What is GATE?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India entrance 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). It is conducted every year in the month of February.The GATE Score/Rank is mandatory for admission into and/or financial assistance to Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture in IISc, IITs and other prestigious Institutes / Universities in India. The GATE Score is also used by many PSUs for the recruitment of candidates into prestigious jobs with attractive salary packages. Some of the PSUs which use GATE score for providing jobs include BARC, BHEL, IOCL, HPCL, NTPC, Powergrid, NHPC etc.

GATE is an exam that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidate in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts. The GATE score reflects the relative performance level of the candidate in a particular subject. GATE score is valid for THREE years.

GATE Exam is conducted in 27 subjects shown in the table below:

Exam Paper General
Aerospace Engineering AE
Agricultural Engineering AG
Architecture and Planning AR
Biotechnology BT
Bio-Medical Engineering BM
Civil Engineering CE
Chemical Engineering CH
Computer Science & Information Technology CS
Chemistry CY
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
Electrical Engineering EE
Ecology & Evolution EY
Geology and Geophysics GG
Exam Paper General
Instrumentation Engineering IN
Mathematics MA
Mechanical Engineering ME
Mining Engineering MN
Metallurgical Engineering MT
Petroleum Engineering PE
Physics PH
Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Statistics ST
Life Sciences XL
Engineering Sciences XE
Environmental Science & Engineering  ES
Humanities & Social Sciences
XH

GATE Exam Organizing Institutes (Year-wise)

Organizing Institute Organizing Year
IIT, Bombay GATE-2021
IIT, Delhi GATE-2020
IIT, Madras GATE-2019
IIT, Guwahati GATE-2018
IIT, Roorkee GATE-2017
IISc, Bangalore GATE-2016
IIT, Kanpur GATE-2015
IIT, Kharagpur GATE-2014
IIT, Bombay GATE-2013
IIT, Delhi GATE-2012
IIT, Madras GATE-2011
IIT, Guwahati GATE-2010
IIT, Roorkee GATE-2009
IISc, Bangalore GATE-2008
IIT, Kanpur GATE-2007
IIT, Kharagpur GATE-2006
IIT, Bombay GATE-2005
IIT, Delhi GATE-2004
IIT, Madras GATE-2003
Organizing Institute Organizing Year
IISc, Bangalore GATE-2002
IIT, Kanpur GATE-2001
IIT, Kharagpur GATE-2000
IIT, Bombay GATE-1999
IIT, Delhi GATE-1998
IIT, Madras GATE-1997
IISc, Bangalore GATE-1996
IIT, Kanpur GATE-1995
IIT, Kharagpur GATE-1994
IIT, Bombay GATE-1993
IIT, Delhi GATE-1992
IIT, Madras GATE-1991
IISc, Bangalore GATE-1990
IIT, Kanpur GATE-1989
IIT, Kharagpur GATE-1988
IIT, Bombay GATE-1987
IIT, Delhi GATE-1986
IIT, Madras GATE-1985
IISc, Bangalore GATE-1984

Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2021

  • Anyone who has successfully completed 10+2+2 or 10+3+1 and currently studying in in 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already graduated in any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts

Maximum Two papers in GATE 2021

  • Candidates can appear either in ONE (like earlier years) or maximum TWO papers in GATE 2021. The second paper must be from the given set of combinations (mentioned in information brochure) available for this year, based on the availability of infrastructure and date. So some branches may NOT get second paper option. Details will be available soon in the Information Brochure.
Code of The First
(Primary) Paper
Code of Papers
Allowed as The Second Paper
AE XE
AG ES
AR CE
BM BT/XL
BT BM/XL
CE AR/ES
CH CY/PE/XE
CS MA
CY CH/XL
EC IN/PH
EE IN
ES AG/CE
EY XL
GG MN/PE/PH
IN EC/EE/PH
MA CS/PH/ST
ME XE
MN GG/XE
MT PH/XE
MN GG/XE
PE CH/GG/XE
PH EC/GG/IN/MA/MT/ST
PI XE
ST MA/PH
TF XE
XE AE/CH/ME/MN/MT/PEPI/TF
XH —-
XL BM/BT/CY

GATE 2021 Papers

  • Environmental Science & Engineering (ES)
  • Humanities & Social Sciences (XH)

GATE 2021 Important Dates:

Important Dates Day General
Online Application Opening Date September 2020
(Expected)
Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website) Last Week of September 2020
(Expected)
Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website)
First Week of October 2019
(Expected)
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable November 2019
(Expected)
Admit Card will be available in the Online Application Portal (for printing) First Week of January 2021
(Expected)
GATE 2021 Examination
Forenoon: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Tentative)
Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Tentative)
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
05th Feb 2021
06th Feb 2021
07th Feb 2021
12th Feb 2021
13th Feb 2021
14th Feb 2021
Announcement of the Results in the Online Application Portal Mid of March 2021
(Expected)

Eligibility for GATE 2021

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree /
Examination
Description of
Eligible Candidates
Year of
Qualification
not later than
B.E./ B.Tech./
B. Pharm.
Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/
Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years
after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology)
Currently in the Pre-final / Final Year
or already completed
2021 /
2022
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture
(5 years course)
Currently in the Pre-final / Final Year
or already completed
2021 /
2022
B.Sc.
(Research)/ B.S
Bachelor’s degree in Science
(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)
Currently in the Pre-final / 4th year
or already completed
2021 /
2022
Pharm.D (After 10+2)
6 years program, consisting of intership or
residency training during sixth year
Currently in the 3rd / 4th / 5th / 6th
year already completed
2022 /
2023
M. Sc./ M.A./MCA
or equivalent
Master’s degree in any branch of Science
/Mathematics/Statistics/ Computer Applications
or equivalent
Currently in the Pre-final / final Year
or already completed
2020 /
2021
Int. M.E./ M.Tech.
(Post-B.Sc.)
Post-B.s.c Integrated Master’s Degree Programs
in Engineering Technology (4 years program)
Currently in the 1st / 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th
Year or already completed
2022 /
2023
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 years program)
Currently in the 3rd / 4th / 5th year
or already completed
2021 /
2022
Int. M.Sc./
Int. B.S.-M.S.
Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated
B.S.-M.S. program
Currently in the Pre-final / final Year
or already completed
2020 /
2021
Professional Society
Examinations*
(equivalent to
B.E./B.Tech./B. Arch.)
B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations
of Professional Societies, recognized by
MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution
of Engineers India, AMICE by the Institute of
Civil Engineers-India and so on)
Completed Section A or equivalent
of such professional courses
NA

* Some of these Professional Societies / Institutions, which conduct examination in various fields of engineering are as follows:

  1. The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
  2. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  3. The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  4. The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  5. The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)
  6. The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  7. The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

However, the candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MHRD/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.

Pattern of Questions:

GATE 2020 would contain questions of two different types in all the papers:
(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to select (mark) the correct answer.
Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

(iii) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to select (mark) the correct answers. (2 or 3 correct answers)

There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in MSQ questions

(ii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. For these questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered by the candidate using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). No choices will be shown for these type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 or -10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 (one decimal) or 10.01 (two decimals) or -10.001 (three decimals). These questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the candidates need to present the answer. Also, for some NAT type problems an appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not unduly penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Wherever required and possible, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions

To get detailed insights into how to prepare for GATE exam click on the video link given below

GATE Preperation Strategy