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GENERAL ABILITY TEST (Common for all Streams EC, ME, EE, CE)
Part A: General English: The question paper in General English will be designed to test the candidate's
understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.
Part B: General Studies: The paper in General Studies will include knowledge of current events and of such
matters as of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an
educated person. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which
candidates should be able to answer without special study.


1. Materials and Components:
Structure and properties of Electrical Engineering materials; Conductors, Semiconductors and Insulators,
magnetic, Ferroelectric, Piezoelectric, Ceramic, Optical and Super-conducting materials. Passive components
and characteristics Resistors, Capacitors and Inductors; Ferrites, Quartz crystal Ceramic resonators,
Electromagnetic and Electromechanical components.
2. Physical Electronics, Electron Devices and ICs:
Electrons and holes in semiconductors, Carrier Statistics, Mechanism of current flow in a semiconductor, Hall
effect; Junction theory; Different types of diodes and their characteristics; Bipolar Junction transistor; Field
effect transistors; Power switching devices like SCRs, GTOs, power MOSFETS; Basics of ICs - bipolar, MOS and
CMOS types; basic of Opto Electronics.
3. Signals and Systems
Classification of signals and systems: System modelling in terms of differential and difference equations; State
variable representation; Fourier series; Fourier transforms and their application to system analysis; Laplace
transforms and their application to system analysis; Convolution and superposition integrals and their
applications; Z-transforms and their applications to the analysis and characterisation of discrete time systems;
Random signals and probability, Correlation functions; Spectral density; Response of linear system to random
4. Network theory
Network analysis techniques; Network theorems, transient response, steady state sinusoidal response; Network
graphs and their applications in network analysis; Tellegen's theorem. Two port networks; Z, Y, h and
transmission parameters. Combination of two ports, analysis of common two ports. Network functions : parts of
network functions, obtaining a network function from a given part. Transmission criteria : delay and rise time,
Elmore's and other definitions effect of cascading. Elements of network synthesis.
5. Electromagnetic Theory
Analysis of electrostatic and magnetostatic fields; Laplace's and Poisson's equations; Boundary value problems
and their solutions; Maxwell's equations; application to wave propagation in bounded and unbounded media;
Transmission lines : basic theory, standing waves, matching applications, microstrip lines; Basics of wave
guides and resonators; Elements of antenna theory.
6. Electronic Measurements and instrumentation
Basic concepts, standards and error analysis; Measurements of basic electrical quantities and parameters;
Electronic measuring instruments and their principles of working : analog and digital, comparison,
characteristics, application. Transducers; Electronic measurements of non electrical quantities like temperature,
pressure, humidity etc; basics of telemetry for industrial use.
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pressure, humidity etc; basics of telemetry for industrial use.
1. Analog Electronic Circuits :
Transistor biasing and stabilization. Small signal analysis. Power amplifiers. Frequency response. Wide banding
techniques. Feedback amplifiers. Tuned amplifiers. Oscillators. Rectifiers and power supplies. Op Amp, PLL,
other linear integrated circuits and applications. Pulse shaping circuits and waveform generators.
2. Digital Electronic Circuits :
Transistor as a switching element; Boolean algebra, simplification of Boolean functions, Karnaguh map and
applications; IC Logic gates and their characteristics; IC logic families : DTL, TTL, ECL, NMOS, PMOS and CMOS
gates and their comparison; Combinational logic Circuits; Half adder, Full adder; Digital comparator; Multiplexer
Demulti-plexer; ROM an their applications. Flip flops. R-S, J-K, D and T flip-flops; Different types of counters
and registers Waveform generators. A/D and D/A converters. Semiconductor memories.
3. Control Systems :
Transient and steady state response of control systems; Effect of feedback on stability and sensitivity; Root
locus techniques; Frequency response analysis. Concepts of gain and phase margins: Constant-M and
Constant-N Nichol's Chart; Approximation of transient response from Constant-N Nichol's Chart; Approximation
of transient response from closed loop frequency response; Design of Control Systems, Compensators;
Industrial controllers.
4. Communication Systems :
Basic information theory; Modulation and detection in analogue and digital systems; Sampling and data
reconstructions; Quantization & coding; Time division and frequency division multiplexing; Equalization; Optical
Communication : in free space & fiber optic; Propagation of signals at HF, VHF, UHF and microwave frequency;
Satellite Communication.
5. Microwave Engineering :
Microwave Tubes and solid state devices, Microwave generation and amplifiers, Waveguides and other
Microwave Components and Circuits, Microstrip circuits, Microwave Antennas, Microwave Measurements,
Masers, lasers; Microwave propagation.
Microwave Communication Systems terrestrial and Satellite based.
6. Computer Engineering :
Number Systems. Data representation; Programming; Elements of a high level programming language
PASCAL/C; Use of basic data structures; Fundamentals of computer architecture; Processor design; Control unit
design; Memory organisation, I/o System Organisation. Microprocessors : Architecture and instruction set of
Microprocessors 8085 and 8086, Assembly language Programming. Microprocessor Based system design :
typical examples. Personal computers and their typical uses.


1. EM Theory
Electric and magnetic fields. Gauss's Law and Amperes Law. Fields in dielectrics, conductors and magnetic
materials. Maxwell's equations. Time varying fields. Plane-Wave propagating in dielectric and conducting media.
Transmission lines.
2. Electrical Materials
Band Theory, Conductors, Semi-conductors and Insulators. Super-conductivity. Insulators for electrical and
electronic applications. Magnetic materials. Ferro and ferri magnetism. Ceramics, Properties and applications.
Hall effect and its applications. Special semi conductors.
3. Electrical Circuits
Circuits elements. Kirchoff's Laws. Mesh and nodal analysis. Network Theorems and applications. Natural
response and forced response. Transient response and steady state response for arbitrary inputs. Properties of
networks in terms of poles and zeros. Transfer function. Resonant circuits. Threephase circuits. Two-port
networks. Elements of two-element network synthesis.
4. Measurements and Instrumentation
Units and Standards. Error analysis, measurement of current, Voltage, power, Power-factor and energy.
Indicating instruments. Measurement of resistance, inductance, Capacitance and frequency. Bridge
measurements. Electronic measuring instruments. Digital Voltmeter and frequency counter. Transducers and
their applications to the measurement of non-electrical quantities like temperature, pressure, flow-rate
displacement, acceleration, noise level etc. Data acquisition systems. A/D and D/A converters.
Mathematical modelling of physical systems. Block diagrams and signal flow graphs and their reduction. Time
domain and frequency domain analysis of linear dynamical system. Errors for different type of inputs and
stability criteria for feedback systems. Stability analysis using Routh-Hurwitz array, Nyquist plot and Bode plot.
Root locus and Nicols chart and the estimation of gain and phase margin. Basic concepts of compensator
design. State variable matrix and its use in system modelling and design. Sampled data system and
performance of such a system with the samples in the error channel. Stability of sampled data system.
Elements of non-linear control analysis. Control system components, electromechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic
1. Electrical Machines and Power Transformers
Magnetic Circuits - Analysis and Design of Power transformers. Construction and testing. Equivalent circuits.
Losses and efficiency. Regulation. Auto-transformer, 3-phase transformer. Parallel operation.