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GATE Mechanical Engineering

GATE Mechanical Engineering is among the most appeared subjects in the GATE Exam. Every year, more than 1 lakh candidates attempt the exam. GATE 2024 ME Exam will be held soon, and important information regarding the examination will be released along with the notification. GATE 2024 results will be announced after the successful conduction of the exam.

Get all the necessary information like syllabus, exam pattern, new changes introduced in GATE, important books, preparation tips, previous years’ question papers, cutoff, and latest news related to GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam here. We have also provided direct links to the Answer Keys and Question Papers.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Latest News

Candidates who are planning to take the GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) and other papers exam can access the GATE Syllabus and GATE Exam Dates on the official website.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Overview

Particulars Details
Number of Questions in Paper 65
Number of Sections Section 1 – General Aptitude, Section 2 – Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering
Topic-wise weightage General Aptitude – 15%

Mathematics – 15%

Mechanical Engineering – 70%

Pattern of Questions Multiple Choice Question (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type Questions (NATQs)
Duration of Exam 3 Hours
Marking Scheme Test Paper has questions carrying 1 mark and 2 marks, and

⅓ and ⅔ negative mark for incorrect answers, respectively

GATE Mechanical Engineering Preparation Videos

Expected Questions:

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GATE Mechanical Engineering Related Study Resources

GATE Mechanical Engineering Important Dates 2024

Particulars Dates
GATE Online Application Processing August 2023
Closing of Submission of Application Form September 2023
Last Date of Extended Period for Online Registration Application (With Late Fees) October 2023
Modifications in GATE 2024 Application October 2023
Admit Card January 2024
GATE 2024 Examination First two weeks of February 2024
Announcement of Result March 2024

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Exam Pattern

Candidates can check the overview of the GATE Exam Pattern for Mechanical in the table below:

Feature Description
Examination Mode Online (Computer Based Test)
Duration of Exam 3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Sectional Time Duration None
Total Marks 100
Total Number of Questions 65
Number of Subjects (Papers) 29
Number of Sections It depends on the subjects.

2-3 (GA and Core Discipline or GA, Engineering Mathematics and Core Subject)

Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)

Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Marking Scheme 1 or 2 marks for each right answer
Negative Marking Scheme For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking.

For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

No negative marking for MSQ & NATQ.

Marking Scheme for Mechanical Engineering:

Stream/Course Exam Pattern
Mechanical Engineering (ME) GA (General Aptitude) – 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics – 13 marks

Subject of the Paper – 72 marks

GATE Mechanical Engineering Paper Analysis

Overview of the GATE paper analysis 2023:

Mechanical Engineering (ME) Shift 1 (9:00 am – 12:00 am)

Particulars Details
Question Type 5 MSQs

35 NATQs

25 MCQs

Difficulty Level Moderate to Tough
Manufacturing Engineering and Heat Transfer Highest Weightage in the Paper
Engineering Mathematics Moderate
General Aptitude Easy

Video on GATE 2022 ME Paper Shift 1 Live Analysis:

Mechanical Engineering (ME) Shift 2 (2.30 pm – 5.30 pm)

Particulars Details
Question Type 6 MSQs

24 NATQs

35 MCQs

Difficulty Level Moderate to Tough
Engineering Mechanics, SOM, Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering and HMT Highest Weightage in the Paper
Engineering Mathematics Moderate
General Aptitude Easy

Video on GATE 2022 ME Paper Shift 2 Live Analysis:

GATE Mechanical Engineering Results Analysis

GATE result analysis is one of the important aspects of the exam. Every year, 1-2 lakh students attempt the GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) exam.

GATE ME Topper Marks by Year

Year Paper Marks Score
2022 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 90.05 1000
2021 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 93.22 979
2020 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 86.88 987
2019 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 94.75 1000
2018 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 98.83 1000
2017 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 94.85 1000

GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Cutoff over Years

2022 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 28.1 25.2 18.7
2021 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 33.0 29.7 22.0
2020 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 34.0 30.6 22.6
2019 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 34.1 30.7 22.7
2018 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 34.7 31.2 23.1
2017 GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 32.7 29.4 21.8

The graph below shows the ME cutoff trend of the last 5 years:

ME cutoff plot

GATE ME Important Topics for Exam Preparation

Check the following videos on GATE ME Preparation Tips:

Based on the previous years’ question papers, we have listed the most important topics from the technical subjects of Mechanical Engineering below:

S. No. Subject Important Topics
1. Machine Design Joints
Design of Gears and Bearings
2. Strength of Materials Friction
Bending Stress
Stress and Strain
3. Engineering Mechanics Work and Energy
Law of Restitution
Structural Analysis
4. Industrial Engineering EOQ Problems
Queuing Theory
Inventory Control
Linear Programming Problem
5. Theory of Machines & Vibration Linkages
Shafts Problems
Governors and Flywheel
Free Damped Vibrations
Pairs and Its Applications
Inversions of Single and Double Slider Crank
6. Fluid Machinery Capillary
Surface Tension
Velocity Potential
Flow Through Pipes
Boundary Layer Theory
Applications of Bernoulli Equation
7. Thermodynamics Steam Turbines
Laws of Thermodynamics
Second Law and First Law Problems
Problems on Diesel, Otto, Dual Cycle
8. Engineering Materials Heat Treatment
Defects in Crystal Structure
Effect of Alloying Elements
9. Heat Transfer Critical Thickness
Numbers in Convection
Problems on Conduction
Shape Factor in Radiation
Problem in Heat Exchangers
10. Manufacturing CNC Programming
Orthogonal Cutting
Resistance Welding
Problems on Welding
Tool Life Equation Problems
Riser and Gate Design of Casting
Casting Types and Design of Castings
11. Engineering Mathematics



Differential Equations

Frequently Asked Questions


What is ME1 and ME2 in the GATE exam?

ME 1 means morning shift (9:00 am – 12:00 pm), and ME 2 means evening shift (2.30 pm – 5.30 pm).


Can I get 100 marks in GATE?

No one has ever scored 100.


How many subjects are there in the GATE exam?

There are 29 subjects in the GATE 2024 exam.


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