GATE 2021 Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

GATE 2021: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The GATE score of a candidate reflects a relative performance level in a particular subject in the examination across several years.

The score is used for admissions to post-graduate programs (e.g., M.E./M.Tech/ Direct Ph.D.) in centrally funded Indian Institutes of higher education (i.e., Institutes which are provided with financial assistance by MHRD and other Government agencies). The score is also used by some Public and Private Sector Undertakings for employment processes in India.

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GATE Exam Overview:

Exam NameGATE 2021 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)
Exam LevelAll India Level Based
Mode of ExamOnline (Computer Based Test)
Conducting Authority7 IITs & IISc, Bangalore on a Rational Basis
Question TypesObjective (MCQs) & Numeric Types
Number of Questions65 
Maximum Marks100
Time Duration3 hrs


Benefits of GATE Exam

Candidate those who are in doubt preparing for GATE Exam, Here GATExplore providing you a list of 8 reasons or benefits why you should appear for GATE Exam which will boost your morale about GATE Exam.

1. Expertise in subject/domain specialization (ME/MTech)

2. Stipend and scholarship

3. Junior Research Fellowship

4. PSUs Hiring

5. Post Graduation from Abroad

6. Teaching Jobs

7. MBA Admission

8. Other benefits

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The GATE 2021 Organizing Institute

GATE 2021 Organizing Institute is IIT Bombay

GATE 2021 Official Website

IIT Delhi is organizing the institute of GATE. Official Website:

GATE 2021 Notification

Notification of GATE will be released in the first week of July and the GATE registration process will start from 1st September 2020.

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GATE 2021 Exam Dates

GATE Important dates will be declared soon. Candidates may check official dates below:

GATE Online Application Form Starts1st September 2020 
Last Date GATE Application Form24th September 2020
Extended Closing date for GATE Application Submission (with Additional Fee)1st October 2020
GATE Admit Card Download Date5th January 2021
GATE Exam Date6th, 7th, 13th & 14th February 2021 (Saturday & Sunday)
Declaration of GATE Result Date16th March 2021

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GATE 2021 Application Form

The web address for GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System)

GATE Online Application Processing System website will open form

September 1, 2020 (Tuesday).

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GATE 2021 Application Fee

The application fee should be paid ONLINE. The fee details are as follows:

  • For Centres in India
    • Female candidates: ₹ 750
    • SC, ST, PWD candidates:₹ 750
    • All other candidates: ₹ 1500
  • For Centres Abroad
    • Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu: US$ 50
    • Dubai and Singapore: US$ 100

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Paper’s to Apply for GATE

GATE will be conducted on 24 subjects (papers). A candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE paper in any ONE SESSION. Making a choice of the appropriate paper in the GATE application is the responsibility of the candidate.

Paper CodeGATE Paper
AEAerospace Engineering
AGAgricultural Engineering
ARArchitecture and Planning
CECivil Engineering
CHChemical Engineering
CSComputer Science and Information Technology
ECElectronics and Communication Engineering
EEElectrical Engineering
EYEcology and Evolution
GGGeology and Geophysics
INInstrumentation Engineering
MEMechanical Engineering
MNMining Engineering
MTMetallurgical Engineering
PEPetroleum Engineering
PIProduction and Industrial Engineering
TFTextile Engineering and Fibre Science
XEEngineering Sciences
XLLife Sciences

GATE 2021 Eligibility Criterion

Before starting the application process, the candidate must ensure that he/she meets the educational eligibility criteria of GATE.

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination Description of Eligible CandidatesYear of Qualification, not More than
B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm.Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering/ Technology) Currently in the final year or already completed 2021
B. Arch.Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (5 years course) Currently in the final year or already completed2021
B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4th year or already completed2021
M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or already completed2021
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (4 years program) Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/4th year or already completed2022
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/ Technology (5 years program) Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed2021
Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed2021
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech./ 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 coursesNA

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GATE 2021 Registration

GATE aspirants may use this GOAPS interface for many applications such as,

  1. Apply for the examination online.
  2. Upload photograph, signature, thumb impression and other relevant documents such as graduation certificate, category certificate (wherever applicable), etc.
  3. Pay the application fee through net-banking or debit card or e-challan.
  4. Check the status of your application form: Received, Under Scrutiny, Accepted, Defect Status, Status after Rectification, Rejected with Valid Reasons, Admit Card Ready for Download, etc.
  5. Contact the zonal GATE Office in case of any queries/problems.
  6. Download Admit Card.
  7. View your answers, marks and GATE score.

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

Question paper for GATE 2021 all 24 branches will consist of a single paper of 3 hours duration and contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks.

GATE question paper mainly consists following type of questions:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).

(ii) Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of question.

For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

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GATE 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus of GATE Exam is an important part of preparation. You can download GATE 2021 syllabus in PDF from below link:

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GATE 2021 Admit Card

  • The Admit Card for GATE will be available ONLY on the GOAPS website.
  • A candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from this website.
  • The Admit Card would be available for download, tentatively from 5th January 2021.
  • Note that the Admit Cards will NOT be sent to the candidates by post/e-mail.
  • Candidates must bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card to the Examination for the verification along with the original and valid photo Identity Document.

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GATE 2021 Result

GATE results will be announced on the 16th March 2021 and will be available on the GOAPS Website. This Exam score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of the announcement of the results.

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GATE Documents Requirement

The candidates can check the following links for the requirement of document needed to fill up the GATE Application form:

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All the above-listed documents and data one would require while filling GATE online application form. So candidates must keep all these necessary documents and data ready before filling the GATE online application form.

4 Thoughts to “GATE 2021 Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus”



  2. ch baby sindhuja

    Thankyou so much for clarifying with detailed explanation

  3. Sunil

    Black and white admit card ok or not ok?

    1. admin

      Dear Sunil,
      Please take color printout, black and white admit card is not acceptable.


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