Gate 2017 Metallurgical Engineering Question Paper 5th Feb 2017 PDF Download

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2017

Question Paper Name: Metallurgical Engineering 5th Feb 2017

Subject Name: Metallurgical Engineering

Duration : 180

Total Marks: 100

1. For the matrix,  AAT is





Ans: (D)

2. The mean of a numerical data-se is  and the standard deviation is S. If a number K is added to each term in the data-set then the mean and standard deviation become.





Ans: (B)

3. If f(x) = e|x| then at x = 0, the function f(x) is

(A)  continuous and differentiable.

(B)  continuous but not differentiable.

(C)  neither continuous nor differentiable.

(D)  not continuous but differentiable.

Ans: (B)

4. The pressure (P) versus volume (V) diagram given below represents reversible isothermal curves at temperatures, T1, T2 and T3

Considering one mole of ideal gas for all the three isothermal processes, which one of the following is TRUE?

(A)  T1 > T2 > T3

(B)  T2 > T3 > T1

(C)  T3 > T1> T2

(D)  T2 > T1 > T3

Ans: (B)

5. For the electrochemical reaction, Cu2+ + Zn = Zn2+ + Cu, the standard cell potential at 25℃ and 1 atm pressure is:

(Given : E° (Cu2+/Cu) = 0.337 V and E° (Zn2+/Zn) = −0.763 V)

(A)  −0.426 V

(B)  0.426 V

(C)  0.55 V

(D)  1.1 V

Ans: (D)

6. The rate of dissolution of Al particles in liquid steel is proportional to concentration difference (∆C). ∆C is defined by:

(Given: (i) Cb = bulk concentration of dissolved Al in liquid steel, (ii) C* = saturation concentration of Al in liquid steel at the given temperature, (iii) Cm = Density of Al(Atomic weight of Al.)

(A)  C* − Cb

(B)  Cb – Cm

(C)     C* − Cm


Ans: (A)

7. Hydrogen dissolves in Pd by the reaction H2 = 2[H]. At 300℃ and  the solubility of hydrogen in Pd is 1.64 × 104 mm3 (STP) per kg of Pd. At 300℃ and  the solubility of hydrogen in Pd in mm3 (STP) per kg of Pd is _________(answer up to one decimal place)

Ans: (4900 to 4940)

8. The sieve analysis of ground quartz particles is given in the table below :

Sieve size                          Mass fraction of ground product

(mm)                                retained on each sieve

4.76                                  0.0

3.36                                  0.2

2.38                                  0.4

1.68                                  0.3

1.19                                  0.08

<1.19                                0.02

The cumulative mass fraction of particles of size less than 1.68 mm is ____ (answer up to two decimal places)

Ans: (0.09 to 0.11)

9. The sequence of precipitation to each stable equilibrium during ageing of Al-4.5 wt.% Cu alloy is:

(A)  GP zone → θ’ → θ” → θ

(B)  GP zone → θ” → θ’ → θ

(C)  GP zone → θ → θ” → θ’

(D)  GP zone → θ” → θ → θ’

Ans: (B)

10. Tungsten powder is pressed at 150 MPa to green density of 55%. After sintering, the compact attains 86.5% of its theoretical density. Assuming uniform shrinkage, the linear shrinkage (in%) is _______ (answer up to two decimal places)

Ans: (13.30 to 15.50)

11. For a FCC metal, radius of the largest sphere that can fit in the tetrahedral void (in nm) is ______ (answer up to three decimal places)

(Given : lattice parameter = 0.401 nm)

Ans: (0.030 to 0.034)

12. In an iron-carbon alloy containing 0.35 wt.% C, the mass fraction of pearlite just below the eutectoid temperature is _____(answer up to two decimal places)

(Given: eutectoid composition = 0.8 wt.% carbon; and carbon content in ferrite is 0.025 wt.%)

Ans: (0.36 to 0.44)

13. A cubic metal has a density of 19000 kg.m3, lattice parameter of 0.4 nm and atomic weight of 183. The effective number of atoms in an unit cell of this metal is ______

Ans: (4)

14. Primary mechanisms of accommodating plastic strain at low temperatures in crystalline metals are:

(A)  twinning and dislocation-slip

(B)  dislocation-climb and dislocation-slip

(C)  dislocation-slip and diffusion

(D)  viscous-flow and dislocation-slip

Ans: (A)

15. Spherical α phase particles are depicted in the hypothetical microstructure section shown  below. Using the superimposed grid on the microstructure, the estimated volume fraction of α phase is _______(answer up to three decimal places)

Ans: (0.130 to 0.160)

16. A brittle material (Young’s modulus = 60 GPa and surface energy = 0.5 J.m2) has a surface crack of length 2 μ The fracture strength (in MPa) of this material is ________(answer up to two decimal places)

Ans: (95.00 to 125.00)

17. Both creep resistance and tensile strength of a metal can be enhanced by

(A)  increase in the grain size

(B)  decrease in the grain size

(C)  addition of dispersoids

(D)  annealing

Ans: (C)

18. Stress required to operate a Frank-Read source of length L is approximately given by:





Ans: (A)

19. The second peak in the powder X-ray diffraction pattern of a FCC metal occurs at a Bragg angle θ (in degrees) = _______(answer up to two decimal places)

(Given: λCuKα = 0.154 nm; lattice parameter of the metal = 0.36 nm)

Ans: (24.00 to 26.00)

20. A rod is elastically deformed by a uniaxial stress resulting in a strain of 0.02. If the Poisson’s ratio is 0.3, the volumetric strain is _______(answer up to three decimal places)

Ans: (0.006 to 0.010)

21. Four alloys, C1, C2, C3, C4, shown in the phase diagram are poured at temperature T1 in a mold. During solidification, which one of these alloys is expected to have the highest fluidity?

(A)  C1

(B)  C2

(C)  C3

(D)  C4

Ans: (C)

22. A material, which shows power law behavior,  is being wire drawn. The maximum strain per pass in annealed condition (assume ideal work and efficiency η = 1) is ______ (answer up to two decimal places)

Ans: (1.20 to 1.40)

23. Schematic diagram shows rolling of a slab. P and Q are points on the surface of the workpiece near entrance and exit, respectively. With reference to the work piece, which one of the following statements is TRUE?

(A)  Frictional force is along rolling direction at both P and Q

(B)  Frictional force is opposite to rolling direction at both P and Q.

(C)  Frictional force is along rolling direction at P and opposite to rolling direction at Q.

(D)  Frictional force is opposite to rolling direction at P and along rolling direction at Q.

Ans: (C)

24. Which one of the following manufacturing techniques is used for making window glass?

(A)  Investment casting

(B)  Patenting

(C)  Spray forming

(D)  Float-bath method

Ans: (D)

25. Dye penetrant test is based on the principle of

(A)  polarized sound wave sin liquid.

(B)  magnetic domain.

(C)  absorption of X-rays

(D)  capillary action.

Ans: (D)

26. Assume that the probability of South Africa against India is 1/3. If South Africa plays a 3 match cricket series against India, the probability that South Africa wins only one match is (assume that no matches are tied or abandoned)______(answer up to three decimal places)

Ans: (0.400 to 0.500)

27. The function f(x) = x3 – 3x has a minimum at x = _______

Ans: (1)

28. The definite integral, is to be evaluated numerically. Divide the integration interval into exactly 2 subintervals of equal length. Applying the trapezoidal rule, the approximate value of the integral is _______(answer up to two decimal places)

Ans: (0.70 to 0.80)

29. For the second order linear ordinary differential equation,

the following function is a solution:

y = eλx

Which one of the following statements is NOT TRUE?

(A)  λ has two values: one complex and one real

(B)  λ2 + pλ + q = 0

(C)  λ has two real values

(D)  λ has two complex values

Ans: (A)

30. Using the bisection method, the root of the equation x3 + x – 1 = 0 after thre iterations is ______(answer up to two decimal places)

(Assume starting values of x = −1 and +1)

Ans: (0.74 to 0.76)

31. T1 and T2 are the melting points of pure metal A and pure stoichiometric oxide AO2, respectively, and T1 < T2. The stoichiometric metal oxidation reaction A(s) + O2(g) = AO2(s) is in equilibrium at 1 atm pressure at temperature less than T1. If the  temperature increases, which schematic represents the correct standard free energy change versus temperature plot?





Ans: (C)

32. A continuous cast steel slab, 1 m × 1 m ×1 m, at 1298 K cools in air. The initial rate of heat loss (in kW) from the top surface of slab by radiation and convection is ______(answer up to two decimal places)

Given: (i) Ambient temperature = 298 K, (ii) emissivity of steel = 0.8, (iii) convective heat transfer coefficient = 4.6 W. m2. K1, (iv) Stefan-Blotzmann constant (σ) = 5.7 × 108 W.m2.K−4

Ans: (130.00 to 135.00)

33. The Pourbaix plot of the reaction Al3+ + 2H2O = AlO2 + 4H+ in potential (E) versus pH diagram is :





Ans: (C)

34. During the end blow period in LD steelmaking, the de-carburization rate is expressed by the equation :  . Here , c and c* are the instantaneous and equilibrium concentration of carbon in steel respectively, in units of wt.% Given that c* = 0.04 wt.% and c(t = 0 min) = 0.4 wt.%, the concentration of carbon in steel (in wt.%) at t = 1 min is ______(answer up to three decimal places)

Ans: (0.170 to 0.175)

35. CaCO3(s) dissociate in a closed system according to the reaction :

CaCO3(s) = CaO(s) + CO2(g)

Assuming the reaction is in thermodynamic equilibrium, the degree(s) of freedom, F = ____

Ans: (1)

36. A ladle containing molten steel is being discharged. The relevant forces are listed in Column I Match them with their corresponding expressions in Column II.

Column I               Column II

[P] Pressure force   [1] μUL

[Q] Inertial force      [2] ρgL3

[R] Gravity force     [3] ρU2L2

[S] Viscous force    [4] PL2

μ = viscosity, U = characteristic velocity, L = characteristic length,

g = acceleration due to gravity, P = pressure.

(A)  P-4; Q-3; R-2; S-1

(B)  P-1; Q-3; R-2; S-4

(C)  P-2; Q-3; R-4; S-1

(D)  P-4; Q-3; R-1; S-2

Ans: (A)

37. In primary steelmaking, dissolved oxygen (O) reacts with carbon (C) to produce CO(g), at 1 atm pressure according to the reaction: C + C = CO(g). The equilibrium constant for this reaction is:  where T is in Kelvin. Assuming Henrian activity coefficient of both O and C to be unity, the dissolved oxygen content (in wt.%) of a plain carbon steel melt with 0.7 wt.% C at 1600℃ is ______ (answer up to four decimal places)

Ans: (0.0010 to 0.0050)

38. A stoichiometric mixture of CO and pure oxygen at 1 atm and 25℃ flows into a combustion reactor. The molar flow rate of CO entering the reactor is 1 kg-mol.h−1. The adiabatic flame temperature (in K) for the combustion of CO with stoichiometric oxygen is:_____

Given:  CP(CO2) = 44 kJ.(kg-mol K)−1.

Ans: (6650.00 to 6750.00)

39. A solution contains 103 M of Fe3+ at 25℃. The solubility product of Fe(OH)3 is 1039. Assuming activity equals concentration, the minimum pH at which Fe3+ will precipitate as Fe(OH)3 is ______(answer up to two decimal places)

Ans: (1.80 to 2.20)

40. A zinc elctrowinning cell is being operated at a current of 400 A, voltage of 3.5 V, and a cathodic current efficiency of 90%. The specific energy consumption (in kJ.kg1 zinc) is _____

(Atomic weight of Zn = 65)

Ans: (11535.00 to 11580.00)

41. Pure metals A and B form two real binary solid solutions α and β at temperature T and pressure P. The free energy versus composition plots for both the solutions are shown below.

The condition for chemical equilibrium is:

(A)  Mole fraction of A in α = mole fraction of A in β and mole fraction of B in α = mole fraction of B in β

(B)  Mole fraction of B in α = mole fraction of A in β and mole fraction of A in α = mole fraction of B in β

(C)  Activity of A in α = activity of A in β and activity of B in α = activity of B in β

(D)  Activity of A in α = activity of B in β and activity of B in α = activity of A in β

Ans: (C)

42. Pure orthorhombic sulfur transforms to stable monoclinic sulfur above 368.5 K. Applying Third law of thermodynamics, the value of entropy (in J.K1 of transformation at 368.5 K is ______(answer up to two decimal places)


i. Entropy change associated with heating orthorhombic sulfur from 0 K to 368.5 K is 36.86 J.K1.

ii. Entropy change associated with cooling monoclinic sulfur from 368.5 K to 0 K is −37.8 J.K1.

Ans: (0.92 to 0.96)

43. For homogeneous nucleation of solid in a liquid of pure metal, the critical edge length (in nm) of a cube shaped nucleus is _____(answer up to two decimal places)

(Given : surface energy γ = 0.177 J.m2; change in volume free energy ∆GV = −2.8 × 108 J.m3)

Ans: (2.50 to 2.60)

44. Assuming the solid phases to be pure, the slope of line BC in the predominance area diagram schematically shown below is _____(answer up to two decimal places)

Ans: (−0.51 to −0.49)

45. For each of the crystallographic system listed in Group-I, match the corresponding minimum symmetric in Group-II

Group-I                           Group-II

[P] Tetragonal                 [1] 1 twofold rotation

[Q] Cubic                        [2] 1 three-fold rotation

[R] Monoclinic                 [3] 4 three-fold rotation

[S] Rhombohedral           [4] 1 four-fold rotation

(A)  P-3; Q-4; R-2; S-3

(B)  P-4; Q-3; R-2; S-1

(C)  P-1; Q-2; R-4; S-3

(D)  P-4; Q-3; R-1; S-2

Ans: (D)

46. Arrange the magnetic moment of neighboring atoms in a one-dimensional lattice in Group-I to the corresponding magnetic material in Group-II

(A)  P-4; Q-1; R-3; S-2

(B)  P-3; Q-4; R-1; S-2

(C)  P-2; Q-4; R-1; S-3

(D)  P-1; Q-2; R-3; S-4

Ans: (B)

47. For an intrinsic semiconductor , all room temperature electrical conductivity is 106Ω1. If the electron and hole mobilities are 0.75 and 0.06 m2V1s1 respectively, the intrinsic carrier concentration (per m3) at room temperature is:

(A)  5.1 × 1012

(B)  7.7 × 1012

(C)  8.3 × 1012

(D)  1.1 × 104

Ans: (B)

48. A steel component is subjected to fatigue loading : σ (maximum) = 200 MPa, σ(minimum) = 0. The component has an initial crack length of 1 mm. Propagation of crack is governed by  

where, the crack length a is in meters, N is the number of cycles and ∆K is in Mpa.m1/2. The length of the crack (in m) after one million cycles will be _____(answer up to three decimal  places)

Ans: (0.009 to 0.015)

49. During heat treatment of a cold worked metal, recrystallization is 20% complete after 100 s. The transformation (in %) in 400 s is ______(answer up to two decimal places)

(Assume Avrami exponent, n = 2)

Ans: (96.00 to 98.00)

50. At low temperature, two parallel edge dislocations lying on parallel slip planes are shown in different configurations below.

Configuration [P]            [1] Dislocations repel

Configuration [Q]            [2] Dislocations attract

Configuration [R]             [3] Dislocations are in stable equilibrium

Configuration [S]             [4] Dislocation are in unstable equilibrium

(A)  P-3, Q-2, R-4, S-1

(B)  P-4, Q-1, R-3, S-2

(C)  P-1, Q-3, R-2, S-4

(D)  P-2, Q-4, R-1, S-3

Ans: (A)

51. A single crystal of an FCC metal is subjected to a sufficiently large tensile stress along the [110] direction to activate some of the slip systems. Which one of the following slip systems will be activated.





Ans: (B)

52. A perfectly elastic-plastic material has a yield stress of 450 MPa and fractures at a strain of 0.45. The ratio of resilience to toughness for this material is _____(answer up to three decimal places)

(Given is Young’s modulus E = 4.5 GPa)

Ans: (0.110 to 0.140)

53. Total time for solidification of a cubic casting of dimensions 5.0 cm ×0 cm × 5.0 cm is 1.6 min. A cylindrical riser with diameter to height ratio 0.5 is required so that the time for solidification of riser is 3.2 min. Applying Chvorinov’s rule, the height of the riser (in cm) is ______(answer up to two decimal places)

(Assume that exponent (n) in Chvorinov’s equation is 2)

Ans: (11.00 to 12.50)

54. A 250 mm thick slab of a nickel alloy is subjected to cold rolling using a roll of diameter 450 mm. If the angle of bite during rolling is 10°, the maximum possible reduction (in mm) during rolling is ______(answer up to two decimal places)

Ans: (6.60 to 7.40)

55. W-Ni compact is prepared by liquid phase sintering at 1500℃. If the size of tungsten grains is 40 μm and the interfacial tungsten- tungsten and tungsten-nickel energies are 0.52 and 0.30 J.m2 respectively, the predicted average neck size (in μm) of sintered tungsten grain is :

(Melting points of tungsten and nickel are 3410℃ and 1453℃, respectively)

(A)  10

(B)  15

(C)  20

(D)  25

Ans: (C)

56. The ninth and the tenth of this month are Monday and Tuesday _______.

(A)  figuratively

(B)  retrospectively

(C)  respectively

(D)  rightfully

Ans: (C)

57. It is _______ to read this year’s textbook ______ the last year’s

(A)  easier, than

(B)  most easy, than

(C)  easier, from

(D)  easiest, from

Ans: (A)

58. A rule states that in order to drink beer, one must be over 18 years old. In a bar, there are 4 people. P is 16 years old, Q is 25 years old, R is drinking milkshake and S is drinking a beer. What must be checked to ensure that the rule is being followed?

(A)  Only P’s drink

(B)  Only P’s drink and S’s age

(C)  Only S’s age

(D)  Only P’s drink, Q’s drink and S’s age

Ans: (B)

59. Fatima starts from point P, goes North for 3 km, and then East for 4 km to reach point Q. She then turns to face point P and goes 15 km in that direction. She then goes North for 6 km. How far is she from point P, and in which direction should she go to reach point P?

(A)  8 km, East

(B)  12 km, North

(C)  6 km, East

(D)  10 km, North

Ans: (A)

60. 500 students are taking one or more courses out of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Registration records indicate course enrolment as follows: Chemistry (329), Physics (186), Mathematics (295), Chemistry and Physics (83), Chemistry and Mathematics (217), and Physics and Mathematics (63). How many students are taking all 3 subjects?

(A)  37

(B)  43

(C)  147

(D)  53

Ans: (D)

61. “If you are looking for a history of India, or for an account of the rise and fall of the British Raj, or for the reason of the cleaving of the subcontinent into two mutually antagonistic parts and the effects this mutilation will have in the respective sections, and ultimately on Asia, you will not find it in these pages; for though I have spent a lifetime in the country. I lived too near the seat of events, and was too intimately associated with the actors, to get the perspective needed for the impartial recording of these matters.”

Which of the following statements best reflects the author’s opinion?

(A)  An intimate association does not allow for the necessary perspective.

(B)  Matters are recorded with an impartial perspective.

(C)  An intimate association offers an impartial perspective.

(D)  Actors are typically associated with the impartial recording of matters.

Ans: (A)

62. Each of P, Q, R, S, W, X, Y and Z has been married at most once. X and Y are married and have two children P and Q. Z is the grandfather of the daughter S of P. Further, Z and W are married and are parents of R. Which one of the following must necessarily be FALSE?

(A)  X is the mother-in-law of R

(B)  P and R are not married to each other

(C)  P is a son of X and Y

(D)  Q cannot be married to R

Ans: (D)

63. 1200 men and 500 women can build a bridge in 2 weeks. 900 men and 250 women will take 3 weeks to build the same bridge. How many men will be needed to build the bridge in one week?

(A)  3000

(B)  3300

(C)  3600

(D)  3900

Ans: (C)

64. The number of 3-digit numbers such that the digit 1 is never to the immediate right of 2 is

(A)  781

(B)  791

(C)  881

(D)  891

Ans: (C)

65. A contour line joins locations having the same height above the mean sea level. The following is a contour plot of geographical region. Contour lines are shown at 25 m intervals in this plot.

Which of the following is the steepest path leaving from P?

(A)  P to Q

(B)  P to R

(C)  P to S

(D)  P to T

Ans: (B)

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