What are the best books for GATE EC?
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What are the best books for GATE EC? - One of the game-changing factors while preparing for an examination is the use of relevant and good books for reference. By referring to the best books, candidates will be able to have access to good resources and get a clear concept behind the topics and syllabus of the examination. Careers360 presents “What are the best books for GATE EC” to give the candidates a brief knowledge about which books are the best to be used for preparation. GATE Electronics and Communication paper is seeing a surge in applicants and making the competition tougher every year. While preparing for the exam, the candidates should also use the best books for GATE EC to do better and bring good results. This article on what are the best books for GATE EC has compiled topic wise books to refer as per past year toppers and experts. Candidates can also check the quick preparation tips for the examination. Read the full article on “What are the best books for GATE EC” for more details.
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  • GATE 2020 will be conducted by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi).

  • The entrance examination is held for M.Tech admissions into IITs and other eminent institutes.

  • PSU recruitments are also done on the basis of GATE scores.

  • Registrations for GATE 2020 was open from August 31 to September 28, 2019 (without late fee).

  • For GATE 2020, a new paper of Biomedical Engineering has been added.

  • GATE 2020 will be conducted on February 1, 2, 8 and 9.

Quick Preparation Tips for GATE EC

For the upcoming examination of GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering, the candidates are expected to commence their preparation early. This will give the candidates enough time to learn the topics and chapters and to also revise. The given tips can be followed by the candidates while preparing for the examination.

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Prepare a Schedule

The first task to complete while starting off the examination preparation process is to create a personal schedule for studying purpose. The schedule should be according to the candidate’s abilities and personal preference. More time should be allotted to the concepts and topics which the candidates find difficult and ample time should be kept free for revision, mock tests and sample papers.

Check GATE 2020 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

One of the best examination preparation strategies is to be aware of the syllabus much before the date of the exam. By knowing the syllabus of GATE EC, the candidates can accordingly prepare their examination schedule and study plan. Through the syllabus, the candidates will also be able to figure those topics on which they have an advantage or not. Similarly, the exam pattern will also let the candidates know how the examination will be conducted.

Solve Sample Papers and Mock Tests

During preparation, the candidates should attempt and solve sample papers and mock tests of GATE. This will familiarize the candidates with the examination pattern and also allow them to practically apply whatever they have studied. After solving the sample papers and mock tests, the candidates are advised to check and rectify their mistakes.

Topic-wise Best Books for GATE EC


GATE Syllabus

Reference Book

Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra


Differential Equations

Vector Analysis

Complex Analysis

Numerical Methods

Probability and Statistics

Higher Engineering Mathematics – Dr. BS Grewal

Engineering Mathematics – Erwin Kreyszig

Advance Engineering Mathematics – Dr. HK Dass

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by R. K. Jain, S. R. K. Iyengar

General Aptitude

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Quantitative Aptitude – R. S. Agarwal

Logical Reasoning – R. S. Agarwal

Objective English – Hari Mohan Prasad

Quantitative Aptitude by CAT by Arun Sharma

Network Theory

Network solution methods: nodal and mesh analysis; Network theorems: superposition, Thevenin and Norton’s, maximum power transfer; Wye‐Delta transformation; Steady state sinusoidal analysis using phasors; Time domain analysis of simple linear circuits; Solution of network equations using Laplace transform; Frequency domain analysis of RLC circuits; Linear 2‐port network parameters: driving point and transfer functions; State equations for networks.

Network Theory by Alexander Sadiku

Circuit Theory by A. Chakraborty

Network Analysis by Van Valkenburg

Engineering Circuit Analysis – Hayt & Kammerly

Linear Circuit Analysis- De Carlo/Lin

Electronic Devices

Energy bands in intrinsic and extrinsic silicon; Carrier transport: diffusion current, drift current, mobility and resistivity; Generation and recombination of carriers; Poisson and continuity equations; P-N junction, Zener diode, BJT, MOS capacitor, MOSFET, LED, photodiode and solar cell; Integrated circuit fabrication process: oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, photolithography and twin-tub CMOS process.

Integrated Electronics:- Jacob Millman & Christos C. Halkias

Solid State electronic Devices- Ben Streetman and Sanjay Banerjee

Semiconductor devices – David Neamen

Semiconductor devices-S. M. Sze

DC Analysis of MOS Transistor-Tsivid

Analog Circuits

Small signal equivalent circuits of diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs; Simple diode circuits: clipping, clamping and rectifiers; Single-stage BJT and MOSFET amplifiers: biasing, bias stability, mid-frequency small signal analysis and frequency response; BJT and MOSFET amplifiers: multi-stage, differential, feedback, power and operational; Simple op-amp circuits; Active filters; Sinusoidal oscillators: criterion for oscillation; single-transistor and opamp configurations; Function generators, wave-shaping circuits and 555 timers; Voltage reference circuits; Power supplies: ripple removal and regulation

Micro Electronics circuit – Sedra & Smith

Linear ICs – Gaekwad

Analog Electronics, Electronics devices and circuits – Donald A Neaman

Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert L Boylestad & Nashelsky

Pulse and Digital Electronics by Millman and Taub

Digital Circuits

Number systems; Combinatorial circuits: Boolean algebra, minimization of functions using Boolean identities and Karnaugh map, logic gates and their static CMOS implementations, arithmetic circuits, code converters, multiplexers, decoders and PLAs;

Sequential circuits: latches and flip‐flops, counters, shift‐registers and finite state machines; Data converters: sample and hold circuits, ADCs and DACs;

Semiconductor memories: ROM, SRAM, DRAM; 8-bit microprocessor (8085): architecture, programming, memory and I/O interfacing.

Digital Electronics – Morris Mano

Microprocessor Architecture, Programming and Applications with the 8085 – Ramesh Gaonker

Digital Electronic Principles and applications by Ronald J. Toccii, Pearson Publications

Digital circuits and design by Salivahanan

Fundamentals of digital systems by Anandkumar

Digital Logic and Computer Design by M.Morris Mano

System & Signal

Continuous-time signals: Fourier series and Fourier transform representations, sampling theorem and applications; Discrete-time signals: discrete-time Fourier transform (DTFT), DFT, FFT, Z-transform, interpolation of discrete-time signals; LTI systems: definition and properties, causality, stability, impulse response, convolution, poles and zeros, parallel and cascade structure, frequency response, group delay, phase delay, digital filter design techniques.

Signals & Systems By Alan V. Oppenheim

Modern digital and analog Communications system by BP Lathi

Digital Signal Processing by S.K Mitra

Signals & System – Oppenheim & Schafer

Signals & System – Proakis

Signals & System – Schaum Series-H.P. Hsu

Control System

Basic control system components; Feedback principle; Transfer function; Block diagram representation; Signal flow graph; Transient and steady-state analysis of LTI systems; Frequency response; Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist stability criteria; Bode and root-locus plots; Lag, lead and lag-lead compensation; State variable model and solution of state equation of LTI systems.

Automatic Control Systems – Benjamin C Kuo

Modern Control System – Katsuhiko Ogata

Control Systems Engineering by Norma Nise

Control Systems by Nagarath and Gopal

NPTEL Video lectures by M. Gopal


Random processes: autocorrelation and power spectral density, properties of white noise, filtering of random signals through LTI systems; Analog communications: amplitude modulation and demodulation, angle modulation and demodulation, spectra of AM and FM, superheterodyne receivers, circuits for analog communications; Information theory: entropy, mutual information and channel capacity theorem;

Digital communications: PCM, DPCM, digital modulation schemes, amplitude, phase and frequency shift keying (ASK, PSK, FSK), QAM, MAP and ML decoding, matched filter receiver, calculation of bandwidth, SNR and BER for digital modulation; Fundamentals of error correction, Hamming codes; Timing and frequency synchronization, inter-symbol interference and its mitigation; Basics of TDMA, FDMA and CDMA.

Analog and Digital Communication System by Simon Haykin

Principle of Communication System by Taub& Schillings

Modern digital and analog Communications system by BP Lathi

Electronic Communication Systems by Kennedy and Davis (just the Noise chapter)


Electrostatics; Maxwell’s equations: differential and integral forms and their interpretation, boundary conditions, wave equation, Poynting vector;

Plane waves and properties: reflection and refraction, polarization, phase and group velocity, propagation through various media, skin depth; Transmission lines: equations, characteristic impedance, impedance matching, impedance transformation, S-parameters, Smith chart; Waveguides: modes, boundary conditions, cut-off frequencies, dispersion relations;Antennas: antenna types, radiation pattern, gain and directivity, return loss, antenna arrays; Basics of radar; Light propagation in optical fibers.

Elements of Electromagnetics by Matthew N.O. Sadiku Network lines and fields by J.D Ryder (Transmission lines part) Electromagnetic waves and Radiating Systems by Jordon and Balmain

Antenna Theory by Balanis

NPTEL Lectures by Prof. R. Shevgaonkar

Engineering Electromagnetics-William Hayt

Schaum’s Outline of Electromagnetics -Joseph A Edminister

Antenna And Wave Propagation-KD Prasad

MCQ books


Gate ECE by R.K Kanodia

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If gate score is 400. what will be gate marks. any idea about gate marks.

Mayank Sinha 11th Dec, 2019
Hello dear aspirant,

If  one scores 400 in gate examination then his marks will be around 28.33 out of 100 marks in the paper.
Hope this helps.

im preparing GATE 2020 EE since last half month , i almost complete my 2 subject in next 2 days. i am belong to Gen catagory. sometimes i felt i should join Any IT companies , may be i am inclined towards software. should i join or continue to my gate preparation? i quit my GAT post after 5 months

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 11th Dec, 2019


see gate is a really a difficult exam, and if you dont have real interest in it you can not crack it, and it may be really difficult to do job in IT sector and continue preparing for gate. however some students make it possible, but right now less than 2 month left, and now joining in IT sector is not a good option and you may not get any job right now, because a job hunting is not easy. exam will be on february, do your best and if you think that you can not do any better next time, then search for IT job after the gate exam.


exam date of clat & colleges for gate

thomas joy 11th Dec, 2019
Hi Ruchika,
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For CLAT 2020 the important dates are
  • Application opening -Jan,1 2020
  • Application closing- 3rd week of April
  • CLAT Admit card- 2nd week of may 2020
  • CLAT Exam- May 10 ,2020

some of the Top colleges in India accepting GATE score are
  • NITK, Surathkal
  • GNDU, Punjab
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT, Madras
  • Cillege of Engineering, Pune
  • PSG College of Engineering, Coimbatore
  • Bahra University
  • BIT, Coimbatore
  • OPJU , Chattisgarh
  • SKP, Tamilnadu
  • DIET, west Bengal
  • KCET, Punjab
  • VIT, Vellore
  • Delhi Technological University
  • Indian institute of Engineering shibapur

Hope you get it, please do comment If you have any doubts.
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Scope for ECE students through gate examination???

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 11th Dec, 2019
see after clearing gate exam you do have 2 options. you can go for higher studies in reputed colleges of India like iiits, iits, nits even you can go for foreign universities like nangyang university Singapore. other option you do have which is PSU. ecil, DRDO, barc, coal India, bel this organization recruits electronics engineer through gate score, however the number of vacancy is really less compare to electrical engineering. you need to have rank within 200 to get cal from PSU.
hope you may understand

How many Psus or private companies are recruiting geologists based on their Gate performance?

Parvathi Ramachandran 10th Dec, 2019

Greetings !!

Lot of Private companies in mining , Petroleum sector will definitely recruit geologists in upcoming years. Apart from this every year SSC conducts geologist Exam for recruitment. With full confidence and prospects you may start your preparation , definitely you will be able to clear the exam. If any doubts, pls feel free to ask.

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