XE-E Thermodynamics

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Typically 5-6 months are required, but some students need a longer time frame 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.

Preparing for GATE XE-E Thermodynamics requires a systematic and focused approach. Here’s a step-by-step strategy to help you prepare effectively:

  1. Understand the Syllabus: Obtain a detailed syllabus for GATE XE-E Thermodynamics. Familiarize yourself with the topics and subtopics that will be covered in the exam. This will serve as a roadmap for your preparation.

  2. Create a Study Plan: Develop a comprehensive study plan that covers all the topics in the syllabus. Allocate specific time slots for each topic, considering your strengths and weaknesses. Ensure you have sufficient time for revision and practice tests.

  3. Gather Study Materials: Collect high-quality study materials such as textbooks, reference books, and study guides that cover the entire syllabus. Recommended books for Thermodynamics include:

    • “Engineering Thermodynamics” by P.K. Nag
    • “Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach” by Yunus A. Çengel and Michael A. Boles
    • “Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics” by Michael J. Moran, Howard N. Shapiro, Daisie D. Boettner, and Margaret B. Bailey
  4. Grasp Basic Concepts: Start with a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of thermodynamics, including laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties, equations of state, processes, work, heat transfer, and energy conversion.

  5. Study Thermodynamic Cycles: Learn about various thermodynamic cycles, such as Carnot cycle, Rankine cycle, Brayton cycle, and their modifications. Understand the principles behind their operation and efficiency calculations.

  6. Focus on Applied Thermodynamics: Study the applications of thermodynamics in areas such as power plants, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, gas turbines, steam turbines, and internal combustion engines.

  7. Solve Numerical Problems: Thermodynamics involves solving numerical problems. Practice solving a wide range of numerical problems related to thermodynamic processes, heat transfer, work calculations, energy balances, and cycle analysis. Gradually increase the difficulty level of the problems as you progress.

  8. Understand Property Diagrams: Gain proficiency in interpreting and analyzing property diagrams, such as P-V diagrams, T-S diagrams, and h-s diagrams. Learn to identify and understand the significance of different regions and processes represented on these diagrams.

  9. Practice with Previous Years’ Papers: Solve previous years’ GATE papers and mock tests to understand the exam pattern, time management, and the types of questions asked. This will help you familiarize yourself with the exam format and identify your strengths and weaknesses.

  10. Revise and Clarify Doubts: Regularly revise the topics and concepts you have covered. Clear any doubts or queries by referring to textbooks, online resources, or seeking guidance from subject experts or fellow aspirants.

  11. Stay Motivated and Practice Time Management: Maintain a positive mindset, set goals, and reward yourself for milestones achieved. Practice time management during the actual exam, as GATE is a time-bound test.

Remember to balance your study routine with adequate breaks, exercise, and rest to avoid burnout.

The syllabus for GATE XE-E Thermodynamics includes the following topics:

  1. Basic Concepts and Laws of Thermodynamics:

    • Laws of thermodynamics, properties of pure substances, thermodynamic equilibrium, work and heat, zeroth law, first law, second law, and entropy.
  2. Thermodynamic Relations, Equations, and Processes:

    • Thermodynamic relations, Maxwell’s equations, equations of state, open and closed systems, steady and unsteady flow processes, reversible and irreversible processes, and energy balance.
  3. Ideal and Real Gases:

    • Ideal gas equation, real gas equation, compressibility factor, behavior of gases, internal energy, enthalpy, and specific heats of ideal and real gases.
  4. Thermodynamic Cycles:

    • Carnot cycle, Rankine cycle, Brayton cycle, Otto cycle, Diesel cycle, and their modifications.
  5. Mixtures and Psychrometrics:

    • Vapor-liquid equilibrium, ideal and non-ideal solutions, Raoult’s law, Dalton’s law, psychrometric properties, air-water vapor mixtures, and psychrometric charts.
  6. Thermodynamics of Reactive Systems:

    • Chemical reactions, thermodynamic equilibrium of reacting systems, reaction kinetics, reaction equilibrium, and equilibrium constant.
  7. Thermodynamics of Energy Conversion Systems:

    • Power cycles, refrigeration cycles, heat pumps, internal combustion engines, gas turbines, and steam turbines.

It is important to note that the syllabus provided above is based on the general outline for GATE XE-E Thermodynamics. For the most accurate and up-to-date syllabus, it is advisable to refer to the official GATE website or the official GATE XE-E syllabus provided by the conducting authority.

Here are some highly recommended books for GATE XE-E Thermodynamics :

  1. “Engineering Thermodynamics” by P.K. Nag 
  2. “Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach” by Yunus A. Çengel and Michael A. Boles 
  3. “Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics” by Michael J. Moran, Howard N. Shapiro, Daisie D. Boettner, and Margaret B. Bailey 
  4. “A Textbook of Engineering Thermodynamics” by R.K. Rajput 
  5. “Thermodynamics: Principles and Applications” by John E. Tester, Michael Modell, and William A. Young 
  6. “Thermodynamics: Concepts and Applications” by Stephen R. Turns 
  7. “Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics” by Brij Lal and N. Subrahmanyam
  8. “Engineering Thermodynamics” by R.K. Rajput 
  9. “Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer” by Yunus A. Çengel 
  10. “Engineering Thermodynamics” by R.Yadav 

These books cover the fundamental concepts, laws, equations, and thermodynamic processes relevant to GATE XE-E Thermodynamics. They provide a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter and include examples, solved problems, and practice exercises to aid in learning and preparation.

Remember to supplement your reading with consistent practice, revision, and problem-solving to reinforce your understanding of the subject matter.