All about GATE - E.C.E Examination

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, for admission to Post Graduation/PhD courses in Engineering and Architecture. The exam is carried out in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee. This committee comprises of representatives from the administering institutes

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Details of GATE - E.C.E Exam

The overall coordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2013 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Chennai (IIT Chennai), designated as the Organising Institute for GATE 2013.

The examination paper will have a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. The candidates are expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. The candidate is however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission. A candidate can choose any one of the papers listed below. From 2010 onwards 10 questions in General Aptitude were introduced which carried 15 marks.

GATE - E.C.E Eligibility Criteria

The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE:

1. Bachelor's degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

 2. Master degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

3. Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.

4. Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by IE (I), AMICE (I) by the Institute of Civil Engineer (India)-ICE (I)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

How to Prepare for GATE - E.C.E

GATE is not a difficult exam to crack if you start your preparation early. It is conducted for at least 21 odd streams. The syllabus for each stream differs from the other. Some of the popular books for Electronics and Communication Engineering stream of this exam include Higher Engineering Mathematics written by Dr. B.S. Grewal, Network Analysis written by VanValkenburg, Integrated electronics by Milman Halkias, Electronic devices and circuits by Millman and Halkias, Digital Electronics by Morris Mano, Signal and Systems Simon Haykin, Modern Control system by Ogata, Communication System by Simon Haykin and Engg Electromagnetics by William Hayt.

Get a copy of the previous years’ question papers preferably with solutions. Take as many online test papers as possible. Analyse your score in these test papers and compare your performance periodically to see how you improve. Keep a timeframe in mind. Try and complete the syllabus at least two months before the exam; last two months should be for assessments and revision.

Do not prepare randomly. Make a list of subjects prioritising them based on the marks or preference given to them in the previous years’ papers. Allocate time for each topic accordingly.

 If anytime during the preparation, you feel that you do not have enough study material or lack guidance, join a coaching institute. You can also clarify your doubts by asking experts online or use forums to discuss with other people who are preparing too. To brush up the concepts, revise.

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