GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Preparation Tips!

Sept. 28, 2017 Gitumoni

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Preparation Tips

GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Preparation Tips - Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE is an all India entrance examination to be conducted by IIT Guwahati on February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018 for admission to 23 M.Tech programmes and PSU recruitments. Among 23 engineering disciplines, Mechanical Engineering has one of the highest numbers of applicants every year. Therefore candidates planning to take admission in IITs/NITs/CFTIs in the ME programme must have a preparation strategy for appearing in GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering paper. In this article, we have compiled preparation methods, strategies for GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering in a brief and understandable manner. Check GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME) preparation tips from the article below.


The application form of GATE is available online from August 31 to October 5, 2017. GATE 2018 will also be conducted online by IIT Guwahati on February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018 in multiple sessions in 199 exam cities and 6 cities abroad.

GATE 2018 Preparation for Mechanical Engineering (ME):

Check below tips to crack GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME) paper:

Know exam pattern: Candidates must follow the exam pattern of GATE 2018 to get an insight about the marking scheme, question pattern, duration, and total no. of questions. The question paper comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. There will be three sections- Engineering Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering (ME) paper (specific subject) and General Aptitude. The question paper will have 65 questions for a total of 100 marks. Candidates will be given three hours to complete the paper.

Each GATE paper consists of a compulsory General Aptitude (GA) section which includes verbal and numerical ability questions. Candidates should attempt all the questions from the sections as questions are mostly easy.

GATE Syllabus 2018 for Mechanical Engineering – After going through pattern of questions candidates should check the syllabus of GATE for ME paper. Most of the topics will be from undergraduate studies such as Calculus, Complex Variables, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods, Probability and Statistics among others. Candidates must segregate each topic and divide the time required for each of them.

Make a timetable – Before starting with the preparation for GATE ME paper, candidates are required to have a plan to follow and the timetable will give a structure to the study plan. While preparing the timetable, make sure, all the subjects are given equal importance. Candidates must divide the timetable in such a way that per day they can cover one topic from each subject. It is important to practice all the topics by November so that they can get sufficient time for revision and taking mock tests.

Books and references - All of the important books and study materials related to the syllabus of Mechanical Engineering should be referred by candidates. By knowing which books to study from, candidates will be able to prepare well for the exam.

GATE important books for Mechanical Engineering

S.No Topics Books
1. Manufacturing Engineering Production Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation by R.K. Jain
2. Strength of Materials Strength of Materials - Gere & Timoshenko
3. Strength of Materials Strength of Materials by Gere and Timoshenko, B C Unamia, Sadhu Singh, Ramamrutham
4. Thermal Science Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag
5. Design of Machine Elements Machine design - V.B. Bhandari
6. Engineering Mechanics Engineering Mechanics by BhavikattiEngineering Mechanics by Beer and JohnstonEngineering Mechanics by R K Rajput
7. Fluid Mechanics Fluid Mechanics by R K BansalFluid & Hydraulics- Modi and Seth
8. Heat Transfer Heat and Mass Transfer by J P Hollman and R C SachdevaHeat Transfer by Cengel and Holman
9. Vibrations Mechanical Vibration by Grover
10. Thermo Dynamics Engineering Thermodynamics by P K Nag and RajputThermodynamics by Cengel
11. Theory of Machines Theory of machines by Ratan
12. Industrial Engineering Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa and Sarin

Candidates can seek guidance from GATE qualified candidates and professors of IITs and NITs for GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME) preparation tips.

Take mock tests -  GATE 2018 will be conducted in the online mode, therefore to be familiar with the online test process candidates should regularly take mock tests. By taking mock tests of GATE 2018 candidates will be able to eliminate their shortcomings and figure out weak points and work on them accordingly.

Practice from sample papers - The sample papers for GATE are a very good resource. Solving previous year's  question paper candidates can know the types of questions that will be asked and practise them accordingly. Sample papers gives an idea about which topics have more coverage than the others.

To download GATE 2018 sample papers – click here

Make notes and charts for formulas – Make notes for important formulas while covering the syllabus. Candidates are advised to make charts for all the important formulas and paste in front of their study table. This can come in handy when candidates are doing their revision for the exam.

Test yourself at every step – As GATE is an analytical exam candidate can do well only if they understand the basic concepts properly. Candidates can use the exercises at the end of each chapter to test themselves how much they have assimilated and understood topics and sub-topics.

Stay focused and keep your calm- A positive attitude is one of the keys to perform better, so be optimistic. Do not let the negative aura ruin your months of dedicated preparation. Every morning spare few minutes for meditation or exercises. This works as a great stress buster.

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