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Typically 5-6 months are required, but some students need a longer timeframe based on other commitments. College students start preparation 12-18 months before GATE to have more time to practise questions as they may have semester exams as well.

We suggest about 800 to 1200 hours of preparation time overall. This can be divided into 3-4 months or 12-18 months, based on your schedule.

Steps to Prepare for GATE Metallurgy (MT) Exam:

  • Take a diagnostic test using a previous GATE paper from the last 3 years.
  • Compare your score with the qualifying cut-off and identify the gap between your score and a good score.
  • Mark the topics in the GATE syllabus that you are already proficient in and focus on mastering those subjects first.
  • Pay special attention to subjects like Mechanical Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy, and Manufacturing Processes as they carry significant weightage.
  • Practice solving General Aptitude questions daily for 30 minutes as it requires regular practice rather than extensive preparation.
  • Mathematics may have a high weightage, but prioritize the topics you are confident in and focus on mastering them.
  • Take advantage of section tests and mock exams, such as those offered by Career Avenues, to assess your preparation level.
  • Consider using focused GATE study material and books specifically designed for GATE Metallurgy (MT) from Career Avenues, created by IIT alumni.


GATE Metallurgy (MT) Syllabus:

  • Engineering Mathematics: Linear Algebra, Calculus, Vector Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods.
  • Metallurgical Thermodynamics: Laws of thermodynamics, Chemical potential, Phase equilibria, Thermodynamics of point defects and surfaces, Electrochemistry.
  • Transport Phenomena and Rate Processes: Momentum transfer, Heat transfer, Mass transfer, Dimensional analysis, Chemical kinetics, Electrochemical kinetics.
  • Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy: Comminution techniques, Size classification, Flotation, Mineral beneficiation, Material and energy balances, Non-ferrous metal extraction, Iron and steel making.
  • Physical Metallurgy: Chemical bonding, X-ray Diffraction, Crystal imperfections, Diffusion in solids, Phase transformation, Solid-state transformations, Heat treatment, Corrosion.
  • Mechanical Metallurgy: Strain and stress tensors, Dislocation theory, Strengthening mechanisms, Fracture behavior, Fatigue, High-temperature deformation and failure.
  • Manufacturing Processes: Metal casting, Metal forming, Metal joining, Powder metallurgy, Non-destructive Testing (NDT).

Note: This is a summarized version of the GATE Metallurgy (MT) syllabus.


Best Books for GATE Metallurgy (MT) Exam:

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

Note: These are some of the recommended books for GATE Metallurgy (MT) preparation. It’s important to choose the books that suit your learning style and cover the topics comprehensively. Additionally, consider using GATE Metallurgy study material provided by Career Avenues for focused preparation.


GATE Metallurgy Previous year papers are crucial for GATE preparation. They help you understand the paper pattern, marking scheme, and manage time effectively. You can find the GATE Metallurgical Engineering papers from 2011 to 2022 in PDF format on the official GATE website. Solving these papers will enhance your preparation and give you insights into the types of questions asked in the exam. They serve as an excellent resource to assess your performance and gauge your level of readiness. GATE Previous Year Papers are vital for understanding the mark distribution and question style.








Marking Scheme – GATE Metallurgy 2023

Section name


General Aptitude


Technical – Metallurgical Engineering


Total marks


Negative marking

1/3rd for 1-mark MCQ

2/3rd for 2-marks MCQ

NOTE: There is no negative marking for NAT (Numerical Answer Type) and MSQ (Multiple Select Questions)