GATE 2021 – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Checkout About GATE 2021 – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. GATE 2021 is a national level entrance exam conducted for Engineering Students. A GATE score is used for M.Tech, PhD admission and various PSU recruitment & Jobs. Here you can get all information regrading GATE 2021 Exam. We’ve provided answers for What is the Eligibility of GATE exam, GATE 2021 Exam Dates, Syllabus, what is the GATE Exam pattern, How to fill GATE Online Application and What is the last date for submission of GATE Exam application of 2021.

In Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, there are 27 papers namely AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, XE, XL,BM,ES,XH. Candidate needs to mention paper for which he/she will appear while filling GATE online application form. Those who apply before the last date will get admit card of GATE 2021 at GOAPS.

Latest – IIT Guwahati has published GATE 2021 exam date, notification, poster, and other important dates.

GATE 2021 Exam Date 06.02.2021,
GATE 2021 Organising Institute IIT Guwahati
GATE 2021 Official Website

GATE Notification 2021

Key highlights of GATE 2021

  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2021) is organised by IIT Guwahati. It will be used for two things. One will be to determine merit for admission to PG (Master and Doctoral) with MHRD and government scholarships / assistantships. Second will be for PSU recruitment.
  • Test centres of GATE 2021 have been identified in India as well as abroad.
  • Courses offered for postgraduation include that of engineering, technology, architecture, science.
  • In addition, GATE score, which is valid for 3 years, will also be used for PSU recruitment.

GATE 2021 Eligibility

GATE 2021 Eligibility – must check before applying. There is no age limit.

A candidate must be eligible in order to get admission on basis of GATE score. Primarily, eligibility criteria consists of educational qualification and year of qualifying. IIT Guwahati informs eligibility criteria; see below. Note that there is no age limit in GATE exam 2021.

Qualifying degree Description of degree Status of degree Qualifying year on or before
BE / B.Tech / B.Pharm Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology. 4 years after 10+2, or 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering/ Technology. Final year or complete 2022
B.Arch Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. 5 years. Final year or complete 2023
B.Sc (Research) / BS Bachelor’s degree in Science. Post-Diploma or 4 years after 10+2. Fourth year or complete 2022
M.Sc / MA / MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science or Mathematics or Statistics or Computer Applications or equivalent. Final year or complete 2022
Integrated ME / M.Tech (Post B.Sc) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology. 4 years. Second or third or fourth year or complete 2024
Integrated ME / M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology. 5 year. Fourth or fifth year or complete 2023
Integrated M.Sc / Integrated BS-MS Integrated MSc or 5 year integrated BS-MS program. Final year or complete 2022
Professional Society Examination (equivalent to BE / B.Tech / B.Arch) BE / B.Tech / B.Arch equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD / UPSC / AICTE (such as AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India) Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA


  • Candidates from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates are required to have either completed or be in final year of Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or Post-graduate (M.Sc.) degree in any relevant science subject.

GATE 2021 Important Dates

S.No. Event Date
1 Commencement of GATE 2021 application form submission at 14 Sep 2020
2 Last date to submit application form for GATE 30 Sep 2020
3 Last date to submit request for change in examination city choice 13 Nov 2020
4 Download GATE admit card 2021 from GOAPS to appear in exam 08 Jan 2021
5 GATE 2021 exam date 06 Feb 2021
07 Feb 2021
13 Feb 2021
14 Feb 2021
6 GATE 2021 result announcement 22 Mar 2021

GATE Brochure 2021

You can download GATE Brochure 2021 Details

Organizing Institute and Official Website

There are 23 IITs in India, and one IISc. GATE exam organizing responsibility is taken by them on rotational basis. IIT Guwahati, will hold GATE 2021. This institute has responsibility of conducting GATE exam 2021 for M.Tech admission 2018-2019 and is hereby referred to as Organizing Institute. Official website of GATE 2021 is It is managed and looked after by organising body. Here is its recently released notice (poster).

List of papers in GATE 2021 Exam

Annually, more than 9 lakh candidates apply to appear for the test in which they have to select one of the 27 papers. The subject as per the code is mentioned that the candidate also have to mention in the application form. The papers included are as follows:-

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Mathematics MA
Agricultural Engineering AG Mechanical Engineering ME
Architecture and Planning AR 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 Textile Engineering and Fiber Science TF
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Engineering Sciences XE
Electrical Engineering EE Life Sciences XL
Ecology and Evolution EY Humanities & Social Sciences XH
Geology and Geophysics GG Environmental Science & Engineering ES
Statistics ST Bio-medical Engineering BM
Instrumentation Engineering IN

Financial Assistance

Colleges supported by MHRD or other govt agencies offer financial assistance against valid GATE score. MHRD scholarship / assistance can be based either only on GATE score or GATE along with interview and institute test. Number of students who get financial assistance after getting admission in an institute depends on institute. Apart from that also there are fellowships by government organizations.

PSU Recruitment Through GATE

Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) offer employment on GATE score. Important organizations that do so include IOCL, NTPC, ONGC, Power Grid.

GATE 2021 Application Form

To apply for the GATE examination candidate will visit In online application form at GOAPS they will furnish their basic details and also upload their recent taken photograph, signature, thumb impression along with other relevant documents.

The valid document accepted include be graduation certificate, category certificate. Once all these details are verified by the candidate, an integrated payment gateway shall open. You may be required to pay the fee through net-banking or debit card or e-challan. Pick any suitable mode. The institute also allows you to check the status of your application. The following may be displayed on the computer screen: Received, Under Scrutiny, Accepted, Defect Status, Status after Rectification, Rejected with Valid Reasons, Admit Card Ready for Download. Read more about application form of GATE 2021 here.

Application fees

Payment for application fee will be online. Candidates who are submitting application form must pay application fee amount in order to complete form submission. Forms submited without fee are not accepted.

Center in India

Female candidates have to pay Rs 750. SC, ST, PwD candidates have to pay Rs 750. All other candidates will pay Rs 1500.

Center outside India

All candidates who have opted for centers outside India will pay US $ 100 to appear in exam. Centres available outside India are Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), and Singapore.

GATE 2021 Syllabus

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2021 is a computer based test. Examination schedule indicating paper (discipline) date is decided by exam conducting body. Test takers need to select correct option on computer screen for MCQs, and for numerical answer questions they will type answer.

The syllabus provided here constitutes the components such as Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications, Computer Science and Information Technology and  Instrumentation Engineering. Let us see the syllabus in detail. If you are looking forward to appear for exam, then you must cover all the topics by heart. Choose The specialization from the below mentioned subjects and prepare for it. Read more about syllabus of GATE 2021 here.

#1. Civil Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Geomatics Engineering

#2. Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Applied Mechanics and Design
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences
  • Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

#3. Electrical Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Signals and Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Power Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurements
  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Power Electronics

#4. Electronics and Communications

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Networks, Signals and Systems
  • Electronic Devices
  • Analog Circuits
  • Digital Circuits
  • Control Systems
  • Communications
  • Electromagnetics

#5. Computer Science and Information Technology

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Digital Logic
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Programming and Data Structures
  • Algorithms
  • Theory of Computation
  • Compiler Design
  • Operating System
  • Databases
  • Computer Networks

#6. Instrumentation Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Signals and Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Analog Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Measurements
  • Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation
  • Communication and Optical Instrumentation

GATE Exam Pattern 2021

GATE is computer based (CBT). The questions asked are mostly fundamental, concept based and thought provoking.

Section Question Number Number of Questions Marks per question Total marks
General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5
Technical 1 to 25 25 1 25
Engineering Mathematics 26 to 55 30 2 60
Total Questions- 65 Total Marks- 100 Total duration- 3 Hrs.
Technical Section- 70 marks General Aptitude- 15 marks Engineering Mathematics – 15 marks
25 marks to 40 marks will allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions


GATE Online Application Processing System is portal where aspirants apply, download admit card, check result. Here they can also check application status. Enrolment ID, registration ID and date of birth are login credentials for GOAPS. For GATE 2021, GOAPS is at IIT Guwahati website of GATE exam at Read more about GOAPS 2021 here.

GATE 2021 Admit Card

Admit cards shall be issued through the medium of GOAPS in 01st week of January 2018. It is required to bring a printed copy of the admit card to the test centre along with the original identification card. You may bring any one of the following:-

  • Passport, Voter ID, PAN Card, Aadhaar UID, Employee identification card, Valid College ID or Driving License is valid.
  • For International candidates, ONLY a valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID is valid.

Special Note- You are also advised to be present at the centre at least 1 hour before the exam commences. Read more about admit card of GATE 2021 here.

GATE 2021 Answer Key

IIT Guwahati is to release answer key of 23 papers after exam. Students who will have appeared can check answer key of GATE 2021 to know correct answers. Considering that this is a computer based test, answer keys come as question paper with answer form. It can be viewed online. Read more about answer key of GATE 2021 here.

GATE 2021 Result

Candidates will get marks for correct answer, and marks will get deducted for incorrect answers. By doing this, a raw socre is arrived at. Raw score is converted to normalized score using GATE score formula. Result of GATE 2021 will indicate score and rank. Usually score is important for admission and recruitment. Rank will indicate position in merit list of GATE paper of that discipline. Score will be valid for three (3) years. Read more about result of GATE 2021 here.

GATE Cut Offs

The cut off for the past years has been mentioned here for your reference as to give you an idea about the expected cut off for 2021. We know that the exact cut off cannot be confirmed but we are sure that it shall at least prepare you for what might be coming next. Read more about cut off of GATE 2021 here.

Stream Gen OBC SC/ST/PH
CE 28.70 25.8 19.10
ME 32.87 29 21
EE 25.20 25.20 16.70
EC 25.00 22.50 16.60
CS 25.00 22.50 16.60
IN 34.60 31.10 23.00
CH 44.30 39.80 29.50
BT 38.90 35.00 25.90
Stream Gen OBC SC/ST/PH
CE 25.00 22.50 16.60
ME 29.60 26.60 19.70
EE 25.10 22.50 16.70
EC 25.00 22.50 16.60
CS 25.00 22.50 16.60
IN 31.60 28.40 21.00
PI 26.40 23.70 17.50


Year Registered Appeared Qualified % appeared % qualified
2016 971831 818850 135392 84.26 16.53
2015 927580 804463 121060 86.73 15.05
2014 1033625 889157 149694 86.02 16.84
2013 1200728 984855 136699 82.02 13.88
2012 777134 686614 108526 88.35 15.81
2011 612568 686614 96239 91.17 17.23
2010 460541 686614 59853 91.33 14.23
2009 230341 212130 35273 92.09 16.63
2008 184672 166027 31694 89.90 19.09
2007 168917 153822 44387 91.06 28.86

GATE 2021 Preparation

Once you have decided to appear for the GATE exam, preparation needs to begin. An effective strategy to prepare for GATE is when you are clear on the three points.

  1. Which paper you wish to appear for, and whether you are eligible for the same.
  2. Know the syllabusfor GATE.
  3. Have a clear plan of action for GATE preparation.

Determine the eligibility and go through the syllabus. A good plan for GATE exam preparation must have the following points.

  • Study hours– Study at least 5 hours every day. Divide your time between studying theory, practising questions, and solving mock tests.
  • Books– Refer to the important books for GATE preparation.
  • Question papers– For self analysis, and understanding the level of difficulty as well as the examination pattern, go through last year papers. GATE Papers of past years of all subjects are available online.
  • GATE online preparation– Refer to online preparation resources for GATE exam. Some very useful videos can be viewed for free at NPTEL.
  • Check out the GATE exam preparationstrategy for an in depth guide on how to prepare for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.

GATE Helpline & Contact Details

Zone Address Phone number Email ID
1 Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, 560 012 080 22932392, 080 23601227 [email protected]
2 Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Powai, 400 076 022 2576 7068 [email protected]
3 Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, 110 016 011 2659 1749, 011 2659 6137 [email protected]
4 Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, 781 039 0361 258 6500 [email protected]
5 Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, 208 016 0512 259 7412 [email protected]
6 Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, 721 302 03222 282091 [email protected]
7 Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, 600 036 044 2257 8200 [email protected]
8 Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, 247 667 01332 284531 [email protected]

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  1. Puja Ahuja says

    When we can apply for coming gate exam

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