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GATE Electrical Engineering: Network Theory Preparation Strategy

Last Updated - January 21, 2017

GATE Electrical Engineering Exam is one of the most reputed exams for Graduated Engineers. Network theory is one of the most consistent subjects in EC and EE GATE papers. Network theory has a wide array of applications in many disciplines. It is one of the most popular exams among students aspiring to seek admissions to the post-graduate engineering courses like MTech, M.E offered by the IITs, NITs, other GFTI and various private institutions.

The online examination will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, from February 4 to 5, 2017 and February 11 to 12, 2017. While preparing for GATE you need to be excellent at your theory and concepts in order to practice the tricky questions that come in GATE exam. This exam requires a lot of preparation, proper planning and management to crack the GATE exam.

Here, in this article few tips on how to prepare for Network Theory for GATE Electrical Engineering to secure full marks is discussed below.


How to Prepare for Network Theory for GATE Electrical Engineering

Network theory is a problem based subject where mostly practicing the problems is much more important than reading the theory. You must have a clear-cut idea on what to study and what not to study.

To help you in analyzing the important topics we have mentioned a table below. It indicates the pattern of questions in GATE Electrical engineering papers from the year 2009 to 2016.

Analysis of Paper Pattern for Network Theory

YearNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTopics
2016 Set 1

1 Mark – 4

2 Marks – 2

8

Reduction of networks with controlled voltage and current sources

Transient

Resonance

AC circuit analysis

2016 Set 2

1 Mark – 4

2 Marks – 2

8

Reduction of networks with controlled voltage and current sources

Transient

Resonance

AC circuit analysis

2015 Set 1

1 Mark – 3

2 Marks – 3

9

Network Solution Methodology

Sinusoidal Steady State Analysis

Laplace transforms

Two Port Network

2015 Set 2

1 Mark – 3

2 Marks – 3

9

Network Solution Methodology

Transient /Steady State Analysis of RLC Circuit to DC

input

Sinusoidal Steady State Analysis

Laplace transforms

2014 Set 1

1 Mark – 2

2 Marks – 2

6

Network Solution and methodology

Transient /Study State Analysis of RLC Circuit to DC

input

Sinusoidal Study State Analysis

2014 Set 2

1 Mark – 2

2 Marks – 2

6

Network Solution Methodology

Transient /Study State Analysis of RLC Circuit to

DC input

2014 Set 3

1 Mark – 2

2 Marks – 3

8

Network Solution Methodology

Sinusoidal Steady State Analysis

2013

1 Mark – 3

2 Marks – 4

11

Network Solution Methodology

Sinusoidal Steady State Analysis

Laplace transforms

2012

1 Mark – 5

2 Marks – 4

13

Network Solution Methodology

RLC Circuit

Sinusoidal Steady State Analysis

Two Port Network

2011

1 Mark – 3

2 Marks – 3

9

Network Solution Methodology

RLC Circuit

Transient/Steady State Analysis of RLC Circuits to DC

Input

Sinusoidal Steady State Analysis

2010

1 Mark – 2

2 Marks – 3

8

Network Solution Methodology

RLC Circuit

Sinusoidal Steady State Analysis

Two Port Network

2009

1 Mark – 2

2 Marks – 5

12Network Solution Methodology

Preparation Tips for Network Theory for GATE Electrical Engineering

From the above information, we can clearly analyze the important topics to prepare for network theory. Important topics taking analysis from previous papers that you must be prepared.

Network Theory

Regularly Covered TopicsDifficult level topicsOther important topics
Network analysis using KCL and KVLTransient and Steady State analysis of Second order RLC circuitsLaplace transform
Network TheoremsPhasor diagrams
Transient Analysis of First order circuitsMagnetic Coupled circuits
Resonance-
Two-port Networks-

In order to excel in the field of electrical engineering, you need a positive and a thoughtful approach. Below mentioned tips & tricks will be helpful at the final stages of the preparation to yield the best result.

Analyze the important topics: Firstly, you should focus on the important topics. For network theory, we suggest you to start with the important topics which are mentioned below:

  • Network Solution Methodology
  • Transient/ Study State Analysis of RLC Circuit to DC input
  • RLC Circuit
  • Sinusoidal Study State Analysis

Practice with Previous Year’s Papers: We recommend you to start with getting hold of previous year’s GATE question papers. This way, you also get the chance of analyzing its weightage of marks along with testing your performance.

Time Management: Allocate realistic time to topics. Create a priority list and cover the first 3-4 topics first.

Read and Revise: Make a proper time table and follow it religiously. Daily make a habit of revising the covered topics.

Set a goal: Categorization and division of topics as per the assigned time help in achieve your set target.

Be confident: All the aspiring candidates should remain calm and composed. Losing your piece of mind is not recommended.

Finish your Preparation well in advance: During the last month solve as many questions as you can and maintain your speed.

Read About GATE Syllabus


Good book is a success of every exam. If you want to prepare for Network theory for GATE Electrical Engineering, buy books according to syllabus and written by a good writer. Below mentioned books will help you in Network theory preparation for GATE Electrical Engineering.

Network Theory BooksName of AuthorGet Books (ISBN No.)
Introductory Circuit AnalysisRobert L. Boylestad9788131764763
Network Analysis and Synthesis 1st EditionRavish R. Singh9781259062957
Electronic Circuit AnalysisRao9788131754283
Network Analysis and Synthesis 1 EditionA K Chakraborty, S P Ghosh9780070144781
Network Analysis and Synthesis, 1/e PBA Husain9788190611619
Engineering Circuit Analysis 8th EditionWilliam H. Hayt, Steven M. Durbin, Jack E. Kemmerly9781259098635
Network Analysis with Applications (With CD)William D. Stanley9788131703182
Circuits and Networks: Analysis and Synthesis 4 EditionA. Sudhakar, Shyammohan S Palli9780070699724

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