Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted annually to provide the required qualification for M.Tech admissions into government and private institutes. GATE scores are also taken into consideration during PSU recruitments. Jointly conducted by the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee and Kanpur) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, GATE is a national level entrance examination and around 8.5 lakh candidates register for the same every year.
IIT Bombay will be conducting GATE 2021 tentatively in the first and second week of February. Candidates will be able to access the application form tentatively from the last week of August to the final week of September 2020. During the application process, the candidates will have to submit all of the required details. GATE 2021 will be held as a computer based test for 25 papers and two sessions (morning and afternoon) will be held for each day of the examination. After the entrance examination, the answer key will be released by the authorities. GATE 2021 result will be available tentatively in the second week of March. The score card will be valid for three years after the date of release. There will be no common counselling for GATE 2021. For IIT admissions, the candidates will have to register through COAP. Meanwhile, for NIT admissions, the candidates will have to apply through CCMT. Various PSUs will also open their recruitment process for GATE qualified candidates.
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There are some important parameters that the candidates are expected to meet to be eligible for GATE 2021. These eligibility criteria are set up by the authorities and the candidates are advised to check them before filling out the application form. Various factors such as age, academics, nationality and more are involved in the eligibility criteria of GATE 2021.
Age Limit: There is no age limit for GATE 2021.
Nationality: Candidates should be of Indian nationality. However, candidates from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore and United Arab Emirate (UAE) will also be eligible to apply.
Academic Qualification: No minimum pass percentage has been specified by the authorities for GATE 2021. However, the candidates must meet the criteria related to the qualifying exam as explained below.
Qualifying Exam Details
Qualifying Degree / Examination
Qualification not later than
B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm.
Candidate must be a Bachelor in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering / Technology)
Qualified or is in final year
Candidate must have completed Bachelor of Architecture (5 years course)
Candidate need to have completed Bachelor of Science degree (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2)
Pharm.D. (after 10+2)
Candidate must have completed 6 years programme having internship or residency training during sixth year as part of it
Qualified or is in 4th /5th or 6th year
M.Sc./ M.A./ MCA or
Candidates need to have Masters in Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Applications, or equivalent
Int. M.E./ M.Tech.
Candidates should have done Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree in Engineering or Technology (4 years programme)
Qualified or is currently in 2nd/3rd /4th year
M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)
Candidates should have completed Integrated Master’s degree programme or Dual Degree in Engineering or Technology (5 years programme)
Qualified or is currently in 4th / 5th year
Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S.
Candidates applying must have completed Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program
Professional Society Examinations* (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch.)
Candidates need to have completed B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch. Equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of professional courses Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India)
Completed Section A or equivalent professional course
*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.
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Candidates will be able to access the application form of GATE 2021 tentatively from the last week of August 2020. The registration for GATE 2021 will be open through GATE Online Application Process (GOAPS). To participate in the entrance examination, the candidates will have to register, fill out the required personal, contact and academic details, upload scanned documents and also pay the required application fee.The last date to submit the GATE 2021 application form will be tentatively in the last week of September 2020.
How to fill GATE 2021 Application Form
Step 1 - Registration: Candidates will have to visit the GOAPS portal and register using their name, country of residence, email address and mobile number. A password also has to be generated for future log-in. An enrollment number will be generated on successful registration.
Step 2 - Filling of Application Form: Next, the candidates will have to provide their valid personal, academic and communication details. The preferred GATE paper along with two exam centres (one from their zone and the other from another zone) also has to be selected by the candidates.
Step 3 - Uploading of Documents: After the details are filled, the candidates will have to upload their photograph, signature and category certificate (if applicable) as per the specifications mentioned by the authorities.
Step 4 - Fee Payment: Finally, the candidates will have to pay the required application fee of GATE 2021 in online mode (net banking/credit card/debit card).
Previous Year’s GATE Zone-Wise Registrations
Name of IITs
Since GATE is a national level entrance examination for postgraduate engineering admissions and PSU recruitment, the difficulty level is quite high. Therefore, the candidates should be well prepared for the examination. Candidates can check the tips for GATE 2021 given below to boost their preparation for the upcoming exam.
Create a study schedule as per convenience. Candidates should note that they should not overwork and just work to the best of their abilities.
Know the exam pattern and syllabus. Candidates should check the syllabus and exam pattern beforehand to know which topics have to be studied and the type of questions likely to be asked.
Candidates can also prepare notes regularly to have quick revisions anytime anywhere.
While studying is important, the candidates should also take small breaks in between to ensure they are at their best condition.
Candidates will be able to know the detailed information about how the entrance examination will be conducted through the exam pattern of GATE 2021. By knowing the exam pattern in detail, the candidates will be able to know the required details to help them prepare. The authorities will conduct GATE 2021 for 25 papers.
GATE Exam Pattern
GATE 2021 Paper Codes
The authorities will release the mock test of GATE 2021 in online mode. Candidates must note that the mock test will be replica of the entrance examination and can be used to boost the preparation process. The mock test will help candidates get familiar with the functionalities of the online exam. Listed below are some of the main features of the mock test:
GATE 2020 Mock Test
GATE 2019 Mock Test
GATE 2018 Mock Test
Architecture and Planning
Computer Science and Information Technology
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Ecology and Evolution
Geology and Geophysics
Production and Industrial Engineering
Textile Engineering and Fiber Science
Engineering Mathematics - Click Here
Fluid Mechanics - Click Here
Materials Science - Click Here
Solid Mechanics - Click Here
Thermodynamics - Click Here
Polymer Science and Engineering - Click Here
Food Technology - Click Here
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences - Click Here
Chemistry - Click Here
Biochemistry - Click Here
Botany - Click Here
Microbiology - Click Here
Zoology - Click Here
Registered candidates will be able to download the admit card of GATE 2021 in online mode tentatively in the first week of January. The admit card is an important document which the candidates have to keep safely throughout the admission process. While reporting to the exam centre, the candidates will have to present their admit card and one valid identity proof. In case of any mistakes in the admit card, the candidates will have to contact the authorities. To download admit cards, candidates had to log-in to the GOAPS portal using their enrollment or email id and password.
Steps to download GATE 2021 Admit Card
List of documents allowed with GATE 2021 admit card (Indian Students)
List of documents allowed for International Candidates
Government Issued ID
Candidates will be able to access the provisional answer key of GATE 2021 tentatively in third week of February. The correct answers to all of the questions of GATE 2021 will be made available and the candidates will be able to check it to calculate their probable secure scores before the result is announced. By following the official marking scheme, the candidates will be able to know what scores they have secured. Candidates will also be able to raise objections against the provisional answer key within a certain period of time. After checking the objections, the final answer key will be released by the authorities tentatively in the third week of March 2021.
Question Paper Link
Aerospace Engineering (AE)
Agricultural Engineering (AG)
Architecture and Planning (AR)
Civil Engineering (CE)
Click Here (CE-1)
Click Here (CE-2)
Chemical Engineering (CH)
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Ecology and Evolution (EY)
Geology and Geophysics (GG)
Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Click Here (ME-1)
Click Here (ME-2)
Mining Engineering (MN)
Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
Petroleum Engineering (PE)
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
Engineering Sciences (XE-A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)
Life Sciences (XL-P, Q, R, S, T, U)
IIT Bombay will release the result of GATE 2021 tentatively in the second week of March through GOAPS. Candidates will be able to check their result by logging in using their enrollment id/ email id and date of birth. Information related to secured scores and All India Rank of the candidate will be available in the result. The official score card will also be released separately. The authorities will released the GATE score card for only those candidates who has scored equal to or more than the qualifying cutoff in GATE 2021.
Steps to download GATE 2021 Result
GATE Score Card 2021
After the result is declared, the authorities will release the scorecard of GATE 2021. Candidates will be able to download the score card for free till a deadline specified by the authorities. Thereafter candidates will be able to download the score card by paying a fee of Rs 500. The scorecard is issued for only those candidates who score equal to or more than the qualifying cutoff.
Details mentioned in GATE Score Card 2021
The minimum marks that a candidate has to score to qualify in the examination will constitute the qualifying cutoff of GATE 2021. Along with the result, the qualifying cutoff will also be declared by the authorities. Candidates need to meet the qualifying cutoff for GATE 2021 to qualify the examination, however for allotment, the admission cutoff has to be satsified. Since there is no common counselling for GATE, the admission cutoff will be determined by institutes for admission to various M.Tech courses offered by them.
Engineering Sciences Minor
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
Mode of Counselling:
No common counselling will be conducted for GATE 2021. All candidates will have to individually apply for admissions at their preferred institutes. However, the counselling and admission process of GATE for IIT admissions is done by COAP. Similarly, for admissions into NITs, IIEST Shibpur, and some IIITs & GFTIs, CCMT is conducted.
What is GATE COAP 2021?
GATE Common Offer Acceptance (COAP) was started in 2017 by the IITs as a common admission platform for making admission offers to candidates. So, while the candidate still needs to apply to an IIT individually for admission, he/she will only know about any offers by registering on the COAP portal. Also, the acceptance or rejection of offers can be made only through COAP.
Admission to IITs is a two-step process:
Register on COAP to view, accept or reject admission offers. Based on the applications received by the IITs, they will make all the offers on COAP portal.
Note: IIT COAP is not an application portal, but instead an admission portal.
Admissions to the postgraduate programmes will be through CCMT which is the Centralized Counselling for M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan admissions at the NITs, and other GFTIs. Candidates have to fill the application form on CCMT to be conducted by one of the NITs, fill their choices of courses and institutes and after the seat is allotted on the basis of their GATE score, they must complete admission formalities if they accept the seat.
Candidates can download the admit card from the official portal of GATE 2021 tentatively from the first week of January. Students have to login to GOAPS portal to download their admit card. GATE admit card will be available in online mode only and will not be sent to candidates by post or any other means.
Candidates can challenge the GATE answer key online through GOAPS portal within the time period specified by the authorities.
Students can check the answer key from GATE official website. No login credentials is required to check the answer key.
GATE 2021 result will be available online tentatively in the third week of March. Candidates have to login in GOAPS portal using their enrollment ID date of birth.
Kindly mention your GATE marks out of 100 and your GATE paper and graduation percentage then we can tell you about your chances in PSUs.
see cutoff score changes every year and it depends on certain factors like number of participants, questions difficulty level, seat matrix, number of vacancy in particular psus etc. however at this score you have decent chances for psu , so I suggest you to apply all of them where vacancy is for civil engineering.
You may use Careers360 college predictor tool to know your predictable colleges and psu calling chances
Hi Muhammed Mubashir,
After the declaration of gate result, you have to apply for IITs or NITs specifically. You can apply only by going to their official site. In official site you will find all the details, like last year cutoff, application procedure and information about gate scholarship. From there you will able to download the format of your OBC NCL certificate.
The category which you have filled while filling the GATE application form will be considered regardless of the cut off marks of a particular category.If you have filled your category as OBC-NCL in the application form then you must upload valid OBC-NCL which not more that one year old.If you have filled your category as general then you don't need to upload any category certificate while applying for scholarship.
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