
 Piezo, Ferro, Pyro Electric Materials
 Specific Heat, Thermal Conductivity
 Thermal expansion, Thermoelectricity
 Origin of magnetism
 Paramagnetism, Diamagnetism
 Ferro and Ferrimagnetism
 Refractive Index
 Absorption and Transmission of Electromagnetic Radiation
 Electro Optic and Magneto Optic Materials
 Spontaneous and Stimulated Emission
How to prepare
Preparation Strategy
Make a proper Time Table
It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams. Try to build up an Engineering Entrance Exam Test Prep MCQ Question Bank
Time management
Time management can be learned through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.
Negative marking
Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.
Important Instructions
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