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GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022 (Out)- Important Topics, Weightage, Question Papers and Preparation Books

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GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022- IIT Kharagpur has released GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022. No new changes have been made to the ME syllabus. GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022 is divided into four sections- Engineering Mathematics, Applied Mechanics & Design, Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Sciences and Materials, Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering which form 85% of the total weightage. The rest 15% weightage is given to the General Aptitude section. Check GATE 2022 ME Exam Pattern

  • GATE 2022 Mechanical Engineering (ME) paper is scheduled on February 13, 2022 in two sessions- Forenoon (09:00 – 12:00 hrs) and Afternoon (14:30 – 17:30 hrs).
  • GATE Mechanical Engineering Question Paper consists of 65 questions of 100 marks. 10 questions are from the General Aptitude section while 55 questions are from Engineering Mathematics and Core Discipline. 
  • Based on the previous year's exam analysis, topics such as Strength of Materials, Engineering Mathematics, Fluid mechanics, Thermal Science and Manufacturing Science from GATE Mechanica Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022 are expected to have a higher weightage.
  • Candidates applying for Mechanical Engineering as their first paper in GATE 2022 can opt for AE, CH, NM, PI or XE as their second paper.

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GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022

  • GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) paper receives the maximum number of applications each year which means the competition is very high in this field.
  • GATE Syllabus 2022 for Mechanical Engineering (ME) consists of topics from-
    • General Aptitude
    • Engineering Mathematics
    • Core Discipline
  • The section below covers all the topics and sub-topics from GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022.

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022- Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Subject Topics
Linear Algebra Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors
Calculus Functions of single variable, limit, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorems, indeterminate forms; evaluation of definite and improper integrals; double and triple integrals; partial derivatives, total derivative, Taylor series (in one and two variables), maxima and minima, Fourier series; gradient, divergence and curl, vector identities, directional derivatives, line, surface and volume integrals, applications of Gauss, Stokes and Green’s theorems
Differential equations First order equations (linear and nonlinear); higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients; Euler-Cauchy equation; initial and boundary value problems; Laplace transforms; solutions of heat, wave and Laplace's equations
Complex variables Analytic functions; Cauchy-Riemann equations; Cauchy’s integral theorem and integral formula; Taylor and Laurent series. 
Probability and Statistics Definitions of probability, sampling theorems, conditional probability; mean, median, mode and standard deviation; random variables, binomial, Poisson and normal distributions.
Numerical Methods : Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rules; single and multi-step methods for differential equations

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022- Section 2: Applied Mechanics and Design

Applied Mechanics and Design section from GATE ME Syllabus deals with the application of concepts of mechanics into complex situations and the response of bodies or systems of bodies under the action of external forces.

Subject Topics
Engineering Mechanics Free-body diagrams and equilibrium; friction and its applications including rolling friction, belt-pulley, brakes, clutches, screw jack, wedge, vehicles, etc.; trusses and frames; virtual work; kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies in plane motion; impulse and momentum (linear and angular) and energy formulations; Lagrange’s equation.
Mechanics of Materials Stress and strain, elastic constants, Poisson's ratio; Mohr’s circle for plane stress and plane strain; thin cylinders; shear force and bending moment diagrams; bending and shear stresses; concept of shear centre; deflection of beams; torsion of circular shafts; Euler’s theory of columns; energy methods; thermal stresses; strain gauges and rosettes; testing of materials with universal testing machine; testing of hardness and impact strength
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.
Vibrations Free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, effect of damping; vibration isolation; resonance; critical speeds of shafts.
Machine Design 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, gears, rolling and sliding contact bearings, brakes and clutches, springs.

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022- Section 3: Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

Archimedes observed deviation in the mechanics of fluid and forces acting on them long before the term ‘engineering’ was coined. Following the footsteps of Archimedes- Leonardo Da Vinci, Issac Newton, and Blaise Pascal paved the way for Fluid Mechanics with their groundbreaking inventions and indisputable theories. All the advancements in the field of Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science is condensed in this section of GATE ME syllabus, which is as following:

Subject Topics
Fluid Mechanics Fluid properties; fluid statics, forces on submerged bodies, stability of floating bodies; control volume analysis of mass, momentum and energy; fluid acceleration; differential equations of continuity and momentum; Bernoulli’s equation; dimensional analysis; viscous flow of incompressible fluids, boundary layer, elementary turbulent flow, flow through pipes, head losses in pipes, bends and fittings; basics of compressible fluid flow.
Heat-Transfer Modes of heat transfer; one dimensional heat conduction, resistance concept and electrical analogy, heat transfer through fins; unsteady heat conduction, lumped parameter system, Heisler's charts; thermal boundary layer, dimensionless parameters in free and forced convective heat transfer, heat transfer correlations for flow over flat plates and through pipes, effect of turbulence; heat exchanger performance, LMTD and NTU methods; radiative heat transfer, Stefan- Boltzmann law, Wien's displacement law, black and grey surfaces, view factors, radiation network analysis.
Thermodynamics Thermodynamic systems and processes; properties of pure substances, behavior of ideal and real gases; zeroth and first laws of thermodynamics, calculation of work and heat in various processes; second law of thermodynamics; thermodynamic property charts and tables, availability and irreversibility; thermodynamic relations
Applications Power Engineering: Air and gas compressors; vapour and gas power cycles, concepts of regeneration and reheat. I.C. Engines: Air-standard Otto, Diesel and dual cycles. Refrigeration and airconditioning: Vapour and gas refrigeration and heat pump cycles; properties of moist air, psychrometric chart, basic psychrometric processes. Turbomachinery: Impulse and reaction principles, velocity diagrams, Peltonwheel, Francis and Kaplan turbines; steam and gas turbines

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022- Section 4: Materials, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering

  • Considered the nerve of Mechanical Engineering, Material Science deals with the discovery and design of new elements, with an emphasis over solids.
  • Manufacturing Engineering deals with the intricacies of manufacturing processes and other considerations involved in it.
  • Industrial Engineering deals with the work culture of Industries and mechanical processes involved with a clear depiction of managing roles needed.
Subject Topics
Engineering Materials Structure and properties of engineering materials, phase diagrams, heat treatment, stress-strain diagrams for engineering materials.
Casting, Forming and Joining Processes Different types of castings, design of patterns, molds and cores; solidification and cooling; riser and gating design. Plastic deformation and yield criteria; fundamentals of hot and cold working processes; load estimation for bulk (forging, rolling, extrusion, drawing) and sheet (shearing, deep drawing, bending) metal forming processes; principles of powder metallurgy. Principles of welding, brazing, soldering and adhesive bonding.
Machining and Machine Tool Operations Mechanics of machining; basic machine tools; single and multi-point cutting tools, tool geometry and materials, tool life and wear; economics of machining; principles of nontraditional machining processes; principles of work holding, jigs and fixtures; abrasive machining processes; NC/CNC machines and CNC programming
Metrology and Inspection Limits, fits and tolerances; linear and angular measurements; comparators; interferometry; form and finish measurement; alignment and testing methods; tolerance analysis in manufacturing and assembly; concepts of coordinate-measuring machine (CMM).
Computer Integrated Manufacturing Basic concepts of CAD/CAM and their integration tools; additive manufacturing
Production Planning and Control Forecasting models, aggregate production planning, scheduling, materials requirement planning; lean manufacturing
Operations Research Linear programming, simplex method, transportation, assignment, network flow models, simple queuing models, PERT and CPM.
Inventory Control Deterministic models; safety stock inventory control systems.

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022- Section 5: General Aptitude

Topics Sub-Topics
Verbal Aptitude Basic English grammar: tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech Basic vocabulary: words, idioms, and phrases in context Reading and comprehension Narrative sequencing
Quantitative Aptitude Data interpretation: data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables Numerical computation and estimation: ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series Mensuration and geometry Elementary statistics and probability. 
Analytical Aptitude Logic: deduction and induction, Analogy, Numerical relations and reasoning
Spatial Aptitude Transformation of shapes: translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions

GATE ME Weightage of Important Topics

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022- Weightage of Important Topics

  • Based on the previous years’ GATE Mechanical Engineering Paper Analysis, the topics with the highest weightage include-
    • Mechanics of Materials,
    • Theory of Machines,
    • Thermodynamics and its Application,
    • Manufacturing
  • Based on the same paper analysis, we have combined the previous year's weightage of topics from GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022 in the section below. Candidates can also check the expected weightage for 2022 based on previous year trends.

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 2022- Weightage of Important Topics (Expected)

Topics GATE 2022 ME Weightage of Important Topics- Expected (Marks)
General Aptitude 14-15
Engineering Mathematics 15
Applied Mechanics and Design
Engineering Mechanics 2-3
Mechanics of Materials/ Strength of Materials 9-10
Theory of Machines 9-10
Vibrations
Machine Design 4-5
Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences
Fluid Mechanics 6-7
Heat-Transfer 5-6
Thermodynamics 12-13
Applications
Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Engineering Materials 1-2
Casting, Forming and Joining Processes;
Machining and Machine Tool Operations;
Metrology and Inspection;
Production Planning and Control
14-15
Industrial Engineering;
Operations Research;
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
7-8

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME)- Previous Years’ Weightage of Important Topics

Topics Year-wise Weightage of Important Topics (Marks)
GATE 2021 GATE 2020 GATE 2019 GATE 2018 GATE 2017
Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 1 Slot 2
General Aptitude 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
Engineering Mathematics 13 16 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 14
Applied Mechanics and Design
Engineering Mechanics 0 4 3 4 5 3 5 3 4 0
Mechanics of Materials/ Strength of Materials 9 5 9 9 9 9 9 9 12 8
Theory of Machines 8 6 7 7 8 12 10 8 4 11
Vibrations 6 2 3 1 3 2 3 0 3 3
Machine Design 3 4 3 2 5 1 0 3 4 5
Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences
Fluid Mechanics 4 9 7 8 5 6 10 7 9 8
Heat-Transfer 4 3 3 5 8 7 2 3 5 6
Thermodynamics 9 7 4 5 4 5 5 4 4 7
Applications 5 7 9 9 6 5 4 9 7 4
Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Engineering Materials 0 1 2 1 0 3 1 1 0 2
Casting, Forming and Joining Processes;
Machining and Machine Tool Operations;
Metrology and Inspection;
Production Planning and Control
16 16 14 15 14 15 18 19 16 10
Industrial Engineering;
Operations Research;
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
8 5 9 6 5 4 5 6 4 7
GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME)- Previous Years' Weightage of Topics

GATE ME Exam Pattern

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Exam Pattern 2022

Sections Total Questions Total Marks
General Aptitude 10 15
Engineering Mathematics 55 13
Core Discipline- Mechanical Engineering 72
Total 65 100

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Marking Scheme 2022

  • GATE ME 2022 Total marks: 100 marks
  • Negative Marking: For MCQs only
    • - 1/3 for 1 mark MCQs
    • - 2/3 for 2 marks MCQs
    • No negative marking for NATs
Sections Total Questions Total Marks
1 mark Questions 2 marks Questions
General Aptitude 5 5 (5 x 1) + (5 x 2) = 15
Engineering Mathematics 25 30 (25 x 1) + (30 x 2) = 85
Core Discipline- Mechanical Engineering
Total 30 35 100

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GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Preparation 2022

Since GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) paper receives the most applications, it, therefore, becomes important to prepare a strategy that will suit the candidate and be helpful to them. Mentioned below are a few preparation tips for GATE 2022 ME paper-

  • Know your GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus and Exam Pattern well: Go through your syllabus and exam pattern. If required download a copy of GATE ME syllabus PDF for future reference as well. Divide your syllabus in increasing order of difficulty level so that you can prepare your preparation plan based on the difficulty level of topics.
  • Practice Using GATE Virtual Calculator: Instead of using the scientific calculator make use of GATE Virtual Calculator every time you sit to solve questions or mock tests. This will help you in saving a lot of time while writing the actual exam. Check GATE 2022 Virtual Calculator
  • Work on your Speed and Accuracy: To improve speed and accuracy, practice more and more practice papers or online tests. If possible plan your study plan so that you are able to solve 1-2 practice tests after every 3 days or at least once a week. Download GATE Practice Papers
  • Manage your Time well: Allocate at least 6-8 hours a day for GATE ME preparation and 1-2 hours daily for revision. Do not leave any topic for the end. Try to complete all the topics on time. Regular revision sessions will help you to remember all the important points at the time of examination. Make short notes for revisions to save time. Take a quick look at these notes before you start solving any ME mock test.
  • Take Regular Breaks: Do not overburden yourself. Take frequent breaks and revise topics when do not feel right to start a new topic. 

Best Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 2022

Although there are several books available in the market for GATE 2022 Mechanical Engineering Preparation, the list given below contains the books highly recommended by several GATE Toppers.

GATE Preparation Books for Mechanical Engineering Author
Mechanical Vibration GK Grover
Design Of Machine Elements VB Bhandari
Engineering Mechanics SS Bhavikatti
Fluid Mechanics RK Bansal
Advanced Engineering Mathematics  RK Jain, SRK Iyengar
Machine Design Alfred Hall
GATE Guide Production & Industrial Engineering G. K. Publications

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GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022 FAQs

Question: What is the right source to get the GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022?

Ans: Detailed GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022 as well as for other engineering streams can be downloaded from the official website at gate.iitkgp.ac.in and is also available at- GATE Syllabus 2022. GATE ME Syllabus comprises six sections encompassing the core subjects of the Mechanical Engineering stream. The article includes all the topics and sub-topics from each section of GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022. 


Question: There are four major sections in GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022. Is it compulsory to prepare for all the sections or will there be any choice between them?

Ans: No. There will be no choice. In order to qualify GATE ME 2022 you have to prepare all the topics mentioned in the syllabus for all the four sections and also General Aptitude. There is no need to cover extra topics other than those mentioned in the syllabus unless that topic is helping you in understanding the basics. All the questions will be asked from GATE ME syllabus 2022 provided by the authorities. 


Question: What are the major topics in GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022?

Ans: Depending upon the weightage of topics some of the important topics from core GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022 are:

  • Mechanics of Materials- 9-10 marks 
  • Theory of Machines and Vibrations- 9-10 marks
  • Thermodynamics and its Application- 12-13 marks
  • Manufacturing- 14-15 marks
  • Industrial Engineering- 7-8 marks

Covering these 5 topics from GATE ME Syllabus 2022 will ensure 50% marks in the exam. 


Question: Which books are best for Fluid Mechanics?

Ans: All the candidates are advised to refer to their graduation level books and notes. Those books will help you in understanding the basic concepts very easily. Other than that to prepare for the fluid mechanic's section you can refer to R.K. Bansal's books on Fluid Mechanics. 


Question: What will be the marking scheme of GATE 2022 Mechanical Engineering (ME) paper?

Ans: GATE ME 2022 paper will be of 100 marks with total 65 questions. Each correct answer ensures 1 or 2 marks while there is a negative mark for each incorrect MCQ. 

  • Negative Marking: For MCQs only
    • - 1/3 for 1 mark MCQs
    • - 2/3 for 2 marks MCQs
    • No negative marking for NATs
Sections Total Questions Total Marks
1 mark Questions 2 marks Questions
General Aptitude 5 5 (5 x 1) + (5 x 2) = 15
Engineering Mathematics 25 30 (25 x 1) + (30 x 2) = 85
Core Discipline- Mechanical Engineering
Total 30 35 100

Question: Which is the most important topic to prepare for the GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022?

Ans. All topics from GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) paper are of equal importance while preparing for the exam. However, a few topics do have a higher weightage in the exam. Candidates can check topic-wise weightage of important topics from the article. Some of the most important topics from GATE ME Syllabus are- Manufacturing Science, Engineering Mathematics, Fluid mechanics, Thermodynamics. Check GATE ME Weightage of Important Topics


Question: What is the syllabus for General Aptitude in GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022? 

Ans. GATE General Aptitude Syllabus for ME is the same as other 29 papers. The major topics include-

  • Verbal Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Analytical Aptitude
  • Spatial Aptitude

Check GATE 2022 Syllabus for General Aptitude


Question: What is the weightage of General Aptitude as per GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus 2022? 

Ans. The weightage of General Aptitude as per GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Syllabus is the same as all the other papers. General Aptitude constitutes 15% of the total marks in GATE exam, that is around 15 Marks.


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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