- The comprehensive coaching programme has been especially designed for students of second year B.E.-chemical engineering. The course covers all the subjects of chemical engineering taught during their B.E. course and which are important for GATE as well. The course has been designed such that the students studying in II-year (either III/IV sem) are taught their syllabus of the B.E. current semester first and then syllabus of the same subject is covered for GATE. Thereby reducing concern that the study of their B.E. current semester subjects will be affected due to GATE preparations, only we can guarantee (no one can) that it entirely remains unaffected because of GATE. In fact, it helps a lot in improving theory background during the coaching because of the reason that GATE demands perfect theory background & numerical solving ability.
- In no way it should be interpreted that due to GATE preparations their B.E. programme gets affected. The academy takes all the responsibility of covering their B.E. subjects at the priority, because of the simple reason that one can not be prepared for a Master degree programme before he/she understands the graduation level first.
- The students are more often misguided by their own seniors about B.E. and GATE preparation. Whatever they (your seniors) have achieved is known to you, had they done everything right for their future, they would have guided you to follow the same. Dear students always remember: The one who tries, gets the best, while the one who waits, never.
- Academy has no other goal than to provide better knowledge in the field of chemical engineering to all the students, we don’t serve to gain financially only.
- The course comprises of three stages coaching classes at different times of their semester programme during second year B.E. Second stage classes begin after IV-sem exams are over.
- Important subjects for second year students from both B.E. Chemical Engineering (as per RGPV, Bhopal syllabus strictly) & GATE point of view are as follows:
III and IV semester
- Material & Energy Balance (M&EB)/Chemical Process Calculations (CPC) – This subject is the base of chemical engineering which all the chemical engineers have to follow throughout their life in academics & industries. This subject is purely based on the basic concepts of various calculations involved in different chemical engineering operations carried out in industries. It also involves calculations according to different unit systems at national/international level. Thus it makes you learn how to formulate and solve material & energy balances. This subject is of greater utility than it seems because it provides a tool to solve problems at a later stage as the B.E. course progresses.
- Fluid Mechanics (FM) – Fluids (gases & liquids), their behavior related to flow and concerned machines are studied under this subject. This subject is first of industrial utility to the chemical engineers. Not only a main subject of B.E. IV-sem but for GATE too, involving both theory & numerical of industrial interests. This subject covers larger part of GATE than any other subject of second year.
- Mechanical Operations (MO)/Fluid Particle Mechanics (FPM) – This subject includes various mechanical operations carried out at industrial level by the chemical engineers. It mainly deals with handling & processing of solids. It contains both theory & numerical problems but differs from fluid mechanics in that it contains vast theory apart from numerical.
- After covering II-year subjects of B.E. & GATE, third year (V-sem) subjects are taught during the semester/year break. Thus students become familiar with the forthcoming semester subjects before they actually enter the next (V & VI) semester. During this stage primary interest is to complete V-sem subjects first, and then remaining subjects of VI-sem are covered.
Important subjects for third year students from both chemical engineering & GATE point of view are as follows:
V and VI semester
- Heat Transfer (HT) – The subject covers all the aspects of various heat exchange operations like conduction, convection, radiation, evaporation, and condensation. This subject is really interesting with a perfect mixture of both theory & numerical problems.
- Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Thermo) – It deals with the energy changes in a system and the equilibrium stage of the system. It is not an easy subject to go through because there is no single specific book which covers whole thermodynamics. Some topics are relevant to the fundamental of mechanical engineering branch also.
- Chemical Reaction Engineering (CRE) – More important than any other subject of the entire degree course for chemical engineering as well as GATE. It actually deals with process kinetics, types of reactors to be employed for a particular reaction.
- Process Dynamics & Control (PDC)/Chemical Process Control (CPC) – This subject covers equipment controlling aspects which are important for industrial purposes. Some part resembles with Electronic & Electrical Engg. Control subject but after introductory Laplace Transforms it is dedicated to chemical engineering & covers entire range of other important subjects.
- Mass Transfer-I (MT1) – Mass transfer is an important subject of chemical engineering as it involves in many unit operations. It includes study of in-phase & inter-phase transfer of mass, mainly diffusion, drying, humidification, crystallization, solid-liquid extraction (leaching), and liquid-liquid extraction (or simply extraction).
- Mass Transfer-II (MT2) – This is an extension of mass transfer studied in previous semester. It covers the remaining unit operations involving transfer of mass like distillation (most important of all), gas absorption, adsorption etc.
- Process Equipment Design: Mechanical Aspects – It covers all types of mechanical supports, joints & vessels such as pressure vessel etc. This is not the main subject to concentrate on because it is asked very rarely in GATE paper but still important from Chemical Engineering point of view.
Engineering Mathematics – The importance of this subject can be assessed by the fact that it covers about 15% marks of total 100 marks in main GATE examination paper.
Out of seven subjects mentioned above, three of them are finished before V-sem main theory exam. The attempt is made to cover all the subjects before students appear for their V-sem main exams. In case the target is not achieved as per the above mentioned scheme (due to any academic/departmental/official/inevitable reasons, may vary according to the examination schedule announced by various Private/Govt. colleges/Universities), it is then recovered soon after the current semester (i.e. the odd semester before GATE) exams are over. The importance of all the above mentioned subjects is so large that it is not easy to describe in few sentences. Still, it can be concluded that CRE, Process Control, HT, MT, FM & Engg. Mathematics are main subjects to concentrate on. It does not mean that other subjects are of least value.
It is very important to concentrate on other subjects of chemical engineering because we never know what GATE examination conducting body can do to GATE question paper pattern, because at times few subjects remain almost uncovered while some are given importance more than expected (based on previous year papers).
Remember that previous GATE papers only give an idea about question paper pattern not to develop any misconception that they may/will be asked again (It might happen 1/1000, if at all one has to guess).