GATE 2021 | GATE Exam Dates, Eligibility, Notification

GATE CCMT 2021 Counselling has been postponed. GATE is the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, conducted every year by the Indian Institute of Technology seven centers namely Bombay(Mumbai), Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras (Chennai), and Roorkee, along with Ministry of Human Resources Development and the Department of Higher Education, Government of India. GATE is internationally accepted as a standard entrance test and has a reputation like our IITs. In India, the successful candidates from GATE are considered for admission to Post Graduate courses, as well as for Ph.D., and the Indian public sector undertakings (PSU) of the Government of India are considering for employment as graduate engineers.

GATE 2021 Important Dates

Starting of Registration11 September 2020
Last date to submit the application form & fee14 October 2020
Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application26 October 2020
Application correction window opens17 November 2020
Corrections in Category/PwD Status/Gender/Dyslexia and other similar learning disabilities
Last date to make changes in exam city by paying an additional fee23 November 2020
Availability of Mock TestTo be Announced
Downloading of Admit Card8 January 2021
GATE 2021 Exam5th – 14th February 2021
Release of Answer KeyTo be Announced
Answer key objection windowTo be Announced
Declaration of Results22nd March 2021
Release of Score CardTo be announced
Starting of Counselling processTo be announced

GATE 2021 registration

Step 1: Register on the GOAPS website

To begin with, aspirants were requested to visit the official website of the respective zonal GATE offices or the website of the GATE 2021 organising institute.

Registration: Aspirants needed to register for the exam by providing a valid email address, mobile number, and a GOAPS password. All communications regarding GATE will be sent to the email address provided at the time of registration. One person was allowed to register with one e-mail address. Candidates were also advised to give their mobile numbers for communications through SMS.

GOAPS Password: Aspirants had to choose a password during their registrations through GOAPS.

GOAPS Enrollment ID: Once aspirants register for GATE 2021, an email containing the GOAPS Enrolment ID will be sent to the candidates on the email id provided.

Step 2: Fill the online application form for GATE 2021

To fill the GATE 2021 application form online, candidates had to log in to the official website of GOAPS using their credentials. Once logged in, candidates were able to fill the application form for GATE. 

Details to be filled in GATE 2021 application form 

  1. Personal information (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parents’ name, parents’ mobile number, etc.). It was to be noted that the name of the candidate in the application form must be the same as that in the qualifying degree certificate (or) the certificate issued by the Head of the Department/Institute in which the candidate is pursuing his/her study. GATE 2021 scorecard will be issued as per the name entered in the application form. Prefix/title such as Mr/Shri/Dr/Mrs/Smt, etc. should NOT be used before the name. 
  2. Address for Communication (including PIN code)
  3. Eligibility degree details
  4. College name and address with PIN code
  5. GATE paper (subject)
  6. Choice of GATE examination cities

Step 3: Pay GATE 2021 application fee

After filling the online application form, candidates had to pay the GATE 2021 application fee. Details of application fee and various payment options are given below. Please remember that the application fee is non-refundable.


Candidates who are in the final year of Engineering UG, Engineering Graduates, Science graduates with a Master’s degree are eligible. There is no restriction of attempts.

GATE 2021 Exam Fees

CategoryOn or before due dateDuring extended period
Female candidatesRs 750Rs 1250
SC/ ST / PwD category candidatesRs 750Rs 1250
All other candidatesRs 1500Rs 2000


GATE Syllabus for Examination

GATE Syllabus for any engineering stream is a very exhaustive one, as it includes three sections – General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and subject-specific paper as chosen by aspirants while filling the GATE 2021 application form. The candidate requires a thorough understanding of GATE Syllabus for a proper preparation strategy. Candidates can download GATE Syllabus for all the subjects through their official website.

General Aptitude (GA) : Common in all papers
AE: Aerospace EngineeringPH: Physics
AG: Agricultural EngineeringPI: Production and Industrial Engineering
AR: Architecture and PlanningTF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
BT: BiotechnologyXE -A: Engineering Mathematics
BM: Biomedical Engineering ST: Statistics
CE: Civil EngineeringXE-B: Fluid Mechanics
CH: Chemical EngineeringXE-C: Materials Science
CS: Computer Sc. and Information TechnologyXE-D: Solid Mechanics
CY: ChemistryXE-E: Thermodynamics
EC: Electronics and Communication EngineeringXE-F: Polymer Science and Engineering
EE: Electrical EngineeringXE – G: Food Technology
EY: Ecology and EvolutionXE – H: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
GG: Geology and GeophysicsXL – P: Chemistry
IN: Instrumentation EngineeringXL-Q: Biochemistry
MA: MathematicsXL-R: Botany
ME: Mechanical EngineeringXL – S: Microbiology
MN: Mining EngineeringXL – T: Zoology
MT: Metallurgical EngineeringXL – U: Food Technology
PE: Petroleum Engineering

Overview of GATE Syllabus 2021

Given below are the topics covered in GATE Syllabus: 

General Aptitude Syllabus (Common for all papers)
Verbal AbilityNumerical Ability
Biomedical Engineering Syllabus (new entrant) 
Engineering MathematicsElectrical Circuits
Analog and Digital ElectronicsSignals and Systems
Measurement and Digital ElectronicsSensors and Bioinstrumentations
Medical Imaging SystemBiomaterials
Human Anatomy and PhysiologyBiomechanics
Aerospace Engineering Syllabus
Fourier SeriesLaplace Transforms
Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equationsNumerical integration and differentiation.
Dynamic stabilityEuler angle
Equations of motionAerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives
Decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamicsLongitudinal modes; lateral-directional modes. 
Orbit transferIn-plane and out-of-plane
Elementary ideas of viscous flows including boundary layersWind Tunnel Testing
Measurement and visualization techniquesVibration of  beams
Theory of elasticityEquilibrium and compatibility equations
Airy’s stress function
Agriculture Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsFarm Machinery 
Farm PowerSoil and Water Conservation Engineering 
Irrigation and Drainage EngineeringAgricultural Processing Engineering
Dairy and Food Engineering
Architecture & Planning Syllabus
Architecture and Design Building Materials, Construction and Management
Building and StructuresEnvironmental Planning and Design
Urban DesignUrban Planning and Housing
Planning Techniques and ManagementServices, Infrastructure and Transportation
Biotechnology Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsGeneral Biotechnology
Recombinant DNA TechnologyPlant and Animal Biotechnology
Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology
Civil Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsStructural Engineering
Geotechnical EngineeringWater Resources Engineering
Environmental EngineeringTransportation Engineering
Geomatics Engineering
Chemical Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsProcess Calculations and Thermodynamics 
Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations Heat Transfer 
Mass Transfer Chemical Reaction Engineering 
Instrumentation and Process Control Plant Design and Economics 
Chemical Technology 
Computer Science and Information Technology Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsDigital Logic 
Computer Organization and ArchitectureProgramming and Data Structures 
Algorithms Theory of Computation 
Compiler Design  Operating System 
Databases Computer Networks 
Chemistry Syllabus
Physical ChemistryOrganic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Electronics and Communication Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsNetworks, Signals and Systems
Electronic DevicesAnalog Circuits
Digital CircuitsControl System
Electrical Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsElectrical Circuits
Electromagnetic FieldsSignals and Systems
Electrical MachinesPower Systems
Control SystemsElectrical and Electronic Measurements
Analog and Digital ElectronicsPower Electronics
Ecology and Evolution Syllabus
Mathematics and Quantitative EcologyBehavioral Ecology  
Geology And Geophysics Syllabus
Instrumentation Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsControl Systems
Electrical CircuitsAnalog and Digital Electronics
Signals and SystemsMeasurements
Sensors and Industrial InstrumentationCommunication and Optical Instrumentation
Mathematics Syllabus
CalculusLinear Algebra
Rear AnalysisComplex Analysis
Ordinary Differential EquationsAlgebra
Functional AnalysisNumerical Analysis
Partial Differential EquationsTopology
Linear Programming
Mechanical Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsApplied Mechanics and Design
Fluid Mechanics and Thermal ScienceMaterial, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Mining Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsMine Development Surveying
Geomechanics and Ground ControlMining Methods and Machinery
Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation and Underground HazardsMine Economics, Mine Planning, System Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsThermodynamics and Rate Process
Extractive MetallurgyPhysical Metallurgy
Mechanical MetallurgyManufacturing Process
Physics Syllabus
Mathematical PhysicsClassical Mechanics
Electromagnetic TheoryQuantum Mechanics
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics  Atomic and Molecular Physics
Solid State Physics and ElectronicsNuclear and Particle Physics
Production and Industrial Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsGenera Engineering
Manufacturing ProcessesQuality and Reliability
Industrial Engineering Operation Research an Operational Management
Textile Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsTextile Engineering and Fibre Science
XE A (Engineering Mathematics Syllabus)
Linear Algebra Calculus
Vector Calculus Ordinary Differential Equations 
Partial Differential Equations Complex variables 
Probability and Statistics Numerical Methods 
XE B (Fluid Mechanism Syllabus)
Flow and Fluid Properties Kinematics 
Integral analysis  Differential Analysis 
Inviscid flows  Dimensional analysis 
Internal flows  Prandtl boundary layer equations 
XE C (Material Sciences Syllabus)
Processing of MaterialsCharacterisation Techniques: 
Structure and ImperfectionsThermodynamics and Kinetics
Properties of MaterialsMaterial types 
Environmental DegradationElements of Quantum Mechanics and Mathematics
XE F (Thermodynamics Syllabus)
Basic ConceptsLaw of Thermodynamics
Thermodynamics CycleThermodynamics Relations
Ideal Gas Mixtures
XE F (Polymer Science and Engineering Syllabus)
Chemistry of high polymersPolymer Characterization
Synthesis and propertiesPolymer blends and composites
Polymer TechnologyPolymer rheology
Polymer processingPolymer testing
XE G (Food Technology Syllabus)
Food Chemistry and NutritionFood Microbiology
Food Products TechnologyFood Engineering
XL P (Chemistry Syllabus)
Atomic Structure and PeriodicityStructure and Bonding
s, p and d Block ElementsChemical Equilibria
ElectrochemistryReaction Kinetics
ThermodynamicsStructure-Reactivity Correlations and Organic Reaction Mechanisms
XL R (Botany Syllabus)
Plant SystematicsPlant Anatomy
Morphogenesis & DevelopmentPhysiology and Biochemistry
GeneticsPlant Breeding and Genetic Modification
Economic BotanyPlant Pathology
Ecology and Environment
XL S (Microbiology Syllabus)
Historical PerspectiveMethods in Microbiology
Microbial Taxonomy and DiversityProkaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells: Structure and Function
Microbial GrowthControl of Micro-organisms
Microbial MetabolismMicrobial Diseases and Host Pathogen Interaction
Chemotherapy/AntibioticsMicrobial Genetics
Microbial Ecology
XL T (Zoology Syllabus)
Animal worldGenetics
EvolutionBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cell BiologyGene expression in Eukaryotes
Animal Anatomy and PhysiologyParasitology and Immunology
Development BiologyEcology
Animal Behavior

Cracking the GATE through tougher is worthwhile and opens the gates of many big companies and big institutions to the right candidate. Good luck to the students for whatever be their ambition, employment in public sector undertaking, or higher study. 

GATE Admit Card 2021

Registered candidates will be able to download GATE 2021 admit card/hall ticket from the official website of GOAPS by submitting their credentials to log in. 

 GATE 2020 Result

Candidates will be able to check GATE result 2021 by using the details such as application number and password at GOAPS official website.After the declaration of the GATE result, only qualified candidates will be able to download the GATE Score Card. The score will be valid for three years from the declaration of GATE result date.

GATE 2021 Counselling:

Candidates will need to apply separately for admissions in different institutions through COAP (for IITs) and CCMT (for NITs, IIITs and CFTIs).

IIT MTech Admission Through GATE 2021:

COAP Counselling:

  • Candidates have to participate in the GATE counselling conducted through COAP for the process of seat allotment.
  • Candidates will have to complete the online registration process on COAP’s official website. 
  • COAP conducts four rounds of seat allotment and the results are announced after the successful conclusion of each round.
  • Two more additional rounds of seat allotment are conducted in case the MTech seats at IITs are not filled during the first four rounds.  

IISC Bangalore MTech Admission Through GATE 2021

  • Admission into the MTech programs offered at IISC Bangalore is done through COAP counseling based on GATE scores.
  • The institute also conducts its entrance test and personal interview for candidates seeking admission into some of the engineering branches.
  • After the announcement of the GATE result, exam qualifiers will have to complete the online registration process on the official website of IISC Bangalore.

NIT, IIIT, CFTI MTech Admission Through GATE 2021:

CCMT Counseling

.Admission to the MTech programs offered at NITs, IIITs and CFTIs are done through CCMT counselling basis GATE scores.  

CCMT Eligibility

  • Candidates must have valid GATE score of 2017/2020/2020
  • A minimum of 6.5 CGPA or 60% marks must be acquired in the qualifying exam (For General and OBC). 
  • For SC/ST/PwD category candidates, the eligibility is set at a minimum of 6.0 CGPA or 55% marks.

Documents Required for Counselling:

Students will be required to bring the following documents for the document verification process during reporting at RC:

  • Provisional seat allotment letter.
  • Self-Attested Copy of GATE Score Card (2018 or 2019 or 2020)
  • Photo ID proof.
  • Original Birth certificate issued by competent authority/Class X (High School) Board Certificate as proof of date of birth.
  • Class 12 marks sheet.
  • Marks sheet of qualifying examination (all semesters).
  • Degree/Provisional Certificate
  • Category certificate (if applicable).
  • Three Passport size coloured photograph.
  • Seat acceptance fee proof.
  • Printout of the Registration form & locked choices.
  • Migration Certificate
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Original Conduct Certificate from the Head of the institution last attended.
  • An original Course completion certificate from the Head of the University/Institute in case result is awaited.
  • One set of self-attested photocopy of all the original documents

Frequently Asked Question GATE 2021

  1. What is the GATE exam for?

Ans. GATE exam is for admission in postgraduate courses offered by various universities in India. 

2. What is the mode of exam for the  GATE exam?

Ans. Gate exam is an MCQ based exam where the candidate has to select 1 answer from the 4 given options

3. What is the date for GATE results?

Ans. 13th March 2020

4. What is the fee for the GATE exam for female candidates?

Ans. 750 Rs

5. When is GATE 2020?

Ans.      05 Feb, 06 Feb 2021

6. Does GATE have negative marking?

Ans. Yes

7. What does GATE stand for?

Ans. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

8. What are the maximum number of attempts for GATE?

Ans. no limit

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