Previous GATE Analyses

GATE 2018 was conducted on 3rd Feb 2018 in 2 slots with ME as one of the major diciplines. As like last year ME was conducted in 2 Slots this year as well. The exam went off smoothly with no major issues being reported from students across cities.

As per the usual format of GATE exam, the online exam consisting of questions on Technical Stream-wise Concepts, Engineering Maths & General Aptitude and was to be completed in a total time of 180 minutes. There was no problem reported as such for the functioning of the online portal and the exam interface as everything went on smoothly.

Analysis of the Exam

Question Pattern

A higher proportion of Numerical Questions appeared in ME Stream and it was also observed that there were more Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in comparison to last year. Both the above factors made the exam slightly tricky as there were lesser number of direct Theoretical questions and Multiple-Choice-Questions(MCQs), which are usually easier to attempt than Fill-in-the-blank questions.

Exam Interface

The exam interface for GATE’18 was similar to last year. With the Virtual Calculator already being put on GATE 2018 website, students who had had sufficient practice of the calculator on the website were at a slight advantage.

Exam Analysis

Mechanical Engg.

(a) Forenoon Slot: The paper was more on conceptual understanding and involved logical reasonings than being formula based. The weightage in Manufacturing Technology was around 13% to 14% which is lesser than that of last year. The questions related to Thermal Engg and Heat Transfer were lesser in number, had same weightage as last year and required conceptual understaning to answer them. The weightage in SOM, Vibrations, TOM and Machine Design was more and had few time consuming questions. Level of questions in Engg. Maths & Aptitude was easy with lesser number of questions in Engg Maths and most of them could be answered within a short time. As like last year the number of questions in NAT were more in number as compared to MCQs

Overall, the paper was easy to moderate as compared to last year.

Distribution of Marks:

Subject 1 Mark Q 2 Mark Q Total Marks
Engineering Mechanics024
Fluid Mechanics3411
Manufacturing Technology6414
Strength of Materials4514
Theory of Machines238
Heat Transfer012
Industrial Engineering125
Thermodynamics238
Machine Design226
Engineering Mathematics5413
Aptitude5515
TOTAL100

(b) Afternoon Slot: The no.of NAT questions were more than that of the MCQs and had more weightage as well. The weightage for Manufacturing Technology was the highest and a lot of questions were lengthy. One mark questions were mostly easy and very few were of medium level. The paper on the whole required more logical thinking and conceptual analysis.

Overall the paper was found to be Easy to Moderate.

Distribution of Marks:

Subject 1 Mark Q 2 Mark Q Total Marks
Engineering Mechanics137
Fluid Mechanics214
Manufacturing Technology6618
Strength of Materials2410
Theory of Machines214
Heat Transfer125
Industrial Engineering226
Thermodynamics2410
Machine Design214
Engineering Mathematics5617
Aptitude5515
TOTAL100