Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) -2021

What is GATE?

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).

Organizing Institute in 2021

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.

Gate 2021: What’s new

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.

Gate 2021 Highlights

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

GATE 2021 Important Dates

GATE-2021 Examination Pattern

GATE-2021 Detailed Marking Scheme

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