9 Month Planner Mechanical Engineering(ME)
Introduction
Hi Warriors,
Please find a comprehensive study plan for your exam preparation. This Planner is for 9 months but you may modify it for 6 months (by studying more hours per day). The number of hours considered in this planner is 3 hours per day (on an average). For instance, if you see the Master planner below, you will find we need approx. 220250 hours during April + May + June. So if we study 3 hours, on an average, for 90 days = 270 hours, we can easily cover what’s given in the document.
Note: This planner is designed keeping in consideration students who have got top 100 ranks in GATE or any national level exam in the past few years.
Note: This plan is designed in consideration with students who have got top 100 ranks in GATE or any national level exam in the past few years
A similar plan is followed by many exam toppers and is highly recommended by most of The top faculties of the country. You will realise while going through it that a lot of research is gone In to make it helpful to you.
The following document contains
The following document contain
 Master plan
 Flow of a subject which should be followed
 How to make notes
 How to do Test Analysis
 How to do revison
 Subject wise( topic wise) time devotion plan
1.Master Plan
2. Flow of Studies for Any subject:
 Notes
 GATE que for past 10 years topic wise
 Topic wise test on aspiration.ai
 Subject tests on aspiration.ai
 Extra practice que + revision of subject
3.How to Make Notes:
 If you attend lectures of any faculty through gateflix then you can easily make notes. If you haven’t done so, go to online videos to do so. You may also go to Youtube: Khan academy, Nptel or the latest and most popular are Gateflix videos.
 Make notes neatly as they will be very very useful while revision in the last 30 days. Use 3 colour pen to indicate important, very important and very very important concepts.
 Make a separate handbook for formulas. In exams 40% questions are direct formala based or implied formula based. Problem with students is that they tend to mix up formula. If you have this handbook of formula ready and have revised the things atleast 2 times , I can gurantee you the 40 % marks.
 Don’t Xerox someone’s notes because the moment you write youself then you can memorise the concept for a longer duration.
 Leave one page Space after 2/3 pages or after every major chapter . This is to ensure that if you come across any vital formula or Information or short trick while refering tests or refernce book later then you may place That information in these spaces.
4.How to do a Test Analysis:
 Any test( Online or offline) need to taken in time frame.There is No point in taking the test without a time Limit.
 Don’t take any test without revision of Notes of the syllabus covered in the test. It will be a wastage if You just randomly take a test.
 Once the test time is over, don’t jump to answer Solution . Check the answer key and get To Know your score.
 Now follow a 3 stage process .
Stage 1: Go to the right ones and check wheteher you were confident of answering that question . If the answer is “yes” check the solution given in order to see which method was better( yours or the given in Book or online portal ). Adopt the best you like.
Stage 2: Go to questions which you got wrong. Try to fight with the question that why you got it wrong without looking at the solution yet. Try 3 or 4 times by re reading the question or even refer notes. Maximum time it’s a silly mistake. These silly Mistakes can’t be zeroed but can be reduced by practicing more .Refer notes again if needed. In case you are still not able to click after a lot of Slumber, try to open the solution and check your mistake. If it was a new concept to you, add in the void space you have kept in your notes. This will help to solve similar question again.
Stage 3: Now the turn of questions which are un attempted.This could be due to
 Not knowing The concept or due to lack of time. If it was conceptual ignorance , go to your faculty ( many online live class teachers are available , In case you don’t have one)and learn the concept.
 It was a lack of time issue try now and solve it. If you are taking a lot of Time try to memorise few steps so that if it appears in exam you will be able to do it fast. Other students might leave such question in exam , But you will probably dare to attempt such and score more.
 The key to successs in any entrance exam is solve More , analyse more. In each subject you should Solve almost 1000+ questions including past year Actual Exam questions, topic wise test, subject test and mock tests.
5. How To do Revision:
 Well this is dependent on the way you have prepared notes and how effectively have you done the Test Analysis.
 Go through the whole cycle again in this revision phase like NOTES > GATE QUESTIONS > Topic test > Subject Test > Extra questions (if any ).
 While Revising, don’t solve Each and every question from notes or tests. Try To randomly pick 20 questions from different pages or test( purely random) . If you are able to recall the logic of 16+ then you are good to go ahead. If you are Not able to solve more than 10 questions then it’s a re revision time. Follow step 2.
 Try to have abird eye view and See topics on which questions Are asked again and Again. Star mark them for making revision 2 and revision 3 effective.
6.SUBJECT WISE PLAN:
a. General Aptitude
Chapter 1  Numerical Ability  Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning, data interpretation  4 days 
Chapter 2  Verbal Ability  English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deductions  2 days 
Note: For the years 2014 to 2017 there have been 2 and 3 sets so we have taken the average weightage of the topics for the same
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number questions( marks in Bracket ).
GA Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  22  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  3  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  2  with Analysis  
revision overall  2  
Total  29hrs 
b. Engineering Maths
Chapter 1  Linear Algebra  Matrix Algebra, Type of matrices, Determinant, Cramer’s rule, Systems of linear equations, Rank of the equation, consistency of the equation, Eigen values and Eigen vectors.  2 day 
Chapter 2  Probability & distribution  Sampling theorems, Conditional probability, Baye’s theorem, Random variables, Expectation & Variance, Discrete and continuous distributions, uniform, normal, exponential, Poisson, Binomial. Correlation and regression analysis, covariance, correlation coefficient, Mean, median, mode and standard deviation,  1 day 
Chapter 3  Numerical methods  Solutions of nonlinear algebraic equations, Newton Raphson method, Regulafalsi method or (method of false position), secant method, Gauss Elimination Method, Gauss Jordon method, Jacobi iteration method , Gauss Siedel iteration method, Numerical Integration: Trapezoidal rule, Simpson’s 1/3 & 3/8 rule, single and multistep methods for differential equations, Euler’s method, RungeKutta Method  1 day 
Chapter 4  Calculus  Limits & continuity, Basic differentiation & integration, Mean value theorems, Theorems of integral calculus, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial Derivatives, Maxima and minima, Multiple integrals, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line, Surface and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.  3 days 
Chapter 5  Differential Equations  First order equation (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Method of variation of parameters, Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, Initial and boundary value problems, Partial Differential Equations and variable separable method.  2 days 
Chapter 6  Complex Variables  Analytic functions, Cauchy’s integral theorem and integral formula, Taylor’s and Laurent series, Residue theorem  1 day 
Chapter 7  Laplace Transforms+ Fourier series  Definition & property of Laplace transform + Fourier Series  0.5 day 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number questions( marks in Bracket ).
Maths Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  35  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  5  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  4  with Analysis  
revision overall  6  
Total  50 hrs 
c. Engineering Mechanics
Chapter 1  Force and moment systems  Force and moment systems  1 day 
Chapter 2  Equilibrium of force systems  Equilibrium of force systems  2 days 
Chapter 3  Structural analysis  Structural analysis  2 days 
Chapter 4  Kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in plane motion  Kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in plane motion  2 days 
Chapter 5  Friction  Friction  1 day 
Chapter 6  Work and energy principle  Work and energy principle  1 day 
Chapter 7  Impulse and momentum  Impulse and momentum  1 day 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number of questions( marks in Bracket ).
EM Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  37  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  5  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  4  with Analysis  
revision overall  7  
Total  53 hrs 
d. Fluid mechanics
Chapter 1  Basics of fluid mechanics  Definition of fluids, basic equations  2 days 
Chapter 2  Properties of fluids  Density, specific gravity, viscosity, surface tension, capillarity, bulk modulus, vapour pressure  1 day 
Chapter 3  Pressure and fluid statics  Pressure, barometer, atmospheric pressure, principle, pressure measurement, buoyancy and floatation  2 days

Chapter 4  Kinematics  Introduction, description, types of fluid flow, continuity equation, motion of fluid element, flow patterns, stream function  3 days 
Chapter 5  Bernoulli’s equations and its applications  Euler’s equation, bernoulli’s equation and its applications  2 days

Chapter 6  Dynamics of fluid flow  Introduction, impulse momentum principle, forces exerted by fluids  2 days 
Chapter 7  Flow through conduits/pipes  Internal, laminar, turbulent flow, loss of energy, flow through pipes and nozzles  2 days 
Chapter 8  External flow  Boundary layers, drag force, boundary conditions  2 days 
Chapter 9  Hydraulic turbines  Classification, various types of turbines, model testing  2 days 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number questions( marks in Bracket ).
FM Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  62  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  4  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  3  with Analysis  
revision overall  3  
Total  72hrs 
e. Strength of Materials
Chapter 1  Simple stress and strain  Types of stresses and strains, types of materials, thermal stress  2 days 
Chapter 2  Strain energy and impact load  Strain energy  2 days 
Chapter 3  Shear force and bending moment diagram  Shear force, beam, FBD, method of analysis, equation of equilibrium  2 days 
Chapter 4  Bending stress and shear stress  Pure bending moment, direct shear stress  2 days 
Chapter 5  Pure torsion  Pure torsion, composite shafts, springs  2 days 
Chapter 6  Combined stress and strain  Different stress and strains, combined stress and strain  3 days 
Chapter 7  Column and pressure level  Types of column, slenderness ratio, pressure level  2 days 
Chapter 8  Slope and deflection  General expressions, methods  2 days 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number of questions( marks in Bracket ).
SOM Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  59  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  3  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  3  with Analysis  
revision overall  6  
Total  71 hrs 
f. Thermal Engineering
Chapter 1  Basic concepts of thermodynamics  Basic concepts of thermodynamics, thermodynamic system and processes; Zeroth law of thermodynamics, basic terminologies of thermodynamics 
2 days 
Chapter 2  First law of thermodynamics

First law of thermodynamics for a cycle and process,
application of first law of thermodynamics, study flow energy equation 
2 days 
Chapter 3  Second law of thermodynamics

Second law of thermodynamics statement,
heat engine, refrigerator and heat pump, Clausius inequality law, entropy 
3 days 
Chapter 4  Available energy and thermodynamic relations

Available and unavailable energy,
energy, enthalpy and maxwell’s equations 
2 days 
Chapter 5  Properties of pure substance and gas mixture

Properties of pure substances,
dryness, fraction of steam, triple point water 
2 days 
Chapter 6  Refrigeration

Vapour refrigeration cycle,
heat pumps, gas refrigeration, Reverse Carnot & Reverse Brayton cycle 
2 days 
Chapter 7  Psychrometry

Psychrometric terms,
psychrometric properties relations, psychrometric chart, different processes on psychrometric chart. 
2 days 
Chapter 8  Power plant engineering  Sterling and Ericson cycle,
gas and steam power plant, compressor, steam turbine 
3 days 
Chapter 9  Internal combustion engine  Classification,
applications, basic components, terms used 
2 days 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number questions( marks in Bracket ).
Thermal Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  69  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  6  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  4  with Analysis  
revision overall  5  
Total  84 hrs 
g. Manufacturing
Chapter 1  Metal casting

Various properties and methods of metal casting  3 days 
Chapter 2  Welding

Introduction, SMAW, MIG, various types of welding  3 days 
Chapter 3  Metal forming

Introduction, rolling, extrusion, wire drawing, forging  3 days 
Chapter 4  Metal cutting

Drilling, grinding, miling, metal cutting with single point cutting tool  3 days 
Chapter 5  Power metallurgy  Power metallurgy and material science  2 days 
Chapter 6  Metrology  Important terms, fits, grades of tolerance, direct and indirect measurement  2 days 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number questions( marks in Bracket ).
Manufacturing Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  68  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  5  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  4  with Analysis  
revision overall  6  
Total  83 hrs 
h. Theory of Machines
Chapter 1  Mechanics

Various mechanisms  2 days 
Chapter 2  Gears

Classification, analysis, different types  2 days 
Chapter 3  Gear train

Introduction, components, simple, compound, reverted, planetary gear trains  1 day 
Chapter 4  Flywheel

Role, vibrations  1 day 
Chapter 5  Vibrations

Logarithmic decrement, death of shaft  2 days 
Chapter 6  Cams and followers

Classification, application, terminology  1 day 
Chapter 7  governors

Classification, characteristics, different types  1 day 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number questions( marks in Bracket ).
TOM Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  55  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  4  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  5  with Analysis  
revision overall  5  
Total  69 hrs 
i. Machine Design
Chapter 1  Static, dynamic loading and theories of failure

Static and dynamic loading, various theories of failures  3 days 
Chapter 2  Design of bearings

Classifications, components, different bearings  2 days 
Chapter 3  Clutches brakes and rope designs

Clutches brakes and rope design  3 days 
Chapter 4  Welded and riveted joints

Welded joints and its designs and characteristics, riveted joints and its design and characteristics  2 days 
Chapter 5  Design of spur gears and springs

Terminology, design  2 days 
Chapter 6  Design of shafts, keys and couplings

Design of shaft, keys and couplings  2 days 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number questions( marks in Bracket ).
MD Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  50  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  6  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  5  with Analysis  
revision overall  4  
Total  65 hrs 
j. Heat Transfer
Chapter 1  Introduction to modes of heat transfer

Conduction, convection, thermal radiation  1 day 
Chapter 2  Introduction to conduction

One dimensional heat conduction in plane walls, cylinders, electrical analogy, fins, unsteady heat conduction

1 day 
Chapter 3  One dimensional steady state conduction without heat generation

One dimensional steady state conduction without heat generation

1 day 
Chapter 4  One dimensional steady state conduction with heat generation

One dimensional steady state conduction with heat generation

1 day 
Chapter 5  Extended surface

Temperature distribution of infinite long fin  1 day 
Chapter 6  Transient heat conduction

Temperature profile with time.

1 day 
Chapter 7  Radiation

Radiative heat transfer, black and grey surfaces, shape factors, network analysis

`2 days 
Chapter 8  Convection  Dimensionless parameters in free and forced convective heat transfer , various
correlations for heat transfer in flow over flat plates and through pipes; thermal boundary layer; effect of turbulence 
1 day 
Chapter 9  Natural convection  1 day  
Chapter 10  Heat exchangers  Mean effective temperature in parallel flow heat exchanger, mean effective temperature in counter flow heat exchanger, NTU method  2 days 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number questions( marks in Bracket ).
HT Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  43  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  5  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  4  with Analysis  
revision overall  5  
Total  57 hrs 
k. Industrial Engineering
Chapter 1  Forecasting

Forecasting types, errors and categories of methods  1 day 
Chapter 2  Inventory control

Inventory control, models, economic order quantity  2 days 
Chapter 3  Project management

CPM & PERT  2 days 
Chapter 4  Plant layout

Production system  1 day 
Chapter 5  Line balancing

Important definitions and parameters  2 days 
Chapter 6  Sequencing model

Gantt chart  1 day 
Chapter 7  Queuing theory

Kendell notations, operating characteristics  2 days 
Chapter 8  Linear programming problem  Definition and solution of programming problems  2 days 
Chapter 9  Assignment model  Solution method, solving algorithm  1 days 
 Column 1 represent Time to study and make notes + Solving GATE Questions of that topic .
 The last 10 column represents year wise number questions( marks in Bracket ).
IE Master Plan

Hours  Remarks  
Notes + Gate Questions  51  
Topic test from Aspiration.ai  4  with Analysis  
Subject test from aspiration.ai  4  with Analysis  
revision overall  5  
Total  64 hrs 