GATE Syllabus for Aerospace Engineering (AE) 2024

21 January, 2024
Artika Shan

Aerospace Engineering is a field of engineering related to the development of aircraft and spacecraft. The organizing institute for GATE 2024 will release the GATE syllabus for Aerospace Engineering 2024 on its official website.

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Sections of the GATE Aerospace Engineering Syllabus
Below are the various sections of the GATE Aerospace Engineering syllabus:

Flight Mechanics

The flight mechanics section of the GATE Aerospace Engineering syllabus is important from an exam perspective. Below is the detailed GATE syllabus for aerospace engineering for the flight mechanics section along with special topics.

Topics and subtopics

AtmosphereProperties, standard atmosphere

Classification of aircraft

Airplane (fixed-wing aircraft) configuration and various parts

Pressure altitude; equivalent, calibrated, indicated air speeds

Primary flight instruments: Altimeter, ASI, VSI, Turn-bank Indicator

The angle of attack, sideslip, Roll, pitch yaw controls

Aerodynamic forces and moments.

Airplane PerformanceDrag polar

Takeoff and landing

Steady climb descent

Absolute and service ceiling

Range and endurance, load factor, turning flight, V-n Diagram

Winds: head, tail crosswinds.

Static StabilityStability control derivatives

Longitudinal stick fixed free stability

Horizontal tail position and size

Directional stability, vertical tail position, and size

Lateral stability

Wing dihedral, sweep position

Hinge moments and stick forces

Section 2:
Engineering Mathematics

Most engineering disciplines in GATE include Engineering Mathematics as one of their subjects. However, each exam will carry 13 marks for Engineering Mathematics section of the GATE Aerospace Engineering syllabus. Also, included in this section are linear algebra, calculus, and differential equations. Meanwhile, the special topics include Fourier series, probability and statistics, complex analysis, numerical integration and differentiation, and numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations.

Section 3:
Space Dynamics:
The GATE Aerospace Engineering syllabus for the Space Dynamics section includes topics like trajectory determination, central force motion, the orbital period in simple cases, Kepler’s laws, and escape velocity.

Section 4:
The Aerodynamics section of the GATE syllabus for Aerospace Engineering consists of potential flow theory, basic fluid mechanics, airfoils and wings, and compressible flow. Apart from this,  the special topics include wind tunnel testing, shock-boundary layer interaction, and measurement visualization.

Section 5:
The structures section of the GATE Aerospace Engineering syllabus contains several important topics from the perspective of the exam, including structural dynamics and failure theories.

Below is the syllabus for the structures section of the GATE Syllabus for Aerospace Engineering 2024.

Strength of MaterialStress and Strain: Plane Stress, Three-dimensional transformations, principle stresses, Mohr’s circle, Three-dimensional Hooke’s law, and strain.
Failure TheoriesMaximum stress, Tresca von Mises, Strain energy

Castigliano’s principles

Statically determinate and indeterminate trusses and beams

Elastic flexural buckling of columns

Flight vehicle structuresCharacteristics of aircraft structures and materials. Bending, Torsion, and shear of thin-walled sections, Loads of aircraft.
Structural DynamicsFree and forced vibrations of undamped and damped SDOF systems

Free vibrations of undamped 2-DOF systems

The topics covered by the special topics include the theory of elasticity, the vibration of beams, Airy’s stress function, equilibrium, and compatibility equations.

Section 6:
The topics included in the propulsions section of the GATE syllabus are as follows:

Basics: Boundary layers, Thermodynamics, Heat transfer, thermochemistry, and combustion

Aerothermodynamics of aircraft engines: Efficiency, Thrust, Brayton cycle, and range.

Engine performance: Afterburners, turboshaft engines, turboprop, turbofan, turbojet, and Ramjet.

Turbomachinery: Angular momentum, work and compression, Axial compressors, the characteristic performance of a single axial compressor stage, the efficiency of the degree of reaction, and the compressor and multi-staging.

Axial Turbines: Stage Performance

Centrifugal Compressor:  Diffuser, Stage Dynamics, Inducer, and Impeller

Rockets:  Thrust equation and specific impulse, rocket performance; Multi-staging; Chemical rockets; Performance of solid and liquid propellant rockets.

Special topics:

Special topics include the combustor, intakes, nozzles, surge and stall, compressor-turbine matching, and cooling of turbine blades.

Paper pattern

Paper Aerospace Engineering
Paper CodeAE
Examination ModeComputer-based Test
Duration3 Hours (180 mins)
Type of Questions(a) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) (b) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Marking SchemeQuestions carry 1 mark and 2 marks
Negative MarkingIn MCQs, negative markings will be applied for incorrect answers. Further, for 1-mark MCQ: the 1/3 mark will be deducted for the incorrect answer. Moreover, for a 2-mark MCQ: the 2/3 mark will be deducted for incorrect answers. Besides, there will be no negative markings for MSQ & NAT.
Number of Questions10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions
General Aptitude Marks15 marks
Subject Marks85 marks
Total Marks100 marks

85% of the questions are based on the GATE syllabus for aerospace engineering and engineering mathematics. However, the remaining 15% is for General Aptitude. Besides, as per GATE organizers, 90% of the GATE Aerospace Engineering syllabus will be basic aeronautical topics and 10% will be specific topics.

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FAQs on GATE 2024 Aerospace Engineering Syllabus
Below are the FAQs on the GATE Aerospace engineering syllabus

  1. What is the GATE syllabus for Aerospace Engineering 2024?
    The GATE syllabus for Aerospace Engineering 2024 comprises six sections, like flight mechanics, engineering mathematics,                    aerodynamics, space dynamics, propulsion, and structures.
  2. What are the special topics included in the GATE syllabus for aerospace engineering’s structures section?
    The structures section of the GATE syllabus for aerospace engineering includes special topics including equilibrium and
    compatibility equations, elasticity theory, and vibration of beams.
  3. What are the best books to prepare for the GATE Aerospace Syllabus 2024?
     The top-recommended books for the GATE Aerospace syllabus 2024 are Introduction to Flight- by John D Anderson and GATE               Engineering Mathematics by Abhinav Goel. Some other books recommended are Fundamentals of Aerodynamics by John D Anderson, Marine Propellors and Propulsion by Carlton and  Theory of Structures by Ramamrutham.Read more: GATE Preparation Books – Best Books For GATE 2024
  4. According to the GATE syllabus for Aerospace Engineering 2024, which topics carry the most weight?
    As per the GATE syllabus for Aerospace Engineering 2024, the topics with higher weightage are airfoil and wings, engineering mathematics, and basic fluid mechanics.
  5. What is the time frame for preparing for the GATE syllabus for Aerospace Engineering 2024?
    The candidate should start preparing for the GATE Aerospace Engineering syllabus four months before the exam.
  6. How is the GATE Aerospace syllabus divided according to the exam?
    Every question in the GATE Aerospace Engineering exam 2024 is likely to carry 1 or 2 marks. Meanwhile, the section-wise distribution according to the exam is:
    General Aptitude: 15 marks
    Aerospace Engineering (AE ) syllabus: 85 marks.