Assistant Professor in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Syllabus Kerala PSC 2022



Assistant professor in government engineering college exam published in 2022. The syllabus comprises of two parts as given below

Assistant Professor Mechanical mark list
  • Mode of Exam: MCQ (OMR)
  • Exam contains 100 Questions
  • Each correct answer carry one mark & 0.33 detected for wrong answers
  • Total time allotted :  1hr 15 min

Do you believe that all questions comes from the syllabus  ?

NO, Thorough knowledge of subject is required  since question from outside can be expected. In the recent years we can see a trend of deviation in questions in the technical exams conducted by the Kerala PSC.

Will only studying topics in syllabus fetch me a GOVT Job?

Do not blindly follow the syllabus rather have  good technical knowledge of your subjects. If you check the previous year papers you could find out many questions coming outside the syllabus in all technical exams by Kerala PSC.

Assistant Professor Mechanical Syllabus

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*Non Technical portions has been omitted from the syllabus


Matrices:    Rank,  systems  of linear  equations,  consistency,  eigen  values,  eigen vectors, Cayley Hamilton Theorem, diagonalisation, linear dependence and independence of vectors.

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Partial Differentiation:  Partial derivatives, Euler’s theorem on homogeneous functions, total derivatives, Jacobians, Taylor’s series (one and two variables) – Maxima and minima of functions of two variables – Lagrange’ s method.

Vector Differentiation:  Scalar and vector functions, differentiation of vector functions  –  velocity  and  acceleration  –  scalar  and  vector  fields  –  operator  Ñ      – Gradient – Directional derivative – Divergence – Curl – irrotational and solenoidal fields – scalar potential.

LaplacTransforms: Transforms of elementary functions, shifting property – inverse transforms – transforms of derivatives and integrals – transform of functions multiplied  by  t  and  divided  by  t  –  convolution  theorem,  solution  of  ordinary differential equations with constant coefficients using Laplace transforms.

Ordinary Differential  Equations:  First Order ordinary differential equations, systems of linear first order ordinary differential equations, linear ordinary differential equations of higher order with constant coefficients, linear second order ordinary differential equations with variable coefficients (Cauchy and Legendre equations), Method of Laplace transforms for solving ordinary differential equations.

Complex Analysis: Analytic functions, conformal mappings, bilinear transformations, complex integration, Cauchy’s integral theorem and formula, Taylor and Laurent’s series, residue theorem.

Fourier Series: Fourier series of periodic functions of period 2 π and 2 ℓ, odd and even functions, Half range expansions.


Mechanics  –  statistics  –  Coplanar  forces  –  conditions  of  equilibrium.  Support reactions – Simply supported and overhanging beams. Friction – Laws of friction – applications. Centre of gravity and moment of inertia of plane areas. Dynamics – rectilinear motion – Newton’s laws of motion – curvilinear motion.

Building materials – common building materials – stone, brick, cement, steel, aggregate, concrete, timber – properties, IS specification. Building construction – types and functions of the following structural components of buildings – foundations and superstructure.

Surveying – principle of surveying – linear measurements using chain – levelling work – reduction of levels.

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Zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics, CI and SI Engines, properties of steam. Centrifugal and reciprocating pumps, hydraulic turbines, refrigeration and air conditioning, hydro-electric, thermal and nuclear power plants, mechanical power transmission systems such as belt, rope, chain and gear, manufacturing process – casting,  forging,  rolling,  brazing,  soldering,  and  welding,  machining  process  – turning, shaping, drilling, grinding and milling. Conic sections and miscellaneous curves, orthographic, isometric and perspective projections.

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Ohm’s  law,  Kirchoff’s  laws  –  solution  of  series  and  parallel  circuits  with  dc excitation.

Magnetic circuits: MMF, field strength, flux density, reluctance, electromagnetic induction, Faraday’s laws, Lenz’s law, statically and dynamically induced emfs, self and mutual induction, co-efficient of coupling.

Principle  of  generation  of  alternating  current  –  waveforms  –  frequency,  period, average and rms values, form factor.

Generation of 3 phase ac voltage, star and delta connections, voltage & current relationships in star and delta (balanced system only). Principle of operation of dc motor & generator, single phase transformer and three phase induction motor.

Types of lamps, necessity of earthing.

BASIC                                                                          ELECTRONICS  ENGINEERING

Devices – working principle of PN junction, Zener diode and BJT.

Systems – Rectifiers : Half wave, Full wave and Bridge. Filters: Capacitors and


Amplifiers & Oscillators – Common Emitter RC coupled amplifier and its frequency response. Principles of Wein-bridge oscillator. Op-amps: Basics, inverting and non- inverting amplifier.

Communication – Need for modulation, principles of AM and FM. Measurements – Working principles of CRO and Multimeter.

                            BASIC     COMPUTER     SCIENCE

Functional units of a computer.

Programming in C – control structures, functions.

Thermodynamics    and  Fluid  Mechanics

Thermodynamic processes, entropy, irreversibility and availability, basic thermodynamic  cycles,  behaviour  of  ideal  and  real  gases,  properties  of  pure substances, computation of work and heat, ideal processes, analysis of thermodynamic cycles related to energy conversion.

Fluid mechanics: Fluid properties, fluid statics, manometry, buoyancy, control volume analysis of mass, momentum and energy, fluid acceleration, differential equations of continuity and momentum. Euler’s equation, Bernoulli’s equation, laminar flow through pipes, boundary layer displacement, momentum and energy thickness, flow through pipes, minor and major losses, dimensional analysis.

Heat transfer: Modes of heat transfer, one dimensional heat conduction, thermal resistance, fins, free and forced convective heat transfer, dimensionless parameters, problems in convective heat transfer with the help of correlation, thermal boundary layer, radiation, black and grey surfaces, shape factors, network analysis.

Mechanics of Solids: Stress-strain relationship and elastic constant, principal stress and strains, Mohr’s circle for plane stresses and plane strains, shear force and bending moment diagrams, bending of beams, torsion of circular shafts, Euler’s theory of columns, strain energy, thermal stresses.

Theory  of  Machines

Kinematic and dynamic analysis of planer mechanisms. Cams, Gears and gear trains. Flywheels, Governors, Balancing of rigid rotors and field balancing, Balancing of single and multi cylinder  engines, free and forced vibrations of single degree of freedom   systems,   effect   of   damping,   vibration   isolation   and   transmissibility, resonance, Critical speeds and whirling of shafts.

Design for static and dynamic loading, failure theories, fatigue strength and S-N diagram, Principles of design of machine elements such as bolted, riveted and welded joints. Design of shafts, spur gears, rolling and sliding contact bearings, brakes and clutches.

I.C. Engines  and  Refrigeration

SI and CI engines, two-stroke and four-stroke engines, efficiencies, heat balance, combustion  in  IC  engines,  abnormal  combustion,  engine  fuels  and  fuel  rating, alternate fuels, carburetion and fuel injection – MPFI, CRDI, super charging and turbo charging methods, engine emission and control. Steam and gas turbines, Rankine and Brayton cycles with regeneration and reheat, heat transfer equation, heat exchangers – LMTD and NTU methods, vapour compression and absorption refrigeration cycles, heat pumps, properties of moist air, psychrometric chart, basic psychrometric processes, turbo machines – impulse and reaction principles, Pelton wheel, Francis and Kaplan turbines, velocity diagram and performances of turbo machines, non- conventional energy sources – solar, wind, wave, biomass, geothermal and fuel cells.

Manufacturing  Science  and  Processes

Classification of materials, Structure and properties of common engineering materials, Crystalline  materials,  crystal  structure,  defects  in  crystals,  phase  diagrams,  iron- carbon equilibrium diagram, Phase transformation, T-T-T diagram, heat treatment, fracture – brittle and ductile materials, powder metallurgy.

Metal casting – stand casting, die casting, investment casting, centrifugal casting, gating and riser design, melting furnaces, forming – hot and cold processes, forging, drawing, extrusion, shearing, bending, high energy forming, joining processes – welding, weldability, metallurgy of welding, machining processes – single and multi point cutting tools, tool geometry and materials, mechanics of machining, tool life and wear, jigs and fixtures, unconventional methods, EBM, ECM, LBM, ultrasonic machining, computer integrated manufacturing, CNC machining, metrology and instrumentation – limits, fits and tolerances, accuracy, precision, repeatability, comparators, gauges, interferometry, surface structure, measurement of displacement, velocity, acceleration, temperature, Transducers.

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Principles  of  Management

Principles and functions of scientific management, Levels and skills of management, organisational  structure  –  authority,  responsibility  and  span  of  control  –  system concept of management – line, line and staff, project and matrix organizations, proprietary partnership and joint stock companies, private limited, public limited companies, cooperative organizations and Government organizations. Factors in selection of site, plant layout, types of layouts: process, product, fixed and group layouts. Marketing management – objectives and function, forecasting – moving average, exponential smoothing, break-even analysis, capacity planning, inventory control, ABC analysis, EOQ model, work study – Job evaluation and merit rating, Quality  control,  control  charts  for  variables  and  attributes,  acceptance  sampling, TQM,  SPC  tools,  ISO  standards,  linear  programming  –  Graphical  and  Simplex solution methods, Transportation and assignment models, single server queuing models, network theory – CPM – crashing of networks, PERT – probability of completion.

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