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GATE 2021: COAP Counselling (Started), Scorecard, Cutoff, Result, and Answer Key

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Content Curator | Updated On - May 1, 2021

IIT Delhi has started GATE COAP 2021 registration on March 25 at The tentative schedule for the main rounds of COAP 2021 has been revised. Candidates who have qualified GATE exam (2021/2020/2019) are eligible to apply for GATE COAP Counselling 2021 for M.Tech. admission in any of the participating IITs/ PSUs job offers. Meanwhile, NIT Delhi is expected to release the official notification for GATE CCMT Counselling 2021 soon.

GATE 2021 Result has been published on March 19, 2021 at Out of the total 7,11,542 candidates, 17.82% have qualified GATE 2021. Candidates must note that those who qualify the cutoff will be the only ones eligible for GATE 2021 Counselling.

GATE 2021 Latest Updates

  • May 1: GATE COAP 2021 dates revised for main rounds. Instead of May 13, the first round will now begin on May 28.
  • Mar 27: GATE 2021 Scorecards available at GOAPS portal for all qualified candidates. Download GATE 2021 Scorecard
  • Mar 20: GATE 2021 Cutoff released for all 27 papers. Check GATE 2021 Cut off
  • Mar 19: GATE results released three days before the scheduled date. 30 candidates have secured AIR 1 in GATE 2021. Check GATE 2021 Toppers
  • Mar 17: Final GATE 2021 Answer Key released. Download Paper-wise GATE 2021 Answer Keys

What is GATE exam for? GATE (or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an entrance test conducted by IISc Banglore and seven IITs for students seeking admissions in postgraduate courses at top colleges in India such as IIT, NIT, etc. GATE scores are also used by various PSUs for the recruitment of eligible candidates at various positions. Some of the PSUs accepting GATE scores are DRDO, IOCL, ONGC, NTPC, BHEL, etc. Check PSU recruitment through GATE 2021

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GATE Exam Dates

GATE 2021 Exam Dates

GATE 2021 Events Dates 
GATE Application Form Release September 11, 2020 
Extended Last Date to fill GATE Application Form October 8, 2020 till 5:00 PM
Last Date to fill GATE Application Form (with late fee) October 14, 2020 (Extended)
Last Date of Intimation to Registered Candidates after Scrutiny October 26, 2020
GATE Form Correction October 28, 2020- November 23, 2020 (Extended)
Issue of GATE Admit card  January 8, 2021
GATE Exam Date  February 6, 2021 to February 14, 2021 
GATE Response Sheet February 18, 2021
Preliminary GATE Answer Key  February 26, 2021
Challenge official GATE Answer Key March 1 –  March 4, 2021
Final GATE Answer Key March 17, 2021 
GATE Result March 19, 2021 
Availability of GATE Scorecard March 27, 2021 to June 30, 2021
Download GATE Scorecard (by paying Rs 500) July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
GATE COAP Counselling Registration March 25, 2021 (Started)
GATE CCMT Counselling Registration To be Updated

GATE 2021 Highlights

GATE Full Form

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Organizing Body

IIT Bombay 

Exam Level

All India Level

Mode of Application


Mode of exam

Computer-based Test (Online)

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Duration

3 hours (180 minutes)

Number of Subject Papers


Number of Questions

10 (GA) + 55 (subject)= 65 

Question Type


Applications Per Year

More than 8 Lakhs (Expected)

Number of Exam Centers

206 in India and 6 abroad

Official Website

GATE Helpline

Phone: 011-2659 1749; Fax: 011-2658 1579

Download GATE 2021 Official Brochure (Updated)

GATE Counselling

GATE 2021 Counselling

IIT Bombay will not organize any counselling process for MTech admissions. Candidates seeking admissions in IITs, NITs and other prestigious institutions will have to participate in counselling process conducted by separate bodies.

  • For admissions into NITs candidates need to register for GATE CCMT Counselling. Usually, the counselling process starts in the month of April.
  • For admissions into IITs, candidates need to register for GATE COAP Counselling. Aspirants will need to apply to individual institutes where admission is desired and eventually, register for Common Offer Acceptance Portal. IIT Delhi has started the registration for GATE IIT Counselling on March 25, 2021
    • Candidates can register for the counselling at 
    • Candidates who qualified GATE exam in 2021/ 2020/ 2019 are the only ones eligible for the counselling.

To know more about GATE Counselling 2021, Click Here

GATE Cut off

GATE Cut off 2021

GATE cut off is always released category and subject wise. Candidates must note that the cutoff released by the conducting body is only the qualifying cut off. Based on the initial student reaction and expert reports, the table below shows GATE cut off 2021:

Paper Code  Cut-off Marks (out of 100) % Qualified Candidates Candidates Appeared
AE  26.30  17.28  4914
AG  25.00  13.39  2277
AR  40.90  22.03  10857
BM  25.00  19.00  1684
BT  30.00  19.48  13186
CE*  29.20  17.19  115270
CH  35.10  20.02  16705
CS*  26.10  17.37  101922
CY  36.20  19.33  23465
EC  25.00  13.84  80629
EE  30.30  17.41  87559
ES  39.60  20.82  9183
EY  35.70  19.44  1718
GG (Geology)  38.90  23.70  4797
GG (Geophysics)  44.80  29.54  826
IN  36.00  20.92  16770
MA  29.00  22.04  11635
ME*  33.00  17.15  120594
MN  31.00  22.31  3918
MT  48.50  23.06  3486
PE  51.40  21.09  2153
PH  32.80  20.68  17499
PI  35.70  18.21  2059
ST  25.00  8.42  1199
TF  41.80  20.45  1643
XE  37.00  19.83  22219
XH-C1 (Economics)  29.40  20.16  2307
XH-C2 (English)  41.70  21.55  3846
XH-C3 (Linguistics)  35.30  20.00  315
XH-C4 (Philosophy)  37.90  22.49  538
XH-C5 (Psychology)  48.50  21.38  1141
XH-C6 (Sociology)  34.30  23.35  1255
XL  36.00  21.69  23973

*Normalized marks for multisession papers CE, CS and ME

Check GATE Paper-wise Cut Off
GATE Result

GATE 2021 Result

GATE 2021 Result has been released by IIT Bombay on March 19, 2021 (before the scehduled date on March 22). Candidates can check their result online on the official website Only the aspirants who have qualified in the GATE Exam would gain access to download the score-card from March 26 to May 31. The scorecard will remain valid for three years.

How to Check GATE 2021 Result?

  • Visit the official website.
  • Go to the results page and click on GATE Result.
  • GOAPS portal for GATE would appear.
  • Fill in the login details on the portal.
  • Click on the submit tab.
  • GOAPS candidate dashboard for GATE would open.
  • Click on the results section.
  • Your GATE Result will be displayed on the screen.

Sample of GATE Scorecard

GATE Rank Predictor

GATE 2021 Rank Predictor

GATE Rank Predictor is helpful for all those candidates who are planning to appear for the exam and wish to evaluate their preparation level. The rank predictor designed by Collegedunia is very simple to use. After taking any mock test or even after appearing for the real exam you can predict your rank and colleges in which you would be eligible to take admissions. Check GATE 2021 Rank Predictor

GATE Rank V/s Institute

The qualifying cut off for all the colleges could vary every year but it has been observed that the rank required for admissions usually remains the same in the respective colleges. Some of the examples for the ranks which are accepted by institutes are mentioned below in the table: 

  • IISc Bangalore – Rank < 100
  • IIT Bombay – Rank < 100; in some of the courses rank <= 600
  • IIT Kharagpur – Rank <= 600
  • IIT Hyderabad – Rank <= 1500

GATE Answer Key

GATE 2021 Answer Key

IIT Bombay has released preliminary GATE Answer Keys 2021 on February 26, 2021 at the official website at Answer Key will help candidates assess their marks in the examination according to GATE marking scheme. The answer key will contain the correct answers to all the questions asked in the question paper. Students will be able to calculate their expected scores using their response sheet, answer key and marking scheme. 

Final GATE 2021 Answer Key will be released around March 18, 2021. To check question papers and answer key for GATE 2021, Click Here.

How to Download GATE Answer Key 2021?

  • Visit the official GATE 2021 website.
  • Click on the link 'To view GATE 2021 Question Papers and Answer Keys Click here' (that will be updated once the answer keys are released)
  • Individual links for GATE Question Paper and Answer Key will be available for all 27 papers. 
  • Click on the link for the respective paper and download the answer key.

Download Final GATE Answer Key 2021 here

Paper/Subject GATE Question Paper 2021 Final GATE Answer Keys 2021
Mechanical Engineering

Download ME1
Download ME 2

Download ME 1
Download ME 2

Instrumentation Engineering Download Download
Electronics and Communication Engineering Download Download
Civil Engineering

Download CE 1
Download CE 2

Download CE 1
Download CE 2
Computer Science and Information Technology

Download CS 1
Download CS 2

Electrical Engineering Download Download
Aerospace Engineering Download Download
Agricultural Engineering Download Download
Architecture and Planning Download Download
Biomedical Engineering Download Download
Biotechnology Download Download
Chemical Engineering Download Download
Chemistry Download Download
Ecology and Evolution Download Download



Mathematics Download Download
Mining Engineering Download Download
Metallurgical Engineering Download Download
Petroleum Engineering Download Download
Physics Download Download
Production and Industrial Engineering Download Download
Statistics Download Download
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science Download Download
Environmental Science and Engineering Download Download

GATE Answer Key 2021- Engineering Sciences (XE)

Sections GATE Question Paper Final GATE XE Answer Key
Engineering Mathematics (XE-A) Download (Includes GA) Download
Fluid Mechanics (XE-B) Download Download
Materials Science (XE-C) Download Download
Solid Mechanics (XE-D) Download Download
Thermodynamics (XE-E) Download Download
Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F) Download Download
Food Technology (XE-G) Download Download
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (XE-H) Download Download

GATE Answer Key 2021- Life Sciences (XL)

Section GATE Question Paper Final GATE XL Answer Key 2021
Chemistry (XL-P) Download Download
Biochemistry (XL-Q) Download  Download
Botany (XL-R) Download  Download
Microbiology (XL-S) Download  Download
Zoology (XL-T) Download  Download
Food Technology (XL-U) Download  Download

GATE Answer Key 2021- Humanities and Social Sciences (XH)

Section GATE Question Paper Final GATE XH Answer Key 2021
Economics (XH- C1) Download Download
English (XH- C2) Download  Download
Linguistics (XH- C3) Download Download
Philosophy (XH- C4) Download  Download
Psychology (XH- C5) Download Download
Sociology (XH- C6) Download Download

GATE 2021 Response Sheet

IIT Bombay has released GATE 2021 Response Sheet on the official website at Students can access/download response sheet using their login credentials i.e., enrollment ID and password. The response sheet will contain individual answers marked by the candidates during their exam. 

How to Download GATE 2021 Response Sheet?

  • Visit official website i.e. and login into the Candidate Login Portal/ GOAPS
  • Click on the link for GATE 2021 Response Sheet
  • Download and save the response sheet in PDF format and use it to calculate your score

GATE 2021 PSU Recruitment

Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) are the companies that are owned by the union government of India or one of the states/territorial governments or both. These companies offer recruitment to candidates every year through GATE.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for selection rounds like Personal Interview (PI)/ Group Discussion (GD). Read more on PSU Recruitment through GATE 2021, Here

GATE 2021 PSU Expected Cut Off

PSU Name Branch  General  OBC SC ST
NTPC Mechanical 72 - 80 65 - 70 54 - 60 49 - 53
Electronics 64 - 68 55 - 58 48 - 50 39 - 44
BHEL Mechanical 80 - 84 NA* 72 - 75 61 - 64
Electronics 68 - 70 62 - 65 52 - 56 45 - 49

NOTE: NA* – the cut off was not available for the previous years. 

What are the Changes in GATE 2021?

  • GATE 2021 exam dates are spread over a longer period of time considering the current situation of COVID-19. The exam is scheduled from Feb 5- 7 and 12- 14, 2021. 
  • 11 new GATE Exam Centers have been added.
  • Two new subjects- have been introduced in GATE 2021- Environmental Science and Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Science (XS).
  • Eligibility for GATE 2021 is relaxed. Final year or 3rd-year candidates can also apply for the exam.
  • GATE exam pattern has also been revised and the new pattern allows the candidate to sit for a maximum of two papers. An updated list of combinations of papers has been released from which candidates can select two papers.
  • Every year, GATE exam is conducted in India and abroad. But this year the chances are very low that the exam will be conducted outside India. As per the official notification, if the COVID-19 situation gets normal till November 2020 then only the authorities will continue with the exam centers abroad.

Changes in GATE Last Year

  • The authorities had added Biotechnology (BT) as a new paper in GATE 2020. 
  • In 2019, Statistics (ST) was added as the new paper in GATE. 
  • No changes were made in the eligibility criteria and pattern in the last years.

GATE Eligibility 2021

GATE eligibility criteria 2021 has been relaxed. From 2021, final year or 3rd-year candidates are also eligible to apply for GATE 2021. Candidates can also opt for 2 subjects/ papers from the prescribed set of combinations. There is no age limit and candidates from any age group can apply for the exam. 

Students can check the GATE eligibility 2021 based on qualifying degree here

Note: Applicants should note that the eligibility criteria are specified for GATE only. Eligibility for M.Tech admissions in IITs is decided by the respective institutes.

List of Combination of Papers Allowed in GATE 2021

For 2021, candidates are allowed to opt for 2 GATE papers from the list of combination. To check the combination of GATE Papers allowed, Click Here.

First Paper Papers Allowed as Second Paper
AE: Aerospace Engineering XE
AG: Agricultural Engineering ES
AR: Architecture and Planning CE
BM: Biomedical Engineering BT / XL
BT: Biotechnology BM / XL
CE: Civil Engineering AR / ES
CH: Chemical Engineering CY / PE / XE
CS: Computer Science and Information Technology MA
CY: Chemistry CH / XL
EC: Electronics and Communication Engineering IN / PH
EE: Electrical Engineering IN
ES: Environmental Science and Engineering AG / CE
EY: Ecology and Evolution XL
GG: Geology and Geophysics MN / PE / PH
IN: Instrumentation Engineering EC / EE / PH
MA: Mathematics CS / PH / ST
ME: Mechanical Engineering XE
MN: Mining Engineering GG / XE
MT: Metallurgical Engineering PH / XE
PE: Petroleum Engineering CH / GG / XE
PH: Physics EC / GG / IN / MA / MT / ST
PI: Production and Industrial Engineering XE
ST: Statistics MA / PH
TF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science XE
XE: Engineering Sciences AE / CH / ME / MN / MT / PE / PI / TF
XH: Humanities and Social Sciences -------
XL: Life Sciences BM / BT / CY / EY

GATE 2021 Application Form

GATE Registrations are closed. Last date to fill GATE 2021 Application Form with a late fee was October 14, 2020. Candidates could access the application form through GOAPS portal. 

Students can follow the steps below to register for GaTE 2021:

GATE 2021 Registration Process
  • Step 1: Register for GATE
  • Step 2: Fill Application Form
  • Step 3: Upload Required Documents
  • Step 4: Pay GATE Application Fee 
  • Step 5: Accept Declaration and Submit the Application

GATE 2021 Application Fee

For Indian Exam Centers- 

Category Fees Late Fees 
SC/ ST/ PwD INR 750 INR 1250
Female INR 750 INR 1250
Other candidates INR 1500 INR 2000

For Exam Centers Outside India

Exam Centers Fees Late Fees
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu US$ 50 US$ 70
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100 US$ 120

GATE Admit Card 2021

GATE Admit Card 2021 is available for download from January 8, 2021. Students can download their GATE Admit Card by following the simple steps: 

  • Visit the official website
  • Enter your GATE Enrollment ID and Password and click Submit.
  • Click on the link available to download the GATE Admit Card
  • Download and take a coloured printout of the document
  • Check for any discrepancies, if any.
GATE Admit Card Sample

GATE 2021 Exam Centers

GATE 2021 Exam Centers are divided into 8 zones. IISc Bangalore and 7 IITs act as 8 zonal GATE offices that administer the operations in these exam cities. IIT Bombay has added 11 new exam centers this year. 

GATE exam will be conducted at 206 exam centers across India and 6 exam centers outside India. However, International exam centers could be cancelled if the COVID-19 situation does not get normal by November 2020.

Students can check the list of GATE 2021 Exam Centers here.

GATE 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

IIT Bombay has released a detailed set of new GATE exam day guidelines to ensure the safety of candidates, institute representatives and the exam conducting staff. Candidates are required to follow the guidelines to ensure smooth functioning at the exam center. No specific dress code has been specified by IIT Bombay for GATE 2021. However, candidates are advised to wear simple and basic clothes on the exam day. Clothes with many pockets or baggy clothes that leads to suspicion should be avoided. 

The guidelines have been categorized into pre-exam, during exam and post-exam measures. Check GATE Exam Day Guidelines

What items can I carry inside GATE Exam Centers?

Permitted Items Non-permitted Items
  • GATE 2021 Admit Card
  • Support Letter
  • Personal ID
  • Blue/Black Ball Point Pen
  • Simple Wrist Watch
  • Mask and Gloves
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer 
  • Personal Transparent Water Bottle
  • Blank Papers
  • Clipboards
  • Log-tables
  • Mobile Phones
  • Physical Calculators
  • Digital Watch
  • Any electronic items

If in case a candidate is found with any of the above mentioned non-permitted items, the candidates can be debarred from the test and GATE result will be withheld.

GATE Exam Pattern

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern has been revised by IIT Bombay. GATE 2021 is a 3-hour exam with 65 questions. Authorities have introduced a new type of question- Multiple Select Questions (MSQs) this year.

Mode of Exam Online
Type of Questions Asked MCQs, MSQs, NATs
Number of Sections Three 
Marks for a correct answer 1 Mark/ 2 Marks for each correct answer depending on the section
Negative Marking -⅓ for 1 mark MCQs;
-⅔ for 2 mark MCQs;
No negative marking for NATs & MSQs
Total marks allotted 100

Students can check the links below for paper-wise GATE Exam Pattern and division of marks:

Marking Scheme in GATE 2021

Paper Code GA Marks Core Subject Marks Total Marks
AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST, and BM 15 85 100
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1 Geology OR Section 2 Geophysics)] 15 25 + 60
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections) 15 15 + (2 X 35)
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section) 15 25 + (1 X 60)
XL (Section P + Any TWO Sections) 15 25 + (2 X 30)

GATE Syllabus

GATE 2021 Syllabus

GATE Syllabus varies according to the subject chosen by a candidate. However, General Aptitude syllabus remains the same for all 27 GATE papers and covers verbal & numerical ability questions. The general aptitude portion comprises 15% marks and the rest 85% is for the core subject.

GATE 2021 Syllabus has been revised for all the papers. Students can use the link below to check paper-wise GATE syllabus:

To check GATE syllabus for other paper codes, Click Here

GATE Preparation

GATE 2021 Preparation

With exams only a few days away, students are advised to focus more on revision. Instead of picking new topics, candidates must create quick notes for revision and revise the topics that they are confident about. Mentioned below are some of the last-minute GATE preparation tips that can help candidates to score well. 

  • Practise as many GATE mock tests and sample papers as possible. Solving previous year papers will help you get an idea about the type of questions asked. It will also be helpful in managing time while solving the paper so that you are able to complete the paper on time.
  • Say a big ‘NO’ to new chapters or topics. You should rather focus only on your strengths and revise the topics that you have already prepared.
  • Keep stress at bay. Pay detailed attention toward revising the course.
  • Take regular breaks however manage time effectively. Taking short breaks between your studies will help you to improve your concentration level as well and will refresh you enough to start again.
  • Take proper rest. At least a minimum of six-hour sleep is necessary so that you can focus on your preparation. Also eat healthy food.

Previous Year GATE Question Paper

Solving previous year GATE question paper is very helpful in understanding the difficulty level of the exam, type of questions asked in the exam, weightage of chapters, and much more. All the candidates are advised to solve at least one question paper daily as it will also help you to work upon maintaining a good speed while answering the questions. 

Candidates can download the previous year GATE question paper along with answer keys from the links provided below:

GATE Subject GATE Question Paper (2020) GATE Answer Keys (2020) GATE Question Paper (2019) GATE Answer Keys (2019)
Mechanical Engineering Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2)
Civil Engineering Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2)
Instrumentation Engineering Download Download Download Download
Electronics and Communication Engineering Download Download Download Download
Computer Science and Information Technology Download Download Download Download
Electrical Engineering Download Download Download Download
Aerospace Engineering Download Download Download Download

GATE Mock Test

GATE 2021 Mock Test

GATE 2021 Mock Test is a replication of the actual GATE question paper and helps the candidates to understand the exam pattern and types of questions asked. IIT Bombay released official GATE Mock Test 2021 on November 25, 2020. Separate mock tests are released for each of the 27 subjects.

List of Top M.Tech Colleges in India after GATE 2021

Here is the list of Top 10 IITs and NITs in India based on the NIRF 2020 ranking:

IIT College NIRF Ranking NIT College NIRF Ranking
IIT Madras 1 NIT Tiruchirappalli 9
IIT Delhi 2 NIT Karnataka 13
IIT Bombay 3 NIT Rourkela 16
IIT Kanpur 4 NIT Warangal 19
IIT Kharagpur 5 NIT Calicut 23
IIT Roorkee 6 NIT Kurukshetra 40
IIT Guwahati 7 NIT Silchar 46
IIT Hyderabad 8 NIT Durgapur 47
IIT Indore 10 NIT Allahabad 48
IIT (BHU) Varanasi 11 NIT Jalandhar 52

Frequently Asked Questions

GATE 2021 FAQs

Ques. What are GATE 2021 Exam Dates?

Ans: GATE 2021 was successfully concluded on February 6, 7, 13 and 14. This year the exam dates had been spread over a longer period in comparison to the previous year considering the COVID-19 situation. Check GATE 2021 Exam Dates

Ques. When will GATE 2021 Result be announced? How can I download my GATE scorecard?

Ans: GATE 2021 Result will be announced on March 22, 2021. Candidates will be able to check their result online by logging into GOAPS portal at GATE scorecards will be available to candidates a week after the declaration of result. You can use the following steps to download your GATE scorecard:

  • Login to GOAPS portal using your credentials.
  • Click on the link for GATE scorecard download.
  • Download your GATE Scorecard 2021 PDF.
  • Save a softcopy and also take a print out of the same for future use. 

Ques. Will students receive a hard copy of their GATE Result 2021?

Ans. No. GATE Result 2021 will only be available online. Students can however download their scorecard and take a print out of the same for future reference. Authorities will release GATE scorecard separately a week after the declaration of result. Download GATE Scorecard

Ques. What if a student did not qualify GATE 2021? Will the candidate be able to download their GATE Scorecard?

Ans. All candidates who appeared for GATE 2021 will be able to check their GATE result online. However, candidates who did not qualify the exam will not be able to download their scorecards. 

Ques. Can I predict my GATE rank before the declaration of the result?

Ans. Yes. Candidates can use Collegedunia’s GATE Rank Predictor to 

Ques. I cannot access my GATE 2021 Candidate login page. What should I do?

Ans. There can be a couple of reasons for facing such problems during GATE 2021 login.

  • Check if the GATE 2021 login credentials you have entered are correct. If you had written the credentials down at any point then cross-check with that now.
  • Check your internet connection and see if you have a stable bandwidth at the time of logging in.
  • The GATE login servers might have been temporarily taken down due to heavy traffic or technical issues. Try to login again after a couple of hours.
  • If the problem still persists, immediately contact the exam conducting authorities at their given helpline.

Ques. What is the expected GATE cutoff 2021?

Ans. GATE Cutoff changes every year depending on the difficulty of the paper and the number of candidates taking the exam. If you see the last 3 years CS cutoff for the general category, it is 28.5 (2020), 29.5(2019) and 25(2018). Gate 2019 was easier among the three but Gate 2020 was almost as tough as Gate 2018 still the cutoff is higher in the former. The reason for this is that more coaching classes are popping up every year, meaning that more students are better prepared for the exam, thus GATE has to increase the barrier for the cutoff. So, focus on doing your best in the exam instead of worrying about last year’s cutoffs.

Ques. What is considered a good score in GATE 2021?

Ans. A score below 200 is considered best to be eligible for admissions in IIT through GATE 2021. However, students with scores from 200-400 might also be eligible to apply for admissions in IITs. On the other hand for admissions to NITs on the basis of GATE 2021, scores ranging from 350-800 are considered to be good scores for admission.

Ques. How are GATE scores calculated?

Ans. GATE scores are calculated using the following formula:

GATE Score Calculation

where, M= marks obtained in GATE (actual marks for single session papers and normalized marks for multati-session papers)

Mq= Qualifying marks for general category candidate in GATE paper

Mt= Mean of marks of top 0.1% or top 10 (whichever is larger) of candidates who appeared for GATE (in case of multi-session papers including all sessions)

Sq= 350, is the score assigned to Mq

St= 900, is the score assigned to Mt

Ques. When will I receive my GATE admit card 2021?

Ans. GATE 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.

Ques. Do I need my GATE admit card after the exam is over?

Ans. Yes. Students must safely keep their GATE admit card even after the exam is over. This is case, the hall ticket is one of the required documents for GATE Counselling.

Ques. Which GATE 2021 helpline number should I contact in case of any problems?

Ans. Refer to the following GATE 2021 helpline details in accordance to your zone

Zone Contact Address Phone Number E-mail ID
Zone-1 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Bengaluru 560 012 080-22932392 080-23601227 gate @
Zone-2 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076 022-25767068 022-25767022 gate2021 @
Zone-3 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016 011-26591749 gate @
Zone-4 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781 039 0361-2582751 0361-2582755 gate @
Zone-5 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208 016 0512-2597412 gate @
Zone-6 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721 302 03222-282091 03222-282095 gate @
Zone-7 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 044-22578200 gate @
Zone-8 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247 667 01332-284531 gate @

Ques. Is it mandatory to carry my GATE 2021 admit card to the exam center?

Ans. Yes. Without their GATE 2021 Admit Card, no candidate will be allowed to enter the examination hall. A coloured print out is preferred. Candidates are advised to take 2-3 printouts.

Ques. Will I be allowed to enter my GATE exam center if I only show the E-aadhaar on my mobile phone?

Ans. No, you need to carry the original hardcopy. Candidates are also advised to carry one photocopy of the ID proof. 

Ques. Are there any new subjects added in GATE 2021?

Ans: Yes. Two new subjects have been added in GATE 2021 Syllabus. They are Environmental Science & Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Sciences (XH). The exam pattern of ES is similar to other papers but the pattern of XH is different. Read More

Ques. What is GATE 2021 Syllabus for CS?

Ans. The Syllabus for GATE 2021 CS is as follows

  • Section1: Engineering Mathematics: Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Calculus, Probability and Statistics
  • Section 2: Digital Logic
  • Section 3: Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Section 4: Programming and Data Structures
  • Section 5: Algorithms
  • Section 6: Theory of Computation
  • Section 7: Compiler Design
  • Section 8: Operating System
  • Section 9: Databases
  • Section 10: Computer Networks

Ques. What kind of aptitude questions are included in GATE 2021 Syllabus?

Ans. The general aptitude section in GATE 2021 Syllabus includes the following

  • Verbal Aptitude, Basic English grammar: tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech.
  • Basic vocabulary: words, idioms, and phrases in context Reading and comprehension, Narrative sequencing
  • Quantitative Aptitude Data interpretation: data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables.
  • Numerical computation and estimation: ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series Mensuration and geometry Elementary statistics and probability
  • Analytical Aptitude Logic: deduction and induction Analogy Numerical relations and reasoning
  • Spatial Aptitude Transformation of shapes: translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions.

Ques. What is the reason for making changes in GATE 2021 Syllabus? Are they looking for something new in the candidates through these changes?

Ans. The changes in GATE 2021 syllabus are primarily because of the new change in the GATE eligibility. As students in the 3rd year of their degree courses can now attempt the exam, the syllabus has been changed accordingly in order to accommodate their level of knowledge, so that they have a fair shot at the exam.

Ques. What happens if I had selected the EWS category during GATE 2021 registration, but then I fail to provide an EWS Certificate?

Ans. You will be allowed to write the exam. However, if at the time of admissions, you fail to provide the EWS certificate then your candidature will be cancelled. So, be very careful while filling in the details during GATE 2021 registration. You can, however, still go on to apply for admissions as a general category candidate.

Ques. Is the syllabus given in GATE 2021 official website enough to top the exam?

Ans. The syllabus on the official website covers everything that will be asked in the exam. However, there are some fundamental concepts you need to know to top not just GATE 2021 but also other entrance exams. These are not going to be listed explicitly in GATE 2021 official website.

Ques. Can I use one email address to fill multiple GATE 2021 application forms?

Ans. No, when you go through your GATE 2021 Application process, you provide your email address that will be then linked to your application. Hence, you can't use one email address to fill multiple application forms.

Ques. What do I do if my power/internet connection fails during GATE 2021 application process?

Ans. You can log back into the GOAPS website and fill the application form again.

Ques. What is the per subject GATE 2021 registration fees?

Ans. The fee per subject paper is given below, for two papers the amount of fee is twice that for a single paper.

For Examination Centers in India Regular Period (14th to 30thSept. 2020) During the Extended Period (1st to 7th Oct 2020)
Female candidates (per paper) 750 INR 1250 INR
SC / ST / PwD* category candidates (per paper) 750 INR 1250 INR
All other candidates (per paper) 1500 INR 2000 INR

Ques. Am I permitted to change my GATE 2021 examination center after the submission of my application form?

Ans. YES. Only after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of examination city will be entertained against additional payment till 13th November 2020. Any request after this date will NOT be considered.

Ques. How many GATE 2021 books should I refer to for preparation in each subject?

Ans. Two or three books are sufficient, depending on the subject. Start with one book and then if you have any doubts, then move on to some other book. However, students can watch some online videos and lectures also along with availing GATE 2021 online coaching classes. Must Read GATE 2021 Books

Ques. What are the required GATE 2021 signature size and photo dimensions for the application process?

Ans. Refer to the following table for the particulars about GATE 2021 documents required during registration:

Particulars Dimensions Size and Other Specifications Uploading of Documents
Passport size photograph in the white background 5 kb -200 kb 3.5 cm Width × 4.5 cm Height with 60% - 70% of Face Coverage Pixels Range from 240x320 – 480×640  In JPEG / JPG format
Signature in running handwriting 5 kb-200 kb Area of signature must cover 70-80% of the image. Pixels Range from 80×280 – 160×560 Sign with black or dark blue colour ink only.

Ques. Since GATE 2021 notification already came out, when can we expect the ONGC notification for recruitment through the exam?

Ans. PSU Recruitment through GATE 2021 is done by the individual organizations themselves and is not dependent on the exam conducting body of GATE. Thus, there is no direct connection between the official GATE 2021 notification and the individual PSU notifications for GATE. They will release their own schedules and eligibility criteria in their own time. Read PSUs Recruitment Through GATE

Ques. Will there be no more PSU recruitments through GATE in 2021 considering the current hiring scenario due to COVID?

Ans. While PSU recruitment through GATE was relatively low last year, this has nothing to do with the exam itself. The PSUs have their own exams, but they also still recruit through GATE just like before. The number of candidates hired is dependent on a lot of other variables such as the number of eligible candidates and the total number of vacancies each year.

Ques. Are there any changes in GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria?

Ans: Yes. The authorities have introduced a lot of changes in GATE 2021 eligibility criteria. Now the candidates who are in the 3rd year of their graduation can also apply for the exam. Along with that candidates can sit for a maximum of 2 GATE Exams. Check GATE Eligibility 2021

Ques. I am a student of Arts final year. Am I eligible for applying for GATE?

Ans. Yes. You are eligible to apply for the exam. As per the new GATE Eligibility, arts and commerce candidates can also apply for the exam. 

Ques. I have passed my graduation with 65% marks. Am I eligible for GATE 2021?

Ans. Yes. You can easily apply for the exam. There is no minimum percentage required to appear for the exam.

Ques. When will GATE 2021 registration process begin?

Ans. GATE 2021 Registration process started early this year, i.e. from September 11, 2020. You need to fill the GATE online form through the official website of GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). After successful payment of the application fee, you will be considered registered for the exam.

Ques. What will be the payment mode for paying GATE 2021 application fee?

Ans. You can pay GATE application fee only through the online mode (debit card, credit card and net banking).

Ques. What is the procedure to check the status of GATE 2021 application submission?

Ans. You can check the status of your GATE 2021 application after successful submission through the official website of GOAPS.

Ques. What is the start date of GATE 2021 Form correction?

Ans. The form correction facility will start from Oct 28. The window was open for corrections till Nov 23, 2020. 

Ques. What are the fields that I can correct when GATE 2021 online Form correction opens?

Ans. Only a few changes in some particular areas are allowed during GATE 2021 Form Correction. The details that can be corrected are- 

  • Change of Category
  • Change of City
  • Change of Exam paper
  • Change of City is free and extra 500 fees need to be paid for change in Category and Exam Paper 

Ques. How many times can I appear in GATE?

Ans. There is no limit to the number of GATE attempts. Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they wish. Moreover, from this year, 3rd year candidates are also eligible for the exam.

Ques. Is there any GATE 2021 upper age limit?

Ans. No. There is no age limit for appearing in GATE 2021.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

GATE 2021 : 44 answered questions


Ques. Can I get a seat in PEC Chandigarh (MTech CSE) with a GATE score of 400 Gen in the CAT?

● Top Answer By Arunima Sethi on 05 May 21

Ans. No, it is not possible to get a seat in PEC Chandigarh for M.Tech CSE at the GATE score of 400, being in General Category.  For Round 1, GATE 2020 opening score for CSE was 402 and the closing score was 523.  While, during Round 2, the score was between 379-395 for the General category.  The total seats for CSE at PEC Chandigarh is also limited. There are only 30 seats available for the program, out of which only 19 are for General candidates. Seeing my friend’s experience there, I would strongly recommend you to re-attempt the exam and score well. Try to get an opportunity in top engineering institutes like IITs/NITs.  It is not that PEC is a worse institute, but if you prepare well and give GATE again, you might land into your dream college. Also, a Master's is usually the last stage of academic learning for all. So, it is better to invest your Master's degree time in an excellent institute.Read more
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Ques. Is a stipend available in PEC Chandigarh University through a valid GATE score card?

● Top Answer By Rohini Mishra on 02 May 21

Ans. To put it short, yes, you do get a stipend at the PEC Chandigarh University, but it depends on certain terms and conditions.  Getting an SGPA of at least 6.5 in the semesters is the most important condition. If it is less than required in any semester, your next stipend will not come for the next adjacent half. If you fail to do so in the 1st semester, the stipend for the second semester would be lost.  If you score SGPA more than 6.5 in the second sem, the stipend of third and fourth in the second semester combined will re-continue.  And if you fail to reach 6.5 in the second sem, the stipend of the third and fourth sem will discontinue. As there are no separate examinations for the 3rd and 4th sem to judge the eligibility of stipend.  The stipend for the first semester is received by the students without any conditions, so you need not worry about this, as this depends on your GATE score. Read more
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Ques. What do you prefer, the GATE or the IES?

● Top Answer By Keshav Jindal on 25 Feb 21

Ans. I would prefer GATE or IES because in GATE the ratio is 10:1 whereas in IES the ratio is 300:1. This makes IES a very tough competitive exam but in GATE it is easier to get good marks and rank higher as the paper is easy and less competitive compared to IES.  The IES exam is tougher than GATE because here a candidate has to excel both in academics and personality. In GATE the questions are concept based and it is easier to solve if all the concepts are clear. Also in the GATE exam, there are 65 questions and the time limit is 3 hours but in the IES exam there are 120 questions and the time limit is 2 hours. So you get less time to solve all the questions.  After qualifying for your GATE exam with good marks, you can apply to any of the big companies with higher packages and it also opens your gate to apply for PSU.   After qualifying for your IES exam, you will get a job as an assistant executive engineer and after 3-4 years of experience, you will get promoted to executive engineer post. Then after many years of experience of like 20+ years, you will get Chief Engineer posts.Read more
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Ques. What is the pattern for the written test for M.Tech at IIT Gandhinagar?

● Top Answer By Kumar Shiwam on 24 Feb 21

Ans. The admission for M. Tech at IIT Gandhinagar is done on the basis of academic records, written test, personal interview, and valid GATE scores. Those students who have a good academic record along with good GATE scores are not supposed to appear in the written test and personal interview.  The pattern of the written test is as follows: 10 questions of General aptitude questions consisting of logical analytical and reasoning ability and engineering mathematics are asked. 15-20 questions are asked related to basic courses in various disciplines up to the third year of an undergraduate program. The total duration of the written test is 1 hour for 80 marks. A total of 40 marks for general aptitude and 40 for basic knowledge. There is a negative marking and very basic questions are asked in the test. For branch subjects, all questions are asked related to SOM, fluid mechanics, etc.  The reservation category will get relaxation in the cut-off marks as per the norms. You will also be entitled to and fro sleeper class train tickets for the shortest route from your hometown to the institute. If you pass the test then you will attend the interview on the same day.Read more
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Ques. What are the best coaching centres for GATE and IES in Civil Engineering?

● Top Answer By Sabeer Chalana on 23 Feb 21

Ans. There are many coaching centers throughout the country for IES and GATE coaching. However, these 2 institutes enjoy a huge reputation and recognition at the national level due to their experienced faculty and their study material quality. Made Easy: It is one of the best in the field when it comes to GATE and IES coaching. They have the best faculty teaching the subjects for the students.  Their specialty lies in their high quality and concise presentation. One of my friends enrolled in the Delhi center weekend coaching program, which he claimed to be good. Their online test series is one of the best you can opt for. They are prepared keeping the present pattern in mind. The number of students enrolled is hefty and gives you a clear picture of the competition. Some criticize that their teaching lacks depth compared to other institutes. Their courses and tests require analytical knowledge and are more than enough to crack GATE/IES exams. IES Masters: This institute is one of the best in this field and has earned respect for its excellence and quality coaching within a short span of its inception. All the major subjects for all batches are handled by Mr. Kanchan Thakur who is the director of the institute. He has a brilliant command over all the subjects in Civil engineering. The study material of this institute is best and is even recommended for those who choose civil engineering as an optional subject in UPSC exams. One small setback is that other faculties than the director are not on par when compared with the faculties of Made Easy. For the GATE Online test series, you can opt for Made easy test series, and for the IES test series you can opt for IES Masters. If you plan to join made easy to enroll in Super Talent Batch which has all top faculties teaching in this batch. For Classroom coaching for civil engineering in GATE/IES, Super talent batch can be preferred if not then IES Masters. For Postal study course, one can opt for IES masters.Read more
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ibashisha mukhim
Do I have to give GATE for admission in MArch course in India?
diya suresh

No GATE cannot be considered for admission to M.Arch course but it is considered for M.E/M.Tech or direct admission to Ph.D programs. GATE score can be used for recruitment purpose as well to various PSUs across the country. Selection to the courses will be based on cut off declared after announcement of the results. Find more details at GATE result 2021.

ankita sasmal
Will the counseling have an interview round as well?
diya suresh

There will be no interview round in either of the two counselling process i..e CCMT or COAP. Both are centralised counselling process that includes registration,option freezing and seat allotment. Candidates are called for counselling on the basis of merit in the entrance test and there will be different rounds of allotment in the counselling process. To know more details visit GATE counselling 2021.

If I have completed graduation in food microbiology, can I pursue PhD in Life Sciences?
diya suresh

To be eligible for Ph.D admissions, one needs to have a valid PG level degree in relevant stream with minimum required aggregate prescribed by the University or college. For direct admission, GATE score will be considered. With graduation in Food Microbiology, you can opt for Ph.D in Life Sciences as well. To know details vsit GATE result 2021.

arushi thankur
Do I need to give GATE compulsorily to pursue PhD in Biotechnology?
diya suresh

No it is not mandatory to appear for GATE entrance test to pursue Ph.D, but those without GATE score needs to undergo entrance test conducted by the particular University to get admission. GATE score is applicable for direct admission to Ph.D courses. To find details of admission through GATE visit GATE 2021 cut off.

laxmi mishra
Is there any way to use the score of GATE for admission in MTech course abroad?
diya suresh

Yes GATE provides numerous opportunities for qualified candidates to study PG course in foreign countries There are several colleges and universities in countries including SIngapore and Germany that accepts GATE score for admission to M.Tech or M.E courses. Some of the colleges abroad are National University of Singapore, Technical University of Germany among others.

laxmi mishra
How should I prepare for the topics of Humanities paper?
diya suresh

Humanities and Social Science paper has been added to the list of subjects from 2021 session only, therefore for preparation it is suggested to refer updated study materials with new syllabus and pattern, Also mock test papers for the revised pattern will be available at the official website for getting an idea of the kind of questions that can be asked in the real exam. Find more tips at GATE 2021 Preparation Tips.

How many attempts are allowed to appear GATE in a year?
diya suresh

There is as such no limit to the number of attempts for appearing to GATE exam but the validity of the test score is 2 years. GATE is an annual entrance test that is taken for admission to engineering PG level course. To be eligible for GATE exam, one needs to have a bachelor’s degree in relevant stream from a recognised board. To know more details visit GATE 2021 eligibility.

Can GATE be given for admission in PhD Chemical Engineering?
diya suresh

Yes, GATE score is accepted by various colleges for admission to Ph.D courses. Ph.D is a doctoral level course for which selection will be done on the basis of merit in qualifying exam or entrance test conducted by the University. Apart from Ph.D, GATE scores are accepted for PG level engineering courses as well as PSU recruitment. To know more details visit GATE 2021 cut off.

ankur jain
Is there any age limit restriction while applying for GATE?
aniket ranjan

No, There is no age restriction for appearing in GATE entrance exam. You just have to fulfill the eligibility criteria for GATE i.e Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Master’s Degree in a relevant Science Subject.

rinki mahapatra
Will I be able to use my GATE score for admission in ICAR?
diya suresh

ICAR conducts its own entrance test for the purpose of admissions and GATE score is not accepted. Those eligible are required to appear for the process of counselling before final seat allotment. To know more details visit ICAR admissions 2020.

neha thasale
How many attempts are allowed to a students?
aniket ranjan

No, there is no restriction on the number of attempts. You can appear for GATE entrance exam as many times as you want. For appearing you have to Fullfill the eligibility criteria i.e Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Master’s Degree in a relevant Science Subject.

Will GATE exam take place online or offline?
mrittika mallick

GATE examination is conducted online. It is a Computer Based Test (CBT). The counseling dates and processes are also conducted online. To know in detail about GATE dates and processes, click on the link GATE 2021 Exam Details.

yash raj singh
Is there any special requirement during the registration of GATE?
mrittika mallick

There are some eligibility criteria that a student needs to fulfill to successfully sit for GATE. There are educational qualification based eligibility criteria, as well as criteria on other factors like nationality. International students are given different sets of guidelines. Please go through the link GATE 2021 Registration and Eligibility Criteria to know in detail about the steps of registering and the eligibility criteria required for GATE.

puja sao
Can I use my GATE score in any foreign University?
mrittika mallick

Yes, there are many foreign universities that accept GATE scores. Other than applying for M. Tech programs in India after clearing GATE, students can also apply to foreign universities like National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, Technical University of Germany, RWTH ACHEN Germany, and many more, that allow GATE scores for programs in higher studies, instead of GRE scores for admissions. 

puja sao
Can GATE exam be given only in one subject?
mrittika mallick

No, GATE allows examinees to sit for more than one subject. But you should make sure that the exam dates for these subjects are different. Also, it is recommended that for their own convenience, examinees choose streams or subjects that have some common factors among them. Entirely different streams or subjects may cause them to perform unsatisfactorily. 

shaik kabeer
Can I give GATE maximum in two papers in a year?
diya suresh

Yes a candidate who is found eligible will be allowed to choose 1 or maximum 2 papers for the exam in an year. With effect from 2021, 2 new subjects have been included to the list i.e. Environmental Science and Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences. For the 2 papers, one must select from the list of combinations prescribed by the authority. Find more details at GATE 2021 exam pattern.

shreya sarkar
What is the syllabus of the Humanities paper?
priya negi

The syllabus for Humanities and Social Science (XH) is given below. You will find all the information about the syllabus from here GATE Humanities and Social Science (XH) Syllabus.

  1. The topic is covered in section1 Reading Comprehension.
  2. The topic is covered in section2  Expression.
  3. The topic is covered in section3  Analytical reasoning.
  4. The topic is covered in section4 Logical reasoning.
Kya gate exam hindi language me bi hota h
diya suresh

No, GATE exam is only conducted in English langauge and not in hindi or any other language. It is a National level entrance test conducted annually in english medium only GATE exam is conducted for admissions to M.Tech degree courses as well as Ph.D programs. The score can be used for recruitment purpose to various PSUs. To know more details of the exam visit GATE 2021 exam pattern.

rajesh agarwal
I will be passout BE from Biomedical in 2021, and I have 730 marks in GATe 2021 from CS. Kindly confirm me can I eligible for MTech in CS. And which collage are allow me for MTech from CS.
diya suresh

Yes, you are very much eligible to apply for the M.Tech course with your marks. The cut off for each stream of engineering and for different categories varies and those qualifying the cut off needs to appear for counselling process before final seat allotment.  Some of the colleges offering CS stream in India are as follows:

  • IITM Chennai
  • BITS Pilani
  • Chandigarh University
  • Jadavpur University among others
i am not qualified in gate can i get inti iit
diya suresh

Unfortunately you will not be eligible as for admission into top ranking institutes like IITs or NITs, a valid score in GATE or equivalent enrance test is mandatory.. There will be different subjects in GATE and as per your choice of stream, you can opt for either 1 or maximum 2 papers. After qualifying the test, a candidate is also required to appear for counselling process before final seat allotment.