GATE Preparation Tips For Mechanical Engineering

Aug 25, 2021

GATE Mechanical Engineering Preparation Tips

GATE, as they say, is not just an exam but a pathway to open doors of aspirations, success into a world of endless future possibilities leading to PSUs and higher studies from premier institutes like IITs, NITs, etc but also to premier institutes worldwide like NUS, NTU Singapore and German Universities. GATE is conducted every year for multiple engineering streams like CS, EC, ME, EE, CE etc, hence effective GATE preparation plays an important role in getting the desired score. 

Mechanical Engineering is one of the most popular streams where students opt for this paper, as the mechanical branch through GATE opens the gateway to some elite PSUs like Indian Oil, ONGC, NTPC, DRDO, HPCL, BPCL etc. 

More than 25 PSUs offer jobs to Mechanical Engineers through GATE. A great score lands students and aspirants into these successful companies, however, to avail such great opportunities one must secure top rank and highest of marks as just a cut-off won’t land them into such companies which offer lucrative packages. 

This article will acquaint you with simple yet effective tips to prepare for Mechanical Engineering paper with ease. But before that, let’s have a quick look at the ME exam pattern and syllabus.

ME Exam Pattern

Exam Duration3 hours (180 minutes)
Number of Questions65 Questions
Total Marks100 Marks
Type of QuestionsThere will be three types of question
1. Choice Questions (MCQ)
2. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
3. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
Number of sectionsThree sections:
1. General Aptitude
2. Engineering Mathematics
3. Core Subject (ME)
Marking SchemeQuestion Carry 1 and 2 marks.
For an incorrect answer in MCQ, there will be Negative Marking.
For 1 mark MCQ, 1/3 will be deducted.
For 2 marks MCQ 2/3 will be deducted.
There is no negative marking for MSQ and NAT.

Also read: Preparation Strategy for GATE 2022

ME Syllabus

Engineering Mathematics Linear Algebra
Differential Equations,
Complex Variables
Probability and Statistics,
Numerical Methods
Applied Mechanics and Design Engineering Mechanics
Machine Design
Theory of Machines
Mechanics of Materials
Fluid Mechanics & Thermal SciencesFluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer
Materials, Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering Machining and Machine Tool Operations
Casting, Forming and Joining Process
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Engineering Materials
Inventory Control
Metrology and Inspection
Operations Research
Production Planning and Control

Pro Tips to Prepare for GATE ME

Now when you are aware of the exam pattern and syllabus, let’s dive straight into tips to prepare for GATE ME:

# Understand the Exam Pattern and Syllabus

To secure a single or a two-digit rank in the exam, candidates must know about the exam pattern and syllabus of ME GATE in detail like the number of sections, mode of exam, type of questions, etc.

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# Basic Understanding of Theories

Mechanical Engineering has a lot of theories. Candidates must have a basic understanding of the theories behind all the important concepts and topics of the GATE ME syllabus.

# Solve Previous Year Questions

Solving previous year questions is the best way to get familiar with the type of questions asked in the exam. They also help you understand the difficulty level of the questions and the exam pattern.

# Practice Mock Tests

Always analyze and give your preparation a reality check by solving Mock Test papers. They not only help you to identify your weak areas but also help you in time management.

# Revise Regularly

To retain information for a longer period, revise regularly. Since the GATE ME syllabus is vast and technical, it is recommended to revise regularly whatever you study. When revising, do solve conventional type questions for a better understanding of a particular subject

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Raminder Singh

Raminder is a Content Manager at PrepLadder. He has worked in several aspects of the education industry throughout his career and has assisted numerous candidates in cracking major competitive exams.


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