GATE 2021 Cut Off – Know Qualifying Marks, Expected Cut Off, Past 3 Year Cutoffs

GATE 2021 Cut Off – With respect to cut off for GATE 2021, there are two things. One is the qualifying marks which is the minimum marks you need to qualify your paper. And the other is the closing rank which is the last rank at which a candidate got admission through GATE 2021 in a certain course in a certain college. The first type of cut off to clear is the qualifying marks, which varies for each of the 27 papers. Here we have provided the GATE 2021 cut off, the expected one before result is announced, and also provided the past year cut offs for all papers i.e. AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST, BM, GG, XE, XH, XL.

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GATE 2021 Cut Off

As mentioned above, the first hurdle to clear is to get the minimum qualifying mark in your paper. Only those who get this qualifying cut off mark will get a rank and be considered for admission to M.Tech and other courses. PSU Recruitment is also mostly open only for candidates who get qualifying marks.

Cut Off / Qualifying Marks in GATE 2021 will be either 25 marks (out of 100) or μ + σ, whichever is larger


μ = mean of marks of all the candidates who appeared in the paper.

σ = standard deviation of marks of all the candidates who appeared in the paper.

Now IIT Bombay will not disclose the μ, σ data. Instead, the qualifying marks will be directly announced with the GATE 2021 result.

Until then, here are the predictions on GATE 2021 Cut Off.

GATE 2021 Expected Cut Off for all Papers

After the exam concluded, analysis of each of the papers came out with the GATE 2021 answer key. Subject experts analysed the paper and came up with the comparison of the papers against last year’s exam and other aspects of the review. By the same token, expected cut offs have also been provided, which are as follows.

In the following table you will observe the paper wise GATE 2021 expected cut off, and also last year’s cut off.

PaperPaper CodeGATE 2021 Expected cutoffLast year Cut off for General Category
Aerospace EngineeringAE28 – 3327.2
Agricultural EngineeringAG25 – 3026.3
Architecture and PlanningAR33 – 3834.8
BiotechnologyBT29 – 3430.7
Bio-medical EngineeringBM25
Civil EngineeringCE30 – 3332.9
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCS28-3028.5
ChemistryCY27 – 3026.7
Chemical EngineeringCH33 – 3635.7
Ecology and EvolutionEY40 – 4542.2
Electrical EngineeringEE33 – 3533.4
Electronics and Communication
EC25 – 2828.8
Geology and GeophysicsGG – Geology36 – 4038.4
Geology and GeophysicsGG – Geophysics48 – 5351.9
Instrumentation EngineeringIN33 – 3534.6
MathematicsMA28 – 3225
Mining EngineeringMN30 – 3532.7
Metallurgical EngineeringMT49.2
Mechanical EngineeringME30 – 3534
Petroleum EngineeringPE38 – 4139.8
PhysicsPH35 – 4037.2
Production and Industrial EngineeringPI33 – 3536.6
StatisticsST25 – 3025
Textile Engineering and
Fibre Science
TF35 – 4037.1
Engineering SciencesXE25 – 2726
Life SciencesXL30- 3531.7
Environmental Science &
ESprediction not available
Humanities & Social SciencesXHprediction not available

Publisher’s note: It has been observed that the GATE cut offs increase year on year. Hence, you can expect GATE 2021 cut off to be higher than GATE 2020 cut off.

Role of GATE 2021 Cut Off / Qualifying Marks

As mentioned above, you need to have a qualifying score in order to be eligible for admission.

But besides that, the qualifying marks also play a critical role in determining your marks / score and consequently your rank. This is how –

In the calculation of GATE 2021 score (read GATE 2021 score calculator for more details), the score formula is as follows:

In this formula, Mq is the qualifying marks for general category candidate in the paper. As you can see, it is a key factor in your score.

The other inputs in the formula are – M is the marks obtained by the candidate (actual marks for single session papers andnormalized marks for multi-session papers). M̅t: is the mean of marks of top 0.1% or top 10 (whichever is larger) of the candidates who appeared in the paper (in case of multi-session papers including all sessions). Sq: 350, is the score assigned to Mq. And St: 900, is the score assigned to M̅ t.

Actual / Official GATE 2021 Cut Off

IIT Bombay will release the GATE cutoff marks for all the 27 papers held this year. The candidates who score more than or equal to the cutoff marks will qualify the exam. The cutoff marks are the minimum score that the candidates need to score in their respective subject papers to be a GATE 2021 qualified candidate. The candidates who qualify, become eligible for PG engineering admissions to IITs, NITs, IIITs, CFTIs.

Coming soon on March 22, 2021 —> GATE 2021 Result with cut offs, check details.

Previous Years’ GATE Cut Offs

Check the previous year cutoff of GATE below:

2020 Cutoff

GATE paperCut Off for GenCut Off for OBCCut Off for SC, ST,PWD
GG – Geology38.434.525.6
GG – Geophysics51.946.734.6

2019 Cut Off

GATE paperCut Off for GeneralCut Off for OBC (NCL)Cut Off for SC/ST/PwD

2018 Cut Off

GATE PaperCut Off for GeneralCut Off for OBCCut Off for SC / ST / PH
MN45 40.530

GATE Cut Offs for IIT Admissions

Apart from qualifying marks, you may also want to know cut-off in terms of opening and closing score to get admission. CCMT looks after admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, all GATE cut-offs for NITs, IIITs, CFTIs are released by and at CCMT. Similarly, COAP looks after IIT M.Tech admissions.

Where Can You Check The GATE 2021 Cutoff?

Once the result and GATE 2021 scorecard are out, the candidates will be able to check the cutoff marks for their paper on it. The cutoff or also known as the qualifying marks is mentioned on the result and as well as in the scorecard.

In the image below we have indicated the GATE cutoff marks. It is released with the scorecard and result. It is available category wise.

Factors Affecting GATE 2021 Cut Off

GATE 2021 is conducted for 27 different subjects and in single sessions as well as multiple sessions. The marks secured by the candidates in the papers of multiple sessions are then normalized which are then declared as cutoff scores for various subjects. The cut off for GATE is prepared keeping in mind the following points:

  • Total number of candidates who appeared for the exam 
  • Total number of seats available
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Total number of applications received for the programmes in which candidates have to take admission
  • Lastly, the category of the candidates will also be taken into consideration for the declaration of cut off. 

What After Qualifying GATE 2021?

A candidate who qualify the GATE 2021 cutoff, have to take part in counselling for admission to their target college. You need to decide the college and accordingly take part in the counselling.

GATE 2021 IIT Counselling

The GATE qualified candidates have to register for COAP counselling for admission in the IITs. COAP registration is a part of the IIT counselling process. This portal is a centralized platform, providing the candidate with a choice of making a list of preferred colleges for admission in M.Tech. programme in academic institutes of various IITs and IISc Bangalore who have participated in the COAP process.

The candidates have to accept the offers for admission made by the participating Institute, for which they have registered at COAP. The offer to the candidate is only made by the institutes for which they have applied individually. Each participating Institute follows the selection procedure according to their own admission criteria, published on their respective websites.

Note: Candidates have to apply for admission into an M.Tech. Programme to the institutes individually but it is mandatory to register for COAP as they will receive admission offers via COAP only.

GATE 2021 CCMT Counselling

CCMT is Centralized Counselling for M.Tech./M.Arch./M.Plan. Via CCMT candidates can apply for admission in PG courses in NITs and various other central and state government-funded institutes.

The candidates can register for the CCMT (Centralized Counselling for M.Tech./M.Arch./M.Plan) once the GATE results are declared through the official website based on their GATE Scores.

PSU Recruitment through GATE 2021

There are more than 200 Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) operating in India who employs various methods for recruiting new employees. One such method is recruitment using the GATE score of candidates. However, the GATE score is only used as a preliminary eligibility parameter for PSU recruitment.

Different PSUs use other methods to shortlist the candidates and further narrow down the selection criteria. Some such methods include Group Discussions, Personal Interviews. The PSUs announce their recruitment notifications separately, and the candidates must apply to each of them individually. Read more…

GATE 2021

GATE is one of the biggest M.Tech / M.Arch entrance exams. It is held at the national level, by an IIT or IISc. This year IIT Bombay is holding GATE for 27 subject papers. The new additions in GATE are ES (Environmental Science and Engineering) and XH (Humanities and Social Sciences). Candidates who will qualify GATE shall be called for IIT admission. NITs and CFTIs will hold CCMT counselling to fill seats.

Official website:

GATE 2021 Cut Off FAQs

Qs. What is the qualifying marks for GATE 2021?

Ans. The qualifying marks of the cutoff marks in GATE 2021 is the minimum marks that the candidates have to score to pass the exam. This score is released with the result of GATE. Also, this score differs for all the 27 GATE papers.

Qs. What is valid GATE score?

Ans. Your GATE 2021 score is only valid when it is above or equal to the score of qualifying marks (cut off marks). For example. for your subject paper, if you have 33 marks and the qualifying marks are mentioned as 35, then your GATE score is not valid.

Qs. How is GATE cutoff decided?

Ans. Various factors play role in the decision of the GATE cutoff score. This is however now revealed by the IITs. But the cutoffs possibly can depend on the total number of candidates who appeared for the exam, total number of seats available, the difficulty level of the exam, etc. 

Qs. Where can I check the GATE 2021 cut off marks?

Ans. The GATE 2021 cut off marks will be mentioned on your GATE result. You can also check them on this page.

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