CII – iPATE Exam Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering

CII – iPATE 2020 Exam Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering – The latest complete syllabus with exam pattern for Instrumentation Engineering

CII – iPATE is an online exam launched by the confederation by Indian Industry (CII) for engineering students and graduates.

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CII – iPATE 2020 Exam Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering

iPATE Instrumentation Engineering syllabus is divided into 3 sections

Complete section-wise list of the syllabus for iPATE exam is provided below

Section – I: Cognitive Abilities

Common for all Disciplines – [ 20 Questions, 20 Marks ]

1. Quantitative Aptitude

Allegation or Mixture, Areas and Mensuration, Average, Boats and Streams, Calendar, Chain Rule, Co-ordinate Geometry, Compound Interest, Cryptarithmetic Problems, Height and Distance, LCM and HCF, Number System, Partnership, Percentage, Pipes and Cisterns, Problems on Ages, Problems on Trains, Profit and Loss, Progression, Ratio, and Proportion, Simple Interest, Simplification, Square Roots and Cube Roots, System of Equations, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Train, Volume and Surface Area.

2. Analytical Reasoning

Analogies, Arguments, Artificial Language, Binary Logic, Blood Relations, Calendars, Cause & Effect, Course of Action, Classification, Clocks, Cubes, Data Sufficiency, Letter Series, Letter Symbol, Logics, Logical Deduction, Logical Connectives, Logical Game, Logical Problems, Logical Sequence and Matching, Number Series, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Verification of Truth.

3. Data Interpretation

Bar Graph, Caselet Form, Combined Data Set, Graph, Line Chart, Missing Data Interpretation, Pie Chart, Radar/Web, Tabular Form.

4. English Communication

Change of Voice, Comprehension, Grammar, Idioms & Phrases, Paragraph Formation, Sentence Correction, Sentence Formation, Sentence Ordering, Spotting Errors, Synonym – Antonym, Vocabulary, Words Ordering.

Section – II: Professional Abilities

Common for all Disciplines – [ 20 Questions, 20 Marks ]

1. Project Management

Concept: The Project Plan, Scope, SOW (Statement of Work), Work Definition, Procurement Management.

Tools: WBS (Work Breakdown Structure), Gantt Charts, Activity Charts, Network Diagrams, PERT & CPM, Crashing & Resource Planning.

Planning and Scheduling Charts and Graphs: Milestone, Run Chart, Control Chart, Fishbone Diagram.

2. Health, Safety & Risk Management

Concepts of Occupational Health Hazard and Risks; Principles and Methods of Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment; Human Behavioural Aspects of Risk Management; Safety Provisions as per the Factory Act 1948.

3. Environmental Laws

Ministry of Environment and Forests: Key Functions; Central Pollution Control Board: Key Functions; Environmental Management System (ISO:14001-1996): General Requirements; Environmental Impact Assessment, Kyoto Protocol.

4. Social Responsibility & Ethics

Ethics: Code of Professional Behaviour and Accountability. SA8000 (ILO); Code of Ethics for Professional Engineers – ASME, IEEE, IE(I) etc;

Equal Opportunities, Gender Issues, Professional Obligation of Engineers; Sex and Gender; Family;

Women and Work: Women’s Participation in Development; Concepts of Sexual Harassment; Personal Laws – An Overview (Property Rights / Family 

5. Finance & Accounts

Cost Analysis: Process / Product Marginal Cost – Break-even Costing, Variance Analysis, Make or Buy Decision.

Financial Discipline: Preparation of Different Budgets, Maintaining of Sectional Accounts, Cash Flow Control and Analysis, Working Capital Management, Analysis of Expenditure, Balance Sheet – Basics, Return on Investments.

6. Legal, Contracts & Arbitration

Contracts: Various forms of Contracts — Government, FIDIC, ICE; Legal Basis of Contract – Indian Contract Act and Law of Torts; Provisions regarding Employer, Engineer and Contractor / Supplier – Duties and Responsibilities; General Areas of Dispute; Types of Contract.

Disputes and Arbitration: Contract Provisions – Mutual discussions and amicable settlement as a first step; Dispute Resolution Expert / Board; Arbitration – Location of Arbitration, Single Arbitrator, Two with umpire — Departmental or Independent as provided in the Contract, Speaking Awards.

Section – III (A): Technical Abilities

Common for all Disciplines – [ 10 Questions, 10 Marks ]

1. Physics

Units and Measurements; Kinematics; Laws of Motion; Work, Energy and Power; Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body; Gravitation; Properties of Bulk Matter; Thermodynamics; Kinetic Theory of Gases. Electrostatics; Current Electricity; Magnetic Effect of Current & Magnetism; Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current; Electromagnetic Waves; Optics; Dual Nature of Matter; Atoms & Nuclei; Electronic Devices; Communication Systems.

2. Chemistry

Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties; Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure; Gases and Liquids; Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Organic Chemistry; Hydrocarbons. Solid State; Solutions; Electrochemistry; Chemical Kinetics; Surface Chemistry; Isolation of Elements; Coordination Compounds; Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers; Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids; Biomolecules; Polymers.

Section – III (B): Technical Abilities

Instrumentation Engineering – [ 50 Questions, 50 Marks ]

Electrical Circuits
Voltage and current sources: independent, dependent, ideal and practical; v-i relationships of resistor, inductor, mutual inductor and capacitor; transient analysis of RLC circuits with dc excitation.Kirchoff’s laws, mesh and nodal analysis, superposition, Thevenin, Norton, maximum power transfer and reciprocity theorems.Peak, average and rms values of ac quantities; apparent-, active- and reactive powers; phasor analysis, impedance and admittance; series and parallel resonance, locus diagrams, realization of basic filters with R, L and C elements.One-port and two-port networks, driving point impedance and admittance, open, and short circuit parameters.
Signals and Systems
Periodic, aperiodic and impulse signals; Laplace, Fourier and z-transforms; transfer function, frequency response of first and second order linear time invariant systems, impulse response of systems; convolution, correlation. Discrete time system: impulse response, frequency response, pulse transfer function; DFT and FFT; basics of IIR and FIR filters.
Control Systems
Feedback principles, signal flow graphs, transient response, steady-state-errors, Bode plot, phase and gain margins, Routh and Nyquist criteria, root loci, design of lead, lag and lead-lag compensators, state-space representation of systems; time-delay systems; mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic system components, synchro pair, servo and stepper motors, servo valves; on-off, P, P-I, P-I-D, cascade, feedforward, and ratio controllers.
Analog Electronics
Characteristics and applications of diode, Zener diode, BJT and MOSFET; small signal analysis of transistor circuits, feedback amplifiers. Characteristics of operational amplifiers; applications of opamps: difference amplifier, adder, subtractor, integrator, differentiator, instrumentation amplifier, precision rectifier, active filters and other circuits. Oscillators, signal generators, voltage controlled oscillators and phase locked loop.
Digital Electronics
Combinational logic circuits, minimization of Boolean functions. IC families: TTL and CMOS. Arithmetic circuits, comparators, Schmitt trigger, multi-vibrators, sequential circuits, flip- flops, shift registers, timers and counters; sample-and-hold circuit, multiplexer, analog-to- digital (successive approximation, integrating, flash and sigma-delta) and digital-to- analog converters (weighted R, R-2R ladder and current steering logic). Characteristics of ADC and DAC (resolution, quantization, significant bits, conversion/settling time); basics of number systems, 8-bit microprocessor and microcontroller: applications, memory and input-output interfacing; basics of data acquisition systems.
SI units, systematic and random errors in measurement, expression of uncertainty – accuracy and precision index, propagation of errors. PMMC, MI and dynamometer type instruments; dc potentiometer; bridges for measurement of R, L and C, Q-meter. Measurement of voltage, current and power in single and three phase circuits; ac and dc current probes; true rms meters, voltage and current scaling, instrument transformers, timer/counter, time, phase and frequency measurements, digital voltmeter, digital multimeter; oscilloscope, shielding and grounding.
Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation
Resistive, capacitive, inductive-, piezoelectric, Hall effect sensors and associated signal conditioning circuits; transducers for industrial instrumentation: displacement (linear and angular), velocity, acceleration, force, torque, vibration, shock, pressure (including low pressure), flow (differential pressure, variable area, electromagnetic, ultrasonic, turbine and open channel flow meters) temperature (thermocouple, bolometer, RTD (3/4 wire), thermistor, pyrometer and semiconductor); liquid level, pH, conductivity and viscosity measurement.
Communication and Optical Instrumentation
Amplitude and frequency modulation and demodulation; Shannon’s sampling theorem, pulse code modulation; frequency and time division multiplexing, amplitude, phase, frequency, pulse shift keying for digital modulation; optical sources and detectors: LED, laser, photo-diode, light dependent resistor and their characteristics; interferometer: applications in metrology; basics of fiber optic sensing.
Drawings & Diagrams

iPATE Exam Pattern

Examination Duration

  • iPATE exam is of 3 hours duration and consists of total 100 questions for 100 marks.
  • iPATE examination is an ONLINE computer-based test, at the end of the stipulated time (3 hours), the online system will automatically close the Exam inhibiting any further action.
  • Candidates will be allowed to sit on their allotted seats 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination.
  • Candidates will NOT be permitted to enter the examination hall after 10:00 hours in the 1st session and after 15:00 hours in the 2nd session.
  • Candidates will NOT be allowed to leave the examination hall before the end of the exam.

iPATE Exam Pattern of Questions

  • Question types shall be Multiple Choice (MCQ) or Numerical type, carrying 1 mark each in all of the sections.
  • Questions are objective and comprehensive in nature, and the candidate has to select (mark) or put the correct answer.
  • Section-I shall examine the Management skills of the candidate.
  • Section-II shall examine the Professional skills of the candidate, which emphasizes on basic knowledge.
  • Section-III shall examine the Engineering skills and acumen of the candidate, which emphasizes the functional and practical aspects of Engineering Subjects.
  • There will be negative marking of 1/2 mark for wrong answer, which will be deducted.

Total Marks

There will be a total of 100 questions carrying 100 marks. the details are as follows:

Section I : Cognitive Abilities
Quantitative Aptitude
Analytical Reasoning
Data Interpretation
English Communication
20 Questions carrying 20 Marks
Section II : Professional AbilitiesProject Management
Finance & Accounts
Legal, Contracts & Arbitration
Environmental Laws
Health, Safety & Risk Management
Social Responsibility & Ethics
20 Questions carrying 20 Marks
Section III (A) : Technical AbilitiesPhysics & Chemistry (10+2 level)10 Questions carrying 10 Marks
Section III (B) : Technical AbilitiesEngineering Discipline-wise Subjects50 Questions carrying 50 Marks