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GATE 2021 Exam Day Guidelines and Important Instructions
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GATE 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on February 6, 7, 13 and 14 in two sessions- Forenoon (9:30- 12:30 hrs) and Afternoon (15:00- 18:00 hrs). IIT Bombay has released the exam day guidelines for smooth conduct of GATE 2021 and for the safety of students, staff involved in conducting the exam and the authorities at the exam centers. 

According to reports, a total of 8.83 lakh candidates have registered for GATE 2021. It is important for the candidates to carry their GATE admit card, which are out on the official website, along with a valid ID proof.

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GATE 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

Pre-examination Preventive Measures

  • Candidates must report at their respectiveGATE exam center at least an hour before the scheduled time.
  • The exam center will have rope queues and floor marks to ensure proper social distancing among students. 
  • Temperatures will be checked before entering the exam center using thermo guns. In case of temperatures above 99.4 degrees Fahrenheit, candidates will have to take the exam from an ‘Isolation Area’.
  • Bar code guns will be used to check the candidates’ admit card and candidates will be provided with their lab number.
  • Upon entry to lab, registration will take place where candidates admit card and original ID will be checked. 
  • Candidates need to get their photographs clicked upon entering the lab.
  • Once the photograph is taken, candidate will be allotted their computer system number.

During Examination Preventive Measures

  • You will be asked for your signature on the Candidate Roll List and the signature will be compared to that on the original ID.
  • Apart from the signature, your ID proof number will be matched with ID proof details.
  • If any candidate is found resorting to any unfair means including giving or receiving held during the exam will be disqualified. 

Post-examination Preventive Measures

  • On completion of exam, candidates will be permitted to move out in an orderly manner. Candidates must note that they cannot leave the exam lab until a staff member permits them to do so.
  • While leaving the exam lab, candidates must drop their admit card and scribble pad in the dop box at the exit.
  • Candidates must make sure not to leave any of the assets in exam lab.
  • While leaving the exam center, candidates must make sure to maintain the required social distance without crowding anywhere.

Facilities for the Scribe

As per the Government of India rules there are certain aids available for the Persons with Disability (PwD). They are provided with an additional amount of time for completing the examination. Those candidates will be provided with a scribe by the conducting authority of GATE 1 The candidates belonging to this category are also allowed to visit the examination campus prior to the exam date for analysing all the arrangements. If not satisfied, they can also request for the change in scribe. Moreover, they are also allowed to bring their own scribe. But the scribe they are bringing in with them must be one step below the qualification of that particular candidate.

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GATE 2021 Paper-wise Exam Schedule

Day Date  Time (in IST) Exam Papers
Day 1 Feb 5, 2021 (Friday) 12:00- 17:00 hrs Miscellaneous Activities
Day 2 Feb 6, 2021 (Saturday)
Forenoon Session (FN)
9:30- 12:30 hrs  CE-1, IN, CY
Feb 6, 2021 (Saturday)
Afternoon Session (AN)
15:00- 18:00 hrs CE-2, PH, AR, BM, AE, MN
Day 3 Feb 7, 2021 (Sunday)
Forenoon Session (FN)
9:30- 12:30 hrs  EE, GG, AG, EY
Feb 7, 2021 (Sunday)
Afternoon Session (AN)
15:00- 18:00 hrs EC, PE, ES, ST, PI
Day 4 Feb 12, 2021 (Friday) 12:00- 17:00 hrs Miscellaneous Activities
Day 5 Feb 13, 2021 (Saturday)
Forenoon Session (FN)
9:30- 12:30 hrs  CS-1, MA, BT, CH, TF
Feb 13, 2021 (Saturday)
Afternoon Session (AN)
15:00- 18:00 hrs CS-2, XE, XL
Day 6 Feb 14, 2021 (Sunday)
Forenoon Session (FN)
9:30- 12:30 hrs  ME-1, XH
Feb 14, 2021 (Sunday)
Afternoon Session (AN)
15:00- 18:00 hrs ME-2, MT

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