GATE 2019 Syllabus for Solid Mechanics

GATE 2019 – In their graduate fields, to test the performance and understanding capability of students Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) which is a national level exam is being conducted. In this test is useful for the admissions. On behalf of the  National Coordination Board, GATE exam is jointly conducted by the seven IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and IISc (Indian Institute of Science)  – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. In many of the government and private organizations, GATE score is important for recruitment. GATE score is compulsory for many private organizations.


About Solid Mechanics

Under the action of forces, Solid mechanics is the branch of continuum mechanics that studies the behaviour of solid materials, especially their motion and deformation temperature changes, phase changes, and other external or internal agents. On deformable or real-world objects, It is the Study of the effect of forces. Principles of Solid Mechanics are widely applied in design and analysis of machine components and structures. This subject contains marks weightage of 6 to 7 in GATE Mechanical Engineering & Civil Engineering.


Syllabus of Solid Mechanics for GATE 2019

Equivalent force systems; free-body diagrams; dynamics of rigid bodies under planar motion; the law of conservation of energy; the law of conservation of momentum; equilibrium equations; analysis of determinate trusses and frames; friction; particle kinematics and dynamics;

Axial, shear and bending moment diagrams; axial, shear and bending stresses; combined stresses; deflection (for symmetric bending); torsion in circular shafts; thin-walled pressure vessels; energy methods (Castigliano’s Theorems); Euler buckling. Free vibration of single degree of freedom systems;

Stresses and strains; principal stresses and strains; Mohr’s circle for plane stress and plane strain; generalized Hooke’s Law; elastic constants; thermal stresses; theories of failure.


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 Solid Mechanics- GATE 2019

  • An Introduction to Mechanics of Solids by S.H. Crandall, N.C. Dahl and S.J.Lardner
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics by Shames/ Pitarresi
  • Solid Mechanics by S.M.A. Kazimi
  • Mechanics of Materials by Gere J. M.
  • Theory of Elasticity by Timoshenko S.P. and Goodier J.N.
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics by James M. Pitarresi, Irving H. Shames
  • Solid Mechanics by William F. Hosford
  • Advanced Mechanics of Solids by Srinath
  • Solid Mechanics by Clive L. Dym, Irving H. Shames
  • Engineering Mechanics of Solids by Egor P. Popov
  • The strength of Materials(Mechanics of Solids) by R.K. Rajput
  • Classical and Computational Solid Mechan by Fung Y. C.
  • Cam Synthesis(Solid Mechanics and its Applications) by M.A. Gonzalez-Palacios
  • Engineering Solid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications by Abdel-Rahman A. Ragab, Salah Eldin Ahm Bayoumi
  • Mechanics of Solids by Singh
  • A Textbook of Strength of Materials by R.K. Bansal
  • Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics Statistical Mechanics & Solid State Physics by S P Kulia
  • Foundations of Solid Mechanics by P. Karasudhi

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