GATE 2021 Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern and Syllabus

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  • Update on Nov 29, 2020

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering [GATE]

GATE - Graduate Aptitude Test In Engineering

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level competitive entrance examination conducted especially for Master of Engineering (ME), Masters in Technology (M-Tech) and some of the direct PhD course admissions in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other institutes/universities across India. The GATE 2021 exam is conducted by IIT Bombay but usually the conducting authority is taken by  IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, and Indian Institute for Science, Bangalore (IISC Bangalore), on a rotational period basis on behalf of the National Co-ordination Board (NCB - GATE).

The marks secured at GATE are also considered by many Public Undertakings in order to recruit those qualified candidates for dignified job designations. A total of 27 papers will be conducted as part of GATE 2021 examination. Here the candidates can apply for a single paper which should be based on the regards of their qualifying UG or their future admission plans. At the time of applying for the paper of their choice, the candidates must keep in mind about the eligibility criteria set by the institutions where they are seeking to get admission.

  • IIT Bombay acts as the conducting committee for GATE 2021 and all the relevant information about the dates, eligibility and further application process and fees etc. on the official website of the authority.   
  • IIT Bombay has announced their tentative GATE 2021 dates and the exam will be conducted in the first 2 weeks of February 2021.
  •  The subjects in GATE 2021 has been increased by introducing 2 new subjects like – Environmental Science and Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Science (XS) which makes the total number of subjects in GATE 2021 increased to 27.
  • This time IIT Bombay has also allowed some relaxations on the eligibility criteria for the students appearing for the exam.  For an added advantage, students applying for GATE 2021 can opt for two subject papers from the given set of subject combinations.
  • IIT Bombay, the exam conducting authority for GATE 2021, has made the official portal accessible from July 16, 2020 onwards. Candidates can check the write up below to check all the important updates related to GATE 2021 in the given write-up table below.

Name of the Examination

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 

Exam Conducting Authority

IIT Bombay

Examination Level

National Level

Examination Mode

Online Mode (Computer Based Test)

Mode of Application


Course offered

Post Graduate Courses

Official Website

GATE 2021 Exam Date

 Entrance Examination GATE known for engineering admissions will be conducted as per the schedule announced by the examination authority. The candidates might note down some of the tentative important dates related to this entrance examination. Here are some of the details that the candidates can check about the schedule of GATE 2021 which is mentioned below.

Important Events


GATE Application form availability

Second week of September 2020

Last Date to apply

First week of October 2020

Last Date to submit the application form with late fee

Last week of  October 2020

Availability of GATE Application Correction window

Second week of November 2020

GATE Admit Card Availability

First week of  Jan 2021

GATE Examination

In the first 2 weeks of February 2021

GATE Counseling and Admission Process

April 2021

GATE 2021 Eligibility criteria

Candidates preparing to appear for GATE 2021 should be well-versed that the authorities have made some major changes in the eligibility criteria. Knowing the set criteria will aid all the candidates to know about their ability before filling the online application form. The candidates should be aware that once the authority feels that the candidate doesn’t fulfill the criteria then the application may be considered disqualified at any stage. 

  • As per the new relaxations announced by IIT Bombay for GATE 2021 Eligibility criteria, the minimum qualification requirement which was earlier boards exams + 4 years of UG, and is now been reduced to a minimum of 3 years (ongoing) for this year i.e. 3rd-year students  are also eligible to take up the exam. 
  • And also, now the candidate can choose 2 subjects/ papers from the stated set of subject combinations whereas previously candidates were allowed to choose only 1 paper. 
  •  Candidates of any age group can apply for the exam with no age-restrictions.
  • These are the basic criteria for Indian applicants and for foreign applicant they need to fulfill the some additional required eligibility criteria. 

Eligibility Criteria for B.E./B.Tech/B-Pharm Students

The aspirant should have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology (currently in 3rd year  after 10+2 / Diploma in Engineering) with expected year of completion being  2022

Eligibility criteria for B.Arch. Students

Here the student must have a Bachelor’s degree of Architecture (5-year course) / Planning (4- year course) and is considered if currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed.

Year of Completion expected will be 2023 (for 5-year program) and 2022 (for 4-year program)

Eligibility criteria for International students

NRI candidates must have completed their degree or in the final year their bachelor’s degree in engineering and technology.  Aspiring Candidates from places like Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates can apply for GATE and the minimum duration of the UG course should be 3 years.

GATE 2021 Application Form & fees

The candidates needs to follow certain steps in order to applying for GATE 2021, The application/ registration process for GATE 2021 involves a set of  the following stages like: Registration,  GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Password, getting GOAPS Enrolment ID,  Filling the Application and Uploading scanned Photographs and other Supporting Documents, Online Fees Payment, etc.

Step1: Registration through GOAPS:

  • Visit the official website of GATE.
  • The candidate should Register as “New User” and continue as mentioned in the given guide. 
  • After the successful registration, the candidate will access to GOAPS with the login credentials of what they have entered such as name, valid email ID and mobile number.
  • Later the candidate can generate their own password after giving all the relevant information.

Setting GOAPS Password:                           

  • While creating the password, the applicants should note that they must create the password, which cannot be cracked easily.
  • It is advisable that for applicants to not to use their name, date of birth or easily guessable string of alphabets or numbers which are evident to be used.
  • The candidate should try creating a password that are alpha-numerical with some special characters and that helps in confirming the registration.

GOAPS Enrolment ID:

  • Once the registration is successful, the candidates will receive an e-mail which contains the GOAPS Enrolment ID. And this ID is necessary to log in for filling the application form online for GATE 2021.

Step 2: Filling GATE 2021 Application Process:

  • The next step is, applicants has to fill in the application form for GATE 2021 with all Personal information including Name, Date of Birth and including all other academic  requisite of information,
  • For that the student should click on 'Start the GATE 2021 Application Process' tab.
  • Personal Details: Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Nationality, Category,  (if the person is  with Disability Status), Country of Permanent Residence, State, ID Proof and, Name of Parent/Guardian, Residence of Parent/Guardian, Mobile Number of Parent/Guardian etc.
  • Eligibility details:  previous education details with Name of the college, address along with details relating to aggregate marks and such.  
    • The candidates should be aware of the  GATE paper and given examination center.

Step 3: Uploading of Scanned Documents:

In this step, candidates should upload their recent photograph, signature and other documents (if required) digitally according to the needs mentioned by the exam conducting authorities. 

  • High quality scanned photograph and signature (JPEG format).
  • Scanned images (JPEG format) of UG certificates/ mark sheets (all semesters)
  • Scanned copy of category certificate (if needed) in PDF format.

Step 4: Preview of Application Form:

  • Before proceeding to the final step i.e. online fee payment, the portal will show the preview of the GATE 2021 application form.
  • The final changes if any to make can be done and once candidate’s clicks on ‘Confirm and Final Submit’ button there won’t be any chances to make any changes.
  • All students are suggested to thorough check on their given information for any mistakes.
  • Lastly, Click on “Confirm and Submit”.

Step 5: Payment of Application Fees:

  • The payment of the application fees can be done through online mode such as net banking/debit card/credit card. 
  • After the payment is done, the candidates will be redirected to the GOAPS website for the final submission of the form. 

Note: The application fee of GATE 2021 differs for Indian candidates and NRI candidates.

GATE 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Before appearing for GATE 2021 entrance exam candidates must be aware of the Exam Pattern. This might help the candidates to know about the details like what is the mode of examination, marking criteria, section, if there is any negative marking, type of questions, total number of questions and sections, duration of exam etc. This will help the candidate to have better preparations for the exam.

GATE 2021 is a 3-hour computer based exam where candidates will have to attend 65 questions carrying 100 marks. A new type of question pattern has been added in GATE 2021 i.e. Multiple Select Question, MSQ. And there are no negative marking for this exam.

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern


Exam Mode


Exam Medium


Type of questions


No of Questions


Total Marks


Exam Duration

3 Hours


GATE 2021 Syllabus

As stated earlier IIT Bombay has newly introduced two subjects namely- Environmental Science and Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Science (XH). Now the total number of subjects in GATE 2021 has increased from 25 to 27. The GATE 2021 Syllabus will be based on their graduation level for each of their respective discipline. 

Mechanical Engineering GATE 2021

Linear Algebra

Numerical Methods


Probability and Statistics

Differential equations

Machine Design

Engineering Mechanics

Mechanics of Materials

Theory of Machines



Civil Engineering GATE 2021

Solid Mechanics

Soil Mechanics

Structural Analysis

Foundation Engineering

Construction Materials and Management

Probability and Statistics

Concrete Structures

Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE)

Steel Structures

Partial Differential Equation (PDE)

Numerical Methods


GATE 2021 Admit Card

The GATE 2021 Admit card is inclusive of all exam related details and candidate-specific details like –name of the student, exam date, exam timings, registration number of the student, exam center details and all the important instructions about the entrance exam. While downloading the GATE 2021 hall ticket, candidates must verify all the details printed on it.

GATE 2021 Admit Card Instructions        

Candidates must follow the important instructions before downloading and printing the GATE 2021 admit card/hall ticket, some of the important points are:

Registration number of GATE 2021 must be clearly mentioned on the admit card.

Candidates must verify all the stated details given on the GATE 2021 admit card.

Candidates’ scanned Photograph and Signature should be clear.

Candidates’ Signature should tally both on the day of the exam and on the admit card

In case a candidate finds any mistakes in his/her admit card, then it must be immediately reported to the notice of concerned authority.

Documents Required with GATE 2021 Admit Card

In addition to GATE admit card the candidate must also carry a valid Photo Id proof to prove your identity such as: 

  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • PAN Card
  • Voter ID
  • Aadhaar ID

GATE 2021 Results & Score Card

GATE 2021 results are tentatively expected to be released by March 2021 and the candidates can check their results from GOAPS website. One important thing that the candidate must remember is that the marks and scores of GATE are two separate considerations. GATE 2021 marks will be calculated out of 100, while as per the scores for GATE will be extracted out of 1000 after the normalization of score. Many of the public sectors consider the score secured in GATE for their recruitment purposes.

GATE 2021 Result will be announced at the official portal of GOAPS.

Step 1: the student needs to visit the official portal of GATE 2021

Step 2: should click on “GATE Result” tab displayed on the screen

Step 3: Enter the admit card details like enrollment ID, Registration ID, and Password 

Step 4: once the verification is done, click on the ‘Submit’ button

Step 5: The result will be displayed on the website; the candidate can verify and download the score card.  

GATE 2021 Counselling & Admission

Counseling process for GATE 2021 is carried out by COAP and CCMT. After the results have been declared, the candidates shall apply for counseling and for that the candidates will have to pay certain registration fee.

  • COAP counseling is done when the candidate desires for the admission to the IITs. The aspiring candidate has to complete the online registration process and fill in the application forms of respective IITs in which they want admissions in. At COAP students can instantly see their counseling result of seat allotment made in the institute in which they have applied. 
  •  GATE 2021 CCMT counseling process is conducted to offer admission for candidates willing to do postgraduate programs at NITs and other participating institutes. 

GATE 2021 Cut off                                  

Another important aspect for an aspirant to know is about GATE qualifying and Admission cut off:

GATE Qualifying Cut Off: The minimum marks that candidates should secure to qualify for GATE exam might be different for different subject combinations chosen by the candidate. Also, it will vary based on the category of the candidates. GATE qualifying cut off changes every year and will be updated by the conducting body. 

GATE Admission Cut Off: This is the minimum number of marks needed to get admission in the college. Here cut off is announced by individual institutes depending on the number of seats, number of applicants and category of applicants, etc. the candidates should validate all these terms and then appear for the entrance exam in the interested category.

GATE 2021 Participating Colleges

Candidates can go through the list of engineering colleges/institutes that accepts GATE score to make better evaluation of institutes.

National Institute of Technology, Delhi

Central University of Rajasthan

IIT Bombay

Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur

IIT Kharagpur

NIT Manipur

Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar

Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Longowal

IIT Madras

ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management,. Gwalior

IIT Roorkee

IIT Kanpur

National Institute of Technology Karnataka

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad

Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal

National Institute of Technology, Warangal

List of GATE 2021 examination centres

Candidates while filling the GATE 2021 application form should select their preferred exam centres for examination. Through Allotment of GATE exam centre for each registered candidate will be done based on choice filled by candidate and availability of seats. Venue details of the examination centre will be provided on the admit card

GATE 2021 will be held in some of the following zones

Akola (MH)

Kangra (HP)

Dhule (MH)

Machilipatnam (AP)

Himatnagar (GJ)

Baharampur- Murshidabad (WB)

Ichalkaranji (MH)

Palghar (MH)

Latur (MH)

Hazaribag (JH)