GATE 2021 Exam Dates, Registration (Begins), Notification, Syllabus And Eligibility

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About GATE 2021 Exam Dates Out

The online registration for GATE 2021 has commenced on September 11, 2020. GATE 2021 official website is live, and IIT Bombay will be conducting the entrance exam. The official notification for GATE has been released, and the candidates aspiring to appear for the entrance test can check all the details about the entrance test here. GATE 2021 will be conducted from February 05 to 07 & 12 to 14, 2021.

GATE 2021 Latest Updates



Latest Update

September 11, 2020

GATE 2021 application form has been made available four days in advance.

August 08, 2020

The registration process for GATE 2020 will begin from September 14, 2020.

July 27, 2020

List of New Changes Introduced in GATE 2021. Click on the link to check

July 27, 2020

Candidates can now appear for two papers in GATE exam.

July 25, 2020

GATE 2021 dates have been released. Scroll down to check important dates. Environmental Science and Engineering (ES) & Humanities & Social Science (XS) are the two new subjects introduced in GATE 2021.

July 20, 2020

GATE 2021 Notification to be released soon.

July 17, 2020

IIT Bombay will conduct GATE 2021.

July 17, 2020

The official website of GATE 2021 is live now, and the official notification for the same is expected shortly.


GATE 2021: Exam Dates

GATE 2021 Schedule (Paper Wise)


GATE 2021 Exam Date: The GATE 2021 examination schedule will be released soon.


Session No.

Test Paper Code

Date & Day



 IN, ME1, MT, PE, PH

To be Announced

9:30 am - 12.30 pm


 CY, ME2, PI

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm



To be Announced

9:30 am - 12.30 pm



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm



To be Announced

9:30 am - 12.30 pm



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm



To be Announced

9:30 am - 12.30 pm



14.30 pm - 5:30 pm


The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national-level examination, which is conducted for candidates seeking admission in Post Graduate Programmes (M.E., M.Tech, MS, Direct PhD) offered at institutes of national importance, including IITs and IISc, etc. with financial assistance from MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development). The GATE scores are also used by various PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) to recruit candidates for prestigious jobs. A total of 24 papers are conducted as part of GATE examination. Candidates can apply for only one of the papers based on the discipline of their qualifying degree or their admission plan. While applying for the paper of their choice, candidates must also keep in mind the eligibility criteria set by the institutions where they wish to get admission.


GATE 2021 Exam Highlights


Here are some of the major highlights of the GATE 2021 exam –


Name of the Exam

Graduate Admission Test in Engineering (GATE)

Conducting Body of GATE 2021

IIT Bombay

Exam Date

February 05, 06, 07 & 12, 13, 14, 2021

Purpose of the Exam

  • The entrance exam is conducted for M.Tech admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs and other government and private engineering colleges.
  • GATE score is also valid for PSU recruitment.

New Changes in GATE 2021

  • Two New Subjects Introduced – Environmental Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Third-year B.Tech students can also appear for the entrance exam.
  • Candidates can appear for two papers/ subjects.

Mode of the Exam


Minimum Eligibility

The candidates must have passed a Bachelor’s degree such as B.Tech or Master’s degree such as M.Sc.

Total No. of Questions in the Entrance Exam


Total Marks


Admission Process

  • Candidates aspiring for admission in IITs will have to participate in the COAP counselling process after GATE results
  • Candidates aspiring for admission in NITs will have to participate in CCMT counselling process after GATE results.

Validity of GATE Score

Three Years from the date of Entrance Exam

Most Opted Paper

Mechanical Engineering

Least Opted Paper

Ecology & Evolution


GATE 2021 Important Dates




Commencement of GATE 2021 Registration through GOAPS

September 11, 2020

Last Date of GATE 2021 Online Application Submission without late fee

September 30, 2020

Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application

October 07, 2020

GATE 2021 Application Form Correction 

November 13, 2020

Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City

November 13, 2020

GATE 2021 Admit Card Download

January 08, 2020

GATE 2021 Date of Examination

February 05 to 07 & 12, 13, 14, 2021

GATE 2021 Answer Key

To be Notified

GATE 2021 Declaration of Result

March 22, 2020


GATE Conducting Body


IIT Bombay is the Organising Institute for GATE 2021. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE. The operations related to GATE in each of the eight zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. 


All About GATE 2021


GATE, which is also known as Graduate Admission Test in Engineering is conducted to assess and analyse the comprehensive understanding of the aspirants in various undergraduate subjects like Architecture, Technology and Engineering and also some post-graduate level subjects in Science. IISc Bangalore and seven IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Guwahati, Madras, Kharagpur and  Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board conduct the GATE 2021 exam.


Qualifying GATE is mandatory in order to get admission or vail financial assistance to pursue a Master’s programme and direct Doctoral programme. Recently quite a number of Public Sector Undertakings have been accepting GATE score for their recruitment process. 


The GATE score would reflect the relative performance level and capability to pursue a particular subject. The GATE 2021 score will be valid for three years which means this score will be considered by the institutes for up to 3 years from the date of examination. 


GATE 2021 Zones


As mentioned above the GATE 2021 will be held across the entire country and also in some cities outside India. Here is the list which shows the GATE 2021 zones for the applicants to choose. 


Zone 1- IISc Bangalore

Zone 2- IIT Delhi

Zone 3- IIT Bombay

Zone 4- IIT Guwahati

Zone 5- IIT Kharagpur

Zone 6- IIT Kanpur

Zone 7- IIT Roorkee

Zone 8- IIT Madras


Assistantship/ Scholarship for Post Graduate Programme


This particular facility is provided for the candidates wishes to avail financial assistance. In order to avail this opportunity, the candidates will have to secure their admission in one of the Central Government colleges. Almost 70% of the weightage is given to the GATE score and the remaining depends on the candidate’s performance in the interview and other rounds.


The Assistantship /Scholarship is provided by the MHRD ministry so the candidates can avail this assistance following the guidelines given by the MHRD ministry. All the institutes would specify the number of candidates they are willing to take accordingly the candidates can secure their admission. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.


GATE Score Used for PSU Recruitment


The Public Sector Undertakings use the GATE score to shortlist the candidates for Recruitment. Some of the organisations which accept the GATE score is GAIL, BHEL, IOCL, HALNTPC etc. Through this GATE score, candidates would get employed in a Group A level post under the Central Government. The details about the GATE score being used for recruitment is published in National Newspaper, Rozgar Samachar, Employment news etc.


Highlights of GATE 2021


  • The GATE 2021 will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. 
  • Gate 2021 will be conducted for 25 science subjects/papers.
  • GATE 2021 is a Computer Based Test. 
  • An applicant of GATE 2021 can appear for only one paper/subject
  • GATE 2021 will be held in the forenoon or afternoon. Sessions on 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th of February 2020. 
  • A new subject named “BIO Medical Engineering” was included in the GATE 2021.  
  • Some of the papers in papers in GATE 2021 are held in multiple sessions but one candidate would be allowed to appear for only one session. 
  • Candidates will have to register and apply online through GATE Online Application Processing System i.e GOAPS. The submission of application will also be online, candidates must note that no hardcopy should be sent to the exam authority.
  • Random Biometric test might be done of some selected candidates. 
  • The decision of GATE 2021 becomes the final decision for all candidates. 
  • The GATE application fee can be paid only through online methods, there is no offline method.
  • The GATE 2021 admit card will be available at the GOAPS website. No printed admit card or hard copy of the admit card will be sent to the candidates. 
  • Candidates must look for the exam date, time and venue in the GATE 2021 admit card
  • Any changes in the exam centre or date or time will not be entertained by the exam conducting body once the admit card is provided for the candidate. 
  • No Calculator, watch or wristwatch or mobile phone will be allowed within the examination centre. Availability of these items with the candidates might disqualify the candidature of the candidate.


Advantages of Appearing in GATE?


The biggest question that the students might have in their mind is what are the advantages of appearing in GATE. There are many advantages of appearing in GATE for the students but the major advantages that such students will have are:


  • They can pursue Post Graduation degree in the course they desire as GATE scores are also accepted by the top technology and science Institutes for M.Tech admissions
  • The students can get into the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) on the basis of their GATE rank
  • Top GATE rank holders are offered scholarships in the M.Tech colleges


Who are More Likely to Qualify for GATE?


An old Dutch proverb says- With Hardwork, you can get the fire out of a stone which implies there is nothing in this Universe which can stop the students to crack GATE if they have put in the right amount of effort. Yet, there are certain types of students who are more likely to qualify GATE are:


  • Those who love doing research
  • Those aspiring to pursue higher studies in Science and Engineering in India
  • Those who possess sound technical skills
  • Those who aspire to study in IITs 
  • Those who dream about indulging in development and research programmes


What if Not GATE?


One of the toughest and highly competitive exams in India, GATE receives lakhs of applicants every year out of which only a handful are selected. So what happens to those who are unable to qualify GATE? Do they have any other alternatives? 


The answer to the questions posed above is “Yes”. There are several other entrance exams conducted all over India for M.Tech aspirants who missed the chance of qualifying for GATE by a whisker. Here is a list of other M.Tech entrance exams other than GATE:


  • Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET), Karnataka
  • Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)
  • BITS Higher Degree Entrance Exam (BITS HD)
  • SRM Graduate Engineering Entrance Test (SRMGEET)
  • VIT Master Engineering Entrance Exam (VIT MEE)
  • Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET)
  • Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MUOET)
  • JIIT Post Graduate Entrance Test (JIIT PGET)


The names of the well known postgraduate entrance tests have been given above. There are several other entrance tests conducted for offering admission into postgraduate courses in science and technology where GATE scores do not matter.


Stages Involved in GATE Exam


The GATE qualifying entrance test can be segregated into the following stages:


  1. GATE Online Application Process (GOAPS)
  2. Availability of GATE admit card
  3. GATE entrance exam
  4. Result declaration of GATE
  5. Beginning of the GATE counselling process
  6. Regular classes commence


Important Dates


GATE 2021 Important Events


Registration Date

11 Sep to 07 Oct, 2020

Admit Card Date

08 Jan, 2021

Exam Date

05 Feb to 07 Feb, 2021

Declaration of Result Date

22 Mar, 2021

Exam Date

12 Feb to 14 Feb, 2021


GATE 2021 Result


IIT Bombay will announce the GATE result for 2021 as per the schedule (to be released soon) at GOAPS website. The result of GATE 2021 will be released for all 25 papers. Candidates who will appear in GATE 2021 can download their GATE 2021 scorecard by logging into GATE Online Application Process System (GOAPS). In order to access GATE 2021 result or scorecard, candidates will have to enter their login credentials - GATE 2021 Registration ID, Enrolment Number, and Date of Birth.


In the meanwhile, the candidates can take a look at some important aspects of the previous year's GATE exam – 


GATE 2020 Results Direct Link - Click Here

GATE 2020 Marks vs Rank

List of GATE Low Score Accepting Colleges

GATE 2020 Exam Analysis

Meet GATE 2020 Toppers

Success Story of GATE EE Topper 2020


Conducted on a national-level, GATE is for those who are willing to take admission in M.Tech./M.E./Ph.D programmes offered at the IITs, IISc and other institutes of higher education in India. Candidates must note that the 2021 GATE scorecard will feature the total marks scored by them in the entrance exam. Additionally, GATE scorecard for 2021 will be issued only to those candidates who qualify for the exam.


After the GATE results are out, candidates can download their GATE scorecard through GOAPS official portal i.e


Note: GATE scores are used as one of the criteria for recruitment of students for various profiles in Government Organisations like Cabinet Secretariat, and National/State Public Sector Undertakings in India.


GATE 2021 Eligibility (New)


The conducting body of GATE set some conditions related to academic qualifications, pass percentage, age limit etc which applicants have to fulfil in order to be eligible for GATE exam. If an applicant fails to meet with any of the given eligibility conditions then he/she will be not allowed to appear for the exam or admission process. All the applicants are requested to check the GATE 2021 eligibility criteria before submitting the GATE 2021 application form.


GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria


The aspirants can check the GATE 2021 eligibility criteria which will mention the age limit, nationality, academic qualifications required from the applicants: -



  • Indian national candidates will be eligible for the exam.
  • Candidates belonging to Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) will also be eligible to appear.

Age Limit

  • There is no minimum or maximum age limit prescribed to appear for the examination.

Academic Details

  • Only those candidates who have completed/will complete their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or Master’s degree (M.Sc) in any relevant science subject from a recognised University or institution will be eligible for GATE 2021.
  • Candidates who are pursuing their-year B.Tech or UG course are also eligible to appear for GATE 2021. 
  • There is no minimum percentage required at the undergraduate level for appearing in GATE 2021.
  • There is no limit on the number of attempts either. Hence, candidates who have appeared for GATE once earlier can appear again.

Validity of GATE Score

  • GATE score is valid for three years. Candidates applying for admission in IITs or jobs in PSUs must have a valid GATE 2021/ 2020/ 2019 score. 


GATE 2021 Degree Wise Eligibility


The qualifying degree eligibility criteria for GATE 2021 entrance examination is given in the table below:


Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree/ Examination (Descriptive)

Eligible candidates description

Qualifying Year cannot be later than


  • 5 years Bachelor’s degree in Architecture

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed


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 and those who are in the final year of these programmes 

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed


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 courses


Int. M.E/ M.Tech (Post B.Sc.)

  • Post- B.Sc.Integrated Master’s degree programme in Engineering/ Technology (Four year programme)

 Pursuing the 2nd/3rd/ 4th year or already passed


B.Sc.(Research)/ B.S

  • 4 years after 10+2 Bachelor's degree in Science or Post Diploma in Science

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed


M.Sc./ M.A./ MCA or equivalent

  • Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed


Int. M. Sc/ Int. B.S.-M.S.

  • Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. programme

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed


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

  • Integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/ Technology (Five-year programme)

 Pursuing the 4th/ 5th year or already passed


Pharm. D. (after 10+2)

  • 6 years program, consisting of internship or residency training (during the sixth year)

Pursuing the 4th/ 5th/6th year or already passed



Documents Required to Support GATE 2021 Eligibility


The applicants must submit the following documents to support their GATE 2021 eligibility claims:


  • If a candidate has completed one of the qualifying examinations as mentioned- above in the table in 2020 or earlier, then he/she has to be submitted the degree certificate/provisional degree certificate/course completion certificate/membership certificate as issued by the society or institute.
  • If the candidate is expected to complete one of the qualifying norms in 2021 or later as mentioned in the table above, then he/she had to upload their Provisional Certificate Letter (as issued by the Head of the Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Department) or a copy of marks card for Section A of AMIE, etc.
  • All the documents have to be uploaded only while filling the online application. It does not have to be sent by post.
  • Candidates with backlogs (failed subjects) in any of the subjects in their qualifying examination had to upload a copy of any of the mark sheet of the final year issued from the institute where he/she was studying.


GATE 2021 Eligibility for International Students


GATE 2021 eligibility criteria for foreign students are different from the normal eligibility rules. Scroll down to check the eligibility criteria required to be fulfilled by foreign students to appear in GATE 2021: -


·         Candidates who are still pursuing or have obtained a degree from countries except India in technology or engineering (at least four years) can apply. Final year candidates can also apply for GATE 2021.

·         Candidates who are pursuing or have obtained a postgraduate degree in any subject related to Science are also eligible to register for GATE 2021.


Important Note: Candidates who are pursuing or have obtained a higher degree other than the courses mentioned above must select the minimum qualifying degree while filling the application form for GATE 2021.


GATE is a national-level postgraduate engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to Master of Engineering (M.E) or M.Tech programmes in various NITs, IITs, and other technical institutes. Every year, this entrance examination is organized jointly by the IISc, Bangalore and seven IITs in support of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE. GATE 2021 will be held for 24 papers. Out of these, a candidate can appear only in any one GATE paper. Through this post, aspirants can check the detailed info on GATE Eligibility criteria 2021 like who are eligible for the exam, academic qualification, age criteria, and other details. The detailed eligibility criteria for GATE 2021 examination is elaborated below.


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