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GATE: ELECTRONICS and COMMUNICATION Syllabus

EC Electronics and Communications

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra: Vector space, basis, linear dependence and independence, matrix

algebra, eigen values and eigen vectors, rank, solution of linear equations – existence

and uniqueness.

Calculus: Mean value theorems, theorems of integral calculus, evaluation of definite and

improper integrals, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, multiple integrals, line, surface

and volume integrals, Taylor series.

Differential Equations: First order equations (linear and nonlinear), higher order linear

differential equations, Cauchy's and Euler's equations, methods of solution using variation

of parameters, complementary function and particular integral, partial differential

equations, variable separable method, initial and boundary value problems.

Vector Analysis: Vectors in plane and space, vector operations, gradient, divergence and

curl, Gauss's, Green's and Stoke's theorems.

Complex Analysis: Analytic functions, Cauchy's integral theorem, Cauchy's integral

formula; Taylor's and Laurent's series, residue theorem.

Numerical Methods: Solution of nonlinear equations, single and multi-step methods for

differential equations, convergence criteria.

Probability and Statistics: Mean, median, mode and standard deviation; combinatorial

probability, probability distribution functions - binomial, Poisson, exponential and normal;

Joint and conditional probability; Correlation and regression analysis.

Section 2: Networks, Signals and Systems

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.

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.

Section 3: 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, photo

diode and solar cell; Integrated circuit fabrication process: oxidation, diffusion, ion

implantation, photolithography and twin-tub CMOS process.

Section 4: 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 op-
amp configurations; Function generators, wave-shaping circuits and 555 timers; Voltage

reference circuits; Power supplies: ripple removal and regulation.

Section 5: 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.

Section 6: Control Systems

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.

Section 7: Communications

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.

Section 8: Electromagnetics

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.

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