GATE 2021

Exam Date


Application Date

2020-09-11 to 2020-10-07

Result Date

Exam Description


GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test)


Graduate Aptitude Test, GATE is National Level Exam conducted every year jointly by the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Candidates who qualify for the cutoff scores will be eligible to get admission in M.Tech programs by IITs, NITs, IIITs, GFTIs, and STIs. IIT Bombay will release the GATE 2021 online form on the official website.


Entrance Exam Highlights


Exam Graduate Aptitude Test (GATE)
Organized by Jointly conducted by the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
Category National Level Exam
Frequency Once a year
Official Website
Mode of Registration Online
Exam Mode Online
Total Questions 65 Questions
Negative marking No
Languages English
Exam pattern Questions from core subject chosen and aptitude.
Total Marks 100
No. of Participating Colleges 900+ colleges
Score Validity Three years


GATE 2021: Important dates


Events Dates
GATE 2021 Registration 11 Sept -  07 Oct 2020
GATE Application Form Correction Window 28-Oct-20
Last Date for altering Examination City 13-Nov-20
GATE Admit card 08-Jan-21
Gate 2021 Exam Date 6th February 2021
7th February 2021
12th February 2021
13th February 2021
14th February 2021
Official Answer key 18-03-2021
Result declaration 19-Mar-21


GATE 2021: Eligibility criteria


  • Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology or a Master's degree (M.Sc) in any related subject in science or must be in the final year of the program.
  • There is no minimum pass percentage in the qualifying degree when applying for GATE 2021.
  • There is no age limit for candidates to apply for GATE 2021


GATE 2021: Exam Pattern


Division of Marks
General Aptitude 15% of total marks
Engineering Mathematics 15% of total marks
Paper or Discipline opted for by the candidate 70% of total marks


Engineering Mathematics would not be a part of the GATE 2021 for some of the disciplines for For these, the General aptitude portion would be 15% marks and the remaining 85% marks would be for the core subject. The disciplines for the same are listed below

  • AR: Architecture and Planning
  • CY: Chemistry
  • EY: Ecology and Evolution
  • GG: Geology and Geophysics
  • MA: Mathematics
  • PH: Physics
  • ST: Statistics
  • XL: Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Food Technology


Mode of Exam Online
Number of Questions 65
Type of Questions MCQs
Marks for a correct answer 1 or 2 marks for each correct answer depending on the section.
Negative Marking 1/3rd for 1 one mark questions and 2/3rd for 2 mark questions
No negative marking Numerical Type Answers (NAT)
Total marks allotted 100
Total time allotted 3 Hours


GATE 2021: Syllabus


  • The syllabus for GATE 2021 will be exactly the same as your graduation syllabus for each discipline.
  • The general aptitude section will have a common syllabus for all 25 papers.
  • For some of the disciplines, engineering mathematics will be compulsory and for some chemistry will be compulsory.
  • If you choose any of the two subjects among Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Food Technology then chemistry will become the compulsory subject.

The important topics for the General Aptitude section which is common for all 25 disciplines are given below:

  • Verbal Ability    
  • English Grammar
  • Sentence Completion
  • Verbal Analogies
  • Word Groups
  • Instructions
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Verbal Deduction
  • Numeric Ability
  • Numerical computation
  • Numerical Estimation
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Data Interpretation


GATE 2021: Application Process


GATE 2021 Application Forms are likely to be available in the month of September 2021. GATE 2021 Application will be done online only. Candidates need to apply and pay the application fees online at the official website for GATE 2021:


Step 1 : Registration:

  • Candidates have to register through GOAPs by filling in their name, email id, and mobile number to generate an enrollment id.


Step 2: Filling of Application Form:

  • After registration, the second step is to fill the application form that will be available from September 2021. Candidates have to fill all the mandatory fields carefully. You can choose the preferred exam center while filling the online application form.


Step 3: Uploading Images:

  • Once you are done with the application form, you need to upload the scanned copy of the recent photograph, signature and category certificate (if required) as per the specifications provided below.
Passport size photograph 2 kb -200 kb
Signature in running handwriting 2 kb-150 kb
Category Certificate (if applicable) 10 kb -300 kb
PwD Certificate (if applicable) 10 kb – 300 kb


Step 4: Fee Payment:

  • Candidates need to pay the application fee online via net banking/debit card/credit card.

For Exam Centers in India

Category Fees Late Fees
SC/ST INR 750 INR 1250
Females INR 750 INR 1250
General INR 1200 INR 2000

For Exam Centers outside India

Exam Centers Fees Late Fees
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu US$ 50 US$ 70
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100 US$ 120


  • Submit Application Form:

After the completion of the application fee, candidates can submit their application forms. Candidates are advised to check their forms before final submission.


GATE 2021: Application Form Correction


GATE 2021 aspirants have the facility to make corrections in the application form for a period of time. The official notification for GATE 2021 Application Form Correction will be released by the conducting body so that you can do the corrections. Only a few changes in some particular sections are permitted. Some changes that can be corrected are:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Date of Birth
  • Name of Parent
  • Country
  • Parent’s Mobile Number
  • Correspondence Address
  • Qualifying Degree Details
  • Category/gender/PwD status/Dyslexia


GATE 2020: Cut off


  • Candidates should be aware of GATE qualifying Cut Off and GATE Admission Cut Off:
  • The minimum number of marks that candidates should score to qualify for the exam is GATE Qualifying Cut Off for 2020. This cut-off will be different for different disciplines. And it will also vary based on the category of the candidates. GATE qualifying cut-off will be released by the conducting body once after a month of the exam date.
  • The minimum marks that a candidate needs to get admission in the college are GATE Admission Cut Off 2020. This cut-off is announced by individual institutes depending on the number of seats, the number of applicants, category of applicants, etc.
  • GATE cut off of the previous year is provided in the table below to help the candidates to get an idea about the cutoff of respective disciplines:   
GATE 2020 Paper Name General  OBC SC/ST/PWD
Aerospace Engineering (AE) 27.2 24.4 18.1
Agriculture Engineering (AG) 26.3 23.6 17.5
Architecture and Planning (AR) 34.8 31.3 23.2
Biomedical Engineering (BM) 25 22.5 16.6
Biotechnology (BT) 30.7 27.6 20.4
Civil Engineering (CE) 32.9 29.6 21.9
Chemical Engineering (CH) 35.7 32.1 23.8
Computer Science & Information Technology (CS) 28.5 25.6 19
Chemistry (CY) 26.7 24 17.8
Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC) 28.8 25.9 19.2
Electrical Engineering (EE) 33.4 30 22.2
Ecology & Evolution (EY) 42.2 37.9 28.1
Geology 38.4 38.4 38.4
Geophysics 46.7 46.7 46.7
Instrumentation Engineering (IN) 34.6 31.1 23
Mathematics (MA) 25 22.5 16.6
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 34 30.6 22.6
Mining Engineering (MN) 32.7 29.4 21.8
Metallurgical Engineering (MT) 49.2 44.2 32.8
Petroleum Engineering (PE) 39.8 35.8 26.5
Physics (PH) 37.2 33.4 24.8
Production & Industrial Engineering (PI) 36.6 32.9 24.4
Statistics (ST) 25 22.5 16.6
Textile Engineering & Fiber Science (TF) 37.1 33.3 24.7
Engineering Sciences (XE) 26 23.4 17.3
Life Sciences (XL) 31.7 28.5 21.1