GATE 2021 Result, Counselling, Rank Predictor, Cutoff, Scorecard

    GATE 2021 result will be declared tentatively in the second week of March, 2022. Conducted by either one of the seven zonal IITs in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, GATE 2021 will likely be organised by IIT Bombay based on rotation policy. The result will be released online at the official website of IIT Bombay; 

    The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an entrance exam for admission into the masters of various programs of subjects like Engineering, Architecture, and Technology. Cracking this exam can also get one a job at some of the largest PSUs (Public Sector Unit) in India. Result of this examination is valid for 3 years. There is no limit on the number of times a candidate can take this exam or an upper age limit.

    • This entrance exam is meant to test the knowledge of engineering basics. Every year, around 15% out of the total number of candidates who appeared qualify.
    • Candidates who have achieved the minimum qualifying marks are eligible for admission into various M.Tech programs like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
    • GATE is offered in 25 disciplines. IIT will release the cutoff score for each of these 25 subjects, which depends on the student’s category. The cutoff for every subject changes every year.
    • Candidates can apply for counseling after the declaration of results through CCMT (Centralised Counselling for M.Tech/ M.Des) and COAP (Common Offer Acceptance Portal). 
    • Apart from the IIT, GATE result is accepted in institutions like NIT, BITs Pilani, and foreign universities like National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and few German universities.

    Highlights of GATE 2021 Result

    Important features of GATE result is given below:

    Date of examination First week of February, 2022
    Answer key to be released on 10 days after date of examination
    Date of result declaration Second week of March, 2022
    Counselling to begin First week of April, 2022
    Website of conducting body
    Validity of result3 years
    Number of universities accepting GATE scoreAround 350

    GATE Marking Pattern

    GATE Marking Pattern

    GATE exam is a 3 hours long paper and divided into sections such as General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics (depending on the paper selected), and Verbal Ability. The paper is out of 100 marks in total with 65 questions. Candidates can expect two types of questions; Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT).

    • Each question is of one or two marks. General Aptitude is compulsory for all papers. 
    • Questions from the General Aptitude section will be of 15 marks. This will consist of 5 one mark and 5 two marks questions. 
    • For papers in which Engineering Mathematics is not compulsory, questions from the subject are given 80% weightage (80 marks).
    • Questions from that particular selected subject will be given 70% weightage (70 marks) if Engineering Mathematics is compulsory.
    • Negative marking is applicable only for MCQ type questions. For each incorrect answer chosen, one third of the marks will be deducted. 
    • Subjects which receive a large number of applicants are conducted in multiple sessions. These papers undergo the process of normalization to ensure that each candidate is judged equally. 

    Disciplines of GATE

    As the level of the GATE exam is postgraduate, there are many sub fields in which students can sit. 25 subjects in which GATE is conducted are:

    Aerospace Engineering (AE)Agricultural Engineering (AG)Biotechnology (BT)Civil Engineering (CE)
    Chemical Engineering (CH)Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)Electronics and Communication (EC)Electrical Engineering (EE)
    Instrumentation Engineering (IN)Mechanical Engineering (ME)Metallurgical Engineering (MT)Mining Engineering (MN)
    Petroleum Engineering (PE)Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)Textile Engineering and Fiber Science (TF)Engineering Sciences (XE)

    GATE Score Normalization

    Although there are 25 papers in which a candidate can take the exam, few subjects receive much more applications compared to others. Since it is not possible to accommodate all candidates taking the test on these subjects, the exam is conducted in more than one session. These papers are:

    1. Electronics and Communication Engineering
    2. Computer Science and Information Technology
    3. Mechanical Engineering
    4. Electrical Engineering
    5. Civil Engineering

    As multiple sessions mean multiple papers, it is reasonable to conclude that the level of difficulty may also differ. A process of normalization is therefore employed to ensure equity. We have explained in detail how Score Calculation in GATE works to help you understand the method better.

    GATE 2021 Response Sheet

    GATE 2021 Response Sheet

    The conducting body of GATE will release the response sheet of the candidates shortly after the examination; second week of February, 2022. The response sheet is a record of all the answers entered by the candidate at the time of the exam. This can be downloaded from the website by following the given steps below:

    • Visit the official website of the conducting body of GATE 2021;
    • Find the link of the response sheet in the home page and click on the same.
    • Enter the required credentials like enrolment id, phone number, email address, and password. Enter the captcha and click on the submit button to proceed. 
    • Save and download the response sheet (which will be in the PDF format) to check your answers.

    Details on GATE 2021 Response Sheet

    Apart from the options selected by the candidate at the time of the examination, following details can be found on the response sheet:

    • Name of the candidate as entered while registering.
    • Enrolment id of the candidate
    • Name of the test center
    • Subject chosen by the candidate along with its code
    • Date of the examination
    • Full list of all questions and options provided in the paper
    • ID of the question
    • Status of your answer; if the question has been answered or not
    • Answer by the candidate

    GATE 2021 Answer Key

    GATE 2021 Answer Key

    IIT Bombay will release the answer key shortly after making the response sheet available for download; by the third week of February, 2022. Answer key is the document containing all the correct answers for each of the 25 papers. The answer key released will only be a provisional one. After evaluation of feedback, the final one will be released. The answer key can be used by students to calculate their score. Candidates can download the same by following these steps:

    • Go to the official website of GATE 2021 
    • You will find a link to the answer key. Click on the link. 
    • Enter your correct credentials and submit
    • You will find a list of all papers in subjects offered by GATE. 
    • Find your subject with the answer key and click to download the same. 
    • It will be downloaded and saved in PDF format. 

    Details on the Answer Key

    Students will find the following details mentioned in the answer sheet:

    • Subject and code of the paper.
    • Question number
    • Session number, if the test for that subject was conducted in more than one session. 
    • Type of question (MCQ or NAT)
    • Name of the section (eg, General Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Engineering Mathematics)
    • Correct answer option (A,B,C, or D)
    • Marks allotted to that particular question (one or two).

    How to Challenge GATE 2021 Answer Key

    After publication of the provisional answer key, candidates can challenge the answers provided by the official body if they find any answers to be erroneous. The online process for the same starts roughly by the third week of February, 2022. After submitting your responses, it will be reviewed for accuracy before publishing the final answer key. A charge of INR 500 is applicable per objection raised and refundable only if the claims made by the candidate regarding the objection(s) are found to be legitimate.

    Follow the steps given below if you wish to challenge the answer key:

    • Go to the official website of GATE 2021
    • Login with the required credentials like id and password. 
    • Select the link of the answer key and the paper for which you appeared.
    • Click on the link “contest answer key” and accept the terms and conditions
    • You will be directed to the objection portal where your name, enrolment id, paper name, and session number will be displayed.
    • Under “contest the published answer key section”, select the section and question for which you wish to raise the objection. Refer to the answer key PDF published previously.
    • Next, you are required to provide a justification for your objection within the word limit of 500. You can also upload a handwritten document in a link provided below with the question number and section mentioned.
    • Attach supporting documents; if any and submit.
    • This will open the payment tab, where the payment amount, questions that you have contested for, and charges against each mode of payment will be displayed. 
    • Check everything and click on the “make payment” button if all the information displayed is correct.
    • Select the payment mode and confirm. Pay the fees to complete submission of your challenge. 

    Note: No edits will be entertained after the submission of your ojections. 

    How to Predict Your GATE Score

    How to Predict Your GATE Score

    Refer to the marking pattern already described to calculate your score. Match your response sheet with the answer key. 

    • List all the correct responses and calculate the total. 
    • Remember, negative marking applies only for MCQ, and not NAT questions. 
    • For incorrect responses in one mark MCQ questions, deduct a one third of the marks (0.33). 
    • For incorrect responses in two mark MCQ questions, deduct two two third marks from the total (0.66). 
    • Alternatively, you can use our rank predictor to know in which colleges you might get admitted to. 

    How to Download GATE 2021 Score Card

    How to Download GATE 2021 Score Card

    IIT Bombay will upload the scorecard on GOAPS portal. It is given to a candidate who has qualified for the exam with the minimum qualifying marks. This is an important document required during the admission process in all institutions that accept GATE score and even required for recruitment in PSUs. It is valid for 3 years. Candidates who fail to download the score card with the dates of its availability can download the same by paying a certain charge. 

    You can download the the scorecard if you have qualified by following the steps mentioned below:

    • Visit the official website of GOAPS
    • Click on the scorecard link displayed in the notice section. 
    • Enter your credentials like enrolment id/ email address/ registration id and password combination. Enter the captcha and submit. 
    • Click on the result section in the candidate dashboard where your result will be displayed

    Details Mentioned on GATE 2021 Scorecard:

    You will find the following details mentioned on your scorecard:

    • Your name as mentioned in the admit card
    • Your photo and signature as uploaded by you during registration
    • Your registration number
    • Paper/subject in which you took the test with its code 
    • Your marks out of 100 
    • qualifying marks for each category
    • Date till which the score card is valid
    • All India Rank (AIR) in the paper
    • Total number of candidates who appeared for this paper
    • Your digital fingerprint

    GATE 2021 Counselling

    GATE 2021 Counselling

    Candidates interested in counselling have to apply separately for CCMT and COAP counselling. It will be conducted in 5 rounds. 

    COAP: It is the Common Offer Acceptance Portal where all IITsupload their offer letters for admission. Candidates seeking admission into M.Tech programs can register at the official website

    CCMT: The Centralized Counselling for M.Tech, is a platform where candidates have to register for admission into M.Tech programs in NITs, IIITs. GFTIs and CFTIs. Seat confirmation fee and other charges have to be paid. Registration fee is INR 2200 for OC/OB and 1700 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.

    Documents Needed for Counselling

    Candidates must bring these documents along with them during the counselling process:

    • Class 10th certificate and marksheet
    • Class 12th certificate and marksheet
    • Graduation mark sheet of all the semesters
    • Caste certificate (if applicable)
    • EWS Certificate (if applicable)
    • GATE Admit Card
    • Valid Photo ID (Adhaar Card, Voter Card, Driver’s License)
    • GATE Scorecard
    • College leaving certificate issued by the college
    • One Passport size photograph of the candidate.

    Cutoff for IITs

    Cutoff for IITs

    The cutoff for GATE will be released by IIT Bombay, which will be the conducting body for GATE 2021. The cutoff for each subject differs and also depends on the candidate’s category. You can get an estimate of the cutoff from the previous year’s list released by IIT Delhi.

    Paper General CandidatesOBCST/SC/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)2522.516.6
    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
    Chemistry (CY)26.72417.8
    Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC)28.825.919.2
    Electrical Engineering (EE)33.43022.2
    Ecology & Evolution (EY)42.237.928.1
    Geology Geophysics38.4 51.934.5 46.725.6 34.6
    Instrumentation Engineering (IN)34.631.123
    Mathematics (MA)2522.516.6
    Mechanical Engineering (ME)3430.622.6
    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)2522.516.6
    Textile Engineering & Fiber Science (TF)37.133.324.7
    Engineering Sciences (XE)2623.417.3
    Life Sciences (XL)31.728.521.1

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    Factors Affecting Cutoff

    Certain factors are taken into consideration by the IITs while releasing the cutoff. These include:

    • total number of candidates who appeared for the test
    • Number of seats available
    • Difficulty level of the paper
    • other factors like any error in a question.

    Also Read GATE 2020 Paper Analysis

    GATE 2021 Rank for Each Institute

    GATE 2021 Rank for Each Institute

    While the cutoff for each paper is subject to change each year, the accepted rank for the recruiting colleges remains the same as the number of available seats does not change. 

    Name of Institution Required GATE Rank
    Indian Institute of Science, BangaloreBelow AIR 100 for direct admission Below AIR 600 for admission in some courses
    Indian Institute of Technology, BombayBelow AIR 100 for direct admission Below AIR 300 for admission in some courses
    Indian Institute of Technology, KanpurBelow AIR 600 for direct admission Below AIR 300 for some courses
    Indian Institute of Technology, DelhiBelow AIR 600 for direct admission Below AIR 300 for some courses
    Indian Institute of Technology, MadrasBelow AIR 600 for direct admission Below AIR 300 for some courses
    Indian Institute of Technology, KharagpurBelow AIR 600
    Indian Institute of Technology, RoorkeeBelow AIR 1000
    Indian Institute of Technology, GuwahatiBelow AIR 1000
    Indian Institute of Technology, BHUBelow AIR 1000
    National Institute of TechnologiesBelow AIR 1500
    Indian Institute of Technology, HyderabadBelow AIR 1500
    Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, etcBelow AIR 1500
    Government Engineering Colleges (National & State level)Below AIR 2500
    Private Engineering Colleges (National & State level)Below AIR 2500

    Also Read GATE Financial Assistance

    PSU Recruitment Through GATE 

    PSU Recruitment Through GATE 

    Candidates who would like to apply for jobs in the Public Sector Unit directly after completing their bachelor’s can do so by performing well in GATE. About 50 Indian PSUs recruit through GATE results for different entry level engineering posts. The average annual pay scale offered by these enterprises is between INR 5 - 12 Lakh. 

    Each of these organisations will publish their cutoff. Further recruitment processes like personal interview and group discussion will be conducted for the qualified candidates. Some PSUs might require an additional application fee. Application dates are declared after completion of the GATE examination. 

    Some of these organisations are:

    1. Oil and natural gas corporation
    2. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd
    3. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
    4. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd
    5. National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd.
    6. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.
    7. Mazagon Dock Ltd.
    8. Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd.
    9. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation 
    10. Central Electronics Ltd.
    11. Coal India Ltd.
    12. National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.
    13. Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd.
    14. THDC Ltd.
    15. Odisha Power Generation Corporation
    16. Ircon International Ltd.
    17. Bharat Broadband Network Limited 
    18. Bank Note Paper Mill India Pvt. Ltd.
    19. National Highways Authority of India 
    20. Airport Authority of India

    Also Read PSU Recruitment Through GATE



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