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Cracking GATE Mechanical Engineering Easy or Difficult? Check GATE syllabus.
GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is conducted every year on a rotational basis either by IITs or by IIScs. The examination provides candidates an opportunity to gain proficiency from the country’s best institutes which includes Indian Institutes Of Technology (IIT), National Institutes Of Technology (NIT), Indian School Of Mines- Dhanbad (ISM), and other topmost self-financed institutes.

For getting admission in India’s top colleges, one must have proper knowledge of GATE Syllabus, best way to prepare and proper idea about the field/ specialization he is interested in. Following blog article will cover all the queries related to GATE Mechanical Engineering stream and best ways to crack it.

Check GATE syllabus, preparation strategies and last year trends

What all you know about GATE Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering is rated as one of the best branch to pursue higher studies in, and is the first preference for most of the engineering interested aspirants. Mechanical Engineering deals with the complexities of automobile, manufacturing science, power sector, and other construction related fields. To put it simply, Mechanical knowledge is required almost everywhere- whether a tool needs to be manufactured, an automobile needs to be modified or a building/ heavy machinery needs to be built.

GATE will be conducted in form of CBT (Computer Based Test) for all the 23 specializations. The total questions will be divided into three sections viz. General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Qualifying Degree Section, which is Mechanical Engineering in this case.

What is GATE Mechanical Engineering last year trend?
Topics one must cover to clear GATE Mechanical section

Important topics in Mechanical Engineering paper are Engineering mathematics, strength of Materials, Thermal science which carries 13- 15 marks each, and also according to last year trend, the topic Mechanical Science covered maximum weightage i.e. 15- 16 marks in total. ME paper consists of both, conceptual based questions, and formula based questions, and both type of questions carry equal weightage, but it depends, sometimes formula based questions can be more, and vice versa. Weightage of the important topics can also vary this time but preparing these topics is a must. In general, the overall difficulty level of the paper used to be moderate. Important preparation tips are given more, read further.

Only 19% Mechanical students qualified GATE last time. What’s the reason?

GATE is the examination with negative marking and also comprises numerical answer type questions in Mechanical Engineering paper which requires pin point accuracy while solving them. Some reasons why success percentage of Mechanical engineering students is less are: unawareness of GATE syllabus and exam which is the main reason for lack of preparation. I think around 40% students appear for GATE with zero preparation. In addition to this reason, wrong strategy is the major reason for lower success rate. For clearing the exam, appropriate guidance is required for cracking this exam. Around 50% questions are very basic and formula based but GATE syllabus is very vast which creates confusion among the students. Instead of focusing on main subjects they try to cover up whole GATE syllabus and ends up with nothing.

How to crack GATE Mechanical Engineering Paper?
Crack Mechanical Engineering Paper with these Tips and Strategies.

GATE Mechanical Engineering paper is one of the most difficult one and just covering the entire GATE syllabus is not enough to clear the cut off. Students must prepare properly and make certain strategies to successfully clear GATE cut off.

Follow the tips and strategies mentioned below-if one finds any topic difficult to be prepared for within the last weeks left, one can cover the questions from those topics from the previous year GATE papers, it is advised not just go through 1- 2 previous years but try to practice more than 5 question papers. Secondly, one should spend as much time as required to understand the fundamentals and clarify all their doubts. Also, one should prepare one’s own notes while preparing the important topics and list of formulae so that just revision will be sufficient.

In addition to this, coverage of GATE syllabus with several Mechanical topic tests and minimum of 1 full length tests should be done. The tests will help to understand the pattern and structure of exam, difficulty level of the questions, and will also help a candidate to find his/her strong and weak point.

Best solution to handle basic concepts is to understand them with the help of applications and numerical problems with their solutions. Aspirants must prepare a strong base by understanding all the concepts.

Last minute strategy for cracking GATE?
Do’s and Don’ts

It is expected that candidate must repeatedly revise notes made by them during the last days. Also, one may go through some of the previous tests to keep afresh any tips and trick developed while solving those papers.

A candidate should not go for too many tests as this can hamper the confidence, but proper relaxation of the mind is required. So, just 1 or 2 full length tests are sufficient in the last days.
In a nutshell, frequent revisions and mind relaxation is required, so that recollection will be faster and effective during the examination.

What a candidate can do after clearing GATE Mechanical cut off?

Selected candidates will get many options and he can choose the field depending upon his interest. Aspirant can select from any of the following options. Firstly, he can apply to different PSU's, and he can also get admission in top MTech colleges i.e. in different IIT's and NIT's (depends on the GATE score).

Secondly, he can take admission in foreign universities such Singapore university. Even in army's technical graduate course they ask for GATE score (not mandatory but for the sake of good impression). Candidates can also opt for MBA (Example NITIE Mumbai gives admission in their MBA course on basis of GATE). Additionally, average package after completing is 10 Lakhs per annum. Not only this, if you have a good GATE score, it gives strength to your resume.


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