GATE 2021

Updated By Sakunth Kumar on 08 Aug, 2020 08:06

Registration Starts On September 14, 2020

Get GATE Sample Papers For Free

About GATE 2021 (Exam Dates Out)

GATE 2021 official website is live, and IIT Bombay will be conducting the entrance exam. The official notification for GATE has been released, and the candidates aspiring to appear for the entrance test can check all the details about the entrance test here. GATE 2021 will be conducted from February 05 to 07 & 12 to 14, 2021.

GATE 2021 Latest Updates

DateLatest Update
August 08, 2020The registration process for GATE 2020 will begin from September 14, 2020.
July 27, 2020List of New Changes Introduced in GATE 2021. Click on the link to check
July 27, 2020Candidates can now appear for two papers in GATE exam. Read More. 
July 25, 2020GATE 2021 dates have been released. Scroll down to check important dates. Environmental Science and Engineering (ES) & Humanities & Social Science (XS) are the two new subjects introduced in GATE 2021.
July 20, 2020GATE 2021 Notification to be released soon. Read More.
July 17, 2020IIT Bombay will conduct GATE 2021.
July 17, 2020The official website of GATE 2021 is live now, and the official notification for the same is expected shortly.

GATE 2021 Schedule (Paper Wise)

The GATE 2021 examination schedule will be released soon.

Session No.Test Paper CodeDate & DayTime 

 IN, ME1, MT, PE, PH

To be Announced9:30 am - 12.30 pm

 CY, ME2, PI

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm


To be Announced9:30 am - 12.30 pm


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm


To be Announced9:30 am - 12.30 pm


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm


To be Announced9:30 am - 12.30 pm


14.30 pm - 5:30 pm

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 PhD) 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 24 papers are conducted as part of 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.

GATE 2021 Eligibility (New)

The conducting body of GATE set some conditions related to


GATE 2021 Preparation Strategy

How to Prepare for GATE 2021? This is probably


GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a


GATE 2021 Syllabus

GATE 2021 syllabi for all the 24 papers including the


Best Books for GATE 2021

While preparing for GATE 2021, referring to the best


Best Coaching Institutes for GATE 2021

Preparing for GATE 2021? Feel the need to have


GATE 2021 Application Form (September)

GATE application form 2021 will be available from September


GATE 2020 Mock Test

GATE 2020 Mock Tests will be released by IIT Delhi on


GATE Question Papers

Going through GATE question papers of the previous years


GATE 2021 Admit Card

The GATE 2021 admit card will be released by IIT Bombay


GATE 2021 Exam Analysis

The GATE exam for the 2021 session will be


GATE 2021 Answer Key

The GATE 2021 answer key will be released by


GATE 2021 Result

IIT Bombay will announce the GATE result for


GATE 2020 Cut-off

For paper wise GATE Cutoff 2020, please click on


GATE 2020 Participating Colleges

The list of GATE 2020 Participating Colleges is available


GATE 2021 Counselling

GATE 2020 counselling process will be conducted to provide


Know best colleges you can get with your GATE score

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 05, 06, 07 & 12, 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.
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 CCMT counselling process after GATE results.
Validity of GATE ScoreThree Years from the date of Entrance Exam
Most Opted PaperMechanical Engineering
Least Opted PaperEcology & Evolution

GATE 2021 Important Dates



Commencement of GATE 2021 Registration through GOAPS

September 14, 2020

Last Date of GATE 2021 Online Application Submission without late fee

September 30, 2020

Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application

October 07, 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 05 to 07 & 12, 13, 14, 2021

GATE 2021 Answer KeyTo be Notified

GATE 2021 Declaration of Result

March 22, 2020

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.

Highlights of GATE 2021

  • The GATE 2021 will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. 

  • Gate 2021 will be conducted for 25 science subjects/papers.

  • GATE 2021 is a Computer Based Test. 

  • An applicant of GATE 2021 can appear for only one paper/subject

  • GATE 2021 will be held in the forenoon or afternoon. Sessions on 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th of February 2020. 

  • A new subject named “BIO Medical Engineering” was included in the GATE 2021.  

  • Some of the papers in papers in GATE 2021 are held in multiple sessions but one candidate would be allowed to appear for only one session. 

  • Candidates will have to register and apply online through GATE Online Application Processing System i.e GOAPS. The submission of application will also be online, candidates must note that no hardcopy should be sent to the exam authority.

  • Random Biometric test might be done of some selected candidates. 

  • The decision of GATE 2021 becomes the final decision for all candidates. 

  • The GATE application fee can be paid only through online methods, there is no offline method.

  • The GATE 2021 admit card will be available at the GOAPS website. No printed admit card or hard copy of the admit card will be sent to the candidates. 

  • Candidates must look for the exam date, time and venue in the GATE 2021 admit card

  • Any changes in the exam centre or date or time will not be entertained by the exam conducting body once the admit card is provided for the candidate. 

  • No Calculator, watch or wristwatch or mobile phone will be allowed within the examination centre. Availability of these items with the candidates might disqualify the candidature of the candidate.

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

GATE 2021 Exam Centers

Following is the tentative list of cities/towns where the aspirants of GATE 2021 are expected to take the examination. 

Examination Cities/Towns
Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Ballari (Bellary), Kolar, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South, Bidar, PortBlair, Davanagere, Hassan, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Kannur, Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara, Kasaragod, Manipal, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur
Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Rajkot, Thane, Vadodara, Solapur, Surat, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Baramati, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Kankavli, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded
Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur-Chittorgarh, Ujjain, Rohtak,  Mathura, New Delhi, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Faridabad-Palwal, Greater NOIDA, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu
Agartala, Arrah, Asansol-Durgapur, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur, Bokaro Steel City, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Burdwan, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal
Agra, Aligarh, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal
Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Vizianagaram, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Sambalpur, Srikakulam, Tadepalligudem, Jamshedpur, Kakinada (AP), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Alappuzha, Aluva, Attingal, Bapatla – Chirala, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Kodad, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Madurai, Chengannur, Chennai South, Chennai West, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode-Thiruchengode, Gudur, Virudhunagar, Warangal, Muvattupuzha, Namakkal, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Pala, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Punalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Vellore, Villupuram, Nedumangad, Nellore, Ongole
Ambala, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Moradabad, NOIDA, Panipat, Chandigarh, Patiala, Roorkee, Sangrur, Shimla, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani-Bhimtal, Hamirpur (HP), Jalandhar, Kurukshetra, Solan, Sonepat, Una, Yamunanagar, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali, Pathankot
Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Dubai (UAE)

Important Dates

GATE 2021 Important EventsDates
Registration Date 14 Sep to 07 Oct, 2020
Admit Card Date 08 Jan, 2021
Exam Date 05 Feb to 07 Feb, 2021
Declaration of Result Date 22 Mar, 2021
Exam Date 12 Feb to 14 Feb, 2021

Want to know more about GATE

Related Questions

I want to know about the subject wise weightage for GATE ME category B subjects.

-Venkata PraneethUpdated on July 27, 2020 11:12 AM
Diksha Sharma, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

You must know that the Category B subjects in GATE account for a total of 30% marks weightage in the exam. The subject wise weightage for GATE ME Category B subjects are given in the table below:

GATE ME SubjectsWeightage
Machine Design5
Fluid Mechanics5 - 7
Engineering Mechanics4
Heat Transfer5
Industrial Engineering5 - 7
Thermodynamics5 - 7

To learn about complete subject wise weightage for GATE ME exam, check GATE ME Subject Wise Weightage Marks.

If you want to learn about GATE 2021 dates, schedule and notification, check GATE 2021 Exam Details.

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.

You can also fill the Common Application Form on our website for admission-related assistance. You can also reach us through our IVRS Number - 1800-572-9877.


Is it possible to take admission in nit warangal without qualifying gate by management quota

-Vinay kumar kasanaboinaUpdated on June 03, 2020 01:19 PM
Admin, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

There is no management quota admission in NIT Warangal for M.Tech courses. Candidates must qualify GATE and take part in the CCMT counselling process to be eligible for admission. 

NIT Warangal grants direct admission only to candidates who have completed their B.Tech from IIT with a CGPA of 8.0. Sponsored candidates (sponsored by companies or industries) are also eligible for direct admission in NIT Warangal. 

For more details, you can check the link below -

How to Get M.Tech Admission without GATE Score?


Still have questions about GATE ? Ask us.

  • Typical response between 24-48 hours

  • Get personalized response

  • Free of Cost

  • Access to community

View All

FAQs about GATE

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.

How many papers are there in the GATE exam?

The GATE examination comprises of a total of 24 papers.

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.

GATE 2021 is expected to be conducted in which month?

GATE 2021 is expected to be conducted in the month of February. However, the exact dates will be announced via the official notification.

When will be the GATE 2021 notification released?

The GATE 2021 notification is expected to be released during the month of September 2020.

Know best colleges you can get with your GATE score

Talk to Experts