GATE 2021

GATE 2021: GATE is a national level entrance exam for admission to PG courses in the field of engineering and technology. It stands for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. Through GATE score candidates can get admissions into M. Tech. /Ph.D. programs in IITs, IISc, IISERs, and other reputed institutions. Every year, GATE is organized on the rotational basis by the seven zonal IITs and an IISc. Apart from granting admission, the score of the gate exam is also considered as one of the criteria for recruitment to government and private organizations working in technical fields. The GATE Application process will be started from the 1st week of September.


GATE 2021 Important Dates

Commencement of Online Application Form 1st week of September 2020
Last Date of Application Form Submission 4th week of September 2020
Last Date of Application with late fee 1st week of October 2020
Last Date to request for the change in exam city 2nd week of  November 2020
Mock Test Release 3rd week of November 2020
Availability of Admit Card 1st week of January 2021
Exam Date 1st week of February 2021
Declaration of result 2nd week of March 2021
Downloading of Score Card Begins 3rd week of May 2021
Counselling Commence 2nd week of April 2021

Eligibility Criteria

Qualification Required Description of the Qualifying Degree Status of the Degree Year of Passing
B.Arch 5-years bachelor’s degree in Architecture Pursuing final year examination or completed 2021
B.E./ B.Tech/ B.Pharm 4-years B.Tech (after 10+2) in any stream or 3-years B.Tech lateral entry (after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology). Final year candidates may also apply. Pursuing final year examination or completed 2021
B.Sc. Research/ B.S. 4-years Bachelor’s degree in Science (post-diploma or after 10+2) Pursuing final year examination or completed 2021
Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) 5-years Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology Currently in the 4th/5th year or completed 2021
Int. M.E/ M.Tech(Post-B.Sc.) 4-years Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology Presently in the 2nd/3rd/4th year or completed 2023
Int. M.Sc/ Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five years integrated B.S./M.S. program Pursuing final year examination or completed 2021
M. Sc./ M.A./ MCA or Equivalent Master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or completed 2021
Professional Society Examination equivalent to B.Tech/ B.E./ B.Arch 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) Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

GATE 2021 Application Form

GATE Registration will be started on the 1st week of September 2020. All the candidates have to apply online only. The registration will end in the first week of October 2020. The authority will provide a period of approx one month for the application process. Aspirants have to fill GATE 2021 application form through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Application Procedure for international candidates is the same as Indians. International candidates must possess a valid passport to apply.

Application Fee

  • Candidates can pay the application fee via Net banking, debit card or e-challan.
Category Application Fee
SC/ST/PWD Candidates Rs. 750/-
Women Candidates Rs. 750/-
All Other Candidates Rs. 1500/-
GATE International Candidates US Dollars 50

Exam Pattern

  • The examination duration will be 3 hours.
  • The examination mode will be online only (CBT).
  • Total 65 questions of maximum 100 marks will be asked in GATE 2019.
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) & Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT) will appear in GATE examination.
  • For MCQ, 4 choices will be provided while there will be no options provided for NAT.
  • Students are required to enter the real number in Numerical Answer Type Questions with the help of a virtual keypad.
  • MCQ and NAT questions will carry 1 or 2 marks in all papers.
  • There will be a negative marking of 1/3 marks for the questions carrying 1 mark.
  • Likewise, for questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted. No negative marking for Numerical Answer Type questions.
Section Question No. No. of questions Marks per question TotalMarks
General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5


1 to 25 25 1 25
26 to 55 30 2 60
Total Questions: 65 Maximum Marks: 100 Duration: 3 hours
Technical Section: 70 marks General Aptitude: 15 marks Engineering Mathematics:15 marks
25 marks to 40 marks will be allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions

Use of GATE Score

To shortlist the candidates for employment, several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) use GATE scores such as:

  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
  • Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
  • Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)
  • National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
  • Power Grid Corporation of India.
  • Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)

Direct recruitment to Group ‘A’ level posts in Central government such as:

  • Senior Research Officer (Crypto)
  • and Senior Field Officer (Tele)
  • Senior Research Officer (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat

GATE 2021 Cut Off

The cut off marks will be declared differently by each participating institute and it will also be distinct for different courses. Various public and private sector undertakings that consider GATE scores for employment purposes will also declare their own cut off marks. The cut off marks will be published on the official website.

GATE 2021 Counseling Procedure

Indian institution of Technologies (IITs) will not engage in the activity of organizing a common GATE Counselling for granting admission to various PG courses. After the declaration of the official GATE result, candidates have to register separately to various IITs. All the NITs will organize the Centralized Counselling for PG engineering programs such as M.Arch. / M.Tech. /M.Plan.

  • The procedure of counseling will be scheduled by CCMT (Centralized Counseling for M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan).
  • The counseling will start once the results for GATE will be declared.
  • The allotment of seats will be done on the basis of applicants’ performance in the written examination.

27 thoughts on “GATE 2021”

  1. Is the BSc Agriculture graduates are eligible for GATE exam ? to take admission for MTech in food technology

  2. I have done mtech in nanotechnology ant want to do phd in nanotechnology subject coming under electronics and telecommunication??what should i do for phd entrance exam??

  3. I am doing btech in chemical engineering from iit delhi.this is my final year .I am eligible for GATE ?

  4. I studied diploma in mechanical and Amie in production sir could you help me which branch I am eligible for??

  5. I am 2016 pass out can I upload provisional certificate which i upload last year instead of degree certificate

  6. Sir I completed B.E in may 2017. But I have two backlogs.. I’ll clear that backlogs in Jan 2018. Am I eligible for gate 2018.

  7. Sir I have passed out in 2017 bt still my degree does not completed.there are 1 backlog which exam will be conduct by college in Dec 2017.can u tell me which document can be uploade at the place of provisional??

  8. Sir, I passed my examination in biophysics. Am I eligible for both the gate life science and gate biotechnoly? May I fill up the two forms in two subjects ?

  9. I am completing my M.Tech in Computer Science this week.And my M.Tech course is only for 2 years.I want to apply for PhD in Computer Science.So in Gate is the paper ànd syllabus different for the students completing B.Tech and for M.Tech students..?

  10. i m in my 2nd year now i want to do phd so how can i apply please let me know ?
    can i give gate xam for pursuing phd ??

  11. Hello Sir I have passed out BE in 2016 bt still my degree does not completed.there are 1 backlog which exam will be conduct by college in Dec 2017.can u tell me which document can be uploade at the place of provisional??


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