About GATE

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

What is GATE?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.
Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial assistance to:

(i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and

(ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Arts and Science, in the institutions supported by the MoE and other Government agencies. Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MoE scholarship/assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory. Further, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.

About GATE

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is basically a national examination on the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering / Technology / Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Arts, Commerce and Science. GATE 2021 will be conducted for 27 subjects (also referred to as “papers”) and it would be distributed over Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of February 2021. The GATE examination is conducted in different cities across India as well as in six cities outside India (In International centres, GATE-2021 will be conducted only if the current COVID-19 situation eases and travel and other restrictions are relaxed. Else GATE-2021 in international centres will be “CANCELLED”). The examination would be purely a Computer Based Test (CBT).
The GATE score would reflect the relative performance level of the candidate in a particular subject, which is quantified based on several years of examination data. Note that the GATE 2021 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results. No information on the GATE 2021 score will be available after this period.



  • M.Tech/M.S./ M.E. – Candidates on qualifying GATE, get a financial aid of 12400/- per month in the form of UGC scholarship.
  • PhD. – Candidates with keen interest in Research and Development can also opt for PhD from IITs/NITs and various other reputed institutions.
  • PGDM/PGDIE -Students interested in management can swing in the management line by pursuing a PG Diploma of 2 years in Industrial Engineering..
  • Several reputed PSUs and research organizations recruit on basis of GATE Score. i.e. IOCL, NTPC, BHEL, HPCL, BARC etc.
  • Teaching: Professor, Asst. Professor at IITs, NITs, reputed educational institutes etc.
  • Junior Research Fellow: ISRO, DRDO, BARC, CSIR, IITs etc.
  • Career in Research & Development
  • Many renowned private firms shortlist candidates for personal interview based on the GATE score.
  • A good number of universities abroad also select the candidates on the basis of the GATE score for their M.S or PhD programmes.

Eligibility Criteria for GATE

GATE 2021 Information Brochure:

  • Eligibility Criteria of GATE 2021
  • Examination Pattern of GATE 2021
  • How to Crack GATE
  • What is new in GATE 2021?
  • New Changes in GATE 2021
  • New Subjects in GATE 2021
  • New Syllabus in GATE 2021
  • GATE Admit Card

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Pattern of Questions:

GATE 2021 would contain questions of THREE different types in all the papers:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each, in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have choice of four answers, out of which ONLY ONE choice is correct.
Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

(ii) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have choice of four answers, out of which ONE or MORE than ONE choice(s) are correct.
Note: There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in MSQ questions. However, there is NO partial credit for choosing partially correct combinations of choices or any single wrong choice.

(iii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in most of the papers and sections. For these questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered by the candidate using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). No choices will be shown for these types of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 or -10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 (one decimal) or 10.01 (two decimals) or -10.001 (three decimals). These questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the candidates need to present the answer. Also, for some NAT type problems an appropriate range will be considered while evaluating these questions so that the candidate is not unduly penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Candidates are advised to do the rounding off at the end of the calculation (not in between steps). Wherever required and possible, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.
Example: If the wire diameter of a compressive helical spring is increased by 2%, the change in spring stiffness (in %) is _ (correct to two decimal places).
Note: There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions. Also, there is NO partial credit in NAT questions.

GATE-2021 Application Fees

GATE-2021 Exam at International Centres

GATE 2021 examinations may be conducted (if the situation due to Covid-19 pandemic eases out and travel is allowed as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India and the receiving countries) in the following cities outside India: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore. The application fee per paper for Dubai (UAE) and Singapore centres is US$ 100 and for the remaining it is US$ 50. Candidates of any nationality can opt for international centres.
• Candidates who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India must have completed or are in the 3rd year or higher of any Bachelor’s degree.
• For candidates at international centres, ONLY a valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification.
• For Foreign nationals, SC / ST / PwD categories are NOT APPLICABLE.
• The session timing at GATE International Centres will be as per their local time and it will be notified well in advance.
• The application procedure remains same for Foreign nationals as that of Indian nationals.
• The candidates opting for international examination centres will be contacted only through their email. However, mobile numbers can be used only when the GATE 2021 Organising Institute intends to communicate an important information to them.

Note – International centres for GATE 2021 will continue only IF the travel and other infrastructural issues normalize by November 2020 from the present COVID-19 pandemic situation, OTHERWISE, GATE 2021 examination at International Centres will be “CANCELLED”.

Code of Conduct for GATE-2021

All the candidates appearing for GATE 2021 Examination MUST comply strictly with the following Rules and Regulations:
• Candidates appearing for GATE 2021 examination MUST carry Admit Card and ORIGINAL valid photo-identity proof (which was used at the time of registration) inside the examination hall.
• Scribble pad will be provided to the candidate in the examination hall by the invigilator. The same should be used for all rough work.        Candidates MUST write their name and registration number on the scribble pad before they start using it. The candidate can possess ONLY one scribble pad at any point of time. Before taking the second scribble pad, if required, the first scribble pad MUST be returned to the invigilator. Any scribble pad in the possession of the candidate MUST be returned to the invigilators after the end of the
• Carrying mobile phones (even in the switched-off mode), watches of any form, and calculators inside the examination hall is strictly PROHIBITED.
• Carrying of any electronic / communication devices, wallets, papers, loose sheets, pen/pencil box/pouch, and printed or hand-written textual materials, inside the examination hall is strictly PROHIBITED.
• All means of communication (verbal or otherwise) among the candidates inside the examination hall are strictly PROHIBITED.
• If any of the PROHIBITED acts or items listed above are detected during the examination, it will automatically lead to CANCELLATION of candidature. Results will NOT be declared for such candidates.
• The Organising Institute / concerned Examination Centre will not take any kind of responsibility regarding safety and security of Mobile Phones / Electronic Devices / any kind of Valuables belonging to candidates.
• Candidates MUST not tamper with the computer and the related hardware provided in the examination hall. Candidates found to have tampered with these will fully, will have their candidature cancelled summarily. In addition, appropriate legal action will be initiated
against such candidates.

The candidature of candidates found using unfair means and not in line with the code and ethics of the GATE 2021 examination will be CANCELLED. Their examination will not be evaluated, even if they may have been allowed to complete their examination. In addition, appropriate legal action may be initiated against all such candidates.