GATE Instrumentation Engineering (IE) Exam 2023

Everything You Need to Know About GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Exam

The GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering exam will be conducted by IIT Kanpur in the 1st or 2nd week of February. To master the exam, acquiring knowledge of paper patterns and syllabus is crucial.

This page highlights the complete information about the GATE IN exam to help you prepare for the exam well.

1. GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Exam Latest News & Notification

The GATE Instrumentation Engineering 2023 will be conducted by IIT Kanpur. The official notification will be released in September 2022. Candidates can check the below details to know the latest updates.

Announcement of result Mar 17, 2023
Answer Key Feb 21, 2022
GATE 2023 Schedule Available now
Registration process October 3
Admit Card release date Jan 15, 2023
Registration will begin Sep 2, 2022

2. GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Important Dates

IIT Kanpur has declared the tentative schedule for GATE 2023. The GATE Instrumentation Engineering exam will be in the 1st or 2nd week of February. Check the events and important dates from the below list and prepare for the exam.

Events  Dates (Tentative)
GATE 2023 Notification 1st week of September 2022
GATE 2023 Announcement date for registration 1st week of September 2022
Last date to register for GATE 2023 2nd week of October 2022
GATE 2023 Correction Form 2nd week of November 2022
GATE 2023 Admit Card 1st week of January 2023
GATE 2023 Exam Conducted On 1st and 2nd week of February 2023
GATE 2023 Answer Key 2nd week of March 2023
GATE 2023 Result 3rd week of March 2023
GATE 2023 Counselling 1st week of May 2023

3. GATE Instrumentation Engineering 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria have been released by the IIT Kanpur along with the exam schedule. Candidates can check the requirement to apply for the GATE Instrumentation Engineering exam.

So, the GATE Exam is not easy to qualify. But do not worry, the GATE Exam is highly scorable with a good preparation strategy. Do not shy away from the GATE exam because of its difficulty level; the benefits of qualifying for the GATE Exam outweigh the difficulties.

  • Minimum Educational Qualification: 10th, 12th, an undergraduate degree holder and the students in the third year of their degree are eligible.
  • Degree Requirement: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Technology, or Post Graduation in the relevant specialization.
  • Age Limit: No upper age limit
  • Nationality: Indian, Foreign or NRI

4. GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Exam Pattern Overview

The GATE exam is conducted for 3 hours to answer all the questions. Candidates can check the question type, marking scheme, the total number of questions, and the weightage from the table below.

Particulars Details
Examination Mode Online - Computer-Based Test
No. of Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Question Types MSQs
Exam Duration 3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Number of Sections 3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, Instrumentation Engineering Topics)
Section-wise Weightage General Aptitude - 15 Marks
Engineering Mathematics - 13 Marks
Technical Subjects - 72 Marks
Marking Scheme 1Marks/ 2 Marks for each correct answer

5. GATE Instrumentation Engineering 2023 Exam Sections

GATE Instrumentation 2023 exam paper is divided into three sections:

  • General Aptitude
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Core Discipline (Instrumentation Engineering)

Know the subject-wise weightage from this table.

GATE Instrumentation Engineering (IN) 2023 - Section Number of Questions Marks
General Aptitude 10 15
Engineering Mathematics 10 13
Instrumentation Engineering Subjects 45 72
Total: 65 100

6. GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Marking Scheme

Check the marking system for different types of GATE questions here:

Question types Mark Allotment Negative Marking
MCQs Either 1 or 2 Marks 1/3 Marks for 1 Mark Questions
2/3 Marks for 2 Mark Questions
MSQs Either 1 or 2 Marks No Negative Marking
NATs Either 1 or 2 Marks No Negative Marking

7. GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Question Types

As mentioned previously, GATE Instrumentation Engineering exam has three question types: MCQ, MSQ, and NAT.

Multiple Choice Questions: For this question type, candidates can pick a correct answer from the provided 4 options.

Multiple Select Questions: For this question type, candidates can select multiple correct answers from the provided options.

Numerical Answer Types: Candidates must enter a numerical value answer.

8. GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Questions

The GATE instrumentation paper has the following types of questions. Have a look at them and know the nature of the questions.

The GATE instrumentation paper has the following types of questions. Have a look at them and know the nature of the questions.

Comprehension: This question type will cover the fundamental ideas of electrical engineering topics through which the students will choose a simple conclusion.

Recall: This question type is based on the formulas you have learned in the topics. You need to solve the answer using the appropriate formulas.

Application: Logical reasoning or computation problems will come under the application question type.

Analysis: In this type, you will be asked to analyze your given data and conclude based on synthesis.

Linked Answer Question: In this question type, you will be asked a pair of interlinked questions. The mark allotment for these types of questions is 2 marks.

Common Data Problems:  In this question, various problems are coordinated with common data through which there can be a unique solution for such questions.

9. GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Syllabus

Make a proper study plan and start your preparation by knowing your basic syllabus. Students can check the below table to know the topics covered in each division of the syllabus. You can also a take a printout of the whole syllabus from here.

Sections Topics included in the syllabus
Engineering Mathematics Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics
Analysis of complex variables
Numerical Methods
Electricity and Magnetism Electric Field Intensity, Coulomb's Law, Gauss's Law, Electric Flux Density, Divergence, plane, Electric field and potential due to point, line, and spherical charge distributions, Capacitance of simple configurations, Effect of dielectric medium, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, Biot-Savart's law, Curl, Lorentz force, Magnetomotive force, Inductance, Reluctance, Self and Mutual inductance of simple configurations, Magnetic circuits.
Electrical Circuits and Machines Voltage and current sources: dependent, independent, ideal and practical; v-i relationships of inductor, capacitor, resistor, and mutual inductance; transient analysis of RLC circuits with dc excitation.
Kirchhoff's laws, superposition, maximum power transfer, and reciprocity theorems, mesh, and nodal analysis, Thevenin, Norton.
Peak-, RMS values of ac quantities, average-; active-, apparent-, and reactive powers; impedance and admittance, phasor analysis, locus diagrams, series and parallel resonance, transient analysis of RLC circuits with ac excitation, realization of basic filters with R, L and C elements.
Driving point impedance and admittance, One-port and two-port networks, short circuit parameters, and open-.
Single-phase transformer: phasor diagram, short circuit tests and open circuit, equivalent circuit, Efficiency and regulation; Three-phase induction motors: the principle of operation, torque-speed characteristics, performance, no-load and blocked rotor tests, types, starting and speed control, equivalent circuit; Types of losses and efficiency calculations of electric machines.
Signals and Systems Impulse, periodic and aperiodic signals; Fourier and z-transforms, Laplace; frequency response of first and second-order linear time-invariant systems, transfer function, correlation, convolution. impulse response of systems; Discrete-time system: pulse transfer function, frequency response, impulse response; FFT and DFT; basics of FIR and IIR filters.
Control Systems Feedback principles, transient response, signal flow graphs, bode plot, Routh and Nyquist criteria, steady-state-errors, phase and gain margins, design of lead, state-space representation of systems, root loci, lag and lead-lag compensators; mechanical, pneumatic system component and hydraulics, servo and stepper motors, synchro pair, servo valves; cascade, on-off, PID, P, PI, feedforward, and ratio controllers, sizing of control valves and tuning of PID controllers.
Analog Electronics MOSFET, BJT, Characteristics and applications of diode, and Zener diode. feedback amplifiers, small-signal analysis of transistor circuits. applications of op-amps; Characteristics of ideal and practical operational amplifiers; adder, integrator, differentiator, subtractor, precision rectifier, difference amplifier, instrumentation amplifier, signal generators, active filters, voltage-controlled oscillators and phase-locked loop, oscillators, sources and effects of noise and interference in electronic circuits.
Digital Electronics Minimization of Boolean functions. IC families: CMOS and TTL. Combinational logic circuits, Schmitt trigger, Arithmetic circuits, comparators, multi-vibrators, flipflops, timers and counters, shift registers; analog-to-digital (successive approximation, integrating, flash and sigma-delta) and digital-to-analog converters (weighted R, R-2R ladder and current steering logic), multiplexer, sample-and-hold circuit. Characteristics of ADC and DAC (quantization, significant bits, resolution, conversion/settling time); basics of number systems Embedded Systems: memory and input-output interfacing, microprocessor and microcontroller applications; basics of data acquisition systems, programmable logic controllers (PLC), and basics of distributed control systems (DCS)
Measurements SI units, standards (R, L, C, current, voltage, and frequency, systematic and random errors in measurement, expression of uncertainty- propagation of errors, accuracy and precision, linear and weighted regression. current and power in single and three-phase circuits, Measurement of voltage; Bridges: Kelvin, Maxwell, Wheatstone, Megohm, Q-meter, Schering, and Wien for measurement of R, L, C and frequency, Anderson, Measurement of current and power in single and three-phase circuits, voltage; true rms meters, current scaling and voltage, timer/counter, phase and frequency measurements, instrument transformers, digital multimeter, digital voltmeter; shielding, grounding, and oscilloscope.
Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation Capacitive-, piezoelectric-, inductive-, resistive-, associated signal conditioning circuits and hall effect sensors; transducers for industrial instrumentation: displacement (linear and angular), acceleration, torque, velocity, force, shock, pressure (including low pressure), vibration, flow (variable area, ultrasonic, variable head, turbine and open channel flow meters, electromagnetic), temperature (bolometer, thermocouple, pyrometer and semiconductor, RTD (3/4 wire), thermistor; liquid level, conductivity and viscosity measurement, pH. 4-20 mA two-wire transmitter.
Communication and Optical Instrumentation Frequency modulation and demodulation and Amplitude-; pulse code modulation, Shannon's sampling theorem; frequency-, amplitude-, frequency and time division multiplexing, phase-, pulse shift keying for digital modulation, quadrature amplitude; optical sources and detectors: photodiode, square-law detectors, and their characteristics, LED, light-dependent resistor, basics of fiber optic sensing. laser; interferometer: applications in metrology; Mass spectrometer, UV-VIS Spectrophotometers.

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

Going through the weightage from each section is crucial to prepare for the GATE IN exam. First, study the topic with the highest marking from the list, then study the next highest weightage topic. Repeat this in descending order and complete the syllabus.

IIT Kanpur will release the subject-wise weightage for 2023 soon. The candidates can check the previous years' subject's weightage list here.

Topics Weightage GATE IN 2020 Weightage GATE IN 2019 Weightage GATE IN 2018 Weightage GATE IN 2017
Engineering Mathematics 15 10 14 10
Network Theory 8 8 9 11
Signals and Systems 8 8 8 11
Control Systems 13 14 8 8
Analog Electronics 9 11 12 13
Digital Circuits 8 8 9 4
Measurements 12 5 10 10
Transducers 8 9 8 10
Optical Instrumentation 4 7 6 2
Process Control 0 0 0 2
Communication 0 5 1 4
General Aptitude 15 15 15 15

11. Important Books for GATE Instrumentation Engineering

To prepare for the GATE IN exam, the selection of books is important to study. Students can refer to the below list to pick out the book to prepare effectively. You can also refer to multiple books to learn the topics.

Topics Name of the Book Author
Engineering Mathematics Advanced Engineering Mathematics Erwin Kreyszig
Analog Electronics Fundamentals of Microelectronics
Electronics & Communication
Behzad Razavi
R K Kanodia
Digital Electronics Digital Principles and applications Leach P Donald
Signals & Systems Signals and Systems Hwei P HSU
Electrical and Electronic Measurements A Course of Electrical and Electronic Measurements; Instrumentation A K Sawhney
Control System Automatic control system B C Kuo
Process Control Modeling, Simulation and Design of Process Control B. Wayne Bequette
Transducers and Industrial Instrumentation Principal of instrumentation and control D Patranabis

12. GATE Instrumentation Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

Candidates can refer to the PDF links of the previous year instrumentation engineering question paper. You can download the paper and practice them to analyze your performance. This will help one understand how far they have prepared for the GATE IN exam.

Exam Year Question Paper
2021 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2018 Download PDF
2017 Download PDF

13. Previous Year GATE IN Question Paper Analysis

The entrants can check the previous years' GATE IN question paper analysis to know about the difficulty level, the total number of questions asked in each question type, topics with the maximum number of questions, and more.

GATE IN 2022

  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
  • Total Number of MSQs: 5
  • Total Number of MCQs: 26
  • Total Number of NAT: 34
  • The General aptitude was Moderate
  • The quantitative aptitude questions were Moderate.
  • The topics with the maximum number of questions were asked from Digital Circuit

GATE IN 2021

  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.
  • Total Number of MCQs: 39
  • Total Number of MSQs: 4-5
  • Total Number of NAT: 22
  • The highest mark weightage was given to Measurements, Transducers, Signal & System, Digital Circuit, Analog Electronics.
  • The General aptitude was Easy.
  • The Engineering mathematics was Easy
  • The topics with the maximum number of questions were asked from Rectifier, Diode, and Control System.

GATE IN 2020

  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.
  • Total Number of MCQs: 35
  • Total Number of MSQs: 4
  • Total Number of NAT: 26
  • The highest mark weightage was given to Networks and Digital & Micro Processor, Communication System, Measurements, and Optical Instrumentation.
  • The General aptitude was Easy.
  • The Engineering mathematics was Moderate.

14. GATE Instrumentation Engineering Cutoff Over the Years

As per the previous cutoff trends, the GATE instrumentation cutoff is expected to be around 35-40. The entrants can meanwhile check the category-wise cutoff lists from the below table for reference.

Year General OBC SC/ST/PH
2021 36 32.4 24
2020 34.6 31.1 23.0
2019 31.9 28.7 21.3
2018 34.7 31.2 23.1
2017 34.6 31.1 23.0

15. How to Apply for the GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Exam?

IIT Kanpur has released the application form for GATE IN 2023 on the official website Candidates can follow the steps given below to apply.

  • To register for the GATE 2023 IN exam, candidates must first register as a New User.
  • Visit the GOAPS website and log in using your id and the password.
  • Start filling out the application form and select the number of papers to attempt.
  • Select the particular paper as the primary and its corresponding paper as a secondary one.
  • Choose a maximum of three exam centers corresponding to your location.
  • Provide your personal details like name, date of birth, father's name, phone number, email ID, address, nationality, and gender.
  • Provide university details like the university's name, registration number, etc.
  • Upload your signature, photo, and ID proof and select submit.
  • Pay the application fee.

16. GATE Instrumentation Engineering Admit Card Overview

The announcement date of admit card is declared on the 1st week of January 2023. The entrants can now download their GATE admit card on the official GOAPS website. Check the below procedures to download the admit card

  • Visit the GATE official website.
  • Enter the login details and choose Download GATE admit card.
  • Download the admit card.
  • Save the admit card and take a printout to appear for the GATE IN exam 2023.

The following details will be listed in the GATE admit card

Have a look at the sample admit card.

  • Name of the candidate
  • me of the Candidate
  • GATE Exam Paper Code
  • GATE Exam Date
  • Exam Centre Code
  • Exam Duration
  • Candidate's Photo
  • Candidate's Signature

17. GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering Results

The GATE 2023 IN results will be released on March 3, 2023. Eligible candidates can download the scorecard by visiting the official website. Refer to the below steps to download the scorecard.

  • Visit the GOAPS website.
  • Log in using your id and password.
  • Click the GATE 2023 scorecard tab.
  • Click the download option and take the printout of the result

The following information will be available on the GATE scorecard

  • Name of the candidate
  • Registration number of GATE 2023.
  • Gender of the candidate.
  • Name of paper.
  • GATE Score (out of 1000).
  • Total Marks acquired for 100.
  • Validity of GATE scorecard.
  • All India Rank of the entrants.
  • Qualifying GATE marks for category-wise system
  • The number of candidates who appeared in the exam.

Take a look at the sample scorecard.

18. What is the Scope After GATE 2023 Instrumentation Engineering?

Here we have listed some options that one can opt.

Career opportunities at PSU

The GATE score is the primary criterion for eminent PSUs like IOCL, BARC, and HPCL to recruit the candidates. One can get selected for posts like a technician, trainee, etc., with lucrative salary packages, better work-life, benefits of electricity at a subsidiary rate, and more.

Master's degree after GATE

Apart from PSU jobs, the individual can pursue higher education in top universities. Candidates who prefer to study abroad can join the institutes like NTU, NUS, TU Munich, and RTWH Aachen that accept GATE scores for the post-degree programs.

Research opportunities

One of the other opportunities is that you can opt for a Junior and Senior Research Fellowship in CSIR with a valid GATE score. You can earn a reasonable stipend during the research period.

19. GATE Instrumentation Engineering Exam FAQs

We have listed some questions that the candidate mostly searched for. Take a look at them to get a clear idea of the exam.

Studying the entire portion is crucial to master the exam. Some of the topics that you need to concentrate on include.
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Circuits and Machines
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation
Yes, any student currently in the 3rd or higher years of an undergraduate program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Arts / Commerce / Science is eligible to appear for GATE 2023.Yes, there will be a negative marking if you provide a wrong answer for MCQs. For MSQs and NAT questions, there will be no negative marking.
The mark allotment for the GATE IN sections is:
  • General Aptitude - 15%
  • Engineering Mathematics -13%
  • IN Subjects - 72%
Capacitive-, piezoelectric-, inductive-, resistive-, associated signal conditioning circuits, and hall effect sensors; transducers for industrial instrumentation: force, velocity, displacement (linear and angular), acceleration, torque, shock, pressure (including low pressure), vibration, flow (variable area, ultrasonic, variable head, turbine, and open channel flow meters, electromagnetic), temperature (bolometer, thermocouple, pyrometer and semiconductor, RTD (3/4 wire), thermistor; liquid level, ph. 4-20 mA two-wire transmitter, conductivity, and viscosity measurement.
General Aptitude Section Topics
Verbal Ability Grammar
Critical reasoning
Verbal analogies
Verbal deduction
Sentence completion
Words groups
Numerical Ability Data interpretation
Numerical computation
Numerical estimation
Numerical reasoning

Over to You

We hope this log gave you a clear understanding of the GATE 2023 IN exam. Make sure to start your preparation early with a solid study plan and get a qualifying score. Practice previous years' questions to analyze your performance.

All the Best!!

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