GATE 2021: Answer Key (Released), Dates, Notification, Result, Scorecard, Counselling & Tips


IIT Bombay has successfully conducted the GATE 2021 exam on 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th February 2021. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering was conducted for 27 subjects including the two new subjects viz. Humanities and Social Science (XH) and Environmental Engineering (ES). Candidates from Commerce and Arts background could also appear for GATE 2021. Keep a check on this page for all updates regarding the GATE 2021.

About GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level entrance examination mandatory for admission to postgraduate & doctoral courses offered by MHRD supported institutes and other government colleges like IITs, IISc, NITs and GFTIs. GATE comes under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on a rotation basis on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB). IIT Bombay conducted the GATE 2021 exam.

Apart from this, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) like GAILBHELIOCLONGCNTPC, etc. use the GATE exam score for their recruitment process. Recently, even the Cabinet Secretariat has started utilising the GATE score for the recruitment of candidates under Group ‘A’ category, for the post of SRO (Senior Research Officer) and SFO (Senior Field Officer).

Zones and the Corresponding Administrative Institutes for GATE


Administering Institute

Zonal Websites

Zone – 1

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

Zone – 2

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Zone – 3

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Zone – 4

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Zone – 5

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Zone – 6

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Zone – 7

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Zone – 8

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

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About the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2021

  • GATE 2021 was conducted by the IIT Bombay.
  • The online application for GATE 2021 started on 11th September 2020 and continued till 7th October. The last date for application submission was 14th October with a late fee.
  • The GATE 2021 exam was held on 06th, 07th, 13th, and 14th February 2021.

Candidates who are looking forward to joining the NITs, IITs, IIITs, IISc and GFTIs must appear for the GATE exam.

GATE Exam 2021 Latest Update – 

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has released the GATE 2021 official answer key on 26th February. Candidates will be allowed to raise objections against the answer key from 2nd to 4th March.

Candidates who successfully clear the exam will be eligible for admission to postgraduate and doctoral courses at IITs, IISc, PSU jobs, and financial assistance scholarships by the Ministry of Education. Candidates must note that the GATE score is eligible for three years.

GATE 2021 Official Notification -

In order to confirm the opening of the GATE 2021 application correction window once again via GOAPS portal, the exam authority has released a detailed notification on the website. As per the details shared, GATE 2021 GOAPS Portal has re-opened for making the final correction in applications, where the to make any change in Contact Address, University/College Name, and/or Degree Nomenclature is free of cost. In case the candidates want to make correction in Name or DOB, they will have to pay ₹ 500/- correction fees. The exam portal for correction of application process will allow changes in the following fields.

  • Changing the choice of Examination City is FREE.
  • Changing the Category, Gender and / or Paper are with additional Charges.

The changes and the fee applicable for changes is given below:

Description of Changes / Modifications

Fee Charges

Change in choice of examination cities

No charges

Change of existing paper

₹ 500

Add a second paper (from given combinations with respect to the primary paper)

₹ 500 + suitable amount per paper for the candidate’s category

Change of gender to female

₹ 500

Change of gender from female to any other gender

₹ 500 + ₹ 750 = 1250

Change of category to SC/ST

₹ 500

Change of category from SC/ST to any other

₹ 500 + ₹ 750 = 1250

Change from Non-PwD to PwD

₹ 500

Change from PwD to Non-PwD

₹ 500 + ₹ 750 = 1250

Any other change in category (not mentioned above)

₹ 500

The application correction window will remain open until 23rd November 2020 and candidates will be allowed to make changes in the abovementioned fields until then.

GATE 2021 Entrance Exam - Quick Overview

Here’s an overview of the GATE 2021 exam. Go through it to equip yourself with the important information.

Name of the Exam

GATE 2021 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

Conducting Authority

IISc Bangalore and 7 IITs (on a rotational basis)

Conducting Authority 2021

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay

Official Website (GATE 2021)

Exam Occurrence

Once in a year

No. of Test Takers

Over 9 Lakhs

Mode of Exam

Online – Computer Based Test

Exam Type

National Level

Offered Courses

Master’s programmes & Doctoral courses (M.E./M.Tech/Ph.D.)

Important Changes for GATE 2021 -

  • For the year 2021, candidates from humanities background will also be allowed to take the GATE 2021 exam.
  • Two new subjects include environmental science and engineering and humanities and social sciences are also being introduced.
  • Including the two new subjects making the total number of subjects to 27.
  • No need to upload thumb impression while submitting the GATE 2021 application form.
  • Scientific Calculators are not allowed. (Virtual calculator will be given to candidates at the time of the exam)

Available Application Forms

GATE Exam 2021 Important Dates

IIT Bombay has scheduled the GATE 2021 examination on 6th, 7th, 13, and 14th February 2021. Check complete examination schedule here:

GATE 2021 Exam Dates

Important Dates

Releasing date of official notification

25th July 2020

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) opens

11th September 2020

Last date for GATE application submission

30th September 2020 (Extended till 07th October 2020)

Last date for GATE application submission (with late fee)

14th October 2020

Reopening of GOAPS portal

28th October 2020

Last date for requesting changes in the examination city, category, and exam paper

13th November 2020

GATE 2021 Application Correction Window

From 17th to 23rd November 2020

Availability of admit card

08th January 2021

Commencement of the exam

06th, 07th February 2021


13th, 14th February 2021

Availability of GATE 2021 Prelims answer key

26th February 2021

Last date to raise an objection

2nd to 4th March 2021

Final GATE 2021 answer key

March 2021

GATE 2021 Result announcement

22nd March 2021

Availability of GATE 2021 scorecard

March 2021

Beginning of GATE Counselling 2021

May 2021

GATE 2021 Paper-wise Exam Dates

For the benefit of the students, the detailed exam schedule for the GATE 2021 exam is provided below:

GATE 2021 Exam Schedule


Test Paper Codes

5th February 2021 (Friday)

12:00 – 17:00 hrs

Miscellaneous Activities*

6th February 2021 (Saturday)

09:30 – 12:30 hrs (Forenoon Session – FN)

CE-1, IN, CY

6th February 2021 (Saturday)

15:00 – 18:00 hrs (Afternoon Session – AN)

CE-2, PH, AR, BM, AE, MN

7th February 2021 (Sunday)

09:30 – 12:30 hrs (Forenoon Session – FN)


7th February 2021 (Sunday)

15:00 – 18:00 hrs (Afternoon Session – AN)


12th February 2021 (Friday)

12:00 – 17:00 hrs

Miscellaneous Activities*

13th February 2021 (Saturday)

09:30 – 12:30 hrs (Forenoon Session – FN)

CS-1, MA, BT, CH, TF

13th February 2021 (Saturday)

15:00 – 18:00 hrs (Afternoon Session – AN)

CS-2, XE, XL

14th February 2021 (Sunday)

09:30 – 12:30 hrs (Forenoon Session – FN)

ME-1, XH

14th February 2021 (Sunday)

15:00 – 18:00 hrs (Afternoon Session – AN)

ME-2, MT

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GATE Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

GATE Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

This section consists of the GATE 2021 examination related information – exam pattern and syllabus. The exam will be held in CBT mode. It will be conducted for 27 papers/ subjects. A candidate has to choose only one paper. Instead of mobile phones, personal calculators, electronic devices, wristwatches, etc., the candidate can use the Virtual Scientific Calculator available on the system during the test. For rough work, students will be offered the scribble pads. Mention respective names on the scribble pads and should be returned to the invigilator after the exam.

GATE Exam Pattern 2021 –

Candidates are advised to go through this section carefully and prepare accordingly. Find complete information about GATE 2021 latest exam pattern, structure, marking scheme, paper codes, etc.

The exam will be scheduled to be held in two shifts – morning shift beginning from 9:30 am and concluding at 12:30 pm and evening shift to be conducted from 2:30 pm and will conclude on 5:30 pm.

The duration of the examination is 180 minutes (3 hours) – this is for all the papers of the GATE 2021 exam, which comprises 65 questions for 100 marks. There will be questions of two different types in all the papers.

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): MCQs are objective types and carry 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. The candidates will have a choice of 4 answers. They will have to choose the correct one. However, there will be negative marking for every wrong answer. 1/3rd marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer.
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT): Unlike MCQs, NAT questions require the candidates to use the virtual numeric keypad given on the computer screen. However, the candidates will have no choices like MCQs. They need to enter a number like 10 or -10 or 10.1 or 10.01 or 10.001. There will be “no negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions”.

Exam Pattern in a Glimpse -

GATE Exam Pattern


Mode of the exam

Online (CBT)

Duration of the exam

3 hours

Type of questions

MCQs and NAT Questions

Number of answer choices

4 choices for MCQ and No choices for NAT

Number of sections

General Aptitude (GA) and the choice of engineering branch

Question paper language


Number of questions

  • GA (General Aptitude): 10 questions (5 of 1 mark and 5 for 2 marks)
  • XE (Engineering Sciences): 11 questions (7 of 1 mark and 4 of 2 marks). Option subject – 22 questions (9 of 1 mark and 13 of 2 marks)
  • GG (Geology & Geophysics): 55 questions (25 of 1 mark and 30 of 2 marks)
  • XL (Life Sciences): 15 questions (5 of 1 mark and 10 of 2 marks). Optional subject: 20 questions (10 of 1 mark and 10 of 2 marks)
  • Paper excluding XE, XL and GG: 55 questions (25 of 1 mark and 30 of 2 marks)

Marking scheme

1/3rd marks will be deducted for each wrong answer and 2/3rd marks will be deducted for 2 marks questions (MCQ)


For NAT questions, there will be no negative marking


GATE Exam 2021

Exam Pattern Details

GATE 2021 Subjects

The exam will be conducted for 25 subjects including Agricultural Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering, Mathematics, Bio-medical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering among other subjects.

Note: Candidate must note that they are allowed to appear in only one paper in any one session.

 GATE 2020 Subject-wise Marking Scheme


No. of Questions



Total Marks

General Aptitude (GA) will test the Language and Analytical Skills.

Total Questions - 10

Total Marks - 15

(Common in all 25 papers)









AE, AG, BT, BM, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE















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 GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper Marking Scheme

Part A (Compulsory)

25 questions of 1 mark each = 25 Marks

Part B will have 2 sections & aspirants have to attempt anyone

Section 1 - Geology

Section 2 - Geophysics

30 questions of 2 marks each = 60 Marks

Total 55 Questions

25 marks + 60 marks + 15 marks of GA = Total 100 marks 

 XE (Engineering) Paper Marking Scheme

Section A (Compulsory)

7 questions of 1 mark each

4 questions of 2 marks each

Total 11 questions of 15 marks

Sections B to H

(Attempt Any Two)

9 questions of 1 mark each

13 questions of 2 marks each

Total 22 questions of 35 marks per section

Total 55 Questions

15 marks + 70 marks + 15 marks of GA = Total 100 marks 

 XL (Life Science) Paper Marking Scheme

Section P Chemistry (Compulsory)

5 questions of 1 mark each

10 questions of 2 marks each

Total 15 questions of 25 marks

Sections Q to U

(Attempt Any Two)

10 questions of 1 mark each

10 questions of 2 marks each

Total 20 questions of 30 marks per section

Total 55 Questions

25 marks + 60 marks + 15 marks of GA = Total 100 marks 

 Distribution of Questions and Marks –

The questions and marks for the GATE question paper are distributed among two sections. The detailed distribution is provided in the table below:


No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

General Aptitude (GA)

Total Questions - 10

Total Marks - 15

(Common in all 25 papers)







AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, ST, TF, AR, CY, EY, MA, PH (except GG, XE and XL)












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List of GATE 2021 Exam Latest Subjects

The candidates should remember the paper code of the subjects selected by them for the GATE entrance examination. Here is the list of all the 27 subjects and their paper code. Two subjects are added from the year 2021 onwards:

S. No.

Subjects/ Papers

Paper Code


Architecture and Planning



Agricultural Engineering



Aerospace Engineering






Computer Science and Information Technology



Civil Engineering



Chemical  Engineering






Electrical Engineering



Electronics and Communication Engineering



Ecology and Evolution



Engineering Sciences



Geology and Geophysics



Instrumentation Engineering



Life Sciences






Mechanical Engineering



Metallurgical Engineering



Mining Engineering






Production and Industrial Engineering



Petroleum Engineering



Textile Engineering and Fibre Science






Biomedical Engineering



Environmental Science and Engineering



Humanities and Social Sciences


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GATE 2021 Syllabus

Without getting your hands on the latest GATE syllabus, you wouldn’t be able to succeed in the exam and grab a seat in the prestigious colleges. The exam will be conducted for all 25 subjects.

The candidates have to get hold of the latest GATE 2021 syllabus that comprises three sections such as General Aptitude (GA), Engineering Mathematics (EM) and subject-specific paper chosen by the candidates at the time of filling in the online application form.

GATE Syllabus 2021 Overview –

  • General Aptitude Syllabus (Common for All Subjects)

This is common for all subjects. The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus.

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

  • Aerospace Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Aerospace Engineering.

Fourier Series

Dynamic stability

Laplace Transforms

Euler angle

Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations

Aerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives

Numerical integration and differentiation

Equations of motion

Decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics

Measurement and visualization techniques

Longitudinal modes; lateral-directional modes.

Vibration of  beams

Orbit transfer

In-plane and out-of-plane

Wind Tunnel Testing

Equilibrium and compatibility equations

Elementary ideas of viscous flows including boundary layers

Theory of elasticity

Airy’s stress function

  • Bio-medical Engineering Syllabus (Introduced since 2020)

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Bio-medical Engineering.

Measurement and Digital Electronics

Sensors and Bioinstrumentations

Engineering Mathematics

Electrical Circuits


Human Anatomy and Physiology

Medical Imaging System


Analog and Digital Electronics

Signals and Systems

  • Architecture & Planning Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Architecture & Planning.

Building and Structures

Urban Design

Planning Techniques and Management

Environmental Planning and Design

Architecture and Design

Urban Planning and Housing

Building Materials, Construction and Management

Services, Infrastructure and Transportation


  • Agriculture Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Agriculture Engineering.

Dairy and Food Engineering

Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

Engineering Mathematics

Farm Power

Agricultural Processing Engineering

Soil and Water Conservation Engineering

Farm Machinery


  • Biotechnology Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Biotechnology.

Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology

Recombinant DNA Technology

Engineering Mathematics

Plant and Animal Biotechnology

General Biotechnology


  • Chemical Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Chemical Engineering.

Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations

Mass Transfer

Process Calculations and Thermodynamics

Instrumentation and Process Control

Engineering Mathematics

Chemical Technology

Heat Transfer

Plant Design and Economics


Chemical Reaction Engineering

  •  Civil Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Civil Engineering.

Geomatics Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Structural Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Engineering Mathematics

Water Resources Engineering

Transportation Engineering


  • Chemistry Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Chemistry.

Organic Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry


  • Computer Science and Information Technology Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Computer Science and Information Technology.

Computer Organization and Architecture


Compiler Design 


Engineering Mathematics

Digital Logic

Programming and Data Structures

Theory of Computation

Operating System

Computer Networks

  • Electrical Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Electrical Engineering.

Electrical Circuits

Electrical Machines

Analog and Digital Electronics

Electrical and Electronic Measurements

Power Electronics

Electromagnetic Fields

Signals and Systems

Power Systems

Engineering Mathematics

Control Systems

  • Electronics and Communication Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Networks, Signals and Systems

Analog Circuits


Control System


Digital Circuits

Engineering Mathematics

Electronic Devices

  • Geology and Geophysics Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Geology and Geophysics.



  • Ecology and Evolution Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Ecology and Evolution.

Behavioural Ecology

Mathematics and Quantitative Ecology



  • Instrumentation Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Instrumentation Engineering.

Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation

Electrical Circuits

Engineering Mathematics

Control Systems

Communication and Optical Instrumentation

Signals and Systems


Analog and Digital Electronics

  • Mechanical Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Mechanical Engineering.

Engineering Mathematics

Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science

Material, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

Applied Mechanics and Design

  • Mathematics Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Mathematics.

Linear Algebra

Rear Analysis


Linear Programming

Partial Differential Equations

Ordinary Differential Equations

Functional Analysis

Linear Algebra

Complex Analysis


Numerical Analysis


Linear Programming


  • Metallurgical Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Metallurgical Engineering.

Thermodynamics and Rate Process

Mechanical Metallurgy

Engineering Mathematics

Extractive Metallurgy

Physical Metallurgy

Manufacturing Process

  • Mining Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Mining Engineering.

Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation and Underground Hazards

Geomechanics and Ground Control

Mine Economics, Mine Planning, System Engineering

Engineering Mathematics

Mine Development Surveying

Mining Methods and Machinery

  • Production and Industrial Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Production and Industrial Engineering.

Industrial Engineering

Manufacturing Processes

Quality and Reliability

Operation Research an Operational Management

Genera Engineering

Engineering Mathematics

  • Physics Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Physics.

Mathematical Physics

Electromagnetic Theory

Solid State Physics and Electronics

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Classical Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics

Atomic and Molecular Physics

  • Textile Engineering Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of Textile Engineering.

Textile Engineering and Fibre Science

Engineering Mathematics

  • XE A (Engineering Mathematics) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE A (Engineering Mathematics).

Numerical Methods

Linear Algebra

Partial Differential Equations

Vector Calculus


Complex variables

Probability and Statistics

Ordinary Differential Equations

  • XE B (Fluid Mechanism) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE B (Fluid Mechanism).

Internal flows

Flow and Fluid Properties

Inviscid flows

Differential Analysis


Prandtl boundary layer equations

Dimensional analysis

Integral analysis

  • XE C (Material Sciences) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE C (Material Sciences).

Structure and Imperfections

Properties of Materials

Material types

Elements of Quantum Mechanics and Mathematics

Processing of Materials

Environmental Degradation

Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Characterisation Techniques

  • XE E (Thermodynamics) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE E (Thermodynamics).

Law of Thermodynamics

Basic Concepts

Ideal Gas Mixture

Thermodynamics Relations


Thermodynamics Cycle

  • XE F (Polymer Science and Engineering) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE F (Polymer Science and Engineering).

Synthesis and properties

Polymer processing

Polymer Technology

Chemistry of high polymers

Polymer Characterization

Polymer blends and composites

Polymer testing

Polymer rheology

  • XE G (Food Technology) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE G (Food Technology).

Food Microbiology

Food Engineering

Food Chemistry and Nutrition

Food Products Technology

  • XE P (Chemistry) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE P (Chemistry).

Chemical Equilibria

Reaction Kinetics

Atomic Structure and Periodicity

s, p and d Block Elements

Structure and Bonding


Structure-Reactivity Correlations and Organic Reaction Mechanisms


  • XE R (Botany) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE R (Botany).

Morphogenesis & Development

Plant Anatomy

Plant Systematics

Plant Pathology

Physiology and Biochemistry

Economy Botany


Plant Breeding and Genetic Modification

Ecology and Environment


  • XE S (Microbiology) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE S (Microbiology).

Microbial Growth

Methods in Microbiology


Microbial Taxonomy and Diversity

Control of Micro-organisms

Microbial Ecology

Microbial Metabolism

Historical Perspective

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells: Structure and Function

Microbial Diseases and Host-Pathogen Interaction

Microbial Genetics


  • XE T (Zoology) Syllabus

The candidates have to go through the latest syllabus of XE T (Zoology).

Cell Biology


Animal Behavior

Development Biology

Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Animal world


Gene expression in Eukaryotes

Parasitology and Immunology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology



GATE Exam 2021 Eligibility

Candidates should check the GATE eligibility criteria defined by the conducting authority before applying for the exam. The detailed eligibility criteria for GATE 2021, i.e. age limit, education qualification, nationality, etc. are given below.

Age Limit –

There is no age limit to apply for the GATE Examination.

Nationality –

  • Candidate should be an Indian citizen.
  • Also, the candidate from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, U.A.E and Singapore are eligible to appear for the exam.

Educational Qualification –

To apply for the GATE Entrance Exam 2021, aspirants must meet any of the below qualification criteria.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.Tech/ B.E /B.Pharm) in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. or diploma).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (B.Arch - 5 years).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science (B.Sc - 4 years after 10+2).
  • Masters Degree (M.Sc/MA/MCA) in any branch of Mathematics, Science, Statistics or Computer Application.
  • Integrated Master’s degree (Post B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology (4 years or 5 years).
  • Candidates, who have obtained their qualifications (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech) from professional societies recognised by the UPSC/AICTE/MHRD, are also eligible to appear for the GATE Exam.
  • Applicants from other countries must have a Bachelor’s Degree/ Master’s Degree in engineering or science stream.

Note: Students appearing in the final year examinations of the above courses are also eligible for the GATE exam.

Pass Percentage –

  • There is no minimum pass percentage required to apply for GATE 2021.

Students may also like to refer to the following table and ensure that they meet the academic qualification of the GATE 2021 exam.

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree/ Examination

Eligible Candidates (Description)

Year of Qualification (Not Later Than)

B. Arch

Naval Architecture (4 years course)/ Degree holder (bachelor) in Architecture (5 years course)/ Planning (4 years course)

Completed or in the final year



M.B.B.S degree holders and those in the 7th/ 8th/ 9th semester

Already completed or in the 7th/ 8th/ 9th semester of such programme


B.E/ B.Pharm/ B.Tech

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology (Four years after 10+2 or Three years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Eng./ Technology)

Completed or in the final year


M.Sc./ MCA/ M.A. or Equivalent

Master’s Degree in Science/ Statistic/ Computer Applications/ Mathematics or equivalent

Completed or in the final year






Pharm. D. (after 10+2)

Candidates with a degree of 6 years’ program (consisting of internship or residency training during 6th year)

Already completed or in the 4th/ 5th/ 6th year (currently)


Int. M.E./ M.Tech (Post-Bachelor Science)

Post-B.Sc. Integrated Master’s Degree programmes in Engineering/ Technology (Four years programme)

Already completed or in the 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th year (currently)


B.S./ B.Sc. (Research)

Bachelor’s Degree in Science (4 years after 10+2/ Post-Diploma)

Already completed or in the 4th year (currently)


Integrated M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)

Int. Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/ Technology (Five years programme)

Already completed or in the 4th/ 5th year (currently)


*Professional Society Exams (equivalent to B.Arch./B.Tech./ B.E.)

B.Arch./B.Tech./ B.E. or equivalent exams of Professional Scoeities, recognized by AICTE/ UPSC/ MHRD

Completed Section A or equivalent of similar professional courses


Integrated M.Sc./ Integrated B.S.-M.S.

Int. M.Sc. or Five years Int. B.S.-M.S. Programme

Already completed or in the final year (currently)


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*Some of these Professional Societies or Institutions that carry out examinations in different fields or branches of engineering are mentioned underneath –

  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
  • The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
  • The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  • The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  • The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)

The official Information Bulletin maintains, “The candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MHRD/ AICTE/ UGC/ UPSC as equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch./ B.Planning, etc.

Students who have studied abroad or are pursuing their qualifying examinations or degrees from countries other than India –

  • Should have completed or must be in the final year of their Bachelor’s Degree (4 years) in Engineering/Technology
  • Should have completed or must be in the final year of their Master’s Degree (2 years) in relevant subjects in science.

Note: If candidates have obtained or secured a higher degree than the above-mentioned degree, they are advised to choose the “minimum required qualifying degree” while submitting the online application form.

Eligibility Documents –

Some of the documents that the students need to produce in support of their eligibility –

  • Upload or attach degree certificate/ course completion certificate/ membership certificate/ provisional certificate issued by the society or institute (if the students have passed the qualifying exam)
  • If the candidates are in the final year/ expected to complete the qualifying test, they must submit a “Certificate from the Head of the Department/ Institute” or a copy of mark sheet for Section A of AMIE. In addition, the certificate should duly be signed and attested by the Head of Institute/ Department with the current date.

Keep in mind that the eligibility documents are required to be uploaded at the time of filling in the online application form (NOT to be sent by post).

Qualifying Disciplines for Eligibility Degrees – Science:


Applied Physics

Applied Mechanics

Engineering Physics

Industrial Chemistry

Geology / Geophysics


Applied Electronics

Nano Science & Technology

Life Sciences ( Botany)

Information Science


Agricultural Science

Materials Science

Life Sciences ( Zoology)



Applied Mathematics

Earth Sciences

Life Science / Veterinary / Animal Science

Geo Informatics


Nuclear Science & Technology

Electronics & Computer Science

Nuclear Physics

Computer Applications

Mathematics & Computing


Operations Research

Radio Physics

Pharmaceutical Sciences / Pharmacy

Textile Chemistry

Pharmaceuticals Chemistry & Technology


Urban Transportation Planning & Management

Radio Physics & Electronics

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Qualifying Disciplines for Eligibility Degrees – Engineering/ Technology:

Biomedical Engg.


Aircraft Maintenance Engg

Cement & Ceramic Technology

Civil & Structural Engg.

Biomedical Instrumentation

Civil & Construction Engg.

Aeronautical Engg.

Civil & Structural Engg.

Aerospace Engg

Civil & Infrastructure Engineering

Civil & Water Resource Management

Ceramic Engg. & Technology

Biochemical Engg.

Automobile Maintenance Engg.

Computer Science & Engg.

Electrical Engg.

Computer Engg.

Dairy Engg. / Technology

Computer Science &


Civil & Environmental Engg

Construction Engg. &


Electrical and Instrumentation Engg.

Computer Science &

Information Technology

Electrical and Power Engineering

Automobile Engg.

Electrical and Mechanical Engg.

Electrical Instrumentation & Control Engg.

Electronics Communication &


Control & Instrumentation

Electronics & Biomedical Engg.

Communication Engg.

Electronics & Computer Engg.

Electronics Engg.

Electronics & Communication

Electro-Chemical Engg.

Ceramic & Glass Technology

Environmental Science & Technology

Chemical Engg.

Electrical and Electronics Engg.

Electronics & Power

Electronics & Telecommunication

Environment & Pollution Control

Agricultural Engg.

Environmental Planning

Energy & Environmental Engg.

Fashion Technology / Fashion & Apparel Technology

Civil Engg

Chemical Technology

Food Engg. & Technology.

Environmental Engg.

Fire Engg. / Technology & Safety

Energy Engg.

Fibres & Textiles Processing Technology

Architecture & Interior Design/ Decoration

Automation & Robotics

Architecture/ Architectural


Food Processing Engg / Processing & Preservation Engg.

Information & Communication Technology

Instrumentation & Process Control/ Engineering

Agricultural Technology

Industrial Management

Industrial Engineering

Industrial Metallurgy

Information Engineering

Information Technology

Instrumentation & Process Control

Industrial Technology

Instrumentation Engineering/ Technology

Man-Made Fibre / Textile Technology

Manufacturing Engg.

Manufacturing Technology

Machine Engg.

Mechanical Engg.

Medical Electronics / Engg.


Material Science and Engg. / Technology

Manufacturing Science & Engg.

Mining Engg. / Technology,

Mining & Machinery

Marine Engg. / Technology

Mechatronics & Automation Engg.

Mineral Engg. / Mineral Dressing

Metallurgical Engg.

Military Engg.

Nano Technology & Robotics

Oil Technology

Medical Instrumentation

Leather / Foot Wear Technology

Naval Architecture /Marine Engg.

Optics & Optoelectronics

Petroleum Refinery Engg.

Planning ( Environmental / Infrastructure/ Urban & Regional/ Urban Regeneration)

Petroleum Engg. / Technology

Plastic Engg. / Technology

Paint Technology

Production & Industrial Engg.

Printing & Packing Technology

Robotics & Automation

Polymer Engg. / Science


Power Engg.

Renewable Energy

Petro-Chemical Engg.

Power Electronics / Power

Electronics Engg.

Polymer Science & Chemical Technology

Telecommunication Engg.

Rubber Technology

Textile Engg. / Technology


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Recommended Books for GATE Exam

GATE Exam 2021 Application Process

Earlier the application process for the PG Entrance Exam (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2021) was about to open from 14th September 2020, however, it has started two days in advance. As per the latest update, IIT Bombay has extended the application dates for PG entrance exam until 7th October 2020. Students interested to apply are first required to complete the GATE 2021 registrations following which they will be able to complete the GATE 2021 online application form. After 7th October 2020, students will be required to pay an online late fee of ₹ 500 for the students applying for GATE 2021.

Candidates can apply for the GATE exam online through the GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System) website. The application process starts with the GOAPS registration and releasing the application fee.

The applicants are required to register with a valid email address and mobile number.

Candidates can use the GOAPS interface to interact with the GATE administration and do the following:

  • Apply for the GATE Exam 2021
  • Upload required documents such as Signature, Photographs, certificates, etc.
  • Application fee payment
  • Track the status of application form online: Received, Accepted, Under Scrutiny, Rejected, Reasons of Rejection, Defect status, Status after Rectification, etc.
  • Download admit card
  • View Result and Download GATE scorecard

Step-by-Step Procedure to Submit Online GATE 2021 Application Form –

Wondering how to apply for GATE 2021?

Candidates, basically, have to follow 5 simple steps to carry out the task. These are –

# Step 1: Register on the GOAPS website

# Step 2: Fill in the online application form

# Step 3: Upload the required documents

# Step 4: Release the application fee payment

# Step 5: Submit and take a printout of the confirmation page

Let’s elaborate each step to understand further

# Step 1: Register on the GOAPS Website

GATE aspirants must access the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website and register themselves. GOAPS provides an “online interface to the candidate for interacting with the GATE administration” to complete the registration process.

GOAPS Registration: How to Register on GOAPS Website?

  • Provide your complete name (same as per the qualifying degree certificate), mobile number, valid email ID and choose a password.
  • Make sure you have easy access to the mobile number or email address in case you receive an SMS or email.

GOAPS Enrolment ID: Upon registration, candidates will be provided with a GOAPS enrolment ID via email. This enrolment ID needs to be well-preserved for future correspondence.

GOAPS Password: Choose a strong password while registering at GOAPS. Not only are candidates encouraged to remember the password, but also they are advised to keep it “safe, secure and confidential”.


GATE Exam Application Form

# Step 2: Fill in Online Application Form

The next stage involves filling in the online application form and submission of the same at GOAPS.

  • Personal information – the name of the candidate, mobile number, date of birth, the name of the parents’ and their mobile numbers. (The aspirants must ensure that the name should “exactly be the same as that in the qualifying degree certificate” and shouldn’t have any prefix or title such as Mrs/ Dr/ Mr/ Shri/ Smt, etc.)

# Step 3: Upload the Required Documents

Once the registration process is over and the form has all the important information filled, the candidates ensure that they have the following documents for filling the application form –

  • GATE Paper (Subject)
  • Eligibility Degree details
  • Address with PIN
  • College name and address with PIN
  • Digital images of photograph and signature with prescribed format (mentioned below)
  • Choice of examination cities
  • Scanned copy of category certificate (in PDF format)
  • Scanned copy of qualifying degree certificate (in PDF format)
  • Scanned copy of PwD certificate and Dyslexic certificate  (in PDF formats)
  • Valid ID proof
  • Details for free payment (credit card/ debit card/ net-banking)

The above details need to be provided/ entered/ submitted/ uploaded in the online application form. “The GOAPS portal is self-explanatory”; hence, the candidates will not face any difficulty in submitting the form.

Photograph and Signature Requirements (Size, Format and other Specifications) –

Uploading signature and photograph that fails to meet the prescribed specifications would result in the cancellation of the candidature. This doesn’t stop here for the concerned candidates. They won’t be able to get their money back (no refund).

Here’s what all the GATE aspirants should do while clicking a passport-size photo –

  • The photograph of the candidate needs to be of high-quality.
  • The officials will only need good quality photographs for the GATE scorecard.
  • It should be recent and in colour and must match with your appearance on the exam day at the exam centre.
  • Photographs taken using mobile phones will result in the rejection of the application.
  • Ask the studio man to provide your photo in JPEG format with 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height). The maximum size for JPEG should be 480X640 in pixels. If the resolution is higher, ask the concerned person to reduce it. The minimum size is 240X320 pixels.
  • Check the background and ensure that it must be a light colour or white.
  • Your face should cover 35% (minimum) of the area of the photograph with a full-face.
  • Avoid covering the face with a cloth or avoid wearing cap or goggles (tinted or dark glasses).

Take a look at the following sample photograph –

GATE Application Photo Format

Here’s what all the GATE aspirants should do while getting their scanned signature image –

  • On an A4-size white paper, you need to draw a rectangular box (2 cm in height X 7 cm in width).
  • Use a black or dark blue ink pen and sign within the box. If the signature is in any other colour, it won’t be accepted.
  • The signature size should be 70 – 80% of the box size.
  • It should be in JEPG format and should be 160 X 560 (maximum) and 80 X 280 (minimum)
  • Make sure it is your signature, not by any other person. If it doesn’t match at the time of the exam, the candidature will be disqualified.

Refer to the following image sample -

GATE Signature Format

# Step 4: Release the Application Fee Payment

Go through the filled-in application form before proceeding to payment. Click the “Save and View Application” option, make sure the information is correct and then click on the “Submit and Proceed to Payment” button.

After you make the payment, “no further changes to the application can be made.”

Application Fee for GATE 2021 –

All candidates are required to pay the application fee along with the application form. The application fee is Non-refundable and Non-transferable. The application fee for GATE exam can be paid online through Net-Banking, credit card, debit card or e-challan. International candidates can pay their application fee through the Net Banking or by using their Credit Card.

Application Fee for Indian Candidates –

Category of the Candidates

Application Fee on or before Deadline (₹)

Application Fee on or after Deadline (₹)

General candidates



Female candidates



SC/ PwD/ ST candidates



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Application Fee for International Candidates –

Category of the Candidates

Application Fee on or before Deadline (US$)

Application Fee on or after Deadline (US$)

Dubai and Singapore



Kathmandu, Colombo, Addis Ababa and Dhaka



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Category (Both Indian & International)

Application Fee (Without Late Fee)

Application Fee (With Late Fee)


₹ 750

₹ 1250

Female Applicants

₹ 750

₹ 1250

Other Male applicants (General, OBC, etc.)

₹ 1500

₹ 2000

Internation Applicants

Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu

US$ 50

US$ 70

Internation Applicants

Dubai and Singapore

US$ 100

US$ 120

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Things to Keep in Mind while Making the Payment –

  • Choose the online payment mode.
  • You will see the fee amount and make the payment.
  • If you find difficulty in making the payment (due to power failure or internet issues), log back into the GOAPS account to check the payment status.
  • In case of the amount gets deducted and you didn’t receive the confirmation from GOAPS, you will get the deducted money back into your bank account within 7 working days.
  • Go ahead with a fresh payment again without waiting for the money to be credited to your bank account.
  • After the successful fee payment, you will receive a “Fee Payment Number”. You need to save this unique payment number for future correspondence.

# Step 5: Submit and Take a Printout of Confirmation Page

Reaching this stage indicates that you have successfully submitted the application form with fee. Take a printout of the confirmation page for future use.

GATE Application Correction Process –

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has re-opened the online correction window to change the choice of exam city for GATE 2021 registration on Tuesday, 17th November 2020. Candidates who have registered for the GATE 2021 examination will be able to edit their application form and choose the examination city online at on or before 23rd November 2020.

Applicants allowed to rectify any errors in the GATE application form within the stipulated period of time only. These corrections can only be done by logging into the GOAPS account. Some of the allowed corrections are -

  • Correction in the exam centre can be done till the specified date with the prescribed correction fee.
  • It is expected that correction can be done in the name of the Candidate, Gender, Category, PwD status, Date of Birth, Qualifying Degree, Year of Qualifying and Parents Name with document proof.

New Exam Centres Added For The GATE 2021 Examination –

A total of 11 new cities have been added in the list the candidates can choose from:

  • IIT Bombay (Zone – 2): Seven (7) new cities added are: (i) Himatnagar (GJ), (ii) Palghar (MH), (iii) Latur (MH), (iv) Akola (MH), (v) Dhule (MH), (vi) Ichalkaranji (MH), (vii) Sangamner-Loni-Shirdi (MH).
  • IIT Kharagpur (Zone – 6): Three (3) new cities added are: (i) Baharampur-Murshidabad (WB), (ii) Hazaribag (JH), (iii) Machilipatnam (AP).
  • IIT Roorkee (Zone – 8): One (1) new city added is: (i) Kangra (HP)

Points To Remember While Changing Exam City –

The candidates can check the points mentioning-below when they are about to edit the examination city in GATE 2021 application form.

  • A total of 3 choices of the city have to be selected.
  • It must be noted that the first and second choice of the city have to be from the same GATE zone.
  • The third choice of the city can be from any GATE zone.

How to make corrections in GATE 2021:

  1. Visit the official website at -
  2. Click on the link that reads, ‘GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS),’ appearing on the page.
  3. Key in your credentials and log in.
  4. Make corrections in the application form, as instructed.

Availing the Facility of a Scribe for Person with Disability (PwD)/ Dyslexic Candidate –

Not everyone can obtain the facility of a scribe unless come under the PwD/ Dyslexic category. Students who belong to this category may “arrange their own scribe or request GATE authority to arrange for the scribe during the application stage”.

  • The Scribe will be only reading the instructions and questions for the test-taker.
  • The Scribe will not be allowed to interpret, translate or emphasise the “Test Paper Contents” to the test-taker.
  • If the applicant has chosen his/ her Scribe, the officials would ensure that the “Scribe should be one step below the qualification of the candidate taking the examination” (as per the guidelines of Government of India).
  • An additional hour (60 minutes) will be given to the candidates with Scribe as compensatory time.

Note: In case the candidate has opted for a Scribe and is not accompanied by him/ her to the examination centre, GATE will not arrange a new Scribe.

Who Can Use Assistive Devices?

PwD candidates if required can arrange assistive devices like a wheelchair, Braille slate, abacus, etc. and bring these along with them to the exam centre. GATE cannot arrange these devices for these applicants.

Other Details

GATE Exam 2021 Admit Card

Candidates can download the GATE 2021 Admit Card online from GOAPS portal. The admit card for the GATE 2021 examination will be available to download from 08th January 2021 (4 pm). No hard copies of the Admit Card will be sent to candidates on their mailing address.

Don’t forget to carry your admit card to the examination centre along with you Identity proof (PAN card, Aadhaar card, passport, voter ID, driving license etc.). The GATE Admit card and original ID proof are mandatory to enter into the examination hall.

GATE 2021 Admit Card which will be issued today, is a compulsory document without which candidates will not be able to appear for the PG Engineering examination. Candidates are therefore advised to cross-check and verify all the details provided on the hall ticket after downloading it. In case of any problems, errors or discrepancies, the same needs to be highlighted to exam authority at the earliest.

The details that you must check on GATE Admit Card 2021 are:

  1. Candidate’s Name including complete spelling
  2. Candidate’s Date of Birth and other personal details
  3. Exam Centre Name and Address
  4. Exam Date and Time
  5. Reporting time at the Exam Centre
  6. Exam Day Instructions to be followed by candidates

Want to download GATE 2021 Admit Card? Check detailed steps here.

List of Zone-wise Examination Cities (Tentative)

Zonal GATE Office

Examination Cities/ Towns (Tentative)

IISc Bangalore

Bengaluru - 560 012

Ananthapuramu, Bagalkot, Angamaly, Ballari (Bellary), Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South, Chikkamagaluru, Bidar, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Davanagere, Hubballi (Hubli), Hassan, Kannur, Hyderabad, Kolar, Kasaragod, Kurnool, Kozhikode,

Mangaluru, Malappuram, Mysuru (Mysore), Manipal, Payyanur, Palakkad,

Shivamogga (Shimoga), Port Blair, Tumakuru, Thrissur and Vatakara

IIT Madras

Chennai – 600 036

Alappuzha, Attingal, Chengannur, Chennai South, Aluva-Ernakulam, Chirala, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Chennai West, Gudur, Guntur, Idukki, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Kadapa, Karimnagar, Kodad, Kollam, Khammam, Kothamangalam, Madurai, Kottayam, Namakkal, Nellore, Ongole, Muvattupuzha, Pala, Puducherry,

Salem, Thiruvananthapuram, Thanjavur, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Villupuram, Vellore, Tiruchirapalli, Virudhunagar and Warangal

IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas,

New Delhi – 110 016

Alwar, Ajmer, Faridabad-Palwal, Bikaner, Gurugram, Greater NOIDA, Indore, Hisar, Jammu-Samba, Jaipur, Kota, Jodhpur, New Delhi, Mathura, Srinagar, Rohtak, Sonepat, Sikar, Udaipur and Ujjain

IIT Kanpur

Kanpur – 208 016

Agra, Varanasi, Allahabad, Aligarh, Bhopal, Bareilly, Gwalior, Gorakhpur, Jabalpur, Lucknow and Kanpur

IIT Bombay, Powai,

Mumbai - 400 076

Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad, Anand, Amravati, Baramati, Aurangabad, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Jalgaon, Goa, Mehsana, Kolhapur, Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Thane, Nanded, Nagpur, Pune, Nashik, Ratnagiri, Rajkot, Satara, Sangli, Surat, Solapur and Vadodara

IIT Kharagpur

Kharagpur – 721 302

Berhampur (Odisha), Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Bhilai, Cuttack, Bilaspur

(CG), Hooghly (WB), Eluru, Kakinada (AP), Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Kharagpur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Raipur, Rourkela, Ranchi, Srikakulam, Sambalpur, Tadepalligudem, Vizianagaram, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam

IIT Roorkee

Roorkee – 247 667

Amritsar, Ambala, Dehradun, Bathinda, Haldwani, Ghaziabad, Hamirpur-Una (HP), Karnal, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Jalandhar, Moradabad, NOIDA, Panipat, Pathankot, Mohali-Chandigarh,  Patiala-Sangrur, Shimla-Solan, Roorkee and Yamunanagar

IIT Guwahati

Guwahati – 781 039

Agartala, Asansol-Durgapur, Aizawl, Burdwan, Bokaro Steel City, Dibrugarh, Dhanbad, Gangtok, Dimapur, Imphal, Guwahati, Jorhat, Itanagar, Muzaffarpur, Kalyani, Purnea, Patna, Silchar, Shillong, Siliguri and Tezpur

International GATE,

IIT Delhi

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Dubai

(UAE), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore

GATE Exam 2021 Answer Key

The GATE 2021 answer key was released on 26th February 2021. The test-takers can check and download GATE Prelims answer key 2021 through the official website. Candidates will be allowed to raise objections against the answer key from 2nd to 4th March 2021 by paying ₹ 500 per objection.

GATE Exam 2021 Results & Scorecard

The GATE 2021 result will be out on 22nd March 2021 at the official website. Candidates can check and download the GATE 2021 scorecard/result through GOAPS. Candidates will be required to login to check their GATE result 2021 with the required credentials i.e. application number and password. Only qualified candidates will be able to download the GATE Scorecard but the GATE result 2021 will be announced for all those who appeared in the exam.

GATE 2020 Result/ Scoredcard -

GATE score is obtained by evaluating the answers and determining the raw marks of candidates. GATE score is used to shortlist the candidates for PSUs recruitment through GATE as well as for admission to the MTech programme. GATE cutoff for PSU varies from company to company.

The GATE score will be valid for three years from the date of the result announcement.

GATE Score for Employment

Amongst the most reputable organisations that consider the GATE score for employment are –

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

GATE Counselling 2021

The schedule for GATE 2021 counselling will be released on the official website. Here are details for the 2020 counselling process for reference. The GATE CCMT counselling registrations have been over between 13th May and 12th June 2020. The publication of round 1 seat allotment will be on 17th June 2020.

Counselling Activities


Online registration, online choice filling and fee payment

13th May to 12th June

Online choice locking started

5th June to 12th June

Locking saved

12th June

Round-1 seat allotment publication

17th June

Document uploading, specifying willingness and seat acceptance fee payment

17th June to 20th June

Document verification (online) by the allotted institute

18th June to 24th June

Change of willingness (online)

28th June to 30th June

Round-2 seat allotment publication

5th July

Document uploading, specifying willingness and seat acceptance fee payment

5th July to 8th July

Document verification (online) by the allotted institute

6th July to 12th July

Round-3 seat allotment publication

22nd July

Document uploading and seat acceptance fee payment

22nd July to 24th July

Document verification (online) by the allotted institute for aspirants whose allotted institute has been changed or allotted seat for the first time

23rd July to 3rd Aug

Withdrawal from admitted Institute (online)

27th July to 10th Aug

GATE 2021 Preparation Tips (Books to Read)

Cracking the GATE exam requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and consistency. Only the highly-motivated students with an absolutely clear vision overcome all the challenges to achieve their goals. One of the most sought-after engineering exams in India, GATE demands a proper strategic plan. Apart from knowing the exam pattern, paper analysis and the latest syllabus, one must focus on other key areas mentioned below.

  • Begin early preparation
  • Understand exam pattern
  • Know the latest syllabus
  • Keep your concepts strong
  • Practice mock tests
  • Time management

Books Recommended by Toppers

  • Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S. Grewal (Mathematics)
  • Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa, and Sarin (Industrial Engineering)
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal (General Aptitude)
  • Production Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation by R.K. Jain (Manufacturing Engineering)
  • Machine Design by VB Bhandari Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti Fluid Mechanics by RK Bansal Heat Transfer by Cengal and Holman (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Basic Structural Analysis, C.S. Reddy (Civil Engineering)
  • C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie (Computer Science and Information Technology)
  • Principles of Communication Systems by Goutam Saha, Herbert Taub, Donald Schilling (Electronics and Communication Engineering)
  • Electrical Power Systems by CL Wadhwa (Electrical Engineering)
  • Statistics for Machine Learning by Pratap Dangeti (Statistics)

GATE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can candidates use one email ID to fill in multiple application forms?

A: No, they cannot. One active email address is used for one application form. However, submitting multiple applications will result in the cancellation of the candidature.

Q: How many exam cities can a candidate choose?

A: A candidate can choose up to three cities while submitting the application form. However, he/ she will be allotted only one centre of his/ her choice.

Q: Can candidates bring a soft copy of the admit card to the exam centre and gain entry?

A: No.

Q: Is only the hard copy of the admit card enough to gain entry to the exam hall?

A: No. The exam-appearing candidates must bring along ID proof along with the admit card. Domestic candidates can bring one of these ID proofs: PAN card, College ID, Aadhaar UID, Driving License, Passport and Voter ID. International candidates can bring one of these ID proofs: College ID, Government issued ID, Passport, Employee ID, etc.

Q: For how many years my GATE Score is valid?

A: Three years.

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