GATE 2020 Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering
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GATE 2020 Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME) - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has been issued the syllabus of GATE 2020 for Mechanical Engineering which will be used for exam preparation. Students who would be appearing in the examination must follow the GATE syllabus 2020 for Mechanical Engineering to get good marks. The GATE syllabus for Mechanical Engineering consists of section-wise topics from which questions will be asked. There are totally four sections present in the Mechanical Engineering paper includes Applied Mechanics & Design, Engineering Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Sciences and Materials, Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering. The GATE test takers are advised to check the prescribed exam pattern for along with GATE 2020 syllabus for Mechanical Engineering for effective exam preparation.
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Important dates of GATE 2020




Availability of GATE 2020 registration

September 3 to October 5, 2019


Examination date

February 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2020


GATE 2020 result date

March 2020

GATE 2020 exam pattern

Students who are appearing in the exam must go through the exam pattern of GATE 2020. The GATE 2020 exam for Mechanical Engineering will be conducted as a single paper of three hours duration. The detailed GATE 2020 exam pattern of ME is available below.

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GATE exam pattern 2020



Exam Duration

Three hours

Mode of examination

Computer-based test

Question type

Objective type and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

Total no. of questions


Total marks



Aptitude Engineering, Mathematics, Subject-specific questions

Marking Scheme

One mark MCQs – 1/3 mark will be reduced for every incorrect response.

Two mark MCQs – 2/3 mark will be reduced for every incorrect answer.

No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions

No negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions

GATE 2020 Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME)



Section-1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra -Linear equations, Matrix algebra, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

Differential equations - Linear and nonlinear, Euler-Cauchy equation; higher-order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, initial and boundary value problems; solutions of heat, wave and Laplace's equations; Laplace transforms.

Calculus - Evaluation of definite and improper integrals; Functions of single variable, limit, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorem, indeterminate forms; double and triple integrals; total derivative, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, Taylor series (in one and two variables), Fourier series; divergence and curl, gradient, vector identities, line, directional derivatives, surface and volume integrals, and Green’s theorems and applications of Gauss, Stoke.

Probability and Statistics - Probability, conditional probability; sampling theorems; median, mean, mode and standard deviation; binomial, random variables, normal and Poisson distributions.

Numerical Methods - Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rules; - Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; single & multi-step for differential equations.

Complex variables - Cauchy-Riemann equations; Analytic functions, Taylor and Laurent series. Cauchy’s integral theorem & integral formula;

Section-2: Applied Mechanics and Design

Mechanics of Materials - Elastic constants, Stress and strain, Poisson's ratio, thin cylinders, Mohr’s circle for plane stress and plane strain, shear force and bending moment diagrams, deflection of beams, bending and shear stresses, torsion of circular shafts, energy methods, Euler’s theory of columns, thermal stresses, testing of materials with universal testing machine, strain gauges and rosettes, testing of hardness and impact strength.

Engineering Mechanics - Trusses and frames; Free body diagrams and equilibrium, virtual work; impulse and momentum (linear and angular), kinematics and dynamics of particles & of rigid bodies in plane motion and energy formulations, collisions.

Theory of Machines - Displacement, velocity and acceleration analysis of plane mechanisms; dynamic analysis of linkages; cams; gears and gear trains; flywheels and governors; balancing of reciprocating and rotating masses; gyroscope.

Machine Design - Design for static and dynamic loading, Failure theories, fatigue strength and the S-N diagram, gears, shafts, rolling and sliding contact bearings, springs, brakes and clutches, principles of the design of machine elements like riveted, bolted and welded joints

Vibrations - Effect of damping, Free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, resonance, vibration isolation, critical speeds of shafts.

Section-3: Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

Heat-Transfer - One dimensional heat conduction, modes of heat transfer, heat transfer through fins, resistance concept & electrical analogy, lumped parameter system, unsteady heat conduction, Heisler's charts, dimensionless parameters in free and forced convective heat transfer, thermal boundary layer, heat transfer correlations for flow over flat plates and through pipes, heat exchanger performance, effect of turbulence, LMTD & NTU methods; Stefan-Boltzmann law, radiative heat transfer, Wien's displacement law, view factors, black and grey surfaces and radiation network analysis.

Fluid Mechanics - Fluid statics, properties, manometry, buoyancy, stability of floating bodies, forces on submerged bodies, control-volume analysis of mass, fluid acceleration, momentum and energy, differential equations of continuity and momentum, dimensional analysis, Bernoulli’s equation, viscous flow of incompressible fluids, elementary turbulent flow, boundary layer, flow through pipes, bends and fittings and head losses in pipes

Applications - Power Engineering, I.C. Engines, Refrigeration and air-conditioning and Turbomachinery

Thermodynamics - Properties of pure substances, thermodynamic systems and processes, the behaviour of ideal and real gases, calculation of work and heat in various processes, zeroth and first laws of thermodynamics, the second law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic relations and thermodynamic property charts and tables, availability and irreversibility.

Section-4: Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

Casting, Forming and Joining Processes - Design of patterns, moulds and cores, Different types of castings, solidification and cooling, riser & gating design, fundamentals of hot and cold working processes, Plastic deformation and yield criteria load estimation for bulk (drawing, rolling, forging, extrusion) and sheet (deep drawing, shearing, bending), principles of powder metallurgy, metal forming processes, brazing, Principles of welding, soldering & adhesive bonding.

Engineering Materials - Phase diagrams, structure and properties of engineering materials, heat treatment, stress-strain diagrams for engineering materials.

Machining & Machine Tool Operations -Basic machine tools, Mechanics of machining, single and multi-point cutting tools, tool life and wear, tool geometry and materials, the economics of machining, principles of work holding, principles of non-traditional machining processes, design of jigs and fixtures.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing - Concepts of CAD/CAM and their integration tools.

Metrology and Inspection - Linear and angular measurements, Limits, fits and tolerances & comparators; gauge design, interferometry, alignment and testing methods, form and finish measurement, tolerance analysis in manufacturing and assembly.

Production Planning and Control - Aggregate production planning, forecasting models, materials requirement planning and scheduling.

Operations Research - Simplex method, linear programming, transportation, network flow models, assignment, simple queuing models and PERT & CPM.

Inventory Control - Safety stock inventory control systems, Deterministic models.

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GATE 2020 Cut off for Mechanical Engineering (ME)

IIT Delhi will release the qualifying cutoff of GATE 2020 for Mechanical Engineering in its official web portal only. In order to qualify in the GATE 2020, the candidates need to score minimum qualifying marks. If ant candidates secure below the qualifying GATE 2020 cutoff for ME will not be considered for M.Tech admissions. The qualifying cutoff of GATE 2020 will be determined by the authorities by considering some factors like a no. of candidates appearing in the exam, their performance and also last year cut off trends.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - GATE 2020 Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering

Question: Where Can I find the official syllabus of Mechanical Engineering for GATE 2020


Students can find the GATE syllabus for Mechanical Engineering from the official portal of GATE 2020. Alternatively, candidates can also look GATE Syllabus for complete topic wise distribution of syllabus.  

Question: Are questions being framed only within from official syllabus prescribed by GATE authority?


Yes! Questions are being framed only from the syllabus and topics prescribed by the GATE authority. 

Question: What topics are covered in GATE syllabus for Mechanical Engineering?


Students can find the detailed topic wise distribution of GATE mechanical engineering syllabus to know the topics covered and plan for the study accordingly. 

Question: What are the recommended books for GATE Mechanical Engineering?


Students can refer R.K. Bansal  and P.K.Nag for Thermodynamics. Additionally, students can find the complete details about best books for GATE for their preparation. 

Question: How can I prepare for GATE Mechanical Engineering?


The preparation for GATE mechanical engineering begins with analysis of syllabus and exam pattern followed by selection of study material and making a plan and time table for study. The preparation strategy for GATE is very essential to score good marks in exam.   

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