## GATE FOR INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERING

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an entrance examination conducted in India for admission to postgraduate programs in various engineering disciplines, including Instrumentation Engineering. GATE scores are also used by several public sector undertakings (PSUs) for recruitment purposes.

## GATE INSTRUMENTATION SYLLABUS

The first step of preparation for GATE Instrumentation syllabus is to clear the GATE exam. Information on the syllabus makes easy the GATE preparation. The GATE syllabus is divided into major four sections which are mentioned below.

- Section 1: Engineering Mathematics
- Section 2: Electrical Circuits
- Section 3: Signals and Systems
- Section 4: Control Systems
- Section 5: Analog Electronics
- Section 6: Digital Electronics
- Section 7: Measurements
- Section 8: Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation
- Section 9: Communication and Optical Instrumentation

**Section 1: Engineering Mathematics**

**Linear Algebra:**Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, Eigen values and Eigen vectors.**Calculus:**Mean value theorems, theorems of integral calculus, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, multiple integrals, Fourier series, vector identities, line, surface and volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.**Differential equations:**First order equation (linear and nonlinear), higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, method of variation of parameters, Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, initial and boundary value problems, solution of partial differential equations: variable separable method.**Analysis of complex variables:**Analytic functions, Cauchy’s integral theorem and integral formula, Taylor’s and Laurent’s series, residue theorem, solution of integrals.**Probability and Statistics:**Sampling theorems, conditional probability, mean, median, mode and standard deviation, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions: normal, Poisson and binomial distributions.**Numerical Methods:**Matrix inversion, solutions of non-linear algebraic equations, iterative methods for solving differential equations, numerical integration, regression and correlation analysis

**Section 2: Electrical Circuits**

- Voltage and current sources: independent, dependent, ideal and practical; v-i relationships of resistor, inductor, mutual inductor and capacitor; transient analysis of RLC circuits with dc excitation.
- Kirchoff’s laws, mesh and nodal analysis, superposition, Thevenin, Norton, maximum power transfer and reciprocity theorems.
- Peak-, average- and rms values of ac quantities; apparent-, active- and reactive powers; phasor analysis, impedance and admittance; series and parallel resonance, locus diagrams, realization of basic filters with R, L and C elements.
- One-port and two-port networks, driving point impedance and admittance, open-, and short circuit parameters.

**Section 3: Signals and Systems**

- Periodic, aperiodic and impulse signals; Laplace, Fourier and z-transforms; transfer function, frequency response of first and second order linear time invariant systems, impulse response of systems; convolution, correlation. Discrete time system: impulse response, frequency response, pulse transfer function; DFT and FFT; basics of IIR and FIR filters.

**Section 4: Control Systems**

- Feedback principles, signal flow graphs, transient response, steady-state-errors, Bode plot, phase and gain margins, Routh and Nyquist criteria, root loci, design of lead, lag and lead-lag compensators, statespace representation of systems; time-delay systems; mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic system components, synchro pair, servo and stepper motors, servo valves; on-off, P, P-I, P-I-D, cascade, feedforward, and ratio controllers

**Section 5: Analog Electronics**

- Characteristics and applications of diode, Zener diode, BJT and MOSFET; small signal analysis of transistor circuits, feedback amplifiers. Characteristics of operational amplifiers; applications of opamps: difference amplifier, adder, subtractor, integrator, differentiator, instrumentation amplifier, precision rectifier, active filters and other circuits. Oscillators, signal generators, voltage controlled oscillators and phase locked loop

**Section 6: Digital Electronics**

- Combinational logic circuits, minimization of Boolean functions. IC families: TTL and CMOS. Arithmetic circuits, comparators, Schmitt trigger, multi-vibrators, sequential circuits, flip- flops, shift registers, timers and counters; sample-and-hold circuit, multiplexer, analog-to- digital (successive approximation, integrating, flash and sigma-delta) and digital-to- analog converters (weighted R, R-2R ladder and current steering logic). Characteristics of ADC and DAC (resolution, quantization, significant bits, conversion/settling time); basics of number systems, 8-bit microprocessor and microcontroller: applications, memory and input-output interfacing; basics of data acquisition systems.

**Section 7: Measurements**

- SI units, systematic and random errors in measurement, expression of uncertainty – accuracy and precision index, propagation of errors. PMMC, MI and dynamometer type instruments; dc potentiometer; bridges for measurement of R, L and C, Q-meter. Measurement of voltage, current and power in single and three phase circuits; ac and dc current probes; true rms meters, voltage and current scaling, instrument transformers, timer/counter, time, phase and frequency measurements, digital voltmeter, digital multimeter; oscilloscope, shielding and grounding.

**Section 8: Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation**

- Resistive-, capacitive-, inductive-, piezoelectric-, Hall effect sensors and associated signal conditioning circuits; transducers for industrial instrumentation: displacement (linear and angular), velocity, acceleration, force, torque, vibration, shock, pressure (including low pressure), flow (differential pressure, variable area, electromagnetic, ultrasonic, turbine and open channel flow meters) temperature (thermocouple, bolometer, RTD (3/4 wire), thermistor, pyrometer and semiconductor); liquid level, pH, conductivity and viscosity measurement.

**Section 9: Communication and Optical Instrumentation**

- Amplitude- and frequency modulation and demodulation; Shannon’s sampling theorem, pulse code modulation; frequency and time division multiplexing, amplitude-, phase-, frequency-, pulse shift keying for digital modulation; optical sources and detectors: LED, laser, photo-diode, light dependent resistor and their characteristics; interferometer: applications in metrology; basics of fiber optic sensing.

**Opportunities After GATE for Instrumentation Engineering Students:**

- Eligible for M.Tech/ME in reputed colleges
- Better Job opportunities & Higher pay packages
- Eligible for PSU Jobs like GAIL, ONGC, BEL, IOCL, BHEL, etc.
- Research Opportunities is the gateway
- Teaching and Academics

## FAQs

There are Nine major subjects in instrumentation engineering. Engineering Mathematics, Electrical Circuits, Signals and Systems, Control Systems, Analog Electronics, Digital Electronics, Measurements, Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation & Communication and Optical Instrumentation.

Yes, there is negative marking for MCQs in the GATE exam. For 1-mark MCQs, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer, and for 2-mark MCQs, 2/3 mark will be deducted. There is no negative marking for NAT questions.

Students with good GATE scores can go for M.tech/ME, PSU jobs, and research.

Average rank to apply in PSUs is between 100 to 200. You have to achieve best score according to the cut-off.

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