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GATE 2017 Electrical and Electronics (EE) Syllabus

Last Updated - October 23, 2016

There will be a number of Changes in GATE from the following year. From GATE going international to new changes in its application process, there will be changes in the Engineering Science Paper too.  The exam stands helpful for students to take admission into the post-graduate course across the country. The GATE 2017 Application starts from September 1, 2016 and will end on October 4, 2016.  The actual conduction of examination will be held from February 4 to February 12, 2016. The GATE Exams Centers have been divided zone wise. Candidates must check these while filling up the form.

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About Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering, one of the most used type of engineering, largely deals with a number of electrical devices and systems. The scope of electrical engineering is vast, from massive power stations to small microchips, an electrical engineer’s expertise can be used everywhere. This field is definitely one of the reasons for the rapid growth of India’s industry and agriculture.

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The Revised Syllabus

The syllabus for Electrical Engineering in GATE 2017 has been revised. It will include topics from Mathematics, Aptitude and Reasoning, etc. The GATE Electrical Engineering Syllabus is divided into 10 sections.

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The detailed syllabus is given below:

Chapter

Topics

Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra: Matrix Algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors. Calculus: Mean value theorems, Theorems of integral calculus, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial Derivatives, Maxima and minima, Multiple integrals, Fourier series, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line integral, Surface integral, Volume integral, Stokes’s theorem, Gauss’s theorem, Green’s theorem. Differential equations: First order equations (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Method of variation of parameters, Cauchy’s equation, Euler’s equation, Initial and boundary value problems, Partial Differential Equations, Method of separation of variables. Complex variables: Analytic functions, Cauchy’s integral theorem, Cauchy’s integral formula, Taylor series, Laurent series, Residue theorem, Solution integrals. Probability and Statistics: Sampling theorems, Conditional probability, Mean, Median, Mode, Standard Deviation, Random variables, Discrete and Continuous distributions, Poisson distribution, Normal distribution, Binomial distribution, Correlation analysis, Regression analysis. Numerical Methods: Solutions of nonlinear algebraic equations, Single and Multi-step methods for differential equations. Transform Theory: Fourier Transform, Laplace Transform, z-Transform.
Electric CircuitsNetwork graph, KCL, KVL, Node and Mesh analysis, Transient response of dc and ac networks, Sinusoidal steady-state analysis, Resonance, Passive filters, Ideal current and voltage sources, Thevenin’s theorem, Norton’s theorem, Superposition theorem, Maximum power transfer theorem, Two-port networks, Three phase circuits, Power and power factor in ac circuits.
Electromagnetic FieldsCoulomb's Law, Electric Field Intensity, Electric Flux Density, Gauss's Law, Divergence, Electric field and potential due to point, line, plane and spherical charge distributions, Effect of dielectric medium, Capacitance of simple configurations, Biot-Savart’s law, Ampere’s law, Curl, Faraday’s law, Lorentz force, Inductance, Magnetomotive force, Reluctance, Magnetic circuits, Self and Mutual inductance of simple configurations.
Signals and SystemsRepresentation of continuous and discrete-time signals, Shifting and scaling operations, Linear Time Invariant and Causal systems, Fourier series representation of continuous periodic signals, Sampling theorem, Applications of Fourier Transform, Laplace Transform and z-Transform.
Electrical MachinesSingle phase transformer: equivalent circuit, phasor diagram, open circuit and short circuit tests, regulation and efficiency; Three phase transformers: connections, parallel operation; Auto-transformer, Electromechanical energy conversion principles, DC machines: separately excited, series and shunt, motoring and generating mode of operation and their characteristics, starting and speed control of dc motors; Three phase induction motors: principle of operation, types, performance, torque-speed characteristics, no-load and blocked rotor tests, equivalent circuit, starting and speed control; Operating principle of single phase induction motors; Synchronous machines: cylindrical and salient pole machines, performance, regulation and parallel operation of generators, starting of synchronous motor, characteristics; Types of losses and efficiency calculations of electric machines.
Power SystemsPower generation concepts, ac and dc transmission concepts, Models and performance of transmission lines and cables, Series and shunt compensation, Electric field distribution and insulators, Distribution systems, Per-unit quantities, Bus admittance matrix, Gauss Seidel and Newton-Raphson load flow methods, Voltage and Frequency control, Power factor correction, Symmetrical components, Symmetrical and unsymmetrical fault analysis, Principles of over-current, differential and distance protection; Circuit breakers, System stability concepts, Equal area criterion.
Control SystemsMathematical modeling and representation of systems, Feedback principle, transfer function, Block diagrams and Signal flow graphs, Transient and Steady-state analysis of linear time invariant systems, Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist criteria, Bode plots, Root loci, Stability analysis, Lag, Lead and Lead-Lag compensators; P, PI and PID controllers; State space model, State transition matrix.
Electrical and Electronic MeasurementsBridges and Potentiometers, Measurement of voltage, current, power, energy and power factor; Instrument transformers, Digital voltmeters and multimeters, Phase, Time and Frequency measurement; Oscilloscopes, Error analysis.
Analog and Digital ElectronicsCharacteristics of diodes, BJT, MOSFET; Simple diode circuits: clipping, clamping, rectifiers; Amplifiers: Biasing, Equivalent circuit and Frequency response; Oscillators and Feedback amplifiers; Operational amplifiers: Characteristics and applications; Simple active filters, VCOs and Timers, Combinational and Sequential logic circuits, Multiplexer, Demultiplexer, Schmitt trigger, Sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters, 8085Microprocessor: Architecture, Programming and Interfacing.
Power Electronics

Characteristics of semiconductor power devices: Diode, Thyristor, Triac, GTO, MOSFET, IGBT; DC to DC conversion: Buck, Boost and Buck-Boost converters; Single and three phase configuration of uncontrolled rectifiers, Line commutated thyristor based converters, Bidirectional ac to dc voltage source converters, Issues of line current harmonics, Power factor, Distortion factor of ac to dc converters, Single phase and three phase inverters, Sinusoidal pulse modulation.

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Distribution of Marks

There are three paper sections, each carrying a different weightage of marks. The below table describes the distribution of marks in each section:

Paper SectionMarks distribution (from total)
Subject Questions70%
Engineering Mathematics15%
General Aptitude15%

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Tip not to miss!

We are sure that this syllabus looks huge for all you candidates. But fret not! Try to strike a balance between your practice sessions and leisure time. Have a share of both, so that your mind is relaxed at all times. It will help you deliver a better performance.

We have laid out some other helpful GATE Preparation Tips for all you aspirants. Get ready for a boost of motivation!

Syllabus Of Other Papers

PaperCodePaperCode
Aerospace EngineeringAEMechanical EngineeringME
Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
Engineering SciencesXEBiotechnologyBT
Instrumentation EngineeringIN  

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