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GATE 2021 syllabus – EE: Electrical Engineering

GATE 2021 syllabus for Electrical Engineering (EE) gives you details of the latest GATE syllabus for the subject release by the official gate organizing institute IIT Bombay for the year 2021. 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 App for all GATE preparation needs.

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GATE 2021 Syllabus – Electrical Engineering (EE)

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

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

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, Divergence 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.

Section 2: Electric circuits

Network elements: ideal voltage and current sources, dependent sources, R, L, C, M elements; Network solution methods: KCL, KVL, Node and Mesh analysis; Network Theorems: Thevenin’s, Norton’s, Superposition and Maximum Power Transfer theorem; Transient response of dc and ac networks, sinusoidal steady-state analysis, resonance, two port networks, balanced three phase circuits, star-delta transformation, complex 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 properties, linear time invariant and causal systems, Fourier series representation of continuous and discrete time periodic signals, sampling theorem, Applications of Fourier Transform for continuous and discrete time signals, 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, vector groups, parallel operation; Auto-transformer, Electromechanical energy conversion principles; DC machines: separately excited, series and shunt, motoring and generating mode of operation and their characteristics, speed control of dc motors; Three-phase induction machines: 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 and characteristics, regulation and parallel operation of generators, starting of synchronous motors; Types of losses and efficiency calculations of electric machines

Section 6: Power Systems

Basic concepts of electrical power generation, 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, directional and distance protection; Circuit breakers, System stability concepts, Equal area criterion, Economic Load Dispatch (with and without considering transmission losses).

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, Stability analysis using Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist criteria, Bode plots, Root loci, Lag, Lead and Lead-Lag compensators; P, PI and PID controllers; State space model, Solution of state equations of LTI systems, R.M.S. value, average value calculation for any general periodic waveform.

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

Simple diode circuits: clipping, clamping, rectifiers; Amplifiers: biasing, equivalent circuit and frequency response; oscillators and feedback amplifiers; operational amplifiers: characteristics and applications; single stage active filters, Sallen Key, Butterworth, VCOs and timers, combinatorial and sequential logic circuits, multiplexers, demultiplexers, Schmitt triggers, sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters.

Section 10: Power Electronics

Static V-I characteristics and firing/gating circuits for Thyristor, MOSFET, IGBT; DC to DC conversion: Buck, Boost and Buck-Boost Converters; Single and three-phase configuration of uncontrolled rectifiers; Voltage and Current commutated Thyristor based converters; Bidirectional ac to dc voltage source converters; Magnitude and Phase of line current harmonics for uncontrolled and thyristor based converters; Power factor and Distortion Factor of ac to dc converters; Single-phase and three-phase voltage and current source inverters, sinusoidal pulse width modulation.

GENERAL APTITUDE (Common for all branches)

Verbal Aptitude

Basic English Grammar
Tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech

Basic Vocabulary
Words, idioms, and phrases in context

Reading and Comprehension

Narrative Sequencing

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation
Data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables

Numerical Computation and Estimation
Ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series

Mensuration and Geometry

Elementary Statistics and Probability

Analytical Aptitude

Deduction and Induction


Numerical Relations and Reasoning

Spatial Aptitude

Transformation of Shapes
Translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping

Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions

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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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