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GATE 2021 Notification, Exam Dates, Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Counselling

GATE 2021
Counselling Open

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2021 or GATE 2021 is the entrance examination for admission to M.Tech., Ph.D., Master of Planning and M.E.. GATE 2021 is conducted by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

GATE for the year 2021 has been announced by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and will be held from 05/02/2021 to 14/02/2021. The application forms will be available from 11/09/2020 till 14/10/2020. The exam is in online mode. The duration of the exam will be 180 minutes. It is being conducted in English language. Admit card will be available from 08/01/2021. Result is expected to be announced on 19/03/2021.

For Course(s)

To get all details about GATE 2021 Download Brochure

GATE 2021 Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualifications:

The Minimum Academic Qualifications for GATE 2021 required are that students are currently studying in the 3 rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government-approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts.

Details of eligibility criteria mentioned in the table.

Degree/ProgramQualifying Degree/ExaminationDescription of Eligible CandidatesExpected Year of Completion
B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Pharm.Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering / Technology)Currently in the 3 rd year or higher grade or already completed2022
B. Arch.Bachelor’s degree of Architecture (5- year course) / Naval Architecture (4- year course) / Planning (4- year course)Currently in the 3 rd year or higher grade or already completed2023 (for 5-year program), 2022 (for 4-year program)
B.Sc. (Research) / B.S.Bachelor’s degree in Science
(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)
Currently in the 3 rd year or higher grade or already completed2022
Pharm. D. (after 10+2)6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during third year onwardsCurrently in the 3 rd/4 th/5th/6th year or already completed2024
M.B.B.SDegree holders of M.B.B.S. and those who are in the 5 th/6th/7th semester or higher semester of such programme.5th, 6th, 7th or higher semester or already completed2022
M. Sc. / M.A. / MCA or equivalentMaster’s degree in any branch of Arts/Science/Mathematics/Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently in the first year or higher or already Completed2022
Int. M.E./ M.Tech.
Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (4-year program)Currently, in the 1 st / 2 nd/3rd/4th year or already completed2024
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5-year program)Currently in the 3 rd /4 th/5th year or already completed2023
B.Sc. / B.A. / B.ComBachelor degree in any branch of Science / Arts / Commerce (3 years program)Currently in the 3 rd year or already completed2021
Int. M.Sc. / Int. B.S. / M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year integrated B.S.-M.S. programCurrently in the 3 rd year or higher or already completed2022
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch.)B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of EngineersIndia, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on)Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional coursesNA

Age Limit:  

•  There is no age limit to appear for GATE 2021.

For more details refer to the prospectus


GATE 2021 Important Dates

Events Start Date Last Date
Application Form 11/09/2020 07/10/2020
Application Form With Late Fee - 14/10/2020
Application Form Correction 17/11/2020 23/11/2020
Admit Card Release Date 08/01/2021 -
GATE 2021 Exam Date Online Dates
  • 05/02/2021  to  07/02/2021
  • 12/02/2021  to  14/02/2021
  • Declaration of result 19/03/2021 -
    To get all details about GATE 2021 Download Brochure

    GATE 2021 Prospectus

    Link: View/Download

    More Information

    Test Centre Details

    • The information of the Test centre allocated is provided along with admit card.

    • It includes the address of the centre.

    • One should locate the centre on Google Maps.

    • It is a good practice and strongly advised to visit the centre one day before to know about the time taken to reach the centre. By doing so one can reach well in time on the examination day. It prevents wastage of time trying to locate the centre and thus avoids the stress created, if the centre is not easy to find.

    Examination Schedule:

    Week and DayDate (Day)Time (IST)
    Week 1 and Day 105th February 202112:00 - 17:00 Hrs
    Week 1 and Day 206th February 202109:30 - 12:30 Hrs (Forenoon Session)

    15:00 - 18:00 Hrs (Afternoon Session)
    Week 1 and Day 307th February 2021

    09:30 - 12:30 Hrs (Forenoon Session)

    15:00 - 18:00 Hrs (Afternoon Session)

    Week 2 and Day 412th February 202112:00 - 17:00 Hrs
    Week 2 and Day 513th February 202109:30 - 12:30 Hrs (Forenoon Session)

    15:00 - 18:00 Hrs (Afternoon Session)
    Week 2 and Day 614th February 202109:30 - 12:30 Hrs (Forenoon Session)

    15:00 - 18:00 Hrs (Afternoon Session)

    GATE 2021 Application Form

    Application Form Fee

    Note: The application fee mentioned Does Not Include service charges, processing fees and any other charges that the banks may levy. *PwD means Persons with Disability

    For Examination Centres in India
    Regular Period  During the Extended
    Female / SC / ST / PwD* category candidates
    Rs. 750
    Rs. 1250
    All other candidates
    Rs. 1500
    Rs. 2000
    For Examination Centres outside India (All Candidates)

    Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and   Kathmandu (per paper)US$ 50 US$ 70
    Dubai and SingaporeUS$ 100

    US$ 120

    Application Form Filling Instructions

    Students applying for the GATE 2021 have to fill up the application form on the official site.

    A student can submit the application only once; multiple forms will be rejected.

    The submission is ONLINE only

    Requirements to be readied before you start filling up the Application Form of GATE 2021

    • PC or a Laptop with Internet connectivity
    • Qualification details
    • Scanned copy of passport photograph in JPG or JPEG format Scanned copy of signature in JPG or JPEG format
    • Functional e-mail Id as all communication are made through email; Parents email id is recommended.
    • Mobile number as all information is sent through SMS too. Parents phone number can be used.
    • For online payments, usually a valid debit or credit card as well as Net Banking facility, UPI or PAYTM Service is a must.
    • It is recommended to download the information Bulletin Brochure and read it carefully so that you understand various requirements to fill-up the form.

    The Usual Steps in filling up the Online Application Form of the GATE 2021:

    Step-1: Students have to register for Online Application Form. A login and Password are created.

    Step-2: Student has to complete the Application Form and its various sections

    Step-3: Required documents in the form of Scanned Images 

    Step-4: Payments have to be made by Debit / Credit Card / Net Banking / UPI / PAYTM

    More Information

    Last date of Intimation to Registered Candidates after FIRST Round of Scrutiny by Zonal Office26th October 2020
    Re-opening of GOAPS Portal for Successfully Registered Candidates to change (ONE TIME) Category / City / Exam Paper
    (Change of City is FREE and extra 500 for Category and Paper change)
    28th October 2020
    Last Date for change of Category, City & Exam Paper13th November 2020

    Last and Final Chance for City Correction in Application Form14th December 2020
    15th December 2020

    GATE 2021 Syllabus

    The Questions for the test shall be based on a Common Syllabus as notified in the Prospectus or Information Brochure of GATE 2021 exam as set by the Governing body. 

    For the syllabus, details refer to the prospectus or Information Brochure of GATE 2021 Exam

    Sample Paper Link: View/Download


    The Subjects included for GATE 2021 Exam are:

    • AE:  Aerospace Engineering
    • PH: PhysicsAG: Agricultural Engineering
    • PI: Production and Industrial Engineering
    • AR: Architecture and Planning
    • ST: Statistics
    • BM: Biomedical Engineering
    • TF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
    • BT: Biotechnology
    • XE-A: Engineering Mathematics
    • CE: Civil Engineering
    • XE-B: Fluid Mechanics
    • CH: Chemical Engineering
    • XE-C: Materials Science
    • CS: Computer Sc. and Information Technology
    • XE-D: Solid Mechanics
    • CY: Chemistry
    • XE-E: Thermodynamics
    • EC: Electronics and Communication Engg.
    • XE-F: Polymer Science and Engineering
    • EE: Electrical Engineering
    • XE-G: Food Technology
    • EY: Ecology and Evolution
    • XE-H: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
    • GG: Geology and Geophysics
    • XL-P: Chemistry
    • IN: Instrumentation Engineering
    • XL-Q: Biochemistry
    • MA: Mathematics
    • XL-R: Botany
    • ME: Mechanical Engineering
    • XL-S: Microbiology
    • MN: Mining Engineering
    • XL-T: Zoology
    • MT: Metallurgical Engineering
    • XL-U: Food Technology
    • PE: Petroleum Engineering 

    Syllabus Link: View/Download

    GATE 2021 Admit Card

    Admit Card Download Start Date 08/01/2021

    Admit Card Download Url

    Link: View/Download

    GATE 2021 Exam Day Instructions

    Online Dates

    • 05/02/2021  to  07/02/2021
    • 12/02/2021  to  14/02/2021

    Examination Day Instructions

    Preparation for the Exam Day

    • The Admit card should be downloaded and printed Immediately.
    • A few copies of the Admit Card should be kept in reserve as these are also used at the time of admission and counselling.
    • Photo to be fixed on the admit card, if required
    • Documents to be taken to the Exam centre should be kept ready.
    • Copy of the photo may be required to be taken to the Test Centre.
    • Stationary related articles as mentioned should be kept ready.
    • Dress related details will also be provided in the prospectus as well as with the admit card and should be followed.
    • Items not to be taken to the Exam centre or barred should be noted.

    Before entering the Exam Centre

    • Try to reach the exam centre one hour prior to the time advised in the admit card.
    • Before leaving for the site, please have a hearty breakfast or light lunch depending on the session. Drink plenty of fluids; as in summers dehydration can set in affecting your performance in the exam.
    • Have a cookie or a chocolate just before entering the centre; this prevents hypoglycaemia and thus helps you stay alert longer improving your results.
    • If it is a busy centre, then don’t wait till last for the entry and security check.
    • Centre will not allow you to enter after the stipulated time of closing the doors.
    • Admission to the Exam Centre is with the Admit Card; no candidates shall be admitted to the test without the production of the Admit Card at the Test Centre.
    • Usually no bags are allowed.
    • No eatables are allowed.
    • No communication equipment such as mobile phones / pager/ wireless set, scanner, camera or any such electronic / digital gadget etc are allowed in the exam centre; carrying one will lead to disqualification.

    After entering the centre

    • Once candidates enter the centre, they should locate their designated hall and seat.
    • If mentioned, candidates will be hand frisked as well as photographed or video graphed before entering the centre
    • After all the formalities, candidates should enter the allotted hall and take the designated seat.
    • For Objective Type question papers, rough work is to be done in the space provided for this purpose. No rough work is allowed on the OMR Answer Sheet under any situation.
    • Questions have to be answered on the answer sheet only.
    • Copying, use of unfair means of any kind, talking, asking questions from other candidates or borrowing of material inside the Test Centre is strictly prohibited.
    • The candidates are to return their OMR answer-sheets and the question paper in full to the Centre Superintendent. Tearing or taking away of the question paper is not allowed failing which the candidates shall be disqualified from the entire Entrance Test.
    • Misbehaviour of any kind can lead to expulsion of the candidate.
    • Caught copying helping in copying will mean cancellation of the answer sheet/cancellation of the candidature.
    • Marking the answer sheet or question paper in any way will also lead to cancellation of the exam for that candidate.

    More Information

    Admit Card
    • The mode of availability of the admit card is online. 
    • Admit Card can be downloaded from the GOAPS website 
    • Hard copy (preferably printed in colour) of the Admit Card must be brought to the examination centre along with the original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo Identity Document (ID), which was specified during the filling up of the online application
    To get all details about GATE 2021 Download Brochure

    GATE 2021 Results

    Result Declaration19/03/2021

    More Information

    Candidates Responses are available on GOAPS Portal 18th February 2021
    Uploading of Answer Keys with Question Paper26th February 2021
    Challenges by candidates on Answer Keys with Payment of 500 for each question1st March 2021 to
    4th March 2021 (up to 17:00 HRS)
    GATE 2021 Scorecard is available on GOAPS Portal for eligible candidates27th March 2021 -
    30th June 2021 
    GATE 2021 Scorecard is available (by paying 500) on GOAPS Portal for eligible candidates1st July 2021 - 31st December 2021 
    GATE 2021 Scorecard will NOT be available after1st January 2022 

    GATE 2021 Admission Procedure

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

    In case, GATE qualified candidates require the soft copy of their GATE Scorecard after May and till  December , they MUST pay a fee of ₹ 500 (Rupees five hundred only) for obtaining the same. From January 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

    To get all details about GATE 2021 Download Brochure

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