GATE EXAM 2021
Pursuing M. Tech/ME will be one of the dreams for many engineering graduates in India. Since in India, there are about 6, 214 engineering colleges. And the competition for an M. Tech/ME gets stiff as nearly 15 lakh engineering students pass out every year.
There is, however, one and only national-level M. Tech/ME entrance exam in India; Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE).
The GATE exam is the prominent national level exam in India, conducted by IITs and IISc on a rotational basis. The GATE aspirants who score well in the test will get M. Tech/ME seat in IISc, IITs, NITs, Universities and their affiliated colleges.
Considering the previous decade (2011- 2019), on an average 787, 358 aspirants sit for the GATE exam per year.
In recent years, international students from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and UAE are allowed to sit for the exam.
On top of that, the Public Sector Units (PSUs) consider the GATE score as an initial criterion for recruitment.
In the following sections, we will look at the details of the GATE 2021:
- GATE 2021 Highlights
- GATE 2021 Important Dates
- GATE 2021 Papers
- GATE 2021 Eligibility
- GATE 2021 Exam Pattern
- GATE 2021 Score
- GATE 2021 FAQs
GATE 2021 Highlights
Take a look at the outline of the GATE 2021. The national-level exam introduces some new subjects in this GATE 2021.
|GATE 2021 Conducting Body||IIT Bombay|
|GATE 2021 Application Mode||Online|
|GATE 2021 Test Mode||Computer Based Test (CBT)|
|GATE 2021 Total Papers||27|
|GATE 2021 New Subjects|| Environmental Science and Engineering (ES)
Humanities and Social Sciences (XH) in Economics/English /Linguistics/Psychology/Philosophy/Sociology
|GATE 2021 Combination Papers||Allowed; Up to Two papers.|
|GATE 2021 Question Types||
|GATE 2021 Score Validity||3 years|
GATE 2021 Important Dates
The calendar events of the GATE 2021 are as follows provided the situation will be better by November. Even the exam at the international centers will be dropped off for the same reason, the COVID crisis.
|GATE Online Applications Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens||14 September 2020|
|GOAPS Closing Date||30 September 2020|
|GOAPS Extended Date (with late fee)||7 October 2020|
|Modifications Allowed Till (with fee)||13 November 2020|
|Admit Card Downloading Starts||8 January 2021|
|GATE 2021 Exam||5 February 2021 – 14 February 2021|
|Results Date||22 March 2021|
GATE 2021 Papers & Syllabus
For the GATE 2021, two more new papers are added. Check the table and click on the names to see the GATE 2021 syllabus for your paper.
|Architecture and Planning||AR|
|Computer Sc. and Information Technology||CS|
|Electronics and communication engineering||EC|
|Environmental Science and Engineering||ES|
|Ecology and Evolution||EY|
|Geology and Geophysics||GG|
|Production and Industrial Engineering||PI|
|Textile Engineering and Fibre Science||TF|
|Humanities and Social Sciences||XH**|
|Chemistry (Compulsory) (25 marks)||P|
|Any Two optional sections (2* 30) = 60 marks|
GATE 2021 Eligibility
The following eligibility criteria hold good for the GATE 2021 exam:
- A third-year or higher years of any undergraduate program
- A completed government-approved degree program in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Science/Commerce/Arts
- There is no maximum age limit to appear for the GATE 2021
- A candidate must be an Indian national. The foreign nationals to can also apply provided they meet the eligibility criteria prescribed for them.
GATE 2021 Exam Pattern
The following table offers all the necessary information required for you about the GATE 2021 exam pattern.
|Examination Mode||Computer Based Test (CBT)|
|Number of Subjects (Papers)||27|
|Sections||General Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject|
|Type of Questions||1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
2. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
|Questions test these abilities||
|Number of Questions||10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions|
|Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL||General Aptitude: 15 Marks + Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks + Subject Questions: 72 Marks = Total: 100 Marks|
|Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL||General Aptitude: 15 Marks + Subject Questions: 85 Marks = Total: 100 Marks|
|Marking Scheme||All of the questions will be of 1 mark or 2 marks|
Detailed Marking Scheme
|Paper Code||General Aptitude (GA) Marks||Subject Marks||Total Marks||Total Time (Minutes)|
|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||180|
|GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1 Geology OR Section 2 Geophysics)]||15||25 + 60||100||180|
|XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections)||15||15 + (2 x 35)||100||180|
|XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section)||15||25 + (1 x 60)||100||180|
|XL (Section P + Any TWO Sections)||15||25 + (2 x 30)||100||180|
Also, see this table below for a detailed marking scheme in the GATE 2021 exam.
GATE 2021 Score
The GATE score is usually given in percentile after normalizing the marks obtained. The GATE 2021 exam score is valid for 3 years from the day of the results announcement. However, having the GATE score doesn’t guarantee admission or job.
Some of the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) consider the GATE exam score for their requirement. The score cut-off varies from a PSU to others for shortlisting the candidates for Group Discussion and/or Personal Interview (PI).
A list of PSUs that consider the GATE score are given here below:
- 1. Bharath Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL)
- 2. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
- 3. Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)
- 4. Power Grid
- 5. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
- 6. Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL)
- 7. NALCO
- 8. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
- 9. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI)
- 10. Airports Authority of India (AAI)
- 11. Bharath Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)
- 12. Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
- 13. DRDO
- 14. NHPC
And many such public and private companies.
GATE 2021 FAQs
1.Are the third year students eligible to write GATE 2021 exam?
A: Yes, they are. A third-year or higher year aspirants are eligible to appear for the GATE 2021 exam.
2.What will be Cut-off for the GATE 2021 exam?
A: the Cut-off varies from year to year. And the conducting IIT will decide the Cut-off score for that year.
3.I finished my M. Tech for a university. Can I take the GATE exam?
A: Yes, you can. The GATE score is useful for applying for the jobs at PSUs and also for applying for the Ph.D. programs.
4.How many times can I appear for the GATE exam?
A: As many times as you can. There is no restriction as such as of now.
5.Is self-study sufficient to crack the GATE exam?
A: It depends on the way to learn things in general. However, the self-study gives an ample amount of time to understand, analyse, note, and solve the problems of the engineering concepts.
6.What rank is good in the GATE exam?
A: It depends on your purpose and aim of taking the GATE exam. Your aim decides what rank is good to get and to join a so and so college or PSU.