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GATE 2017 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus

Last Updated - January 04, 2017

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest branch and its history goes way long back to the inception of Engineering.


Rated as the one of the best branch to pursue higher studies in, the stream is the first option for most of the engineering interested candidates and their guardians as well. Unarguably the elite, Mechanical Engineering deals with the complexities and intricacies of automobile, power sector, manufacturing science and other construction related fields. Simply put, Mechanical is required almost everywhere- whether a tool needs to be manufactured, an automobile needs to be modified or a building or a heavy machinery needs to be built.

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GATE 2017 provides the candidates an opportunity to gain proficiency from the best that we have in country-The Indian Institutes Of Technology, National Institutes Of Technology, Indian School Of Mines- Dhanbad and other outstanding Self-Financed Institutions.Scheduled to be conducted in the month of February 2017, GATE 2017 released syllabus for all the qualifying degree exams along with the notification of GATE 2017. We are providing you GATE 2016 Mechanical Engineering Syllabus with best wishes for the upcoming exams.

GATE 2017 Exam Pattern

The Test will be conducted digitally in form of computer based test for all the 23 papers. The total questions will be divided into three sections viz. General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics And the Qualifying Degree Section i.e Mechanical Engineering. Candidates will also find some Numerical Answer Type(NAT) questions in which candidates will be required to enter Numerical Value.

The Test will comprise 65 questions collectively worth 100 Marks. Marks will be deducted for wrong responses and the marks according to the question type will be awarded for the right answer.

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GATE 2017 Engineering Mathematics Syllabus

Section comprising of arithmetical questions, Engineering mathematics’ main aim is to test the applicant’s ability to understand complex concepts of mathematics involved in Engineering with ease and their application into problems.

Linear AlgebraMatrix algebra, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
CalculusFunctions of single variable, limit, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorems, indeterminate forms; evaluation of definite and improper integrals; double and triple integrals; partial derivatives, total derivative, Taylor series (in one and two variables), maxima and minima, Fourier series; gradient, divergence and curl, vector identities, directional derivatives, line, surface and volume integrals, applications of Gauss, Stokes and Green’s theorems.
Differential equationsFirst order equations (linear and nonlinear); higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients; Euler-Cauchy equation; initial and boundary value problems; Laplace transforms; solutions of heat, wave and Laplace's equations.
Complex variablesAnalytic functions; Cauchy-Riemann equations; Cauchy’s integral theorem and integral formula; Taylor and Laurent series. Probability and Statistics: Definitions of probability, sampling theorems, conditional probability; mean, median, mode and standard deviation; random variables, binomial, Poisson and normal distributions.
Numerical MethodsNumerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rules; single and multi-step methods for differential equations.Applied Mechanics & Design

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The Branch deals with the application of concepts of mechanics into complex situations. Closely looked, the branch explores the response of bodies or system of bodies under action of external forces. Let’s look at the Applied Mechanics & Design.

Engineering MechanicsFree-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 MaterialsStress 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.
Theory of MachinesDisplacement, 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.
VibrationsFree and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, effect of damping; vibration isolation; resonance; critical speeds of shafts.
Machine DesignDesign 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.

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Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

Archimedes’ observed deviation in the mechanics of fluid and forces acting on them long before the term ‘engineering’ was coined. Following the footsteps of Archimedes- Leonardo Da Vinci, Issac Newton and Blaise Pascal paved the way for Fluid Mechanics with their groundbreaking inventions and indisputable Theories. Excel in these subsections to score well in GATE 2017.

Fluid MechanicsFluid 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.
Heat TransferModes 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.
ThermodynamicsThermodynamic 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.
ApplicationsPower 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
TurbomachineryImpulse and reaction principles, velocity diagrams, Pelton-wheel, Francis and Kaplan turbines.

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Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

Considered the nerve of Mechanical Engineering, Material Science deals with the discovery and design of new elements, with an emphasis over solids. Manufacturing Engineering deals with intricacies of manufacturing processes and other consideration involved in it.

Industrial Engineering deals with work culture of Industries and mechanical processes involved in with a clear depiction of Managing roles needed.

Engineering MaterialsStructure and properties of engineering materials, phase diagrams, heat treatment, stress-strain diagrams for engineering materials.
Casting, Forming and Joining ProcessesDifferent types 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 InspectionLimits, 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

Basic 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.

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GATE 2017 Post Exam Activities

To clear GATE 2017 exam is indeed one of the herculean task for the candidates. But that’s what makes the out-turn sweet as well. The Result sure comes with deluge of emotions, and that’s inevitable.  

Post Exam, the GATE Result will be announced on March 27, 2017. The successful candidates will be intimated about the Counselling and Seat Allotment Process will be scheduled according to the Merit List. The information will be provided at the GATE 2017 Official website.

Syllabus Of Other Papers

Aerospace EngineeringAEEngineering SciencesXE
Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
Electrical EngineeringEEBiotechnologyBT
Instrumentation EngineeringIN  




I m expecting 52 in gate 2018 civil engineering and I belong to sc .can I get any PSU?

15 Mar, 2018 23:14
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23 Mar, 2018 16:43
sumit kharbanda

I am getting 41 marks in gate biotechnology, can i get any iit.

15 Mar, 2018 19:58
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sumit, I am giving you the GATE Cutoff list please check the IIT's Cutoff list through the given link: GATE Cutoff List

23 Mar, 2018 11:26
sumit kumar

I m expecting 52 in gate 2018 civil and m belong to sc category.. Can I get any PSU?

15 Mar, 2018 10:56
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sumit, You get information about the GATE Cutoff list through this link: PSU Cutoff List.

21 Mar, 2018 12:12
Prashant kumar

Sir my gate marks 65 in gate 2018 in civil engineering can I get it Delhi?

14 Mar, 2018 02:37
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Prashant, Please check the Cutoff list of Delhi through this link: GATE Delhi Cutoff

17 Mar, 2018 11:20
Avinash Chauhan

I m expecting 32 number in gate 2018 mechanical and belong to sc category can i get admisiion in dtu??

09 Mar, 2018 00:22
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Avinash, I am giving you the Cutoff list of DTU college please check the list through this link: GATE Cutoff List.

09 Mar, 2018 12:58
sama raju

what is the expected cut off marks for physics ( OBC Category)

23 Feb, 2018 13:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sama, To get information about the Cutoff by this link: GATE Cutoff List

23 Feb, 2018 16:04
Arvind kumar Yadav

how much mark is required to get admission in iit kharakpur..

16 Feb, 2018 21:16
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Hi Arvind, I am giving you the Cutoff list of IIT Kharagpur please check the list through this link: Gate Cutoff List

17 Feb, 2018 15:19
abhishek sharma

I am from commerce background and I have done MBA with specialization in hr can I eligible for filling the form for the post of personal and hr pls rep me fast

30 Jan, 2018 11:05
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Abhishek, GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level test for admission to M.Tech/ Ph.D. and other Government Scholarships/Assistantships in the field of engineering and technology. So you can not fill this exam for MBA. But you can apply for MBA by filling the CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT entrance exam.

15 Feb, 2018 16:34
suraj rohila

how to prepare for gate and when we will get the forms of gate exam and now a i am in fourth year

15 Jun, 2017 00:20
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Hi Suraj, The GATE 2018 Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website opens from September 01, 2017. You can check form status from the official website. For know about the preparing tips, please check this link Prepare for GATE

01 Sep, 2017 18:24

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12 Apr, 2017 00:20

Hi Nikhil, to get details on GATE counseling and its rounds, please find the link

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