Mechanical Engineering Optional (Score 315) : Strategy, Booklist, Notes by Taranjot Singh (AIR 70)
In the previous article I had discussed the role of coaching, choosing optional subject, essay writing and general studies answer writing approach. This one is going to be about Mechanical Engineering optional strategy along with notes and booklist.
1. Mechanical Engineering Optional approach:
I did classes for GATE from Made Easy. So, I made class notes as the base, and further kept adding topics from varied sources as per CSE syllabus. For numerical practice, me and my friend Vivek solved the previous year questions separately, and then compared and discussed our solutions.
Some suggestions for Mechanical Engg:
- Make previous year questions as your guiding compass. Identify and prioritise the favourite topics of UPSC. (Solutions for previous year questions are now available in the market)
- Don’t leave any topic of syllabus untouched. Cover at least the basics of all the topics
- Prepare short notes of formulae and other facts, figures and diagrams for last minute revisions. It gives immense confidence just before the exam
- Revise syllabus and questions as many times as you can
- Practice solving papers in time bound manner
- Question selection is important. For instance, in a question, if choice is given, sometimes one of those choices can be solved in 5 minutes, whereas the other choice may take 15 minutes to solve. So, try to develop a judgement for question types during practice itself. It’ll help you in exam in time management and not getting stuck in difficult questions
- Avoid silly mistakes in numericals. Find right balance between speed and efficiency. For instance, I tried to maximise my attempt, but without making silly mistakes. So I attempted 425/500
2. Subject wise sources for Mechanical Engineering Optional:
Mechanics: Made Easy notes
Engineering Materials: Made Easy Material science notes (by Swadesh Singh Sir) + Callister’s Materials Science and Engineering (for plastics, ceramics, composites and nano materials)
Theory of Machines: Made Easy notes + some reference to Theory of Machines by Rattan
Manufacturing Process: Made Easy notes (Mondal sir’s slides + Swadesh Singh Sir’s notes)
Manufacturing management: Made Easy notes + Mahajan (for theory portion eg factory location, plant layout, JIT, TPS, TQM, PMTS etc) + Internet
Thermodynamics, Gas Dynamics and Turbine: Made Easy notes + internet (for compressible flows, shocks and some previous year problems) + Munson and Douglas (wherever conceptual clarity needed)
Heat Transfer: Made Easy notes + internet (for laplace, poisson equations; reynolds and prandtl analogy)
IC Engines: Ganesan (for combustion chambers, fuels, additives, lubricants, alternate fuels, cooling, heat balance sheet etc) + Made Easy notes
Steam Engineering: Made Easy notes + P K Nag (for draught system) + internet (for governing, combined cycle, HRSG )
RAC: Made Easy notes + C P Arora (for expansion devices, simple duct design, air conditioning load calculation)
Raveesh Gupta’s book list and detailed strategy for self-preparation here. CSE 2016 Mechanical optional topper followed this blog whole-heartedly and got 345/500
Akshay Tripathi Mechanical Short Notes here
Taranjot Singh Mechanical Short Notes for GATE, IES & CSE here. (The quality isn’t upto the mark; I’ll get them re-scanned and re-uploaded in a few days)
I’ll upload my own solutions to previous year questions (2009-15) in August.
Leave your queries in the comments!
My topic wise solutions to previous year CSE Mechanical questions here.
Topic wise segregation of previous year questions (by Vivek Kumar CSE 2016, rank 278) can be found here. Its good practice to study a particular topic and then solve the corresponding questions.