GATE 2019 Syllabus for Mining Engineering (MN)

About GATE 2019 – It is conducted to offer admission into M.Tech/M.Sc in engineering/ technology/ architecture and P.hD. 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.

The topics have been divided into two categories into each of the GATE 2019 subjects. 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 Mining Engineering

 To the extraction of minerals from the earth, mining engineering is an engineering discipline that applies science and technology. To other fields such as geology, mineral processing and metallurgy, geotechnical engineering and surveying, Mining engineering is immensely related. This is also known as mineral engineering. In the process of mining blasting and explosive are also involved.


Syllabus of Mining Engineering for GATE 2019

Engineering Mathematics

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

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

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

Differential Equations: Higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients; Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, Linear and non-linear first order ODEs;

Probability and Statistics: Measures of central tendency; Correlation and regression analysis; Random variables; Poisson, normal and binomial distributions.

Numerical Methods: Solutions of linear algebraic equations; Single and multi-step methods for differential equations; Integration of trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule.


Mine Development and Surveying

Drilling methods and machines; Explosives, blasting devices and practices; Mine Development: Methods of access to deposits; Underground drives;

Mine Surveying: Levels and levelling, theodolite, tacheometry, triangulation; Contouring; Field astronomy; EDM and Total Station; Introductory GPS;  Errors and adjustments; Correlation; Underground surveying; Curves; Photogrammetry.


Geomechanics and Ground Control

Engineering Mechanics: Equivalent force systems; Equations of equilibrium; Friction forces; Particle kinematics and dynamics; Beam analysis; Two-dimensional frames and trusses; Free body diagrams.

Geomechanics: Ground vibrations; Stress distribution around mine openings; Subsidence; Rock bursts and coal bumps; Slope stability; Geotechnical properties of rocks; Rock mass classification; Instrumentation and stress measurement techniques; Theories of rock failure;

Ground Control:  Mine filling; Design of pillars; Roof supporting systems;


Mining Methods and Machinery

Mining Methods: Surface mining: layout, development, loading, transportation and mechanization, continuous surface mining systems; Underground coal mining: open, supported and caved stoping methods, stope mechanization, ore handling systems; bord and pillar systems, room and pillar mining, longwall mining, thick seam mining methods; highwall mining; Underground metal mining.

Mining Machinery: Face and development machinery, hoisting systems, pumps, crushers, Generation and transmission of mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic power; Materials handling: haulages, conveyors; Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation, and Underground Hazards.

Surface Environment: Air, water and soil pollution: causes and dispersion of contamination, and control; Noise; Land reclamation, Standards of quality.

Mine Ventilation: Underground atmosphere; Mine fans and their usage; Auxiliary ventilation; Mechanics of air flow, distribution, natural and mechanical ventilation; Ventilation planning; Ventilation networks; Heat load sources and thermal environment, air cooling;

Subsurface Hazards: Mine Gases. Underground hazards from fires, explosions, dust and inundation; Accident data analysis; Mine lighting; Mine legislation; Occupational safety; Rescue apparatus and practices; Safety in mines;

Mine Economics, Mine Planning, Systems Engineering

Mine Economics: Mineral resource classification; Mine valuation; Mine investment analysis; Mineral taxation; Discounted cash flow analysis;

Mine Planning: Sampling methods, Reserve estimation; practices and interpretation; Optimization of facility location; Work-study; Techniques: Basics of geostatistics and quality control.

Maintainability and availability; Network analysis; Inventory models; Queueing theory; Basics of simulation; Linear programming, transportation and assignment problems.


Exam Pattern for GATE 2019


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 Mining Engineering- GATE 2019

  • Elements of Mining Technology Vol 1,2 & 3 by DESHMUKH
  • Mine Legislation by GODISHALA MAANOHER
  • Advanced Opencast Mining methods by GANGADHAR
  • Data mining: Introductory and Advanced Topics by DUNHAM
  • Rock mechanics and strata control by B.RAVINDAR
  • Data mining techniques: For marketing, sales and customer relationship management by GORDON S. LINOFF and MICHEAL J.A. BERRY
  • Mining surveying-I by P.RANGASWAMY
  • Opencast mining by M.VISHNU
  • Introduction to Data mining by PANG-NING TAN and MICHEAL STEINBACH
  • Mine machinery-II by L.NARASIMHA RAO
  • Data mining: Concepts and techniques by HAN
  • Web mining and social networking: Techniques and applications by IMUSTI
  • Mine Safety and legislation by Dr.S.K.DAS
  • Mine Ventilation, Safety & Environment by M.L.GUPTA/J.K.PANDEY


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