GATE 2021 Exam Date Schedule was revealed on the official GATE site ( You can check the date, day, and time of the GATE exam for the different branches as soon as the notification is issued. For your convenience, we will also provide a direct link to check the full GATE 2021 exam schedule below.

This year the GATE 2021 notification will be published by IIT Bombay along with the GATE registration link, syllabus, and important event dates. The GATE exam is scheduled to take place on the first week of February 2021. The GATE registration link will be activated on the official website. Applicants should check the required eligibility before applying for an online exam.

Upon completion of the City Correction Exam, IIT Bombay will release the GATE 2021 admit Card for all candidates 15 days prior to the date of the Exam. With the help of the registration number and password, you can easily download the GATE admit Card for the official GATE website.

For more details check here GATE 2021 Important Dates, Exam Pattern, admit Card Download Info, Exam City Correction, Application Form, Fee, Registration Dates, & Eligibility, Practice Question Papers.

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What is GATE Exam?

GATE Exam's full form is 'Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering'. GATE is a national level engineering entrance examination (All-India examination) administered throughout the nation in 8 zones (with approximately 200 examination centers) by the National Coordinating Board, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the Department of Higher Education and the Government of India (GOI).

GATE exam is conducted by the following institutes on behalf of National Coordination Board-GATE - IISc (Indian Institute of Science), IIT Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Bombay.

GATE exam consists of 65 multiple choice and numerical questions over a 3-hour duration. GATE Score is valid for a period of 3 years. know more about GATE exam pattern and GATE previous years questions.

Why GATE 2021?

1. With the GATE 2021 score, you can get admission in Master of Engineering (M.E.)/Master of Technology (M.Tech) courses and Ph.D. Programs at various IITs, NITs, IIS, GFTIs and other reputed Universities.

2. GATE score can be used to apply for prestigious jobs in PSUs, Central Government, GOI Organizations and Private Sector.

3. If you pass GATE 2021, you can join state-level or a national-level university/college for pursuing higher studies like M.Tech through GATE. You will be given a scholarship of Rs 12400 for every month until the completion of two years of your course.

4. If you pass the GATE exam, your GATE score will remain valid for 3 years for joining in M.Tech.

5. For government jobs, your GATE Score will remain valid for the current year.

6. GATE 2021 will be conducted for 25 subjects and the subject Biomedical has been added recently in the list.

GATE 2021: Important Dates

Activity Day Date
GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens Monday 14th September 2020
Closing Date of REGULAR online registration / application portal Wednesday 30th September 2020
End of EXTENDED period for online registration / application
(with late fee)
Wednesday 7th October 2020
Last Date for change of category, paper and examination city
(an additional fee will be applicable)
Friday 13th November 2020
Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Portal
(for download and printing)
Friday 8th January 2021
GATE 2021 Examination
Forenoon:  9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Tentative)
Afternoon: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Tentative)

5th February 2021
6th February 2021
7th February 2021
12th February 2021
13th February 2021
14th February 2021

Announcement of results in the Online Application Portal Monday 22nd March 2021

GATE 2021: Exam Schedule

GATE 2021 exam schedule will be communicated through the release of the GATE 2021 official notification. Below are the exam scheduled for GATE 2020 exam:

Session Code Examination Date & Day Time Paper(s) Code


01 February 2020 (Saturday)

09:30 – 12:30 hrs

(Forenoon Session)



01 February 2020 (Saturday)

14:30 – 17:30 hrs

(Afternoon Session)



02 February 2020 (Sunday)

09:30 – 12:30 hrs

(Forenoon Session)



02 February 2020 (Sunday)

14:30 – 17:30 hrs

(Afternoon Session)



08 February 2020 (Saturday)

09:30 – 12:30 hrs

(Forenoon Session)



08 February 2020 (Saturday)

14:30 – 17:30 hrs

(Afternoon Session)



09 February 2020 (Sunday)

09:30 – 12:30 hrs

(Forenoon Session)



09 February 2020 (Sunday)

14:30 – 17:30 hrs

(Afternoon Session)


GATE 2021 Registration

GATE 2021 Application Form will be available from September 14, 2021. GATE 2021 Registration will be an online process. Candidates are supposed to apply and pay the application fees online. The official website for GATE 2021 is –

Application Fee for GATE-2021 (Per Subject Paper)

For Examination Centres in India Regular Period
(14th to 30th Sept. 2020)
During the Extended Period
(1st to 7th Oct 2020)
Female candidates (per paper) 750 1250
SC / ST / PwD* category candidates (per paper) 750 1250
All other candidates (per paper) 1500 2000

GATE 2021 Exam City Correction

Step-1 Visit the official site of IIT Bombay.

Step-2 Login by filling your details i.e. Roll number and password

Step-3 Click on Submit

Step-4 Apply for GATE 2021 Exam City Correction

GATE 2021 Paper Codes

GATE Paper Code
GATE Civil Engineering CE
GATE Mechanical Engineering ME
GATE Computer Science and Information Technology CS
GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
GATE Electrical Engineering EE

GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts.

1. Pass Percentage

To apply for GATE 2021, there are no minimum pass percentage criteria defined.

2. Age Limit

There is no age limit defined to apply for the GATE exam.

3. Nationality

You should have Indian nationality to apply for GATE 2021. Candidates belonging to Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates are also eligible for the GATE 2021 exam.

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GATE 2021 Syllabus

GATE Exam Pattern 2021
Section No. of Questions Marks Marks/Questions Total Marks
General Aptitude 5 5 1 5
5 5 2 10
Technical, Engineering, Mathematics 25 25 1 25
30 30 2 60
Total 65     100

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Note: 1/3 marks will be deducted for the wrong answers i.e (0.33) marks for 1 mark questions and (0.66) marks will be deducted for questions carrying 2 marks. No mark will be deducted for the wrong answer to NAT questions.

GATE 2021 Syllabus Branch-wise

We have listed down the GATE 2021 syllabus PDF for CE, ME, CS, EC, and EE branch.

Papers Syllabus
General Aptitude (GA) : Common in all papers Download
CE: Civil Engineering Download
CS: Computer Sc. And Information Technology Download
EC: Electronics And Communication Engineering Download
EE: Electrical Engineering Download
ME: Mechanical Engineering Download

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New Changes Introduced in GATE 2021

A detailed look at what’s new in GATE 2021:

1. Increase in GATE 2021 exam days

The exam dates of GATE 2021 show that the exam will now be held on 6 days unlike past years when it was held on 4 days (alternate weekends). Keeping the COVID-19 pandemic in view, GATE exam will now be held on February 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14, 2021.

2. GATE 2021 Test Papers now 27 from the earlier 25

Two new subjects namely Environmental Science and Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Sciences (XH) have been announced. The syllabi for these will be shortly available on the official gate website

3. Option to appear for two papers now

Till last year, all candidates could appear for only one GATE paper. This is set to change now. All candidates can now opt to appear for any two papers of their choice. This means that candidates will be able to indicate two papers of their choice while filling their GATE application form. This also may translate into higher GATE application fees for those candidates opting for two papers However, there is a catch in this clause that has been announced. The move is to boost inter-disciplinary studies and therefore candidates can only choose two papers from a given set of combinations provided the exam calendar permits. So, candidates can opt for exams that won’t have clashing dates and time in addition to the combinations permitted by IIT Bombay.

4. Three year degrees holders now eligible

Earlier only students whose graduation was of 4 years and above in duration could appear for GATE. This has been set aside to permit 10+2+3 students to apply and appear for GATE 2021. This means a graduate from any stream including arts, science or commerce can now apply for GATE 2021.

5. Third year students now eligible

This clause is much beneficial for students pursuing graduation or integrated courses of 4 plus years. Such students can now appear in their 3rd year and final year as well. While there is no age limit for GATE, this does allow such students to appear twice for the exam before they complete their graduation.

6. Benefits in PSU recruitment through GATE

While there has been an increase in PSU recruitment through GATE over the years, this benefit was mostly restricted to engineering students or post graduates in science or technology. The new eligibility criterion opens up new PSU recruitment opportunities for all graduates appearing for GATE 2021.

7. Pursuing masters and doctoral programmes at IITs and other universities

GATE 2021 may be the one criterion for admissions to the various masters and doctoral programmes at not just IITs but the NITs as well as leading universities which accept GATE scores. IITB is the organizing institute of GATE 2021 which is the national level entrance test for admissions to post graduate programmes offered by the IITs, NITs, IIITs as well as many leading universities. In addition GATE scores are used for PSU recruitment too.

Recommended Books for GATE 2021

It is important to follow the right study material and books for the GATE preparation. Thus we have compiled the list of GATE books for CSE, CE, ME, EE, and ECE along with their authors to make sure that you prepare from the best GATE books:

Branch Recommended Books
GATE CS Click here
GATE CE Click here
GATE EC Click here
GATE EE Click here
GATE ME Click here

GATE Admit Card 2021

The Admit Card for GATE 2021 will be available ONLY on GOAPS website. The candidates have to download their Admit Card from this website. The Admit Card would be available for download, from 8th January 2021. Note that the Admit Cards will NOT be sent to the candidates by post/email.

Candidates must bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card on A4 sized paper to the Examination for the verification along with the original and valid photo Identity Document (NO photocopy/scanned copy/NOT an expired document), which was specified during the filling up of the online application (for example: Aadhaar-UID, Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License).

The Admit Card is valid IF and ONLY IF the candidate's photograph and signature images are clear and legible. The photograph on the Admit Card and that in the valid photo identity document should match with the appearance of the candidate on the day of examination. To ensure this, print the Admit Card on an A4 sized paper using a laser printer, preferably in colour. Both, the GATE 2021 Admit Card and Original ID proof are essential for entry into the examinationhall.

GATE Study Material 2021

Candidates who are preparing for GATE 2021 exam should check the best study material in order to improve the score in the exam. Check branch-wise study notes for ME, CE, EE, ECE & CSE.

GATE Question Papers

You can get branch-wise GATE previous year question papers to kick start GATE preparation in the right direction. We've combined question papers of GATE exam in PDF form along with their solution and answer key. You can use them during your GATE 2021 exam preparation.

GATE Paper (Branch) GATE 2020 Question Paper GATE 2020 Answer Key GATE 2020 Solution
Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Question Paper Answer Key Solution
Civil Engineering (CE) Question Paper-1

Question Paper-2
Answer Key-1

Answer Key-2

Electrical Engineering (EE) Question Paper Answer Key Solution
Electronics & Communications (EC) Question Paper Answer Key Solution
Mechanical Engineering (ME) Question Paper-1

Question Paper-2
Answer Key-1

Answer Key-2


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How is the GATE Score calculated?

To calculate the GATE Percentile, follow the below formula: GATE Percentile=((N-R)/N) X 100


  • N = Total number of students appeared in the GATE 2021 exam (for particular stream)
  • R = Rank obtained by you

GATE Cutoff

Below is the branch-wise GATE 2020 cut off: -

Branch Total Candidates Appeared General/EWS OBC SC/ST/PH
CSE 97481 28.5 25.5 19.0
CE 125974 32.9 29.6 21.9
EE 93526 33.4 30 22.2
ECE 83418 28.8 25.9 19.2
ME 137826 34.0 30.6 22.6

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GATE Subject Wise Weightage

GATE 2021 Result & Score Card

GATE 2021 Results

GATE 2021 results will be announced on 22nd March 2021 and will be available on the GOAPS Website. GATE 2021 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results. No information on the GATE 2021 score will be available after this period.

GATE 2021 Scorecard

After the declaration of results, GATE 2021 Scorecards of the qualified candidates can be downloaded free of cost between 26th March 2021 to 31st May 2021 from the GOAPS portal. It is highly recommended that a softcopy of the scorecard is safely stored by the candidate for all the future uses.

In case, GATE qualified candidates require the soft copy of their GATE Scorecard after 31st May 2021 and till 31st December 2021, they MUST pay a fee of ₹500 (Rupees five hundred only) for obtaining the same. From 1st January 2022 onwards, NO scorecard will be issued by GATE authority for GATE 2021 qualified candidates.

There is NO provision for the issue of hard copies of the GATE Scorecard.

GATE 2021 Counselling

After qualifying the GATE exam, you have to appear for the Group Discussion/Personal Interview. The GATE Counselling is done separately by the participating institutions. Centralized counselling called CCMT (Centralized Counseling for M. Tech/M. Plan) is conducted to get admission in IIT, NIT, and other government institutes. The IITs conducts their own counselling for the admission in M.Tech course. The other state-level universities conduct their own counselling for the admissions.

GATE 2021 FAQs

  • 1. Which IIT will conduct GATE 2021?

    IIT Bombay will most expectedly be going to conduct the GATE 2021 exam.

  • 2. How many attempts are there for GATE 2021?

    There is no limit of attempts defined by the officials.

  • 3. What is the eligibility for GATE exam?

    To apply for GATE 2021, you should have BE/B.Tech/B.Pharma/B.Arch/B.Sc (Research)/B.S Professional Society Examination/M.Sc./M.A./MCA or equivalent/Integrated M.E/M.Tech/Integrated M.Sc./Integrated B.S-M.S/Integrated M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree.

  • 4. How much is the GATE 2020 cut off of general category for computer science engineering?

    Last year, the GATE cut off for general category in computer science was 28.5 marks.

  • 5. What is the age limit for GATE exam?

    There is no age limit set for the candidates.

  • 6. How many times the GATE exam is conducted in a year?

    GATE is conducted once every year.

  • 7. How much CGPA is required for GATE?

    There is no minimum CGPA required to appear for GATE 2021.

  • 8. Can I give GATE exam after BCA?

    Students from BCA background are not eligible for this exam.

  • 9. Is MCA eligible for GATE exam?

    Candidates from the second and third year are eligible for GATE 2021.

  • 10. For what GATE exam is conducted?

    GATE exam is conducted to get admission to postgraduate programs in Indian institutions of higher education. 

  • 11. Who conducted the Gate exam?

    GATE exam is conducted jointly by IISc and 7 IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, GOI.

  • 12. What is the GATE registration number?

    GATE registration number is the number you receive after successfully filling up the GATE registration form.

  • 13. Can I give GATE in 3rd year?

    No, candidates in the 3rd year are not eligible to appear for GATE 2021.

  • 14. Can we give GATE exam in the 3rd year?

    No, you can not give GATE 2021 in 3rd year.

  • 15. How many times can we write GATE exam?

    There is no limit for candidates to appear for GATE exam.

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