GATE 2021


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. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an online national level examination for Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Technology (MTech), and direct PhD admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and other institutes/universities throughout India. On behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB - GATE), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource and Development, the exam is jointly conducted on a rotational basis by IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, and Indian Institute for Science, Bangalore (IISC Bangalore). The GATE 2021 exam was held in online mode at 206 exam centres within India and six exam centres outside India on February 6-7 and February 13-14 by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. The first shift of GATE 2021 was held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the second shift was held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The GATE 2021 Admit Card was issued on January 8 by the authority. The official website,, has now published the results.

The organising institute for GATE 2022 is IIT Kharagpur. GATE is jointly administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee. Azonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc is in charge of GATE operations in each of the eight areas. The Organizing Institute (OI) is in charge of the entire process as well as cooperation between the implementing Institutes.


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


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

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


Exam Pattern for GATE 2022 ES

The Engineering Mathematics section will be mandatory for candidates who choose ES (Environmental Science and Engineering), and it will account for 15% (15 marks) of the weightage of the total marks.


GATE 2021: Syllabus

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


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:

Step 2: Filling of Application Form:

Step 3: Uploading Images:

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:

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

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:


Admit Card for GATE 2021

On January 8, 2021, the GATE 2021 admit card was announced. It should be remembered that only those who successfully complete the GATE Application Form 2021 will receive a GATE admit card. Candidates must log in with their registration information, which includes Enrollment ID and Password on GOAPS, in order to download the GATE 2021 admit card online. The direct link to check and download the GATE 2021 admit card has been revised.


Steps to download GATE Admit Card 2021

The GATE 2021 admit card is available online at IIT Bombay. Test takers can download their GATE 2021 admit card/hall ticket by following the steps outlined below.


Steps to Get the GATE 2021 Answer Key

Candidates will download the GATE 2021 response key by following the steps outlined below.


Result of GATE (Scorecard Out)

The GATE 2021 result was announced on March 19 by IIT Bombay, and the scorecard was released on March 27. The GATE 2021 cutoff for all papers has been released along with the results. The GATE 2021 result has been announced, along with the qualifying cutoff marks for all 27 papers/subjects. GATE 2021 scorecards can be downloaded by logging into the GATE Online Application Process System by candidates who took the test (GOAPS).


Steps to Check GATE Results

You will get your GATE 2021 result by following the steps below:


GATE: Cut off

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


Counselling for GATE 

The GATE 2020 counselling process will be held to provide admissions to candidates who have earned the minimum qualifying marks in the GATE 2021 entrance exam. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will conduct their own centralised counselling procedure to induct qualifying students who took the GATE 2020 exam in 2020. The GATE 2021 counselling process can vary depending on the type of institute that the candidates choose. For example, to obtain a spot in any of the IITs via the GATE counselling process 2021, candidates must first register for the Popular Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP), which will offer admission to qualified candidates based on their GATE 2020 scores. Candidates must first register for Centralized Counselling for M.Tech admission to Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) (CCMT).