How to Prepare for GATE 2019 Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
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How to prepare for GATE 2019 Instrumentation Engineering - Hard work, dedication and efforts require helping hands of the preparation plan to reach the heights of success. Many students set their target to crack the exam of GATE while shooting for the reward of success every year. IIT Madras has released the application for GATE 2019 and M.Tech aspirants will seek answers on How to prepare for GATE Instrumentation Engineering (IN). Sow the early seeds of your preparation to reap the desired results. If you have a brief knowledge about exam syllabus, exam pattern and important books, if you know how to manage time well and work hard with full dedication then the sky is the limit for you. So prepare yourself to burn the midnight oil and leave no stone unturned to taste the sweetness of success. Read the article to get all the required information on how to prepare for GATE 2019 Instrumentation Engineering.
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How to prepare for GATE 2019 Instrumentation Engineering?

Fast and consistent wins the race

Be fast in starting your preparation as you will have plenty of time to study and revise every topic thoroughly. Consistency is a very important factor in preparation as consistent actions bring consistent results. Taking a break is necessary but skipping studies will act as a barrier in preparation.

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Know your syllabus

While giving a thought to brush up the preparation, briefing yourself with the exam syllabus will be of great help to find the answers of how to prepare for Instrumentation Engineering for GATE 2019. Knowledge of GATE syllabus will give a direction to your preparation and following the path of success would be easier. Go through the syllabus of Instrumentation Engineering given below. 

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GATE Syllabus for IN





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

  • Discrete time system

  • DFT and FFT, etc.


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, etc.


Analog Electronics

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

  • Oscillators, signal generators, voltage controlled oscillators and phase locked loop, etc.


Digital Electronics

  • Combinational logic circuits, minimization of Boolean functions

  • TTL and CMOS

  • Characteristics of ADC and DAC (resolution, quantization, significant bits, conversion/settling time), etc.



  • SI units, systematic and random errors in measurement, expression of uncertainty -accuracy and precision index, propagation of errors. PMMC, MI and dynamo meter type, Measurement of voltage, current and power in single and three phase circuit, etc


Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation

  • Resistive-, capacitive-, inductive-, Piezoelectric Hall effect sensors and associated signal conditioning circuits, 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, etc.

GATE Exam Pattern

Our brain would cooperate with us favourably if we feed it with the knowledge of the types of questions expected and the marking scheme of the exam. Getting familiar with the GATE exam pattern 2019 would result in the clarity of vision to prepare. You will be able to figure out the pattern of questions and their weightage.


Along with the preparation strategy, it is necessary to have knowledge where to study from. A list of important books for GATE 2019 preparation for Instrumentation Engineering is given below for the reference

Important Books for GATE IN

S. No.

GATE Instrumentation Engineering Topics

Recommended Books and Author



  • 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


Practice makes a man perfect 

Practice regularly to solve the problems and clear the doubts. It is rightly said that perfection comes out of practice. Take help of GATE previous year questions to practice regularly to polish your preparation. Solving mock papers and sample papers will provide an additional help. The number of questions solved by you will directly be proportional to the results achieved.

Time is money

Time management is the key to success. Time is precious and once it is lost it would never be found again. Time management skills are must while preparing for any exam. It is important to devote your time to all the important topics. In the exam hall also, managing time is as important as knowing the answers. Working hard day and night is required but giving time to yourself to relax your brain and body is a necessity. 

Impossible itself says, “I M (am) Possible”

Nothing is impossible if your hard work combines with dedication and efforts. Do not let yourself get demotivated. Feed yourself with spoons of motivation as a positive attitude is an advantageous tip for the preparation of GATE 2019 Instrumental Engineering. Do not lose hope even if you find it difficult to cope up sometimes. Destress yourself whenever required.

Success Mantras from Toppers

  • GATE 2015 Topper Aditya Narayan Nanda (AIR 10) shares his piece of advice with the future aspirants to be positive and dream big, always help others and share your knowledge as in that process you can amplify your own knowledge. He also advised respecting your parents and elders as their blessings can bring miracles in your life.

  • GATE 2018 toppers Sashidhar Saash (AIR 13 ) says, “A fixed mindset, a calm disposition are good traits to succeed.”

  • GATE 2018 Topper Naman Jaswani (AIR 1 IN) says, “Hard work complemented by unwavering focus and determination triumphs talent” 

Previous year GATE cutoff for Instrumentation Engineering

The cutoff of GATE instrumentation engineering for previous years is given below in the table for reference of candidates.

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