GATE 2017, Electronics & Communication Engineering Syllabus, ECE – Exam Pattern

GATE 2017 Syllabus for Electronics & Communication Engineering

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For ECE students it’s very good to preparation for GATE 2017. Because of some major advantages for GATE Qualified Students.You can apply for Masters in well reputed Indian Government and self-finance colleges. You can also get the fellowship for Masters. Electronics & Communication Engineers also apply for the job in public sector companies through valid GATE Score.

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra:

  • Vector space, basis, linear dependence and independence, matrix algebra, Eigen values and Eigen vectors, rank, solution of linear equations – existence and uniqueness


  • Mean value theorems, theorems of integral calculus, evaluation of definite and improper integrals, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, multiple integrals, line, surface and volume integrals, Taylor series

Differential Equations:

  • First order equations (linear and nonlinear), higher order linear differential equations, Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, methods of solution using variation of parameters, complementary function and particular integral, partial differential equations, variable separable method, initial and boundary value problems

Vector Analysis:

  • Vectors in plane and space, vector operations, gradient, divergence and curl, Gauss’s, Green’s and Stoke’s theorems

Complex Analysis:

  • Analytic functions, Cauchy’s integral theorem, Cauchy’s integral formula; Taylor’s and Laurent’s series, residue theorem

Numerical Methods:

  • Solution of nonlinear equations, single and multi-step methods for differential equations, convergence criteria

Probability and Statistics: 

  • Mean, median, mode and standard deviation
  • combinatorial probability, probability distribution functions –  binomial, Poisson, exponential and normal
  • Joint and conditional probability
  • Correlation and regression analysis
Section 2: Networks, Signals, and Systems

Network solution methods:

  • nodal and mesh analysis

Network theorems:

  • superposition, Thevenin and Norton’s, maximum power transfer
  • WyeDelta transformation
  • Steady state sinusoidal analysis using phasors
  • Time domain analysis of simple linear circuits
  • Solution of network equations using Laplace transform
  • Frequency domain analysis of RLC circuits

Linear port network parameters:

  • Driving point and transfer functions; State equations for networks

Continuous-time signals:

  • Fourier series and Fourier transform representations, sampling theorem and applications

Discrete-time signals:

  • discrete-time Fourier transform (DTFT), DFT, FFT, Z-transform, interpolation of discrete-time signals

LTI systems:

  • definition and properties, causality, stability, impulse response, convolution, poles and zeros, parallel and cascade structure, frequency response, group delay, phase delay, digital filter design techniques
Section 3: Electronic Devices
  • Energy bands in intrinsic and extrinsic silicon
  • Carrier transport:
    • diffusion current, drift current, mobility and resistivity
    • Generation and recombination of carriers
    • Poisson and continuity equations
    • P-N junction, Zener diode, BJT, MOS capacitor, MOSFET, LED, photodiode and solar cell
  • Integrated circuit fabrication process:
    • oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, photolithography and twin-tub CMOS process
Section 4: Analog Circuits
  • Small signal equivalent circuits of diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs
  • Simple diode circuits:
    • clipping, clamping, and rectifiers
  • Single-stage BJT and MOSFET amplifiers:
    • biasing, bias stability, mid-frequency small signal analysis and frequency response
  • BJT and MOSFET amplifiers:
    • multi-stage, differential, feedback, power and operational
    • Simple op-amp circuits
    • Active filters
  • Sinusoidal oscillators:
    • the criterion for oscillation, single-transistor and op-amp configurations
    • Function generators, wave-shaping circuits and 555 timers
  • Voltage reference circuits
  • Power supplies:
    • Ripple removal and regulation
Section 5: Digital Circuits
  • Number systems
  • Combinatorial circuits:
    • Boolean algebra, minimization of functions using Boolean identities and Karnaugh map, logic gates and their static CMOS
    • implementations, arithmetic circuits, code converters, multiplexers, decoders and PLAs
  • Sequential circuits:
    • latches and flip-flops, counters, shift registers and finite state machines
  • Data converters:
    • sample and hold circuits, ADCs and DACs
  • Semiconductor memories:
  • 8-bit microprocessor (8085):
    • architecture, programming, memory and I/O interfacing

Section 6: Control Systems

  • Basic control system components
  • Feedback principle
  • Transfer function
  • Block diagram representation
  • Signal flow graph
  • Transient and steady-state analysis of LTI systems
  • Frequency response
  • Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist stability criteria
  • Bode and root locus plots
  • Lag, lead and lag-lead compensation
  • State variable model and solution of state equation of LTI systems
Section 7: Communications
  • Random processes:
    • autocorrelation and power spectral density, properties of white noise, filtering of random signals through LTI systems
  • Analog communications:
    • amplitude modulation and demodulation, angle modulation and demodulation, spectra of AM and FM, superheterodyne receivers, circuits for analog communications
  • Information theory:
    • entropy, mutual information and channel capacity theorem
  • Digital communications:
    • PCM, DPCM, digital modulation schemes, amplitude, phase and frequency shift keying (ASK, PSK, FSK), QAM, MAP and ML decoding, matched filter receiver, calculation of bandwidth, SNR and BER for digital modulation
    • Fundamentals of error correction, Hamming codes
    • Timing and frequency synchronization, inter-symbol interference and its mitigation
    • Basics of TDMA, FDMA, and CDMA


Section 8: Electromagnetics

  • Electrostatics
  • Maxwell’s equations:
    • differential and integral forms and their interpretation, boundary conditions, wave equation, Poynting vector
  • Plane waves and properties:
    • reflection and refraction, polarization, phase and group velocity, propagation through various media, skin depth
  • Transmission lines:
    • equations, characteristic impedance, impedance matching, impedance transformation, S-parameters, Smith chart
  • Waveguides:
    • Modes, boundary conditions, cut-off frequencies, dispersion relations
  • Antennas:
    • antenna types, radiation pattern, gain, and directivity, return loss, antenna arrays
    • Basics of radar
    • Light propagation in optical fibers
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