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GATE Electronics Engineering Paper 2017

Last Updated - October 27, 2016

GATE is the national level entrance exam for admission to P.hd programs offered by IITs, NITs and other top institutes. Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) is one of the most popular branch opted by candidates. There are total 65 papers in GATE. The date of exam is from February 04 – 12, 2017. GATE 2017 is an online examination and the duration of the exam is 3 hours. ECE is one of the most sort after discipline by various PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) for filling up various vacancies.

All the GATE aspirants preparing to appear for ECE paper can check this article for detailed preparation tips, syllabus, coaching centers and cutoff for PSU recruitment through GATE.

Syllabus of ECE GATE Exam

GATE Electronics and Communication Paper comprises of the following topics. Candidates can pick out the most important topics for focusing upon at the time of preparation.

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Networks, signals and systems
  • Electronic devices
  • Analog circuits
  • Digital circuits
  • Control systems
  • Communications
  • Electromagnets

GATE ECE Paper 2017 Important Topics Analysis

In 2016, GATE ECE was held in three different sessions in the time span of two days i.e. January 30, 2016 and January 31, 2016. The exam consisted of 9 sections and a section of General Aptitude was also included. The question paper comprised both 1 mark and 2 marks questions. As per the opinion of candidates who appeared for GATE ECE Paper 2016, the questions were moderate to attempt. There were some easy questions from topics like networks, control systems and signal and systems, whereas questions from Analog circuits and communication systems were tough to attempt.  Take a look at the break up of questions in all sections given below:

TopicNumber of QuestionMarksDifficulty Level
Control Systems58Easy
Signal And Systems35Easy
Digital and Micro Processor58Moderate
Analog Circuits711Tough
Communication Systems710Tough
Engineering Mathematics812Moderate
General Awareness1015Easy

GATE 2015 ECE Paper consisted of 30 questions of 1 mark each and 35 questions of 2 marks each. Those who appeared felt that the question paper was quite difficult to attempt. The question paper had a balanced blend of questions which were covered from each and every important section related to electronics and communication. Here is the detailed segregation of each topic and number of questions asked from them:

TopicNumber of QuestionMarks
Control Systems711
Signal And Systems58
Digital and Micro Processor69
Analog Circuits610
Communication Systems610
Engineering Mathematics811
General Awareness1015

GATE ECE 2017 Preparation Schedule

Since number of applicants for GATE ECE has increased over the years, it has become very important to excel in this competitive exam. Candidate must strategically prepare a schedule to focus on every topic and plan ample of days to revise them. With little more than 3 months to go,

SubjectTime Duration
Engineering MathematicsNovember 1, 2016 – November 13, 2016
CommunicationNovember 14, 2016 – November 25, 2016
Analog CircuitsNovember 26, 2016 – December 7, 2016
NetworksDecember 8, 2016 – December 16, 2016
Signal and SystemsDecember 17th – December 29, 2016
Electronic Devices and CircuitsDecember 30, 2016 – January 6, 2016
Control SystemJanuary 7, 2016 – January 13, 2016
Digital ElectronicsJanuary 14, 2016 – January 20, 2016
ElectromagneticsJanuary 21, 2016 – January 26, 2016
General AptitudeJanuary 27, 2016 – January 31, 2016

Candidates can also moderate this schedule slightly to accommodate time for revision.

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GATE ECE 2017 Preparation Books

Candidates with keen interest in electronics, robotics and various gadgets, have been opting for Electronics and Communications Engineering for quite some years now in large numbers.  Aspirants who are planning to get admission in prestigious institutions like IITs or ISMs might find the list of books given below helpful in better preparation for GATE 2017 ECE Paper.

Books NameAuthors
Network AnalysisVan Valken Burg
Solutions of Network AnalysisGK Publications
Engg. Circuit AnalysisHayt and Kemmerly
Network AnalysisSoni and Gupta
Graph TheoryNarsing Deo (Cutset and Others)
Circuit TheoryChakravarthy
Electric CircuitsSchaum’s Series
Network TheoryProf Yoganarasimhan
Electronic Devices CircuitsBoylested and Neshelsky
Microelectronic CircuitsSedra and Smith
Electronic Devices CircuitsMillman and Halkias (Black Pad)
MicroelectronicsMillman and Grabel
Integrated ElectronicsMillman and Halkias
Electronic CircuitsSchilling and Belove
Switching and Finite Automatic TheoryKohavi
Digital Logic and Computer DesignMano
Digital Electronicsmalvino and Leach
Digital Systems, Principles and ApplicationsTocci
Microprocessor and its ApplicationsGoankar
MicroprocessorsB Ram
Automatic Control SystemsBC Kuo
Control SystemsNagarath and Gopal
Modern Control SystemsOgata
OP Amps and Linear Integrated CircuitsGayakwad
Electrical and Electronic Measurements and InstrumentationAK Sawhney
DC Machines Measurements and Measuring InstrumentsGB Bharadhwajan
Electrical MachinesPS Bimhra
Elements of Power System AnalysisWilliam D Stevenson
Modern Power System AnalysisNagrath and Kothari
Electrical Power SystemsWadhwa
Power SystemsVK Mehta (For Basics of PS)

Coaching Centres

Along with self-study, it is very important to seek professional help to prepare extremely well for GATE 2017 ECE Paper. Candidates often get confused over the fact that which institute they must join in order to ace one of the toughest entrance exams.

So, here are some of the most reputed institutions that offer professional coaching for GATE 2017 ECE Paper across the nation.

Top GATE Coaching Centres in Delhi

1.THE GATE COACHHauz Khas, New Delhi4.8
1.IES MasterKatwaria Sarai, New Delhi4.8
2.MADE EASYGhitorni, New Delhi4.7
2.Pathfinder Academy (P) LtdMunirka, New Delhi4.7
3.Made EasySaket Metro Station, New Delhi4.6
4.IES AcademyHauz Khas, New Delhi4.5
4.SRIRAM’S IAS-Best IAS Institute in GTB Nagar, DelhiGTB Nagar, Delhi4.5
4.Engineers Institute of IndiaHauz Khas, New Delhi4.5
5.Made EasyHauz Khas Metro Station, New Delhi4.3
6.Trump & GatesConnaught Place, New Delhi4.1

Top GATE Coaching Centres in Ahemdabad

1.GATEFORM AhmedabadVastrapur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.4.4
2.ICE GATE INSTITUTEMansi Circle,Vastrapur, Ahmedabad4.2
3.The GATE Academy, AhmedabadVastrapur, Ahmedabad4.1

Top GATE Coaching Centres in Guwahati

1.IMS Guwahati, AssamG.N.B Road, Guwahati4.9
2.Concept EducationsKamakhya, Guwahati4.4
3.T.I.M.EP.O.Silpukhuri, Guwahati4.0

Top GATE Coaching Centres in Chennai

1.S.K.Engineering AcademyAnnanagar East, Chennai4.7
2.Vani Institute For GATE CoachingBurkit Rd, Chennai4.6
3.IES GATE AcademyT Nagar, Chennai4.5
4.GATE ForumT Nagar, Chennai4.2
4.The GATE AcademyT Nagar, Chennai4.2

Top GATE Coaching Centres in Bangalore

1.Vani Institute GATE, IESSeshadripuram, Bengalaru4.5
1.Institute of Engineering Studies5th Cross, Bengalaru4.5
2.GATE ForumJayanagar 4th Block, Bengalaru4.4
3.GATEIIT CoachingJ.P.Nagar, Bengalaru4.0
3.ACE Engineering Academy BangaloreMalleshwaram, Bengalaru4.0

Top GATE Coaching Centres in Jaipur

1.Let’s Talk AcademyTonk Rd, Jaipur5.0
2.Aadhar InstituteMansingh Pura Tonk Road, Jaipur4.8
2.Engineering MastersTonk Road, Jaipur4.8
2.Engineering Career TutorialsNear Gandhi Nagar Railway Station, Jaipur4.8
CHECK  Top Coaching Centers for GATE 2017

Cutoff for GATE ECE 2017 in IITs

After the GATE results are announced, a cut off list is prepared according to the number of seats available, number of candidates who have applied, difficulty level, etc. before the cut off is released for GATE 2017 ECE paper, candidates must have a glance at previous year cut off lists for GATE ECE

DetailsGeneralOBC (Non-creamy Layer)SC/ST/PD
GATE 2013 Cutoff for ECE2522.2516.67
GATE 2014 Cutoff for ECE25.5623.0117.04
GATE 2015 Cutoff for ECE2522.5016.67
GATE 2016 Cutoff for ECE2522.516.67

PSU Hiring for ECE Branch

GATE score is valid for candidates to get an employment opportunity at various Public Sector Undertakings. The GATE score is also used by various PSUs to shortlist candidates for various job openings. Here are some PSUs which offer employment opportunities under electronics and communications category:




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