GATE 2021 Electrical Engineering (EE) Syllabus, Preparation Tips and Books

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    Electrical engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. The syllabus of GATE 2021 Electrical Engineering will be divided into 10 major sections including Engineering Mathematics. 

    In GATE 2021 EE paper, the maximum weightage will be given to core subject syllabus i.e. 70% and 15% each to General Aptitude & Engineering Mathematics. The general aptitude syllabus which is common for all the papers of GATE is considered as one of the easiest sections.  Check GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

    Candidates who appear for GATE Electrical Engineering advised to must check the complete syllabus of electrical engineering. The exam stands helpful for students to take admission into the post-graduate course across the country. 

    Must Read:  Preparation Tips from GATE Topper

    GATE 2021 Syllabus of Electrical Engineering

    GATE 2021 Syllabus for Electrical Engineering

    GATE 2021 Syllabus for Electrical Engineering divided into 10 sections with topics that need to be covered. Candidate can check the Syllabus for GATE Electrical Engineering below:

    • Section 1: Engineering Mathematics
    • Section 2: Electric Circuits
    • Section 3: Electromagnetic Fields
    • Section 4: Signals and Systems
    • Section 5: Electrical Machines
    • Section 6: Power Systems
    • Section 7: Control Systems
    • Section 8: Electrical and Electronic Measurements
    • Section 9: Analog and Digital Electronics
    • Section 10: Power Electronics

    General Aptitude (GA) is a common section in all GATE Papers and holds 15% of the total marks. The questions in GA are based on verbal ability and numerical ability. The 2 subsections in the GA section are as follows:

    1. Verbal Ability- The following topics are tested in this section: English Grammar, Sentence Completion, Verbal Analogies, Word Groups, Instructions, Critical Reasoning, Verbal Deduction.

    2. Numerical Ability – This section comprises of questions which test the basic mathematical skills of candidates. The following subtopics included in this section are: Numerical computation, Numerical Estimation, Numerical Reasoning, Data Interpretation.

    Direct link to download GATE Electrical Engineering (EE) syllabus PDF 

    Weightage of Important Topics in Electrical Engineering

    • Sample Question 1:
    • Sample Question 2:

    Weightage of Topics/Sections

    TopicNumber of QuestionMarks
    Network Theory69
    Control Systems711
    Signal And Systems35
    Digital Electronics47
    Analog Circuits45
    Electrical Machines34
    Power Systems610
    Power Electronics59
    Engineering Mathematics710
    General Aptitude1015

    Check Detailed GATE EE Paper Analysis

    GATE 2021 Exam Pattern of Electrical Engineering

    GATE 2021 Electrical Engineering Exam Pattern

    • Mode of Examination: Online
    • Duration of Exam: 3 hours
    • Types of Questions: MCQs and NAT
    • Sections: 3 sections – General Aptitude, Mathematics and Subject-based
    • Total Questions: 65 questions
    • Total Marks: 100 marks
    • Negative Marking: For MCQs only

    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
    Subject Questions70%
    Engineering Mathematics15%
    General Aptitude15%

    Marking scheme

    Type of questionNegative marking for wrong answer

    1/3 for 1 mark questions

    2/3 for 2 marks questions

    NATsNo negative marking 

    Check Detailed GATE 2021 EE Exam Pattern

    Important Books for GATE Electrical Engineering

    Best Books for GATE 2021 Electrical Engineering

    Book NameAuthor/Publisher
    Electrical Power SystemsC. L. Wadhwa, Edition: 6
    Electrical MachineryAuthor's Name: P. S. Bimbhra, Edition: 7
    Control Systems EngineeringI.J.Nagrath, M. Gopal, Edition: 5
    Power System EngineeringI. J. Nagrath, D Kothari, Edition: 2

    Check Other  GATE EE Books

    How to Prepare for GATE 2021 EE Paper?

    Preparation Tips for GATE 2021 Electrical Engineering

    1. Knowledge of Fundamentals

    • The clarity of basic concepts is a must. To clear the basic concepts candidates can start their preparation from the basic syllabus or root level.
    • Take help from graduation level books and notes to get more clarity about the topics.
    • Refer to the books which are easy to understand.
    • Once your fundamentals are clear you can easily solve the other related topics.

    2. Mock Tests

    • With the help of mock tests, candidates can get a much better idea about the exam pattern, type of questions, difficulty level of questions, etc.
    • You can judge the level of your preparation by taking mock tests. 
    • Mock tests give the feel of the real exam because they are conducted online and also have a time limit. 
    • Candidates who incorporate mock tests into their preparation plan can see an improvement in their accuracy and speed of solving the questions.
    • If you are not able to get the facility of the mock test then you can download the previous years practice papers for better preparations.

    Download GATE Practice Papers

    3. Prepare Notes for Revision

    • During the time of preparation write down all the important formulas, tips, tricks, etc. These notes will help you in revisions.
    • Do not leave any topics for the end. The last two weeks should only be utilized for revision sessions.
    • If you ave notes then you need not carry books everywhere. You can revise your notes anytime anywhere.
    • You can easily all the topics that you have prepared in one go.

    4. Schedule your Time

    • Time management is very important for GATE aspiring candidates. 
    • GATE toppers recommend 6-8 hours of preparation time daily to crack the exam.
    • 1-2 hours should be given for daily revisions.
    • Take frequent breaks to avoid laziness and to refresh your body or mind.

    Read Preparation Tips from GATE Topper

    5. Stay Healthy 

    • Do not overburden yourself and do not take stress.
    • Do not compare your preparation with your friends. Remain confident and focus on your plan only.
    • Eat healthily and exercise. Try to relax your mind by taking breaks.

    GATE 2021 Syllabus Of Other Papers

    Aerospace EngineeringAEMechanical EngineeringME
    Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
    Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
    Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
    Engineering SciencesXEProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
    Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
    Computer Science CSBiotechnologyBT

    This field is definitely one of the reasons for the rapid growth of India’s industry and agriculture. Electrical Engineering is also related to the study, application, and design of equipment, systems, devices utilizing electricity, and electromagnetism. Candidates who are planning to appear for GATE 2021 can go through the syllabus of their respective papers from the links provided above. 

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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