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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is basically an examination on the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. GATE 2021 will be conducted for 25 subjects (also referred to as “papers”) and it would be distributed over 1st, 2nd, 8th & 9th of February 2021. The GATE examination centers are spread in different cities across India, as well as, in six cities outside India. 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 the several years of examination data. Note that the GATE 2021 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results.

About GATE 2020

  • 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 on 27 subjects (also referred to as “papers”).
  • Examination for all the 27 subjects (papers) will be conducted as ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • The online examination paper may contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using a virtual keypad. The remaining questions will be of (i) Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type, where only one option out of four options is correct and (ii) Multiple Select Question (MSQ) type, where one or more than one options out of four options is/are correct. The Candidates will use ONLY an on-screen virtual calculator provided for the examination.
  • A candidate can appear in ANY ONE or UP TO TWO papers of the GATE examination. However, note that the combination of TWO papers in which a candidate can appear MUST be from the pre-defined list as given in Table.
  • GATE 2021 examinations will be held during the forenoon and afternoon sessions on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of February 2021.
  • Examination for some of the papers in GATE 2021 may be held in multiple sessions. However, a candidate will be mapped to appear for the examination in ONLY one of the multiple sessions of the same paper.
  • Exact details of the complete examination schedule will be notified later on the GATE 2021 website (http://gate.iitb.ac.in/).

          Important dates for GATE 2021 are given in Table.




GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens


14th September 2020

Closing Date of REGULAR online registration/ application portal


30th September 2020

End of Extended period for online Registration / application (with late fee)


7th October 2020

Last Date for change of Category, Paper and Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable)


13th November 2020

Admit Card will be available in the Online Application Portal (for printing)


8th January 2021

GATE 2021 Examination Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Tentative) Afternoon: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Tentative)


5th February 2021
6th February 2021
7th February 2021
12th February 2021
13th February 2021
14th February 2021

Announcement of the Results in the Online Application Portal


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 the website.

  • Candidates have to register and fill the application via ONLINE mode ONLY at GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). The link will be made available on GATE 2021 website.
  • The entire process of filling up of  the  application  form  and  uploading  of certificates  / documents, etc. is in ONLINE mode only. The candidates should NOT send any hard copy of their application forms / documents etc. to IIT Bombay or any of the zonal GATE offices.
  • The payment of application fees is through electronic mode.
  • The Admit Cards for GATE 2021 would be available only on GOAPS website. Candidates can download their Admit Card from GOAPS website. No printed copy of the Admit Cards will be posted to the candidates.
  • The candidate has to appear at the GATE Examination Centre on the date and time specified in the Admit Card.
  • No request for any changes in the Centre or Date/Time specified in the Admit Card will be entertained. Similarly, this being an examination body with certain constraints, candidates needing very special or specific facility for the examination may not be entertained (except scribe facility). Hence, candidates are requested to adhere to the facilities that are possible within the ambit and resources of GATE Examination Body.
  • 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 (even if not using) will be disqualified.
  • Biometric information (such as, Photograph, Iris scan and Fingerprints etc.) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start or during the examination.
  • In all matters concerning GATE 2021, the decision of the GATE 2021 Committee will be final and binding on all the applicants.
  • Although GATE 2021 will be held at different test centres across the country, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, being the Organising Institute, bears the overall responsibility of conducting GATE 2021. In case of any claims or disputes arising with respect to GATE 2021, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the High Court of Bombay in Mumbai alone will have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle them.
  • 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, separate score and ranking will be provided based on their selection of sections (Refer FAQ).
  • For candidates appearing for Humanities and Social Sciences (XH) papers, separate score and ranking will be provided based on their selection of sections (Refer FAQ).

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