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GATE ME: Preparation Tips & Tricks for Strength of Materials

Last Updated - April 01, 2017

Strength of materials, also called mechanics of materials, is a subject which deal with the behavior of solid objects subject to stresses and strains. It consists of wide ranging topics of Torsions, Bending Stress, Mohr’s Circle etc. The ultimate strength refers to the point on the engineering stress-strain curve corresponding to the stress that produces fracture.

GATE 2017 will be held from February 4 – 12, 2017 in various cities divided in Zones according to 7 IITs. It is one of the most popular exams among students aspiring to seek admissions to the post-graduate engineering courses like MTech, M.E offered by the IITs, NITs, other GFTI and various private institutions.

Here, we will give you complete information on how to prepare for Strength of Materials for GATE ME 2017.

The following are basic terms which used to calculate the strength of materials.

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As, it involves a lot of theoretical knowledge, one needs to allocate time accordingly for each topic. To help you in analyzing the important topics for Strength of Materials, we have mentioned a table below from the year 2007 to 2016.

Analysis of GATE ME Paper Pattern for Strength of Materials

YearNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTopics
2016 Set 11 Mark – 3
2 Marks – 4
 11Deflection of beam
Stress & Strain
Moment of inertia
Statically indeterminate beams
Mohr’s Circle
Torsions
Plain Stress & Strain
Bending stress
Helical spring
2016 Set 21 Mark – 2
2 Marks – 3
 8Statically indeterminate beams
Mohr’s Circle
Torsions
Plain Stress & Strain
Deflection of beam
Stress & Strain
2016 Set 31 Mark – 3
2 Marks – 3
 9Stress & Strain
Moment of inertia
Statically indeterminate beams
Mohr’s Circle
Torsion
Plain Stress & Strain
2015 Set 11 Mark – 3
2 Marks – 1
 5Simple Stress & Strain
Column
Torsion
Deflection of beams
2015 Set 21 Mark – 2
2 Marks – 6
 14Simple Stress & Strain
Torsion
Mohr’s Circle
Slope & Deflection of beams
Shear Force & Bending Moment
Deflection of beams
2015 Set 31 Mark – 1
2 Marks – 2
 5Mohr’s Circle
Area moment of inertia
Shear Force & Bending Moment
 2014
Set 1
1 Mark – 2
2 Marks – 2
 6Numerical Method
Linear Algebra
Deflection of beams
Simple Stress & Strain
2014
Set 2
1 Mark – 2
2 Marks – 2
 6Numerical Method
Linear Algebra
Deflection of beams
Simple Stress & Strain
2014
Set 3
1 Mark – 1
2 Marks – 2
 5Torsion
Stresses in Beams
Shear Force & Bending Moment
2014
Set 4
1 Mark – 2
2 Marks – 2
 6Simple Stress & Strain
Deflection of beams
 20131 Mark – 3
2 Marks – 1
 5Simple Stress & Strain
Strain energy method
Shear Force & Bending Moment
 20121 Mark – 3
2 Marks – 4
 11Euler’s Theory of Columns
Stress & Strain
Deflection of Beams
Thick and Thin Cylinder
Mohr’s Circle
 20111 Mark – 3
2 Marks – 3
 9Euler’s Theory of Columns
Shear Force and Bending Moment
Deflection of Beams
Thick and Thin Cylinder
Mohr’s Circle
20101 Mark – 3
2 Marks – 3
 9Euler’s Theory of Columns
Shear Force and Bending Moment
Deflection of Beams
Thick and Thin Cylinder
Mohr’s Circle
20091 Mark – 2
2 Marks – 2
 6Complex Stress & Strain
Torsion
Deflection of Beams
20081 Mark – 3
2 Marks – 8
 19Stresses in Beams
Thin Walled Pressure Vessel
Strain Energy and Resilience
Torsion
Columns and Struts
Complex Stress & Strain
20071 Mark – 2
2 Marks – 5
 12Shear Force and Bending Moment
Simple Stress & Strain
Deflection of Beams
Strain Energy and Resilience

Important Topics for Strength of Materials

What you need is a proper exam strategy that will help you utilize your time and efforts efficiently. For Strength of Materials, we suggest you to start with the important topics first which are discussed below:

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Preparation Tips for Strength of Materials for GATE ME

To Prepare for Strength of Materials for GATE ME, aspirants need to incorporate these tips and tricks daily to yield the best result. You need a positive and a thoughtful approach.

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  • Good Time Table: You should design proper time table which directs all the material which has to be covered. A schedule of every subject should be made with different priorities. Most importantly it should have breaks in between.
  • Don’t Cram, Make Notes: Cramming everything can result in forgetting everything, while making notes can help in remembering all points easily.
  • Use Creative Techniques: Make use of Flashcards or mnemonics. Design funny rhymes or word associations to help remember the points. This way, you will not feel like boring. All these techniques convert your chapters into various types of games.
  • Time Management: It is best advised that you must allocate time for each topic individually and formulate a study plan around it.
  • Practice Previous Year’s Papers: Be familiar with the exam pattern for GATE ME paper. As the saying goes, “practice makes a man perfect.” This will boost your confidence.
  • Read & Revise: Read and revise all the topics. Categorization and division of topics as per the assigned time help in achieve your set target.

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It’s challenging to find out the correct books for Strength of Materials for GATE ME. Here, you find the best books for Strength of Materials for GATE ME discussed below:

Strength of Materials BooksAuthor’s nameISBN No.
Elements of Strength of Materials 5 EditionD. H. Young, S. P. Timoshenko9788176710190
Strength of Materials 14 EditionS. Ramamrutham, R. Narayanan9788187433545
A Textbook of Strength of Materials: Mechanics of Solids (S.I. Units) 5 EditionR. K. Bansal9788131808146
Strength of MaterialsR. K. Rajput9788188458103
Strength of Materials: Elementary Theory and Problems (Part - 1) 3 EditionStephen Timoshenko9788123910307
Strength of Materials 4 EditionW. A. Nash9780070700338

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