All About GATE

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE Exam. The operations related to GATE in 8 zones all over India are managed by a Zonal GATE Office at IISc. or IITs. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2016 was IISc Bangalore, for GATE 2018 was IIT Guwahati, for GATE 2019 was IIT Madras, for GATE 2020 was IIT Delhi & for GATE 2021 is IIT Bombay.

Highlights of GATE 2021 are:

  • Dates of examination: Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February, 2021. There are two sessions (forenoon and afternoon) each day.
  • Fully Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Two NEW subject papers are introduced:
    1. ES (Environmental Science and Engineering)
    2. XH (Humanities and Social Sciences) in Economics / English / Linguistics / Philosophy / Psychology / Sociology.
  • Total number of subject papers: 27
  • Syllabi of all subject papers have been revised for GATE 2021.
  • All Test Papers of GATE 2021 will be entirely objective type. Pattern of questions may include
    1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ),
    2. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and/or
    3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • ONE or TWO subject papers allowed. TWO Paper combinations have to be chosen from the given list of ombinations of papers. Final allotment of TWO papers will still be subject to availability of infrastructure and dates.
  • Eligibility criteria is relaxed. A Candidate who is currently studying in th 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any Government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts is eligible to appear for GATE-2021 examination.
  • There is NO age limit to appear for GATE 2021 examination.
  • Applications will be accepted ONLINE only through GATE-2021 website link GOAPS.
  • GATE-2021 score card will remain valid for THREE years from the date of announcement of results.
  • Depending on COVID-19 situation, the schedule of the GATE 2021 examination may change.
  • Due to COVID-19 related international travel restrictions, examinations at the International Centres may be dropped, if situation is not conductive by end of November 2021.
  • Details available at the official website: https://gate.iitb.ac.in
  • Organising Institute: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay).

GATE 2021 - Important Dates

Activity Day Date
GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens Monday 14th September 2020
Closing Date of REGULAR online registration / application portal Wednesday 30th September 2020
Extended closing date of REGULAR online registration / application portal Wednesday 7th October 2020
End of EXTENDED period for online registration / application
(with additional late fee of 500)
Monday 12th October 2020
Last date of intimation to Registered Candidates after Scrutiny Wednesday 21st October 2020
Re-opening of GOAPS Portal for Successfully Registered Candidates to change Category / City / Exam paper
(Change of City is FREE and extra 500 for Category and Paper Change)
Wednesday 28th October 2020
Last Date for change of Category, City & Exam Paper Friday 13th November 2020
Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Portal
(for download and printing)
Friday 8th January 2021
GATE 2021 Examination
Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Tentative)
Afternoon: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Tentative)
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
5th February 2021
6th February 2021
7th February 2021
12th February 2021
13th February 2021
14th February 2021
Announcement of results in the Online Application Portal Monday 22nd March 2021

Important Note

The health and safety of the candidates are of utmost priority. Due to current COVID-19 pandemic situation, dates mentioned here are subject to change.

In rare cases, it may be necessary to postpone the GATE 2021 examination because of situations beyond the control of GATE committee.

All updates will be available on this website.

Source – GATE 2021 Official website

How to Apply for GATE 2021

GATE 2021 - Data Requirement for Filling the Online Application Form (GOAPS)

The following data will be required while filling the form at GOAPS:

  1. Personal information (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parents' name, parents' mobile number, etc.). Please note that the name of the candidate in the application form must exactly be the same as that in the valid photo ID, which the candidate MUST produce in original while appearing for GATE-2021 examination at the centre.
  2. GATE 2021 scorecard will be issued as per the name entered in the application form.
  3. Prefix/title such as Mr/Shri/Dr/Mrs/Smt/Prof/Capt, etc. MUST NOT be used before name.
  4. Address for Communication (including PIN code)
  5. Eligibility degree details
  6. College name and address with PIN code
  7. GATE paper(s) (subject)
  8. Four Choices of GATE examination cities
  9. High quality image of candidate's photograph conforming to the requirements specified
  10. Good quality image of candidate's signature conforming to the requirements specified
  11. Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST) certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  12. Scanned copy of PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  13. Scanned copy of Certificate of Dyslexia (if applicable) in pdf format
  14. Details of the valid photo Identity Document (ID)(The same ID, in original, MUST be carried to the examination hall)
  15. Net-banking/debit card/credit card/UPI details for fee payment

Source – GATE 2021 Official website

Details of Application Fee for GATE-2021 (Per Subject Paper)

For Examination Centres in India Regular Period
(14th to 30th Sept. 2021)
During the Extended Period
(1st to 7th Oct 2021)
Female candidates (per paper) 750 1,250
SC / ST / PwD* category candidates (per paper) 750 1,250
All other candidates (per paper) 1,500 2,000

Note : The application fee mentioned above DOES NOT INCLUDE service charges, processing fees and any other charges that the banks may levy.

*PwD means Persons with Disability.

GATE Score Card

After the declaration of the results, candidates can download their GATE 2021 Score Card for the paper (for which he/she has taken the examination). The score cards will be issued for only those candidates whose marks are equal to or above the qualifying marks of SC/ST/PwD candidates in that paper. The GATE 2021 score cards can be downloaded after 22nd March 2021 and for that the candidate should access the zonal websites from where he/she has taken the GATE 2021 examination.

The GATE 2021 Committee has the authority to decide the qualifying mark/score for each GATE paper. In case any claim or dispute arises in respect of GATE 2021, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Allahabad and Allahabad alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.

Calculation of GATE 2021 Score

Calculation of Normalized Marks for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers

In 2018, examination for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers is being held in multi-sessions. Hence, for these papers, a suitable normalization is applied to take into account any variation in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions. The normalization is done based on the fundamental assumption that "in all multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions". This assumption is justified since the number of candidates appearing in multi-session papers in GATE 2021 is large and the procedure of allocation of session to candidates is random. Further it is also ensured that for the same multi-session paper, the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude.

Based on the above, and considering various normalization methods, the committee arrived at the following formula for calculating the normalized marks, for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers.

Normalized Mark of jth candidate in ith session M^ij is given by:

where,

  • Mij is the actual marks obtained by the candidate in the session
  • Mgt is the average marks of the top 0.1% of the candidates considering all sessions
  • Mgq is the sum of mean and standard deviation marks of the candidates in the paper considering all sessions
  • Mti is the average marks of the top 0.1% of the candidates in theithsession
  • Miq is the sum of the mean marks and standard deviation of theithsession
    After the evaluation of the answers, normalized marks based on the above formula will be calculated corresponding to the raw marks obtained by a candidate for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers and the GATE 2019 Score will be calculated based on the normalized marks. For all other papers, actual marks obtained will be used for calculating the GATE 2019 Score.

Calculation of GATE Score for all papers

GATE 2021 score will be calculated using the formula;

Source – GATE 2021 Official website