Best Books for GATE Electronics & Communication Engineering Preparation

Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC) is one of the most popular branches of GATE.

EC involves designing, researching, developing, and testing crucial electronic equipment used in various systems. It deals with basic electronics, analog transmission, digital and analog communication, analog integrated circuits, microprocessors, solid-state devices, microwave engineering, satellite communication, antennae, and wave progression. 

To study the aforementioned and other crucial topics of EC in detail, it is essential to have the best books of Electronics & Communication Engineering during the GATE exam preparation. Moreover, there’s tough competition in the EC exam. However, you need not worry. PrepLadder has got you covered.

In this article, we will provide you with a list of recommended books for EC preparation.

Recommended Books for EC Preparation

Subject NameTopicsReference books
Networks Mesh and Nodal Analysis
Network Theorems
Sinusoidal steady State Analysis
Transient Analysis
Two-port Networks
Magnetically coupled circuits 
Charles K. Alexander and Matthew N. O. Sadiku
Signals and Systems Basic Signals
LTI Systems
Fourier Series
Fourier Transform
Sampling theorem and applications
Discrete-time processing of continuous-time signals. 
Alan V. Oppenheim,Alan S. Willsky
Electronic Devices Semiconductor physics
Carrier Transport
P-N junction
Zere diode and photo diode
Solar Cell
MOS Capacitor 
Ben G. Streetman- 
Sanjay K. Banerjee,  Donald A. Neamen 
Control systems Basic control system components
Signal Flow Graph
Time Response Analysis
Stability (R-H Criteria)
Root Locus
Frequency response Analysis
Nyquist stability criteria
Bode Plot
Controllers and Compensators
State Variable Model  
I.J. Nagrath, 
Benjamin C. Kuo
Digital Circuits Number Representations
Boolean Algebra
Combinational Circuits
Sequential Circuits
Data Converters
Semiconductor Memories
Logic Families
Computer Organization
M. Morris Mano,
Zvi Kohavi
Communications Analog Communications
Amplitude Modulation and Demodulation
Angle modulation and Demodulation
Digital communication Schemes
Information Theory
Random variable
Random Processes
Error correction and coding
Simon Haykin, 
BP lathi, 
John G. Proakis
Electromagnetics Maxwell’s Equation
Plane-wave and properties
Transmission lines
Matthew N. O. Sadiku, 
S. V. Kulkarni 
Analog Circuits Diode Circuits
Op-Amp Circuits
Feedback Amplifier
Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith,
Donald A. Neamen  
Engineering Mathematics Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Vector Analysis
Complex Analysis
Probability and Statistics
B. S.Grewal,
H.K. Das

GATE 2022 EC Exam Pattern

Exam Duration 3 hours
Number of Questions 65
Total Marks100
Types of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
SectionsGeneral Aptitude (15 Marks)
Engineering Mathematics (13 Marks)
Technical (72 Marks)
Marking SchemeFor 1 mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
For 2 marks MCQ, 2/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response.
There is no negative marking for NAT and MSQs

Also read: GATE Preparation Tips For Electronics & Communication Engineering

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