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GATE 2021: COAP Counselling (Started), Scorecard, Cutoff, Result, and Answer Key

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IIT Delhi has started GATE COAP 2021 registration on March 25 at Candidates who have qualified GATE exam (2021/2020/2019) are eligible to apply for GATE COAP Counselling 2021 for M.Tech. admission in any of the participating IITs/ PSUs job offers. Meanwhile, NIT Delhi is expected to release the official notification for GATE CCMT Counselling 2021 soon.

GATE 2021 Result has been published on March 19, 2021 at Out of the total 7,11,542 candidates, 17.82% have qualified GATE 2021. Candidates must note that those who qualify the cutoff will be the only ones eligible for GATE 2021 Counselling.

GATE 2021 Latest Updates

?What is GATE exam for? GATE (or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an entrance test conducted by IISc Banglore and seven IITs for students seeking admissions in postgraduate courses at top colleges in India such as IIT, NIT, etc. GATE scores are also used by various PSUs for the recruitment of eligible candidates at various positions. Some of the PSUs accepting GATE scores are DRDO, IOCL, ONGC, NTPC, BHEL, etc. Check PSU recruitment through GATE 2021

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GATE Exam Dates

GATE 2021 Exam Dates

GATE 2021 Events Dates 
GATE Application Form Release September 11, 2020 
Extended Last Date to fill GATE Application Form October 8, 2020 till 5:00 PM
Last Date to fill GATE Application Form (with late fee) October 14, 2020 (Extended)
Last Date of Intimation to Registered Candidates after Scrutiny October 26, 2020
GATE Form Correction October 28, 2020- November 23, 2020 (Extended)
Issue of GATE Admit card  January 8, 2021
GATE Exam Date  February 6, 2021 to February 14, 2021 
GATE Response Sheet February 18, 2021
Preliminary GATE Answer Key  February 26, 2021
Challenge official GATE Answer Key March 1 –  March 4, 2021
Final GATE Answer Key March 17, 2021 
GATE Result March 19, 2021 
Availability of GATE Scorecard March 27, 2021 to June 30, 2021
Download GATE Scorecard (by paying Rs 500) July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
GATE COAP Counselling Registration March 25, 2021 (Started)
GATE CCMT Counselling Registration To be Updated

GATE 2021 Highlights

GATE Full Form

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Organizing Body

IIT Bombay 

Exam Level

All India Level

Mode of Application


Mode of exam

Computer-based Test (Online)

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Duration

3 hours (180 minutes)

Number of Subject Papers


Number of Questions

10 (GA) + 55 (subject)= 65 

Question Type


Applications Per Year

More than 8 Lakhs (Expected)

Number of Exam Centers

206 in India and 6 abroad

Official Website

GATE Helpline

Phone: 011-2659 1749; Fax: 011-2658 1579

Download GATE 2021 Official Brochure (Updated)

GATE Counselling

GATE 2021 Counselling

IIT Bombay will not organize any counselling process for MTech admissions. Candidates seeking admissions in IITs, NITs and other prestigious institutions will have to participate in counselling process conducted by separate bodies.

  • For admissions into NITs candidates need to register for GATE CCMT Counselling. Usually, the counselling process starts in the month of April.
  • For admissions into IITs, candidates need to register for GATE COAP Counselling. Aspirants will need to apply to individual institutes where admission is desired and eventually, register for Common Offer Acceptance Portal. IIT Delhi has started the registration for GATE IIT Counselling on March 25, 2021
    • Candidates can register for the counselling at 
    • Candidates who qualified GATE exam in 2021/ 2020/ 2019 are the only ones eligible for the counselling.

To know more about GATE Counselling 2021, Click Here

GATE Cut off

GATE Cut off 2021

GATE cut off is always released category and subject wise. Candidates must note that the cutoff released by the conducting body is only the qualifying cut off. Based on the initial student reaction and expert reports, the table below shows GATE cut off 2021:

Paper Code  Cut-off Marks (out of 100) % Qualified Candidates Candidates Appeared
AE  26.30  17.28  4914
AG  25.00  13.39  2277
AR  40.90  22.03  10857
BM  25.00  19.00  1684
BT  30.00  19.48  13186
CE*  29.20  17.19  115270
CH  35.10  20.02  16705
CS*  26.10  17.37  101922
CY  36.20  19.33  23465
EC  25.00  13.84  80629
EE  30.30  17.41  87559
ES  39.60  20.82  9183
EY  35.70  19.44  1718
GG (Geology)  38.90  23.70  4797
GG (Geophysics)  44.80  29.54  826
IN  36.00  20.92  16770
MA  29.00  22.04  11635
ME*  33.00  17.15  120594
MN  31.00  22.31  3918
MT  48.50  23.06  3486
PE  51.40  21.09  2153
PH  32.80  20.68  17499
PI  35.70  18.21  2059
ST  25.00  8.42  1199
TF  41.80  20.45  1643
XE  37.00  19.83  22219
XH-C1 (Economics)  29.40  20.16  2307
XH-C2 (English)  41.70  21.55  3846
XH-C3 (Linguistics)  35.30  20.00  315
XH-C4 (Philosophy)  37.90  22.49  538
XH-C5 (Psychology)  48.50  21.38  1141
XH-C6 (Sociology)  34.30  23.35  1255
XL  36.00  21.69  23973

*Normalized marks for multisession papers CE, CS and ME

Check GATE Paper-wise Cut Off
GATE Result

GATE 2021 Result

GATE 2021 Result has been released by IIT Bombay on March 19, 2021 (before the scehduled date on March 22). Candidates can check their result online on the official website Only the aspirants who have qualified in the GATE Exam would gain access to download the score-card from March 26 to May 31. The scorecard will remain valid for three years.

How to Check GATE 2021 Result?

  • Visit the official website.
  • Go to the results page and click on GATE Result.
  • GOAPS portal for GATE would appear.
  • Fill in the login details on the portal.
  • Click on the submit tab.
  • GOAPS candidate dashboard for GATE would open.
  • Click on the results section.
  • Your GATE Result will be displayed on the screen.

Sample of GATE Scorecard


GATE Rank Predictor

GATE 2021 Rank Predictor

GATE Rank Predictor is helpful for all those candidates who are planning to appear for the exam and wish to evaluate their preparation level. The rank predictor designed by Collegedunia is very simple to use. After taking any mock test or even after appearing for the real exam you can predict your rank and colleges in which you would be eligible to take admissions. Check GATE 2021 Rank Predictor

GATE Rank V/s Institute

The qualifying cut off for all the colleges could vary every year but it has been observed that the rank required for admissions usually remains the same in the respective colleges. Some of the examples for the ranks which are accepted by institutes are mentioned below in the table: 

  • IISc Bangalore – Rank < 100
  • IIT Bombay – Rank < 100; in some of the courses rank <= 600
  • IIT Kharagpur – Rank <= 600
  • IIT Hyderabad – Rank <= 1500

GATE Answer Key

GATE 2021 Answer Key

IIT Bombay has released preliminary GATE Answer Keys 2021 on February 26, 2021 at the official website at Answer Key will help candidates assess their marks in the examination according to GATE marking scheme. The answer key will contain the correct answers to all the questions asked in the question paper. Students will be able to calculate their expected scores using their response sheet, answer key and marking scheme. 

Final GATE 2021 Answer Key will be released around March 18, 2021. To check question papers and answer key for GATE 2021, Click Here.

How to Download GATE Answer Key 2021?

  • Visit the official GATE 2021 website.
  • Click on the link 'To view GATE 2021 Question Papers and Answer Keys Click here' (that will be updated once the answer keys are released)
  • Individual links for GATE Question Paper and Answer Key will be available for all 27 papers. 
  • Click on the link for the respective paper and download the answer key.

Download Final GATE Answer Key 2021 here

Paper/Subject GATE Question Paper 2021 Final GATE Answer Keys 2021
Mechanical Engineering

Download ME1
Download ME 2

Download ME 1
Download ME 2

Instrumentation Engineering Download Download
Electronics and Communication Engineering Download Download
Civil Engineering

Download CE 1
Download CE 2

Download CE 1
Download CE 2
Computer Science and Information Technology

Download CS 1
Download CS 2

Electrical Engineering Download Download
Aerospace Engineering Download Download
Agricultural Engineering Download Download
Architecture and Planning Download Download
Biomedical Engineering Download Download
Biotechnology Download Download
Chemical Engineering Download Download
Chemistry Download Download
Ecology and Evolution Download Download



Mathematics Download Download
Mining Engineering Download Download
Metallurgical Engineering Download Download
Petroleum Engineering Download Download
Physics Download Download
Production and Industrial Engineering Download Download
Statistics Download Download
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science Download Download
Environmental Science and Engineering Download Download

GATE Answer Key 2021- Engineering Sciences (XE)

Sections GATE Question Paper Final GATE XE Answer Key
Engineering Mathematics (XE-A) Download (Includes GA) Download
Fluid Mechanics (XE-B) Download Download
Materials Science (XE-C) Download Download
Solid Mechanics (XE-D) Download Download
Thermodynamics (XE-E) Download Download
Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F) Download Download
Food Technology (XE-G) Download Download
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (XE-H) Download Download

GATE Answer Key 2021- Life Sciences (XL)

Section GATE Question Paper Final GATE XL Answer Key 2021
Chemistry (XL-P) Download Download
Biochemistry (XL-Q) Download  Download
Botany (XL-R) Download  Download
Microbiology (XL-S) Download  Download
Zoology (XL-T) Download  Download
Food Technology (XL-U) Download  Download

GATE Answer Key 2021- Humanities and Social Sciences (XH)

Section GATE Question Paper Final GATE XH Answer Key 2021
Economics (XH- C1) Download Download
English (XH- C2) Download  Download
Linguistics (XH- C3) Download Download
Philosophy (XH- C4) Download  Download
Psychology (XH- C5) Download Download
Sociology (XH- C6) Download Download

GATE 2021 Response Sheet

IIT Bombay has released GATE 2021 Response Sheet on the official website at Students can access/download response sheet using their login credentials i.e., enrollment ID and password. The response sheet will contain individual answers marked by the candidates during their exam. 

How to Download GATE 2021 Response Sheet?

  • Visit official website i.e. and login into the Candidate Login Portal/ GOAPS
  • Click on the link for GATE 2021 Response Sheet
  • Download and save the response sheet in PDF format and use it to calculate your score

GATE 2021 PSU Recruitment

Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) are the companies that are owned by the union government of India or one of the states/territorial governments or both. These companies offer recruitment to candidates every year through GATE.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for selection rounds like Personal Interview (PI)/ Group Discussion (GD). Read more on PSU Recruitment through GATE 2021, Here

GATE 2021 PSU Expected Cut Off

PSU Name Branch  General  OBC SC ST
NTPC Mechanical 72 - 80 65 - 70 54 - 60 49 - 53
Electronics 64 - 68 55 - 58 48 - 50 39 - 44
BHEL Mechanical 80 - 84 NA* 72 - 75 61 - 64
Electronics 68 - 70 62 - 65 52 - 56 45 - 49

NOTE: NA* – the cut off was not available for the previous years. 

What are the Changes in GATE 2021?

  • GATE 2021 exam dates are spread over a longer period of time considering the current situation of COVID-19. The exam is scheduled from Feb 5- 7 and 12- 14, 2021. 
  • 11 new GATE Exam Centers have been added.
  • Two new subjects- have been introduced in GATE 2021- Environmental Science and Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Science (XS).
  • Eligibility for GATE 2021 is relaxed. Final year or 3rd-year candidates can also apply for the exam.
  • GATE exam pattern has also been revised and the new pattern allows the candidate to sit for a maximum of two papers. An updated list of combinations of papers has been released from which candidates can select two papers.
  • Every year, GATE exam is conducted in India and abroad. But this year the chances are very low that the exam will be conducted outside India. As per the official notification, if the COVID-19 situation gets normal till November 2020 then only the authorities will continue with the exam centers abroad.

Changes in GATE Last Year

  • The authorities had added Biotechnology (BT) as a new paper in GATE 2020. 
  • In 2019, Statistics (ST) was added as the new paper in GATE. 
  • No changes were made in the eligibility criteria and pattern in the last years.

GATE Eligibility 2021

GATE eligibility criteria 2021 has been relaxed. From 2021, final year or 3rd-year candidates are also eligible to apply for GATE 2021. Candidates can also opt for 2 subjects/ papers from the prescribed set of combinations. There is no age limit and candidates from any age group can apply for the exam. 

Students can check the GATE eligibility 2021 based on qualifying degree here

Note: Applicants should note that the eligibility criteria are specified for GATE only. Eligibility for M.Tech admissions in IITs is decided by the respective institutes.

List of Combination of Papers Allowed in GATE 2021

For 2021, candidates are allowed to opt for 2 GATE papers from the list of combination. To check the combination of GATE Papers allowed, Click Here.

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

GATE 2021 Application Form

GATE Registrations are closed. Last date to fill GATE 2021 Application Form with a late fee was October 14, 2020. Candidates could access the application form through GOAPS portal. 

Students can follow the steps below to register for GaTE 2021:

GATE 2021 Registration Process?
  • Step 1: Register for GATE
  • Step 2: Fill Application Form
  • Step 3: Upload Required Documents
  • Step 4: Pay GATE Application Fee 
  • Step 5: Accept Declaration and Submit the Application

GATE 2021 Application Fee

For Indian Exam Centers- 

Category Fees Late Fees 
SC/ ST/ PwD INR 750 INR 1250
Female INR 750 INR 1250
Other candidates INR 1500 INR 2000

For Exam Centers Outside India

Exam Centers Fees Late Fees
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu US$ 50 US$ 70
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100 US$ 120

GATE Admit Card 2021

GATE Admit Card 2021 is available for download from January 8, 2021. Students can download their GATE Admit Card by following the simple steps: 

  • Visit the official website
  • Enter your GATE Enrollment ID and Password and click Submit.
  • Click on the link available to download the GATE Admit Card
  • Download and take a coloured printout of the document
  • Check for any discrepancies, if any.
GATE Admit Card Sample?

GATE 2021 Exam Centers

GATE 2021 Exam Centers are divided into 8 zones. IISc Bangalore and 7 IITs act as 8 zonal GATE offices that administer the operations in these exam cities. IIT Bombay has added 11 new exam centers this year. 

GATE exam will be conducted at 206 exam centers across India and 6 exam centers outside India. However, International exam centers could be cancelled if the COVID-19 situation does not get normal by November 2020.

Students can check the list of GATE 2021 Exam Centers here.

GATE 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

IIT Bombay has released a detailed set of new GATE exam day guidelines to ensure the safety of candidates, institute representatives and the exam conducting staff. Candidates are required to follow the guidelines to ensure smooth functioning at the exam center. No specific dress code has been specified by IIT Bombay for GATE 2021. However, candidates are advised to wear simple and basic clothes on the exam day. Clothes with many pockets or baggy clothes that leads to suspicion should be avoided. 

The guidelines have been categorized into pre-exam, during exam and post-exam measures. Check GATE Exam Day Guidelines

What items can I carry inside GATE Exam Centers?

Permitted Items Non-permitted Items
  • GATE 2021 Admit Card
  • Support Letter
  • Personal ID
  • Blue/Black Ball Point Pen
  • Simple Wrist Watch
  • Mask and Gloves
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer 
  • Personal Transparent Water Bottle
  • Blank Papers
  • Clipboards
  • Log-tables
  • Mobile Phones
  • Physical Calculators
  • Digital Watch
  • Any electronic items

If in case a candidate is found with any of the above mentioned non-permitted items, the candidates can be debarred from the test and GATE result will be withheld.

GATE Exam Pattern

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern has been revised by IIT Bombay. GATE 2021 is a 3-hour exam with 65 questions. Authorities have introduced a new type of question- Multiple Select Questions (MSQs) this year.

Mode of Exam Online
Type of Questions Asked MCQs, MSQs, NATs
Number of Sections Three 
Marks for a correct answer 1 Mark/ 2 Marks for each correct answer depending on the section
Negative Marking -? for 1 mark MCQs;
-? for 2 mark MCQs;
No negative marking for NATs & MSQs
Total marks allotted 100

Students can check the links below for paper-wise GATE Exam Pattern and division of marks:

Marking Scheme in GATE 2021

Paper Code GA Marks Core Subject Marks Total Marks
AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST, and BM 15 85 100
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1 Geology OR Section 2 Geophysics)] 15 25 + 60
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections) 15 15 + (2 X 35)
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section) 15 25 + (1 X 60)
XL (Section P + Any TWO Sections) 15 25 + (2 X 30)

GATE Syllabus

GATE 2021 Syllabus

GATE Syllabus varies according to the subject chosen by a candidate. However, General Aptitude syllabus remains the same for all 27 GATE papers and covers verbal & numerical ability questions. The general aptitude portion comprises 15% marks and the rest 85% is for the core subject.

GATE 2021 Syllabus has been revised for all the papers. Students can use the link below to check paper-wise GATE syllabus:

To check GATE syllabus for other paper codes, Click Here

GATE Preparation

GATE 2021 Preparation

With exams only a few days away, students are advised to focus more on revision. Instead of picking new topics, candidates must create quick notes for revision and revise the topics that they are confident about. Mentioned below are some of the last-minute GATE preparation tips that can help candidates to score well. 

  • Practise as many GATE mock tests and sample papers as possible. Solving previous year papers will help you get an idea about the type of questions asked. It will also be helpful in managing time while solving the paper so that you are able to complete the paper on time.
  • Say a big ‘NO’ to new chapters or topics. You should rather focus only on your strengths and revise the topics that you have already prepared.
  • Keep stress at bay. Pay detailed attention toward revising the course.
  • Take regular breaks however manage time effectively. Taking short breaks between your studies will help you to improve your concentration level as well and will refresh you enough to start again.
  • Take proper rest. At least a minimum of six-hour sleep is necessary so that you can focus on your preparation. Also eat healthy food.

Previous Year GATE Question Paper

Solving previous year GATE question paper is very helpful in understanding the difficulty level of the exam, type of questions asked in the exam, weightage of chapters, and much more. All the candidates are advised to solve at least one question paper daily as it will also help you to work upon maintaining a good speed while answering the questions. 

Candidates can download the previous year GATE question paper along with answer keys from the links provided below:

GATE Subject GATE Question Paper (2020) GATE Answer Keys (2020) GATE Question Paper (2019) GATE Answer Keys (2019)
Mechanical Engineering Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2)
Civil Engineering Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2) Download (Slot 1) Download (Slot 2)
Instrumentation Engineering Download Download Download Download
Electronics and Communication Engineering Download Download Download Download
Computer Science and Information Technology Download Download Download Download
Electrical Engineering Download Download Download Download
Aerospace Engineering Download Download Download Download

GATE Mock Test

GATE 2021 Mock Test

GATE 2021 Mock Test is a replication of the actual GATE question paper and helps the candidates to understand the exam pattern and types of questions asked. IIT Bombay released official GATE Mock Test 2021 on November 25, 2020. Separate mock tests are released for each of the 27 subjects.

List of Top M.Tech Colleges in India after GATE 2021

Here is the list of Top 10 IITs and NITs in India based on the NIRF 2020 ranking:

IIT College NIRF Ranking NIT College NIRF Ranking
IIT Madras 1 NIT Tiruchirappalli 9
IIT Delhi 2 NIT Karnataka 13
IIT Bombay 3 NIT Rourkela 16
IIT Kanpur 4 NIT Warangal 19
IIT Kharagpur 5 NIT Calicut 23
IIT Roorkee 6 NIT Kurukshetra 40
IIT Guwahati 7 NIT Silchar 46
IIT Hyderabad 8 NIT Durgapur 47
IIT Indore 10 NIT Allahabad 48
IIT (BHU) Varanasi 11 NIT Jalandhar 52

Frequently Asked Questions

GATE 2021 FAQs

Ques. What are GATE 2021 Exam Dates?

Ans: GATE 2021 was successfully concluded on February 6, 7, 13 and 14. This year the exam dates had been spread over a longer period in comparison to the previous year considering the COVID-19 situation. Check GATE 2021 Exam Dates

Ques. When will GATE 2021 Result be announced? How can I download my GATE scorecard?

Ans: GATE 2021 Result will be announced on March 22, 2021. Candidates will be able to check their result online by logging into GOAPS portal at GATE scorecards will be available to candidates a week after the declaration of result. You can use the following steps to download your GATE scorecard:

  • Login to GOAPS portal using your credentials.
  • Click on the link for GATE scorecard download.
  • Download your GATE Scorecard 2021 PDF.
  • Save a softcopy and also take a print out of the same for future use. 

Ques. Will students receive a hard copy of their GATE Result 2021?

Ans. No. GATE Result 2021 will only be available online. Students can however download their scorecard and take a print out of the same for future reference. Authorities will release GATE scorecard separately a week after the declaration of result. Download GATE Scorecard

Ques. What if a student did not qualify GATE 2021? Will the candidate be able to download their GATE Scorecard?

Ans. All candidates who appeared for GATE 2021 will be able to check their GATE result online. However, candidates who did not qualify the exam will not be able to download their scorecards. 

Ques. Can I predict my GATE rank before the declaration of the result?

Ans. Yes. Candidates can use Collegedunia’s GATE Rank Predictor to 

Ques. I cannot access my GATE 2021 Candidate login page. What should I do?

Ans. There can be a couple of reasons for facing such problems during GATE 2021 login.

  • Check if the GATE 2021 login credentials you have entered are correct. If you had written the credentials down at any point then cross-check with that now.
  • Check your internet connection and see if you have a stable bandwidth at the time of logging in.
  • The GATE login servers might have been temporarily taken down due to heavy traffic or technical issues. Try to login again after a couple of hours.
  • If the problem still persists, immediately contact the exam conducting authorities at their given helpline.

Ques. What is the expected GATE cutoff 2021?

Ans. GATE Cutoff changes every year depending on the difficulty of the paper and the number of candidates taking the exam. If you see the last 3 years CS cutoff for the general category, it is 28.5 (2020), 29.5(2019) and 25(2018). Gate 2019 was easier among the three but Gate 2020 was almost as tough as Gate 2018 still the cutoff is higher in the former. The reason for this is that more coaching classes are popping up every year, meaning that more students are better prepared for the exam, thus GATE has to increase the barrier for the cutoff. So, focus on doing your best in the exam instead of worrying about last year’s cutoffs.

Ques. What is considered a good score in GATE 2021?

Ans. A score below 200 is considered best to be eligible for admissions in IIT through GATE 2021. However, students with scores from 200-400 might also be eligible to apply for admissions in IITs. On the other hand for admissions to NITs on the basis of GATE 2021, scores ranging from 350-800 are considered to be good scores for admission.

Ques. How are GATE scores calculated?

Ans. GATE scores are calculated using the following formula:

GATE Score Calculation?

where, M= marks obtained in GATE (actual marks for single session papers and normalized marks for multati-session papers)

Mq= Qualifying marks for general category candidate in GATE paper

Mt= Mean of marks of top 0.1% or top 10 (whichever is larger) of candidates who appeared for GATE (in case of multi-session papers including all sessions)

Sq= 350, is the score assigned to Mq

St= 900, is the score assigned to Mt

Ques. When will I receive my GATE admit card 2021?

Ans. GATE Admit Card can only be downloaded from the GOAPS website from 8th January 2021. Admit Cards will NOT be sent by post or as an e-mail attachment.

Ques. Do I need my GATE admit card after the exam is over?

Ans. Yes. Students must safely keep their GATE admit card even after the exam is over. This is case, the hall ticket is one of the required documents for GATE Counselling.

Ques. Which GATE 2021 helpline number should I contact in case of any problems?

Ans. Refer to the following GATE 2021 helpline details in accordance to your zone

Zone Contact Address Phone Number E-mail ID
Zone-1 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Bengaluru 560 012 080-22932392 080-23601227 gate @
Zone-2 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076 022-25767068 022-25767022 gate2021 @
Zone-3 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016 011-26591749 gate @
Zone-4 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781 039 0361-2582751 0361-2582755 gate @
Zone-5 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208 016 0512-2597412 gate @
Zone-6 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721 302 03222-282091 03222-282095 gate @
Zone-7 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 044-22578200 gate @
Zone-8 Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247 667 01332-284531 gate @

Ques. Is it mandatory to carry my GATE 2021 admit card to the exam center?

Ans. Yes. Without their GATE 2021 Admit Card, no candidate will be allowed to enter the examination hall. A coloured print out is preferred. Candidates are advised to take 2-3 printouts.

Ques. Will I be allowed to enter my GATE exam center if I only show the E-aadhaar on my mobile phone?

Ans. No, you need to carry the original hardcopy. Candidates are also advised to carry one photocopy of the ID proof. 

Ques. Are there any new subjects added in GATE 2021?

Ans: Yes. Two new subjects have been added in GATE 2021 Syllabus. They are Environmental Science & Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Sciences (XH). The exam pattern of ES is similar to other papers but the pattern of XH is different. Read More

Ques. What is GATE 2021 Syllabus for CS?

Ans. The Syllabus for GATE 2021 CS is as follows

  • Section1: Engineering Mathematics: Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Calculus, Probability and Statistics
  • Section 2: Digital Logic
  • Section 3: Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Section 4: Programming and Data Structures
  • Section 5: Algorithms
  • Section 6: Theory of Computation
  • Section 7: Compiler Design
  • Section 8: Operating System
  • Section 9: Databases
  • Section 10: Computer Networks

Ques. What kind of aptitude questions are included in GATE 2021 Syllabus?

Ans. The general aptitude section in GATE 2021 Syllabus includes the following

  • Verbal Aptitude, Basic English grammar: tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech.
  • Basic vocabulary: words, idioms, and phrases in context Reading and comprehension, Narrative sequencing
  • Quantitative Aptitude Data interpretation: data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables.
  • Numerical computation and estimation: ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series Mensuration and geometry Elementary statistics and probability
  • Analytical Aptitude Logic: deduction and induction Analogy Numerical relations and reasoning
  • Spatial Aptitude Transformation of shapes: translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions.

Ques. What is the reason for making changes in GATE 2021 Syllabus? Are they looking for something new in the candidates through these changes?

Ans. The changes in GATE 2021 syllabus are primarily because of the new change in the GATE eligibility. As students in the 3rd year of their degree courses can now attempt the exam, the syllabus has been changed accordingly in order to accommodate their level of knowledge, so that they have a fair shot at the exam.

Ques. What happens if I had selected the EWS category during GATE 2021 registration, but then I fail to provide an EWS Certificate?

Ans. You will be allowed to write the exam. However, if at the time of admissions, you fail to provide the EWS certificate then your candidature will be cancelled. So, be very careful while filling in the details during GATE 2021 registration. You can, however, still go on to apply for admissions as a general category candidate.

Ques. Is the syllabus given in GATE 2021 official website enough to top the exam?

Ans. The syllabus on the official website covers everything that will be asked in the exam. However, there are some fundamental concepts you need to know to top not just GATE 2021 but also other entrance exams. These are not going to be listed explicitly in GATE 2021 official website.

Ques. Can I use one email address to fill multiple GATE 2021 application forms?

Ans. No, when you go through your GATE 2021 Application process, you provide your email address that will be then linked to your application. Hence, you can't use one email address to fill multiple application forms.

Ques. What do I do if my power/internet connection fails during GATE 2021 application process?

Ans. You can log back into the GOAPS website and fill the application form again.

Ques. What is the per subject GATE 2021 registration fees?

Ans. The fee per subject paper is given below, for two papers the amount of fee is twice that for a single paper.

For Examination Centers in India Regular Period (14th to 30thSept. 2020) During the Extended Period (1st to 7th Oct 2020)
Female candidates (per paper) 750 INR 1250 INR
SC / ST / PwD* category candidates (per paper) 750 INR 1250 INR
All other candidates (per paper) 1500 INR 2000 INR

Ques. Am I permitted to change my GATE 2021 examination center after the submission of my application form?

Ans. YES. Only after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of examination city will be entertained against additional payment till 13th November 2020. Any request after this date will NOT be considered.

Ques. How many GATE 2021 books should I refer to for preparation in each subject?

Ans. Two or three books are sufficient, depending on the subject. Start with one book and then if you have any doubts, then move on to some other book. However, students can watch some online videos and lectures also along with availing GATE 2021 online coaching classes. Must Read GATE 2021 Books

Ques. What are the required GATE 2021 signature size and photo dimensions for the application process?

Ans. Refer to the following table for the particulars about GATE 2021 documents required during registration:

Particulars Dimensions Size and Other Specifications Uploading of Documents
Passport size photograph in the white background 5 kb -200 kb 3.5 cm Width × 4.5 cm Height with 60% - 70% of Face Coverage Pixels Range from 240x320 – 480×640  In JPEG / JPG format
Signature in running handwriting 5 kb-200 kb Area of signature must cover 70-80% of the image. Pixels Range from 80×280 – 160×560 Sign with black or dark blue colour ink only.

Ques. Since GATE 2021 notification already came out, when can we expect the ONGC notification for recruitment through the exam?

Ans. PSU Recruitment through GATE 2021 is done by the individual organizations themselves and is not dependent on the exam conducting body of GATE. Thus, there is no direct connection between the official GATE 2021 notification and the individual PSU notifications for GATE. They will release their own schedules and eligibility criteria in their own time. Read PSUs Recruitment Through GATE

Ques. Will there be no more PSU recruitments through GATE in 2021 considering the current hiring scenario due to COVID?

Ans. While PSU recruitment through GATE was relatively low last year, this has nothing to do with the exam itself. The PSUs have their own exams, but they also still recruit through GATE just like before. The number of candidates hired is dependent on a lot of other variables such as the number of eligible candidates and the total number of vacancies each year.

Ques. Are there any changes in GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria?

Ans: Yes. The authorities have introduced a lot of changes in GATE 2021 eligibility criteria. Now the candidates who are in the 3rd year of their graduation can also apply for the exam. Along with that candidates can sit for a maximum of 2 GATE Exams. Check GATE Eligibility 2021

Ques. I am a student of Arts final year. Am I eligible for applying for GATE?

Ans. Yes. You are eligible to apply for the exam. As per the new GATE Eligibility, arts and commerce candidates can also apply for the exam. 

Ques. I have passed my graduation with 65% marks. Am I eligible for GATE 2021?

Ans. Yes. You can easily apply for the exam. There is no minimum percentage required to appear for the exam.

Ques. When will GATE 2021 registration process begin?

Ans. GATE 2021 Registration process started early this year, i.e. from September 11, 2020. You need to fill the GATE online form through the official website of GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). After successful payment of the application fee, you will be considered registered for the exam.

Ques. What will be the payment mode for paying GATE 2021 application fee?

Ans. You can pay GATE application fee only through the online mode (debit card, credit card and net banking).

Ques. What is the procedure to check the status of GATE 2021 application submission?

Ans. You can check the status of your GATE 2021 application after successful submission through the official website of GOAPS.

Ques. What is the start date of GATE 2021 Form correction?

Ans. The form correction facility will start from Oct 28. The window was open for corrections till Nov 23, 2020. 

Ques. What are the fields that I can correct when GATE 2021 online Form correction opens?

Ans. Only a few changes in some particular areas are allowed during GATE 2021 Form Correction. The details that can be corrected are- 

  • Change of Category
  • Change of City
  • Change of Exam paper
  • Change of City is free and extra 500 fees need to be paid for change in Category and Exam Paper 

Ques. How many times can I appear in GATE?

Ans. There is no limit to the number of GATE attempts. Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they wish. Moreover, from this year, 3rd year candidates are also eligible for the exam.

Ques. Is there any GATE 2021 upper age limit?

Ans. No. There is no age limit for appearing in GATE 2021.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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What are the minimum qualifying marks needed to be scored in graduation?

mohit sarohi

Hello Riyaz,

The minimum marks to be scored in graduation is 50%. But for this year, relaxation was offered due to the pandemic. 

Who conducts the counselling for IITs?
manika gupta

Hi Rinki, Both COAP and CCMT are the gateway for admissions and without going through these counselling process no candidate will be able to get admission in IITs or NITs. For more information, please visit the following page, GATE Counselling.

What type of questions will there be in the general aptitude section?
manika gupta

Hi Uma, The General Aptitude section accounts to 15 marks and consists of 10 questions. Of these, 5 questions carry1 mark each while the other 5 questions fetch you 2 marks each. The test is broadly classified under two heads; Verbal and Numerical Ability. For more information, click on following link.

What is the eligibilty criteria for B. Arch paper?
manika gupta

Hi Uma, The elgiibilty criteria of the paper is that Students should have completed Class 12 or equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks along with the compulsory subjects (PCM). For more information, please click on the following link

Will students with engineering mathematics have an advantage in GATE 2021 exam?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Dharshini, greetings from Collegedunia. If the topics included in the GATE exam have already been covered by the student during Engineering, they might have a slight benefit while preparing for this exam.

Which eligibilty criteria has the government relaxed for GATE 2021
manika gupta

Hi Riya, By Upgrading the previous 10+2+4 eligibility structure to 10+2+3 structure, now students in their third year of an undergraduate degree can also apply for GATE. For information on the eligibility criteria of GATE 2021, please visit the following page.

How to upload images GATE 2021 application form?
manika gupta

Hi Hussain, Candidates must follow certain criteria mentioned in the application form. For more information on how to upload images, please refer to the following link.

If I opt for two subjects per exam, will there be two separate exams or just one exam with questions from both the subjects?
manika gupta

Hi Sameer, There will be two separate exams in the different time slot.

I have done bachelors in Environmental Sciences. Am I eligible for the GATE exam?
manika gupta

Hi Puja, Yes, You are elgiible for the exam. For information on the counse, please visit the following link, Masters in Environmental Engineering.

What is the cutoff for getting a job with DRDO?
manika gupta

Hi Riyaz, For information on cut-off of DRDO, please visit the following link, DRDO Recruitement through GATE.

What is the last date of GATE registration?
abhishek upadhyay

Hi Pradeepraj, greetings from Collegedunia. The extended last date for GATE registration is 7th October.

If I will applied for second paper also then how will be the marking scheme? Is it included in subject paper?
mohit sarohi

Hello Prakash,

For a detailed marking scheme, please visit the following link: GATE Marking Scheme

I am a GATE 2021 aspirant from Biotechnology background. What else should I study apart from my core subject of biotech?
mohit sarohi

Greetings Arushi,

To know the exam pattern and subject-specific preparation tips, please refer to this link: Biotechnology Syllabus

Can I later change the exam center depending on the situation?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Shatakshi, greetings from Collegedunia. Choose the most suitable exam center as per the exam dates released, as you would not be able to change it later.

Can I get a government job on the basis of my GATE score?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Mohammed, greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, various PSU accept GATE scores for job applications.

What are the major changes that have been made in the GATE syllabus?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Drona, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for the revised GATE guidelines and syllabus.