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GATE Syllabus for Mining Engineering (MN)

Last Updated - August 21, 2017

Mining Engineering is one of the 23 papers of GATE 2018 Exam. It is an engineering discipline that applies science and technology to the extraction of minerals from the earth. GATE will be conducted in online mode as a Computer Based Test and will have multiple-choice questions. Candidates will be given 3 hours to complete the exam. Candidates can go through GATE syllabus for mining engineering further in this article. 

  • GATE 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018. 
  • According to o GATE Eligibility, applicants who have completed B.E or B. Tech in Engineering and those who are in the final year with no backlog can apply. 
  • GATE Exam pattern consists of three sections, viz General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and subject questions. 
  • GATE syllabus for mining engineering consists of Mathematics Engineering; Mine Development and Surveying; Geomechanics and Ground Control; Mining Methods and Machinery; Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation, and Underground Hazards; and Mine Economics, Mine Planning, Systems Engineering. 
  • A proper GATE Paper Analysis must be done by the candidates about the sections are covered in the exams and must exclude the unworthy sections.

There will be total 65 questions according to GATE Exam Pattern and a candidate can score maximum 100 marks in GATE 2018 exam. No marks will be deducted for any wrong answer. GATE Exam will be held in 2 shifts (Morning and Afternoon).

Section-wise GATE Syllabus for Mining Engineering

GATE 2018 syllabus for Mining Engineering is given section wise in the tables below. Students can refer them for GATE 2018 Preparation.

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

TopicsSub Topics
Linear AlgebraMatrix algebra, systems of linear equations, Eigen values and Eigen vectors
Vector CalculusGradient; Divergence and Curl; Line; surface and volume integrals; Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.
CalculusLimit, continuity and differentiability; Partial Derivatives; Maxima and minima; Sequences and series; Test for convergence; Fourier series.
Differential EquationsLinear and nonlinear first-order ODEs; Higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients; Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations
Probability and StatisticsMeasures of central tendency; Random variables; Poisson, normal and binomial distributions; Correlation and regression analysis. 
Numerical MethodsSolutions of linear algebraic equations; Integration of trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule; Single and multi-step methods for differential equations.

Section 2: Mine Development and Surveying

TopicsSub Topics
Mine DevelopmentMethods of access to deposits; Underground drivages; Drilling methods and machines; Explosives, blasting devices, and practices
Mine SurveyingLevels and leveling, theodolite, tachometry, triangulation; Contouring; Errors and adjustments; Correlation; Underground surveying; Curves; Photogrammetry; Field astronomy; EDM and Total Station; Introductory GPS.

Section 3: Geomechanics and Ground Control

TopicsSub Topics
Engineering MechanicsEquivalent force systems; Equations of equilibrium; Two-dimensional frames and trusses; Free body diagrams; Friction forces; Particle kinematics and dynamics; Beam analysis.+
GeomechanicsGeo-technical properties of rocks; Rock mass classification; Instrumentation and stress measurement techniques; Theories of rock failure; Ground vibrations; Stress distribution around mine openings; Subsidence; Rock bursts and coal bumps; Slope stability.
Ground ControlDesign of pillars; Roof supporting systems; Mine filling.

Section 4: Mining Methods and Machinery

TopicsSub Topics
Mining MethodsSurface mining: layout, development, loading, transportation and mechanization, continuous surface mining systems; Underground coal mining: bord and pillar systems, room and pillar mining, longwall mining, thick seam mining methods; highwall mining; Underground metal mining: open, supported and caved stoping methods, stope mechanization, ore handling systems.
Mining MachineryGeneration and transmission of mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic power; Materials handling: haulages, conveyors, face and development machinery, hoisting systems, pumps, crushers.

Section 5: Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation, and Underground Hazards

TopicsSub Topics
Surface EnvironmentAir, water and soil pollution: Standards of quality, causes and dispersion of contamination, and control; Noise; Land reclamation.
Mine VentilationUnderground atmosphere; Heat load sources and thermal environment, air cooling; Mechanics of air flow, distribution, natural and mechanical ventilation; Mine fans and their usage; Auxiliary ventilation; Ventilation planning; Ventilation networks.
Subsurface HazardsMine Gases. Underground hazards from fires, explosions, dust and inundation; Rescue apparatus and practices; Safety in mines; Accident data analysis; Mine lighting; Mine legislation; Occupational safety.

Section 6: Mine Economics, Mine Planning, Systems Engineering

TopicsSub Topics
Mine EconomicsMineral resource classification; Discounted cash flow analysis; Mine valuation; Mine investment analysis; Mineral taxation.
Mine PlanningSampling methods, practices and interpretation; Reserve estimation techniques: Basics of geostatistics and quality control; Optimization of facility location; Work-study.
Systems EngineeringConcepts of reliability; Reliability of simple systems; Maintainability and availability; Linear programming, transportation and assignment problems; Network analysis; Inventory models; Queueing theory; Basics of simulation.

GATE Previous Years' Papers

Candidates should follow Preparation tips for GATE to increase the probability of their seat confirmation in GATE 2018. In the last few days leading up to GATE exam, candidates should go through GATE Practice Papers and mock tests to test their preparation and get hands on practice solving questions. 

Sample Paper 1 Mining EngineeringSample Paper 2 Mining Engineering
Sample Paper 3 Mining Engineering 

Recommended Books for Mining Engineering (MN)

Candidates can score well by referring the following books for GATE 2018 preparation:

  1. Principles and Practices of Modern coal Mining 1st Edition by R.D. Singh
  2. Physical and Engineering Geology by Garg
  3. Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First-Century City Anna Minton by Anna Minton
  4. Mine Ventilation and Air Conditioning, 3rd Edition 3 Rev ed Edition by Howard L. Hartman, Jan M. Mutmansky, Raja V. Ramani, Y. J. Wang 
  5. GATE 2005 Metallurgical Engineering by G.K.P
  6. Mechanics of Materials by John T. DeWolf, David F. Mazurek, Ferdinand P. Beer, E. Russell Johnston Jr.

Syllabus of Other Papers

GATE judges a candidate’s expertise in specific fields. Candidates can go through the syllabus of other papers as well from the table below: 

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




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15 Mar, 2018 23:14
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23 Mar, 2018 11:26
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15 Mar, 2018 10:56
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21 Mar, 2018 12:12
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14 Mar, 2018 02:37
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17 Mar, 2018 11:20
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09 Mar, 2018 00:22
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09 Mar, 2018 12:58
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23 Feb, 2018 13:53
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23 Feb, 2018 16:04
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16 Feb, 2018 21:16
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17 Feb, 2018 15:19
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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
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15 Jun, 2017 00:20
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