The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is one of the most popular exams amongst all technical background students B-Tech, BE, BSc etc because it gives an opportunity to join M.Tech, PhD admissions in various IITs, Nits and several other 1st tier engineering colleges in India and abroad. GATE 2019 is also an opportunity to secure a central Govt job in PSUs. A total of 7,81,854 candidates appeared for GATE 2018 in which 2.9 lakhs candidates appeared for mechanical engineering paper while only 39K candidates qualified the exams. GATE 2019 is organized by IIT Madras and competition is increasing year by year. Hence it is utmost important to build strategies and work upon it with discipline and dedication. The exam dates of GATE 2019 has been officially announced. It is scheduled to be held in Feb 2019. Time of around 6-8 months is sufficient to crack GATE exam.
Below we have shared some important tips which will help students preparing for the Mechanical Engineering exam of GATE 2019 to crack this exam with a good score.
How to prepare for GATE 2019 Mechanical Engineering Exam?
GATE exam consists of 65 multiple choice question (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions of total 100 marks.
These are immensely important subjects and usually, account for 65-70% weightage in the exam of GATE Mechanical Engineering. Hence it is very important to focus on more important subjects first.
Also do not avoid Aptitude section as it will decide your final score. Practice previous 10 years paper of all streams and it will be sufficient to help you excel in the aptitude section of the GATE exam.
3. Start with an easy subject
Many candidates drop preparation of exam as they often begin their journey with a technically tough subject. You should always begin with a subject in which you are more comfortable and then slowly you will pick up the race.
4. Select standard books
It is said that half of the work is done if you start moving in a right direction. Getting a standard book is essential for GATE exam preparation, as a good book will clear concepts more easily and other books. For mechanical paper, you can follow these books. They are widely known amongst toppers and readily available:
- Thermodynamics:- P.K. Nag, Cengel and Boles
- Operations Research:- Heera and Gupta, H A Taha, Ravindran & Phillips.
- Industrial Engg:- Martand Telsang, Buffa & Sarin
- Fluid Mechanics:- Frank.M.White, K. Subramanya
- Production Engg:- Kalpika Jain, P.N. Rao, P.C. Sharma, Ghosh & Malik (anyone).
- HMT:- Cengel, J P Holman
- RAC:- C.P. Arora
- IC Engine:- V Ganesan
- Theory of Machines: S.S. Ratan, Ghosh and Mallik
- Material Science:- W.D. Callister, UC. Jindal, I.P. Singh
- Machine Design:- Shigley, V.B. Bhandari
5. Make a routine for study
Making a routine will always help to plan study and scale your performance. Make 10-12 hours a day plan. Divide the study hours into 3 slots. Viz morning, day, and evening.
Don’t forget to download GATE preparation app on Google Play Store. It provides free notes, topic-wise study material, quizzes, mock test, previous papers, videos, and all the updates related GATE exam.