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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering - GATE Exam Date 2021, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Fees, Syllabus, Application and Selection Procedure

Table of Content

1. Latest News

2. GATE 2021

3. GATE Exam Dates 2021

4. GATE Exam Eligibility 2021

5. GATE Exam Pattern 2021

6. GATE Exam Duration

7. GATE Preparation tips

8. GATE Syllabus

9. GATE Application Procedure

10. GATE Exam Centres 2021

11. Important Websites

12. GATE Admit Card 2021

13. GATE Result


Latest News

  • Indian Institute of Bombay has announced GATE Exam Dates 2021. The exam will be conducted on February 5-7 and February 12-13.
  • IIT Bombay has also introduced two new subjects – Humanities and Social Science (XS) and Environmental Science and Engineering (ES). The total number of subjects in GATE Exam 2021 has increased to 27.


GATE 2021 Relaxation in Eligibility Criteria

  • In another newly introduced change, students applying for GATE 2021 can also opt for two subject papers from the prescribed set of combinations.
  • Indian Institute of Bombay has also relaxed the eligibility criteria for students. According to the institute's statement, GATE 2021 Eligibility criteria have been relaxed from the minimum 10+2+4 (ongoing) to a minimum of 10+2+3 (ongoing). It will enable even those in the third year of their undergraduate studies to appear for the examination.



GATE 2021

  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is a National Level Exam. It is conducted to offer admission into Master's & Direct Doctoral Programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and Doctoral Program in relevant branches of Science
  • GATE 2021 - Indian Institute of Bombay (IIT Bombay) will conduct GATE 2021 in online mode on 5th to 7th and 12th to 13th February 2021, and for 27 Subjects.
  • GATE 2021 is a National Level Post Graduate Entrance Exam for admission to M.E./M.Tech & Ph.D. Programs at IITs, IISc, NITs, GFTIs and other Universities in India
  • GATE is an examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and Seven (07) Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE
  • Candidates can get complete information about GATE 2021 including pre-exam (exam dates, application submission, eligibility, exam centers, exam pattern, are given below



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GATE Exam Dates 2021

GATE 2021

GATE 2021 Dates

Official website live


Application form availability

August last week or September 1st week

Last date to fill the application form

September last week

Last date to register with late fee

October 1st week

Application form correction window

October 3rd week

Admit card download

January 1st week

Application correction window for specific sections

November 1st week

Exam day

5-Feb-2021 to 7-Feb-2021
12-Feb-2021 to 13-Feb-2021

Result announcement

March 3rd week



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GATE Exam Eligibility

Age Limit – There is no age limit for GATE applicants.

  • Nationality – The candidates should be of Indian nationality. Candidates belonging to Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia, and United Arab Emirates will also be eligible for GATE 2021


Educational Eligibility for GATE Exam 2021 are given below:

A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate
degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in
Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts is eligible for
appearing in the GATE 2021 exam.

Some of the Professional Societies/Institutions, which conduct examination in various fields of
engineering, are as follows.

  • The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  • The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental
  • Group (IIChemE)
  • The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  • The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIIE)

However, the candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must
ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by
MoE/AICTE/UGC/UPSC as equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch. / B.Planning, etc.

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Pass Percentage

  • There is no minimum pass percentage in the qualifying degree while applying for GATE Exam 2021 

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GATE Exam Pattern 2021

  • GATE 2021 Examination will be conducted for 27 subjects
  • A candidate can appear for only one of the 25 GATE papers. The exam for all the papers will be conducted in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions on a computer screen
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to select (mark), the correct answer.
  • Check out the Full information about the GATE Exam Pattern here


GATE Exam Structure

Subject/Syllabus Details

Number of sections - General Aptitude and the choice of engineering branch

Number of questions - General Aptitude - 10 questions (5 of 1 mark & 5 for 2 marks)Paper excluding Geology and Geophysics, Engineering Sciences, Life Science - 55 questions (25 of 1 mark & 30 of 2 marks) Geology & Geophysics  - 55 questions (25 of 1 mark & 30 of 2 marks)
Engineering Sciences  - 11 questions (7 of 1 mark & 4 of 2 marks)/ optional subject - 22 questions of 35 marks (9 of 1 mark & 13 of 2 marks)
Life Sciences - 15 questions (5 of 1 mark & 10 of 2 marks)/ optional subject - 20 questions of 30 marks (10 questions of 1 mark & 10 questions of 2 marks)

Duration of exam - 180 minutes (60 minutes per section)

Number of answer choices - 4 choices in case of MCQ
No choices in case of NAT

Language of question paper - English

Marking scheme - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) - +1 & 2 marks for the correct answer; 1/3 mark will be deducted for 1 mark questions and 2/3 mark will be deducted for 2 marks questions
Numeric Answer Type (NAT) - +1 & 2 marks for the correct answer; no negative marking

Mode of examination - Online



Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For a wrong answer chosen in an MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. For these questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered by the candidate using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). No choices will be shown for these types of questions.
  • The answer can be a number such as 10 or -10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 (one decimal) or 10.01 (two decimals) or -10.001 (three decimals).
  • These questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the candidates need to present the answer. Also, for some NAT type problems an appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not unduly penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Wherever required and possible, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

Note: There is NO negative marking for the wrong answers in NAT questions


GATE 2021 Exam Duration

  • All the papers of the GATE 2021 Exam will be for 3 hours duration and they consist of 65 questions for a total of 100 marks. Since the Exam is an Online Computer Based Test, at the end of the stipulated time (3-hours), the computer will automatically close the screen inhibiting any further action
  • Candidates will be permitted to occupy their allotted seats 40 minutes before the scheduled start of the exam.
  • Candidates can log in and start reading the instructions 20 minutes before the start of the exam. The candidate will NOT be permitted to enter the examination hall after 09:30 hours in the forenoon session and after 14:30 hours in the afternoon session
  • Candidates will NOT be permitted to leave the examination hall before the end of the exam

Pattern of Questions

  • GATE 2021 would contain questions of two different types in all the papers:
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to select (mark) the correct answer.
  • Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For a wrong answer chosen in an MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions.


  • In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA), which is intended to test the Language and Analytical Skills
  • In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
  • In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
  • For further details regarding exam pattern, please refer to the website


GATE Preparation Tips

  • Go through good reference books for GATE 2021 preparation.
  • Solve previous years’ question papers and sample papers.
  • Take online mock tests to know the pattern of the question paper.
  • Be in the company of people who are seriously interested in GATE
  • Take guidance from seniors who have clear it already
  • Do group study to gauge your preparation level
  • Join some test series/classes to be regular and competent enough



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GATE 2021 Syllabus

  • Syllabus for each of the papers, previous years GATE (model) question papers, and mock exam links along with virtual scientific calculator will be available on GATE 2021 website


Syllabus for Architecture and Planning (AR)

Syllabus for Biotechnology (BT)

Syllabus for Civil Engineering (CE)


Syllabus for Chemical Engineering (CH)


Syllabus for Chemistry (CY)


Syllabus for Electronics and Communication (EC)


Syllabus for Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)

Syllabus for Mathematics (MA)

Syllabus for Electrical Engineering (EE)


Syllabus for Geology and Geophysics (GG)

Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering (IN)


Syllabus for Engineering Mathematics (XE-A)

Syllabus for Mining Engineering (MN)

Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME)


Syllabus for Metallurgical Engineering (MT)


Syllabus for Physics (PH)


Syllabus for Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)


Syllabus for Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)


Syllabus for Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F)

Section 1: Chemistry of high polymers

Section 2: Polymer Characterization

Syllabus for Zoology (XL-T)

Section 1: Animal world

Section 2: Evolution

Syllabus for Thermodynamics (XE-E)

Section 1: Basic Concepts

Section 2: First Law of Thermodynamics


Syllabus for Solid Mechanics (XE-D)


Syllabus for Petroleum Engineering (PE)

Syllabus for Microbiology (XL-S)

Section 1: Historical Perspective

Section 2: Methods in Microbiology


Syllabus for Materials Science (XE-C)

Section 1: Processing of Materials

Section 2: Characterisation Techniques

Syllabus for Food Technology (XL-U)

Section 1: Food Chemistry and Nutrition

Section 2: Food Microbiology

Syllabus for Fluid Mechanics (XE-B)

Section 1: Flow and Fluid Properties

Section 2: Kinematics

Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution (EY)

Section 1: Ecology

Section 2: Evolution

Syllabus for Chemistry (XL-P)

Section 1: Atomic Structure and Periodicity

Section 2: Structure and Bonding

Syllabus for Botany (XL-R)

Section 1:Plant Systematics

Section 2: Plant Anatomy

Syllabus for Atmospheric & Ocean Science (XE-H)

Section A: Atmospheric Science

Section B: Ocean Sciences

Syllabus for Biochemistry (XL-Q)

Section 1

Section 2



Check out the Full Syllabus - GATE exam syllabus


GATE 2021 Exam Centres

International Centres

  • GATE 2021 Exams will be conducted in the following cities abroad: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore
  • The application fee for Dubai (UAE) and Singapore centers is US$ 100; and for the remaining, it is US$ 50. Candidates of any nationality can opt for international centers.


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Exam Cities

  • Tentative list of the cities (zone-wise) in which the GATE 2021 Exam is planned to be held. Also given below are the details of the Zonal GATE Offices
  • IISc Bangalore Bengaluru – [Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Ballari (Bellary), Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru, Bidar, 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, Powai Mumbai – [Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Baramati, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Kankavli, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Thane, Vadodara]
  • IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas,New Delhi – [Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh-Rohtak, Bikaner, Faridabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Palwal, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur, Ujjain]
  • IIT Guwahati– [Agartala, Asansol-Durgapur, Burdwan, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur]
  • IIT Kanpur– [Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi]
  • IIT Kharagpur– [Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada (Surampalem), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram]
  • IIT Madras Chennai– [Alappuzha, Aluva, Attingal, Bapatla, Chengannur, Chennai, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode-Thiruchengode, Gudur, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Madurai, Muvattupuzha, Nalgonda, Namakkal, Nedumangad, Nellore, Ongole, Pala, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Punalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvannamalai, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar, Warangal]
  • IIT Roorkee– [Ambala, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Bhimtal, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Hamirpur (HP), Jalandhar, Khanna, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala, Roorkee, Sangrur, Shimla-Solan, Sonepat, Una, Yamunanagar]



Important Websites

All candidates must apply Online. Further details and Online Application Form can be obtained by accessing any of the GATE zonal website:

  • IISc Bangalore (
  • IIT Bombay (
  • IIT Delhi (
  • IIT Guwahati (
  • IIT Kanpur (
  • IIT Kharagpur (
  • IIT Madras (
  • IIT Roorkee (



GATE 2021 Admit Card

  • The Admit Card for GATE 2021 will be available ONLY on GOAPS website
  • A candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from this website. The Admit Card would be available for download, tentatively from 1st week of January 2021. Note that the Admit Cards will NOT be sent to the candidates by post/e-mail
  • Candidates must bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card to the Exam for verification along with the original and valid photo Identity Document (NO photocopy/scanned copy/NOT an expired document), which was specified during the filling up of the online application (for example Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License)



GATE 2021 Application Procedure

  • Application for GATE 2021 must be submitted ONLINE (through GOAPS website – by paying necessary application fee
  • For GATE 2021, all information related to the application process will be available in the GOAPS website
  • The photograph, signature, certificate of qualifying degree, category certificate (SC/ST/PwD) and/or Dyslexic certificate, wherever applicable, must be uploaded during the online application
  • Candidates must enter the ID number specified in any one of the following IDs: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Employee ID, and Driving License. The candidates, who do not possess any of these identity cards, may please procure any one of them before making the application.
  • Please note that the GATE application form is not available for sale or otherwise anywhere


Application Fee

Details of the Application Fee are given in below.

  • The Application Fee is NEITHER refundable NOR transferable
  • Payments have to be made online by using either net banking or debit card or credit card. As per the prevailing norms, additional online transaction charges or bank charges can be applied. These charges will be specified on the payment portal



For Centres in India

  • Female Candidates [on or before 24th Sept. 2019] – Rs.750/-& [During the Extended  Period] Rs.1250/-
  • SC/ST/PwD Category Candidates [on or before 24th Sept. 2019] – Rs.750/- & [During the Extended Period] Rs.1250/-
  • All other Candidates [on or before 24th Sept. 2019] Rs.1500/- & [During the Extended Period] Rs.2000/-

For Centre’s Abroad

  • Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu: US$ 50& [During the Exam Period] – US$ 70
  • Dubai and Singapore [on or before 24th Sept. 2019]: US$ 100& [During the Exam Period] – US$ 120
  • Payments would have to be made through online by using net banking or debit card or e-Challan facilities
  • Additional charges will be applicable as per the rule of the bank from where the money is being transferred. This charge will be specified on the payment portal.


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GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS)

  • GOAPS is the webpage/web address of the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). It can also be accessed from the GATE 2021 website (
  • A candidate must first register by providing Full Name (as per the qualifying degree certificate), a valid email address, mobile number and by choosing a password
  • All communications from the GATE Offices will be sent to this email address (ONLY ONE PERSON CAN REGISTER WITH ONE email ADDRESS). Give the personal mobile number and email address, because most of the communication will be through email and/or SMS.
  • After due registration, GATE 2021 application must be filled and submitted ONLINE only at GOAPS.



  • GATE 2021 results will be announced on the 3rd week of March 2021 and will be available on the GOAPS Website
  • GATE 2021 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results


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