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All you need to know about GATE 2021

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.  

Basic Information of the Examination

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Mode of Examination: Computer-based Test ( CBT)

  • -GATE 2021 will be conducted for 27 subjects, and it would be distributed over Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, and Sunday 14th of February 2021.
  • -GATE 2021 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results
  • IIT Bombay is the organizing institute for GATE 2021.
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Information about the paper

  • Sections Included: General Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject
  • Total number of Questions: 10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions
  • Type of Questions:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) 
(ii) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or 
(iii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions 

  • Marking Scheme: All of the questions will be of 1 mark and 2 marks, with negative marking in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Eligibility for students

A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government-approved degree program in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Science, Commerce, and Arts is eligible for appearing in the GATE 2021 exam.

There is no restriction on the total number of GATE attempts. Also, There is no age limit.

Registration Fees 

Fees distribution for the year 2021- 

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Registration is from 14th September to 30th September. The Extended date for registration is 7th October, with additional fees.

Important dates

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There are changes in the syllabus for GATE 2021 for various subjects. Visit the official website for the new syllabus.

Major changes

  1. -Students can now opt for UPTO 2 papers, with the specific combinations offered.  
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  • -Introduction of two new subjects called “Environmental Science & Engineering (ES)” and “Humanities & Social Sciences (XH)”
  • Third-year students can also give GATE now, previously, it was only for pass-out and students in the final year.
  • -There is change in syllabus for various subjects.
  • -Introduction of Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) in paper.

Pattern of Questions 

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

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Carrying 1 or 2 marks each, in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which ONLY ONE choice is correct. Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For a wrong answer chosen in an MCQ, there will be negative marking. Deduction of 1/3 mark for 1-mark MCQ,and 2/3 mark for 2-mark MCQ for a wrong answer.

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)

Carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective, and each will have a 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. 

Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

GIF with Numbers

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. 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. 

Note: There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions. Also, there is NO partial credit in NAT questions.

GATE 2021 Results

GATE 2021 results will be announced on 22nd March 2021 and will be available on the GOAPS Website. It will be valid for THREE YEARS from the date of the announcement of the results. No information on the GATE 2021 score will be available after this period.

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