GATE 2018 Electronics and Communication (EC) Question Paper, Response Key & Paper Analysis

Last Updated - February 10 2018

The GATE exam for Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) was successfully organized on February 10, 2018. Aspirants required to cross 25-26 marks to qualify the exam. The official response key for GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) 2018 and questions papers will be announced after GATE 2018 Exam along with the notification of a time frame to raise objections with the proof.

GATE response keys are announced to make aspirants aware of the accurate responses and thus referred for evaluating GATE Scores. Based on official response keys, GATE Result is declared which is expected to be declared on March 17, 2018.

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How to Check GATE 2018 EC Response Key?

Aspirants can download the response key for GATE 2018 by following these simple steps: -

  1. Since the exam is organized by IIT Guwahati this year, aspirants will have to access the website
  2. On the homepage itself, aspirants will see a link for ‘GATE 2018 Question Paper and Response Keys.’ Aspirants will be required to click on that.
  3. After this, the links for all the disciplines’ Question Papers and Responses Keys will appear. Aspirants will be required to click on Electronics and Communication.
  4. After that aspirant can check the response key and start reviewing it.

Paper Analysis for GATE 2018 EC

Overall, the exam was of the moderate level of difficulty. The level of difficulty was much similar to last years’ paper. The questions were lengthy and aspirants required to avoid little errors to ace the exam. Take a look at the section wise analysis of GATE 2018 EC paper: -

General Aptitude Section

General Aptitude Section was a scoring section of the exam. Questions of verbal ability were less time to consume. The aspirant who had a good level of proficiency was able to clear minimum 60% of the section is very less. One can call this section of easy to moderate level of difficulty.

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Mathematics section was also a very well-crafted one. Engineering Mathematics section carried 15% weight in the exam and can be called of moderate difficulty level, mainly due to its time-consuming nature. The questions were mostly based on simple concepts; however, they were very lengthy and time-consuming in nature.

Technical Section

Technical Section was always the most important section of GATE, and one should definitely not expect it to be easy. The technical section of GATE 2018 EC exam was moderate and one definitely required deep knowledge along with heavy exercise to crack this one.

A score of around 40-45 marks was definitely achievable in this section. The difficulty level of this section seemed higher than last years’ paper, and the time-consuming nature of questions also played a part in this. Take a look at the classification of topics: -

  • Easy: - Control System, Analog Circuits, Digital Circuits, Microprocedureors
  • Difficult: - Signals and Systems
  • Moderate: - Electronic Devices, EMFT

GATE 2018 EC Subject-wise Weightage

To prepare better for the exam, one does require to have a good understanding of the weight of various topics of the exam. Take a look at the following table to know the most important topics of GATE 2018 EC: -

TOPICNumber of Questions
General Aptitude10
Digital Circuits5
Network Theory6
Analog Circuits5
Electronic Devices8
Control Systems6
Signals and Systems8
Engineering Mathematics7

GATE Cut off 2018

The cut off for GATE EC largely remains similar over the years. For a General Category aspirant, a score of 26 or more would easily make them qualify the GATE EC exam. However, you can take a look at the cutoff of past 5 years, to understand the scenario even better: -


Aspirants must also know the Score vs Rank Comparison of GATE EC. While a normalized score/marks of 50 would let you have a place amongst the top 500 aspirants, the score/marks of 45 would let you be amongst the top 3000 aspirants in GATE EC. Generally, normalized marks/score of 75 would land you in top 20 aspirants.

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