GATE 2021 – Electronics and Communication EC Syllabus Detailed Analysis

GATE 2021 – Syllabus detailed analysis for Electronics & Communication. Logicwork has provided a detailed analysis of the GATE 2021 syllabus. A candidate preparing for GATE 2021 must know each and every detail of the syllabus and exam pattern.

GATE 2021 – Electronics and Communication Syllabus Detailed Analysis

Every year almost 19% of the total candidates appearing for the GATE examination opt for Electronics and Communication Engineering as their subject. The Electronics and Communication Syllabus is divided into 8 sections which are:

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Section 2: Networks, Signals and Systems

Section 3: Electronic Devices

Section 4: Analog

Section 5: Digital Circuits

Section 6: Control Systems

Section 7: Communications

Section 8: Electromagnetics

For each section the detailed syllabus along with the detailed analysis of the questions asked in GATE 2020 is mentioned below.

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

In the GATE 2020 examination 10% of the questions in the examination were this section.

Linear AlgebraVector space, basis, linear dependence and independence, matrix algebra, eigenvalues and Eigen vectors, rank, solution of linear equations – existence and uniqueness.
CalculusMean 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 EquationsFirst 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 AnalysisVectors in plane and space, vector operations, gradient, divergence and curl, Gauss’s, Green’s and Stoke’s theorems.
Complex AnalysisAnalytic functions, Cauchy’s integral theorem, Cauchy’s integral formula; Taylor’s and Laurent’s series, residue theorem.
Numerical MethodsSolution of nonlinear equations, single and multi-step methods for differential equations, convergence criteria.
Probability and StatisticsMean, 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

In the GATE 2020 examination 6% of the questions in the examination were from signal & systems and 6% from networks.

Network solution methodsnodal and mesh analysis;Network theorems: superposition, Thevenin and Norton’s, maximum power transfer;Time domain analysis of simple linear circuits; Solution of network equations using Laplace transform;Frequency domain analysis of RLC circuits;Linear 2‐port network parameters: driving point and transfer functions; State equations for networks.Wye‐Delta transformation; Steady state sinusoidal analysis using phasors.
Continuous-time signalsFourier series and Fourier transform representations, sampling theorem and applications;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.Discrete-time signals: discrete-time Fourier transform (DTFT), DFT, FFT, Z-transform, interpolation of discrete-time signals.

Other sections and Topics along with their percentage questions asked in GATE 2020 from each section.

SectionsTopicsGate 2020 analysis
Section 3: Electronic DevicesEnergy 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, photo diode and solar cell; Integrated circuit fabrication process: oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, photolithography and twin-tub CMOS process.12%
Section 4: AnalogCircuits 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, midfrequency 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: 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.10%
Section 5: Digital CircuitsNumber 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: ROM, SRAM, DRAM; 8-bit microprocessor (8085): architecture, programming, memory and I/O interfacing.9%
Section 6: Control SystemsBasic control system components; Feedback principle; Transfer function; Block diagram representation; Signal flow graph; Transient and steady-state analysis of LTI systems; Frequency response; RouthHurwitz 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.12%
Section 7: CommunicationsRandom processes: autocorrelation and power spectral density, properties of white noise, filtering of random signals through LTI systems;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.Analog communications: amplitude modulation and demodulation, angle modulation and demodulation, spectra of AM and FM, superheterodyne receivers, circuits for analog communications.11%
Section 8: ElectromagneticsElectrostatics; 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, Sparameters, 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 fibres.9%

So this is the entire detailed syllabus for the GATE 2021 examination, which will be of great help to all the candidates who are planning to start or have already started their preparation.