Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering - GATE


Overview of the Exam

Gratitude Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level exam conducted annually in eight zones across India by one of the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras & Roorkee) and IISc, Banglore on a rotational basis for admission into various postgraduate programs like M.Tech., M.Arch., M.Sc. Ph.D, dual degree programs etc. The organizing institute for GATE 2021 is IIT Bombay. The GATE score is mandatory for admission into top institutes like IITs, NITs. and it is also usually considered for recruitment by PSUs like BHEL, ONGC, for various positions. Candidate can appear for any ONE (max. two depending on the available combination, infrastructure and date) of the 27 papers in GATE: 1. Aerospace Engineering, 2. Agricultural Engineering, 3. Architecture and Planning, 4. Bio-medical Engineering5. Biotechnology6. Civil Engineering7. Chemical Engineering8. Computer Science and Information Technology9. Chemistry10. Electronics and Communication Engineering11. Electrical Engineering12. Environmental Science and Engineering13. Ecology and Evolution14. Geology and Geophysics15. Instrumentation Engineerin16. Mathematics17. Mechanical Engineering18. Mining Engineering19. Metallurgical Engineering20. Petroleum Engineering21. Physics22. Production and Industrial Engineering23. Statistics24. Textile Engineering and Fibre Science25. Engineering Sciences26. Humanities and Social Sciences27. Life Sciences

Mode of Exam


Exam Frequency




Validity of Exam Result

3 years from the date of announcement of the GATE resultsAll-IndiaStates/ Union Territories AND a few foreign universities including National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and Technical University of Munich and RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Affiliated Institutes

All 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)

Exam Preperation

Age Limit


Minimum Qualification Needed

Candidate must have graduated in any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts successfully.OR Candidate must have completed 10+2+2 or 10+3+1 and currently studying in the 3rd of higher years of any undergraduate degree program

Subject Requirements and minimum percentage


Other eligibility criteria


Special provisions for reserved seats


Exam Pattern


GATE 2021 application fee for examination centres in India:Female candidates & SC/ST/PwD category candidates - INR 750 (Late fee - INR 1250)All other candidates - INR 1500 (Late fee - INR 2000)GATE 2021 application fee for candidates at international centres: Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu - USD 50 (Late fee - USD 70)Dubai and Singapore - USD 100 (Late fee - USD 120)

Format Objective

Objective- MCQs, Numerical based questions

Domains tested (syllabus)

    Papers that include Engineering Mathematics:General Aptitude - 15%Engineering Mathematics - 15%Subject of the Paper - 70%Papers that do not include Engineering Mathematics:General Aptitude - 15% Subject of the Paper - 85%

Weightage given to each domain

Subjects & Marks


    General Aptitude - 10 Questions Subject of the Paper - 55 Questions

Important Dates

Announcement of the exam

16 July 2020

Application Timeline

From the last week of August or 1st week of September to the 1st week of October (Tentative)

Provision of Admit Cards

1st week of January 2021(Tentative)

Date of Exam

05 February 202106 February 202107 February 202112 February 202113 February 202114 February 2021

Adminssion Date

Individual Institutes Declare

3rd week of March 2021(Tentative)