GATE Books for ECE (Electronics and Communication Engineering)

GATE Books for ECE (Electronics and Communication Engineering): Here we have provided the required GATE books for the ECE stream. You will admit the fact that the GATE is all about testing the subject knowledge of students in core subjects. If you want to crack GATE with good score then it is important to build concepts. For concept building  you need to refer standard text books. Keeping that in mind, we have listed Reference Books for ECE (Electronics and Communication Engineering). Go ahead and prepare well for the exam. All the best.


Fundamentals of Electric Circuits by Alexander

This book deals with the subject of electric circuits. It has proven to be very useful for the students studying for the competitive exams like GATE. The analysis of circuits is done in an interesting as well as clear manner. These can be understood easily by the students as compared to other texts of the traditional nature. In the first chapter itself, a 6 step technique for solving problems is properly instructed to the readers. Its usage is done in all chapters. For promoting the skills of solving problems, a proper medium is supplied. The book is divided into three parts. The first part contains the concepts of the DC circuits, part two contains the details of the AC circuits and last part deals with the analysis of the advanced circuits.

Circuit Theory: Analysis and Synthesis by Chakrabarti

For students who desire to study all about circuits for the GATE exam, this book is a good source of information. The designing of this book is done especially to include the chapters of the analysis of circuits and their synthesis. The main principles pertaining to the concepts of electric circuits are explained in such a detailed manner, that the reader gets a firm grasp on this subject. This ultimately helps them in solving questions in GATE. A large amount of stress is laid on techniques used for analyzing, theorems and basic laws. The chapters of this book are based on the concepts of network analysis, resonance, and relations of power in the AC circuits, analysis of the signal waveforms, network properties, and much more.

Network Analysis by Valkenburg

For performing well in the GATE exam, the students must have a full understanding of the basic concepts related to the field of electrical engineering. This book is dedicated to the same. It is not only useful for those GATE aspirants who are at an intermediate level in this subject, but also for those who are amateurs. This book provides several digital activities and questions to make the information presented in it more interesting. This aids the reader to understand this subject thoroughly in a non-boring manner. It covers information regarding continuous spectra, transfer of power, two-port parameters, and impedance functions, differential equations of the first order, network equations, and plots related to the response of frequencies.

Electronic Devices

Semiconductor Physics and Devices by Neamen and  Biswas

This is among the best books for those who desire to do a deep study about the semiconductor devices. Numerous examples are provided in the book which helps the reader to understand the matter thoroughly. Additionally, more than a hundred review questions are given. It also has more than six hundred problems and four hundred diagrams, which makes the understanding of the information presented in the book easier. This is a must-have book for the GATE aspirants since a number of questions asked in this exam are from this subject. This book is divided into ten units. The topics on which these units are dedicated include physical properties of semiconductors, special semiconductor devices, p-n junction diode, semiconductor’s crystal properties, and much more.

Microelectronic Circuits: Theory and Applications by Sedra

This is a leading book on the subject of microelectronic circuits. The information present in it is updated to include the recent technological changes in this field. The explanations provided in it are simple to understand, and yet provides an in-depth knowledge to the readers, especially to the students who are preparing for GATE and other competitive exams. This book is segmented into fifteen chapters. A chapter dedicated solely to the Semiconductor primer is given, which covers the fundamental concepts of microelectronics. Additional chapters on bipolar circuits, advanced MOS, and amplifier circuits are provided for the students’ benefit. A large set of problems, exercises and examples are given for the readers to practice.

Electronic Devices and Circuits by Boylestad

This book is a premium source for studying electronic circuits and devices. For those who want to build their basic concepts of circuits, this book is an excellent source. The explanation of the concepts is done in an easy manner. The mathematical problems are solved step-wise, which helps the readers to know the technique used for doing the same. The language is simple, without any complexities. There are a large number of solved and unsolved questions to provide sufficient practice to the students. This book gives a thorough knowledge about the devices that are used most commonly in electrical design. The students can test their hold on the behaviour and characteristics of devices by studying from this book.

Electronic Devices and Circuits by Millman

This is a comprehensive book that provides an in-depth coverage of the circuits and devices used in the field of electronics. The essential concepts which are required for understanding the characteristics, as well as the behaviour of the semiconductor devices, is explained in a crystal clear manner. This feature is beneficial for GATE aspirants since the GATE exam lays a lot of stress on the topics related to semiconductors. In order to invoke the interest of the reader, many open book questions are provided in every unit. The topics covered by the book consist of photoelectric devices, oscillators, integrated circuits, and transistors of high frequency, thermal stabilization, diode applications, and much more.

Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices by Bhattacharya

This is a guidebook that aids the students in understanding the concepts and theories involved in optoelectronic devices. The approach adopted by the book covers all the essential concepts like statistics of semiconductors, optical processes, quantum mechanics, junction theory, properties of carrier transport, and compound semiconductor’s properties. This book is beneficial not only to the aspirants of the GATE exam but also to the professionals. The matter provided in it is written without any ambiguities, which makes it easy for the readers to understand it. It also includes the latest developments done in this field, which further increase the knowledge base of the students.

Design of Analogue CMOS Integrated Circuits by Behzad Razavi

This book provides detailed information regarding the analogue CMOS circuits. It gives huge stress on the technical developments done recently in this area. It provides a clear explanation of the design paradigms that should be mastered by the GATE aspirants in order to succeed in the exam. It helps in motivating the readers by giving deep information about the practical applications as well as the significance of each idea given in the book with the aid of real-world questions. It further helps the reader by forcing them to take an intuitive viewpoint for every concept, thereby preparing them to solve more difficult questions without any problem. A rigorous analysis is used for complementing the intuition. This helps in confirming the solution obtained, which, in the end, improves the problem-solving abilities of the reader.

Analog Circuits

Integrated Electronics: Analogue and Digital Circuit Systems by Millman

This is a comprehensive guide which is helpful for the GATE aspirants to study about the integrated electronics in-depth. It includes modern developments and changes done in the field of electronics, thereby making the readers aware of the latest trends in this area. It contains numerous objective questions, solved examples and review questions to make the reader expert in this subject. Additionally, it has more than seven hundred problems related to circuit simulation to aid the students to further enhance the knowledge of this subject. There are nineteen chapters in this book. They cover topics like power circuits, operational and feedback amplifiers, multistage amplifiers, field effect transistors, diode circuits and characteristics of the junction diode.

Op – Amps and Linear Integrated Circuits by Gayakwad

This guidebook is highly recommended for those who wished to study the basic concepts of operational amplifiers and integrated circuits. A practical approach is used by it for explaining the concepts clearly. It is very useful for GATE aspirants and professional technologists. Numerous problems, questions, and examples are provided along with their solutions in detail. The practical applications of circuits are also provided by the author. The contents present in this book cover the topics like converters, active filters, practical op-amp, negative feedback of op-amp, and selected projects on the IC systems. There are 5 appendices in it that are dedicated to capacitance chart, resistance chart, data sheets and important derivations.

Digital Circuits

Digital Logic and Computer Design by Morris Mano

This book is considered good for the students who are planning to appear for the GATE exam. It will prove useful, especially to those who already have the knowledge of the basics of Logic. The information is presented in a detailed manner, which helps the reader to understand and learn the concepts extensively. The concepts utilized in analyzing and designing the digital systems are explained systematically. The principles used in the organization of digital computers and their designing are introduced first. Numerous techniques and methods that are suitable for a large range of the applications of digital systems are provided by the book. All aspects ranging from the microprocessor system’s complex structure to the electronic circuits are covered by it.

Digital Principles and Applications by Leach

This book is excellent for clearing up the concepts of digital electronics. It is very beneficial, especially for those who desire to do the self-study of this subject. The language used for explaining the concepts is lucid. A down to earth approach is used for presenting the information by the author. The laboratory exercises provided in it is helpful for giving a practical insight to the readers. It has more than two hundred section-end problems and over five hundred chapter-end questions which provide ample practice to the students. The book is branched into sixteen units. They provide information about digital integrated circuits, A/D conversion, counters, flip-flops, arithmetic circuits, data processing circuits, digital logic, and registers.

Fundamentals of Digital Circuits by A. Kumar

This book helps the students in covering the subject of digital circuits comprehensively and coherently. The VHDL programs are incorporated at each chapter’s end. It is beneficial for the students who are aspiring for the GATE exam and are pursuing the fields of computer science, telecommunications, electronics and medical electronics. The style with which the information is present is friendly to the reader. An introduction to an excellent nature is provided that deal with the basic concepts and techniques of designing the digital circuits. The concepts of Boolean algebra and its uses in the digital circuitry applications are explained in great details. It also provides a thorough examination of sequential as well as combinational circuits. A number of laboratory-tested questions are also given with full solutions. This provides a solid ground to the students in the designing concepts. Other types of questions like multiple choice, review questions, and short questions are also given in each chapter.

Microprocessor Architecture and Applications with the 8085 by Gaonkar

The microprocessors form an essential part of many competitive and entrance exams like GATE. In order to have its excellent knowledge, this book is highly recommended. It is one of the books that provide ample help to the students who wishes to study the microprocessors by themselves. The content presented in the book is very informative and is presented in a clear manner. There are a number of diagrams provided in each chapter. They are well labelled and help the readers in understanding the various components as well as their functions in the microprocessors. A CD is provided along with the book. It provides illustrations of the applications of microprocessors practically. An interactive environment id used for providing the information in the CD, and this ultimately increases the interest of the students in this subject.

Microprocessor 8085 and Its Interfacing by Mathur

This book provides thorough information about the 8085 microprocessors of Intel. They also provide a complete knowledge about the microprocessor’s concepts and programming, their peripheral chips and the output and input devices used in them. It is segmented into 4 parts. The 1st part provides content on the signals of digital as well as analogue nature, and the microprocessor’s aspects related to software and hardware. The 2nd part discusses the concepts of memory, digital and analogue conversions, and numerous decoding techniques. The interfacing hips are explained in the 3rd part. A thorough explanation about the thirty-two bit and sixteen bit is given. A large number of examples are provided that will aid the readers in applying the given concepts to other advanced microprocessors.

Signals and Systems

Signals and Systems by Willsky and Nawab

For understanding the advanced level of systems and signals, it is necessary to know its basics. The main focus of this book lies in the basics of this subject. For the aspirants of the GATE exam, it is quite useful, since all concepts related to the theory of systems are covered by it. A large range of examples is used for making the reader understand the theory provided in this book. Although there are no pre-requirements for it, it will be better if the reader understands differential equations, complex numbers, and calculus. The topics covered by this book are communication systems, characterization of systems in terms of frequency and time, representations of the periodic signals in terms of the Fourier series and much more.

Signal and Systems by Sharma

This book is a comprehensive guide to the concepts related to communication and electronics. The GATE aspirants, especially those who are pursuing the field of electrical engineering, will find it very informative. In order to help the reader in understanding the subject and clear all doubts, a large number of examples are provided along with illustrations. The important terms are highlighted. A summary is also given at the end of every chapter in the form of points. Since the GATE aspirants require a lot of practice, this book contains numerous objective type questions as well as test papers. Its chapters comprise of matched filters, analysis of steady space, sampling, ESD, DTFT, noise, and PSD.

Signals and Systems by Nagoorkani

This book is based on the practical applications of systems and signals. The comprehensive overview provided by it on this subject can be understood easily by the students studying for the GATE exam. The theory present in it is concise and crisp. An ample amount of exercises and numerical questions provide a lot of practice to the readers. This subject is important from the point of view of GATE. This book helps the readers in learning it in an easy manner. The properties as well as theorems are defined properly with the help of proofs. A step-by-step mechanism is used for explaining the given solved examples.

Control Systems

Linear Control Systems With Matlab Applications by Manke

For understanding and studying the linear control systems, this book provides ample information. This topic is given a large emphasis on the GATE exam; hence, its aspirants can benefit largely from this book. The theory and definitions provided in it can be understood by the students without any problem. This is true also for those students who have just started studying these topics. The explanations of all topics are done very clearly. Special attention is given to the root locus topics. All types of techniques of stability are covered. Numerous solved examples are provided to benefit the reader. For those who believe in self-study, it can prove to be very useful.

Control Systems by S. Hasan Saeed

This book deals with the comprehensive study of the control systems. It contains numerous examples, diagrams, and flowcharts to make this subject easier for the students. The GATE aspirants will find this book beneficial since it contains the problems related to MATLAB and unsolved questions for practice. This book also provides test papers of previous years as well as model papers that are fully solved, which aids the students in doing a thorough revision of this subject. The chapters cover topics like basic actions of control, analysis of non-linear systems, analysis of frequency domain, characteristics of controllers, compensation techniques, analysis of errors, and analysis of time domain.

Problems and Solutions of Control System with Essential Theory by Jairath

For the GATE aspirants, this book is a boon for studying the control systems. Generally, the correlation between the theory of the concepts and their practical application is difficult to understand for the students. Numerous worked exercises provided in it try to make the same thing easier. The preparatory questions are provided in a straightforward manner, in addition to solved examples. This helps the students to understand the basic concepts related to control engineering properly. This book is divided into twelve chapters. These chapters’ deals with the analysis of state and space bode plot, criteria’s of routes’ stability, polar plots, physical systems, root locus, stability criteria of Nyquist, analysis of frequency response and control systems’ mathematical models.

Control Systems by Kumar A.A

The matter presented in this book is designed for the GATE aspirants for making them familiar with the fundamental details of the control systems. It focuses on providing a detailed insight to the students into the behaviour of the systems. Multiple examples with their solutions are provided which aid the students in mastering the concepts present in the book. Numerous short questions are present in each chapter’s ending so that the readers can confidently make preparations for the competitive exams like GATE. Objective type questions that cover the important points of learning are also given. A glossary is also provided at the end of the book.

Automatic Control Systems by Kuo

This book is superb for GATE. It is also very good for other competitive exams like DRDO and IES. It is among the best-selling books on the subject of automatic control systems. The introduction of this book is classic. It helps by reflecting the rise in the usage of computers in designing and learning. Its approach is more accessible. For students who prefer studying by themselves, this book is a blessing. The complex problems’ solutions are demonstrated with the help of software. The entire text contains numerous applications in the real world, which ultimately helps the readers to understand this subject without any difficulties. It covers payload control of space vehicles, controls for liquid level, and control of DC motors.

Modern Control Engineering by Ogata

This book provides advanced level information about control engineering. The control theory’s design, as well as analysis, is discussed in it. The organization of the content is done properly. It contains loads of computational problems which can provide immense help to the GATE aspirants. The control, as well as the behaviour of the systems, can be understood easily by the students with the help of solved examples given in this book. It contains ten chapters that are dedicated to PID controllers, models of thermal systems, control system models and much more. It also has three appendices that deal with the vector algebra, transformation tables and the expansion of the partial fractions.


Schaum’s Outline of Probability, Random Variables, and Random Processes by Hwei P Hsu

This book is among the best sources for learning the subject of probability. The ones preparing for the GATE exam will benefit from this book immensely, since it contains over four hundred problems with their full solutions, along with practice questions and examples. This aids the reader in sharpening their skills of solving tough problems. It also provides twenty videos which contain detailed explanations of the problems that are commonly asked in the competitive exams. The information presented in this book is easy to understand. The concepts of probability, processes and variables are explained in a concise and clear manner.

Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes 4th edition by Papoulis and Pillai

This book is an excellent source of studying probability not only for the GATE aspirants but also for those who are pursuing courses in physics and math department at the graduate level.  The approach of the author in this book involves the development of the probability theory as a subject. The theory is illustrated with the help of basic engineering applications. Numerous examples are provided for covering the gap between the concepts provided in it and their practical applications. There are two segments into which the book is divided. The first segment is dedicated to the random variables and probability. It consists of topics like axioms, functions of random variables and statistics. The second segment is dedicated to stochastic processes. The topics covered by it include Markov chains, estimation of mean square, spectral representation and entropy.

Communication Systems by Sharma

This is among the popular books on the subject of communications systems. A good balance is maintained by the author by using both mathematical concepts and theory for explaining all concepts. This aids the readers in understanding this subject in a thorough manner. A large number of illustrations and examples are provided. The introduction of this book consists of the description of simple topics. It provides the explanation of the communication systems’ basic concepts. The probabilistic theory is utilized for covering topics like modulations of angle, amplitude and transmission, and analysis of the signal. A strong base is established by these topics, which provides further aid in the advanced topics like digital system’s performance analysis, communication systems’ performance, coding for controlling errors and coding techniques for waveforms.

Electronic Communication Systems by Kennedy

This is a comprehensive guide for the GATE aspirants who desire to do an intensive study of electronic communications systems. It helped in covering the subject in depth and provides a strong foundation to the readers on communication systems. The information presented in it aids in simplifying the concepts. This, in turn, presents the information in a form that can be digested by the reader. An illustrative, as well as the theoretical manner, is used for explaining the concepts by the author. The book consists of eighteen chapters. The topics to which they are dedicated consists of resonators, microwave tubes, radiation, television broadcasting, techniques of pulse modulation, amplitude, broadband systems, microwave circuits, and antennas.

Communication Systems by Singh and Sapre

This book provides the best materials to study the subject of communication systems for numerous competitive exams like GATE and other entrance exams. The pedagogy and theory have been intertwined with the concepts in the text intrinsically. The topics covered in it have been enhanced and more information has been provided to make the knowledge base of the readers solid in this subject. It satisfies the requirements of the present curriculum. The descriptions provided in it by the author are crisp and to-the-point. A large number of illustrations and diagrams are used to maintain the interest of the readers. At the same time, it helps them to understand the concepts easily.

Principles of Communication Systems by Taub, and Schilling

This book is basically a comprehensive guide for studying the fundamental concepts of the techniques of the digital as well as analogue communications. The content presented in it consists of the latest developments that have been made in this field. The information provided by it helps the reader in doing an in-depth study of the digital communications’ annals. The only pre-requirement before studying from this book involves the basic awareness about the principles of analogue communications. It is popular among the GATE aspirants since it aids them in clearing all doubts about this subject. The chapters present in this book cover the topics like digital signal’s optimal reception, random processes, amplitude modulation, phase locked loops and angle modulation.


Principles of Electromagnetics by Sadiku

In the syllabus of the GATE exam, the electromagnet is one of the essential subjects which must be studied by the students. This book is perfect for those who desire to do a thorough study of this subject. For helping the students to understand the concepts easily, a large number of solved examples are provided. This book is divided into four parts. The first part deals with the analysis of vectors. The second and third parts are dedicated to electrostatics and magnetostatics respectively. The last part deals with waves and their applications. There are six appendices which contain information regarding mat lab, smith chart, and constants used in the material and the formulae used in the book.

Engineering Electromagnetic by Hayt

This book deals with the electromagnetic concepts used in the field of engineering. It is superb for the GATE aspirants. It helps by teaching the skills of problem-solving to the readers by specifying the practical applications of the theory presented in the book. The numerous detailed illustrations and analogies present in it further help in understanding the fundamental concepts of this subject. Another good thing about this book is that it lays a large amount of stress on learning and understanding the matter independently. This is done by providing a large number of examples and problems. The chapters are based on transmission lines, potential, and analysis of vectors, conductors, energy, and intensity of the electric field.

Transmission Lines And Networks by Sinha

For students who wish to do a deep study of the transmission line and network, this book is a superb source. The technical information is presented by the author in great details. The syllabus of this book covers all the topics that are asked in the various entrance and competitive exams. The students pursuing the GATE exam will find it excellent since it helps in clearing all doubts and at the same time, provides additional information about this subject. At each chapter’s beginning, an introduction is provided which provides the basic concepts used in the chapter. Numerous unsolved questions, formulas, illustrations, charts and solved problems are given throughout the book. It also contains a large number of isometric diagrams.

Microwave Devices and Circuits by Liao

This book is a comprehensive guide for studying microwave devices and circuits for the GATE aspirants. A simple, crisp and logical manner is used for presenting every chapter. A step-by-step explanation is given for every concept. These can be understood by the readers easily. An ample number of diagrams, illustration and tables are given for aiding them in grasping the information clearly and precisely. The chapters of this book consist of information on strip lines, linear beam tubes, transferred electron devices, tunnel diodes, waveguides, solid state devices, monolithic integrated circuits, crossed field tubes, TEDs or transferred electron devices, and plane waves.

Microwave And Radar Engineering by Kulkarni

This book is a good source for studying microwave and radar engineering for both the GATE aspirants as well as the undergraduate students pursuing the engineering field. The fundamental concepts of this subject are covered by it thoroughly. It also provides the techniques of applying the same for the manufacturing of the products related to telecom and defence. A large number of examples are provided by the author in this book which shows the practical applications of the technologies explained in it. The language used for explaining these techniques is precise. The matter provided in it can be easily comprehended by the readers. A lucid manner is utilized for giving in-depth information. It is very good to those who desire to do the self-study of this subject.

Optical Fibre Communications by Senior

This book is well known among the GATE aspirants for providing optimum information about the optical fibre communications. It is successful in providing information regarding the basic concepts and techniques used in designing the systems of optical fibres. It also discusses in great details the problems that can arise while using these systems. All essential features are explained in the book in a simple manner. At the same time, it also incorporates the developments and improvements that have recently been done in this field. Some of the topics covered by it consist of optical networks and silicon system. It also provides ample information regarding optical fibres.

Optical Fibre Communication by Keiser

This book is successful in capturing the essence of the subject of optical fibre communications. For the students preparing for GATE and other exams, it is a premium source for providing the necessary information to understand this subject clearly. The fundamental principles involved in the technologies of optical fibres help the readers in expanding the knowledge of this subject. It then proceeds slowly to explain the sophisticated networks of modern communications. A number of examples and diagrams are provided for explaining the concepts in a clear manner. The topics on which the chapters of this book are dedicated include routing, amplification, switching and restoration of signals.

Antenna & Wave Propagation by Prasad

This is a comprehensive book for the aspirants of competitive exams like GATE and students pursuing the field of electronics engineering. This is an excellent source for clearing up the doubts and problems of this subject and obtaining additional information about it. The concepts used for understanding the subject are explained without any complexities. A large number of exercises are provided for further increasing the understanding the subject. The same can be used by the students to provide themselves ample practice of the subject. The book uses sketches, tables and line diagrams liberally for giving a thorough explanation of difficult topics. The units are dedicated to signal transmission, propagation of waves, waveguides, and antennas.

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