GATE 2021 Exam

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2021) is a national level entrance examination and conducted once in a year. It is conducted jointly by Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and one of the IITs all over the country. These are organised by these institutes on the behalf of Department of Higher Education, MHRD, Government of India. The exam score is used by different Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture Government institutes to select students for master programs and Doctoral programs. The score of GATE exam is also used by different PSU to decide Cut Off for the interview process. You can check the Eligibility Criteria, Dates, Disciplines, Centers and many important updates in the article.

GATE 2021: Overview

Check the important points of the GATE exam.

Particulars Overview
Examination Name Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
Commonly Known As GATE
Conducting Institute One of the IIT's
Administered By Jointly by IISc Bangalore and Seven IIT's
Purpose of Examination Qualifying Examination for M.E./ M.Tech/ Ph.D admissions and PSU Recruitment
Application Mode Online
Mode of Examination Computer-Based Mode
Examination Duration 180 Minutes (3 Hours)
Frequency of Examination Annual
Total Number of Exam Cities 199
Number of GATE Papers 25 (Biomedical Engineering was introduced in 2020)
Number of Questions in Each Paper 65
Total Marks of Examination 100
Validity of Score/Grade 3 Years

GATE 2021 Notification

The official notification for GATE 2021 examination is expected to be released in the month of September 2020. The notification PDF will be updated here once it has been published by IIT Delhi.

GATE 2021 Exam Date

Candidates can check the tentative dates as evaluated on the basis of last year routine of GATE exam. This schedule will help you with planning some preparation strategies for the exam.

GATE 2021 Events Date (Tentative)
GATE 2021 Registration open on September - October 2021
GATE Application Form Correction till Last week of October 2021
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City 3rd week of November 2021
Issue of GATE Admit card 1st week of January 2021
GATE 2021 Exam date 1st week of February 2021
GATE 2021 Official Answer Key Release Date 10 days after the exam
GATE Result 1st or 2nd week of March 2021
GATE  Scorecard Release Date One week after the declaration of results
Start of counseling cum admission process April 2021

GATE 2021: Eligibility Criteria

Before starting the application process, the candidate must ensure that he/she meets the educational eligibility criteria of GATE 2021, which are enumerated below:

Qualifying  Degree / Examination Description
B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm. Candidate must be a Bachelor in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering / Technology) Qualified or is in final year
B.Arch. Candidate must have completed Bachelor of Architecture (5 years course) Qualified or is in final year
B.Sc. (Research)/  B.S. Candidate need to have completed Bachelor of Science degree (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2) Qualified or is in final year
Pharm.D (after 10+2) Candidate must have completed 6 years programme having internship or residency training during sixth year as part of it Qualified or is in 4th /5th or 6th year
M.Sc./ M.A./ MCA or   equivalent Candidates need to have Masters in Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Applications, or   equivalent Qualified or is in final year
Int. M.E./ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.) Candidates should have done Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree in Engineering or Technology (4 years programme) Qualified or is currently in 2nd/3rd /4th  year
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) Candidates should have completed Integrated Master’s degree programme or Dual Degree in Engineering or Technology (5 years             programme) Qualified or is currently in    4th / 5th year
Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S. Candidates applying must have completed Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program Qualified or is in final year
Professional Society Examinations* (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch.) Candidates need to have completed B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch. Equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by     MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of professional courses Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India) Completed Section or equivalent professional course

Paper Codes of GATE 2021

GATE Paper   Code GATE Paper   Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Instrumentation Engineering  IN
Agricultural Engineering AG Mathematics MA
Architecture and Planning AR Mechanical Engineering ME
Bio-medical Engineering BM Mining Engineering MN
Biotechnology BT Metallurgical Engineering MT
Civil Engineering CE Petroleum Engineering PE
Chemical Engineering CH Physics PH
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Chemistry CY Statistics ST
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
Electrical Engineering EE Engineering Sciences XE
Ecology and Evolution EY Life Sciences XL
Geology and Geophysics GG

GATE 2021 Paper Codes for XE and XL Papers

XE Paper Sections Code XL Paper Sections Code
Engineering Mathematics(Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory) P
Any two optional sections Any two optional sections
Fluid Mechanics B Biochemistry Q
Materials Science C Botany R
Solid Mechanics D Microbiology S
Thermodynamics E Zoology T
Polymer Science and Engineering F Food Technology U
Food Technology G
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences H

GATE 2021: Exam Pattern

The GATE 2021 exam will be conducted in online mode (Computer Based Test). The total no. of 65 questions will asked in the GATE online exam for 100 marks. The total time is allotted for this exam is 3 hours. Candidates can check the exam pattern of the Gate exam below.

Particulars Details
Examination Mode Computer Based Test (Online)
Duration 3 Hours
Number of Discipline in GATE 2021 25 Discipline
  • General Aptitude (GA)
  • Candidate Selected Subject
Type of Questions
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
>Design of Questions The questions are designed to test the listed abilities
  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Comprehension
  • Recall
  • Synthesis
Number of Questions 65 Questions (including 10 questions from General Aptitude)
Distribution of Questions in all Papers except AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL Engineering Mathematics – 15 Marks Technical Questions – 70 Marks General Aptitude – 15 Marks
Distribution of Questions in AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL Questions from Subject Concerned – 85 Marks General Aptitude – 15 Marks
Total Marks 100 Marks
Marking Scheme All of the questions will be worth 1 or 2 marks

Marking Scheme For GATE

Marking Scheme: For MCQs, there will be negative marking of 1/3 marks of the value of the questions. FOR NTA there will be no negative marking in the exam.

GATE Cut-off

There are two types of Cut-Off, one is the Qualifying Cut Off and the other is Admission Cut Off which are explained below

GATE Qualifying Cut Off: These are the minimum marks that candidate should score to qualify for the exam. There is subject cut off also. GATE qualifying cut off will be released by the conducting body.

GATE Admission Cut Off: This Cut Off is released by the individual institutes and depend on the number of seats, number of applicants, category of applicants, etc.

The GATE Cut-off for 2020 is given below.

Paper of Examination General Candidates OBC Candidates SC/ST/PwD Candidates
Aerospace Engineering (AE) 33.5 30.2 22.3
Agricultural Engineering (AG) 28.3 25.5 18.9
Architecture and Planning (AR) 41 36.9 27.3
Biotechnology (BT) 35.9 32.3 23.9
Civil Engineering (CE) 28.2 25.4 18.8
Chemical Engineering (CH) 34.8 31.3 23.2
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) 29.5 26.6 19.7
Chemistry (CY) 32 28.8 21.3
Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) 26.7 24 17.8
Electrical Engineering (EE) 39.6 35.6 26.4
Ecology and Evolution (EY) 37.1 33.4 24.7
Geology and Geophysics (GG) 44.5 40.1 29.7
Instrumentation Engineering (IN) 31.9 28.7 21.3
Mathematics (MA) 25 22.5 16.7
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 34.1 30.7 22.7
Mining Engineering (MN) 31.5 28.4 21
Metallurgical Engineering (MT) 53.5 48.1 35.7
Petroleum Engineering (PE) 49.9 44.9 33.3
Physics (PH) 25.2 22.7 16.8
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI) 32.2 29 21.5
Statistics (ST) 32.5 29.2 21.7
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF) 40.1 36.1 26.7
Engineering Sciences (XE-A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H) 26.7 24 17.8
Life Sciences (XL-P, Q, R, S, T, U) 36.7 33 24.5

GATE 2021: Exam Centers

The candidates will have to choose an exam center for GATE 2021 while filling the online application form. Allotment of GATE 2021 exam centers will be done as per preference and availability. There are eight zonal centers under which various cities are listed where the examination will be conducted.

Zone No. Zonal GATE Office List of Examination Cities/Town
1 IISc Bangalore Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Ballari (Bellary), Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru South, Bengaluru North, Bidar, Chikkamagaluru, Davanagere, Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Kannur, Kasaragod, Kolar, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Manipal, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur, Port Blair, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara
2 IIT Bombay (Conducting Authority) Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Baramati, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Mumbai-Thane, Nagpur, Nandad, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Vadodara
3 IIT Delhi Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh, Bikaner, Faridabad-Palwal, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu-Samba, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Rohtak, Sikar, Udaipur, Ujjain, Srinagar
4 IIT Guwahati Agartala, Aizawl, Asansol-Durgapur, Bokaro Steel City, Burdwan, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur
5 IIT Kanpur Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi
6 IIT Kharagpur Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly (WB), Jamshedpur, Kakinada (AP), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Srikaulam, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
7 IIT Madras Alappuzha, Aluva-Ernakulam, Attingal, Chengannur, Chennai-South, Chennai-West, Chirala, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Gudur, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Karimnagar, Khammam, Kollam, Kodad, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Madurai, Muvattupuzha, Namakkal, Nellore, Ongole, Pala, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar, Warangal
8 IIT Roorkee Ambala, Amritsar, Bathinda, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Hamirpur-Una (HP), Jalandhar, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali-Chandigarh, Moradabad, Noida, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala-Sangrur, Roorkee, Shimla-Solan, Sonepat, Yamunanagar
9 Foreign Candidates Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore

GATE 2021: Application Fee

For Exam Centers in India

Category Fee After Last Date
SC/ST 750 1250
Females 750 1250
General 1200 2000

For Exam Centers Outside India

Exam Centers Fee Fee After Last Date
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu US$ 50 US$ 70
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100 US$ 120

GATE 2021: Application Form Correction Fee

There will be a certain amount charged for application form correction, if it is found in scrutiny that candidate have entered a wrong details. The correction window will be open for a small time period. The following changes in some particular areas are allowed. The details that can be corrected are:

The correction fee may get changed this year.

For Candidates in India For Candidates Outside India
Changes Fee Changes Fee
Change request in exam city within India Rs. 400 Exam city request outside India Rs. 740
Change request in exam city outside India (Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu) Rs. 3550 Exam city change request from Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka & Kathmandu to Dubai or Singapore Rs. 4290
Change request in exam city outside India (Singapore and Dubai ) Rs. 7100

Steps To Apply Online For GATE 2021

The tentative date of GATE 2021 application is from 01st week of September 2020. Candidates can check the steps to apply for the GATE 2021.

Passport size photograph 2 kb -200 kb
Signature in running handwriting 2 kb-150 kb
Category Certificate (if applicable) 10 kb -300 kb
PwD Certificate (if applicable) 10 kb – 300 kb

GATE 2021 Admit Card

The conducting organization release the GATE Admit Card around two weeks before the exam dates. As, the exam usually held in February, the admit card tentatively will be released in the month of January 2022.

GATE Result 2021

The GATE 2021 results is expected to be released after the one month of the exam i.e., March 2022. Candidates can check their result along with the score card after the release of the result by the conducting body. These scores will be used by different institutes and PSU for the admission and recruitment process.

GATE 2021 FAQs

Q 1. When will GATE 2021 will be out?

Ans. The online Application of GATE 2021 September or October 2021.

Q 2. When will be the GATE 2021 held?

Ans. The GATE 2021 will tentatively held in February 2020.

Q 3. What will be the type of questions for the GATE Exam?

Ans. There will be 4 choices in case of MCQ and no choice in the case of NAT.

Q 4. What is the Application Fee for GATE exam?

Ans. There is different Application Fee for different category, check the application fee in the article.

Q 5. For how many discipline gate is conducted?

Ans. The Application Form of GATE are generally released in the first week of September.