GATE 2021: Exam (Started), Check Pattern, Syllabus, Marking Scheme, More!

GATE 2021: The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, has released the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2021. As per the schedule, the exam will be held on February 6, 7, 13 and 14, 2021.

The online application form filling process will begin from 11 September 2020, and it will be closed on October 07, 2020. However, The applying seekers will also be given a window to make changes to their application form—the last date for requesting a change of examination Centre or city.

This year GATE 2021 Examination will be conducted in 200 cities in India and six cities abroad. All the aspirants who want to apply for GATE 2021 examination have to wait for the GATE online portal’s opening, popularly known as GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System).

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1. GATE 2021 Useful Resources
2. Quick Facts
3. Exam Dates
4. How to Apply
5. GATE 2021 Application Fee
6. GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria
7. GATE 2021 Exam Pattern
8. GATE 2021 Syllabus
9. GATE 2021 Admit Card
10. GATE 2021 Results
11. List of Exam Centres
12. Entrance Exams in India
13. Contact Details
14. Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

GATE 2021 Useful Resources

Here we have mentioned some Useful Resources of GATE 2021, That will help you.

GATE 2021 Major NotificationClick Here
GATE 2021 Eligibility CriteriaClick Here
GATE 2021 Exam PatternClick Here
GATE 2021 SyllabusClick Here
GATE 2021 BooksClick Here
GATE 2021 Previous Year PaperClick Here
GATE 2021 Sample PaperClick Here
GATE 2021 Admit CardClick Here
GATE 2021 CutoffClick Here
GATE 2021 CounsellingClick Here
GATE 2021 Seat MatrixClick Here

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2021

Before we talk about GATE 2021 Notification in detail later, look at the important dates of the GATE 2021 Examination.

Quick Facts

The GATE 2021 entrance exam will be conducted in Online mode (Computer- Based Test). The duration of this entrance exam is 3 hours in the examination. The multiple-choice questions asked will be asked in the examination of GATE 2021 exam.

Exam NameGraduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
Exam FrequencyOnce a Year
Exam ModeOnline
Exam Duration3 hours
Test TakersApprox 10 Lacks

Exam Dates (Released)

Below we have provided all the official Gate 2021 Dates for various events taking place.

EventsImportant Dates (Released)
GATE Online Application Processing System11 September 2020
Closing date of REGULAR online registration07 October 2020
End of the EXTENDED period for online registration/application (with an additional late fee of 500)14 October 2020
Last date of Intimation to Registered Candidates after FIRST Round of Scrutiny by Zonal Office26 October 2020
Re-opening of GOAPS Portal for Successfully Registered Candidates to change (ONE TIME) Category/City/Exam Paper (Change of City is FREE and extra 500 for Category and Paper change)28 October 2020
Last Date for change of Category, City & Exam Paper13 November 2020
Re-opening of GOAPS Portal for Successfully Registered17 November 2020
Last Date for correction(s) in Application Form23 November 2020
Last and Final Chance for City Correction in Application Form14th December 2020, 15th December 2020
Admit Card8th January 2021
Miscellaneous Activities*5th February 2021, 12th February 2021
GATE 2021 Examination
Forenoon: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Afternoon: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
6th February 2021, 7th February 2021
13th February 2021, 14th February 2021
Announcement of results in the Online Application Portal22nd March 2021

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How to Apply

  • First, you have to log in to the official website (
  • Click on ‘Login’ and enter this information: email Id, password, country of residence and mobile number.
  • Enter the captcha and click on ‘Submit’ button.
  • Click on ‘GATE Application Form 2021’ button.
  • After that, fill the details asked in the application form: NAME, Qualification, DOB, Enrollment No. etc.
  • After submitting the personal information, educational proceed for uploading required scanned images.
  • Upload the scanned copy of all the required certificate, category certificate (if applicable), Photograph (2 KB & 150 KB), Signature (2 KB & 200 KB).
  • Click on ‘Save and View Application’ or ‘Submit and Proceed to Payment’ link.
  • Fill the payment details and click on ‘Make Payment’ option.
  • A fee payment number will be generated after successful payment of a fee.
  • Your form will be successfully submitted
  • Take a printout copy of application form for future reference

GATE 2021 Application Fee

CategoriesRegular Period
(14th to 30th Sept. 2020)
During the Extended
Period (1st to 7th Oct 2020)
Female candidates (per paper)750/-1250/-
For ST/SC/PwD candidates750/-1250/-
All other candidates (per paper)1500/-2000/-

GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Let’s read the Complete eligibility criteria  required for the GATE 2021 Conducted by the examination authority of IIT(Indian Institute of Technology) Madras

Eligibility Criteria

Degree/ProgramQualifying Degree / ExaminationDescription of Eligible CandidatesExpected
Year of
B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm.Bachelor’s degree in Engineering /
Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3
years after B.Sc. / Diploma in
Engineering / Technology)
Currently in the 3rd year or higher grade
or already completed
B. Arch.Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (5-year course) / Naval Architecture (4-year course) / Planning (4- year course)Currently in the 3rd year or higher grade
or already completed
2023 (for 5-year
program), 2022
(for 4-year
B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S.Bachelor’s degree in Science
(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)
Currently in the 3rd year or higher grade
or already completed
Pharm. D. (after 10+2)6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during third year onwardsCurrently in the 3rd/ 4th/ 5th/6th year or already completed2024
M.B.B.SDegree holders of M.B.B.S. and
those who are in the 5th/6th/7th semester or higher semester of such a programme.
5th, 6th, 7th or higher
semester or already
M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalentMaster’s degree in any branch of
Computer Applications or equivalent
Currently in the first
year or higher or
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.)Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree
programs in Engineering/
Technology (4-year program)
Currently in the 1st /2nd/3rd/4th
year or already completed
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-year
Currently in the 3rd/4th/5th
year or already completed
B.Sc. / B.A. / B.ComBachelor degree in any
branch of Science / Arts /
Commerce (3 years program)
Currently in the 3rd year or already
Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year
integrated B.S.-M.S. program
Currently in the 3rd
year or higher or
already completed
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 and so on)Completed Section A
or equivalent of such
professional courses

Note: To know more about GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria. Click Here

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

ParticularExam Pattern
Examination ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Duration3 Hours
Number of Subjects (Papers)27
SectionsGeneral Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject
Type of Questions(A) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
(B) Remaining types
1. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
2. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Questions for testing these abilitiesRecall
Analysis and Synthesis
Number of Questions10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions
Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks + Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks + Subject Questions: 72 Marks = Total: 100 Marks
Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks + Subject Questions: 85 Marks = Total: 100 Marks
Marking SchemeAll of the questions will be of 1 mark or 2 marks

GATE 2021 Marking Scheme

Paper CodeGeneral Aptitude (GA) MarksSubject MarksTotal MarksTotal Time (Minutes)
AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST and BM1585100180
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1 Geology OR Section 2 Geophysics)]1525+60100180
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections)1515+(2*35)100180
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section)1525+(1*60)100180
XL (Section P + Any TWO Sections)1525+(2*60)100180

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GATE 2021 Syllabus

Here in this section, we have mentioned the complete syllabus and topics asked in the GATE 2021 Examination.

Subject Specialization

SubjectTopics Cover
Civil Engineering    Structural Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Construction Engineering &Management Transportation Engineering Environmental Engineering Earthquake Engineering Water Resources Engineering Rock Engineering & Underground Structure
Mechanical Engineering    Design of Mechanical Equipment or Machine Design Thermal Engineering Manufacturing Science & Engineering Production Engineering Industrial Engineering Material Science & management
Electrical  EngineeringPower Electronics Machines & Drives Power Systems Control & Automation Digital Signal Processing Instrumentation Technology
Computer Science and Engineering & Information Technology    Computer Science Information Technology Information Security Software Engineering Distributed Computing Image Processing Computer Systems and Hardware Database and Information Systems Programming languages Computer Networks and Distributed Systems Artificial Intelligence Advanced Computing
Electronics & Telecommunication EngineeringVLSI Design Tool Technology Integrated Electronics & Circuits Micro Electronics Microwave Engineering Communication Engg. Telecommunication Technology & Management Optoelectronics & Optical Communication Nanotechnology Digital Signal Processing Control & Automation

GATE 2021 Syllabus in PDF

Here in this section, we have mentioned the complete syllabus and topics for all PDF Format subjects. Candidate Can download the complete syllabus in PDF format for GATE 2021 exam Preparation.

General Aptitude (GA): Common in all papers

AE: Aerospace EngineeringClick HereTF: Textile Engineering and Fibre ScienceClick Here
AG: Agricultural EngineeringClick HereXE -A: Engineering MathematicsClick Here
AR: Architecture and PlanningClick HereXE-B: Fluid MechanicsClick Here
BT: BiotechnologyClick HereXE-C: Materials ScienceClick Here
CE: Civil EngineeringClick HereXE-D: Solid MechanicsClick Here
CH: Chemical EngineeringClick HereXE-E: ThermodynamicsClick Here
CS: Computer Sc. and Information TechnologyClick HereXE-F: Polymer Science and EngineeringClick Here
CY: ChemistryClick HereXE – G: Food TechnologyClick Here
EC: Electronics and Communication Engg.Click HereXE – H: Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesClick Here
EE: Electrical Engineering Click HereXH-B1: Reasoning and ComprehensionClick Here
ES: Environmental Science and EngineeringClick HereXH-C1: EconomicsClick Here
EY: Ecology and EvolutionClick HereXH-C2: EnglishClick Here
GG: Geology and GeophysicsClick HereXH-C3: LinguisticsClick Here
IN: Instrumentation EngineeringClick HereXH-C4: PhilosophyClick Here
MA: MathematicsClick HereXH-C5: PsychologyClick Here
ME: Mechanical EngineeringClick HereXH-C6: SociologyClick Here
MN: Mining EngineeringClick HereXL – P: ChemistryClick Here
MT: Metallurgical EngineeringClick HereXL-Q: BiochemistryClick Here
PE: Petroleum EngineeringClick HereXL-R: BotanyClick Here
PH: PhysicsClick HareXL – S: MicrobiologyClick Here
PI: Production and Industrial EngineeringClick HereXL – T: ZoologyClick Here
ST: StatisticsClick HereXL – U: Food TechnologyClick Here

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GATE 2021 Admit Card

The GATE 2021 Admit card will be released on 8th January 2021. The link of GATE 2021 Admit card will be notified on the official website of GOAPS. The link will be shared with the Aspirants through his/her registered email ID and mobile number.

Important Instructions

  • The candidates shall report at the Examination Centre 90 minutes before the commencement of the examination.
  • Candidates Must carry the required materials with them(Pen, Pencil, Scale etc.)
  • The candidates are advised to read the instructions on the admit card carefully and follow them during the examination.

GATE 2021 Question Paper & Answer Key

Here is the link to download the GATE 2021 Question Paper & Answer Key. You may also use these question papers in the Previous year GATE Examination as a model paper or sample paper for GATE 2021. Let us have a look.

Paper NameQuestion PaperAnswer Key
AE: Aerospace EngineeringClick HereClick Here
AG: Agricultural EngineeringClick HereClick Here
AR: Architecture and PlanningClick HereClick Here
BM: Biomedical Engineering;Click HereClick Here
BT: BiotechnologyClick HereClick Here

Note: To Download All GATE 2021 Question Paper & Answer Key in PDF, Click Here.

GATE 2021 Results

GATE 2021 Examination results will be released on the 22nd March 2021.IIT Madras will publish the Results on the GOAPS Website: The GATE 2021 score is valid for Three Years from the date of announcement of the results.

List of Exam Centres

Below we have mentioned a tentative list of GATE 2020 examination Centres where the GATE entrance exam will be conducted on next year.

Zonal GATE OfficeTentative List of Examination Cities/Towns*
IISc Bangalore
Bengaluru – 560 012
Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Belagavi (Belgaum), Ballari (Bellary), Bengaluru South, Bengaluru North, Bidar, Davanagere, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kolar, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Manipal, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur, PortBlair, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara
IIT Bombay,
Powai, Mumbai – 400 076
Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Lonavala, Mahabubnagar, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Thane, Vadodara
IIT Delhi, HauzKhas,
New Delhi – 110 016
Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh, Rohtak, Bikaner, Faridabad-Palwal, Greater NOIDA, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur-Chittorgarh, Ujjain
IIT Guwahati
Guwahati – 781 039
Agartala, Arrah, Asansol, Bihar Sharif, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Durgapur, Gangtok, Gaya, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur
IIT Kanpur
Kanpur – 208 016
Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Sultanpur, Varanasi
IIT Kharagpur
Kharagpur – 721 302
Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada (AP), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Srikakulam-Vizianagaram, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
IIT Madras
Chennai – 600 036
Alappuzha, Aluva, Attingal, Bapatla – Chirala, Chengannur, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode-Thiruchengode, Gudur, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Madurai, Muvattupuzha, Nalgonda, Namakkal, Nedumangad, Nellore, Ongole, Pala, Puducherry, Punalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar, Warangal
IIT Roorkee
Roorkee – 247 667
Ambala, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Bhimtal, Dehradun, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Hamirpur (HP), Jalandhar, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, NOIDA, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala, Roorkee, Ropar, Sangrur, Shimla, Solan, Sonepat, Una, Yamunanagar
International GATE,
IIT Madras
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore

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Contact Details

Head OfficeChairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology
Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016
Contact Number011-26591749
Guideline PdfClick Here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. I am currently studying in 3rd year B.A./B.Com./B.Sc. Am I eligible to appear for GATE-2021?

A. YES, any undergraduate student currently in 3rd year or higher years of any government-approved program in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/ Arts/ Commerce/Science, is eligible to appear for GATE 2021.

Q. Is there any age limit to appear for GATE 2021?

A. NO. There is NO age limit to appear for GATE 2021.

Q. Are there any restrictions on the number of times one can appear for GATE?

A. NO. One can appear for the GATE examination any number of times.

Q. When will I receive my Admit Card?

A. Admit Card can ONLY be downloaded from the GOAPS website from 8th January 2021. Admit Cards will NOT be sent by post or as an e-mail attachment.

Q. For how many GATE papers can I apply?

A. A candidate can apply for ONE or TWO subject papers(from the given set of combinations as per Table 4.2a) of the 27 papers listed in the GATE INFORMATION BROCHURE or GATE website. The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate.

Q. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination Paper?

A. YES. ONLY after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of GATE Examination Paper will be entertained against additional payment till 13th November, 2020. Any request after this date will NOT be considered.

Q. Will there be a “magnified question paper” for visually challenged PwD candidates?

A. YES. Once you reach the examination hall, please contact the GATE Institute Representative through the invigilator in your examination hall and he/she will do the needful.

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