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HOW to prepare for gate from NPTEL lectures


NPTEL is a MHRD Initiative. The NPTEL site contains video lectures from faculty at IIT’s and IISc. The aim of this project was to improve the quality of Engineering and Science Education in the country. NPTEL lectures are a valuable source for students. These lectures are also helpful for students preparing for GATE. Most of the subjects of GATE Exam are covered in these lectures. In this article we will list the lectures to be followed for each subject. However students should keep in mind that viewing these lectures will take a lot of time and they might not be able to watch all lectures in a short time. Students can watch particular subject in which they feel they are weak and gain confidence from these lectures. The transcripts of these lectures for some subjects are available in pdf format and one can read them also while preparing. Now we begin to list the subjects and their corresponding NPTEL lectures which are to be followed.

1) Digital Circuits/Logic Design

The video lectures which will be useful for this subject are Digital Circuits and Systems by Prof. S Srinivasan, faculty(retd.) at IIT Madras. There are 40 lectures in total. These lectures almost cover the complete syllabus of Digital circuits for Gate exam.  However, Microprocessor syllabus is not covered in these lectures.

NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/117106086/1
Transcript Link:
http://textofvideo.nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?courseId=117106086

2) Signals and Systems

One can follow the lectures of Networks and Systems by Prof. VGK Murti, faculty(retd.) at IIT Madras. There are 50 lectures in total. In the last 6 lectures concepts related to state variable is covered which will be helpful for Control systems.

NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/108106075/1
Transcript Link:
http://textofvideo.nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?courseId=108106075

3) Control Systems

The lectures helpful for this subject are Control Systems by Prof. M Gopal, faculty(retd.) at IIT Delhi. He is a famous author of many text books related to control systems. One can follow the lectures along with the text book written by him.

There are 41 lectures in the course and one can skip from lecture 10 to lecture 18 as they are not important for GATE exam.

NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/video.php?subjectId=108102043
Transcript Link:
http://textofvideo.nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?courseId=108102043

4) Electronic Devices/Solid state devices

Video lectures of Solid state devices by Prof. S Karmalkar, faculty at IIT Madras are helpful for this course. There are 40 lectures and one needs to see all the lectures to cover Gate syllabus.

NPTEL Lectures Link: http://nptel.ac.in/courses/117106091/
Transcript Link:  http://textofvideo.nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?courseId=117106091

5) Communications

For Analog Communication part the lectures of Communication Engineering by Prof. Surendra Prasad, faculty(retd) at IIT Delhi will be helpful. He was previously the director of IIT Delhi. There are 41 lectures in this course and all of them will be helpful for Gate exam.

NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/117102059/
Transcript Link:http://textofvideo.nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?courseId=117102059

For Digital Communication the lectures to be referred are Digital Communication by Prof. Bikash Kumar Dey, faculty at IIT Bombay. There are 32 lectures in the course. One can directly start from lecture 10 if one is thorough in the concepts of Random Process and Variables. One can skip after lecture 25 as they are not required for Gate exam.

NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/117101051/
Transcript Link:
http://textofvideo.nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?courseId=1171010

In addition to these video lectures one can go through web materials of the course, Principles of Communication by Prof V V Rao, faculty(retd.) at IIT Madras. The materials are very helpful to prepare topics related to Random Variables and Processes. One can see the materials from the following link
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/IIT-MADRAS/Principles_of_Communication1/

6) Electromagnetics

For the Electrostatics part the lectures of Electromagnetic Fields by Prof. Harishankar Ramachandran, faculty at IIT Madras will be helpful. He is presently the HOD of Electrical Engineering Dept at IIT Madras.

NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/108106073/
Transcript Link:
http://textofvideo.nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?courseId=108106073

For the Electromagnetics part the lectures of Transmission lines and EM Waves by Prof. RK Shevgaonkar, faculty at IIT Delhi will be helpful. He was formerly faculty at IIT Bombay. Presently he is the Director of IIT Delhi. Along with lectures one can follow the text book titled EM Waves, by Prof. RK Shevgaonkar.


NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/117101056/
Transcript Link:http://textofvideo.nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?courseId=117101056

One can even follow the web materials from this link
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/117101057/

7) Network Analysis/Circuit Analysis

One can see the lectures of Basic Electrical Engineering by  Prof. Nagendra Krishnapura, faculty at IIT Madas. There are 21  lectures and all of them are helpful for GATE Exam.

NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/117106101/
Transcript Link:
http://textofvideo.nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?courseId=117106101

8) Analog Circuits

The lectures to be referred to this course are Analog circuits by Prof. Nagendra Krishnapura, faculty at IIT Madras. There are lectures. These lectures cover some part of the gate syllabus for Analog Circuits. One has to take care while preparing. These lectures don’t cover the concepts of BJT and one has prepare on own.


NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/108106084/

9) Engineering Mathematics

Even though there are lectures for this course it is advised to prepare for this subject on your own because the topics are covered in great depth and might not be very helpful. The lectures for this course are

NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/122107036/
NPTEL Lectures Link:
http://nptel.ac.in/courses/122107037/

10) General Aptitude and English

There are no lectures for these subjects.