GATE Exam Preparation Tips for Electronics Engineering Students

What is GATE Exam?

GATE also known as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, this exam is recognized as an all India entrance exam. It is a common exam for all fields of engineering. Interested students can appear for it. This exam is conducted in collaboration with IISC (Indian Institute of Sciences) – Bangalore and seven IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) institutes for receiving admissions into engineering and science disciplines PG Programs. A candidate holding a degree of engineering Technology, Architecture or those in the pre final year of these fields can appear for this examination. The GATE exam is held every year in the month of February and for some subjects its an online exam, while for others its offline exam. The question paper of GATE exam consists of 65 questions with total of 100 marks. The test paper is of objective type & need to be finished in 3hours duration.

GATE Exam Tips
GATE Exam Tips

The amount of aspirants appearing for the GATE exam is increasing each & every year to a large extent. This is because of significant decline in the job opportunities for freshers at present and pursuing higher education is constantly an attribute in cap and endows with better pay prospects. Another cause for this vast flow of aspirants appearing for GATE exam in recent time is features to maximum of the PSUs (public sector units) recognizes GATE score and calls aspirants on the basis of GATE score for interviews. The results of the exam are declared by march. Qualification in GATE exam is determined by the score of the student and in some cases the percentile of the student.

A number of the Public sector companies which acknowledges GATE marks for their employment consist of: GAIL, IOCL, Power Grid, BHEL, NTPC, ONGC and BARC (DAE entrance to BARC training schools). Therefore the question that comes mind is how to prepare for gate exam?

Preparation for GATE Examination

GATE Exam Preparation
GATE Exam Preparation

There is no requirement of preparing separately for the GATE EXAM, if you pursue your university’s educational work well, then that’s more than sufficient. The preparation for the GATE exam should not be initiated in 4th or 3rdyear of graduation. Instead it must be started in the 1st year of college. Reading text books and cracking math problems at the reverse of each lesson has to be developed as a habit. This kind of practice gives you solid foundation not just for GATE exam but also for any kind of entrance exam.

Careful preparation is the answer to GATE examination. A number of the domains where you can gain extra marks consist of:

  • Power Electronics
  • Measurements
  • Control Systems
  • Power System Stability and T&D
  • Electrical Machines

These domains have to be focused and in-depth homework in these domains will aid you to achieve good marks. In GATE examination you’re not expected to attempt all sixty questions. If you can attempt just thirty to forty questions on an average with high accuracy you’ll surely succeed in GATE Examination with high scores.

Tuition for preparing GATE are absolutely not required but it provides direction for the examination. The mock examinations will aid to create the examination atmosphere.

Common GATE Exam Tips and Tricks While Attempting the Questions:

GATE Exam Preparation Tips
GATE Exam Preparation Tips

In GATE examination, the basics & reasoning aptitude proficiency of the aspirant is tested. GATE examination includes sixty questions with negative scoring of one-third for every incorrect reply. So while answering the questions lots of concentration is required.

Similar to any examination it includes a blend of simple, tricky, and extremely hard questions. In GATE examination time thing is not a big criterion. Sufficient quantity of time is offered to attempt the questions. So it’ll be advantageous to attempt the questions in two to three rounds. In round one, complete question paper has to be examined and simple and extremely simple questions (easy theory questions and small mathematical problems) should be solved. In round two & three tricky questions has to be faced and solved.

In GATE examination it is not vital, what amount of questions you attempted but what number of questions you correctly attempted. It has to be kept in wits that negative scoring plays a significant part in marking process. When you don’t comprehend any question it is not wise to attempt such questions as lots of times it may lead you to negative scoring. You test your luck by attempting simple question which contain small marks.

Easy, sharp preparation and careful answering is the access & success to GATE examination.

GATE Exam Books
GATE Exam Books

GATE reference books along with their author names are as given below:





Electronic Devices and Circuits & Analog Electronics
(i) Integrated electronics : Analog and Digital Circuit and system –Jacob Millman & Halkias
(ii) Microelectronic CircuitsSedra & Smith
(iii) Electronic Devices and CircuitsJ.B. Gupta
(iv) OP Amp and linear Integrated CircuitRamakant A.Gayakwad
(v) Solid State electronic devicesStreetman and Banerjee
(vi) Semiconductor devicesS.M.Sze


Communication System
(i) Communication SystemSimon Haykins
(ii) An introduction to Analog and Digital CommunicationSimon Haykins
(iii) Communication System : Analog and DigitalSingh and Sapre
(iv) Modern Digital and Analog Communication SystemB.P. Lathi
(v) Electronic Communication SystemKennedyand Davis


Signal and SystemOppenheim and Willsky


Optical Fiber CommunicationSenior


Satellite CommunicationsPratt and Bostian


Monochrome and colourR.R. Gulati


Control System
(i) Control System Engg.I.G. Nagrath & M.Gopal
(ii) Automatic Control SystemB.C. Kuo
(iii) Linear Control SystemB.S. Manke


Electro Magnetic Theory
(i)Elements of Engineering ElectromagneticsN. N. Rao
(ii) Elements of ElectromagneticsSadiku
(iii) Engineering ElectromagneticsW.H.Hayt
(iv) Antenna and Wave PropagationK.D. Prasad


Digital Electronics
(i) Digital DesignM. Morris Mano
(ii) Digital SystemsTocci & Widmer
(iii) Modern Digital ElectronicsR. P. Jain


Computer Engineering
(i) Microprocessor Architecture, Programming & ApplicationRamesh S. Gaonkar
(ii) Computer Organization and StructureStalling


Microwave Engineering
((i) Microwave Devices and CircuitsLiao
(ii) Microwave EngineeringSanjeev Gupta
(iii) Microwave EngineeringPozar


Network Theory
(i) Networks and SystemsD. Roy Chaudhary
(ii) Engineering Circuit AnalysisHayt


Measurement and Instrumentation
(i) Electrical & Electronic Measurement and InstrumentationA. K. Sahney
(ii) Electronic InstrumentationH. S. Kalsi

Note: This information about gate exam is especially for the students completed their Electronics Projects in the final year of Engineering and getting ready for higher studies to build new career in their life.

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  1. Rashi Thakur says:

    thnx for the above article .it was really useful.the tips provided are effective and could easily double your efficiency if considered seriously.i really appreciate your article.

  2. adarsh singh says:

    So many thanks to all that all of u provide us about preparation tips for gate exam….behalf of this way we must secured the gate exam….

  3. Nancy Sharma says:

    You have pretty much summed up a lot here. GATE exams is truly about clearing your concepts and applying those concepts I believe. I found this online test which could be useful for others to practice.

  4. ankitashandilya says:

    I am sure that Electronics Engineering Students will surely get benefited through it.

  5. ankitashandilya says:

    Thanks for providing such a good information about the Gate exam and specially for the GATE Exam Preparation Tips for Electronics Engineering Students.

  6. Thank you so much for gate exam tips for preparation, we will keep following this post for next update with more tips. Also Thanks for the books information.

  7. Nice tips Edgefx team. Thanks for sharing.

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