GATE 2021 Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) Syllabus, Preparation Tips and Books

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    Electronics and Communications Engineering is an engineering field that deals with electronic devices, circuits, communication equipment like transmitter, receiver, integrated circuits (IC). The syllabus of GATE 2021 EC will consists of 3 sections namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and specific subject of the paper.

    • To score good marks in the exam candidates must know the syllabus and exam pattern as per the academic year.
    • In GATE 2021 EC paper, a total of 55 questions will be asked from the core subject and Mathematics.
    • The remaining 10 questions will be asked from the General Aptitude.  Check GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

    With the help of GATE scores, candidates can apply for M.Tech courses offered at IITs, NITs, etc. Moreover, they can also apply for  GATE PSU Recruitment  process. The validity of scores is 3 years from the date of announcement of results. Candidates are advised to go through the article to know more about syllabus, exam patterns, books, and preparation tips.

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    GATE 2021 EC Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Syllabus for Electronics and Communication Engineering

    Electronics and Communications Engineering syllabus is divided into 8 sections. The detailed syllabus is as follow:

    • Section 1: Engineering Mathematics Linear
    • Section 2: Networks, Signals, and Systems
    • Section 3: Electronic Devices
    • Section 4: Analog Circuits
    • Section 5: Digital Circuits
    • Section 6: Control Systems
    • Section 7: Communications
    • Section 8: Electromagnetics

    Direct link to download GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) syllabus PDF 

    GATE 2021 EC Syllabus - Weightage of Topics

    GATE 2021 Electronics and Communication Engineering – Important Topics & Weightage

    • Sample Question 1:
    • Sample Question 2:

    Weightage of Sections/Topics

    Section1 Mark2 MarkNo.of Ques
    Engineering Mathematics 549
    Engineering Mechanics022
    Strength of Materials549
    Design of Machine Elements011
    Theory of Machines123
    Fluid mechanics437
    Thermal Science549
    Heat Transfer 112
    Manufacturing Science4610
    Industrial Engineering022
    Verbal Ability325
    Numerical Ability235

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    GATE 2021 EC Exam Pattern

    GATE 2021 Exam Pattern of Electronics and Communication Engineering

    • Exam Mode: Online
    • Duration: 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
    Section Total Marks
    General Aptitude15% of the total marks
    Engineering Mathematics15% of the total marks
    Subject-Based (ME)70% of the total marks

    Marking scheme

    Type of questionNegative marking for wrong answer

    1/3 for 1 mark questions

    2/3 for 2 marks questions

    NATsNo negative marking 

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    Important Books for GATE EC

    GATE 2021 Electronics and Communication Engineering Syllabus – Best Books

    Book NameAuthor/Publisher
    Microelectronic Circuits: Theory and ApplicationsAdel S. Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith, Edition: 6
    Fundamentals of Electric CircuitsCharles K. Alexander, Matthew N. O. Sadiku, Edition: 5
    Automatic Control SystemsBenjamin C. Kuo, Edition: 9
    Digital Logic and Computer DesignM. Morris Mano, Edition: 1
    Principles of Communication SystemsGoutam Saha, Herbert Taub, Donald Schilling, Edition: 3

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    How to Prepare for GATE 2021 EC Paper?

    Preparation Tips for GATE 2021 Electronics and Communication Engineering Paper

    1. Division of Syllabus

    • Candidates should divide their syllabus based on priority. There are various factors to set the priority like on the basis of difficulty level, on the basis of weightage of marks, etc.
    • With a proper division of syllabus, it will become easy to cover the syllabus in a particular period of time.
    • The main motive to divide the topics or sections is that you can easily complete the syllabus when divided into small portions. 

    2. Set Right Targets

    • Candidates must set some targets. For example, you can set a target that I will complete 6 topics in a particular week. This is also called a target based study plan and when you fulfill one target then it gives you a feeling of achievement which in return boost your level of confidence. 
    • Do not overburden yourself and set up easy targets.

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    3. Time Divison

    Time AllotmentActivities to Do
    5:00 AM to 8:00 AMRevision Time
    8:00 AM to 10:00 AMTake a Break
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PMStart new Topic
    1:00 PM to 5:00 PMTake a Break
    6:00 PM to 9:00 PMComplete the remaining topic
    10:00 PMAgain go through your Notes 

    4. Practice Papers

    • Practice papers will help you in getting an idea about the exam pattern, type of questions asked the paper, difficulty level of questions, weightage given to topics or sections, etc.
    • You can also improve your speed and accuracy.
    • Candidates should practice 1-2 papers in every 3-4 days.
    • Do not get demotivated if you are not able to solve the questions. Observe your weaker areas and try to work on them.

    Download GATE Practice Papers

    5. Confidence and Motivation

    • Keep yourself motivated and believe in yourself.
    • Do not compare yourself with your friends. Focus on your preparations.
    • Try to avoid distractions like T.V, social media, etc.
    • Take frequent breaks for relaxation and keep up the good health.

    GATE 2021 Syllabus Of Other Papers

    Aerospace EngineeringAEMechanical EngineeringME
    Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
    Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
    Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
    Engineering SciencesXEProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
    Computer Sciences EngineeringCSTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
    Electrical EngineeringEEBiotechnologyBT

    Candidates who are planning to appear for GATE can go through the syllabus of their respective subjects from the links provided in the table above. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques: What is the weightage of all the major sections in GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering Paper?

    Ans: The weightage of sections in GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering Paper is mentioned below:

    • General Aptitude – 15%
    • Engineering Mathematics – 15%
    • Core Subject – 70%

    Ques: Will there be any negative marking in NAT questions in GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering Paper?

    Ans: No. There will be no negative marking NAT questions but in MCQs, candidates will get negative marks for wrong attempts.

    Type of questionNegative marking for wrong answer

    1/3 for 1 mark questions

    2/3 for 2 marks questions

    NATsNo negative marking 

    Ques: What are the major topics from the core syllabus of GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering?

    Ans: The major topics from the core syllabus are:

    • Networks, Signals, and Systems
    • Electronic Devices
    • Analog Circuits
    • Digital Circuits
    • Control Systems
    • Communications
    • Electromagnetics

    These topics are further divided into sub-topics that need to be covered to score good marks in the examination.

    Ques: What type of questions will be asked in GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering Paper?

    Ans: There will be two types of questions:

    • MCQs
    • NAT

    In NAT questions candidates will not get any options. They have to enter their answer using the virtual keyboard. Moreover, there will be no negative marking in these types of questions.

    *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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