GATE 2019: Analysis and Expected Cutoff for Session 2


The most coveted Engineering PG Entrance exam of the country, GATE 2019 has just finished with its first two days of sitting. GATE 2019, which is conducted by IIT Madras this year was scheduled for February 2nd & February 3rd, 2019 and February 9th & 10th, 2019. With the first two days of the GATE 2019 schedule being concluded last weekend, the views have come in from the experts and aspirants.

Candidates who took GATE 2019 exam for Mechanical Engineering (ME) on Feb 2 would now be eager to know about the exam analysis and expected cut-off. Knowing the GATE Cut-off (expected) for IITs and NITs would surely going to help the aspirants in regards to performance analysis in the exam.

We have brought the GATE 2019 Mechanical Engineering Paper analysis (Session 2 Day 1). The tabulation of previous year GATE Cutoff for IITs and NITs is given to help you to get a comprehensive idea about what could be the safe score to qualify the exam this year.

Candidates appearing for GATE 2019 in the coming weekend can also get benefit from this paper analysis by getting an overview of the difficulty level of the paper.


Paper Analysis

As per the students who took GATE 2019 ME exam in 1st and 2nd session, the Numerical Answer Type questions (NAT) were more in 2nd session as compared to the 1st session. Since NAT type questions are time-consuming time, management was a common problem faced by students who took the exam in the 2nd session.

Experts have rated the paper as ‘moderate to tough’ in the difficulty scale pointing that questions from certain sections were tough while certain was moderate to easy.

General Aptitude section was of moderate difficulty. Candidates with regular practice found the 10 questions under this section quite easy. Engineering Mathematics tested candidates with some branch specific mathematics skills. The number of Questions under Engineering Mathematics section was around 7-8.

Manufacturing was the leader in terms of questions asked from the respective topic and garnered around 10-11 question in the second session.

Session 1

The morning session paper was slightly on the lighter side with difficulty level estimated to be ‘Easy to moderate’. The detailed topic-wise weightage analysis (quite the same for session2) of the session 1 paper is tabulated below for the reference of the candidates:

Topics Questions asked
Manufacturing 9-10
Theory of Machines and Vibrations 6-7
Strength of material 5-6
Thermodynamics and its applications 7-8
Industrial Engineering 3-4
Heat Transfer 4-5
Fluid mechanics 2-3
Machine Design 5-6
Mechanics 3-4
General Aptitude 10
Engineering Mathematics 8

Parameters Affecting GATE Cutoff

The cut-off generally depends upon a lot of parameters. These parameters include:

  • Number of Candidates who took the exam
  • Number of seats up to take
  • The difficulty level of the paper
  • Any other factor (say error or something in certain questions)

Based on the above parameter assessment for session two exam the cut-off is predicted to be anywhere from 30-33 by the experts. More clarifications would be sought to post the publishing of GATE 2019 official answer key.

Previous Year Cutoff

To provide candidates with a comprehensive idea about GATE 2019 cut-off we have tabulated the previous year GATE IIT and NIT cut-off. Take a look:

Cutoff of Top IITs

College General OBC SC ST
IIT Bombay 600 540 400 400
IIT BHU 747 736 559 433
IIT Delhi 725 650 500 300
IIT Madras 777 739 569 419

Cutoff of Top NITs

College General OBC SC ST
NIT, Delhi 654 679 508 376
NIT, Calicut 757 707 511 398
NIT, Puducherry 563 459 357 357
NIT, Sikkim 580 444 382 287



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