IIT Bombay Announced GATE 2021 Exam Dates, Relaxation in Eligibility Criteria, and Introduces Environment Science & Humanity Subjects

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IIT Bombay has announced that GATE 2021 will take place from Feb 5-7 & 12-14, 2021. This year the examination dates have been spread over a longer duration considering the current situation of COVID-19. The exam is expected to take place in two phases – forenoon shift from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and afternoon shift from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • With the release of exam dates, the authorities have also announced about the relaxation in GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria. Now the candidates who are in the 3rd year of graduation degree will also be eligible to sit for the exam. 
  • Along with that, 2 new subjects have been added i.e. Environmental Science & Engineering (ES) and Humanities & Social Sciences (XH), increasing the total of GATE 2021 subjects to 27 from 25.
  • GATE 2021 Exam Pattern is the same for all the subjects but for XH it is different with 25 marks for Reasoning & Comprehension (B1), 15 marks for General Aptitude, and 60 marks for the subject paper. 

Another major announcement for GATE 2021 is that from this year candidtes can sit for a maximum of 2 papers. They will be able to opt for 2 disciplines from a predecided list of combinations. The decision has been taken to boost interdisciplinary studies. 

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GATE 2021 Important Dates

Candidates can check the tentative dates from the table below. However, the exam dates have been announced whereas the remaining dates of other important events will be released soon

GATE 2021 EventsDates
Availability of Official WebsiteJuly 16, 2020
GATE 2021 Registration windowSeptember - October 2020
GATE Application Form Correction Window Last week of October 2020
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City3rd week of November 2020
Issue of GATE Admit card 1st week of January 2021
Exam date (Announced)February 5-7 & February 12-14, 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

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Changes Introduced in GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The significant changes that have been implemented in GATE 2021 are mentioned below: 

  • “Candidates will be eligible to appear for two subjects this year”, read the announcement of the institute.
  • The eligibility requirements have also been modified, with third-year students qualifying for GATE.
  • The eligibility requirements for GATE 2021 shall be relaxed from a minimum of 10 + 2 + 4 (ongoing) to a minimum of 10 + 2 + 3 (ongoing), allowing even those in the third year of their undergraduate studies to appear for review, thus providing additional incentives for candidates to boost their performance in order to obtain better career opportunities," read the IIT Bombay release.
  • Graduates from arts and commerce streams can now apply for GATE.
  • Two additional subjects are also being introduced: Environmental science and engineering (ES), Humanities and social sciences (XH) raising the number of subjects from 25 to 27.

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GATE Exam Pattern of New Subject XH

Two new subjects have been added to GATE 2021. The exam pattern of ES is similar to other papers but the pattern of XH is different from other subjects. If a candidate opts for XH paper then he/ she has to appear for Reasoning & Comprehension (B1) paper of 25 marks, 15 marks for General Aptitude, and 60 marks for the subject paper. 

XH Paper SectionsCodeMarks
Compulsory Sections
General AptitudeGA15
Reasoning and ComprehensionB125
Candidates have to select only one from the below subjects
EconomicsC160
EnglishC2
LinguisticsC3
PhilosophyC4
PsychologyC5
SociologyC6

GATE 2021 Syllabus of New Subjects

The detailed GATE 2021 syllabus will be released soon along with the release of the official brochure. Moreover, the list of a set of combinations for the second paper option available for this year will be based on the availability of infrastructure and dates. Some branches may not get the second paper option.

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