Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is basically a national examination on the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering / Technology / Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Arts, Commerce and Science.
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national examination conducted jointly by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee on behalf of National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India. GATE examination is a Computer Based Test (CBT).

Organising Institute for GATE 2021 is Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

Important Dates

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens Monday 14-09-2020
Closing Date of REGULAR online registration / application portal Wednesday 30-09-2020
End of EXTENDED period for online registration / application
(with late fee)
Wednesday 7-10-2020
Last Date for change of category, paper and examination city
(an additional fee will be applicable)
Friday 13-11-2020
Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Portal
(for download and printing)
Friday 8-01-2021
GATE 2021 Examination
Forenoon:  9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Tentative)
Afternoon: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Tentative)
Announcement of results in the Online Application Portal Monday 22-03-2021

 Pattern of Examination

Examination Mode - Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration - 3 Hours
Number of Subjects (Papers) - 27
Sections -  General Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject
Type of Questions
(A) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
(B) Remaining types:
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Questions for testing these abilities
  • Recall
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis and Synthesis
Number of Questions : 10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions

Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL
Total: 100 Marks = General Aptitude: 15 Marks + Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks + Subject Questions: 72 Marks

Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL
Total: 100 Marks = General Aptitude: 15 Marks + Subject Questions: 85 Marks 

Marking Scheme : All of the questions will be of 1 mark or 2 marks

 Important Highlights of GATE-2021

GATE 2021 will be conducted for 27 Subjects (also referred to as “papers”).

The GATE score would reflect the relative performance level of the candidate in a particular subject, which is quantified based on several years of examination data.

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial assistance to Postgraduate Programs (Master's and Doctoral) with Ministry of Education (MoE) and other Government Scholarships / Assistantships, subject to the admission criteria of the admitting institute.
Organising Institute for GATE 2021 is Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

The GATE score is also used by some Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) for their recruitment and by several other universities in India and abroad for admissions.

GATE 2021 score will remain valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of results.

Eligibility criteria is relaxed. A Candidate who is currently studying in th 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 is eligible to appear for GATE-2021 examination.

There is NO age limit to appear for GATE 2021 examination.

Depending on COVID-19 situation, the schedule of the GATE 2021 examination may change.

Applications will be accepted ONLINE only through GATE-2021 website link GOAPS. Even if a candidate is appearing for TWO Papers, the candidate should fill ONLY ONE application form.

The GATE examination is conducted in different cities across India as well as six cities outside India.
Dates of examination: There are two sessions (forenoon and afternoon) each day.
GATE 2021 examination will be conducted over six days and twelve sessions on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of February 2021.

Due to COVID-19 related international travel restrictions, examinations at the International Centres may be dropped, if situation is not conductive by end of November 2020.

Fully Computer Based Test (CBT)

Two NEW subject papers are introduced:
  1. ES (Environmental Science and Engineering)
  2. XH (Humanities and Social Sciences) in Economics / English / Linguistics / Philosophy / Psychology / Sociology.
Total number of subject papers: 27

Syllabi of all subject papers have been revised for GATE 2021.

All Test Papers of GATE 2021 will be entirely objective type.
The pattern of questions will include some Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), while the remaining questions may include Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.

ONE or TWO subject papers allowed. TWO Paper combinations have to be chosen from the given list of combinations of papers. Final allotment of TWO papers will still be subject to availability of infrastructure and dates.
GATE 2021 - Revised Syllabi 
Details available at the official website:
Download GATE 2021 Information Brochure Version 2 (updated on 24th August 2020)