Monday, 14 September 2020

Applications invited for GATE Exam 2021.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a National examination conducted jointly by 
the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial 
assistance to:

(i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in 
Engineering/Technology/Architecture and
(ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Arts 
and Science, in the institutions supported by the MoE and other Government agencies. 

Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MoE scholarship/assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory. 

Further, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.

 Highlights of GATE 2021

• Dates of examination: Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and 
Sunday 14th February, 2021. There are two sessions (forenoon and afternoon) each day.

• Fully Computer Based Test (CBT).

• Two NEW subject papers are introduced: 
i. ES (Environmental Science and Engineering) 
ii. 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 examinations 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.

• Eligibility criteria is relaxed. 
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 is 
eligible to appear for GATE 2021 examination. 

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

• 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 

GATE 2021 score card will remain valid for THREE years from the date of announcement of 

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

• Due to COVID-19 related international travel restrictions, examination at the International 
centres may be dropped, if situation is not conducive by end of November 2020.

Details available at the Official Website:

Organising Institute: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay).


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