GATE 2019 - How to Prepare for Mechanical Engineering (ME)

GATE 2019 - How to Prepare for Mechanical EngineeringGATE 2019 - How to Prepare for Mechanical Engineering (ME): Preparation is the keyword for all candidates who wish to attempt GATE 2019 examination. With the tough competition ahead, it is important for the candidates to plan and prepare well for the examination. Mechanical Engineering has recently been on the rise amongst budding engineers and this has made M.Tech admissions a bit more tough. Careers360 presents GATE 2019 – How to Prepare for Mechanical Engineering (ME) to know how the steps on how the preparation can be done for the exam, what topics are to be studied and which books are to be referred. Taking opinions from experts and previous GATE toppers, the article has been formulated for all applicants who wish to qualify the examination. Read the full article on How to Prepare for GATE 2019 Mechanical Engineering (ME) to know more.


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How to Prepare for GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME)?

GATE is a national level examination which is considered a tough nut to crack. Students take on various study methods while preparing for the examination. Some of the preparation methods have been listed out to give that extra boost to the candidates.

  • Make sure you know your syllabus – Before starting off with any studies, it is important for the candidates to know their syllabus. Candidates should check their official syllabus of Mechanical Engineering (ME).

  • Early preparation is the key for success – The earlier the candidates start their preparation, the better it is. This will give the candidates time to study all of the topics properly with additional time for revision.

  • Check all important study materials – While preparing, the candidates should use all of the important books and study materials. By preparing using the books, the candidates will be have higher chances of doing well in the examination.

  • Solve Mock Tests and Sample Papers – Candidates are advised to solve sample papers and mock test during their preparation process. This will allow the candidates to practically apply what they have studied and check their mistakes so that they can rectify it.

Previous Year GATE Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Since the syllabus for Mechanical Engineering of GATE 2019 has not been released yet, the candidates can refer to the previous year syllabus. The GATE syllabus will be updated as soon as it is released by the official authorities.


Mechanical Engineering Syllabus





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

Important Topics & Books for GATE 2019 Mechanical Engineering (ME)

The table given below lists down the important topics  for the examination as suggested by GATE toppers and experts. Along with the topics to be emphasized on, the books which can be used for the preparation are also provided. The candidates should remember that the topics provided below are to be emphasized, however, it will be better if the entire syllabus is studied.


GATE Mechanical Engineering Important Topics and Books



What to Emphasize 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)

Mechanical Vibration by Grover

Qualifying Cutoff of GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME)

The cutoff of GATE has to be met by the candidates to qualify the examination. The cutoff marks will vary according to the category that the candidates belong to. Since the present session cutoff has not been released, the candidates can check the previous year cutoff marks given in the table below.


GATE Qualifying Cutoff Marks for ME

































GATE 2019 – How to Prepare for Mechanical Engineering has been created to provide a way of better and strategized preparation process to the students who will be appearing for the examination. Hopefully, this article will be of help to all GATE ME aspirants. All the best!

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