GATE 2021 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Previous Papers and participating institutes

GATE 2021 exam pattern

The candidates preparing for the exam are advised to check the GATE 2021 exam pattern. Through the exam pattern, candidates will be able to know the details like exam duration, subject, number of questions, marking scheme etc.

GATE Exam Pattern 2021

Particulars Details
Section General Aptitude (GA)
Types of questions The topic chosen by the candidate
Design questions Multiple choice questions (MCQs)
Number of questions 65 questions (including 10 questions of General Aptitude)
Distribution of questions in all papers except AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL Engineering Mathematics – 13 marks
Distribution of questions in AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL Technical Question – 72 Marks
Total marks 100 Marks
Marking scheme (marking scheme) All questions will be of 1 or 2 marks.

GATE 2021 marking scheme

Paper code General Aptitude (GA) Points Subject Points Total Marks Total Time General Aptitude (GA) Points Subject Points Total Marks Total Time General Aptitude (GA) Points Subject Points Total Marks Total Time General Aptitude (GA) Points Subject Points Total Marks Total Time
AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST and BM. 15 85 100 3 Hours
GG (Part A + Part B (Section 1 Geology or Section 2 Geophysics) 15 25+60 100 3 Hours
XE (section A + any two sections) 15 15 + 2 x 35 100 3 Hours
XH (section B1 + any two sections) 15 25 + 1 x 60 100 3 Hours
XL (section P + any two sections) 15 25 + 2 x 30 100 3 Hours

Exam schedule 2021

Section Code Exam Date (Probable) Timing The session Paper Code
S1 First week of February 2021 09:30 – 12:30 Morning session IN, ME1, MT, PE, PH
S2 First week of February 2021 Afternoon session CY, ME2, PI
S3 First week of February 2021 14:30 – 17:30 Morning session AR, BM, BT, CH, MA, MN, ST, XE, XL
S4 First week of February 2021 09:30 – 12:30 Afternoon session AE, AG, EC, GG
S5 First week of February 2021 14:30 – 17:30 Morning session EE, EY, TF
S6 First week of February 2021 09:30 – 12:30 Afternoon session CS
S7 First week of February 2021 14:30 – 17:30 Morning session CE1
S8 First week of February 2021 09:30 – 12:30 Afternoon session CE2

Admit Card 

Gate 2021 hall ticket will be released on 8 January by the authorities. All registered candidates will be able to download the GATE Admit Card from the official website. Such candidates whose applications are rejected for any reason will not be able to get the GATE 2021 Admit Card. Details related to entrance exam like venue, time and more will be available in GATE Admit Card 2021.

While reporting at the examination center, candidates are required to carry their admit card. Without the admit card, candidates will not be allowed to appear in the examination. Along with the admit card, a photo identification proof will also have to be carried. Candidates can choose any of the below given ID proofs to take them to the examination center.

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List of photo identity cards for Indian students

  • Passport
  • Voter id
  • Aadhaar Number
  • Pan Card
  • Valid college id
  • Employee ID
  • driving license
  • List of photo IDs for international students
  • Passport
  • Government Provided ID
  • Employee ID

GATE 2021 Answers

Gate 2021 Answer will be released by the officials in the third week of February. The Authority will first issue the provisional answer and then after evaluation of the feedback the Gate 2021 final answer will be issued. Correct answers to the questions asked in the exam will be present in the answer key, which the candidates can use to calculate their possible score. During the calculation, candidates have to use the official marking scheme. Along with the answer key, the candidates response sheet will also be provided. Objections against Provisional Answer Key will be accepted by the authorities, possibly by the third week of February. Rs 500 will be paid by the candidates for each objection. After examining all the objections sent by the authorities, the final answer of GATE 2021 will be issued.

Question Paper

The authorities will issue the official question paper of GATE 2021 for all the candidates appearing for the entrance examination. Candidates will be able to view the question papers of GATE 2021 by logging into their account. Through the question paper, candidates will get to know the type of questions asked as well as the division of weight-age and topics. The questions of all subjects of GATE 2021 will be issued with answer key.

Response Sheet

IIT Bombay will likely release the GATE 2021 response sheet in the second week of February. Candidates will be able to check their recorded response through a sheet issued in online mode. To check the response sheet, candidates have to log in using their enrollment ID and password.

GATE 2021 College Predictor

After the results are declared, candidates will be able to access the GATE 2021 College Predictor issued by Careers 360. Through the college predictor, candidates will be able to know which colleges they will be admitted to based on their secured score. Information like GATE score out of 1000, GATE score out of 100, caste, paper etc. have to be submitted to see the list of eligible colleges. This will allow candidates to prepare for various counseling and admission sessions.

GATE Result 2021

IIT Bombay will announce the GATE 2021 result on 22 March. Candidates will be able to check the result using their Get Enrollment ID / Email Address / Registration ID and Password. Through the result, candidates will be able to check their scores, qualifying marks for GATE papers, All India Rank etc. details. The marks will be calculated by the candidates using the RAW score obtained in their respective GATE 2021 paper. In those papers which have multiple sessions, a normalization process will be adopted by the authorities.

GATE 2021 Result Viewing Steps

  • Go to the link given in the official website or article (the link will be updated if available)
  • Click on the result link
  • Enter GATE Enrollment ID / Email Address / Registration ID and Password
  • Click submit
  • The result will be displayed on the screen

GATE 2021 Score Card

After the result is declared, the GATE 2021 scorecard will also be made available for download. The score card will probably be available by the third week of March. Only those candidates who have been able to get the qualifying cutoff will be allotted the rank and allowed to download the rank card. The score card of GATE 2021 will contain information like marks, raw score, category wise qualifying marks, rank etc. out of 1000.

Note: Candidates should note that the score card will be valid for three years from the date of declaration of result.

Steps to download GATE score card 2021

  • Go to the link given in the official website or article (the link will be updated if available)
  • Click the scorecard link
  • Login through GOAPS using enrollment ID / email address / registration ID and password
  • Click submit
  • Download the scorecard of GATE 2021 and print it out.

GATE qualifying cutoff of last year

The GATE 2021 cutoffs are the qualifying marks that are required to be obtained to make the candidates more likely to be admitted. Candidates should note that the cutoff for each paper of GATE 2021 will vary. While making gate cutoff 2021, various parameters related to entrance examination will be examined by the officials.

GATE 2020 qualifying cutoff

S.N. Name of Paper Paper code qualifying marks Paper code qualifying marks
General OBC (NCL) SC / ST / PWD General OBC (NCL) SC / ST / PWD General OBC (NCL) SC / ST / PWD
1 Life Sciences XL 31.7 28.5 21.1
2 Civil Engineering CE 32.9 29.6 21.9
3 Electrical engineering EE 33.4 30.0 22.2
4 Computer science and information technology CS 28.5 25.6 19.0
5 mechanical Engineering ME 34.0 30.6 22.6
6 Petroleum Engineering PE 39.8 35.8 26.5
7 Electronics & Communication Engineering EC 28.8 25.9 19.2
8 chemical Engineering CH 35.7 32.1 23.8
9 Chemistry CY 26.7 24.0 17.8
10 Biotechnology BT 30.7 27.6 20.4
11 Engineering sciences XE 26.0 23.4 17.3
12 Textile Engineering & Fiber Science TF 37.1 33.3 24.7
13 Aerospace engineering AE 27.2 24.4 18.1
14 Agricultural Engineering AG 26.3 23.6 17.5
15 Architecture & Planning AR 34.8 31.3 23.2
16 Ecology and Evolution EY 42.2 37.9 28.1
17 Geology GG 38.4 34.5 25.6
Geophysics GG 51.9 46.7 34.6
18 Instrumentation engineering IN 34.6 31.1 23.0
19 Mathematics MA 25 22.5 16.7
20 Mining engineering MN 32.7 29.4 21.8
21 Metallurgical engineering MT 49.2 44.2 32.8
22 Physics PH 37.2 33.4 24.8
23 Production and Industrial Engineering PI 36.6 32.9 24.4
24 Statistics ST 25 22.5 16.6
25 Biomedical engineering BM 25.0 22.5 16.6

Previous year GATE statistics

Particulars Number of registered candidates Number of candidates appeared in the exam
All india 858,890 685,088
Jammu 5424 4270
Srinagar 5102 4046

GATE Cope 2021 (GATE COAP 2021)

GATE Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) is a common portal that is activated for admission to IITs. Candidates who have qualified GATE 2021 will be able to apply for M.Tech Admissions in IIT through COAP. The list of IIT admission offers will be presented to the candidates from which they have to choose their choice. IITs are selected by the candidates after registration. Candidates will have to apply separately to different IITs for certain cases.

GATE Cope 2021: List of Participating Institutions

S.N. Institute Name S.N. Institute Name
1 ISC Bangalore 12 IIT Bhilai
2 IIT Goa 13 IIT Roorkee
3 IIT Bombay 14 IIT Delhi
4 IIT Bhubaneshwar 15 IIT Jodhpur
5 IIT Hyderabad 16 IIT Indore
6 IIT Madras 17 IIT Guwahati
7 IIT Kanpur 18 IIT Kharagpur
8 IIT ISM Dhanbad 19 IIT Patna
9 IIT Palakkad 20 IIT Mandi
10 IIT BHU 21 IIT Ropar
11 IIT Tirupat


CCMT 2021 – List of Participating Institutions

The National Institute of Technology (NIT) conducts Centralized Counseling for M.Tech Admissions. Candidates seeking admission through CCMT Admissions are required to check the list of institutions affiliated to CCMT 2021 to know the courses and colleges offered by them.

Top institutions participating in CCMT 2021

S.N. Institute Name
1 National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli
2 National Institute of Technology Rourkela
3 National Institute of Technology Karnataka
4 National Institute of Technology Warangal
5 National Institute of Technology Calicut
6 Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology
7 National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra
8 National Institute of Technology Durgapur
9 National Institute of Technology Silchar
10 Malaviya National Institute of Technology


PSU recruitment through GATE 2021

GATE Exam Qualified Candidates can also apply for recruitment in Public Undertakings (PSUs). There are many recruiters who organize the recruitment process for the candidates who get a good GATE score. Through PSU recruitment, candidates can get jobs in many popular companies like NTPC Limited, ONGC, SAIL etc. In the PSU recruitment process, the process of first application and then interview / test is conducted. However, there are some cases where there are direct admissions ie without any test or interview.

Top PSUs to recruit on the basis of GATE 2021

  • Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC)
  • Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
  • Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)
  • power grid
  • Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – GATE 2021

Question: Which IIT will organize GATE 2021?

Answer: IIT Bombay will organize GATE 2021 for all 27 papers.

Q: How many papers can I apply for in GATE 2021?

Answer: Candidates will be able to apply for two papers (maximum) out of the total papers in GATE 2021.

Question: How many Attempts are there in GATE exam?

Answer: There is no such provision in the GATE exam.

Q: I made some mistakes in my GATE 2021 application form. How can I correct this explanation?

Answer: After the application process is over, a correction window will open. With this help the candidates can rectify the mistakes made in the details. However, they cannot change some details.

Question: My gate admit card is unclear. The picture is blurred. Would it be okay to carry it?

Answer. Candidates will have to inform about this in writing to their respective zonal center and they will also have to send a copy. They will solve this problem. Candidates may face problems at the examination center if they carry an admit card with a blurred photograph or unclear print.

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