GATE 2019 Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering
Samiksha Jain, 5 days ago, #GATE

GATE 2019 Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering (IN) - The exam conducting authority, IIT Madras has released the GATE syllabus 2019 of Instrumentation Engineering for all the candidates. With the help of Instrumentation Engineering (IN) syllabus for GATE 2019, candidates can prepare for the entrance exam in a better and organized manner. The GATE 2019 syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering consists of 9 sections with topics that need to be covered. GATE 2019 will be conducted on 2, 3, 9 & 10 February in online mode. GATE is the national level postgraduate engineering entrance exam for admission to M.E./ M.Tech and Ph.D. programmes at IITs, IISc, NITs, GFTIs and other Universities in India. The application form of GATE 2019 was available from August 31, 2018. Before proceeding towards preparation, candidates must check the syllabus. To know the detailed GATE syllabus 2019 for Instrumentation Engineering, read below.

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GATE Exam Pattern for Instrumentation Engineering 

Candidates appearing for the entrance exam must be aware of exam pattern of GATE Instrumentation Engineering. This will help candidates to prepare in a better way. GATE 2019 Instrumentation Engineering exam will be conducted in online mode. Candidates appearing for GATE Instrumentation Engineering will have to attempt two type of question – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's) and Numerical Answer Types (NAT's). MCQ’s section will have negative marking if answered incorrectly. While, NTA do not have negative marking. 

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GATE 2019 Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering (IN) 

From the given below table, candidates appearing for GATE 2019 can check the syllabus of Instrumentation Engineering. The table consist of sections and topics that need to be studied to prepare for Instrumentation Engineering programme. 

GATE Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering



Topics  to be covered


Engineering Mathematics

  • Linear Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Differential Equations

  • Analysis of Complex Variables

  • Probability and Statistics

  • Numerical Methods


Electrical Circuits

  • Voltage and Current Sources

  • Kirchoff’s laws, mesh and nodal analysis, superposition etc

  • Peak-, average- and rms values of ac quantities etc

  • One-port and two-port networks etc.


Signals and Systems

  • Periodic, aperiodic and impulse signals

  • Laplace, Fourier and z-transforms

  • Transfer function, frequency response of first and second order linear time invariant systems, impulse response of systems

  • Convolution, correlation

  • Discrete time system: impulse response, frequency response, pulse transfer function

  • DFT and FFT

  • Basics of IIR and FIR filters


Control Systems

  • Feedback principles, signal flow graphs, transient response, steady-state-errors, Bode plot, phase and gain margins, Routh and Nyquist criteria, root loci, design of lead, lag and lead-lag compensators, state-space representation of systems; time-delay systems;

  • Mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic system components, synchro pair, servo and stepper motors, servo valves;

  • On-off, P, P-I, P-I-D, cascade, feed forward, and ratio controllers


Analog Electronics

  • Characteristics and applications of diode, Zener diode, BJT and MOSFET;

  • Small signal analysis of transistor circuits, feedback amplifiers. Characteristics of operational amplifiers

  • Applications of opamps: difference amplifier, adder, subtractor, integrator, differentiator, instrumentation amplifier, precision rectifier, active filters and other circuits. Oscillators, signal generators, voltage controlled oscillators and phase locked loop.


Digital Electronics

  • Combinational logic circuits, minimization of Boolean functions. IC families: TTL and CMOS. Arithmetic circuits, comparators, Schmitt trigger, multi-vibrators, sequential circuits, flipflops, shift registers, timers and counters

  • Sample-and-hold circuit, multiplexer, analog-to digital (successive approximation, integrating, flash and sigma-delta) and digital-to analog converters (weighted R, R-2R ladder and current steering logic). Characteristics of ADC and DAC (resolution, quantization, significant bits, conversion/settling time);

  • Basics of number systems, 8-bit microprocessor and microcontroller: applications, memory and input-output interfacing

  • Basics of data acquisition systems



  • SI units, systematic and random errors in measurement, expression of uncertainty - accuracy and precision index, propagation of errors. PMMC, MI and dynamometer type instruments; dc potentiometer;

  • Bridges for measurement of R, L and C, Q-meter. Measurement of voltage, current and power in single and three phase circuits

  • AC and DC current probes

  • True rms meters, voltage and current scaling, instrument transformers, timer/counter, time, phase and frequency measurements, digital voltmeter, digital multimeter

  • Oscilloscope, shielding and grounding


Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation

  • Resistive-, capacitive-, inductive-, piezoelectric-, Hall effect sensors and associated signal conditioning circuits;

  • Transducers for industrial instrumentation: displacement (linear and angular), velocity, acceleration, force, torque, vibration, shock, pressure (including low-pressure), flow (differential pressure, variable area, electromagnetic, ultrasonic, turbine and open channel flow etc


Communication and Optical Instrumentation

  • Amplitude- and frequency modulation and demodulation

  • Shannon's sampling theorem, pulse code modulation

  • Frequency and time division multiplexing, amplitude-, phase-,frequency-, pulse shift keying for digital modulation

  • Optical sources and detectors: LED,laser, photo-diode, light dependent resistor and their characteristics

  • Interferometer: applications in metrology

  • Basics of fiber optic sensing

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Reference books for GATE Instrumentation Engineering Preparation

In the given below table, Careers360 have suggested books to refer for the preparation of GATE 2019 Instrumentation Engineering programme. 

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Reference books




Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig, Gate Engineering Mathematics by Made Easy


Network Theory

Engineering Circuit Analysis by Steven M. Durbin , Jack E. Kemmerly , William H. Hayt


Analog Electronics

Fundamentals of Microelectronics by Behzad Razavi

GATE - Electronics & Communication (Analog Circuits Volume 5 of 10) by R K Kanodia


Digital Electronics

Solved previous year questions from EC and IN streams


Signals and Systems

Signals And Systems (Schaum’s Outline Series) by H P HSU Signals & Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim


Communication Systems

Modern Digital and Analog Communication System by B P Lathi


Electrical and Electronic Measurements

A Course In Electrical And Electronic Measurements And Instrumentation by A K Sawhney


Control System

Automatic Control Systems by B C Kuo


Process Control

Process Control: Modeling, Design, And Simulation by B. Wayne Bequette



Introduction to Measurements and Instrumentation by Arun K Ghosh

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