GATE is conducted every year with the primary aim of providing post-graduation admissions to candidates in IITs or NITs or offers other benefits like PSU jobs, studying abroad, fellowships, teaching jobs, etc. Candidates who want to pursue their PG programs from various IITs or NITs should clear GATE with good scores. Electrical engineering is one of the most appeared streams each year. It provides opportunities for candidates to get various jobs in MNCs or PSU. The scope of electrical engineering is in various domains such as research and development field, manufacturing, federal government and engineering services firm. Gate preparation for electrical engineering is easy if one follows a proper preparation strategy.
Let’s discuss the detailed plan for the preparation:
The primary aspect here is that the candidates should know the exam pattern, the trends, the syllabus, the weightage of each topic, etc. Let us first start by knowing the exam pattern.
The GATE exam pattern:
The entire paper weighs 100 marks and the duration of the exam is for 3 hours. The total number of questions asked would be 65 and the paper is divided into three sections namely Engineering Mathematics, General Aptitude and Technical Subject. The questions are asked in MCQ and NAT format respectively. The weightage of Engineering mathematics is 15 marks, General Aptitude is 15 marks and Technical Subject is 70 marks. Negative marking is applicable for MCQs which are answered wrong while there is no negative marking for NAT questions.
The GATE syllabus:
This section covers topics related to Numerical and Verbal Ability.
This section covers topics related to Linear Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Calculus, Differential equations, Transform Theory, Complex Numbers and Numerical Methods.
Technical Subject i.e. Electrical Engineering
This section covers topics related to Electric Circuits, Power Electronics, Electrical & Electronics Measurement, Analog & Digital Electronics, Control Systems, Power Systems, Electrical Machines, Signals & Systems and Electromagnetic fields.
Which Books to refer to?
Candidates need reliable study materials which can help them to practice better for the exam. Also, irrelevant study materials can cause a blunder as the candidate will consume the wrong information. Some of the books that can help the candidates to prepare better for the exam are as follows:
For General Aptitude Refer- Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal & Non- Verbal Ability by R.S Aggarwal.
For Engineering Mathematics Refer- Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig and Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S Grewal.
For Electrical Engineering Refer-
Control Systems Engineering by Nagrath and Gopal
Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Boylestad
Digital Electronics by M.Moris Mano
Circuit Analysis by Arieh L Shenkmann, Chakrabarthi
Elements of Electromagnetics by Mathew N.O. Safiku
Engineering Electromagnetics by William H. Hayt
Electrical Machinery by P.S Bimbhra
Power Electronics for beginners by MH Rashid
Power Electronics by P.S Bimbhra
Power Systems Engineering by Nagrath & Kothari
GATE electrical by RK Kanodia
Signals & Systems by Nagoor Kani
Electrical & Electronic Measurement and instrumentation by AK Sawhney
GATE preparation for electrical engineering is only effective if one follows the mentioned steps.
GATE preparation for civil engineering should be followed with dedication, hard work and a positive mindset. Candidates should note that each IITs or NITs have their own cut-offs and to score the marks according to that level one needs to prepare for the exam thoroughly.