GATE 2021 ECE Preparation Strategy - Study Plan, Timetable, Important Topics, Best Books

Diksha Sharma
Diksha SharmaPublished On: November 24, 2020 | GATE

Looking to prepare for GATE ECE? The following article will overview the effective GATE 2021 ECE preparation strategy including the plan to follow, timetable, topics to cover and best books.

GATE ECE preparation

GATE ECE 2021: Electronics and Communication Engineering is one of the most sought Engineering streams for which a large number of applications are received in the GATE exam. Due to a large number of applications, the competition for the GATE ECE exam is also higher which makes it tough to crack the test. So what is the correct way to crack the GATE ECE 2021 exam? The best way to qualify in the GATE ECE exam is to follow an effective preparation strategy and stick to it which will not only help you qualify for the exam but will also help you to score good marks.  The following article will overview the effective GATE 2021 ECE preparation strategy including the plan to follow, timetable, topics to cover, and best books.

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GATE ECE Syllabus 2021

The foundation of every effective preparation strategy is to get familiar with the syllabus. Only after knowing the complete GATE ECE 2021 syllabus can you start preparing the timetable and plan accordingly. 

The below table consists of GATE 2021 syllabus for ECE and General Aptitude which will be useful for you to begin with your GATE ECE preparation planning.

GATE 2021 Electronics & Communication Engineering Syllabus

GATE 2021 General Aptitude Syllabus

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GATE ECE Division of Syllabus for four Months Preparation

Now that you are familiar with the complete syllabus for GATE ECE and other subjects for GATE 2021 exam, let us start the division of the syllabus. Dividing the GATE ECE syllabus into chunks will help you manage the preparation and also cover all the topics easily. The following table overviews the ideal GATE ECE division of syllabus for four months preparation:

Total Subjects in GATE Exam

3 (ECE, General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics)

Total Chapters in GATE ECE Syllabus

08

Total Chapters in GATE Engineering Mathematics Syllabus

08

Total Chapters in GATE General Aptitude Syllabus

04

Total Chapters Count

20

GATE ECE Subject Wise Sub Topics

While going through the division of syllabus for GATE ECE, it is also important to overview the sub-topics included in each subject. The subject wise sub-topics for GATE ECE is listed in the table below:

Name of the Subject

Sub-Topic Included

Engineering Mathematics

06

Networks, Signals and Systems

04

Electronic Devices

03

Analog Circuits

03

Digital Circuits

05

Control Systems

01

Communications

02

Electromagnetics

04

Numerical Ability

04

Calculus

05

Linear Algebra

05

Real Analysis

07

Complex Analysis

04

Ordinary Differential equations

08

Algebra

04

Functional Analysis

02

Numerical Analysis 

04

Partial Differential Equations

02

Topology

01

Linear Programming

04

Total Number of Sub-Topics

78

*Important Note: The above-listed sub-topics are as per the official syllabus for GATE ECE 2021 syllabus and in case of any official changes, the same will be updated on this page.

GATE ECE Four Months Timetable/ Study Plan

As per the analysis of GATE ECE syllabus and number of sub-topics for each subject., we have prepared a GATE ECE four-month timetable/ study plan. It must be noted that the below plan is given only for the guidance and you can make changes to the timetable as per your preference and weak/ strong points.

Days Left for GATE exam

4 Months (120 Days)

Total Number of Chapters

20

Total Number of Sub-Topics

78

Recommended Study Hours Each Day

4 Hours

Number of Days for Each Chapter

5 Days

Total Chapters Completed in one month

6 Chapters

Total Number of Days/ Month to complete the syllabus

3 Months

Days left for the exam

1 Month (30 Days)

Revision, Mock Test and Solving Sample Papers

20 Days

Practice to do in one day

02

Last-minute revision

01 Day

GATE ECE Division of Syllabus for Two Months

Similar to the 4-month division, we will be dividing the GATE ECE syllabus in two months for better management of the preparation:

Number of Subjects in Exam

3 (ECE, General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics)

Number of Chapters in GATE ECE

08

Number of Chapters in GATE Engineering Mathematics

08

Number of Chapters in GATE General Aptitude

04

Total Number of Chapters

20

GATE ECE Two Months Timetable/ Study Plan

As per the analysis of GATE ECE syllabus and number of sub-topics for each subject., we have prepared GATE ECE two month timetable/ study plan. It must be noted that the below plan is given only for the guidance and you can make changes to the timetable as per your preference and weak/ strong points.

Days Left for GATE exam

2 Months (60 Days)

Total Number of Chapters

20

Total Number of Sub-Topics

78

Recommended Study Hours Each Day

6 Hours

Number of Days for Each Chapter

2 Days

Total Chapters Completed in one month

15 Chapters

Total Number of Days/ Month to complete the syllabus

35 Days

Days left for the exam

25 Days

Revision, Mock Test and Solving Sample Papers

24 Days

Practice to do in one day

02

Last-minute revision

01 Day

GATE ECE One Months Revision Plan

If you have just one month left for the GATE ECE exam, it is advisable to avoid starting the preparation and stick to the revision. Learning new concepts in one month for the GATE exam is not possible and hence, you should focus on revising the learned concepts. The GATE ECE one month revision plan is listed in the table below:

Days Left for GATE exam

1 Month (30 days)

Hours to Revise Each Day

3 - 4 hours

Number of Chapters to Revise Each Day

1 Chapter

Number of Days to Complete the Revision

20 Days

Number of Days to Solve sample papers/ mock tests/ previous year’s papers

09 Days

Last Minute Revision

1 Day

GATE ECE Most Important Topics & Weightage

When it comes to GATE ECE preparation strategy, it is an important aspect to learn about the important topics and their weightage for the exam. Learning about the important topics and weightage will help the candidates analyse on which topics should they allot time more and which can be left at least priority. 

Click on the below link to access the GATE ECE most important topics & weightage analysis:

GATE 2021 ECE Subject Wise Weightage

Best Books for GATE ECE 2021

To score well in the GATE ECE exam, the candidates must study from only the best books. The below table consists of some of the best books for GATE ECE exam from which you can prepare for the exam:

Automatic Control Systems by Benjamin Kuo

Digital Logic and Computer Design by M. Morris Mano

Signals and Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim

Principles of communication systems by Herbert Taub

Control Systems Engineering by M. Gopal

Semiconductor physics and devices by Donald A. Neamen

List of Popular Colleges for M.Tech ECE

Some of the popular GATE participating colleges for GATE ECE are listed in the table below:

Name of the College

Location

Indian Institute of Science (IISC)

Bangalore

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai

Mumbai

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi

Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) BHU

Varanasi

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee

Roorkee

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna

Patna

We hope this article on GATE ECE preparation strategy will help you prepare well for the GATE 2021 exam and qualify with good marks.

We wish you all the best for your GATE exam.

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