GATE 2021 Registration, Eligibility, Exam Dates, Pattern, Syllabus and Cut Off

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    Graduate Aptitude Test, GATE is Nation Level Exam conducted every year. Candidates who qualify the cutoff scores are eligible to get admission in M.Tech programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) disciplines offered by IITs, NITs, IIITs, GFTIs, and STIs. 

    The validity of GATE score is 3 years. Top PSUs (Public Sector Units) also accept GATE score for their recruitment process. GATE 2021 Registration dates are expected to start from September 2021. Before applying for the exam, all the candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria. 

    GATE 2021 will be held in online mode and the duration of the exam will be 3 hours. Biomedical Engineering is a new addition to the core subjects or papers of GATE. You can only select 1 paper out of 25 papers/subjects offered by GATE 2021. Check  GATE Exam Pattern

    GATE 2021 Highlights

    With the idea of an exam overview, it becomes very easy for candidates to prepare for the exam. Candidates who are willing to appear for GATE 2021 can start their preparations for GATE from today. A few details like exam mode, pattern, marking scheme, etc are mentioned below:

    ExamGATE 2021 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)
    Level of ExamAll India Level
    Conducting Authority7 IITs and IISc, Banglore on Rotational basis.
    Application ModeOnline
    Exam ModeComputer-Based Mode
    Number of Papers25 Papers (Biomedical Engineering is newly added)
    Number of Test TakersMore than 8 Lakhs (Expected)

    Important Dates

    GATE 2021 Important Dates

    Candidates planning to appear for GATE 2021 can go through the tentative schedule. This schedule will help you with planning some preparation strategies for the exam. Below given are the important dates for the exam. 

    GATE 2021 EventsDates (Tentative)
    GATE 2021 Registration windowSeptember - October 2021
    GATE Application Form Correction Window Last week of October 2021
    Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City3rd week of November 2021
    Issue of GATE Admit card 1st week of January 2021
    Exam date1st week of February 2021
    Official Answer key releasing10 days after the exam
    Result declaration2nd week of March 2021
    Publishing of ScorecardOne week after the declaration of results
    Start of counseling cum admission processApril 2021

    Eligibility Criteria

    GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    Candidates preparing for GATE 2021 should know about the eligibility criteria for the same. The eligibility criteria will help all the candidates to know about their suitability before filling the online application form. You have to keep one thing in mind that if you are not fulfilling the mentioned eligibility criteria then there are chances of disqualification from the exam during any subsequent stage.

    The detailed eligibility criteria for the exam are listed below for your reference is mentioned below:

    Age Criteria- No Age Limit in GATE, candidates from any age group can apply for the exam.

    Nationality- The applicant must be an Indian citizen. Foreign candidates can also apply for the exam but they need to fulfill the required eligibility criteria. 

    Academic Qualification- 

    Qualifying DegreeDegree DescriptionEligible Candidates
    B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm.4 years of study after 10+2 or 3 years of study after the Diploma courseCurrently studying in the final year or have already graduated. Candidates graduating after 2021 will not be allowed.
    B. Arch.5 years of study after 10+2Currently studying in the final year or have already graduated. Candidates graduating after 2021 will not be allowed.
    B.Sc.(Research)/ B.S.Post-graduation/ 4 years of study after 10+2Currently studying in the final year or have already graduated. Candidates graduating after 2021 will not be allowed.
    M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalentHolding a master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/ Computer Applications or any such equivalent subject.Currently studying in the final year or have already graduated. Candidates graduating after 2021 will not be allowed.
    Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.)4 years of the study program in Integrated Master’s degree programs(Engineering/Technology) Currently studying in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year or have already graduated
    Int. M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2)5 years of study program in Integrated Master’s degree programs(Engineering/Technology) or any dual-degree courseCurrently studying in the 4th or 5th year or have already graduated.

    Application Process

    GATE 2021 Registration 

    GATE 2021 Application Form are expected to be available from September 2021. GATE Registration is an online process. Candidates are supposed to apply and pay the application fees online. The official website for GATE 2021 is –

    You can access the application form through the GATE Online Application Processing System. To fill the form online, all the candidates are supposed to follow the steps as given below:

    1. Registration- Candidates have to register themselves through GOAPs by entering their name, email id, and mobile number after which their enrollment id will be generated. You have to keep the enrollment Id and password safe with you for future references.

    2. Filling of Application Form- After registration, the application form will be available. You have to fill the form and provide the mandatory details like personal information, academic, and qualification details. 

    3. Uploading Images- Once the candidate has filled the application form, they have to upload the scanned copy of the photograph, signature and category certificate (if applicable) as per the specifications of exam authority. 

    Passport size photograph2 kb -200 kb
    Signature in running handwriting2 kb-150 kb
    Category Certificate (if applicable)10 kb -300 kb
    PwD Certificate (if applicable)10 kb – 300 kb
    1. Fee Payment- Candidates have to pay the application fee in online mode i.e. through net banking/debit card/credit card. 
    2. Application Form Submission- When you will complete all the steps mentioned above, then submit your application form. 

    NOTE: You will get an option to select the exam center while filling the online application form. Choose the preferred exam center.

    GATE 2021 Application Fee

    GATE 2021 application fee (expected) has been mentioned in the table given below:

    For Indian Exam Centers- 

    CategoryFeesLate Fees 
    SC/STINR 750INR 1250
    FemalesINR 750INR 1250
    GeneralINR 1200INR 2000

    For Exam Centers Outside India

    Exam CentersFeesLate Fees
    Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and KathmanduUS$ 50US$ 70
    Dubai and SingaporeUS$ 100US$ 120

    Check  GATE Exam Centers

    GATE Application Form Correction

    GATE aspirants will be provided the facility to make corrections (if any) in the application form for a particular period of time. The official notification for GATE Application Form Correction will be released by the conducting body and after that, you can do the corrections. Only a few changes in some particular areas are allowed. The details that can be corrected are- 

    • Candidate’s name 
    • Date of Birth
    • Name of Parent
    • Country 
    • Parent’s Mobile Number
    • Correspondence Address
    • Qualifying Degree Details
    • Category/gender/PwD status/Dyslexia

    There will be a certain amount charged for application form correction. The expected fee that could be charged for GATE 2021 Form Correction is given below:

    For Candidates in IndiaFor Candidates Outside India
    Change request in exam city within IndiaRs. 400Exam city request outside India Rs. 740
    Change request in exam city outside India (Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu)Rs. 3550Exam city change request from Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka & Kathmandu to Dubai or SingaporeRs. 4290
    Change request in exam city outside India (Singapore and Dubai )Rs. 7100

    Exam Pattern & Syllabus

    GATE 2021 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and Books 

    Tabled below is the GATE Exam Pattern for the reference of the candidates:

    Mode of ExamOnline
    Type & Number of Questions asked65 MCQs
    Marks for a correct answer1 or 2 marks for each correct answer depending on the section.
    Negative Marking1/3rd (For 1 one marker) and 2/3rd (For 2 marker) marks to be deducted for a wrong answer. No negative marking for Numerical Type Answers (NTA).
    Total marks allotted100
    Total time allotted3 Hours (180 Minutes)

    Division of Marks:

    • General Aptitude: 15% of total marks
    • Engineering Mathematics*: 15% of total marks Subject
    • Paper or Discipline opted for by candidate: 70% of total marks

    * Engineering Mathematics would not be a part of the GATE 2021 for some of the disciplines. These disciplines are

    • AR: Architecture and Planning
    • CY: Chemistry
    • EY: Ecology and Evolution
    • GG: Geology and Geophysics
    • MA: Mathematics
    • PH: Physics
    • ST: Statistics
    • XL: Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Food Technology

    In these disciplines, the General aptitude portion would comprise of 15% marks and the rest 85% would be for the core subject.

    The syllabus for GATE 2021 will be the same as your graduation level syllabus for each respective discipline. Only for the general aptitude and verbal ability part that is 15% will have a common syllabus and common for all 25 papers. For the General aptitude section following books can be referred:

    Check Detailed  Syllabus for GATE

    Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Aggarwal
    Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
    Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
    Previous years GATE paper (solved)Arihant Publications 

    GATE 2021 Preparation Tips

    While preparing for GATE 2021, candidates always need some effective strategy and planning for preparation. To help and guide you in this regards below is the list of some effective preparation tips for aspirants: 

    • Be clear that you want to opt for a coaching class or would you prepare for the exam on your own.
    • Those candidates who cannot afford to join coaching then don’t worry you have a number of sources to guide you out.
    • Students who opt for coaching get a schedule from their respective institute which they can follow whereas the candidates opted for self-study need to be more determined towards their preparation. 
    • Self-studying aspirants should start after going through the GATE Syllabus
    • You can also get the study material from GATE reference books.
    • Candidates are advised to start by revising the fundamentals of each chapter.
    • For revising, fundamentals aspirants must use the standard book that they referred to during graduation for the respective subject.
    • When you are done with your preparation then start solving previous year GATE question papers of respective topics.
    • Solve topic-wise mock on a weekly basis
    • Keep a note of your mistakes in mock and work on your weaker areas.
    • Fix a day for revision in the week.
    • You can also watch online videos and tutorials available on Youtube for clearing concepts.

    Following these tips, an aspirant can smoothly clear the GATE exam in one go. Keep faith in yourself and don’t get de-motivated during the course of preparation. Check GATE Paper – wise Preparation Tips

    Check  GATE Preparation Books

    GATE 2021 Exam Centers

    GATE 2021 exam will be conducted at various cities across the country as well as abroad.GATE is also conducted outside India mainly in the locations Dubai, Singapore, Colombo, Dhaka, Addis Ababa, and Kathmandu. 

    Know More About  GATE Exam Centers

    Admit Card Download

    GATE 2021 Admit Card Download

    GATE Admit Card download will from the 1st week of January 2021 (tentative). After the release of  GATE Admit Card  you can download it by following the simple steps: 

    Step 1: Visit the official website

    Step 2: Enter your GATE Enrollment ID and Password and click Submit.

    Step 3: Click on the link available to download the GATE Admit Card

    Step 4: Download and take a colored printout of the document

    Step 5: Check for any discrepancies, if any.

    Details Mentioned on GATE Admit Card

    • Candidate’s Name
    • Signature
    • Photo
    • Exam Date, time and day
    • Instructions
    • Registration Number
    • Complete address, paper code, etc. 

    Documents Required with GATE 2021 Admit Card

    Along with your GATE admit card, you have to carry one valid Photo Id proof to prove your identity. 

    • Passport

    • Driving License

    • PAN Card

    • Employee ID

    • College ID

    • Voter ID

    • Aadhaar UID

    NOTE: In case of any discrepancy in your admit card, you must report it to the authorities.

    GATE Result & Cut Off

    GATE 2021 Results

    GATE 2021 results are expected to be released by March 2022. The students can view their results from the GOAPS portal. The softcopy of the result can be downloaded from the official portal. Only the students who have acquired the qualification score will be able to download their scorecards.

    Know More About  GATE Results

    GATE 2021 Cut off

    Candidates should know about GATE qualifying Cut Off and GATE Admission Cut Off:

    GATE Qualifying Cut Off: The minimum marks that candidate should score to qualify for the exam. This cut off will be different for different subjects. Also, it will vary based on the category of the candidates. GATE qualifying cut off will be released by the conducting body. 

    GATE Admission Cut Off: The minimum number of marks required to get admission in the college. This cut off is released by individual institutes and depends on the number of seats, number of applicants, category of applicants, etc.

    Parameters to decide the GATE 2021 cut-off are:

    • Number of candidates appearing in the exam.

    • Number of seats up for taking

    • The difficulty level of the paper

    • Any other factor (say error or something in certain questions)

    As per the trends of previous years, the expected cut off for GATE 2020 could be as given below:

    Paper of ExaminationGeneral CandidatesOBC CandidatesSC/ST/PwD Candidates
    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
    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 (XE-A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)26.72417.8
    Life Sciences (XL-P, Q, R, S, T, U)36.73324.5

    How is the GATE score calculated?

    The actual marks will be used to calculate the normalized score which will be used for the further evaluation process and the preparation of merit list.

    The GATE score will be calculated based on the mentioned formula:

    GATE SCORE = sq +(st- sq ) * (M-Mq)/(Mt-Mq)


    M =marks acquired by the candidates( In case of single session papers, the actual marks will be considered while in case of multi-session papers, the normalized marks will be considered.

    Mq = cut-off marks for the general category candidates

    Mt = Average of the top 10% of the candidates who appeared for the examination in that particular paper.

    Sq = 350 which is the score assigned to Mq

    St = 900 which is the score assigned to Mt

    M will be either 25 or the sum of the average or standard deviation of the marks obtained by the students, whichever is higher.

    GATE Counselling

    GATE 2021 Counselling

    GATE Counselling process is carried out by COAP and CCMT every year. After the results have been declared, the students will have to apply for counselling. To apply for counselling, the students will have to pay a registration fee.

    The COAP counselling process is done for the admission to the IITs. The students will have to complete the online registration process and fill in their choices. Check  COAP Couselling

    The CCMT counselling process is for the admission to the NITs, IIITs, GFTIs and CFTIs. The students will have to register for the CCMT counselling process. Check  CCMT Counselling

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Ques: Who decides the GATE cut-off?

    Ans: Every year, the GATE examination is conducted by one of the seven IITs or IISc Bangalore. So, the institute, who is in charge of conducting the examination, will set the cut-off. The cut-off may vary from each to year. It mainly depends on the difficulty level of the question paper.

    Ques: Is the GATE cut-off the same for all institutes?

    Ans: The GATE cut-off may vary according to the institute. Some institutes have relatively higher cut-off than other institutes. The cut-off score of the institute mostly depends on the total number of candidates appearing for the examination in that particular year and the availability of seats. The IITs have higher cut-offs than other institutes.

    Ques: Can I change my GATE examination city?

    Ans: Yes, the candidates will be given a chance to change their city of examination. However, this can only be possible after the last date of submission of application forms. The candidates will be notified about this on the GOAPS website. They can log in to their portal and change the city of examination.

    Ques: Will the students be provided with a rough sheet?

    Ans: Yes, the candidates will be provided with a scribble pad for rough work and calculations. After the examination is over, the students will have to hand over the sheets to the examiner before leaving the examination hall. The students are advised to write their roll numbers and their names on the rough sheets before submitting them to the examiner.

    Ques: Can I leave the examination hall during the examination?

    Ans: No, the students will not be allowed to leave their seat during the examination. They can only leave the hall after the completion of the examination. So, the students are advised to visit the washroom prior to the commencement of the examination. If the student does not feel well, he/she must report to the invigilator immediately.

    Ques: What are the things which I can carry to the examination hall?

    Ans: The only things that are allowed inside the examination all are a pen, the hall ticket, and the photo ID. No other item will be permitted to the examination hall. Students will not be allowed inside the hall if they are carrying any kind of electronic gadgets like mobile phones, watch or calculator.

    Ques: Will the examination center take responsibility for my personal items while I give my examination?

    Ans: No, there will not be any separate arrangements for the safe-keeping of a candidate’s personal belongings. They will have to keep their personal items outside the examination hall at their own risk. In case the items are misplaced, the examination center will not be held responsible.

    Ques: How do I download my admit cards?

    Ans: The candidates can download their admit cards from the official website of GOAPS after the admit cards have been released by the authorizing institute. The admit cards will not be individually mailed to the candidates. On the day of the examination, the students must carry a print out of their admit card along with them.

    Ques: Is a soft copy of the admit card allowed?

    Ans: No, a candidate carrying a soft copy of their admit card in their mobiles or pen drive will not be allowed to enter the examination hall. In order to sit for the examination, it is mandatory for the candidates to present a hard copy of the admit card to the invigilators. Otherwise, they won’t be able to give the examination.

    Ques: Is the GATE application fee refundable?

    Ans: The GATE application cannot be claimed back. Once you have submitted your application form, you will not get any refund no matter what your reason is. However, if excess money has been drawn from your account due to any technical reasons, then the money will be automatically transferred to your bank account.



    1 Comment

    can i give exam after bca

    07 Jan, 2020 15:58
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Lavkush, sorry, but you are not eligible for this exam as only engineering graduates can apply for this exam.

    07 Jan, 2020 17:43

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