GATE 2021 Preparation tips for Mechanical Engineering - Aspirants preparing for GATE 2021 for Mechanical Engineering might be a bit stressed out thinking about how to prepare for the exam which involves so much of competition. They must be looking for some good preparation tips for GATE for Mechanical Engineering. To help them ease their stress Careers360 have come up with Mechanical Engineering preparation tips for GATE 2021 which are penned down in the article below. With almost a year left for the next attempt of GATE , candidates have an ample amount of time to prepare well. Read the article to know various preparation tips, important topics, exam syllabus, recommended books and preparation strategy for GATE Mechanical Engineering preparation.

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GATE Preparation for Mechanical Engineering

Aspirants willing to work hard and study well might be stuck with a question “How to prepare for GATE Mechanical Engineering?”. To provide answers to this question, various preparation tips covering the syllabus, books, and other strategies are mentioned below.

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Make a schedule - The first step towards planning a preparation strategy is to make a schedule of what topics to cover and when to cover. The next important and difficult step is to stick to that schedule which requires a huge amount of motivation and dedication. Ensure that the schedule prepares includes a little bit of play (relaxation time) rather than having all work.

Get familiar with the syllabus - Go through the syllabus before starting with your preparation to get a better understanding of how to proceed with the preparation. The syllabus of the previous year is mentioned in the table below:





Engineering Mathematics

  • Calculus

  • Complex Variables

  • Differential Equations.Linear Algebra

  • Numerical Methods

  • Probability and Statistics


Applied Mechanics and Design

  • Engineering Mechanics

  • Machine Design

  • Mechanics of Materials

  • Theory of Machines

  • Vibrations


Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Sciences

  • Applications

  • Fluid Mechanics

  • Heat Transfer

  • Thermodynamics


Materials, Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering

  • Casting, Forming and Joining Process

  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing

  • Engineering Materials

  • Inventory Control

  • Metrology and Inspection

  • Machining and Machine Tool Operations

  • Operations Research

  • Production Planning and Control

Refer to the important books - After getting familiar with the syllabus for Mechanical Engineering, go through the list of the recommended books for better preparation. A list of important topics and books is mentioned below:



Emphasis should be on



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 Bolted, Riveted And Welded Joints, Shafts, Spur Gears, Rolling And Sliding Contact Bearings, Brakes And Clutches.

Machine design - V.B. Bhandari


Engineering Mechanics

Resolving Forces, Equilibrium, Equilibrium And Truss

Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti

Engineering Mechanics by Beer and Johnston,

Engineering Mechanics by R K Rajput


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 Bansal

Fluid & Hydraulics - Modi and seth


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 Sachdeva

Heat Transfer by Cengel and Holman


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 Queuing Model, Break Even Analysis

Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa and Sarin


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,

Production Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation by R.K. Jain


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,

Strength of Materials - Gere & Timoshenko


Strength of Materials

Concepts, Generally Theories Of Failure, Mohr's Circle

Strength of Materials by Gere and Timoshenko, B C Unamia, Sadhu Singh, Ramamrutham


Thermal Science

Rankine Cycle, Brayton Cycle, Regeneration in steam cycles, 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,

Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag


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 Rajput

Thermodynamics by Cengel.


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



Single D.O.F , Finding Natural Frequencies (Underdamped, Critically Damped, Overdamped)

Practise Mock Tests- Practise the questions by attempting the mock tests. You can also go through the sample papers and previous years’ question papers for more practise. Practising will help to figure out the strengths and weaknesses so that you can work on them to boost up the preparation.

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Revise all the concepts- Revision and more revision will make your preparation better. Keep revising all the concepts and important topics and questions. Make handy notes for the last minute revision.

Time Management - Studying every topic well is important but is not enough. Time management skills are required to implement the learnt knowledge well in the exam to score better.

Relax and give your best - Try to give your best while preparing as well as while attempting the exam but don’t stress yourself much. Keep calm and relax. Stressing out will make it worse. Try to stay calm for a better attempt at the paper.


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I have scored 57.11 in mechanical gate 2021,can I get engineering design in CEG campus guindy

Kamali Anandan 22nd Apr, 2021

please don't join in CEG ...I  completed my BE there...It was hell


My GATE 2021 score is 615, AIR 214. What all IITs can I get into? Branch - Biotechnology

ayan mukherjee 21st Apr, 2021

Dear aspirant,

As you mentioned that your gate score is 615 and you have got all india rank 214, you will easily top IITs in biotechnology . As per my view biotechnology is best in IIT Madras and you can easily get there . Its cut off generally stays under 700 rank.

For cut off you can check out the link given below-



my gate score is 717 and rank is 719 in EE. can i get bits pilani , pilani campus , microelectronics ?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 21st Apr, 2021


see cutoff score changes every year and it varies with certain factors like number of applicants for any particular stream, students category, choice of stream and so on. however based on previous years score analysis  719 score is challenging and have good chances to be select for bits pilani. however this prediction is based on previous years score and might changes time to time depends on gate papers and level of difficulty.

apart from bits you have decent chances for top five nits, iiits .

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my gate score is 717 and rank in 719 in EE .Do i get microelectronics in bits pilani?

Souhrid Sarkar 20th Apr, 2021

First of all an Heartiest Congratulations for your great Result !!!!

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani admissions are offered in different streams of education. The institute programmes have different criteria for eligibility to each course.

Master of Engineering (ME) in Microelectronics is a two-year (4 Semesters)full-time postgraduate engineering program offered at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Goa Campus.

As you know cut off changes every year due to certain factors,here I will be giving you an idea about your chances in BITS Pilani with your desired course.
As per the previous year cut off , the cut off rank for ME Microelectronics at BITS Pilani through GATE was around 700.
So,as per your rank and score you have a good probability to get in BITS Pilani with ME Microelectronics.

To know more about ME Microelectronics at BITS Pilani , Admission Process, Eligibility Criteria visit :

Hope it helps
Good luck !!!
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