GATE 2021: Application, Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

By | May 19, 2020

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is the National Level Engineering Exam, conducted by the IITs in the rotational basis; Through the GATE exam, candidates can get admission in M.tech/PhD Programs offered by IITs, IISc, IISERs and some other government and private institutions. The GATE 2021 official notification will be released soon. Through this article, the candidates will get complete information regarding the GATE 2021 examination.

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Highlights

Exam Name GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) 2021
Conducting Body IITs on a rotational basis
Official Website www.gate.iitg.ac.in
Mode of Examination Online – Computer Based Test
No. of Papers & Questions 23 | 65
Total Marks & Maximum Score 100 | 1000
Duration of GATE 2018 3 Hours
No. of Test Takers Over 8.6 lac
Use of GATE Score Card for Employment PSUs, Central Government and Government of India Organization
GATE Helpdesk 0361-258-6500 | gate2019@iitg.ac.in

GATE Important Dates

The tentative schedule for GATE 2021 is given below:

Events Dates (Tentative)
Online Application starts The first week of September 2020
Last date to submit the application form The fourth week of September 2020
Last date for requesting a change of Examination Centre The third week of November 2020
Availability of Admit Card The first week of January 2021
Date of Exam The first week of February 2021
Announcement of Result The third week of March 2021

GATE Application Form

  • GATE Application Form is expected to be available from the first week of September 2020.
  • The Application Form is made available in online mode only.
  • Candidates can fill the GATE Application Form via GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).
  • Candidates will be able to register for GATE Examination by verifying their email address and mobile number.
  • Candidates can pay the application fee in the online mode only.
  • It is advised to the candidates that take a printout of the application for further purposes.

Documents to be uploaded while filling the GATE Application Form

  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • Certificate of qualifying degree
  • Category certificate, if applicable.

Admit Card

Candidates can download the GATE  Admit card from the GOAPS website. The conducting authority will not send the admit card via email/post. Those who have successfully registered for GATE and do not receive any message for duplicate and defective application form will be able to download their Hall ticket. It is advised the hat candidates take a copy of ID proof along with their admit card. ID proof may be any of these:

  • Passport,
  • PAN Card,
  • Voter ID,
  • Aadhaar UID,
  • Valid College ID,
  • An employee identification card or Driving License.
  • From international students,
  • only valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID will be accepted as ID proof.

GATE Exam Pattern

Check GATE Exam Pattern below:

  • Number of Papers: GATE is held for a total of 24 papers. Candidates can appear for only one of the 24 papers.
  • Mode of Examination: The examination mode will be online only (CBT).
  • Exam Duration: The examination duration will be 3 hours.
  • Number of Questions: Total 65 questions of maximum 100 marks will be asked in GATE 2018.
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) & Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT) will appear in GATE examination. For MCQ, 4 choices will be provided while there will be no options provided for NAT. Students are required to enter the real number in Numerical Answer Type Questions with the help of virtual keypad.
  • Section Common in All GATE Papers: General Aptitude (GA) section is common for all papers. It will contain total 150 questions of maximum 15 marks (5 questions of 1 mark and 5 questions of 2 marks).x
  • New Section: In the paper of XE, new section (H), namely Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has been included from the year 2017.
  • Marking Scheme: MCQ and NAT questions will carry 1 or 2 marks in all papers.
  • Negative Marking: For every incorrect answer, 1/3 marks deducted from the questions carrying 1 mark. Likewise, for questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted. No negative marking for Numerical Answer Type questions.

Exam Pattern For All Papers Except GG, XE, XL:

  • 25 questions of 1 mark each.
  • 30 questions of 2 marks each.
  • 10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper GG:

  • Part A – 25 questions of 1 mark each. This part is common for all candidates.
  • Part B – 30 questions of 2 marks each. This part has two sections, section-1 is of Geology and section-2 is of Geophysics.
  • 10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper XE:

  • Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory Section) – Total 11 questions will be asked. 7 questions of 1 mark each and 4 questions of 2 marks each. It is common for all candidates.
  • Any two of XE sections from B to H – 22 questions. 9 questions carrying 1 mark and 13 questions carrying 2 marks.
  • 10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper XL:

  • Section P – Chemistry (compulsory section) – It contains a total of 15 questions (5 questions of 1 marks and 10 questions of 2 marks).
  • Any two of XL sections Q to U – Total 20 questions (10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks).
  • 10 questions from GA.

GATE Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must meet the GATE Eligibility Criteria to be able to apply for the exam. The eligibility criteria is as given below:

Required  Qualifying Degree Status of the Degree Year of Passing
B.E./B.Tech/B.Pharm 4-years B.Tech (after 10+2) in any stream or 3-years B.Tech lateral entry (after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology). Final year candidates may also apply. Pursuing final year examination or completed 2020
B.Arch 5-years bachelor’s degree in Architecture Pursuing final year examination or completed 2020
B.Sc. Research/B.S. 4-years Bachelor’s degree in Science (post-diploma or after 10+2) Pursuing final year examination or completed 2020
M. Sc./M.A./MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or completed 2020
Int. M.E/M.Tech(Post-B.Sc.) 4-years Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology Presently in 2nd/3rd/4th year or completed 2022
Int. M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) 5-years Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology Currently in 4th/5th year or completed 2021
Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five years integrated B. S./M. S. program Pursuing final year examination or completed 2020
Professional Society Examination (equivalent to B.Tech/B.E./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 NA

GATE Syllabus

GATE Exam will be conducted for 24 (Stream) Papers. For each discipline syllabus is different. For good preparation, the students must know each and every topic from where the questions can be asked. The candidates can download the GATE Syllabus for AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, XE, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF and XL from the official site.

Previous Years GATE Statistics

Year Registered Appeared Qualified Qualified (%)
2016 971831 818850 135392 16.53
2015 927580 804463 121060 15.05
2014 1033625 889157 149694 16.84
2013 1200728 984855 136699 13.88
2012 777134 686614 108526 15.81
2011 612568 558480 96239 17.23
2010 460541 420596 59853 14.23

GATE Cutoff

GATE Cut off is the minimum marks to be eligible for admission to IITs and IISc. This is a factor deciding whether or not has the candidates qualified for the exam. GATE cut off marks varies stream-wise and category-wise. The cut-off marks are less for reserved category candidates as compared to the unreserved category candidates. The GATE cut off for 2020 is given below:

S. No. Paper Name Paper Code Qualifying Marks
General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD
1 Life Sciences XL 31.7 28.5 21.1
2 Civil Engineering CE 32.9 29.6 21.9
3 Electrical Engineering EE 33.4 30.0 22.2
4 Computer Science and Information Technology CS 28.5 25.6 19.0
5 Mechanical Engineering ME 34.0 30.6 22.6
6 Petroleum Engineering PE 39.8 35.8 26.5
7 Electronics and Communication Engineering EC 28.8 25.9 19.2
8 Chemical Engineering CH 35.7 32.1 23.8
9 Chemistry CY 26.7 24.0 17.8
10 Biotechnology BT 30.7 27.6 20.4
11 Engineering Sciences Minor XE 26.0 23.4 17.3
12 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF 37.1 33.3 24.7
13 Aerospace Engineering AE 27.2 24.4 18.1
14 Agricultural Engineering AG 26.3 23.6 17.5
15 Architecture and Planning AR 34.8 31.3 23.2
16 Ecology and Evolution EY 42.2 37.9 28.1
17 Geology GG 38.4 34.5 25.6
Geophysics GG 51.9 46.7 34.6
18 Instrumentation Engineering IN 34.6 31.1 23.0
19 Mathematics MA 25 22.5 16.7
20 Mining Engineering MN 32.7 29.4 21.8
21 Metallurgical Engineering MT 49.2 44.2 32.8
22 Physics PH 37.2 33.4 24.8
23 Production and Industrial Engineering PI 36.6 32.9 24.4
24 Statistics ST 25 22.5 16.6
25 Biomedical Engineering BM 25.0 22.5 16.6

How to Prepare For GATE 2021?

With the hard and full dedication towards GATE Exam Preparation will give you success. We are listing here a few preparation tips for GATE Exam, follow them to succeed in the exam:

  • Review your syllabus for which you are preparing.
  • Prepare your schedule as per the daily basis as well as for monthly basis.
  • Divide your study hours according to your subjects.
  • Try to find your strengths and weakness.
  • Practice a lot of Previous Years Question Papers.
  • Attempt online Mock Tests.
  • Select the best study material and book for covering GATE syllabus.
  • Take care of your health.

GATE Helpline

For any kind of query candidates can contact with below details:

Zone Contact Address Phone Number email Id
1 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Science,
Bengaluru 560 012
080-22932392
080-23601227
gate@gate.iisc.ac.in
2 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,
Powai, Mumbai 400 076
022-25767068 gateoffice@iitb.ac.in
3 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi,
Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016
011-26591750
011-26596137
011-26591749
chrgate@admin.iitd.ac.in
4 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati,
Guwahati 781 039
0361-2582751
0361-2582755
gate@iitg.ac.in
5 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur,
Kanpur 208 016
0512-2597412 gate@iitk.ac.in
6 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur,
Kharagpur 721 302
03222-282091
03222-282095
gate@adm.iitkgp.ac.in
7 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Madras,
Chennai 600 036
044-22578200 gate@iitm.ac.in
8 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee,
Roorkee 247 667
01332-284531 gate@iitr.ac.in

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