GATE Cut off 2021, Paper wise Cut Off for IITs, NITs, IIITs and Top Institutes

    Nikkil Visha Nikkil Visha
    Exams Prep Master

    IIT Bombay will release GATE 2021 cut off soon after the release of result in the month of March 2021. For all 27 papers, separate GATE cut off will be released which will also vary from subject to subject and for each category. GATE cut off is the minimum marks that you need to score to qualify the exam. Since the exam will be conducted in multiple sessions with different difficulty levels, the normalization method will be used for GATE Score Calculation.

    The participating institutes will decide their own cut off to select the candidates for a course. Other than M.Tech admissions, students who score marks higher than GATE cutoff are often recruited into highly paid jobs offered by many PSUs. GATE Scorecard will be issued to only those candidates who score equal to or more than the qualifying cut off of GATE 2021.

    GATE 2020 Subject Wise Qualifying Cut Off 

    GATE Paper NameGeneral OBCSC/ST/Pwd
    Aerospace Engineering (AE)27.224.418.1
    Agriculture Engineering (AG)26.323.617.5
    Architecture and Planning (AR)34.831.323.2
    Biomedical Engineering (BM)25.022.516.6
    Biotechnology (BT)30.727.620.4
    Civil Engineering (CE)32.929.621.9
    Chemical Engineering (CH)35.732.123.8
    Computer Science & Information Technology (CS)28.525.619.0
    Chemistry (CY)26.72417.8
    Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC)28.825.919.2
    Electrical Engineering (EE)33.430.022.2
    Ecology & Evolution (EY)42.237.928.1









    Instrumentation Engineering (IN)34.631.123.0
    Mathematics (MA)25.022.5


    Mechanical Engineering (ME)34.030.622.6
    Mining Engineering (MN)32.729.421.8
    Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
    Petroleum Engineering (PE)39.835.826.5
    Physics (PH)37.233.424.8
    Production & Industrial Engineering (PI)36.632.924.4
    Statistics (ST)25.022.5


    Textile Engineering & Fiber Science (TF)37.133.324.7
    Engineering Sciences (XE)26.023.417.3
    Life Sciences (XL)31.728.521.1

    GATE 2020 Cut off Category Wise Cut off Analysis

    ​GATE 2019 Cut off

    GATE 2019 was conducted for 24 papers by IIT Madras. From the table below you can get an idea about the previous years cut off:

    PaperGeneral OBCSC/ST/PWD
    Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)26.72417.8
    Electrical Engineering (EE)39.635.626.4
    Ecology and Evolution (EY)37.133.424.7
    Geology and Geophysics (GG)44.540.129.7
    Instrumentation Engineering (IN)31.928.721.3
    Mathematics (MA)2522.516.7
    Mechanical Engineering (ME)34.130.722.7
    Mining Engineering (MN)31.528.421
    Metallurgical Engineering (MT)53.548.135.7
    Petroleum Engineering (PE)49.944.933.3
    Physics (PH)25.222.716.8
    Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)32.22921.5
    Statistics (ST)32.529.221.7
    Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
    Engineering Sciences 26.72417.8
    Life Sciences 36.73324.5
    Aerospace Engineering (AE)33.530.222.3
    Agricultural Engineering (AG)28.325.518.9
    Architecture and Planning (AR)4136.927.3
    Biotechnology (BT)35.932.323.9
    Civil Engineering (CE)28.225.418.8
    Chemical Engineering (CH)34.831.323.2
    Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)29.526.619.7
    Chemistry (CY)3228.821.3

    Check  IIT Delhi GATE Cut Off & Admission Process

    GATE Cut offs 2018 (Stream-wise)

    Apart from admissions in postgraduate courses, GATE cut off scores are also considered for employment in PSUs, direct recruitment to Group A posts in Central Government. A good GATE score can avail you financial assistance for postgraduate programs. Read about GATE PSU Cut offs.

    Computer Science (CS)25.0022.5016.60
    Civil Engineering (CE)26.9024.2017.9
    Electrical Engineering (EE) 
    Mechanical Engineering (ME)34.731.223.1
    Electronics and Communication (EC)25.022.516.6
    Production Engineering (PI)32.028.821.3
    Instrumentation Engineering (IN)37.033.824.7
    Aerospace Engineering (AE)2522.516.6
    Chemical Engineering (CH)37.83425.1
    Chemistry (CY)25.422.816.9
    Physics (PH)
    Geology and Geophysics (GG)32.429.121.5
    Biotechnology (BT)27.925.1 18.5
    Life Science29.926.919.9AR
    Architectural Engineering (AR)43.939.529.2
    Agricultural Engineering (AG)25.022.516.6
    Maths (MA)29.426.419.5
    Petroleum Engineering (PE)39.835.826.5

    Check  GATE Participating Institutes with Fees

    GATE Cut off 2017

    GATE 2017 cut off accepted by IITs is:

    IITCivil EngineeringMechanical EngineeringElectrical EngineeringChemical EngineeringComputer Science Engineering
    IIT Roorkee27.4970.8857.0642.1361.58
    IIT Bombay550600510600750
    IIT Delhi700750650567742
    IIT Kanpur696810773562732
    IIT BHU402514514431-
    IIT Mandi-735660440-
    IIT Hyderabad704713730436728
    IIT Gandhinagar660600640432-

    GATE Qualifying Cutoff 2016 & 2015

    --Branch/ CategoryGeneralOBCSC/ST/PHGeneralOBCSC/ST/PH
    1Mechanical Engineering (ME)29.626.619.732.7329.4621.82
    2Civil Engineering (CE)2522.516.62522.516.67
    3Electrical Engineering (EE)25.122.516.72522.516.67
    4Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)2522.516.62522.516.67
    5Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)2522.516.62522.516.67
    6Instrumentation Engineering (IN)31.628.42125.4522.916.96
    7Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)26.423.717.526.8224.1417.88

    GATE Rank V/s Marks


    Aspirants must not get confused between GATE rank and score. Suppose a student who gets marks around 67 and GATE score around 810 is likely to get rank near 170 in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Similarly, a candidate expecting the rank under 1000 has good chances of getting into a preferred branch in NITs. Although, a student must prepare for an interview and GD in order to proceed in the admission process. 

    GATE Rank V/s Institute 

    While cutoff marks may vary each year, the rank required for selection in a particular college and course is almost the same because seats for a particular course do not change on a regular basis. Thus, it is advisable to score an AIR rank around 100 in GATE 2021 in order to get admission into IISc and Top IITs.

    Name of the Institute(s)Required GATE Rank

    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

    (1) For Direct Admission: AIR < 100

    (2) For some courses: ≤ AIR ≤ 600

    Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

    Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 

    Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

    (1) For Direct Admission: AIR < 100

    (2) For some courses: ≤ AIR ≤ 300

    Indian Institute of Technology, KharagpurAIR ≤ 600

    Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

    Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

    Indian Institute of Technology, BHU

    AIR ≤ 1000

    National Institute of Technologies

    Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

    Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, etc

    AIR ≤ 1500
    Government Engineering Colleges (National & State level)AIR ≤ 2500
    Private Engineering Colleges (National & State level)AIR ≥ 2500

    Check IIT Madras GATE Cut Off

    GATE Qualifying Cutoff V/s Admission Cutoff

    Students who would be appearing in GATE 2021 should have a clear idea about the difference between GATE qualifying cutoff and GATE admission cutoff.

    ParticularsGATE Qualifying Cut OffGATE Admission Cut Off
    DifferenceIt is the minimum marks that candidates need to score to qualify for the exam, which is different for all 25 subjects for which GATE is conducted. It also varies for different categories of candidates.It is the minimum marks required to get admission in an institute.
    Declared ByIt is released by the exam conducting institute/body with the declaration of result.It is declared by the institute at the time of admission.
    Parameters to decide Cut OffCandidates Performance, Category of Candidates, Previous Years Cut Off TrendsTotal Number of Seats, Applications received, Category of Candidates

    GATE Cut Off for IITs 

    From the table below you can check the cut off various IITs. This will help you in getting an idea about the cut off trends of IITs and you can easily plan your GATE preparation.

    InstitutesGATE Cut Off
    IIT DelhiClick Here
    IIT MadrasClick Here
    IIT RoorkeeClick Here
    IIT GuwahatiClick Here
    IIT BombayClick Here
    IIT KanpurClick Here
    IIT KharagpurClick Here
    IIT GandhinagarClick Here
    IIT BHU Click Here
    IIT JodhpurClick Here
    IIT HyderabadClick Here
    IIT PatnaClick Here
    IIT MandiClick Here
    IIT BhubaneshwarClick Here

    GATE Cut Off for NITs

    Qualified candidates who wish to take admission in NITs and several other centrally funded institutes are required to apply through CCMT (Centralized Counselling for M.Tech/M.Arch/M.Plan admissions). Candidates can check institute-wise GATE previous years cut off for admission is NITs.

    • GATE Cutoff is the minimum score that a candidate needs to secure in the entrance test for admissions to the M.Tech programs at the NITs and various institutes across the country.
    • The Cutoff for GATE will vary from institute to institute as it is dependent on the seat intake as well as the number of applicants though it is generally common for most of the NITs.
    InstitutesGATE Cut Off
    NIT HamirpurClick Here
    NIT PatnaClick Here
    NIT RourkelaClick Here
    NIT WarangalClick Here
    NIT TiruchirapalliClick Here
    NIT RaipurClick Here

    GATE Cutoff for PSU Recruitment

    GATE Cutoff for PSU Recruitment- Candidates holding a good score in GATE can apply for various Public Sector Undertakings Jobs. Every year PSUs shortlists the candidates on the basis of GATE score. The shortlisted candidates then appear for written examination and personal interview rounds. The previous years PSU cut off are mentioned below:  Read More About PSU Recruitment through GATE

    JE Electronics57.3355.5045.2541.67-
    JE Electrical65.1760.2554.6648.83-
    JE Station Controller OR Train Operator (SC/ TO)46.5042.5838.25NA-
    Customer Relations Assistant (CRA)55.3350.1745.5835.25-
    JE Electrical64.5062.0054.0048.00-
    NBCCCivil60 & above45 & above45 & above45 & above






    BHEL Recruitment Through GATEBARC Recruitment Through GATEIOCL Recruitment Through GATEDRDO Recruitment Through GATE

    Factors determining GATE 2021 Cut off

    GATE 2021 cutoff for each paper depends on various factors mentioned below:

    • Total Number of candidates taking that paper
    • The difficulty level of GATE question paper
    • Total number of available seats
    • Category under which the candidate is seeking admission 

    GATE 2021 Cut off FAQs

    Ques. What will be GATE 2021 cut off to get admission in IIT Bombay in Mechanical Engineering?

    Ans. You need to clear the qualifying cut off first. Based on the mechanical engineering qualifying cut off for previous years that if a candidate belongs to the general category then he need to score around 34 to clear the minimum cut off. After that IIT Bombay will decide its own cut off during the time of counselling.

    Ques. What will be the GATE 2021 closing rank for admission in IIT Madras in Computer Science?

    Ans. As per the previous year, the closing rank for IIT Madras in CS brach was between 780 to 800 for general category candidates. 

    Ques. Do I need to clear the section-wise cut off in GATE 2021?

    Ans. No. There is no sectional cut off that you need to qualify. Candidates qualifying the overall cut off can apply for the counseling process. 

    Ques. What could be GATE 2021 cut off for new subjects added this year?

    Ans. If we check the qualifying marks of the previous year for all the disciplines then we can see that candidates need to score more than 25 marks. Therefore it can be said that the qualifying cut off for new subjects could also above 25 marks. 

    Ques. When will IIT Bombay announce GATE 2021 results?

    Ans. As per the schedule, the results will be released in the month of March 2021. You can visit the official website to check your results. The qualifying cut off will also be released on the same date. However, colleges will decide their own cut off depending on the GATE qualifying cut off for 2021. 

    Ques. What are the qualifying marks for GATE 2021?

    Ans. The qualifying marks for GATE 2021 are not released yet. However, whether you have qualified in the examination or not, will be known only after the release of the result. 

    Ques. Who decides the Cutoff for GATE?

    Ans. GATE qualifying Cutoff is determined by the conducting body that is IIT Bombay for this year. It is the minimum marks that candidates need to score to qualify for the exam, which is different for all 27 subjects for which GATE is conducted. It also varies for different categories of candidates.

    Ques. What is GATE Cutoff?

    Ans. GATE cutoff is the minimum score that candidates need to qualify GATE. It is released by the exam conducting institute with the declaration of result.

    Ques. If will qualified for GATE 2021 then will I be able to get admission in IIT Bombay?

    Ans. No, clearing the cut-off score to qualify for GATE doesn’t guarantee you admission into any of the participating institutions. To get admission into the institute you will need to clear the cut off set by those institutions and appear for their selection process.

    Ques. What is the cutoff for the different participating institutes/branches of GATE 2021?

    Ans. GATE cutoff for every branch will be released along with the declaration of the result while cut off for the institutes will be released by each institute independently.

    Ques. What is the use of GATE Cutoff?

    Ans. After the declaration of the result, the merit list will be prepared by the authority. Candidates will be called for the selection process on the basis of the merit list.

    Ques. What will the GATE Cutoff dependent upon?

    Ans. GATE Cutoff 2021 will be dependent upon the discipline opted for by the candidates as well as the highest score and no. of participants.

    Ques. What are the factors that affect GATE Cutoff?

    Ans. Factors like the number of seats available, number of candidates applied for the exam, performance of the candidate, difficulty level of entrance exam affect the cutoff list.

    Ques. What is the minimum number/rank I must get to be considered for admission through GATE?

    Ans. You need to score the minimum cutoff of GATE 2021 set up by that institute to be considered for admissions.

    Ques. Is the cutoff the same for all the category or will there be a category wise cutoff for GATE?

    Ans. GATE 2021 cutoff will be separate for each category of students.

    Ques. Will the cut off for GATE 2021 be same for all the institute?

    Ans. No, cut off will vary from institute to institute as it is dependent on the seat intake as well as the number of applicants though it is generally common for most of the IITs. However, the cut off to qualify the exam will be the same.

    Ques. I have completed my B.Tech with 50%. Am I eligible for GATE 2021?

    Ans. There are no specific pass percentage criteria to be eligible for GATE 2021. However, the percentage will matter after the release of GATE cut off and results. Many institutes ask for 60% or above or admission to their M.Tech program. Most of the PSUs also ask for 60% and above.

    Ques. How will I be able to check the GATE 2021 Result and cut off?

    Ans. You will be able to check your result using your registration ID or enrolment number of GATE and date of birth in GOAPS. The cut-off score will be mentioned in the result itself.

    Ques. How to obtain the scorecard of GATE?

    Ans. You will be able to download GATE Scorecard through GOAPS from March to May 2021. Candidates will have to use your registration ID or email address, password and captcha provided to view the scorecard. You are advised to download it and take a print out of the same.

    Ques. How to obtain the GATE scorecard after the due date?

    Ans. After due date, the scorecard will not be accessible to candidates. To obtain it, you will have to pay INR 500 online through the GOAPS portal. This facility will be available only until December 31, 2021 (tentatively).

    Ques. What if I didn't score above the cut-off score in GATE 2021, will I be able to check the result?

    Ans. Yes, you will be able to check your result, even if you don't qualify for the exam. But you can only download the scorecard if you have qualified the exam. 

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

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    Jaya keerthana

    IF i qualify in gate exam what are the uses?

    06 Oct, 2020 11:10

    Hi Jaya, GATE exam is conducted for admission to PG programs in engineering i.e. M.E./M.Tech/Ph.D. at the IITs, IISc, NITs, GFTIs and other Universities in India. GATE score will also be used for PSUs recruitments. Clearing GATE exam is a major milestone and opens the doors to lots of career opportunities. Several PSUs these days employ candidates with good GATE scores. BHEL, IOCL, ONGC, SAIL, NTPC, HPCL, PGCIL, BARC and over 200 more PSUs present in the country consider the GATE exam scores as a criterion to recruit engineers. 

    07 Oct, 2020 00:58
    Krishna Prasath P S

    Are the International Gate students eligible for the PSU jobs? Am an Indian citizen working in Dubai and planning to write GATE in Dubai centre for 2021. That's why I am raising this point.

    10 Jul, 2020 00:20

    Hello Krishna, greetings from Collegedunia. Since you hold the citizenship of India, you are eligible for jobs under PSU.

    22 Sep, 2020 19:20
    G Rakesh

    Sir I got 14337 Rank, Civil branch GATE SCORE 384, OBC was there any chance for IIT in any branch

    30 Mar, 2020 15:16
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Rakesh, as per your score, your chances of admission are moderate.

    31 Mar, 2020 01:54
    Kaki Ramesh

    Hello sir I got 39.88 marks in gate 2018 is there any chance of getting seat in state university

    02 Jul, 2018 17:32
    Garima Bansal

    Hi Ramesh, To check which college you will get according to your rank you may check this link:- GATE

    03 Jul, 2018 10:52
    Varsha Jaiswal

    Hello sir...I am a b.arch. student and I have qualified gate2018 under OBC category with just qualifying marks(40.33 where the the qualifying marks were 40) ..can I get admission in any IIT or NIT this year..or should I prepare again??

    20 Mar, 2018 15:18
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Chances to get admission with this score are very low. I suggest that you should prepare again

    05 Jun, 2018 12:41

    gate score 554 marks 54.37 OBC(NCL) foe which college i should apply

    20 Mar, 2018 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Cutoff varies for every IITs & NITs. You can read the above article to know which college you should apply.

    05 Jun, 2018 11:39
    Bhabesh Kumar Panda

    My score is 8.67 . Can i try anywhere ?

    17 Mar, 2018 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    The minimum marks to qualify GATE is 25 for General category candidates

    29 May, 2018 16:47
    pankaj kumar

    I want to know the date of announcement of Gate answer key and result..

    07 Mar, 2018 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    GATE Answer key is released on March 14, 2018

    28 May, 2018 15:09

    what is the cut off in electonics and comunication 2018 in gate exam

    23 Feb, 2018 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Amit, The GATE cutoff score for Electronics and Communication for General category students is 25

    24 May, 2018 12:51
    Rohit Chaudhari

    how should i come to know that which round start when and comes to end. e.g. 1st,2nd. for iit councelling??

    01 Apr, 2017 00:20

    Hi Rohit, to get the details on Gate Counselling, please get the link

    01 Apr, 2017 12:50

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