GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Question Paper, Answer Key & Paper Analysis

Last Updated - February 03 2018

GATE ME Paper 2018 was successfully organizeed in shift 1 on February 3. The session 1 was organized from 9:00 am to 12:00 hrs. The official response key for GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 2018 and questions papers will be announced after the GATE 2018 exam along with the notification of a time frame to raise objections with the proof.

The official response keys are referred for evaluating GATE Scores. Based on official response keys, the result is declared. GATE Result is expected to be declared on March 17, 2018.

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The final response keys for GATE 2018 will be published after considering all the objections (if, raised by the aspirants) at www.gate.iitg.ac.in in 1st week of March. The unofficial GATE response keys are announced by coaching centers just after the organizing of the exam. Read on to know GATE ME Paper Analysis and unofficial response keys.

Paper Highlights for GATE ME 2018

Paper CodeME
Shift 109:00 – 12:00 hrs
Shift 202:00 – 05:00 hrs
No. of Questions65
Maximum Marks100
Types of QuestionsObjective (MCQs, NAT)
SectionsEngineering Mathematics, General Aptitude & Subject Specific

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Paper Analysis for GATE 2018 Mechanical Engineering (ME)

The first session of GATE Mechanical Engineering 2018 Paper successfully organized and was analyzed by different coaching institutes and experts. A detailed analysis of number of questions and weight is given below-

Subject TopicsNo. Of QuestionsTopics – Questions were asked ofDifficulty LevelTotal Marks
Strength of Materials (SOM)1 marks- 4 2 marks- 3Poisson's Ratio, Columns,Easy10
Mechanical Precision Engineering1 marks -5 2 marks - 6Slab Milling, non-traditional machining, Casting, WeldingEasy to Moderate17
Theory of Machines (TOM) and Vibration1 marks- 1 2 marks- 3Natural Frequency, Dynamics of Slider Crank Mechanism, Epicyclic Gear TrainsEasy7
Thermo Dynamics & Applied Thermo Dynamics1 marks -1 2 marks- 4Brayton Cycle, EntropyModerate9
Heat & Mass Transfer1 marks - 1 2 marks - 2Conduction, Heat ExchangerEasy to Moderate5
Fluid Mechanics1 marks - 4 2 marks - 3Flow via Pipes, KinematicsEasy to Moderate10
Engineering Mechanics1 marks - 1 2 marks - 2---
General Aptitude1 marks - 5 2 marks - 5Family Relations, Grammar, Inference, Co-ordinate GeometryTough15
Machine Design1 marks - 2 2 marks - 1S-N Curve, Theories of FailureEasy to Moderate4
Industrial Engineering1 marks - 0 2 marks - 2SchedulingModerate4
Engineering Mathematics1 marks - 5 2 marks - 2Differential Equations, Probability, Rank of the Matrix, Eigen ValuesModerate14
Total65100

Detailed GATE Paper Analysis for ME - Session 1

S.NoTopics% wise weight
1Manufacturing Engineering17%
2General Aptitude15%
3Maths14%
4Fluid Mechanics 1010%
5Thermo Dynamics9%
6Theory of Machines7%
7Engineering Mathematics5%
8Heat Transfer55%
9Industrial Engineering4%
10Machine design4%
  • Difficult questions were from the topics such as Thermal Sciences, Manufacturing, and Engineering Mechanics.
  • It is noted that easy questions were from General Aptitude, Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Materials, and Strength of materials
  • The overall question paper consisted of questions that were frequently asked in the earlier papers of GATE as well.

Qualifying Cutoff Marks for GATE Mechanical Engineering (2013-2017)

Category20172016201520142013
General32.8729.632.7328.8625
OBC2926.629.4625.9722.25
SC/ST/PH2119.721.8219.2416.67

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