GATE 2021: Last Date Extended, Know Eligibility, Registration, Pattern, Syllabus and Cut Off

GATE 2021

GATE 2021 will be conducted on February 5-7 and February 12-13, 2021 for admission of candidates to postgraduate and doctoral programs conducted by institutes across India. GATE 2021 will be conducted by IIT Bombay.GATE 2021 shall include more changes including the introduction of 2 new subjects and relaxation in GATE Eligibility Criteria.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or commonly known as GATE is a national level examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. By clearing the GATE Exam one can secure admission or financial assistance in the following:

(i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture
(ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies
(iii) Admission in colleges without MHRD scholarship/assistantship
(iv) To secure a job in Public Sector Undertakings (PSU’s)

GATE 2021 will be conducted by IIT Bombay. GATE 2021 Registration Process has begun from 14th September 2020. Candidates can refer the article to check the details of GATE 2021, Important Dates, Previous Year Cut off.

Update: The last date has extended till 07th October 2020.

GATE 2021: Overview



Examination Name

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Commonly Known As


Conducting Institute

IIT Bombay

Administered By

Jointly by IISc Bangalore and Seven IITs

Purpose of Examination

Qualifying Examination for M.E./M.Tech/Ph.D. admissions and PSU Recruitment

Application Mode


Mode of Examination

Computer-Based Mode

Examination Duration

180 Minutes (3 Hours)

Frequency of Examination


No. of Questions 10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions

Number of GATE Papers

25 (Biomedical Engineering is introduced in 2020)

Type of Questions

  •  Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  •  Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
  •  Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

Total Marks of Examination


The validity of Score/Grade

3 Years

GATE 2021 Exam Date, Registration Date

Candidates who will be appearing for GATE 2021 can refer to the schedule given below. This schedule will help you with planning some preparation strategies for the exam.

GATE 2021 Events GATE 2021 Dates
Official website live 16-Jul-20
Application form availability 11-Sep-2020
Last date to fill the application form 7-Oct-2020
Last date to register with late fee 12-Oct-2020
Application form correction window 28-Oct-2020 to 13-Nov-2020
Application correction window for specific sections 13-Nov-2020
Admit card download 8-Jan-2021
GATE 2021 Exam Date 5-Feb-2021 to 7-Feb-2021


12-Feb-2021 to 14-Feb-2021

Result announcement Date 22-Mar-2021

GATE 2021 Official Brochure

GATE 2021 official brochure has been released by IIT Bombay. The candidates can register for GATE 2021 from September 14th to 30th September 2020. Download the GATE 2021 Official Notification PDF is given below.


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:

  • This year IIT Bombay has relaxed the eligibility criteria for candidates
  •  As per the new GATE 2021 Eligibility criteria, the minimum qualification requirement which was 10+2+4 (ongoing) last year has been reduced to a minimum of 10+2+3 (ongoing) for this year. That means 3rd-year candidates are also eligible to apply for the exam. 
  • Another major change is that the candidates can opt for 2 subjects/ papers from the prescribed set of combinations. Previously candidates were only eligible to apply for 1 paper. 
  • No Age Limit in GATE 2021, candidates from any age group can apply for the exam.
  • The applicant must be an Indian citizen. Foreign candidates can also apply for the exam but they need to fulfill the required eligibility criteria.
Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree/Examination Description of eligible candidates Year of qualification
not later than
BE/ BTech/ BPharm Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology) Currently in the third year or higher grade or already completed 2022
BArch Bachelor’s degree of Architecture (5- year course) / Naval Architecture (4- year course) / Planning (4- year course) Currently in the third year or higher grade or already completed 2022
BSc (Research)/BS Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2) Currently in the third year or higher grade or already completed 2022
Pharm D (after 10+2) The 6-year degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during the third year onwards Currently in the third/fourth/fifth/sixth year or already completed 2024
MBBS Degree holders of M.B.B.S. and those who are in the fifth/sixth/seventh semester or higher semester of such program. Currently in the fifth/sixth/seventh semester or higher semester or already completed 2022
MSc/MA/MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the first year or higher or already Completed 2022
Int ME/ MTech (Post-BSc) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/Technology (4-year program) Currently in the first/second/third/fourth year or already completed 2023
Int ME/ MTech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5-year program) Currently in the third/fourth/fifth year or already completed 2020
BSc/BA/ BCom Bachelor degree in any branch of Science/Arts/Commerce (3-year program) Currently in the third year or already completed 2021
Int MSc/ Int BS-MS Integrated MSc or 5-year integrated BS-MS program Currently in the third year or higher or already completed 2022
Professional Society Examinations* 
(equivalent to BE/BTech/BArch)
B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on) Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

GATE 2021: Application Fee

For Indian Exam Centres


During the Regular Period
(14th Sept. to 30th
Sept. 2020

During the
Period (1st Oct.
to 7th Oct. 2020


750 1250



General 1200


For Exam Centers Outside India

Exam Centers

Regular Period
(14th Sept. to 30th
Sept. 2020

During the
Period (1st Oct.
to 7th Oct. 2020)

Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu

US$ 50 US$ 70
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100

US$ 120

GATE 2021 Application Form Correction

All the applications submitted for the GATE 2021 Exam will be scrutinized for the accuracy of
the data. If any defects in the application form are found, it will be marked and intimated to the candidate for rectification, which needs to be carried out within a stipulated time. The following changes in some particular areas are allowed. The details that can be corrected are-

  • Candidate’s name
  • Date of Birth
  • Name of Parent
  • Country
  • Parent’s Mobile Number
  • Correspondence Address
  • Qualifying Degree Details
  • Category/gender/PwD status/Dyslexia

There will be a certain amount charged for application form correction. The expected fee that could be charged for GATE 2021 Form Correction is given below:

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

How To Apply For GATE 2021?

The GATE 2021 application form will be available from 14th September 2020. The candidates must possess a valid email id and password for correspondences.

  1. Registration– Candidates have to register themselves through GATE Online Application Processing System or GOAPs by entering their name, email id, and mobile number after which an enrollment id will be generated. Candidates have to change the password for the future login purpose.
  2. Filling of Application Form– After registration, a complete application form will appear in which the candidates have to provide personal, academic, and qualification details. candidates will have to choose the preferred exam centers while filling the online application form.
  3. Uploading Images– Once the candidate has filled the application form, they have to upload the scanned copy of the photograph, signature, and category certificate (if applicable) as per the specifications of the exam authority.

Guidelines For Uploading Images

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

4. Fee Payment– Candidates have to pay the application fee in online mode i.e. through net banking/debit card/credit card.

   5. Application Form Submission– After completing all the steps mentioned above, candidates have to submit the application form.

Apply Online For GATE 2021

Here is the online application link for GATE 2021.

GATE 2021 Exam Centres

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.

Exam Centres For GATE 2021

Zone No.

Zonal GATE Office

List of Examination Cities/Town


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


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


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


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


IIT Kanpur

Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi


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


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


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


Foreign Candidates

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore

GATE 2021 Paper

GATE will be conducted for 25 papers. As the candidates are permitted to appear in ONLY ONE of the 25 papers of the GATE 2021, they should make their choice (of the paper), with due care. Given below is the table displaying the subjects along with the code for which the exam will be conducted.

Paper Codes of GATE 2021





Architecture and Planning


Aerospace Engineering


Agricultural Engineering




Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering


Computer Science and Information Technology


Electronics and Communication Engineering


Electrical Engineering


Ecology and Evolution




Geology and Geophysics


Engineering Sciences


Instrumentation Engineering


Life Sciences




Metallurgical Engineering


Mining Engineering


Mechanical Engineering




Production and Industrial Engineering


Petroleum Engineering




Textile Engineering and Fibre Science


Biomedical Engineering


GATE 2021 Paper Codes for XE and XL Papers

XE Paper Sections


XL Paper Sections


Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)


Chemistry (Compulsory)


Any two optional sections

Any two optional sections

Fluid Mechanics




Materials Science




Solid Mechanics








Polymer Science and Engineering


Food Technology


Food Technology


Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences


Exam Pattern For GATE



Examination Mode

Computer Based Test (Online)


3 Hours

Number of Papers in GATE 2021

25 Papers


  • 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

  • Mode: The exam will be conducted in online (CBT) mode.
  • Papers: The exam will be conducted for 25 subjects (referred to as “papers”).
  • Type of Questions: The questions will of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ).
  • Duration of Exam: The exam will be of total 3 hours.
  • Maximum marks: The question paper will be 100 marks.
  • No. of Questions: The question paper will consist of 65 questions.
  • Marking Scheme: For MCQs and NATs, various questions will be of 1 or 2 marks. In MCQs of 1 mark, 1/3 marks will be deducted for wrong responses. For MCQs of 2 mark, 2/3 marks will be deducted for incorrect answers. There will be no negative marking for numerical type questions.

Detailed GATE 2021 Syllabus 

GATE 2021 Admit Card

After applying online for GATE 2021 successfully, the candidates will be issued admit card. The ADmit Card holds much importance. GATE Admit Card download will from the 1st week of January 2021 (tentative).

GATE Result 2021

GATE 2021 results are expected to be released by March 2022. The students can view their results from the GOAPS portal. The softcopy of the result can be downloaded from the official portal. Only the students who have acquired the qualification score will be able to download their scorecards.

GATE Scorecard

The GATE score card shows his/her performance in GATE 2021 Exam. The score is valid for 3years from the date of the announcement of the results.

The GATE 2021 scorecards can be downloaded between the third week of March to last week of May 2021.

The GATE scorecard will be printed with the photograph that the candidate has submitted at the time of filling the application form. GATE qualified candidates have to pay a fee of Rs. 500 those want to get a soft copy of his/her GATE Scorecard after the last week of May 2021.

GATE Cut-off

GATE Qualifying Cut Off: The minimum marks that candidates should score to qualify for the exam. This cut off will be different for different subjects. Also, it will vary based on the category of the candidates. GATE qualifying cut off will be released by the conducting body.

GATE Admission Cut Off: The minimum number of marks required to get admission in the college. This cut off is released by individual institutes and depends 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

What after Clearing GATE?

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial assistance to:

  • Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture.
  • Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process. (PSUs like BHEL, SAIL, IOCL, GAIL all are Maharatna PSUs) (BEL, Oil Indian Limited, Power Grid are Navratna PSUs) (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, PEC Limited, THDC India Limited are Mini-Ratna PSUs)
  • Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies. Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MHRD Scholarship/ Assistantship.

GATE Scores for PSU Recruitment:

Recruitment in the various PSUs is usually conducted on the basis of GATE scores. While all of the candidates are needed to have qualified GATE with the required cutoff, the specific scores for the recruitment will be announced by each company. For some PSU recruitment, only the present year score will be accepted while some recruitment also accept previous year scores. GATE scores are not valid for three years for PSU recruitment.

Some companies use the GATE scores as a direct means of recruitment. However, some companies use the scores for shortlisting after which an interview, test, or group discussions may be held to make the final recruitment decision. For example, Haryana Power Utilities Recruitment does not conduct any interviews and discussions, the recruitment is done solely based on GATE scores. Meanwhile, DRDO RAC Recruitment will shortlist candidates on the basis of their GATE scores for a descriptive examination after which a personal interview is also held.

GATE 2021 FAQs

Q. What is the age limit to appear for GATE 2021?

Ans. There is NO age limit to appear for the GATE 2021 examination.

Q. How many papers are there for GATE 2021?

Ans. There are 27 papers for GATE 2021.

Q. Will the GATE be conducted online or offline?

Ans. GATE 2021 will be a Fully Computer Based Test (CBT) i.e. online exam.

Q. Will GATE comprise conventional questions or objective questions?

Ans. All Test Papers of GATE 2021 will be entirely objective type. The pattern of questions may include (i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), (ii) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and/or (iii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.

Q. What is the validity of GATE 2021 Scores?

Ans. GATE 2021 scorecard will remain valid for THREE years from the date of announcement of results.

Q. Can 3rd-year B.A./B.Com./B.Sc. Am I eligible to appear for GATE 2021?

Ans. Yes, any undergraduate student currently in 3rd year or higher years of any government-approved program in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Arts/Commerce/Science is eligible to appear for GATE 2021.

Q. When will I receive my Admit Card?

Ans. The admit Card can ONLY be downloaded from the GOAPS website from 8th January 2021. Admit Cards will NOT be sent by post or as an e-mail attachment.


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