GATE Preparation Strategy for ECE

Gate examination is one of the prestigious examinations of the nation. Which means people will have enough craze for cracking it. Before entering into the Gate preparation strategy for ECE,  let’s have a brief look at What GATE is?


What is GATE?

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The following candidates are eligible to appear in GATE 2020:

  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology(4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc/Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programmes.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Architecture (Five years course/Naval Architecture (Four years course) and those who are in the final year of such programmes.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders of Four-year programmes in Science(B.s) and those who are in the final year of such programmes
  • Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Holders of Four-year Integrated Master’s degree (Post B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology and those who are in the second or higher year of such programmes.
  • Holders of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology and those who are in in the fourth or higher year of such programmes
  • Holders of Five-year Integrated M.Sc. or Five-year integrated B.Sc/M.Sc Dual Degree and those who are in the final year of such programmes
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE as equivalent to B.E/B.Tech. Those who have completed section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.


Is the GATE Exam easy or tough?

As it’s clear about the Gate exam and its eligibility. And now let’s see whether Gate exam is easy or tough? Gate examination mainly tests the basic ability of the candidate to know what extent he/she has understood about the topic and how well he/she can simplify the problem related to it. And to prepare for it one need not essentially enter into the complex domain of Engineering Subjects but one need to know clearly what/how/why questions as much as possible about the topic of the subject. And that can be put up in single line as “Believe in Basics with clear understanding” is enough to crack the Gate examination. So ultimately GATE is not a tough exam if you are clear or get clear with your engineering/sciences subjects.

Gate Preparation 

Gate preparation can be done by taking coaching or self-study. And taking coaching depends on how and where you’ve studied Engineering. If you’ve studied in NIT’s or any other bigger institutes where you might have followed some standard books for your academics then one can say that you need not go for special coaching if you really are intended to crack it. I mean if you’re determined to Crack the Gate examination any institute student can able to do it and can crack GATE without any coaching. Generally, people might be not able to find time for extra coaching so it’s probably not necessary. But if you’ve enough time then it’s like a good thing to take coaching because there you get a clear idea about the Gate examination.

Overall we say, compulsory coaching is not necessary but simple sure determined planning is enough to nail the Gate exam. Let’s see the Gate preparation strategy for ECE. (These tips are well applied for self-study Gate aspirants.)

Must check: Gate 2020 important dates, paper pattern, application form etc

GATE preparation Strategy for ECE

The first thing you need to do is to look at the amount of time left for the Gate exam. Let’s say at the least 3 or 4 months(you may be having more or less, based on your time resize the schedule). Next, have a look at your Gate syllabus. Any branch commonly consists of Engineering Mathematics, Core subjects, General Aptitude. These are the three sections which you need to be planning well.

The foremost thing that needs to be done is, First taking up the Engineering Mathematics then core subjects and regular preparation of General aptitude. Preparation planning order for each section is as follows below.

1. Engineering Mathematics

The first thing to accomplish in the preparation is finishing your Engineering Mathematics because if you finish it first it’s going to help you solve many of your problems in all your remaining subjects, also you get to recapitulate your Mathematical concepts again and again while solving problems of your EC subjects which ultimately leads to strengthening your Engineering Mathematical Concepts.

Engineering Mathematics consists of utmost 7 major topics. 

  1. Linear Algebra
  2. Calculus
  3. Differential Equations
  4. Complex variables
  5. Probability and statistics
  6. Numerical methods
  7. Transform theory

The above topics need to be prepared in the same order because they’re in the well-arranged order. The target is finishing all the topics + previous math questions + practice examples in the books + few MCQ’s in one month.

Preparation strategy for each topic:

  1. First, take up each sub-topic, learn the concepts thoroughly, practice the examples given in the book.
  2. Next, go the second subtopic and follow as previous.
  3. After finishing all the subtopics of the topic, solve a few exercise problems mixer of all subtopics.
  4. Now go the previous year papers and solve all the questions of the current topic.

Then move to the second topic and follow the above procedure. After finishing all the topics then take up standard MCQ’s book say Made Easy or Ace academy or Kanodia and solve MCQs as much as possible in the period of that month. Note when preparing any topic, if you find any concept related to the previous finished topics then have a brief look at those finished topics and try to establish interlinks to the topics and just try to have a perpetual brief recapitulation of all the topics.

Very good books to follow are :

1. Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig (Pdf available with solutions)

2. Higher Engineering Mathematics by John Bird (PDF available)

3. Higher Engineering Mathematics by BS Grewal


To practice MCQ’s you can follow:

1. RK Kanodia ECE (PDF Available)

2. Made Easy ECE 

3. ACE academy

Gate Maths Handwritten notes for ECE

2. Core Subjects (Electronics and Communications)

Let’s see now the gate preparation strategy for ECE core subjects. By now you’ve got sufficient idea of all the Engineering math topics and you will need to make use of those topics in your core subjects. EC mainly has 8 major topics.

  1. Networks
  2. Electronic devices
  3. Analog Circuits
  4. Digital Circuits
  5. Signals and Systems
  6. Communications
  7. Control Systems
  8. Electromagnetics

The above topics are pairwise related first prepare that topic which comes first in the order of the pair.  Control systems and Electromagnetics can be prepared without any order. There are 8 topics, better learn Electromagnetics at the end. You can start all the topics little each day or take any topic for certain days and finish it. Whichever you feel convenient you can take up those first. But try to finish the first four topics first and then go for the remaining. The same strategy needs to be followed for every topic as mentioned above.

Preparation strategy for each topic:

  1. First, take up each subtopic, learn the concepts thoroughly, practice the examples given in the book.
  2. Next, go the second subtopic and follow as previous.
  3. After finishing all the subtopics of the topic, solve a few exercise problems mixer of all subtopics.
  4. Now go the previous year papers(this link has 1991-2019 papers) and solve all the questions of the current topic.

After finishing one topic of the above 8 try to solve a few more MCQ’s from Made easy or Kanodia or ACE books. Then move to the second topic and you can always find interlinks to each of the topics, try to remember the things by finding out their differences. After finishing all the topics solve as many MCQ’s as you can from those standard books in the span of 2 months.

Books to follow are:

Topic Book
Networks Network analysis, Van Valkenburg
Circuit analysis theory and practice by Robins and Millers
Introductory circuit analysis by Boyle stad
Electronic Devices Electronic devices and circuit theory by Boylestad
Analog Circuits Microelectronics circuits by Behzad Razavi
Fundamentals of electronics by Alexader Sadiku
Digital Circuits Digital Electronics by Morris Mano
Fundamentals of digital circuits by Anand Kumar
Signals and systems Oppenheim Wilsky and Nawab
Simon Haykin
Communications Simon Haykin
BP Lathi
Control Systems Nagrath and Gopal
Electromagnetics NO Sadiku
Antenna theory by Balanis

Note: Highlighted texts take you to PDF’s of those books

To practice MCQ’s you can follow:

  1. Made Easy ECE book
  2. RK Kanodia ECE book (Pdf available)
  3. Ace academy

 Also you can go through handwritten notes while preparing:

3. General Aptitude

This consists of both Numerical ability and verbal ability.  For numerical ability, you can learn concepts from the Gate guides and they can be learned in no time. And for Verbal ability, you need to spend 30 to 40 minutes every day(as possible but be regular) to learn the vocabulary and Grammar, etc.

Must check: Made Easy aptitude PDF book for all branches

So above all things were planned to do in the span of 3 months. Now take any MCQ’s book and start solving questions of all the topics and give mock tests as many as you can and have analysis and find out the mistakes and try to go through those topics well again. You can have all this final touch up in one month.

This preparation strategy was setup considering a span of 4 months if you have more than this time you can follow well the same strategy by resizing time for the topics at your convenience.

You can get all the GATE ECE resources at →

Note: This is our Gate preparation strategy for ECE exam, this may not be the only strategy for preparing GATE. It’s all your wish to follow this or not. If you have any suggestions/queries please let us know in the comment box.

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