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GATE 2021

Updated By Sakunth Kumar on 01 Mar, 2021 12:29

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About GATE 2021 (Results on March 22)

GATE 2021 results will be announced on March 22. IIT Bombay conducted GATE 2021 on February 6, 7, 13 & 14, and the official GATE 2021 response sheethas been released. The official question paper & answer key of GATE 2021 were released on February 26. GATE 2021 question papers and official answer keys for 27 subjects available now.

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national-level examination, which is conducted for candidates seeking admission in Post Graduate Programmes (M.E., M.Tech, MS, Direct Ph.D.) offered at institutes of national importance, including IITs and IISc, etc. with financial assistance from MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development). The GATE scores are also used by various PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) to recruit candidates for prestigious jobs. A total of 27 papers are conducted as part of the GATE examination. Candidates can apply for only one of the papers based on the discipline of their qualifying degree or their admission plan. While applying for the paper of their choice, candidates must also keep in mind the eligibility criteria set by the institutions where they wish to get admission.

The online registration for the entrance exam closed on October 12, and the online form correction portal has also been closed. The date for change of exam center/ paper/ category was closed on November 13, 2020. The admit card for GATE 2021 was released on January 08, 2021. The paper wise schedule for GATE 2021 can be checked here. IIT Bombay has also released the process to be followed on the exam day. The mock tests for all papers of GATE 2021 are available now.

GATE 2021 Latest Updates

  • Feb 19, 2021 10:55 AM: GATE 2021 answer key will be released by March 02.
  • Feb 12, 2021 08:40 AM: GATE 2021 to resume tomorrow, and the exam for 10 papers is scheduled to be conducted on February 13 & 14. 
  • Feb 05, 2021 09:05 AM: GATE 2021 for different papers will begin from tomorrow. The Miscellaneous activities such as training the invigilators and test centre staff started today.
  • Feb 02, 2021 11:25 AM: Last three days left for the revision of the GATE 2021 syllabus. Test takers are advised to not turn nervous at the last moment and hamper your exam preparation. 
  • Feb 01, 2021 09:30 AM: Four days left for GATE 2021. It is important to revise important formulas or key points in these last days before the exam so that you will have a better remembrance of important points, which will help you answer questions accurately.
  • Jan 31, 2021 08:40 AM: The final countdown for GATE 2021 has started, and it is time to give the highest priority to the practice of mock tests/ sample papers/ previous question papers. 
  • Jan 27, 2021 08:25 AM: Only 9 days left for GATE 2021. The aspirants will need to practice a good number of mock tests/ sample papers/ previous year papers in these last 9 days to improve preparation efficiency. 
  • Jan 25, 2021 09:55 AM: With the current scenario, it is clear that IIT Bombay will not postpone GATE 2021. 
  • Jan 21, 2021 08:10 AM: IIT Bombay has responded to some of the queries of students on GATE 2021 through its official Twitter handle. As many students have been demanding the postponement of GATE 2021 due to the university exams, the premier institute indicated that the dates of the exam have been notified in July 2020, and the circular has been sent to all the universities in the respective month.
  • Jan 19, 2021 11:45 AM: Several tweets on Twitter from students demanding the postponement of GATE 2021.
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GATE 2021 Exam Highlights

Here are some of the major highlights of the GATE 2021 exam –

Name of the ExamGraduate Admission Test in Engineering (GATE)
Conducting Body of GATE 2021IIT Bombay
Exam DateFebruary 06, 07, 13 & 14, 2021
Purpose of the Exam
  • The entrance exam is conducted for M.Tech admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs and other government and private engineering colleges.
  • GATE score is also valid for PSU recruitment.
Total No. of Subejcts27
New Changes in GATE 2021
  • Two New Subjects Introduced – Environmental Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Third-year B.Tech students can also appear for the entrance exam.
  • Candidates can appear for two papers/ subjects.
Mode of the ExamOnline
Minimum EligibilityThe candidates must have passed a Bachelor’s degree such as B.Tech or Master’s degree such as M.Sc.
Total No. of Questions in the Entrance Exam65
Total Marks100
Admission Process
  • Candidates aspiring for admission in IITs will have to participate in the COAP counselling process after GATE results
  • Candidates aspiring for admission in NITs will have to participate in the CCMT counselling process after GATE results.
Validity of GATE ScoreThree Years from the date of the Entrance Exam
Most Opted PaperMechanical Engineering
Least Opted PaperEcology & Evolution

GATE 2021 Important Dates

The important dates of GATE 2021 are as follows - 



Commencement of GATE 2021 Registration through GOAPS

September 11, 2020

Last Date of GATE 2021 Online Application Submission without late fee

07th October 2020

Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application

October 12, 2020

GATE 2021 Application Form Correction 

November 13, 2020

Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City

November 13, 2020

GATE 2021 Admit Card Download

January 08, 2020

GATE 2021 Date of Examination

February 06, 07, 13 & 14, 2021

GATE 2021 Answer KeyTo be Notified

GATE 2021 Declaration of Result

March 22, 2020

GATE 2021 Paper Wise Schedule/ Dates

The paper wise schedule of GATE 2021 is as follows -


Morning Session

Afternoon Session

February 05, 2021

No Exam (Reserved for Miscellaneous Activities)

No Exam (Reserved for Miscellaneous Activities)

February 06, 2021

February 07, 2021

February 12, 2021

No Exam (Reserved for Miscellaneous Activities)

No Exam (Reserved for Miscellaneous Activities)

February 13, 2021

February 14, 2021

GATE Conducting Body

IIT Bombay is the Organising Institute for GATE 2021. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE. The operations related to GATE in each of the eight zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. 

All About GATE 2021

GATE, which is also known as Graduate Admission Test in Engineering is conducted to assess and analyse the comprehensive understanding of the aspirants in various undergraduate subjects like Architecture, Technology and Engineering and also some post-graduate level subjects in Science. IISc Bangalore and seven IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Guwahati, Madras, Kharagpur and  Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board conduct the GATE 2021 exam.

Qualifying GATE is mandatory in order to get admission or vail financial assistance to pursue a Master’s programme and direct Doctoral programme. Recently quite a number of Public Sector Undertakings have been accepting GATE score for their recruitment process. 

The GATE score would reflect the relative performance level and capability to pursue a particular subject. The GATE 2021 score will be valid for three years which means this score will be considered by the institutes for up to 3 years from the date of examination. 

GATE 2021 Zones

As mentioned above the GATE 2021 will be held across the entire country and also in some cities outside India. Here is the list which shows the GATE 2021 zones for the applicants to choose. 

Zone 1- IISc Bangalore

Zone 2- IIT Delhi

Zone 3- IIT Bombay

Zone 4- IIT Guwahati

Zone 5- IIT Kharagpur

Zone 6- IIT Kanpur

Zone 7- IIT Roorkee

Zone 8- IIT Madras

Assistantship/ Scholarship for Post Graduate Programme

This particular facility is provided for the candidates wishes to avail financial assistance. In order to avail this opportunity, the candidates will have to secure their admission in one of the Central Government colleges. Almost 70% of the weightage is given to the GATE score and the remaining depends on the candidate’s performance in the interview and other rounds. 

The Assistantship /Scholarship is provided by the MHRD ministry so the candidates can avail this assistance following the guidelines given by the MHRD ministry. All the institutes would specify the number of candidates they are willing to take accordingly the candidates can secure their admission. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

GATE Score Used for PSU Recruitment

The Public Sector Undertakings use the GATE score to shortlist the candidates for Recruitment. Some of the organisations which accept the GATE score is GAIL, BHEL, IOCL, HALNTPC etc. Through this GATE score, candidates would get employed in a Group A level post under the Central Government. The details about the GATE score being used for recruitment is published in National Newspaper, Rozgar Samachar, Employment news etc.

Advantages of Appearing in GATE?

The biggest question that the students might have in their mind is what are the advantages of appearing in GATE. There are many advantages of appearing in GATE for the students but the major advantages that such students will have are:

  • They can pursue Post Graduation degree in the course they desire as GATE scores are also accepted by the top technology and science Institutes for M.Tech admissions

  • The students can get into the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) on the basis of their GATE rank

  • Top GATE rank holders are offered scholarships in the M.Tech colleges

Who are More Likely to Qualify for GATE?

An old Dutch proverb says- With Hardwork, you can get the fire out of a stone which implies there is nothing in this Universe which can stop the students to crack GATE if they have put in the right amount of effort. Yet, there are certain types of students who are more likely to qualify GATE are:

  • Those who love doing research

  • Those aspiring to pursue higher studies in Science and Engineering in India

  • Those who possess sound technical skills

  • Those who aspire to study in IITs 

  • Those who dream about indulging in development and research programmes

What if Not GATE?

One of the toughest and highly competitive exams in India, GATE receives lakhs of applicants every year out of which only a handful are selected. So what happens to those who are unable to qualify GATE? Do they have any other alternatives? 

The answer to the questions posed above is “Yes”. There are several other entrance exams conducted all over India for M.Tech aspirants who missed the chance of qualifying for GATE by a whisker. Here is a list of other M.Tech entrance exams other than GATE:

  • Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET), Karnataka

  • Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)

  • BITS Higher Degree Entrance Exam (BITS HD)

  • SRM Graduate Engineering Entrance Test (SRMGEET)

  • VIT Master Engineering Entrance Exam (VIT MEE)

  • Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET)

  • Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MUOET)

  • JIIT Post Graduate Entrance Test (JIIT PGET)

The names of the well known postgraduate entrance tests have been given above. There are several other entrance tests conducted for offering admission into postgraduate courses in science and technology where GATE scores do not matter.

Stages Involved in GATE Exam

The GATE qualifying entrance test can be segregated into the following stages:

  1. GATE Online Application Process (GOAPS)

  2. Availability of GATE admit card

  3. GATE entrance exam

  4. Result declaration of GATE

  5. Beginning of the GATE counselling process

  6. Regular classes commence

Important Dates

GATE 2021 Important EventsDates
Registration Date 11 Sep to 07 Oct, 2020
Admit Card Date 08 Jan, 2021
Exam Date 06 Feb to 07 Feb, 2021
Declaration of Result Date 22 Mar, 2021
Exam Date 13 Feb to 14 Feb, 2021
Answer Key Release Date 26 Feb, 2021

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Can I get into any good Architecture College for M.Arch without clearing any Entrance?

-puneet pattnaikUpdated on October 14, 2020 08:27 PM
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Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student, 

To get admission in an M.Arch course, you are either required to qualify a national level entrance exam such as GATECEED, TANCET etc. or sit for institute level entrance exam. Go through the list of Top Private Colleges for M.Arch Admission and M.Arch Admissions 2020 in India to explore some options.

You can also either dial the helpline number 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill the Common Application Form to talk to our admission experts. For the queries related to any course or college, write back in the QnA zone. 


Engineering 4th year student eligible for gate exam?

-AnonymousUpdated on September 18, 2020 03:07 PM
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Diksha Sharma, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

Yes, the students who are in their final year of graduation or are awaiting their results can also apply for GATE Exam. However, it is important for the candidates to generate their qualification degree at the time of admission. Recently, the examination authority has made several changes to the GATE eligibility criteria. To learn about the new GATE eligibility, read GATE Eligibility Requirements.

Meanwhile, you can also go through other articles related to GATE to learn more:

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What is minimum score of GATE required for M.Tech in Civil Engineering?

-khuspe yogiraj yashwantUpdated on September 02, 2020 12:47 PM
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Diksha Sharma, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

The minimum GATE score required for M.Tech in Civil Engineering is 26-30 for General Category, 24-28 for OBC and 16-20 for SC/ ST. However, the cutoff varies for different institutes and colleges. You can check GATE cutoff to learn about the cutoff marks for different institutes for GATE Civil Engineering.

For more insights, do not forget to check NITs GATE Cutoff & M.Tech Admission Process and List of Top 25 Colleges for M.Tech Admission Through GATE.

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FAQs about GATE

Will GATE 2021 be postponed?

As of now, there is no chance for the GATE 2021 to be postponed.

When will GATE 2021 be conducted?

GATE 2021 will be conducted on February 06, 07, 13 & 14.

Who is going to conduct GATE 2021?

GATE 2021 is going to be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

For how many papers is the GATE examination conducted?

GATE exam is conducted for 25 science subjects/papers.

How can a candidate register and apply for GATE?

A candidate can register and apply for GATE via the GATE Online Application Processing System, which is commonly referred to as GOAPS

Do M.Tech colleges offer scholarships to top rank holders in GATE?

Yes, top GATE rank holders are offered scholarships by M.Tech colleges.

Which is the new subject which is going to be added in GATE 2021?

In GATE 2021, a new subject called BioMedical Engineering will be added.

Who conducts the GATE exam every year?

GATE examination is conducted on a rotational basis by all the seven IITs and IISc Bangalore every year. GATE 2020 was conducted by IIT Delhi.

Can a GATE qualified candidate apply for M.Tech/M.E admission in institutes of national importance only?

No, in addition to the institutes of national importance, GATE qualified candidates can apply for admissions in any institute offering M.Tech/M.E/MS/Direct PhD admissions.

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