Candidates appearing in GATE 2020 Electrical Engineering must check syllabus, GATE EE Exam pattern and preparation tips for better GATE Score
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GATE 2020 Electrical Engineering Syllabus And GATE EE Exam Pattern

Candidates appearing in GATE 2020 Electrical Engineering (EE) must know the proper syllabus, GATE Exam pattern and preparation tips for better GATE Score as results. Details regarding which topics have to be prepared for the GATE examination will be available in the GATE 2020 Electrical Engineering syllabus.

Compulsory sections of General Ability and Engineering Mathematics along with the core subject will be present in the GATE examination paper. All of the questions in the GATE exam’s question paper will be based on the syllabus of GATE 2020 for Electrical Engineering as specified by GATE conducting authority.

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The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a gateway for the candidates not only to be eligible for post graduation courses in engineering subject (ME/M.Tech/MS/Direct PhD) admission but also they can apply for lucrative engineering jobs offered by the PSUs. According to previous trends, the GATE 2020 examination will be conducted in 1st and 2nd week of February 2020. The GATE examination will be conducted for 25 different engineering disciplines only and Electrical Engineering is one of them.

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IIT Delhi will be releasing the GATE 2020 Electrical Engineering syllabus tentatively when the official notification is released in August month. Using GATE 2019 Electrical Engineering syllabus, the candidates will be able to prepare well for the entrance examination. Since the present session syllabus has not been released yet, candidates can check the previous year syllabus for reference.

To know more about GATE 2020 Syllabus for Electrical Engineering and GATE 2020 Exam pattern, read the complete article so that you can refer to those topics while preparation. In order to study and have a proper practice, it is important to use the most recommended GATE 2020 Books for Electrical Engineering (EE), which will be prescribed in the next article.

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GATE 2020 EE Exam Pattern

It is recommended to go through the exam pattern thoroughly and then plan the preparation schedule according to the weightage of different topics. The paper pattern is as follows



Technical Section

70 marks
General Aptitude

15 marks

Engineering Mathematics

15 marks
Total Marks

100 marks

Total Questions

65 questions

Time Duration

3 hours

It consists of basically two types of questions namely

  1. Multiple Choice Questions which are objective type questions each having 4 choices of answers. They are of 1 or 2 marks in all Sections. It also includes negative marking. Hence, for each correct answer 1 will be added and for each incorrect answer 0.33 mark will be deducted and for each 2 marker question correct answer gives 2 marks and incorrect answer deducts 0.66 marks.
  2. Numeric Answer Type (NAT) Questions are different from the MCQs. They don’t include any choices they have answers which are real numbers which are to inserted by virtual keypad appeared on the monitor via mouse. These are 1 or 2 marks questions in different sections, without any negative marking.

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GATE 2020 Electrical Engineering Syllabus

Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra: Matrix Algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors.

Calculus: Mean value theorems, Theorems of integral calculus, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial Derivatives, Maxima and minima, Multiple integrals, Fourier series, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line integral, Surface integral, Volume integral, Stokes’s theorem, Gauss’s theorem, Green’s theorem.

Differential equations: First order equations (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Method of variation of parameters, Cauchy’s equation, Euler’s equation, Initial and boundary value problems, Partial Differential Equations, Method of separation of variables.

Complex variables: Analytic functions, Cauchy’s integral theorem, Cauchy’s integral formula, Taylor series, Laurent series, Residue theorem, Solution integrals.

Probability and Statistics: Sampling theorems, Conditional probability, Mean, Median, Mode, Standard Deviation, Random variables, Discrete and Continuous Distributions, Poisson distribution, Normal distribution, Binomial distribution, Correlation analysis, Regression analysis.

Numerical Methods: Solutions of nonlinear algebraic equations, Single and Multi‐step methods for differential equations.

Transform Theory: Fourier Transform, Laplace Transform, z‐Transform.

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Electrical Engineering

Section 2: Electric Circuits

Network graph, KCL, KVL, Node and Mesh analysis, Transient response of dc and ac networks, Sinusoidal steady‐state analysis, Resonance, Passive filters, Ideal current and voltage sources, Thevenin’s theorem, Norton’s theorem, Superposition theorem, Maximum power transfer theorem, Two‐port networks, Three phase circuits, Power and power factor in ac circuits.

Section 3: Electromagnetic Fields

Coulomb’s Law, Electric Field Intensity, Electric Flux Density, Gauss’s Law, Divergence, Electric field and potential due to point, line, plane and spherical charge distributions, Effect of dielectric medium, Capacitance of simple configurations, Biot‐Savart’s law, Ampere’s law, Curl, Faraday’s law, Lorentz force, Inductance, Magnetomotive force, Reluctance, Magnetic circuits,Self and Mutual inductance of simple configurations.

Section 4: Signals and Systems

Representation of continuous and discrete‐time signals, Shifting and scaling operations, Linear Time-Invariant and Causal systems, Fourier series representation of continuous periodic signals, Sampling theorem, Applications of Fourier Transform, Laplace Transform and z-Transform.

Section 5: Electrical Machines

Single phase transformer: equivalent circuit, phasor diagram, open circuit and short circuit tests, regulation and efficiency; Three phase transformers: connections, parallel operation; Auto‐transformer, Electromechanical energy conversion principles, DC machines: separately excited, series and shunt, motoring and generating mode of operation and their characteristics, starting and speed control of dc motors; Three phase induction motors: principle of operation, types, performance, torque-speed characteristics, no-load and blocked rotor tests, equivalent circuit, starting and speed control; Operating principle of single phase induction motors; Synchronous machines: cylindrical and salient pole machines, performance, regulation and parallel operation of generators, starting of synchronous motor, characteristics; Types of losses and efficiency calculations of electric machines.

Section 6: Power Systems

Power generation concepts, ac and dc transmission concepts, Models and performance of transmission lines and cables, Series and shunt compensation, Electric field distribution and insulators, Distribution systems, Per‐unit quantities, Bus admittance matrix, Gauss-Seidel and Newton-Raphson load flow methods, Voltage and Frequency control, Power factor correction, Symmetrical components, Symmetrical and unsymmetrical fault analysis, Principles of over‐current, differential and distance protection; Circuit breakers, System stability concepts, Equal area criterion. 

Section 7: Control Systems

Mathematical modeling and representation of systems, Feedback principle, transfer function, Block diagrams and Signal flow graphs, Transient and Steady‐state analysis of linear time-invariant systems, Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist criteria, Bode plots, Root loci, Stability analysis, Lag, Lead and Lead‐Lag compensators; P, PI and PID controllers; State space model, State transition matrix. 

Section 8: Electrical and Electronic Measurements

Bridges and Potentiometers, Measurement of voltage, current, power, energy and power factor; Instrument transformers, Digital voltmeters and multimeters, Phase, Time and Frequency measurement; Oscilloscopes, Error analysis. 

Section 9: Analog and Digital Electronics

Characteristics of diodes, BJT, MOSFET; Simple diode circuits: clipping, clamping, rectifiers; Amplifiers: Biasing, Equivalent circuit and Frequency response; Oscillators and Feedback amplifiers; Operational amplifiers: Characteristics and applications; Simple active filters, VCOs and Timers, Combinational and Sequential logic circuits, Multiplexer, Demultiplexer, Schmitt trigger, Sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters, 8085Microprocessor: Architecture, Programming and Interfacing.

Section 10: Power Electronics

Characteristics of semiconductor power devices: Diode, Thyristor, Triac, GTO, MOSFET, IGBT; DC to DC conversion: Buck, Boost and Buck-Boost converters; Single and three phase configuration of uncontrolled rectifiers, Line commutated thyristor-based converters, Bidirectional ac to dc voltage source converters, Issues of line current harmonics, Power factor, Distortion factor of ac to dc converters, Single phase and three phase inverters, Sinusoidal pulse width modulation

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