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GATE 2021 syllabus – Electrical Engineering

GATE 2021 syllabus for Electrical Engineering gives you details of the latest GATE syllabus for the subject release by the official gate organizing institute. We also created an easy to use ad-free mobile app for GATE syllabus, previous year papers with keys, gate calculator, virtual calculator, and more. Download iStudy for all GATE preparation needs.

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GATE syllabus for Electrical Engineering (EE)

General Aptitude (Common To All Papers)

Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.

Numerical Ability: Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.

General Aptitude Sample Questions

Verbal Ability

Choose the appropriate answer to complete the following sentence:

To those of us who had always thought him timid, his _________________came as a surprise.

(A) intrepidity

(B) inevitability

(C) inability

(D) inertness

Choose the appropriate answer to complete the following sentence:

Medicine is to illness as law is to____

(A) discipline

(B) anarchy

(C) treason

(D) etiquette

Read the following paragraph:

The ordinary form of mercury thermometer is used for temperature ranging from -40 degree fahrenheit to 500 degree fahrenheit. For measuring temperature below -40 degree fahrenheit, thermometers filled with alcohol are used. These are, however, not satisfactory for use in high temperatures. When a mercury thermometer is used for temperature above 500 degree fahrenheit, the space above the mercury is filled with some inert gas, usually nitrogen or carbon dioxide, placed in the thermometer under pressure. As the mercury rises, the gas pressures is increased, so that it is possible to use these thermometers for temperatures as high as 1000 degree fahrenheit.

With what, besides mercury, would a thermometer be filled if it was designed to be used for measuring temperature of about 500 degree fahrenheit?

(A) Pyrometer

(B) Inert gas

(C) Iron and brass

(D) Gas

The cost of manufacturing tractors in Korea is twenty percent less than the cost of manufacturing tractors in Germany. Even after transportation fees and import taxes are added, it is still cheaper to import tractors from Korea to Germany than to produce tractors in Germany.

Which of the following assertions is best supported by the above information?

(A) Labour costs in Korea are twenty percent below those in Germany.

(B) Importing tractors into Germany will eliminate twenty percent of the manufacturing jobs in Germany.

(C) The costs of transporting a tractor from Korea to Germany is more than twenty percent of the cost of manufacturing the tractor in Korea.

(D) The import taxes on a tractor imported from Korea to Germany is less than twenty percent of the cost of manufacturing the tractor in Germany.

Numerical Ability

In a survey, 3/16 of the people surveyed told that they preferred to use public transport while commuting daily to office. 5/8 of the people surveyed told that they preferred to use their own vehicles. The remaining 75 respondents said that they had no clear preference. How many people preferred to use public transport?

(A) 75

(B) 100

(C) 125

(D) 133

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra: Matrix Algebra, Systems of linear equations, Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors.

Calculus: Mean value theorems, Theorems of integral calculus, Evaluation of definite and improper integrals, Partial Derivatives, Maxima and minima, Multiple integrals, Fourier series, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line integral, Surface integral, Volume integral, Stokes’s theorem, Gauss’s theorem, Green’s theorem.

Differential equations: First order equations (linear and nonlinear), Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, Method of variation of parameters, Cauchy’s equation, Euler’s equation, Initial and boundary value problems, Partial Differential Equations, Method of separation of variables.

Complex variables: Analytic functions, Cauchy’s integral theorem, Cauchy’s integral formula, Taylor series, Laurent series, Residue theorem, Solution integrals.

Probability and Statistics: Sampling theorems, Conditional probability, Mean, Median, Mode, Standard Deviation, Random variables, Discrete and Continuous distributions, Poisson distribution, Normal distribution, Binomial distribution, Correlation analysis, Regression analysis.

Numerical Methods: Solutions of nonlinear algebraic equations, Single and Multi-step methods for differential equations.

Transform Theory: Fourier Transform, Laplace Transform, z-Transform. Electrical Engineering

Section 2: Electric Circuits

Network 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, The venin’s theorem, Norton’s theorem, Superposition theorem, Maximum power transfer theorem, Two-port networks, Three phase circuits, Power and power factor in ac circuits.

Section 3: Electromagnetic Fields

Coulomb’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.

Section 4: Signals and Systems

Representation 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.

Section 5: Electrical Machines

Single 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.

Section 6: Power Systems

Power 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.

Section 7: Control Systems

Mathematical 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, Lag, Lead and Lead-Lag compensators; P, PI and PID controllers; State space model, State transition matrix.

Section 8: Electrical and Electronic Measurements

Bridges 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.

Section 9: Analog and Digital Electronics

Characteristics 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, 8085Microprocessor: Architecture, Programming and Interfacing. Section 10: Power Electronics Characteristics 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, Line commutated thyristor based converters, Bidirectional ac to dc voltage source converters, Issues of line current harmonics, Power factor, Distortion factor of ac to dc converters, Single phase and three phase inverters, Sinusoidal pulse width modulation.

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  1. Rohit bharti

    sir can i appared in gate exam after 3rd year

  2. Rohit bharti

    i want to know that is this syllabus only for electrical engg. (ee) and also same for electrical & electronics engg. (eee) bcause i m the student of eee.

  3. Naresh

    does the syllabus changes for every year?????????????

    1. chaitanya


  4. shivanand s g

    sir some ware i heard that 3rd year B E students also can eligible for GATE EXAM is it true?

    1. ashoo

      yes you can take gate 2014 . final and pre final year students can take gate .

  5. kamalika

    IF you want to know about syllabus of Electrical Engineering then visit THE GATE ACADEMY website.

  6. Vikra

    Thanks for the post on this blog..

  7. md firdaush alam

    hello sir ,i want to qualify the gate ,so what are the process of qualify the gate exam,and which book prefer now

    1. md firdaush alam

      md firdaush alam/ sir my email id is :- [email protected]

  8. Mriganka

    I have seen the syllabus posted here for GATE exam. Now my question is ” is this syllabus for electrical engineering or not”. Please help me !

  9. hari

    am asking for EE

  10. hari

    how to score good marks in gate and which material better for GATE ?

  11. deepak singh

    plz send the important material for gate. my branch is EE


    plz send important materials and important dates of Gate exams branch is EEE

  13. bhagya rekha

    Am bhagya rekha from EEE final year.sir,actually we will not have the proability and statistics in engineering mathematics still the questions will come from this in gate exam sir,and also i need better study material for power system.which author i have to prefer and also for gate please send me this information by this i can improve my technical skills.Thank you sir

  14. Lokesh.R

    How to prepare an gate examination getting good marks.Highest marks in which subject my branch EEE.

  15. satyanarayana

    plz send the important material for gate

  16. Melvin

    This is to subsume all the threads in this post. Calculators are allowed – fx991ES or models below these. GATE can be attempted any number of times unless one has the motivation and perseverance to do so.

  17. madhavi

    sir,first i thank u for providing like this oppurtunity to ask questions.i think students feel better if u mention the good authors of the text books for fast and better understanding.

  18. mayur

    sir,i want reference book for mechanical branch please email me.

  19. priyanka reddy

    sir im priyanka from 4th eee i want to what is the easy subjects in ee please cal me 8686241778

  20. pavan

    sir,can you mail me which book is prescribed for electric machines to solve gate questions.

  21. kalyan singh

    Hello Sir,
    This is Kalyan singh from a small city Raipur, i only wanted to tell you a THANKS for guiding us….

  22. pavan

    i am studying 3rd eee.which books are prefered for exam,plz email 2 me.

  23. pavan

    sir,i am studying 3rd eee.i want 2 prepare for gate exam.which books are useful for me?

  24. ehsan

    I am Iranian and I dont live in India , can I attend Gate exam ?
    If I can , how can register for it ?
    Thank you , I am waiting…

  25. purna cahnder

    sir plz suggest me 2 follow d best material for gate 2012 exams 9533374873

  26. shiva

    plz. i am in 2nd can u give me some advises,information about gate

  27. shiva

    sir… i am in 2nd .can you give the detailed information for ‘how to prepare for gate exam,weitage of marks , some sujjestions about gate exam…….. plz………

  28. Saurabh dev

    cut off marks for gate exam for iit college

  29. vipul

    i want start gate entrace plese so give me advice

  30. Satyendra

    electrical&electronics engineering student can also apply or not


    sir, i need the names of reference books needed for preparing gate exam – EEE and CIVIL

  32. Hariprashad.T.V.


  33. shilpa

    sir….m now entering into 3rd,i want to attempt gate exam this year…….so ………….please send me the syllabus and date of the exam

  34. vignesh

    how to prepare for gate exam and also hw to score good marks ?

  35. vignesh

    how to prepare for gate exam ?

  36. sumathi

    sir i want to know guide book for gate eee please send it to me ………….

  37. vignesh

    how to prepare for the gate exam ?

  38. Subhasish Baksi

    Hi i want to take up an gate entrance examination please mail me the all information i.e which date,the question paper,pattern of the question paper and the book which is necessary for gate exam plz mail me.

  39. ranjeet kumar

    i want to appear gate examination so send the syllabus for electrical engg.

  40. kala

    hi i want to take up an gate entrance exam please mail me the electrical engineering syllabus and question papers

  41. sairam

    could u give the marks for each subject individual plz

  42. rajkumar

    generally how many questions of machine are there in gate paper?

  43. VINAY


    calculator is allowed in GATE exam? (i am using CASIO fx991 ES)

  44. MEENA.M

    how many questions they wil ask and tell me the timings.

  45. MEENA.M

    Meena from 3rd eee.. sir can u tell in which subject they wil ask most of the questions and i need any model question paper for my reference….

  46. pramod

    how can we prepare in one month for gate exam…?

  47. mounika

    is calculator allowed to gate exam? I’m studying eee 3-2. Now iam appearing for gate 2011. Is the syllabus sufficient for the test? How many attempts i can make for gate?

  48. prafful

    i m student final yr(EE).Genrally how many questn frm power system in gate paper?

  49. barsha kashyap

    is calulator allowed?????

  50. preethi

    sir,could u plz provide some information regarding the reference books which were useful for verbal and numerical ability

    1. ravichandran

      hai i m ravi,from kavery engineering coollege.
      i m studied for final year,

      gate exam detail annuppu plz…..

  51. ASHISH


  52. poornima

    which it organisation in electrical engg gate 2011 exams

  53. samir

    can u provided the online material

  54. sounak giri

    question typefully sylabus

  55. Sivan

    calculator is allowed in GATE exam? (i am using CASIO fx991 ES)

  56. sri vishnu

    sir,first of all I want to give you a big applause for maintaining this website successfully
    and I want to tell you some thing that is actually useful .. If you see in the syllabus of each discipline, you didn’t mention anything about aptitude and english which are also having a worth of doing……So, I think you can make it…….

    1. Zahid

      Sri Vishnu: Thanks a lot for the correction. I added it to all the post related to GATE syllabus. Thanks again.

  57. vaibhav

    can u give me information about the number divided for each subject?

  58. CJ

    Im a B.Sc. Electronics student(2nd year). I wish to appear for the coming GATE exam. For that What i should do???? Plzzz tel me some ways to get me in it…

  59. arbazkhanpatel

    wich iit organisation in electical engg gate 2011 exames

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