Mechanical Engineering GATE 2019 Exam Pattern, Reference Books, Preparation Strategy
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Mechanical Engineering GATE 2019 Imp Topics, Reference Books and Preparation Strategy

Candidates appearing in Mechanical Engineering GATE 2019 must know proper syllabus, Best Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering preparation, and preparation tips of the Mechanical subject for better GATE Score as results. Candidates can plan out their study sessions as information provided about the steps for better preparation, along with the syllabus and books which have to be referred to achieve good results in the GATE exam.

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IIT Madras will hold the GATE 2019 exam on February 2-3  and February 9-10, 2019. It is time for the Mechanical Engineering GATE 2019 Exam aspirants, to start their preparation in a serious and intense manner. Aspirants who wish to apply for the GATE 2019 examination will have to register themselves by filling the application form, which will be available from September 1 to September 21, 2018.


GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), a national level examination, is a qualifying exam for admissions to post-graduate programs like M. Tech/M.S/Direct PhD in IISc/IITs/NITs. GATE scores may also be used by several public sector undertakings recruitment (i.e. like BSNL, BHEL, GAIL, Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum etc.). Successful GATE candidates get chance not only admissions for postgraduation engineering courses but also scholarships during the programmes.

As we know ” it’s always more difficult in the beginning” we here present the detailed information GATE 2019 Mechanical Engineering examination preparation for aspirants – Syllabus, the important topics, books to be referred for GATE preparation, Understanding the GATE pattern and Guidance for preparing and scoring well in GATE 2018 exam. Plan a schedule to read all the basic concepts and practice at least 10-20 questions daily from each concept. It is important to do this exercise to be clear in your GATE preparation. Just remember –

“A goal is just a wish without a plan”

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Mechanical Engineering GATE 2019 Important Topics & Books

An analysis of the previous GATE Papers suggests that the following topics are relatively more important for preparation in Mechanical Engineering. Here, it may be noted that ideally one should complete studying as per the GATE 2019 Mechanical Engineering Syllabus.

One should never leave things to chance but if emphasis has to be given, the topics given below can be considered as slightly important to merit more attention to their preparation. Alongside, we have also listed the books that can be used for studying these topics. Please note that the topics mentioned below are not placed in order of priority.

Subject Important Topic Books Recommended
Engineering Mechanics Resolving Forces, Equilibrium, Equilibrium And Truss Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti

Engineering Mechanics by Beer and Johnston,

Engineering Mechanics by R K Rajput

Strength of Materials Principe stress and strain, BMD and SFD, Macaulay’s theorem (slope & deflection), Thin Pressure Vessels, Problems On  Various Theories Of Failure, Torques and Bending Moment Calculation, Mohr’s Circle Strength of Materials by Gere & Timoshenko, B C Unamia, Sadhu Singh, Ramamrutham
Theory of Machines Mechanism, Gear train, Flywheel, Linear Vibration Analysis of Mechanical systems (Goodman or Soderberg or Gerber Criteria), torsion, strain energy, S-N curve, Degrees Of Freedom, Instantaneous Centre Method, Clutch Power, Brake Power, Belt Drive, D.O.F. Of  Mechanisms, Simple Gearing Ratio Spur Gears, Type Of Mechanism  Simple Spur Gear Main, Quick Return Mechanism, Mobility Theory of Machines by Ratan
Design of Machine Elements Design For Static And Dynamic Loading, Failure Theories, Fatigue Strength And The S-N Diagram, Principles of The Design of Machine Elements Such As Bolt etc, Riveted And Welded Joints, Shafts, Spur Gears, Rolling And Sliding Contact Bearings, Brakes And Clutches. Machine design-V.B. Bhandari
Fluid Mechanics Simple & Differential Piezometer, Pressure Column Height Calculation, Reynold’s No. Calculation, Hydraulic Power, Nozzle Velocity Etc. Of Turbines, Bernoulli’s Law (Simple Problems), Tapered Sections, Pump Parameters (Speed, Power, Discharge), Force Calculation Fluid Mechanics by R K BansalFluid & Hydraulics- Modi and Seth
Thermal Science Rankine Cycle, Brayton Cycle, Regeneration in steam and other cycles, T-S diagrams, P-V diagrams, Enthalpy Calculations, C.O.P. parameters of I.C. Engine, DBT, WBT, Relations (Otto ,Diesel Cycles), Exit Temperature In Various Stages Of Cycles , Pressure of Nozzle, Compressor Work Calculations, Work Done Mathur SharmaEngineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag
Heat Transfer Convection, Conduction, Radiation, Efficiency Calculation, Heat Exchanger (Parallel & Counter Flow) Outlet Temp. Calculation, Biot Number, Prandtl Number, LMTD, Heat Transfer Through Slabs, Shells, Cylinders, Condenser Heat and Mass Transfer by J P Hollman and R C SachdevaHeat Transfer by Cengel and Holman
Manufacturing Engineering Machining (Milling, Drilling, EDM, ECM) Tool Geometry, Punching, Blanking, Force, Conceptual & Theoretical Questions, Orthogonal Machining, Heat & Power Required In Welding, Transformations (Rotations, Scaling Etc.), Solidification Time, CNC Machine G Codes And M Codes, Sheet Metal, Various Types Of Fits,  P N Rao, Amitabha Ghosh and AK Mallik
Industrial Engineering Forecasting Model, CPM, PERT, Work Study And Measurement, Scheduling And Johnson’s Rule Time Study, EOQ, Standard Time, Demand, Poisson’s Arrivals & Departures, LPP Problems, Graphical Queueing Model, Break Even Analysis Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa and Sarin
Vibrations Single D.O.F, Finding Natural Frequencies (Underdamped, Critically Damped, Overdamped) Mechanical Vibration by Grover
Thermo Dynamics Cycles, Turbines, Refrigeration, Work & Heat, First Law of Thermodynamics, Second Law Of Thermodynamics, Entropy, Properties Of Pure Substances Engineering Thermodynamics by P K Nag and RajputThermodyanmics by Cengel.

We will suggest to follow the textbook that you are most comfortable. The main thing is to be clear your fundamentals before appearing for an exam. The above-mentioned topics are just for better preparation. It is highly recommended that aspirants should study the complete syllabus in detail rather than just a few topics. Since there is still ample time for good preparation for GATE, candidates should cover the complete Mechanical Engineering GATE Syllabus.

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Preparation Strategy For Mechanical Engineering GATE 2019

Prepare a Formula Book

Prepare a handbook containing important formulae needed for GATE questions. Prepare a quick guide and make note of each important and tricky formula that you are learning. This handbook will be your last minute guide for revision. This will help you to give a fast look at formulas during exam time. Have a regular read out on every concept and work out more than analyzing the concept.

So during initial preparing days, study the major topics 3-4 hours daily and prepare a formula book out of it. Besides, whenever you find some important concept or trick while solving problems, note it down in your formulae book.

Practice GATE Sample Papers

Experts and Toppers firmly believe that one of the important exercises in GATE Preparation is practice with the help of previous year GATE papers. You get all of them on the GATE website. There are many advantages to this:

  • GATE Question Paper Pattern becomes familiar and you can get comfortable knowing the pattern of questions to expect.
  • The type of questions that may be asked in the actual exam can be generally gauged along with the difficulty levels of questions with constant practice.
  • With more practice, you can improve on your speed and hone your time management skills.
  • You can plan your exam strategy by solving as many as possible sample papers.

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GATE Mock Test

The mock test is the simulation of the GATE exam and is online. Aspirants are advised to attempt it so that they get a fair idea of the actual entrance test. The GATE Mock Test will have an online calculator, timer and, will just be like the real GATE exam. So it is advantageous to attempt it in order to get a feel for the exam.

Not to Missed Guidelines during Preparation

  • Study in the best manner that is suited to you. Scheduling and planning are very important.
  • Prepare short notes on all topics during your study for GATE. This can be used for revision in the last days of GATE preparation.
  • Ensure that you cover Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude in the course of your preparation. Preparing for them and doing them well will ensure a good score.

Candidates can check how best to go for the Mechanical Engineering GATE 2019 preparation and also the books needed. Some major checkpoints for preparation are as below –

  • Identify your weak areas and plan to improve on
  • Make an improvement plan & track the progress

All the Best, Aspirants!!! 

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