GATE 2021

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 http://gate.iitb.ac.in/
  • 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.

Scholarship / Assistantship for Postgraduate Programs

The candidate must first secure the admission to a program in one of the central government supported institutes. The candidates may be admitted directly into a course based on his performance in GATE only or based on his performance in GATE and an admission test/interview conducted by the department to which he has applied and/or the candidate's academic record. In the test/interview based selection procedure, a minimum of 70% weightage will be given to the performance in GATE and the remaining will be given to the candidate's performance in test/interview and/or academic record.

Eligibility for GATE 2021

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

Degree/Program Qualifying Degree/Examination Description of Eligible Candidates

B.E./ B.Tech./ B. Pharm.

Bachelor's degree in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering/ Technology)

Currently in the 3rd year or higher grade or already completed

B. Arch.

Bachelor's degree of Architecture (5-year course)/ Naval Architecture (4-year course)/ Planning (4-year course)

Currently in the 3rd year or higher grade or already completed

B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S.

Bachelor's degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)

Currently in the 3rd year or higher grade or already completed

Pharm. D. (after 10+2)

6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during third year onwards

Currently in the 3rd/4th/5th/6th year or already completed

M.B.B.S

Degree holders of M.B.B.S. and those who are in the 5th/6th/7th semester or higher semester of such programme.

5th, 6th, 7th or higher semester or already completed

M.Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalent

Master's degree in any branch of Arts/ Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent

Currently in the first year or higher or already completed

Int. M.E./ M. Tech. (Post-B. Sc.)

Post-B. Sc Integrated Master's degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (4-year program)

Currently in the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th year or already completed

Int. M.E./M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)

Integrated Master's degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5-year program)

Currently in the 3rd/4th/5th year or already completed

B.Sc./ B.A./ B.Com.

Bachelor degree in any branch of Science/ Arts/ Commerce (3 years program)

Currently in the 3rd year or already completed

Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S./ M.S.

Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year integrated B.S.-M.S. program

Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed

Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch.)

B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on)

Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses

Important Dates for GATE 2021

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens

14th September 2020 (Monday)

Closing Date of regular online registration/ application portal

30th September 2020 (Wednesday)

End of extended period for online registration / application (with late fee)

7th October 2020 (Wednesday)

Last date for change of category, paper and examination city (with an additional fee)

13th November 2020 (Friday)

Admit card will be available in the online

application portal

8th January 2021 (Friday)

GATE 2021 Examination

Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Afternoon: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

5th February 2021 (Friday)

6th February 2021 (Saturday)

7th February 2021 (Sunday)

12th February 2021 (Friday)

13th February 2021 (Saturday)

14th February 2021 (Sunday)

Announcement of the results in the online

application portal

22nd March 2021 (Monday)

  • The entire process of filling up of the application form and uploading of certificates / documents, etc. is in online mode only.
  • Physical calculators, mobile phones, any other electronic/communication devices, wallets, books, papers, loose sheets, data or handbooks, tables, pen/pencil box/pouch, watches of any form etc. are strictly prohibited and candidates possessing these in the examination hall will be disqualified.
  • Two new papers called "Environmental Science & Engineering (ES)" and "Humanities & Social Sciences (XH)"are being introduced in GATE 2021.
  • For candidates appearing for Geology and Geophysics (GG) papers and Humanities and Social Science (XH) papers, separate score and ranking will be provided based on their selection of sections.

GATE 2021 Papers

GATE 2021 will be conducted for 27 subjects. A candidate is allowed to 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.

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper Code

Aerospace Engineering

AE

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

Agricultural Engineering

AG

Mathematics

MA

Architecture and Planning

AR

Mechanical Engineering

ME

Bio-medical Engineering

BM

Mining Engineering

MN

Biotechnology

BT

Metallurgical Engineering

MT

Civil Engineering

CE

Petroleum Engineering

PE

Chemical Engineering

CH

Physics

PH

Computer Science and Information Technology

CS

Production and Industrial Engineering

PI

Chemistry

CY

Statistics

ST

Electronics and Communication Engineering

EC

Textile Engineering and Fibre Science

TF

Electrical Engineering

EE

Engineering Sciences

XE

Environmental Science & Engineering

ES

Humanities & Social Sciences

XH

Ecology and Evolution

EY

Life Sciences

XL

Geology and Geophysics

GG

 

 

Combination of Two Papers Allowed to Appear in GATE 2021

Code of the First (Primary) Paper Codes of the Papers Allowed as the Second Paper

AE

XE

AG

ES

AR

CE

BM

BT / XL

BT

BM / XL

CE

AR / ES

CH

CY / PE / XE

CS

MA

CY

CH / XL

EC

IN / PH

EE

IN

ES

AG / CE

EY

XL

GG

MN / PE / PH

IN

EC / EE / PH

MA

CS / PH / ST

ME

XE

MN

GG / XE

MT

PH / XE

PE

CH / GG / XE

PH

EC / GG / IN / MA / MT / ST

PI

XE

ST

MA / PH

TF

XE

XE

AR / CH / ME / MN / MT / PE / PI / TF

XH

----------

XL

BM / BT / CY

Pattern of Questions

(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. For a wrong answer, 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. There is no negative marking for a wrong answer in MSQ questions.
(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. These questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the candidates need to present the answer. There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions.

Marks Distribution

In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA). Hence remaining 85 marks are for the respective subject/paper code.
In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining around 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

Syllabus Mechanical Engineering

General Aptitude

Verbal Aptitude

Basic English grammar: tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech Basic vocabulary: words, idioms, and phrases in context Reading and comprehension Narrative sequencing

Quantitative Aptitude

Data interpretation: data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables Numerical computation and estimation: ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series Mensuration and geometry Elementary statistics and probability

Analytical Aptitude

Logic: deduction and induction Analogy
Numerical relations and reasoning

Spatial Aptitude

Transformation of shapes: translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions

Mechanical Engineering

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra: Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Calculus: Functions of single variable, limit, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorems, indeterminate forms; evaluation of definite and improper integrals; double and triple integrals; partial derivatives, total derivative, Taylor series (in one and two variables), maxima and minima, Fourier series; gradient, divergence and curl, vector identities, directional derivatives, line, surface and volume integrals, applications of Gauss, Stokes and Green's theorems.
Differential equations: First order equations (linear and nonlinear); higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients; Euler-Cauchy equation; initial and boundary value problems; Laplace transforms; solutions of heat, wave and Laplace's equations.
Complex variables: Analytic functions; Cauchy-Riemann equations; Cauchy's integral theorem and integral formula; Taylor and Laurent series.
Probability and Statistics: Definitions of probability, sampling theorems, conditional probability; mean, median, mode and standard deviation; random variables, binomial, Poisson and normal distributions.
Numerical Methods: Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; integration by trapezoidal and Simpson's rules; single and multi-step methods for differential equations.

Section 2: Applied Mechanics and Design

Engineering Mechanics: Free-body diagrams and equilibrium; friction and its applications including rolling friction, belt-pulley, brakes, clutches, screw jack, wedge, vehicles, etc.; trusses and frames; virtual work; kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies in plane motion; impulse and momentum (linear and angular) and energy formulations; Lagrange's equation.
Mechanics of Materials: Stress and strain, elastic constants, Poisson's ratio; Mohr's circle for plane stress and plane strain; thin cylinders; shear force and bending moment diagrams; bending and shear stresses; concept of shear centre; deflection of beams; torsion of circular shafts; Euler's theory of columns; energy methods; thermal stresses; strain gauges and rosettes; testing of materials with universal testing machine; testing of hardness and impact strength.
Theory of Machines: Displacement, velocity and acceleration analysis of plane mechanisms; dynamic analysis of linkages; cams; gears and gear trains; flywheels and governors; balancing of reciprocating and rotating masses; gyroscope.
Vibrations: Free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, effect of damping; vibration isolation; resonance; critical speeds of shafts.
Machine Design: Design for static and dynamic loading; failure theories; fatigue strength and the S-N diagram; principles of the design of machine elements such as bolted, riveted and
welded joints; shafts, gears, rolling and sliding contact bearings, brakes and clutches, springs.

Section 3: Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

Fluid Mechanics: Fluid properties; fluid statics, forces on submerged bodies, stability of floating bodies; control-volume analysis of mass, momentum and energy; fluid acceleration; differential equations of continuity and momentum; Bernoulli's equation; dimensional analysis; viscous flow of incompressible fluids, boundary layer, elementary turbulent flow, flow through pipes, head losses in pipes, bends and fittings; basics of compressible fluid flow.
Heat-Transfer: Modes of heat transfer; one dimensional heat conduction, resistance concept and electrical analogy, heat transfer through fins; unsteady heat conduction, lumped parameter system, Heisler's charts; thermal boundary layer, dimensionless parameters in free and forced convective heat transfer, heat transfer correlations for flow over flat plates and through pipes, effect of turbulence; heat exchanger performance, LMTD and NTU methods; radiative heat transfer, Stefan- Boltzmann law, Wien's displacement law, black and grey surfaces, view factors, radiation network analysis
Thermodynamics: Thermodynamic systems and processes; properties of pure substances, behavior of ideal and real gases; zeroth and first laws of thermodynamics, calculation of work and heat in various processes; second law of thermodynamics; thermodynamic property charts and tables, availability and irreversibility; thermodynamic relations.
Applications: Power Engineering: Air and gas compressors; vapour and gas power cycles, concepts of regeneration and reheat. I.C. Engines: Air-standard Otto, Diesel and dual cycles. Refrigeration and air-conditioning: Vapour and gas refrigeration and heat pump cycles; properties of moist air, psychrometric chart, basic psychrometric processes. Turbomachinery: Impulse and reaction principles, velocity diagrams, Pelton-wheel, Francis and Kaplan turbines; steam and gas turbines.

Section 4: Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

Engineering Materials: Structure and properties of engineering materials, phase diagrams, heat treatment, stress-strain diagrams for engineering materials.
Casting, Forming and Joining Processes: Different types of castings, design of patterns, moulds and cores; solidification and cooling; riser and gating design. Plastic deformation and yield criteria; fundamentals of hot and cold working processes; load estimation for bulk (forging, rolling, extrusion, drawing) and sheet (shearing, deep drawing, bending) metal forming processes; principles of powder metallurgy. Principles of welding, brazing, soldering and adhesive bonding.
Machining and Machine Tool Operations: Mechanics of machining; basic machine tools; single and multi-point cutting tools, tool geometry and materials, tool life and wear; economics of machining; principles of non-traditional machining processes; principles of work holding, jigs and fixtures; abrasive machining processes; NC/CNC machines and CNC programming.
Metrology and Inspection: Limits, fits and tolerances; linear and angular measurements; comparators; interferometry; form and finish measurement; alignment and testing methods; tolerance analysis in manufacturing and assembly; concepts of coordinate-measuring machine
(CMM).
Computer Integrated Manufacturing: Basic concepts of CAD/CAM and their integration tools; additive manufacturing.
Production Planning and Control: Forecasting models, aggregate production planning, scheduling, materials requirement planning; lean manufacturing.
Inventory Control: Deterministic models; safety stock inventory control systems
Operations Research: Linear programming, simplex method, transportation, assignment, network flow models, simple queuing models, PERT and CPM.

GATE 2021 Examination Cities

The candidate can choose FOUR cities from the list of examination cities. The first, second and third choices must be from the same GATE zone and fourth choice can be from any GATE zone.

Books Recommended for Preparation of GATE in Mechanical

Subject Authors

Engineering Mechanics

1. Engineering Mechanics by DS Kumar

2. Engineering Mechanics by Timoshenko

Mechanics of Material

1. Strength of Materials by Ramamurtham

2. Strength of Material by B.C. Punmia

3. Strength of Material by Timoshenko

4. Strength of Material by Jindal

Theory of Machines

1. Theory of Machines by Jagdish Lal

2. Theory of Machines by PL Ballney

3. Theory of Machines by Khurmi Gupta

4. Theory of Machines by SS Ratan

Vibrations

1. Mechanical Vibration by GK Grover

2. Mechanical Vibration by VP Singh

Machine Design

1. Machine Design by Shigley

2. Machine Design by VB Bhandari

3. Machine Design by Khurmi Gupta

4. Machine Design by Bhel & Goel

5. Machine Design by Sharma Agarwal

Fluid Mechanics

1. Engineering Fluid Mechanics by KL Kumar

2. Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machine by Modi Seth

3. Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machines by RK Bansal

4. Fluid Mechanics by RK Rajput

Heat Transfer

1. Heat and Mass Transger by RC Sachdeva

2. Heat and Mass Transfer by DS Kumar

3. Heat and Mass Transfer by PS Ghoshdastidar

4. Heat Transfer by RK Rajput

Thermodynamics

1. Engineering Thermodynamics by PK Nag

2. Thermal Engineering by Khurmi Gupta

3. Engineering Thermodynamics by Cengel

Power Engineering

1. Power Plant Engineering by PK Nag

2. Power Plant Engineering by R Yadav

I.C. Engines

1. Internal Combustion Engine by Mathur Sharma

2. IC Engine by V Ganeshan

3. IC Engine by JB Heywood

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

1. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by CP Arora

2. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by Khurmi Gupta

Turbomachinery

1. Fluid Machinery by Jagdish Lal

2. Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machine by Modi Seth

Engineering Materials

1. Engineering Materials by BK Agarwal

2. Material Science by V Raghvan

3. Material Science by William D. Callister

Casting, Forming and Joining Process

1. Production Technology by RK Jain

2. Manufacturing Technology by PN Rao

3. Workshop Technology by Hajra Choudhary

4. Manufacturing Technology by Ghosh Mallik

5. Principal of Metal Casting by Rosenthal

6. Welding Processes and Technology by RS Parmar

Machining and Machine Tool Operations

1. Manufacturing Technology by Pandey Singh

2. Manufacturing Science by PC Sharma

Metrology and Inspection

1. Engineering Metrology by RK Jain

2. Production Technology by Pandey Singh

3. Production Engineering by PC Sharma

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

1. Automation, Production Systems and Computer Integrated Manufacturing by MP Groover

2. CAD/CAM Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing by Groover Zimmer

Production Planning and Control

1. Industrial Engineering by OP Khanna

2. PERT and CPM by LS Srinath

3. Introduction to Work Study by ILO, Geneva

4. Industrial Engineering and Production Management by M. Mahajan

Inventory Control, Operation Research

1. Operation Research by HA Taha

2. Operation Research by Hira Gupta

3. Operation Research by SD Sharma

4. Operation Research by Kanti Swarup

GATE Brochure

GATE Cutoff Marks

The cutoff mark is the minimum mark that the candidates have to score to be eligible for admission in a particular course in the IITs. Find below cutoff marks for GATE 2020 and all the previous years’ to compare the trends.

GATE 2020

Paper

General

OBC

SC/ST/PwD

CE

32.9

29.6

21.9

CS

28.5

25.6

19

EC

28.8

25.9

19.2

EE

33.4

30

22.2

IN

34.6

31.1

23

ME

34

30.6

22.6

PI

36.6

32.9

24.4

GATE 2019

Paper

General

OBC

SC/ST/PwD

CE

28.2

25.4

18.8

CS

29.5

26.6

19.7

EC

26.7

24

17.8

EE

39.6

35.6

26.4

IN

31.9

28.7

21.3

ME

34.1

30.7

22.7

PI

32.2

29

21.5

GATE 2018

Paper

General

OBC

SC/ST/PwD

CE

26.9

24.2

17.9

CS

25

22.5

16.6

EC

25

22.5

16.6

EE

29.1

26.1

19.4

IN

37.1

33.3

24.7

ME

34.7

31.2

23.1

PI

32

28.8

21.3

GATE 2017

Paper

General

OBC

SC/ST/PwD

CE

28.7

25.8

19.1

CS

25

22.5

16.6

ECE

25

22.5

16.6

EE

25.2

25.2

16.7

IN

34.6

31.1

23

ME

32.87

29

21

GATE 2016

Paper

General

OBC

SC/ST/PwD

CE

25

22.5

16.6

CS

25

22.5

16.6

ECE

25

22.5

16.6

EE

25.1

22.5

16.7

IN

31.6

28.4

21

ME

29.6

26.6

19.7

PI

26.4

23.7

17.5

GATE 2015

Paper

General

OBC

SC/ST/PwD

CE

25

22.5

16.67

CS

25

22.5

16.67

ECE

25

22.5

16.67

EE

25

22.5

16.67

IN

25.45

22.9

16.96

ME

32.73

29.46

21.82

PI

26.82

24.14

17.88

How to Prepare for GATE Examination

The GATE exam is designed to check the knowledge and understanding of students in various subjects of engineering and science. Some of the tips to prepare for GATE exam are as follows:

Identify your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Start your planning and preparation from March or April month so that you will have one complete year for preparation. This will reduce overburden on you.

  • First of all, set your goal and target the desired exam from the beginning. Now, the first step in GATE preparation is to understand the GATE syllabus, pattern and level of difficulty. For this, go through the GATE syllabus and previous year’s question paper.

  • Make a list of books required for different subjects. There are many recommended books available for all subjects of the GATE exam. Generally, two or three books are enough for a particular subject where one book can be used in the start and other books can be referred if any doubts arise.

  • It is necessary to have a study plan for GATE preparation to maintain discipline and time management. Plan and freeze daily study hours. Daily scheduling and subject wise scheduling is very important for a systematic preparation. Keep yourself away from social media, mobile phone, Whatsapp and any activity which destruct your concentration.

  • Divide the whole syllabus in months and plan it so as to complete the entire syllabus in the available time keeping the time for revision and practice test paper also. Also divide the whole syllabus in modules e.g. thermal module which includes fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics and its applications.

  • Never think for selective study. Try to cover full syllabus including theory as well as numerical portion and also go through all the subjects. If you do selective study then there may be a chance that more questions may from topics which you have left.

  • Prepare notes with the important information and formulae as these notes can be used for revision. This cuts down on the revision time as the notes contain important information from all subjects in a single place.

  • Highlight the points of high importance in book and mark those questions in which you face difficulty. During the time of revision, you have to focus specially on these points and questions.

  • Before going to sleep every day, make a plan of activities and topic of studies for next day. It will help you to reduce unproductive time and improve your performance. In the morning, try to revise topic of last day which will improve your retention capability.

  • Evaluate yourself for understanding of a topic after studying it. This will help you in knowing weak areas of your preparation. Then go through other books or study material for clarification of the same. Don't allow to accumulate the doubts which may result in mental stress.

  • Make a revision plan parallel to regular studies. Revise each topic at a suitable interval of time using short notes or flash cards otherwise there is a chance of forgetting it.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Q1. I am currently studying in 3rd year B.A./B.Com./B.Sc. Am I eligible to appear for GATE 2021?
    A1. Yes, any undergraduate student currently in 3rd year or higher years of any government approved program in
    Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Arts/Commerce/Science is eligible to appear for GATE 2021.

    Q2. I am currently studying in 3rd year B.E., but through parallel entry in the 2nd year after finishing Diploma, am I eligible to appear for GATE 2021?
    A2. Yes, any undergraduate student currently in 3rd year or higher years of any government approved program in
    Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Arts/Commerce/Science is eligible to appear for GATE 2021.

    Q3. Is there any age limit to appear for GATE 2021?
    A3. NO. There is NO age limit to appear for GATE 2021.

    Q4. Are there any restrictions on the number of times one can appear for GATE?
    A4. NO. One can appear for the GATE examination any number of times.

    Q5. Can I appear in any of the GATE 2021 papers?
    A5. The candidates are expected to appear in paper(s) [up to two from the given combinations] appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree. The candidates is free to choose any other paper of GATE 2021, however, it is better to choose a paper in line with the eligibility criteria of the institutions/organizations in which they wish to seek admission/job.

    Q6. How do I apply ONLINE?
    A6. Refer to Section 4.4.2 given in the GATE 2021 Brochure and by visiting the website http://gate.iitb.ac.in/

    Q7. Can I use one e-mail address to fill multiple application forms? A7. NO. One e-mail address can be used to submit only ONE application form.

    Q8. Do I need to fill two forms to appear in two papers?
    A8. NO. The two papers option may be selected based on the given set of combinations in a SINGLE form only.

    Q9. Why should I choose FOUR examination cities?
    A9. The candidates will most likely be allotted a centre in the examination city of their first choice. Only in cases, where there are too many candidates opting for a certain city as their first choice, the other three choices become relevant. The candidates are required to fill their choices of cities to appear in the examination, but should remember that because of operational constraints, the GATE committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be any of the choices of a candidate. For candidates opting for international centres, there will be only one choice (by default).

    Q10. What do I do, if the power/internet connection failed during the submission of application process?
    A10. Please login to the GOAPS website again and continue the application process.

    Q11. Only SC / ST / PwD candidates have been asked to upload the category certificates. What about the OBC (non-creamy layer) or EWS candidates? Do they have to upload the category certificate too?
    A11. NO. Category certificate is required only for Indian nationals (appearing from exam centres within India), who wishes to avail a concession in application fee. As far as the GATE 2021 examination is concerned, only SC / ST / PwD candidates and all women candidates are eligible for application fee concession.

    Q12. How do I make the fee payment for GATE 2021 examination?
    A12. There is a link to the payment gateway from the application portal. The candidate can opt for any of the payment options listed over there. The additional charges such as service charges, processing fees or bank charges, have to be borne by the candidate.

    Q16. What do I do, if power/Internet connection failed during an online payment?
    A16. When you can get back online, login back to GOAPS website and check the status of the payment. If the payment was received by GATE, you can continue the process of printing the application form.
    If the payment was not received by GATE, you can also check the status of transaction from your bank account. In case, the fee amount has been debited (deducted) from your bank account, but GOAPS does not acknowledge any fee payment, then the money will be credited back to your account. However, this may take a week or more, after the closure of the application process.
    In such a situation, you may initiate a fresh payment on GOAPS without waiting for the money to be credited back to your account. This will ensure that your application submission will be on time (within the deadline).

    Q19. Do I have to send the print-out of the application form?
    A19. NO. The print-out of the application form is NOT required to be sent to the Organising Institute (IIT Bombay) or any other GATE zonal offices.

    Q20. When and how will I know the status of my application?
    A20. You can check the status of your application by logging into GOAPS website.

    Q21. After completing the ONLINE application process and generating a PDF file, will I be able to change my application data?
    A21. NO. After completing all the steps up to PDF application form generation in the ONLINE application process, you can only download the application form and CANNOT modify the data. Hence, you need to be very careful while entering the data.

    Q22. I have missed to take a print-out of my ONLINE application at the end of my application process. How will I get access to it?
    A22. You can login using GOAPS Enrolment ID and password and take a print-out for your own reference. The print-out must not be sent to GATE Organising Institute.

    Q23. If I have not uploaded photograph as per the specifications mentioned, will my application be rejected?
    A23. YES, without proper photograph, the application will be REJECTED.

    Q24. If I have not uploaded signature as per the specifications mentioned, will my application be rejected?
    A24. YES, without proper signature, the application will be REJECTED.

    Q25. Which Identity Document (ID) will be accepted in the application form?
    A25. For Indian candidates, the following valid photo identification documents/cards will be accepted: Aadhaar-UID, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License. For International candidates, ONLY valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification.

    Q26. Is there a relaxation in cut-off score and fee for the EWS (Economically weaker section) candidates?
    A26. The cut-off score and fee for EWS candidates will be SAME as General candidates.

    Q27. What will happen if I am not able to produce EWS certificate at the time of admission/ counselling etc.?
    A27. If you are not having a valid EWS certificate at the time of admission/counselling/ recruitment, you will be considered as General category candidate. However, GATE has nothing to do with subsequent admission or recruitment process.

    Q28. Do I have to upload my EWS certificate during the application process?
    A28. NO. Since, the "GATE CUT-OFF SCORE" for General and General-EWS categories are same, you need not upload any EWS certificate.

    Q29. When will I receive my Admit Card?
    A29. Admit Card can ONLY be downloaded from the GOAPS website from 8th January 2021. Admit Cards will NOT be sent by post or as an e-mail attachment.

    Q30. Is the Admit Card alone sufficient to gain entry to the examination centre?
    A30. NO. Candidates MUST bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card, to the Examination for verification along with the original and valid photo Identity Document (NO photocopy/scanned copy/NOT an expired document), which was specified during the filling up of the online application. For Indian candidates, only following identification cards will be accepted: Aadhaar-UID, Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License. For International candidates, ONLY a valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification.
    The Admit Card is valid if and ONLY if the candidate's photograph and signature images are clear and legible. The photograph on the Admit Card and that in the valid photo identity document should match with the appearance of the candidate on the day of examination.

    Q31. Can I bring soft copy of the Admit Card (in mobile phone/tablet/laptop) to gain entry to the examination centre?
    A31. NO. Hard copy (preferably printed in colour) of the Admit Card must be brought to the examination centre along with the original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo Identity Document (ID), which was specified during the filling up of the online application.

    Q33. If a paper is being held in more than one session, can I appear in any of the sessions of that particular paper?
    A33. NO. Each candidate will be assigned to ONLY ONE of the multiple sessions of a particular paper which is being held in multiple sessions. Under any circumstances, candidates will NOT be allowed to appear in a session in which their candidature is not assigned.

    Q34. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination Paper?
    A34. YES. ONLY after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of GATE Examination Paper will be entertained against additional payment till 13th November, 2020. Any request after this date will NOT be considered.

    Q35. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination City?
    A35. YES. ONLY after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of examination city will be entertained against additional payment till 13th November, 2020. Any request after this date will NOT be considered.

    Q36. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my Category?
    A36. YES. ONLY after the last date for application submission, category change request will be entertained against additional payment till 13th November, 2020. Any request after this date will NOT be considered.

    Q37. Will I be provided with any white paper for rough work and calculations during the examination?
    A37. Only one scribble pad at any point of time will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work. To obtain a second scribble pad, the candidate MUST return the first scribble pad. The candidates have to return any scribble pad in their possession at the end of the examination. The virtual scientific calculator will be available on the computer screen.

    Q38. Am I allowed to enter the examination hall at any time during the examination?
    A38. NO. Candidates MUST enter before the starting time of the examination. Delayed entry is permitted such that candidates login NOT later than 30 minutes from the starting time of the examination. NO relaxation is given under any circumstances.

    Q39. In case of permitted delayed entry in the examination hall, will I get extra time corresponding to my delayed entry?
    A39. NO. The candidate with permitted delayed entry will NOT get any extra time.

    Q40. Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the examination?
    A40. NO. Candidates will NOT be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the examination. Candidates are allowed to leave the examination hall only after the scheduled end of examination.

    Q41. What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue?
    A41. Only Admit Card, original valid photo Identification Card and a pen are permitted to be taken inside the examination hall. Mobile phones, physical calculators, wallets, watches of any type, any electronic/communicating devices, books, papers, loose sheets, pen/pencil box/pouch and any other material are NOT permitted inside the examination hall. If a candidate brings any of these items, they have to be kept outside the examination hall at the candidate's own risk. If the candidate is found to be in possession of these items (even if not using them), he/she will be disqualified and the result will not be declared for the candidate.

    Q42. Can I use a physical calculator during the examination?
    A42. NO. During the online GATE 2021 examination, all candidates will be provided with a virtual scientific calculator which has to be used to answer the questions.

    Q43. Will there be any arrangement at the examination centre for the safe keeping of my personal items such as my mobile phone?
    A43. NO. Such arrangements will NOT be made at the examination centre. If a candidate brings personal belongings including mobile phones, they have to be kept outside the examination hall at the candidate's own risk. The GATE officials are not responsible for safe keeping of your personal items.

    Q44. What happens if a physical calculator (even on an electronic watch) or a mobile phone (even in switched off mode) is found in my possession in the examination hall?
    A44. Such cases will naturally constitute violation of GATE 2021 code of conduct
    (as given in Appendix B) and will lead to disqualification of the candidature.