Weightage
Note : subject weightage marks are only for reference
Topic 
Weightage in Marks 
Structures 
6–8 marks 
Propulsion  6–8 marks 
Aerodynamics  2–4 marks 
Flight Mechanics  10–15 marks 
Space Mechanics  8–10 marks 
Mathematics  812 marks 
General Aptitude  7–10 marks 
GATE 2022 Syllabus For Aerospace – General Aptitude
This section includes questions based on Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability. The different topics included in the GATE syllabus for General Aptitude are as under
Verbal Ability
 English grammar,
 Sentence completion,
 Verbal analogies,
 Word groups,
 Critical reasoning and
 Verbal deduction.
Numerical Ability
 Computation of numerical values
 Estimation of numerical quantities
 Numerical reasoning and
 Data interpretation.
GATE 2021 Syllabus For Aerospace: Engineering Mathematics
The GATE syllabus for Engineering Mathematics is as under:
 Linear Algebra: Matrix algebra; Systems of linear equations; Eigen values and Eigen vectors.
 Calculus: Functions of single variable; Limit, continuity and differentiability; Mean value theorems, local maxima, and minima; Taylor series; Evaluation of definite and indefinite integrals, application of definite integral to obtain area and volume; Partial derivatives; Total derivative; Gradient, Divergence and Curl, Vector identities; Directional derivatives; Line, Surface, and Volume integrals.
 Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE): First order (linear and nonlinear) equations; higher order linear equations with constant coefficients; EulerCauchy equations; Laplace transform and its application in solving linear ODEs; initial and boundary value problems.
 Partial Differential Equation (PDE): Fourier series; separation of variables; solutions of onedimensional diffusion equation; first and second order onedimensional wave equation and twodimensional Laplace equation.
 Probability and Statistics: Sampling theorems; Conditional probability; Descriptive statistics – Mean, median, mode, and standard deviation; Random Variables – Discrete and Continuous, Poisson and Normal Distribution; Linear regression.
 Numerical Methods: Error analysis. Numerical solutions of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations; Newton’s and Lagrange polynomials; numerical differentiation; Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule; Single and multistep methods for firstorder differential equations.
GATE Syllabus For Aerospace 2022 SubjectSpecific Section
Flight Mechanics
Core Topics:
Basics: Atmosphere: Properties, standard atmosphere. Classification of aircraft. Airplane (fixed wing aircraft) configuration and various parts;
Airplane performance: Pressure altitude; equivalent, calibrated, indicated air speeds; Primary flight instruments: Altimeter, ASI, VSI, Turnbank indicator. Drag polar; takeoff and landing; steady climb & descent, absolute and service ceiling; cruise, cruise climb, endurance or loiter; load factor, turning flight, Vn diagram; Winds: head, tail & cross winds;
Static stability: Angle of attack, sideslip; roll, pitch & yaw controls; longitudinal stick fixed & free stability, horizontal tail position and size; directional stability, vertical tail position and size; dihedral stability. Wing dihedral, sweep & position; hinge moments, stick forces;
Special Topics:
Dynamic stability: Euler angles; Equations of motion; aerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives; decoupling of longitudinal and lateraldirectional dynamics; longitudinal modes; lateraldirectional modes.
Space Dynamics
Core Topics:
Central force motion, determination of trajectory and orbital period in simple cases.
Special Topics:
Orbit transfer, inplane and outofplane.
Aerodynamics
Core Topics:
Basic Fluid Mechanics: Conservation laws: Mass, momentum (Integral and differential form);
Potential flow theory: sources, sinks, doublets, line vortex and their superposition; Viscosity, Reynolds number.
Airfoils and wings: Airfoil nomenclature; Aerodynamic coefficients: lift, drag and moment; KuttaJoukoswki theorem; Thin airfoil theory, Kutta condition, starting vortex; Finite wing theory: Induced drag, Prandtl lifting line theory; Critical and drag divergence Mach number.
Compressible Flows: Basic concepts of compressibility, Conservation equations; One dimensional compressible flows, Fanno flow, Rayleigh flow; Isentropic flows, normal and oblique shocks, PrandtlMeyer flow; Flow through nozzles and diffusers.
Special Topics:
Elementary ideas of viscous flows including boundary layers; Wind Tunnel Testing: Measurement and visualization techniques.
Structures
Core Topics:
Strength of Materials: States of stress and strain. Stress and strain transformation. Mohr’s Circle. Principal stresses. Threedimensional Hooke’s law. Plane stress and strain; Failure theories: Maximum stress, Tresca and von Mises; Strain energy. Castigliano’s principles. Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate trusses and beams. Elastic flexural buckling of columns.
Flight vehicle structures: Characteristics of aircraft structures and materials. Torsion, bending and flexural shear of thinwalled sections. Loads on aircraft.
Structural Dynamics:. Free and forced vibrations of undamped and damped SDOF systems. Free vibrations of undamped 2DOF systems.
Special Topics:
Vibration of beams.
Theory of elasticity: Equilibrium and compatibility equations, Airy’s stress function.
Propulsion
Core Topics:
Basics: Thermodynamics, boundary layers and heat transfer and combustion thermochemistry.
Thermodynamics of aircraft engines: Thrust, efficiency and engine performance of turbojet, turboprop, turbo shaft, turbofan and ramjet engines, thrust augmentation of turbojets and turbofan engines. Aerothermodynamics of nonrotating propulsion components such as intakes, combustor and nozzle.
Axial compressors: Angular momentum, work and compression, characteristic performance of a single axial compressor stage, efficiency of the compressor and degree of reaction.
Axial turbines: Axial turbine stage efficiency
Centrifugal compressor: Centrifugal compressor stage dynamics, inducer, impeller and diffuser.
Rocket propulsion: Thrust equation and specific impulse, vehicle acceleration, drag, gravity losses, multistaging of rockets. Classification of chemical rockets, performance of solid and liquid propellant rockets
PG specilization
IIT madras

Aerospace engineering
IIT kharagpur

Aerospace engineering
IIT Bombay
 Aerodynamics
 Dynamics & Control
 Aerospace Propulsion
 Aerospace Structure
IIT guwahati
 Aerodynamics and Propulsion
 Computational Mechanics
IISC bangalore

Aerospace engineering