GATE 2021 Registration , Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus

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GATE 2021 Notification: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay has published notification for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2021. Those Candidates who are interested in the vacancy details & completed all eligibility criteria can read the notification & apply Online.


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national examination conducted jointly by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee on behalf of National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India. GATE examination is a Computer Based Test (CBT).

Organising Institute for GATE 2021 is Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial assistance to Postgraduate Programs (Master’s and Doctoral) with Ministry of Education (MoE) and other Government Scholarships / Assistantships, subject to the admission criteria of the admitting institute.

The GATE score is also used by some Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) for their recruitment and by several other universities in India and abroad for admissions.

GATE 2021 score will remain valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of results.

About GATE 2021

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is basically a national examination on the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering / Technology / Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Arts, Commerce and Science.

GATE 2021 will be conducted for 27 Subjects (also referred to as “papers”).

GATE 2021 examination will be conducted over six days and twelve sessions on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of February 2021.

The GATE examination is conducted in different cities across India as well as six cities outside India (In International centres, GATE-2021 will be conducted only if the current COVID-19 situation eases and travel and other restrictions are relaxed. Else GATE-2021 in international centres will be “CANCELLED”).

The GATE score would reflect the relative performance level of the candidate in a particular subject, which is quantified based on several years of examination data.

Highlights of GATE 2021

  • Dates of examination: Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February, 2021. There are two sessions (forenoon and afternoon) each day.
  • Fully Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Two NEW subject papers are introduced:
    1. ES (Environmental Science and Engineering)
    2. XH (Humanities and Social Sciences) in Economics / English / Linguistics / Philosophy / Psychology / Sociology.
  • Total number of subject papers: 27
  • Syllabi of all subject papers have been revised for GATE 2021.
  • All Test Papers of GATE 2021 will be entirely objective type. Pattern of questions may include
    1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ),
    2. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and/or
    3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • ONE or TWO subject papers allowed. TWO Paper combinations have to be chosen from the given list of combinations of papers. Final allotment of TWO papers will still be subject to availability of infrastructure and dates.
  • Eligibility criteria is relaxed. A Candidate who is currently studying in th 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 to appear for GATE-2021 examination.
  • There is NO age limit to appear for GATE 2021 examination.
  • Applications will be accepted ONLINE only through GATE-2021 website link GOAPS.
  • GATE-2021 score card will remain valid for THREE years from the date of announcement of results.
  • Depending on COVID-19 situation, the schedule of the GATE 2021 examination may change.
  • Due to COVID-19 related international travel restrictions, examinations at the International Centres may be dropped, if situation is not conductive by end of November 2020.
  • Details available at the official website:
  • Organising Institute: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay).

GATE 2021 Exam Dates

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website OpensMonday14th September 2020
Closing Date of REGULAR online registration / application portalWednesday30th September 2020
End of EXTENDED period for online registration / application
(with late fee)
Wednesday7th October 2020
Last Date for change of category, paper and examination city
(an additional fee will be applicable)
Friday13th November 2020
Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Portal
(for download and printing)
Friday8th January 2021
GATE 2021 Examination
Forenoon:  9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Tentative)
Afternoon: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Tentative)
5th February 2021
6th February 2021
7th February 2021
12th February 2021
13th February 2021
14th February 2021
Announcement of results in the Online Application PortalMonday22nd March 2021

GATE 2021 Papers

Maximum TWO papers in GATE 2021

A candidate may appear either in ONE or TWO subject papers. For candidates who choose TWO papers, the combination must be from the approved list of combinations and subject to the availability of infrastructure and date.

Code of the First Paper (Primary)Codes of Papers allowed as the Second Paper
PHEC / GG / IN / MA / MT / ST
XEAE / CH / ME / MN / MT / PE / PI / TF

GATE 2021 Information Brochure

Click here to Download GATE 2021 Information Brochure

Pattern of Examination

Examination ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Duration3 Hours
Number of Subjects (Papers)27
SectionsGeneral Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/orNumerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Questions test these abilitiesRecallComprehensionApplicationAnalysis and Synthesis
Number of Questions10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions
Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks + Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks + Subject Questions: 72 Marks = Total: 100 Marks
Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks + Subject Questions: 85 Marks = Total: 100 Marks
Marking SchemeAll of the questions will be of 1 mark or 2 marks

Detailed Marking Scheme

Paper CodeGeneral Aptitude (GA) MarksSubject MarksTotal MarksTotal Time (Minutes)
AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST and BM1585100180
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1 Geology OR Section 2 Geophysics)]1525 + 60100180
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections)1515 + (2 x 35)100180
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section)1525 + (1 x 60)100180
XL (Section P + Any TWO Sections)1525 + (2 x 30)100180

GATE 2021 Syllabus Revised

Syllabus for each of the papers has been revised for GATE-2021.

The syllabus for each of the papers can be found by clicking on the papers (subject) below.

General Aptitude (GA) : Common in all papers

Code : PaperCode : Paper
AE: Aerospace EngineeringTF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
AG: Agricultural EngineeringXE-A: Engineering Mathematics
AR: Architecture and PlanningXE-B: Fluid Mechanics
BM: Biomedical EngineeringXE-C: Materials Science
BT: BiotechnologyXE-D: Solid Mechanics
CE: Civil EngineeringXE-E: Thermodynamics
CH: Chemical EngineeringXE-F: Polymer Science and Engineering
CS: Computer Sc. and Information TechnologyXE-G: Food Technology
CY: ChemistryXE-H: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
EC: Electronics and Communication Engg.XH-B1: Reasoning and Comprehension
EE: Electrical EngineeringXH-C1: Economics
ES: Environmental Science and EngineeringXH-C2: English
EY: Ecology and EvolutionXH-C3: Linguistics
GG: Geology and GeophysicsXH-C4: Philosophy
IN: Instrumentation EngineeringXH-C5: Psychology
MA: MathematicsXH-C6: Sociology
ME: Mechanical EngineeringXL-P: Chemistry
MN: Mining EngineeringXL-Q: Biochemistry
MT: Metallurgical EngineeringXL-R: Botany
PE: Petroleum EngineeringXL-S: Microbiology
PH: PhysicsXL-T: Zoology
PI: Production and Industrial EngineeringXL-U: Food Technology
ST: Statistics

GATE 2021 Examination Center

ZoneZonal GATE OfficeTentative List of Examination Cities/Towns
1Chairperson, GATE,
IISc Bangalore,
Bengaluru – 560 012
Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Belagavi (Belgaum), Ballari (Bellary), Bengaluru South, Bengaluru North, Bidar, Chikkamagaluru, Davanagere, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kolar, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Manipal, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur, Port Blair, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara (30)
2Chairperson, GATE,
IIT Bombay, Powai,
Mumbai – 400 076
Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Baramati, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Chandrapur, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Thane, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Vadodara (27)
3Chairperson, GATE,
IIT Delhi, HauzKhas,
New Delhi – 110 016
Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Faridabad, Greater NOIDA, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu-Samba, Jodhpur, Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Rohtak, Srinagar, Sikar, Sonepat, Udaipur, Ujjain (20)
4Chairperson, GATE,
IIT Guwahati
Guwahati – 781 039
Agartala, Aizawl, Asansol-Durgapur, Bokaro Steel City, Burdwan, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Dimapur-Kohima, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur (21)
5Chairperson, GATE,
IIT Kanpur
Kanpur – 208 016
Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi (12)
6Chairperson, GATE,
IIT Kharagpur
Kharagpur – 721 302
Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Eluru, Hooghly (WB), Jamshedpur, Kakinada (AP), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam (23)
7Chairperson, GATE,
IIT Madras
Chennai – 600 036
Alappuzha, Aluva-Ernakulam, Attingal, Chengannur, Chennai South, Chennai West, Chirala, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Gudur, Guntur, Kadapa, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Karimnagar, Khammam, Kodad, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Idukki, Madurai, Muvattupuzha, Namakkal, Nellore, Ongole, Puducherry, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar, Warangal (40)
8Chairperson, GATE,
IIT Roorkee
Roorkee – 247 667
Ambala, Amritsar, Bathinda, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Hamirpur-Una (HP), Jalandhar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali-Chandigarh, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, NOIDA, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala-Sangrur, Roorkee, Shimla-Solan, Yamunanagar (22)
2International GATE*Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore (6)

*Note – International Centres for GATE-2021 will continue IF the travel and other infrastructural issues normalize by November 2020 from the present COVID-19 pandemic situation, OTHERWISE, GATE-2021 examination at International Centres will be “CANCELLED”.

This is a tentative list, and any change will be updated on the website.

Choice of Examination City: The candidate can choose FOUR cities from the list of examination cities given in the above table. The first, second and third choices must be from the same GATE zone and fourth choice can be from any GATE zone.

If a candidate chooses a particular city (in a particular zone) as the first choice, then he/she will be able to choose the city of second and third choice ONLY from that particular zone. However, the fourth choice can be from any one of the listed cities in india(i.e., no restriction on the zone for the fourth choice city). Note that, because of the operational constraints, the GATE Committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be from any of the choices selected by the candidate.

GATE 2021 Application Fee:

Pay on or before 14 to 30-09-2020:

  • All Other Categories Rs. 1500/-
  • SC/ ST/ PwD/ Female: Rs. 750/-

During the Extended Period (01 to 07-10-2020):

  • All Other Categories: Rs. 2000/-
  • SC/ ST/ PwD/ Female: Rs. 1250

Payment Mode: Debit/ Credit card/ Net Banking

GATE 2021 – Data Requirement for Filling the Online Application Form (GOAPS)

The following data will be required while filling the form at GOAPS:

  1. Personal information (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parents’ name, parents’ mobile number, etc.). Please note that the name of the candidate in the application form must exactly be the same as that in the valid photo ID, which the candidate MUST produce in original while appearing for GATE-2021 examination at the centre.
    GATE 2021 scorecard will be issued as per the name entered in the application form.
    Prefix/title such as Mr/Shri/Dr/Mrs/Smt/Prof/Capt, etc. MUST NOT be used before name.
  2. Address for Communication (including PIN code)
  3. Eligibility degree details
  4. College name and address with PIN code
  5. GATE paper(s) (subject)
  6. Four Choices of GATE examination cities
  7. High quality image of candidate’s photograph conforming to the requirements specified
  8. Good quality image of candidate’s signature conforming to the requirements specified
  9. Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST) certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  10. Scanned copy of PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  11. Scanned copy of Certificate of Dyslexia (if applicable) in pdf format
  12. Details of the valid photo Identity Document (ID)(The same ID, in original, MUST be carried to the examination hall)
  13. Net-banking/debit card/credit card/UPI details for fee payment

How To Apply for GATE 2021:

Eligible candidates can apply online at the official website of IITB.

  • Visit
  • Click on the Apply Online Link.
  • If you are a new user then click on “New Registration”.
  • After registration, Log in with Reg. No and password.
  • Fill the details in the application and upload the Scanned Photo, signature.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Finally, Submit the online application.

Important Links :

Apply OnlineCLICK HERE
Official NotificationCLICK HERE
Official WebsiteCLICK HERE
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