GATE 2020 NEWS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
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
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:
|Exam||GATE 2021 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)|
|Level of Exam||All India Level|
|Conducting Authority||7 IITs and IISc, Banglore on Rotational basis.|
|Exam Mode||Computer-Based Mode|
|Number of Papers||25 Papers (Biomedical Engineering is newly added)|
|Number of Test Takers||More than 8 Lakhs (Expected)|
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 Events||Dates (Tentative)|
|GATE 2021 Registration window||September - October 2021|
|GATE Application Form Correction Window||Last week of October 2021|
|Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City||3rd week of November 2021|
|Issue of GATE Admit card||1st week of January 2021|
|Exam date||1st week of February 2021|
|Official Answer key releasing||10 days after the exam|
|Result declaration||2nd week of March 2021|
|Publishing of Scorecard||One week after the declaration of results|
|Start of counseling cum admission process||April 2021|
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.
|Qualifying Degree||Degree Description||Eligible Candidates|
|B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm.||4 years of study after 10+2 or 3 years of study after the Diploma course||Currently 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+2||Currently 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+2||Currently studying in the final year or have already graduated. Candidates graduating after 2021 will not be allowed.|
|M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalent||Holding a master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/ Computer Applications or any such equivalent subject.|
|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 course||Currently studying in the 4th or 5th year or have already graduated.|
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 – gate.iitd.ac.in.
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:
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.
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.
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 photograph||2 kb -200 kb|
|Signature in running handwriting||2 kb-150 kb|
|Category Certificate (if applicable)||10 kb -300 kb|
|PwD Certificate (if applicable)||10 kb – 300 kb|
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 (expected) has been mentioned in the table given below:
For Indian Exam Centers-
|SC/ST||INR 750||INR 1250|
|Females||INR 750||INR 1250|
|General||INR 1200||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|
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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-
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 India||For Candidates Outside India|
|Change request in exam city within India||Rs. 400||Exam city request outside India||Rs. 740|
|Change request in exam city outside India (Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu)||Rs. 3550||Exam city change request from Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka & Kathmandu to Dubai or Singapore||Rs. 4290|
|Change request in exam city outside India (Singapore and Dubai )||Rs. 7100|
Tabled below is the GATE Exam Pattern for the reference of the candidates:
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Type & Number of Questions asked||65 MCQs|
|Marks for a correct answer||1 or 2 marks for each correct answer depending on the section.|
|Negative Marking||1/3rd (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 allotted||100|
|Total time allotted||3 Hours (180 Minutes)|
Division of Marks:
* Engineering Mathematics would not be a part of the GATE 2021 for some of the disciplines. These disciplines are
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 Aptitude||R.S. Aggarwal|
|Verbal Reasoning||R.S. Aggarwal|
|Non-Verbal Reasoning||R.S. Aggarwal|
|Previous years GATE paper (solved)||Arihant Publications|
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:
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
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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.
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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 gate.iitd.ac.in
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.
Along with your GATE admit card, you have to carry one valid Photo Id proof to prove your identity.
NOTE: In case of any discrepancy in your admit card, you must report it to the authorities.
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.
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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 Examination||General Candidates||OBC Candidates||SC/ST/PwD Candidates|
|Aerospace Engineering (AE)||33.5||30.2||22.3|
|Agricultural Engineering (AG)||28.3||25.5||18.9|
|Architecture and Planning (AR)||41||36.9||27.3|
|Civil Engineering (CE)||28.2||25.4||18.8|
|Chemical Engineering (CH)||34.8||31.3||23.2|
|Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)||29.5||26.6||19.7|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)||26.7||24||17.8|
|Electrical Engineering (EE)||39.6||35.6||26.4|
|Ecology and Evolution (EY)||37.1||33.4||24.7|
|Geology and Geophysics (GG)||44.5||40.1||29.7|
|Instrumentation Engineering (IN)||31.9||28.7||21.3|
|Mechanical Engineering (ME)||34.1||30.7||22.7|
|Mining Engineering (MN)||31.5||28.4||21|
|Metallurgical Engineering (MT)||53.5||48.1||35.7|
|Petroleum Engineering (PE)||49.9||44.9||33.3|
|Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)||32.2||29||21.5|
|Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)||40.1||36.1||26.7|
|Engineering Sciences (XE-A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)||26.7||24||17.8|
|Life Sciences (XL-P, Q, R, S, T, U)||36.7||33||24.5|
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 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
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.
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