Exam Pattern for GATE Electrical Engineering
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GATE EXAM PATTERN
GATE exam is a computerbased online test that is conducted for 3 hours. The exam consists of a total of 65 questions including both objective and numerical answer type (NAT) questions. The overall score is for 100 and is divided into 3 sections – namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and SubjectSpecific Questions.
Candidates who’re appearing for GATE are expected to answer the general aptitude section. There is no negative marking for numerical answer type section; no marks will be deducted for unanswered questions. All major disciplines in GATE exam include 3 sections and this does not include AR, CY, GG, EY, XL, PH, and MA.
The paper code for Electrical Engineering is EE and given below is the marks distribution for each section.
1. General Aptitude – 15% of the total marks
2. Engineering Mathematics – 15% of the total marks
3. Subject Questions (Electrical Engineering) – 70% of the total marks
TYPES OF QUESTIONS
As mentioned above, the first 2 sections in GATE consists of both multiple choices as well as numerical answer type questions. The multiplechoice questions come with 4 options out of which only one is right. In the case of numerical type questions, candidates must enter the numerical value as the answer.
Candidates must use the mouse and virtual keyboard to answer the questions since GATE is a computerbased exam. Here is the list of different types of questions that a candidate must answer:
Recall – Questions in this section are generally based on wellknown facts and principles, derived formulae, and proven laws of Electrical Engineering discipline. Candidates answer these questions either by recollecting the answer from his/her memory or from the given singleline computation.
Comprehension – This section consists of questions that test the candidate’s understanding of the electrical engineering discipline. Here, the candidates are expected to derive simple conclusions from fundamental principles and ideas to answer the questions.
Application – Questions in this section tests the application skills of the candidates. They must apply their subject knowledge either through logical reasoning or by computation.
Analysis and Synthesis – This section consists of questions that are in a linked format, meaning the answer to the 1st question in the pair is necessary to answer the next successor question in the sequence.
Common Data Questions – In this section, candidates can expect multiple questions that are linked to a comprehension passage or a common data problem. A maximum of two or three questions is formed based on the given input data. Questions in this section are independent of each other and answers to these questions can be derived separately. Each question in this section carries 2 marks.
Linked Answer Questions – Questions in this section are of a problemsolving type. Candidates can find a problem statement based on which they have to answer 2 questions. In this section, the questions are interlinked to each other, meaning the 2nd question depends on the solution derived from the 1st question. Each question in this section is allocated with 2 marks.
PAPER WEIGHTAGE
General Aptitude
Section  Topics  Paper 2019 (Marks Weightage)  Paper 2018 (Marks Weightage)  Paper 2017 (Marks Weightage)  

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks)  Total Weightage  Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks)  Total Weightage  Question Paper Set 1  Question Paper Set 2  
Verbal Ability  Verbal Analogies  5+5  15  2 + 2  6  3  3 
English Grammer  
Vocabulary  
Numerical Ability  Numerical computation  3+3  9  8  8  
Numerical Estimation  
Numerical Reasoning & Data Interpretation 
SECTION 1: Engineering Mathematics
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Engineering Mathematics 
Linear Algebra 
6 + 3 
12 
4+5 
9 
 
2 
Calculus 
3 
4 

Differential equations 
6 
 

Complex variables 
1 
 

Probability and Statistics 
 
4 

Numerical Methods 
2 
 

Transform Theory 
3 
 

Total 
15 
10 
Electrical Engineering
SECTION 2: Electric Circuits
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Electrical Circuits (Network Theory) 
Nodal & Mesh Analysis 
2 + 5 
12 
4+3 
7 
2 
 
Transient & Steady State 
1 
 

Filter, D.C & AC Circuits 
3 
 

Theorem & Transformation 
2 
4 

Two Port Network 
2 
1 

Total 
10 
5 
SECTION 3: Electromagnetic Fields
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Electromagnetic Fields 
Electrostatics 
1 + 1 
3 
2+2 
6 
1 
4 
Concepts of Electromagnetics 
3 
 

Maxwell's, Poisson and Continuity equations 
 
 

Waves and Properties 
 
 

Total 
4 
4 
SECTION 4: Signals & Systems
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Signals & Systems 
Analysis of Continuous & Discrete Signals 
2 + 1 
4 
3*2 
6 
 
 
Fourier Series & Transform 
3 
 

Transform Theory (Laplace & ZTransform) 
 
2 

Sampling Theorem, Convolution & their Properties 
2 
4 

Total 
5 
6 
SECTION 5: Electrical Machines
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Electrical Machines 
Concept of Rotating Electrical Machines 
3 + 4 
11 
3+4 
11 
1 
1 
Transformers 
2 
3 

DC Machines 
 
2 

Synchronous Machines 
4 
4 

Single Phase/Three Phase Induction Machine 
5 
3 

Total 
12 
13 
SECTION 6: Power Systems
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Power Systems 
Power Generation Concepts 
2 + 4 
10 
4+3 
10 
5 
5 
Supply System/AC & DC Transmissions 
3 
4 

System Stability 
 
 

Fault Analysis 
 
 

Load Flow Analysis 
1 
1 

Total 
8 
10 
SECTION 7: Control Systems
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Control Systems 
Basic Concepts 


2+3 
8 
2 
 
Feedback Principles 
1 
1 

Time Domain Analysis 
 
 

Compensator & Controllers 
4 + 3  10   
 

RH & Nyquist criteria 
5 
5 

State Variable Analysis 
2 
2 

Total 
10 
8 
SECTION 8: Electrical and Electronic Measurements
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Electrical and Electronic Measurements 
Error Analysis 
1 +1 
3 
1+1 
3 
1 
1 
AC Bridges, CRO & Potentiometers 
1 
2 

Measurement of Electrical Quantities 
1 
2 

Measurement of Phase/Time/Frequency 
2 
1 

Total 
5 
6 
SECTION 9: Analog and Digital Electronics
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Analog and Digital Electronics 
Minimization & Combinational Circuits 
2 + 4  10  2+3 
8 
5 
1 
Data Conversion & Sequential Circuits 
 
2 

Amplifier, Oscillators 
4 
2 

Simple Diode & Wave Shaping Circuits 
 
3 

Single/Multistage BJT & MOSFET 
 
2 

Timers & FIlters 
 
 

Frequency Response of Amplifiers Circuit 
1 
2 

Microprocessor 
 
2 

Total 
10 
14 
SECTION 10: Power Electronics
Subject 
Topics 
Paper 2019 (Weightage) 
Paper 2018 (Weightage) 
Paper 2017 (Weightage) 

Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Total Weightage 
Questions (1 Mark + 2 Marks) 
Set 1 
Set 2 

Power Electronics 
Power Semiconductor Devices 
2 + 4 
10 
3+3 
9 
1 
 
Converter 
4 
6 

Phase Controlled Rectifiers 
3 
1 

Total 
8 
7 
MARKING SCHEME
Stream  Subject  No. of Question  Marks 

Electrical Engineering (EE)  Engineering Mathematics  10  15 
General Aptitude  10  15  
EE Subjects  45  70  
Total  65  100 
In Objective Type questions:
 1 & 2 marks for each correct answer according to the assigned marks.
 1/3 & 2/3 mark for each incorrect answer according to the assigned marks.
There is no negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions.