GATE 2019 Syllabus for Metallurgical Engineering (ME)

GATE 2019  – In engineering/ technology/ architecture and P.hD, it is conducted to offer admission into M.Tech/M.Sc. GATE 2019 Mock Tests have been released, GATE 2019 exam is managed by the IIT. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level examination and in relevant branches of science.

In each of the GATE 2019 subjects, the topics have been divided into two categories. On core topics, the corresponding sections (of the syllabus given below) of the question paper will contain 90% of their questions and the remaining 10% on Special Topics.


About Metallurgical Engineering

 With the study of metals, metallurgical engineering is one of the branches of engineering that deals in which aspects of theoretical, practical, production, application of metals and their alloys are involved. The course explains about the mining, extraction, design, and processing of metals, as well as how metals react to environmental changes or stress.

Syllabus of Metallurgical Engineering for GATE 2019

Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra: Systems of linear equations, Eigenvalues, Matrices and Determinants and Eigenvectors.

Vector Calculus: Gradient; Divergence and Curl; Line, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems; Surface and volume integrals;

Calculus:  Test for convergence; Maxima and minima, Limit, continuity and differentiability; Partial derivatives; Sequences and series; Fourier series.

Differential Equations: Linear and non-linear first order ODEs; Higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients; Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations; Laplace transforms; PDEs –Laplace, one-dimensional heat and wave equations.

Probability and Statistics: Definitions of probability and sampling theorems, conditional probability, Poisson, normal and binomial distributions; Correlation and regression analysis, Mean, median, mode and standard deviation; Random variables;

Numerical Methods: Solutions of linear and non-linear (Bisection, Secant, Newton-Raphson methods) single and multi-step methods for differential equations; algebraic equations; integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule;


Thermodynamics and Rate Processes

Heat transfer-conduction, convection and heat transfer coefficient relations, radiation, mass transfer – diffusion and Fick’s laws, mass transfer coefficients; Ellingham and phase stability diagrams, thermodynamics of surfaces, interfaces and defects, adsorption and segregation;

Laws of thermodynamics, activity, equilibrium constant, applications to metallurgical systems, solutions, phase equilibria, basic kinetic laws, order of reactions, rate constants and rate-limiting steps; principles of electrochemistry- single electrode potential, electrochemical cells and polarizations, aqueous corrosion and protection of metals, galvanic corrosion, crevice corrosion, pitting corrosion, intergranular corrosion, selective leaching, oxidation and high temperature corrosion – characterization and control; momentum transfer – concepts of viscosity, shell balances, Bernoulli’s equation, friction factors.


Extractive Metallurgy

Agglomeration, pyro-, hydro-, and electro-metallurgical processes; iron and steel making – principles, role structure and properties of slags, metallurgical coke, blast furnace, direct reduction processes, primary and secondary steel making, ladle metallurgy operations including deoxidation, desulphurization, sulphide shape control, inert gas rinsing and vacuum reactors; secondary refining processes including AOD, VAD, VOD, VAR and ESR; ingot and continuous casting; stainless steel making, furnaces and refractories; material and energy balances; principles and processes for the extraction of non-ferrous metals – aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, magnesium, nickel, titanium and other rare metals; Minerals of economic importance, comminution techniques, size classification, flotation, gravity and other methods of mineral processing;


Physical Metallurgy

Principles of heat treatment of steels, cast iron and aluminium alloys; surface treatments; recovery, recrystallization and grain growth; structure and properties of industrially important ferrous and non-ferrous alloys; elements of X-ray and electron diffraction; principles of optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy; industrial ceramics, polymers and composites; introduction to electronic basis of thermal, optical, electrical and magnetic properties of materials; introduction to electronic and optoelectronic materials;

Crystal structure and bonding characteristics of metals, alloys, ceramics and polymers, the structure of surfaces and interfaces, nano-crystalline and amorphous structures; solid solutions; solidification; phase transformation and binary phase diagrams;


Mechanical Metallurgy

Elasticity, yield criteria and plasticity; defects in crystals; elements of dislocation theory – types of dislocations, slip and twinning, source and multiplication of dislocations, stress fields around dislocations, partial dislocations, dislocation interactions and reactions; failure analysis; mechanical testing – tension, compression, torsion, hardness, impact, creep, fatigue, fracture toughness and formability; strengthening mechanisms; tensile, fatigue and creep behaviour; superplasticity; fracture – Griffith theory, basic concepts of linear elastic and elastoplastic fracture mechanics, ductile to brittle transition, fracture toughness;


Manufacturing Processes

Common welding processes of shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and submerged arc welding; Welding metallurgy, problems associated with welding of steels and aluminium alloys, defects in welded joints; Powder metallurgy – production of powders, compaction and sintering; NDT using dye-penetrant, ultrasonic, radiography, eddy current, acoustic emission and magnetic particle methods; , casting defects and repair; Hot, warm and cold working of metals; Metal forming – fundamentals of metal forming processes of rolling, forging, extrusion, wire drawing and sheet metal forming, defects in forming;. Metal casting – patterns and moulds including mould design involving feeding, gating and rising, melting, casting practices in sand casting, permanent mould casting, investment casting and shell mouldingMetal joining – soldering, brazing and welding;


Exam Pattern for GATE 2019


Section Question No No of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5
  6 to 10 5 2 10
Technical &  Engineering 1 to 25 25 1 25
Mathematics 26 to 55 30 2 60

Total Questions: 65
Total Marks: 100
Total Duration: 3 hours
Technical Section: 70 marks
General Aptitude: 15 marks
Engineering Mathematics: 15 marks

25 marks to 40 marks will be allotted to Numerical Answer Type Questions


Reference Books for Metallurgical Engineering- GATE 2019

  •  Extraction of Non-Fressous Metal 01 Edition by Ray
  • An Introduction to Modern Iron Making by R H Tupkary
  • Manufacturing Process 1 by Sandy Khippal
  • Manufacturing Processes and Equipment by J T Black
  • Mechanical Metallurgy 3rd Edition by George E. Deiter
  • Engineering Physical Metallurgy Edition 1 by Y. Lakhtin
  • Introduction to Physical Metallurgy 2 Edition by Tata McGraw Hill
  • Metallurgical Thermodynamics Kinetics and Numerical by A. B. Lele
  • Heat and Thermodynamics 8th Edition by Amit Chattopadhyay
  • Thermodynamics Databook by J Van Wylen


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