GATE 2021: Admit Card (Out), Syllabus, Exam Date (6, 7, 13, 14 Feb)

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GATE 2021

The GATE 2021 exam will be held on 06, 07, 13, and 14 February 2021. Admit card for the exam has been released by IIT Bombay.

GATE will be computer based test of 3 hours for 27 subjects, with 10 questions on GA and 85 on subject specific syllabus. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is the national level engineering entrance exam for admission to PG programs M.Tech, ME, PhD. In addition, the scores of GATE exam are also used for recruitment in PSUs. Get here complete details and latest news on GATE 2021 including exam date, branch wise, admit card, syllabus, books, mock test, answer key, result, cut off.

– Latest on GATE Exam –

18 Jan 2021: Exam postponed or not? Demands rise to delay or increase attempt.

08 Jan 2021: Admit card for GATE 2021 has been released. Download it here.

14 Dec 2020: Exam city change option is available again. This is the last chance to change option of examination city through GOAPS. Last date to do it is 15th December. Visit GOAPS to change city options

11 Dec 2020: GATE 2021 schedule / exam date branch wise is out. Check here.

Important Dates for GATE 2021 Exam, Admit Card

GATE 2021Dates
Application form release12 Sep 2020
Last date to apply online08 Oct 2020
Last date to apply with late fee14 Oct 2020
End of intimation to candidates after scrutiny26 Oct 2020
Edit window for category, paper, exam city28 Oct – 13 Nov
GATE admit card release date08 Jan 2021
GATE 2021 exam dates06, 07, 13, 14 Feb 2021
GATE result declaration date22 Mar 2021
(but high chances of early announcement on 21 Mar 2021)
Last date to download scorecard31 May 2021

GATE 2021 Admit Card

The admit card of GATE 2021 will be available for download from January 8, 2021. Get here.

All candidates who register for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering can download the admit card as per schedule. The important things to know about it are as follows. 

  • Candidates can download the admit card from GOAPS candidate login.
  • To download the GATE admit card 2021, candidates need to go to and login with enrolment id, password. 
  • After logging in, they can see the admit card download tab (from the date of release of admit card to the exam date).
  • It is important to download and print the admit card prior to the exam date. 
  • The exam center assigned to candidate is mentioned in the GATE admit card 2021.
  • Also, important exam day guidelines are provided in it.

GATE 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus of GATE 2021 exam has been released for all 27 subjects. Get Here

Syllabus of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering has been revised.

Changes in GATE syllabus – The syllabus of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering being held in 2021 is different from previous years. Some topics have been added from the syllabus of each paper. Whereas some topics have been removed from the syllabus of each paper. Therefore, candidates must refer to the new syllabus and not refer to the old syllabus. 

GATE 2021 Schedule

The schedule / branch wise exam date for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2021 has been released. Get Here

The exact date and shifts for each paper is known as the GATE exam schedule. Normalization is applicable on the papers that take place on multiple days or shifts.

GATE 2021 Schedule

Exam Day Guidelines

The organizing institute ensures that there are strict measures in place to the make the exam safe and secure. By the same token, candidates also have to follow certain guidelines. Key ones are as follows.

  • Check all instructions in the GATE exam admit card and follow them.
  • The exam will be of exactly 3 hours. At end of the time, the screen will close. 
  • You can take the allotted seats 40 minutes before start of exam.
  • Late login recorded by computer should not be more than 30 minutes of actual start time. 
  • No one can leave the exam hall before end time.

GATE 2021 Mock Tests

IIT Bombay has activated links for GATE mock tests at To take this mock test, candidates do not need to login. They simply need to click the link and a dummy registration data appears on the login, and they can simply proceed from there. This mock test is helpful in understanding the computer based test format. Questions in official mock test are only for reference purpose, and not to be considered as sample paper. Other than the official mock test, free mock test is also available on Aglasem. Candidates are recommended to take multiple mock tests to amp up their preparation.

Exam Pattern

The pattern of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering will be as follows. 

ModeComputer Based Test
Duration3 hours
Number of papers27
Sections in each paper2 (GA, Subject)
Types of questionsMCQs – Multiple Choice Questions
MSQ – Multiple Select Questions
NAT – Numerical Answer Type
Variety of questionsRecall
Analysis and Synthesis
Number of questionsTotal – 65
GA – 10
Subject – 55
Exam Scheme
(except for AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH, XL)
Total – 100 marks
GA – 15 marks
Engineering Math – 13 marks
Subject – 72 marks
Exam Scheme
(for AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH, XL)
Total – 100 marks
GA – 15 marks
Subject – 85 marks
Marking scheme1 mark qs
2 mark qs

Detailed Paper Pattern and Marking Scheme

PaperGA MarksSubject MarksTotal Marks
AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST and BM1585100
[Part A +
Part B (Section 1 Geology OR Section 2 Geophysics)]
1525 + 60100
(Section A + Any TWO Sections)
1515 + (2 x 35)100
(Section B1 + Any ONE Section)
1525 + (1 x 60)100
(Section P + Any TWO Sections)
1525 + (2 x 30)100

GATE 2021 Response Sheet

Response sheet of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering will be available a few days after exam. Get here.

The response sheet of GATE exam 2021 refers to the list of all the recorded answers of a candidate. Each candidate has a different response sheet. IITB releases the GATE response sheet 2021 at i.e. the GOAPS candidate login. You can login as per schedule to check and download their response sheets. Check that all answers are as you remember marking them. If there is any discrepancy, you can challenge the response sheet. 

GATE 2021 Answer Key

Unofficial answer key of GATE exam will be available on the same day, after exam. Official answer keys will be released by IIT B a few days after exam. Get both here.

All the answers of questions asked in the GATE 2021 exam are provided in the answer keys. This is an important post-exam event. Know more about it here. 

  • GATE memory based answer keys are published with analysis just after exam. The memory based answer keys are unofficial and for reference.Coaching centers, teachers publish them so that candidates can get an idea of how well they did in the exam.
  • Whereas the official answer key is published by IIT B a few days after exam. Candidates have to login at GOAPS to check and challenge the answer keys. On the basis of the challenges received, IITB compiles a fresh set of answer keys, this one will be the final one. 
  • Result is compiled on the basis of the final answer key only. 

GATE 2021 Result

Result of GATE 2021 exam will be announced on 22nd March 2021. Check here.

The deciding factor for admission, financial assistance, and PSU recruitment are the GATE 2021 results. Understand the complexity and logic behind how GATE result 2021 is announced here.

  • GATE 2021 result is announced at the official website
  • You have to access the GOAPS to check your result of GATE 2021 exam. 
  • To check result and download score card, you have to login with Enrolment ID and password. 
  • Upon logging in, you can see your scores and qualifying marks. 
  • To publish the GATE results, the organizing institute uses the final official answer key.
  • First, raw score is calculated on the basis of final official answer key.
  • Then, the scores are normalized for those papers that have been held in more than one shift or day. 
  • Then the qualifying marks are calculated as per the formula. 
  • The score of GATE 2021 remains valid for 3 years. 

Papers and Codes for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (2 subjects are new this year)

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

What After GATE 2021 Exam?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level exam. It is conducted by IITs and IISc in rotation, on behalf of National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India. There are 2 main pathways through the exam

#1 – Admission to M.Tech program#2 – Recruitment in PSUs
It is necessary to qualify GATE for admission and/or financial assistance to the following  – (a) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering / Technology / Architecture (b) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Arts and Science, in the institutions supported by the MoE and other Government agencies
Scholarship / Assistantship for Postgraduate Programs – In order to get scholarship or assistance, you need to (i) Get admission in a central government supported institute (ii) Follow the norms applicable to the institution for assistance.
A number of Public Sector Undertakings accept GATE scores for recruitment of management trainees, graduate trainees, engineering trainees, and likewise posts. The most prominent names in PSU recruitment through GATE are:
– Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
– Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)
– Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
– Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
– National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
– Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)
– Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) 
– Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI)

In addition, Direct recruitment to Group A level posts in Central government, i.e., Senior Field Officer (Tele), Senior Research Officer (Crypto) and Senior Research Officer (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, is now being carried out on the basis of GATE score. 

Frequently Asked Questions on GATE 2021 Exam

Qs 1. Will GATE 2021 be postponed?

Ans 1. No. Until now there is no official notice regarding postponement of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2021.

Qs 2. How many candidates are appearing for GATE 2021?

Ans 2. A total of 8,82,684 candidates have applied for GATE 2021. Last year the number of applicants was 8.59 lakh. 

Qs 3. Will there be negative marking in GATE exam?

Ans 3. Yes, there will be negative marking. The questions of +1 mark have a negative marking of -⅓. And the 2 mark questions have negative marking of -⅔.

Qs 4. Will we get paper to do rough work?

Ans 4. Yes, you will get a scribble pad to do rough work during the exam. You should return this before leaving the exam hall. 

Qs 5. What is a valid GATE 2021 admit card?

Ans 5. The GATE 2021 admit card is valid if and only if your photograph and signature images are clear and legible. The photograph on the admit card and that in the valid photo identity document should match with your appearance on the day of examination.

Qs 6. What should i carry with me to the examination hall?

Ans 6. You should bring a print-out of the downloaded GATE 2021 admit card along with the original and valid photo identity document which was specified during the filling up of the online application. For Indian candidates, only following identification cards will be accepted: Aadhaar-UID, Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License. For International candidates, ONLY a valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification.

Official website:

For complete information of GATE 2021, download information brochure here.

If you have any queries on GATE 2021, then please ask in comments below.

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