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GCET 2021 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Marking Scheme, Recommended Books, and Important Topics

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The Technical Education Directorate (DTE) Goa is responsible for the release of GCET 2021 Exam Syllabus. Every candidate appearing for a GCET exam must know the pattern to prepare a strategy. The exam syllabus is a general guide as prescribed by the body conducting the exam. It is a framework set for candidates to study only the subjects listed in the syllabus. This eventually saves a lot of time while preparation which helps the candidate to use the saved time in having thorough preparation of their subject and increase their chances of cracking the exam. 

In GCET 2021 questions will be asked in the MCQ formats without any negative marking and candidates will gain 1 mark for each correct answer. The total marks allotted is 225 with 2 hours duration for each section. Questions asked in the engineering entrance of Goa CET is of higher secondary and secondary level.

Highlights 2021

GECT 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam Details


Exam Mode




Question type

Multiple-choice questions

Total Papers

Three: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology

Total number of questions( per paper)


Time allotted to attempt the test

Two hours for each paper

Marking scheme

Each correct response carries one mark, while there is no negative marking for wrong/ multiple answers.

General Exam Pattern

General Exam Pattern GCET 2021

  • GCET 2021 will be based on the syllabus of Class 12th of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. 
  • The exam encompassed questions from three subjects - Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Each subject had 75 questions that need to be answered in two hours. 
  • For each correct answer, aspirants will be awarded one mark each. 
  • However, there is no negative marking for multiple or wrong answers.
  • The candidates will be required to mark their responses in Objective Response Sheets (ORS), which acts as an answer sheet.
  • It is also important to read the instructions printed on the OMR sheet carefully and get familiar with the pattern beforehand.

Subjects covered in GCET 2021

Subjects covered


No. Of Questions




120 minutes



120 minutes



120 minutes

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Detailed 2021

GCET 2021 Detailed Exam pattern

As mentioned earlier, GCET 2021 Exam Pattern is designed to test candidates’ ability to solve complex questions in the minimal time possible. DTE Goa believes in upholding candidates’ confidence and thus there is no negative marking in the exam. Each correct response adds 1 mark to your final score. Subject-wise GCET 2021 Exam Pattern is as follows:

GCET 2021 Exam Pattern for Physics

Pattern Detail
Total questions 75
Difficulty level Moderate to hard
Maximum Marks 75
Total time 2 hours 
Most asked topics Mechanics, electricity, and magnetism

GCET 2021 Exam Pattern for Chemistry

Pattern Detail
Total questions 75
Difficulty level Hard
Maximum Marks 75
Total time 2 hours
Most asked topics Physical chemistry

GCET 2021 Exam Pattern for Mathematics/ Biology

Pattern Detail
Total questions 75
Difficulty level Hard
Maximum Marks 75
Total time 2 hours
Most asked topics

Number System, Calculus & Trignometry

Reproduction, Environment, Genetics, Biotechnology

Marking Scheme

Marking Scheme in GCET 2021

The Marking Scheme in any exam is set to decide marks allotted to each question. Marking Scheme in GCET exam followed +1 for every correct answer and no marks will be deducted for incorrect responses. Questions not attempted in GCET exam did not affect the total marks scored by candidates. Each question carried equal importance in the exam.

  • Correct Response: +1 marks
  • No Negative Marking

The marking scheme mentioned above is followed in each section. Candidates scoring highest according to the marking scheme will be deemed topper of the exam. All the qualified candidates will be sorted in a merit list based upon marks obtained in their GCET 2021 exam.

Syllabus 2021

GCET 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus of GCET exam varied from plus one level to plus two levels. The syllabus of Physics ranges from easy kinematic questions to complex and hard equations from Modern Physics. Chemistry Syllabus of GCET 2021 also ranges from Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Mathematics Section of GCET is considered to be the most complex section of all. GCET section for Mathematics carries a maximum weightage of plus one syllabus as compared to plus two.

GCET 2021 Syllabus for Chemistry

The Chemistry section of GCET could be argued as the most confusing section of the three. The test comprised questions from different aspects of the subject covering Physiological, analytical and behavioral topics of the subject. The topics of the section are listed below:

  • Solutions
  • Solid State
  • Electrochemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • General Principles and Processes of Isolation Of Elements
  • Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • d and f Block Elements
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers
  • Haloalkanes And Haloarenes
  • Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
  • Chemistry in Everyday Life
  • Polymers
  • Biomolecules

GCET 2021 Syllabus for Physics

Physics section of GCET exam covers numerical and concepts-based questions. Most of the questions from the section came from the topics listed below. Candidates appearing for GCET are advised to go through GCET Physics Syllabus for a better approach to the paper:

  • Atoms and Nuclei
  • Electrostatics
  • Current Electricity
  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
  • Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
  • Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Optics
  • Electronic Devices 

GCET 2021 Syllabus for Mathematics

The Mathematics section of the exam is considered to be the toughest and most difficult to solve. The section comprised questions from listed topics. Here we have list GCET 2021 Syllabus of Mathematics section:

  • Relations and Functions
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Vectors and Three-Dimensional Geometry
  • Linear Programming
  • Probability

GCET 2021 Syllabus for Biology

Chapter Important topics

Reproduction in Organism

Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants

Human Reproduction

Genrtics and Evolution

Heredity and Variation

Molecular Basis of Inheritence


Biology and Human Welfare

Human and Disease

Improvemnet in Food  Production

Microbes in Human Welfare

Biotechnology and Applications

Principles and Process

Application in Health and Agriculture

Ecology and Environment

Organism and Environment

Environmental Issues

Ecological Succession


Recommended Books

GCET 2021 Recommended Books

Recommended Books for GCET 2021 Chemistry:

Sections Book Name Author ISBN No.
Physical Chemistry Physical Chemistry Peter Atkins 0199543372
Inorganic Chemistry Concise Inorganic Chemistry JD Lee 8126541474
Organic Chemistry Organic Chemistry David Klein 111801040X

Recommended Books for GCET 2021 Physics:

Sections Book Name Author ISBN No.
Physics Concepts of Physics HC Verma 8177091875
Electricity & Magnetism Understanding Physics DC Pandey 9351761010
Questions Concepts of Physics: Part 2 HC Verma 9351761010

Recommended Books for GCET 2021 Mathematics:

Sections Book Name Author ISBN No.
Maths XI Maths XI RD Sharma 9383182350
Maths XII Maths XII RD Sharma 9383182340
Maths Maths RS Agarwal 9382543340


Exam Day Instructions for GCET 2021

Candidates appearing for GCET 2021 are advised to follow the instructions mentioned below to ensure the smooth conduct of the examination. As mentioned earlier the exam will be conducted in offline mode for 6 hours:

  • Use a black ball pen while GCET 2021 OMR sheet
  • The candidate is not allowed to bring anything except GCET 2021 Admit Card and stationeries.
  • All the rough work in GCET 2021 is to be done in the space provided for it.
  • The time allotted for each section is two hours which is not to be extended in any situation.
  • The circle provided for each question in the OMR sheet is to be darkened properly and completely. Since the OMR sheets will be checked digitally, there could be a possibility of incomplete circles being left out.

Pattern And Syllabus FAQs

GCET 2021 Pattern And Syllabus FAQs

Ques. Is there negative marking in GCET?

Ans. There is no provision of negative marking for wrong/ unattempted or multiple marked answers.

Ques. What are participating colleges in GCET 2021?

Ans. Some colleges accepting GCET SCores are:

  • Goa College of Engineering, Ponda
  • Don Bosco College of Engineering, Margao
  • Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and INfrmation Technology, Goa
  • Pandre Conceicao College of Engineering, Goa
  • Angel Institute of Technology and Design, Mapusa

Ques. Is GCET Exam Pattern same for all the courses?

Ans. Yes, Exam Pattern of GCET is the same for all the courses offered that is Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/ Biology.

Ques. What is the total number of questions asked in GCET?

Ans. There will be 75 questions in each paper of GCET and 2 hours will be allowed to attempt each paper.

Ques: What will be the duration of the GCET exam?

Ans: GCET entrance exam will have three sections - Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The candidate will get two hours each to solve the question paper of all three segments. Candidate can have a look at the previous year question papers of GCET exam to know more about the question pattern.

Ques: Is maths compulsory for GCET entrance exam?

Ans: All the candidates appearing for GCET 2021 must have passed the 12th standard or equivalent examination from a recognized board. The candidate should have Physics, Maths, and English as a mandatory subject. And as an additional subject, a candidate has to make a choice between Chemistry/ Biotechnology/Biology/ Computer Science.

Ques: What is GCET and what will be the eligibility criteria to appear for the entrance test?

Ans: GCET is also known as the Goa Common Entrance Test (Goa CET). GCET is a state-level entrance test. It is conducted by DTE Goa for admissions to professional degree courses in Engineering offered at various colleges in Goa. Candidates who have passed their 12th standard with at least 45% of marks from Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education or its equivalent examination can appear in the Goa CET 2021 offline entrance test. Through GCET entrance exam, a candidate will get admission to Goa engineering colleges.

Ques: Can I raise an objection against the GCET answer key?

Ans: No candidate will be able to raise an objection against the GCET answer key released by the exam authorities. 

Ques. From where can I get access of previous year's GCET question papers?

Ans. Go to GCET exam question paper and you can access the previous year question papers and the preparation guides for free.

Ques. Can other states candidates fill GCET application form?

Ans. Yes, other states candidates will be also eligible for GCET 2021 examination.

Ques. Is calculator allowed in online entrance exam?

Ans. No, candidates are not allowed to use calculators or any other electronic device during JEE Main 2021 entrance test.

Ques. Will there be seperate 120 minutes given for each exam? 

Ans. Yes, there will be a 120 minutes for each exam i.e. Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and Biology. Students will have to solve 75 questions for each subject and the time frame for which will be two hours. 

Ques. What type of tricks a candidate can follow to score good marks in the GCET entrance exam 2021?

Ans. Candidates must know the question pattern and syllabus to score good. The questions of GCET 2021 exam will be based on the class 12th syllabus as prescribed by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE). Students must cover the subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and Biology. Students can also download the previous year’s question papers to know about the exact pattern and type of questions.

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

GCET 2021 : 4 answered questions


Ques. How many marks do I need on the GCET to get into Goa Engineering College?

● Top Answer By Ankita Mitra on 12 Jan 21

Ans. To get admission in GEC, you need to score marks above 70 in both mathematics and physics respectively. The cut off rank varies with branches and categories as well and the factors like competition, number of applications received, etc. also plays a big role in setting lower or higher cut off every year. But a good rank under 200 will definitely help you grab a confirmed seat in one of your favorite branches of engineering in GEC. That’s the case when you are from the general category, if you are from any reserved category then the cut off rank might be lower for you.  Here’s the list of cut off ranks which you need to have to get your dream branch -  Rank under 150-200 will surely get you a seat in any branch in the first round itself. A rank under 300 then you can apply for IT, ENE, ETC.  Rank under 500 then you can go for civil branch. So with the help of the list given above you can easily set your target score and prepare yourself to get into your preferred branches like Mechanical, Computer science, Electrical and others.Read more
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Ques. How have you have prepared for GCET?

● Top Answer By Shivam Bhola on 12 Jan 21

Ans. For GCET (Goa Common Entrance Test) there’s nothing extra you need to do. The only section on which you need to focus is your board result and JEE Main score. Covering the whole syllabus of 12th and preparing for JEE main exams will help you secure a good score in GCET for sure. In order to qualify for GCET, you must score under 5000 to get admission for sure. But in case you’re targeting a branch like Mechanical, Computer Science then you need a higher rank somewhere under 200. Apart from this, you can apply for other branches with a lower rank as well. Follow tips and guidelines given by your mentors or seniors and do not attempt the questions in which you’re not fully sure. With the help of these simple tricks you can easily clear the GCET and get admission in any preferred branch.Read more
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Ques. What is the GCET rank required to get into Goa Engineering College?

● Top Answer By Raktim Tarafdar on 12 Jan 21

Ans. One of my friends completed his engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in 2017. As per his experience, the cut off range varies as per the branch you are opting for. If your rank is under 130 then getting your desired branch in GEC in the first round itself is easy. But if your rank is under 150-250, then it all depends on your luck and level of competition which branch you’ll get. So if you want to play safe then get the best score in GCET and grab the seat in one of your dream branches in GEC.  For your help the list of cut off score (according to latest trends and competition) is mentioned below -  If you have a rank under 80-100, you’ll surely get a seat in the CS branch in the first round itself. In a rank under 300 you can apply for every branch other than CS which is out of your reach with this rank. Try to get in Mechanical or Electrical branch as you might manage to get a seat in the second round. A rank under 700, will have you waiting till the third round and believe in your luck as it might get you a good branch. But with this rank you can still manage to get enrolled in other branches in GEC. It is suggested that you should not lose hope and have patience till the last round. If getting admission in GEC is your only goal then it is also possible for you to get a good branch with lower rank as well as in case if the number of seats per class has been increased keeping in mind the number of applications.Read more
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Ques. What is the GCET rank required for Padre Conceicao College in Goa? Can I get into it if my rank is 600?

● Top Answer By Akhil Guska on 12 Jan 21

Ans. For getting admission in Padre Conceicao College of Engineering (PCCE) Goa, a GCET 600 Rank is enough. But making it to one of your dream branches will be tough for sure. There’s competition between candidates for getting admission in PCCE in their dream branches that are Mechanical and CE.  The cut off rank for branches like Mechanical remains up to 350 in GCET, but you can go for branches like CE. You might not get in the first round but waiting till the second round will improve your chances to get in successfully. Mechanical and Computer Engineering are branches in which seats get filled soon due to high competition. But if you are comfortable with other branches, then don’t worry as you will get the admission for sure. The other way of getting admission is through management quota, but you need to pay a good amount of money for this. So it is suggested that you can try for a branch like CE till the second and third round and if you still can’t make it due to the high cut off then go for other branches. A rank under 300 is a good score if you want to get enrolled in your favorite branch, but as your rank is 600 then getting the dream branch is something not possible for you due to certain criteria followed by PCCE for aspiring engineering candidates.Read more
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