GATEME:Mechanical Engineering Exam Pattern
Exam Pattern
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) ME: Mechanical Engineering has 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).
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) ME: Mechanical Engineering would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
 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).
 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).
Paper  General Aptitude (GA) Questions  Subject Marks  Total Marks  Total Time 
ME: Mechanical Engineering  15  85  100  3 hours 
Test duration 3 hours
Total Marks 15+85= 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  5 

No. Of Unit  25 
No. Of Chapter  131 
 Stress and strain
 Poisson's ratio
 Mohr’s circle for plane stress and plane strain
 Thin cylinders
 Shear force and bending moment
 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
 Design for static and dynamic loading
 Failure theories
 Fatigue strength and the SN diagram
 Rolling and sliding contact bearings, brakes and clutches
 Displacement, velocity and acceleration analysis
 Dynamic analysis of linkages
 Flywheels and governors
 Balancing of reciprocating and rotating masses
 Gyroscope
 Free and forced vibration
 Effect of damping
 Resonance
 Critical speeds of shafts
 Freebody diagrams and equilibrium
 Trusses and frames
 Virtual work
 Kinematics and dynamics of particles and of rigid bodies
 Impulse and momentum
 Energy formulations, Collisions
 Basic concepts of CAD/CAM
 Integration tools
 Deterministic model
 Safety stock inventory control systems
 Limits, fits and tolerances
 Linear and angular Measurements
 Interferometry
 Alignment and testing methods
 Tolerance analysis
 Forecasting models
 Aggregate production planning, scheduling
 Mechanics of machining
 Basic machine Tools
 Single and multipoint cutting tools
 Economics of machining
 Principles of nontraditional machining processes
 Different types of castings
 Solidification and cooling
 Plastic deformation and yield criteria
 Load estimation for bulk and sheet
 Principles of powder Metallurgy
 Structure and properties of engineering materials
 Phase Diagrams
 Stressstrain diagrams for engineering materials
 Linear programming, simplex method
 Network flow models
 Simple queuing models
 Functions of single variable
 Limits, continuity and differentiability
 Mean value theorem
 Chain rule
 Partial Derivatives
 Maxima and Minima
 Gradient
 Divergence and curl
 Directional derivatives
 Integration
 Theorems Of Stokes
 Gauss And Green
 Fourier Series
 First order linear and nonlinear differential equations
 Higher Order Linear Odes
 Partial differential equations
 Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations
 Numerical integration and differentiation
 Laplace transforms
 Matrix Algebra
 Systems of Linear Equations
 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
 Numerical solutions of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations
 Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule
 Single And MultiStep Methods For Differential Equations
 Conditional probability
 Mean, median, mode and standard deviation
 Random Variables
 Definitions of probability
 Binomial, Poisson and normal distributions
 Taylor Series, Laurent Series
 Analytic functions
 CauchyRiemann equations
 Cauchy’s integral theorem and integral formula
 Thermodynamic systems and processes
 Properties of pure Substances
 Zeroth and first laws of Thermodynamics
 Second law of Thermodynamics
 Thermodynamic property charts and tables
 Thermodynamic relations
 Modes of heat transfer
 One dimensional heat conduction, resistance concept
 Unsteady heat conduction
 Heisler's charts
 Effect of turbulence
 Heat Exchanger performance
 LMTD and NTU method
 Stefan Boltzmann law
 Wien's displacement law, black and grey surfaces
 Fluid properties
 Fluid statics, manometry, buoyancy
 Controlvolume analysis
 Differential Equations of continuity and momentum
 Bernoulli’s equation
 Dimensional analysis
 Viscous flow of incompressible fluids
 Elementary turbulent flow
 Air and gas compressors
 I.C. Engines
 Refrigeration and airconditioning
 Turbomachinery
 Peltonwheel, Francis and Kaplan turbines
 Numerical computation
 Numerical Estimation
 Numerical Reasoning
 Data Interpretation
 English grammar
 Sentence Completion
 Verbal Analogies
 Word Groups
 Instructions
 Critical Reasoning
 Verbal Deduction
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.
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 learnt 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
Filling in Application Online 1. GOAPS: GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS website) has the web address http://appsgate.iisc.ernet.in It can also be accessed from the website of the respective Zonal GATE Offices or from the website of the GATE 2016 Organizing Institute. 2. Registration: A candidate must first register by providing a valid email address, mobile number and a GOAPS password. All communications from the GATE Offices will be sent to this email address (ONLY ONE PERSON CAN REGISTER WITH ONE email ADDRESS). Give your personal mobile number because most of the communications may also be sent via SMS. GOAPS Password: The candidate chooses a password during Enrollment at GOAPS. This password must be remembered along with the GOAPS Enrolment ID to login to GOAPS. It is strongly encouraged to choose a password that cannot be guessed easily (it should not be the candidate’s name, date of birth, or some easily guessable string of numbers or letters like 12345 or abcd). 3. GOAPS Enrollment ID: Upon registration, an email containing the GOAPS Enrolment ID will be sent to the candidate. 4. Data Requirement for Application Filling: The following data will be required while filling the form at GOAPS. a) Personal information (name, date of birth, your personal mobile number, parents’ name, parents’ mobile number, etc.). b) Address for Communication (including PIN code), c) Eligibility degree details 13 d) College address, PIN code of college, e) GATE paper, choice of GATE examination cities, f) High quality image of your photograph conforming to the requirements specified in along with what type of photograph is accepted . g) Good quality image of your signature conforming to the requirements specified in h) Scanned copy of Degree Certificate or Certificate from Principal/HODs in pdf format. i) Scanned copy of Category/PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format. j) Details of a valid ID Proof that you will carry to the examination hall. k) Your netbanking details. 5. Application Filling: The GOAPS allows you to enter data, “Save” partially filled form, “Logout”, and resume filling in by logging in again. The GOAPS portal is selfexplanatory and userfriendly. Online help about using GOAPS is also available. 6. Before you make the payment, you will be shown a “Preview” of your application, where you have to carefully check for any errors. 7. Once you press “Confirm and Final Submit” button, no further changes to the application can be made by you. 8. For online payment follow the instructions given in Section for payment options. 9. Problems in Login into GOAPS –In case of forgotten user ID or password, follow instructions on the GOPAS portal to retrieve them.