How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering (ME)
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How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering (ME) - Formulation of a preparation plan for any examination takes time and is a task which has to be approached carefully. GATE is just a few months away, and the candidates are most likely to be on their search for a perfect preparation plan. Careers360 brings How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering (ME) to give the candidates a simplified information on how they can boost their preparation for the upcoming examination. Mechanical Engineering is slowly rising to be one of the most coveted papers of GATE. With the detailed how to prepare for GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering (ME), the candidates can check the preparation methods, syllabus, important topics and more which has been collected from past toppers and experts. Read the full article to know more about How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering (ME).
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How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering (ME)

To prepare for Mechanical Engineering (ME) of GATE 2020, the candidates can adapt various methods to boost their study and preparation procedure. The following preparation methods can be checked by the candidates to prepare for the upcoming examination:

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  • Be familiar with the syllabus - Candidates will firstly have to be familiar with the syllabus before starting off the preparation process. Knowing the syllabus, the candidates can decide how their preparation method should be and accordingly make the schedule and more.

  • Start the Preparation Early - It is essential for the candidates to start off their preparation early since it will give them more time to go over the syllabus while also sparing some time for revision and attempts on mock tests and sample papers.

  • Solve Mock Tests and Sample Papers - While preparing for the examination, the candidates should attempt mock tests and solve sample papers. Using the mock tests and sample papers, the candidates will be able to practice whatever they have studied and will have a higher chance of doing well in the examination.

  • Use Important Study Materials - All of the required materials such as the best recommended books, notes and more should be used by the candidate to prepare for GATE 2020.

GATE 2020 Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME)

One of the important methods on how to prepare for GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering (ME) is to refer and know the official syllabus. Candidates can check the syllabus in the table given below.

Syllabus of Mechanical Engineering





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 and Books for GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering (ME)

While the entire syllabus is important and has to be studied for the examination, there are some topics which may have more weightage. The topics on which there has to be more emphasis, as per the past toppers and experts, has been listed out in the table given below. However, it is to be noted that the entire syllabus should be studied by the candidates to score well in the examination.

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 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

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Qualifying Cutoff

Candidates can check the previous year cutoff trends of GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) to know the marks which have to be secured to qualify the examination. By checking the cutoff, the candidates can also make plan accordingly on how to prepare for GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering and achieve the required cutoff.

Qualifying Cutoff Marks of GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME)





































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