Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India level examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee). Qualifying in GATE is necessary requirement for admission and/or financial assistance to Master's programs and direct PhD programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and PhD programs in relevant branches of Arts and Science. GATE score is also used by many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in their recruitment process such as 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) and Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI).

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 examination is a Computer Based Test (CBT). The Organizing Institute for GATE 2021 is Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). GATE 2021 score will remain valid for Three years from the date of announcement of results.

About GATE 2021

  • IIT Bombay is the organising institute for GATE 2021.
  • Information website for GATE 2021 is
  • GATE 2021 will be conducted for 27 subjects. Examination for all the 27 subjects will be conducted ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • GATE 2021 score is valid for three years from the date of announcement of the results.
  • There is NO age limit to appear for GATE 2021 examination
  • A candidate can appear in any one or up to two papers of the GATE examination. However, the combination of two papers in which a candidate can appear must be from the pre-defined list.
  • Type of Questions:

(i) Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type where only one option out of four options is correct
(ii) Multiple Select Question (MSQ) type, where one or more than one options out of four options is/are correct.
(iii) Some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed using a virtual keypad. The candidates will use only an on-screen virtual calculator provided for the examination.