Proven Tips To Prepare For GATE Electrical Engineering

GATE Electrical Engineering

Out of the total 29 papers in the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), Electrical Engineering is the most popular stream. Many GATE aspirants opt for this as a core technical subject and accordingly plan their GATE exam preparation to bag a dream seat in India’s premier engineering institutes (IISc and IITs) for admission to postgraduate courses such as M.E, M.Tech, Ph.D & to grab lucrative job opportunities with many other benefits in PSUs.

Electrical engineering is a discipline in engineering where aspirants study/analyse/design electrical circuits, electric motors & generators, Various Signals & the Systems associated, Control systems, and power generation, transmission and distribution equipment. Having technical expertise is paramount if you want to excel in this field.

With its consistent prominence and a high competition level, aspirants are always looking for ways to prepare for Electrical Engineering effectively. In this article, we will share some essential tips that will assist you in Electrical Engineering preparation.

GATE 2022 Electrical Engineering Exam Pattern

ParticularsDetails
Exam Duration 3 hours
Number of Questions 65
Total Marks100
Types of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
SectionsGeneral Aptitude
Engineering Mathematics
Core Subject (EE)
Marking SchemeFor 1 mark questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted every wrong answer.
2 marks questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for every incorrect response.
There is no negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions

Also read: Tips To Prepare Engineering Mathematics For GATE 2022

Before we jump to the preparation tips, let’s first have a look at the Electrical Engineering syllabus.

GATE Electrical Engineering Syllabus

NameTopics
Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra
Calculus
Differential Equations
Complex Variables
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods
Transform Theory
Network TheoryNetwork 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
Balanced Three-phase circuits
Power and power factor in AC circuits.
Electromagnetic FieldsCoulomb’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.
Signals and SystemsRepresentation 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.
Electrical MachinesSingle-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.
Power SystemsPower 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
Control SystemsMathematical 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
LagLead and Lead-Lag compensators
P, PI and PID controllers
State Space Model
State transition matrix
Electrical and Electronic MeasurementsBridges 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
Analog and Digital ElectronicsCharacteristics 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.
Power ElectronicsCharacteristics 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

Read more: How To Prepare For GATE General Aptitude?

Pro Tips  to Ace GATE Electrical Engineering

To expedite your Electrical Engineering preparation, below listed are some pro tips that will help you to crack the exam with utmost ease:

Know What to Study

Know Syllabus, Know Study. It is crucial for GATE aspirants to properly understand the Electrical Engineering syllabus and its important topics. If you are thorough with the syllabus and know what to study, you will be able to utilize your time smartly. We have already discussed the syllabus and exam pattern for the paper in the article. Refer to the below-mentioned important topics:

  • Ideal current and voltage sources
  • Network Theorems
  • Transient response of DC and AC networks
  • Sinusoidal steady‐state analysis
  • Gauss’s Law
  • Ampere’s Law
  • Faraday’s Law
  • Dielectrics
  • Linear Time Invariant and Causal systems
  • Fourier series representation of continuous periodic signals
  • Sampling theorem
  • Single-phase transformer: equivalent circuit, phasor diagram, open circuit and short circuit tests
  • Auto‐transformer
  • Three phase induction motors: principle of operation, types, performance, torque-speed characteristics, no-load and blocked rotor tests, equivalent circuit
  • Operating principle of single phase induction motors
  • cylindrical and salient pole machines, performance, regulation and parallel operation of generators
  • speed control of dc motors
  • Models and performance of transmission lines and cables.
  • Series and Shunt compensation
  • Per-unit quantities
  • Power factor correction
  • Principles of over-current, differential and distance protection.
  • Symmetrical and unsymmetrical fault analysis
  • System stability concepts
  • Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist criteria
  • Bode plots
  • Root loci
  • Stability analysis
  • State Space Model
  • Measurement of voltage, current, power, energy and power factor
  • Error analysis
  • Operational amplifiers
  • Combinational and Sequential logic circuits
  • Multiplexer
  • Characteristics of semiconductor power devices
  • Buck, Boost and Buck-Boost converters
  • Single and three-phase configuration of uncontrolled rectifiers

Know How to Study

Once you are aware of what to study, it is equally important to know how to study. Managing EE preparation is not difficult if we have a proper study plan. By saying proper study plan, we mean a timetable which we expect you will follow till the end. Your daily study schedule should consist of at least 10-12 hours of quality study time. Don’t overburden yourself, though. One should consider taking breathers and sometimes a power nap to recharge for a more productive preparation. 

Refer to the Right Electrical Engineering Books

Make sure to head in the right direction with the right books for Electrical Engineering preparation. Here is a list of books that will assist you in the exam preparation:

1. Advanced Engineering Mathematics by E.Kreyszig (for Electrical Engineering Mathematics)

2. Signals and Systems- Simon Haykin (for Signals and Systems)

3. Signals and Systems by Oppenheim and Wilsky (for Signals and Systems)

4. Power Electronics by P.S.Bimbhra (for Power Electronics)

5. For Beginners- Power Electronics by Ned Mohan(for Power Electronics)

6. Engineering Circuit Analysis by Hayt and Kemmerly (for Electric Circuits)

7. Electrical Machinery by D P Kothari (for Electrical Machines)

8. Control Systems Engineering by Katsuhiko Ogata (for Control Systems)

9. Power Systems by J B Gupta & CL Wadhwa (for Power Systems)

10. Power Systems Engineering by Nagrath and Kothari (for Power Systems)

11. For Digital Electronics, refer to Digital Design by M.Morris Mano (for Digital Circuits)

12. Electrical and Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation by AK Sawhney (for Measurement)

14. William .H.Hayt – Engineering Electromagnetics (for ElectroMagnetics)

15. Mathew N. O. SADIKU-Elements of Electromagnetics (for ElectroMagnetics)

16. Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Boylestad (for Analog)

17. Transient Analysis of Electric Power Circuits by Arieh L Shenkmann and also Chakraborty (for Circuit Analysis)

Manage your Time Efficiently

The lost time is never found again’. As a GATE aspirant, you will relate to it. We understand that there is a lot to study and retain during GATE exam preparation and that is why cracking the GATE and becoming an Electrical Engineer is not everyone’s cup of tea. What differentiates brilliant students from other students is their time management. They smartly manage their time and always keep their goals in mind. It is vital to give yourself time not only for studies, but also for co-curricular activities like physical exercise, meditation, yoga, or socializing with friends and family.  

Practice solving Mock Tests and Previous Year Papers

Solving practice papers such as MTPs, RTPs, and PYPs while preparing gives you a tremendous amount of confidence. You get a fair bit of idea about how to present the answers in your exam. Attempting practice papers gives you a reality check so that you can direct your preparation accordingly. The number of practice papers attempted during preparation is directly proportional to getting a good score in the GATE.

Don’t Neglect Revision

It is very important to revise what has been studied. It is a human tendency to forget things with time and the GATE EE syllabus is no exception to it. The syllabus is vast, time-consuming, and complex. So, it is strongly recommended to devote time to your revision. However, revision should not be done in a haphazard manner. Without proper and efficient revision, the entire study effort goes to waste. 

Besides implementing these tips, it is your dedication and consistency in GATE preparation that will help you reach closer to your dream score in Electrical Engineering. 

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