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GATE 2023 Electronics and Communications Engineering Exam

Are you studying for the GATE 2023 ECE Examination? Achieving a good GATE 2023 Exam score is essential to get employed in your desired PSU or admission in top institutes like IITs, NITs, etc.

Knowing all the relevant information is crucial while preparing for the GATE 2023 ECE Exam. To help you head in the right direction, we have composed all the essential GATE 2023 ECE Exam information on this page. Continue reading to understand the GATE ECE Exam details, such as the exam pattern, syllabus, important subjects, question types, mark weightage, etc.

All About the GATE 2023 Electronics & Communications Engineering Exam

  1. GATE 2023 Electronics & Communications Engineering Exam Latest News & Notification
  2. GATE 2023 ECE Important Dates
  3. GATE 2023 EC Eligibility Criteria
  4. GATE 2023 EC Exam Pattern Overview
  5. GATE Electronics & Communications Engineering Exam Sections
  6. GATE 2023 EC Exam Marking Scheme
  7. GATE 2023 EC Exam Question Types
  8. Nature of GATE 2023 EC Exam Questions
  9. GATE 2023 EC Exam Syllabus
  10. Weightage of Different Sections in Previous Years' GATE EC Exam
  11. Important Books for GATE 2023 EC Exam
  12. GATE EC Previous Year Question Papers
  13. Previous Year GATE Question Paper Analysis
  14. GATE Electronics & Communications Engineering Cut-Off Over the Years
  15. How to Apply for GATE EC 2023 Exam?
  16. GATE EC Admit Card Overview
  17. GATE 2023 EC Results
  18. What is the Scope After GATE 2023 EC?
  19. GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam FAQs
  20. How VISHWA Can Help You

1. GATE 2023 Electronics & Communications Engineering Exam Latest News & Notification

Get all the latest GATE ECE Exam latest updates here:

  • IIT Kanpur will likely be organizing the GATE 2023 Exam.
  • The official GATE 2023 EC Exam notification will likely be released in September 2022.
  • GATE 2023 Application Form is expected to be released by September 2022.

In addition, if you want the latest updates for the GATE EC 2022 Exam, you can find them below.

Notification for the GATE EC Exam 2022

Check out the most recent GATE Civil Engineering exam updates here:

EventsDates
GATE EC Engineering results will be releasedMar 17, 2022
GATE EC Answer Key 2022 is availableFeb 21, 2022
GATE 2022 ScheduleAvailable now
GATE EC 2022 registration with late fees beganOctober 3, 2022
GATE EC Admit Card 2022 will be availableJan 15, 2022
GATE EC registration will beginSep 2, 2021
GATE 2022 application form has been postponedSep 2, 2021
 

2. GATE 2023 ECE Important Dates

IIT Kanpur will organize the GATE ECE Exam in the first week of February 2023. IIT Kanpur will publish the official notification for GATE 2023 EC Exam in September 2022, along with the examination dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and updated syllabus. Candidates can check out the tentative dates below to prepare accordingly for the GATE 2023 Electronics & Communications Engineering Exam.

GATE 2023 EventsTentative Dates
GATE 2023 Official Notification1st week of September 2022
Last Date for Registration (without late fees)4th week of September 2022
Last Date for the Extended Period of Registration (with late fees)2nd week of October 2022
Last Date for GATE 2023 Form Correction2nd week of November 2022
GATE 2023 Admit Card Release1st week of January 2023
GATE 2023 EC Examination Date5th to 7th & 12th to 14th February 2023
Result Announcement3rd week of March 2023
 

3. GATE 2023 EC Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the GATE ECE 2023 Exam, candidates should ensure they meet the eligibility criteria. Here are the eligibility requirements for the GATE 2023 EC Exam.

  • Educational Qualification: Candidates who have completed 10th, 12th, and an undergraduate degree or are currently in the final year of their undergrad program are eligible.
  • Degree Requirement: Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology.
  • Age Limit: No upper age limit.
  • Nationality: Indian, foreign, or NRI.

Are you a foreign citizen or NRI aspiring to take the GATE EC 2023 Exam?

Students living outside India are also allowed to appear for the GATE EC Exam, provided they have obtained or are currently in the final year of their bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology.

 

4. GATE 2023 EC Exam Pattern Overview

Candidates can check out the GATE EC Engineering Exam pattern highlighted in the below table to understand the GATE EC Exam pattern and prepare effectively for the exam.

GATE Electronics & Communications Engineering Paper CodeEC
Examination ModeOnline - Computer-Based Test
No. of Questions65
Total Marks100
Question TypesMSQs, MSQs, & NAT
Exam Duration3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Sectional Time-limitNone
Number of Sections3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, ECE Topics)
Section-wise WeightageGeneral Aptitude - 15 Marks
Engineering Mathematics - 13 Marks
ECE Subjects - 72 Marks
Marking Scheme1 Marks/ 2 Marks for each correct answer
 

5. GATE Electronics & Communications Engineering Exam Sections

GATE EC 2023 Exam paper is divided into three sections, namely

  • General Aptitude,
  • Engineering Mathematics, and
  • Electronics & Communications Engineering Questions.

The question & mark weightage for the 3 sections are as follows:

GATE EC 2023 - SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks
General Aptitude1015
Engineering Mathematics1013
ECE Topics4572
Total:65100
 

6. GATE 2023 EC Exam Marking Scheme

The marking system for different types of GATE questions is as follows:

Type of Question Marking for Correct Answer Negative Marking Scheme
MCQs1 or 2 Marks1/3 Marks for 1 Mark Questions
2/3 Marks for 2 Mark Questions
MSQs1 or 2 MarksNo Negative Marking
NATs1 or 2 MarksNo Negative Marking
 

7. GATE 2023 EC Exam Question Types

As stated above, the GATE 2023 EC Exam includes 3 question types: MCQ, MSQ, and NAT.

Multiple Choice Questions: Candidates should pick a correct answer from the available 4 options.

Multiple Select Questions: Candidates should select multiple correct answers from the available options.

Numerical Answer Types: Candidates are required to enter a numerical value as an answer.

 

8. Nature of GATE 2023 EC Exam Questions

The GATE EC Exam comprises questions of different nature. Listed below are the different types of GATE EC questions.

Recall: These questions are based on facts, principles, laws, formulas, etc. These are straightforward questions that candidates can answer from their memory or a simple calculation.

Electronics & Communications Engineering Concepts: These questions test a candidate's knowledge of core ECE concepts. Candidates are expected to derive solutions from fundamental Electronics & Communications Engineering concepts.

Application Questions: Logical reasoning and computational skills are essential to answer the questions in this section.

Common Data Questions: Multiple questions are presented with a data passage or graph. Candidates are required to refer to the data and solve a set of problems. These types of questions carry 2 marks each.

Linked Answer Questions: This section comprises a problem statement using which candidates have to solve 2 questions. The questions are linked to each other, meaning the second question relies on the first question's answer.

9. GATE 2023 EC Exam Syllabus

GATE aspirants must check the GATE 2023 EC syllabus before starting their exam preparation. Identify the topics you should cover and develop a study plan accordingly. Also, please remember that all candidates are required to prepare for the General Aptitude section as it is a mandatory section irrespective of the exam discipline.

GATE EC Engineering SectionsTopics
Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra
Calculus
Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE)
Partial Differential Equation (PDE)
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods
Networks, Signals, and SystemsCircuit Analysis
Continuous-time Signals
Discrete-time Signals
Electronic DevicesMaterials and Components
Integrated Circuit Components
Basic Electronics Engineering
Integrated Circuit Fabrication Process
Semiconductors
Carrier Transport
Analog CircuitsCircuit Analysis
Diode Circuits
BJT & MOSFET Amplifiers
Timers and Filters
Oscillators
Power Supplies
Amplifiers
Op-amp Circuits
Digital CircuitsNumber Representations
Combinatorial Circuits
Sequential Circuits
Data Converters
Semiconductor Memories
Computer Organization
Control SystemsBasic Control System Components
Frequency Response
Routh-Hurwitz & Nyquist Stability Criteria
Transient and Steady-state Analysis of LTI Systems
CommunicationsRandom Processes
Analog Communications
Information Theory
Digital Communications
Fundamentals of Error Correction, Hamming Codes, CRC
ElectromagneticsMaxwell's Equation
Plane Waves and Properties
Transmission Lines
 

10. Weightage of Different Sections in Previous Years' GATE EC Exam

Take a look at the section-wise weightage of previous GATE EC papers to identify the important GATE 2023 EC topics you should master to score good marks in the exam.

Section 1: General Aptitude

SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
Numerical AbilityNumerical Computation151515
Numerical Estimation
Numerical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
Verbal AbilityEnglish Grammar
Verbal Analogies
Vocabulary
Total151515

Section 2: Engineering Mathematics

SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra131210
Calculus
Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE)
Partial Differential Equations (PDE)
Probability & Statistics
Numerical Methods
Total131210

Section 3: Electronics and Communication

a. Network Theory

Network Theory
SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
Network TheoryNetwork Theory8127
Total8127

b. Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices
SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
Electronic DevicesMaterials and Components8611
Integrated Circuit Components
Basic Electronics Engineering
Integrated Circuit Fabrication Process
Semiconductors
Carrier Transport
Total8611

c. Analog Circuits

Analog Circuits
SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
Analog CircuitsCircuit Analysis101013
Diode Circuits
BJT & MOSFET Amplifiers
Timers and Filters
Oscillators
Power Supplies
Amplifiers
Op-amp Circuits
Total101013

d. Digital Circuits

Digital Circuits
SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
Digital CircuitsNumber Representations1199
Combinatorial Circuits
Sequential Circuits
Data Conductors
Semiconductor Memories
Computer Organization
Total1199

e. Signals and Systems

Signals and Systems
SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
Signals and SystemsCircuit Analysis686
Continuous-time Signals
Discrete-time Signals
Total686

f. Control Systems

Control Systems
SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
Control SystemsBasic Control System Components759
Frequency Response
Routh-Hurwitz & Nyquist Stability Criteria
Transient and Steady-state Analysis of LTI Systems
Total759

g. Communications

Communications
SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
CommunicationsRandom Processes131311
Analog Communications
Information Theory
Digital Communications
Fundamentals of Error Correction, Hamming Codes, CRC
Total131311

h. Electromagnetics

Electromagnetics
SectionTopicsWeightage (GATE EC 2022)Weightage (GATE EC 2021)Weightage (GATE EC 2020)
ElectromagneticsMaxwell's Equation9109
Plane Waves and Properties
Transmission Lines
Total9109
 

11. Important Books for GATE 2023 EC Exam

Gathering the best books available in the market is pivotal while preparing for the GATE 2023 Electronics & Communications Engineering Exam. Here are some highly rated ECE books that can help candidates during GATE EC Exam preparation.

SectionTopicsEssential GATE EC Books
General Aptitude  Numerical Computation
Numerical Estimation
Numerical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
English Grammar
Verbal Analogies
Vocabulary
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
High School English Grammar and Composition
Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra
Calculus
Ordinary Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations
Probability & Statistics
Numerical Methods
Higher Engineering Mathematics
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Advanced Engineering Mathematics  
Network TheoryNetwork Theorems
Nodal & Mesh Analysis
Laplace Transform
RLC Circuits
Linear 2-Port Network
Network Analysis
Engineering Circuit Analysis
Fundamental of Electric Circuits
Electronic DevicesMaterials and Components
Integrated Circuit Components
Basic Electronics Engineering
Integrated Circuit Fabrication Process
Semiconductors
Carrier Transport
Semiconductor Physics and Devices
Integrated Electronics
Analog CircuitsCircuit Analysis
Diode Circuits
BJT & MOSFET Amplifiers
Timers and Filters
Oscillators
Power Supplies
Amplifiers
Op-amp Circuits
Microelectronic Circuits: Theory
Op-Amps & Linear Integrated Circuits
Digital CircuitsNumber Representations
Combinatorial Circuits
Sequential Circuits
Data Converters
Semiconductor Memories
Computer Organization
Digital Logic & Computer Design
Microprocessor Architecture, Programming and Applications with the 8085
Systems & SignalCircuit Analysis
Continuous-time Signals
Discrete-time Signals
Signals & Systems
Control SystemsBasic Control System Components
Frequency Response
Routh-Hurwitz & Nyquist Stability Criteria
Transient and Steady-state Analysis of LTI Systems
Automatic Control Systems
Control Systems Engineering
CommunicationsRandom Processes
Analog Communications
Information Theory
Digital Communications
Fundamentals of Error Correction, Hamming Codes, CRC
Modern Digital and Analog Communications Systems
ElectromagneticsMaxwell's Equation
Plane Waves and Properties
Transmission Lines
Principles of Electromagnetics
 

12. GATE EC Previous Year Question Papers

The organizer of GATE 2023 Exam, i.e., IIT Kanpur will release the GATE 2023 question paper soon after the exam. However, candidates can download the previous years' question papers and familiarize themselves with the format and prepare efficiently for the exam.

Exam YearQuestion Paper
2021Download PDF
2020Download PDF
2019Download PDF
2018Download PDF
2017Download PDF
 

13. Previous Year GATE Question Paper Analysis

It is crucial that the candidates look into the previous years' question papers during GATE 2023 EC preparation phase. Reviewing the previous years' questions will help candidates judge the difficulty level of the GATE 2023 EC Exam and prepare accordingly.

The highlights of previous GATE EC papers are listed below.

  • GATE EC 2022:
    • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
    • Question Types:
      • The GATE EC 2022 paper included 33 MCQs, 18 NATs, and 14 MSQs.
    • Highest Mark Weightage: The Communications section carried the highest mark weightage in GATE EC 2022. (13 Marks)
    • The General Aptitude section was easy to moderate.
    • The Engineering Mathematics section was difficult.
  • GATE EC 2021:
    • Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Question Types:
      • The GATE EC 2021 paper included 35 MCQs and 30 NATs.
    • Highest Mark Weightage: The Communications section carried the highest mark weightage in GATE EC 2021. (13 Marks)
    • The General Aptitude section was easy.
    • The Engineering Mathematics section was easy to moderate.
  • GATE EC 2020:
    • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
    • Question Types:
      • The GATE EC 2020 paper included 42 MCQs and 23 NATs.
    • Highest Mark Weightage: The Analog Circuits section carried the highest mark weightage in GATE EC 2020. (13 Marks)
    • The General Aptitude section was moderate.
    • The Engineering Mathematics section was moderate.
 

14. GATE Electronics & Communications Engineering Cut-Off Over the Years

Check out the GATE EC Exam cutoff marks for the last 6 years. It will help you to set study goals and realistic GATE 2023 EC score targets.

YearGeneralOBCSC/ST/PwD
20212522.516.6
202028.825.919.2
201926.72417.8
20182522.516.6
20172522.516.6
20162522.516.6
 

15. How to Apply for GATE EC 2023 Exam?

GATE 2023 EC Exam Application Form will be released during the first week of September 2022. Candidates can apply for the exam only through online mode. Follow the steps below to have a hassle-free registration process.

Step 1: Register as a ‘New User' on GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) by filling in details such as name, phone number, and email ID.

Step 2: Candidates will get an enrollment ID after registering. Create a password for the respective enrollment ID to proceed further.

Step 3: Log into the GOAPS portal using the enrollment ID and password and fill in the application form. Applicants need to fill in their personal details such as name, DOB, phone number, email ID, address, parent's details, etc., and enter educational qualification details such as the university name, registration number, etc.

Step 4: Students need to decide how many papers they are undertaking. A maximum of two papers are allowed for each candidate.

Step 5: Select preferred exam centers. Candidates can select up to three locations as their favored examination centers.

Step 6: Applicants need to upload the scanned documents of their signature, photo, ID proof, and community certificate (applicable for SC/ST).

Step 7: Finally, candidates should pay the exam application fees (Payment can be done only through online modes).

 

16. GATE EC Admit Card Overview

Wondering how to download the GATE EC 2023 Admit Card? The Admit Card will be available to download from the 1st week of January 2023 (tentative). Candidates can only download the GATE Admit Card from the official GOAPS website. Follow the steps below to download the GATE 2023 EC Admit Card.

  • Step 1: Visit the official GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website.
  • Step 2: Login using the essential credentials.
  • Step 3: Click on the “Download GATE Admit Card” option.
  • Step 4: GATE Admit Card will be downloaded in PDF format.
  • Step 5: Save the Admit Card and take the printout to carry to the GATE Examination Hall.

The GATE Admit Card will contain the following details:

  • Candidate's Registration Number
  • Name of the Candidate
  • GATE Exam Paper Code
  • GATE Exam Date
  • Exam Centre Code
  • Exam Duration
  • Candidate's Photo
  • Candidate's Signature
  • Examination Instructions

Take a look at the sample Admit Card below to have a better idea of how the GATE Admit Card would look like:

 

17. GATE 2023 EC Results

IIT Kanpur will release the GATE EC 2023 results in March 2023. Candidates can check their results by logging into the GOAPS website. Once the results are out, qualified candidates can download their GATE 2023 score card from March 2023 to May 2023. If candidates need a soft copy of the GATE score card after May 2023, they are required to pay an additional fee of ?500.

The GATE score card is valid for 3 years. Candidates can use the GATE score to get admission in Post Graduate programs or employment opportunities in PSUs.

Listed below are the important details mentioned in the GATE score card:

  • Registration Number of the Candidate
  • Name of the Candidate
  • GATE Paper Attempted by the Candidate
  • GATE Score (out of 1000)
  • Total Marks (out of 100)
  • All India Rank Obtained
  • Qualifying Marks for General, OBS, SC/ST/PwD
  • The number of candidates who appeared in the exam.

Take a look at the sample score card below to have a better idea of how the GATE score card would look like:

 

18. What is the Scope After GATE 2023 EC?

The number of candidates appearing for the GATE EC Exam is increasing every year. The increase in the number of candidates can be associated with the need for a good GATE Exam score to pursue a Master's degree in top institutes and PSUs recruiting through GATE Exam score.

Some people want to pursue an M.Tech in institutes like NITs/NITs in various ECE-related disciplines. Other candidates try for employment opportunities in PSU.

Here are some exciting opportunities after cracking the GATE 2023 EC Exam.

18.1. Career Opportunities in PSU

Some of the leading PSUs in India, such as IOCL, ONGC, HPCL, RITES, EIL, NHAI, etc., consider GATE Exam scores for recruitment. A public sector job ensures long-term employability with a high salary package and other exciting benefits. A PSU job also presents interesting challenges that keep you in touch with all the latest developments in the field of Electronics & Communications Engineering.

18.2. Higher Studies in Premier Institutes

If you have cracked the GATE Exam with a high score, you can apply for M.Tech or ME in some of India's leading institutes like IITs, NITs, or IISc. Based on your GATE rank/score you can choose your preferred institutes. Usually, first-class engineering institutes accept ranks up to 1500, other private and government institutes accept ranks up to 2500. After completing their post-graduate degree, students will get high-paying job opportunities in top companies.

18.3. Research Programs

If you are passionate about your engineering discipline and exploring new horizons, research programs are the way to go. People often overlook research in our country as they assume it is time-consuming and strenuous endeavor. That is the reason most people opt to do research in foreign countries. But why struggle in foreign juggling between research and part-time jobs to meet expenses? With a good GATE Exam score, you can join Junior Research Fellowship programs and do path-breaking research while earning a good sum as a stipend each month.

18.4. Post-Graduation Degree in Foreign Universities

A high GATE Exam score will help you realize your dream of doing Masters in foreign universities. Some highly rated universities like Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Technical University of Munich (Germany) accept GATE score for admission.

 

19. GATE EC Exam FAQs

Have some doubts regarding GATE 2023 EC application process, exam pattern, syllabus, etc.? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the GATE EC Exam.

i) Question: When does registration begin for the GATE 2023 EC Exam?

Answer: The application form for the GATE 2023 EC Exam will be published on the official GATE website approximately around the first week of September 2022.

ii) Question: What is the last date to apply for GATE 2023 EC Exam?

Answer: The registration will most likely be open from September 2022 to the second week of October 2022.

iii) Question: Who is the organizing body for the GATE EC Exam?

Answer: IIT Kanpur will organize the GATE 2023 Electronics & Communications Exam.

iv) Question: What is the Marking Scheme for GATE EC Exam?

Answer: The GATE marking scheme for the GATE EC Exam is as follows:

  • 1/3 marks deducted for each wrong answer (1-mark MCQs)
  • 2/3 marks deducted for each wrong answer (2-mark MCQs)
  • MSQ & NAT: No negative marking.

v) Question: What are the core subjects in the GATE EC syllabus?

Answer: The core subjects of GATE EC are:

  • Networks, Signals, and Systems
  • Electronic Devices
  • Analog Circuits
  • Digital Circuits
  • Control Systems
  • Communications
  • Electromagnetics

vi) Question: How many questions does the GATE EC Exam include?

Answer: The GATE EC question paper will include 65 questions, out of which approximately 45 questions will be from core ECE subjects.

vii) Question: What is the paper code for GATE Electronics & Communications Engineering Exam?

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Answer: The paper code for GATE Electronics & Communications Engineering Exam is EC.

viii) Question: When should I start preparing for the GATE EC Exam?

Answer: Ideally, the candidates should start preparing for the GATE Exam at least 6-8 months before the exam.

ix) Question: Which papers can candidates appear for along with the GATE EC 2023?

Answer: Candidates choosing GATE EC as their first paper can choose either GATE IN or GATE PH as their second option.

Question: Does the GATE EC 2023 Exam include General Aptitude questions?

Answer: Yes, the General Aptitude section is common for all GATE papers, irrespective of the discipline.

 

Takeaway Thoughts

We hope this page sheds light on all the relevant GATE 2023 EC Exam details such as exam pattern, syllabus, cutoff marks, and more. Start your GATE exam prep early to give yourself optimal time to prepare for the exam, as last-minute preparation may not produce the desired result. Familiarize yourself with the GATE EC syllabus, and develop a study plan accordingly. Join a GATE ECE online course to improve your odds of achieving a high rank in the GATE EC Exam.

Good luck with the Exam!

 

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