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GATE Exam | Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

GATE Exam | Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

GATE Exam Date
February 5-7 and February 12-14, 2021
Name of the examination
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
Common name
Conducting body
IIT Bombay
Frequency of the exam
Once a Year
Month in which the exam is conducted
Mode of examination
Computer Based Test
Duration of the exam
3 hours
Total marks
Masters and Ph.D. Programs
What is the GATE Exam?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an entrance exam that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the students about particular subjects. Students who qualify in GATE can get admission into various Masters and Ph.D. programs provided in the top reputed colleges like the IITs, NITs, IIITs, etc. 

They also get financial assistance from MHRD and various other government agencies. Recently, the GATE scores are also being used for recruiting candidates for entry-level positions in various public sector undertakings.

Both national and international students can appear for the exam. The exam is designed to test the candidate's understanding of the following areas:  

  • Verbal Ability
  • Numerical Ability
  • Technical Ability 
  • Engineering Mathematics (only applicable to a few papers)

Students who want to apply for the exam should check their eligibility criteria. If they are eligible, then they can apply through the exam form online. If they accidentally made any errors, then they can correct those errors during the exam correction window. 

After the GATE registration period is completed, the authorities will release the admit card for the candidates to download. The candidates must carry those admit cards to the exam centre on the GATE exam date. 

After a few days of the exam date, the authorities will release an answer key. The candidates can challenge the answer key if they feel that a particular answer is wrong. After the challenge period is completed, the results and the scorecard will be released. 

The candidates can register for the GATE counselling based on the results and GATE cutoff marks. If the candidates get a good score, then they can get admission to one of the top institutes in India.

GATE Exam 2021 Important Dates:

The table given below shows the dates of various events of GATE 2021:

GATE 2021 Events
GATE Registration Begins
11th September 2020
Last Date to Apply
7th October 2020
Last Date for Fee Payment
12th October 2020
GATE 2021 Application Form Correction Begins
28th October 2020
GATE 2021 Application Form Correction Ends
13th November 2020
Release of GATE Admit Card
8th January 2021
GATE Exam Date
February 5-7 and February 12-14, 2021
Release of GATE Answer Key
24th February 2021
GATE Result Announcement
22nd March 2021
Publishing of GATE Scorecard
26th March 2021
GATE Counselling Process
April 2021
GATE Exam Pattern:

The exam pattern is designed in such a way that it tests various decision-making abilities of the students. A candidate can select to appear for any of the 27 papers in the GATE entrance exam. 

The exam pattern of some of the papers is slightly different than the other ones. Students should select the papers for which they have the required qualifications. The GATE entrance exam also has a negative marking scheme. 

The important details of the GATE exam pattern are as follows:

Total Number of Subjects
Sections in the Question Paper
  1. General Aptitude
  2. Candidate's Selected Subject 
Types of Questions
  1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  2. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
  3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Number of Questions
  1. General Aptitude- 10
  2. Selected Subject- 55
Total Marks
Distribution of Marks- AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH, and XL
  1. General Aptitude- 15
  2. Selected Subject- 85
Distribution of Marks except in AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH, and XL
  1. General Aptitude- 15
  2. Engineering Mathematics- 13
  3. Selected Subject- 72
Marking Scheme
Each question will carry either 1 or 2 marks
Negative Marking
  1. 1/3 negative marks for a wrong answer in 1 mark question
  2. 2/3 negative marks for a wrong answer in 2 marks question
  3. No negative marks are allotted for Numerical Type questions
GATE Exam Subjects:

Since there are many subjects in the exam, the authorities have given a particular paper code for each subject to make things simple. Every paper has a different syllabus. The paper codes are as follows:

GATE Subject
Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering
Agricultural Engineering
Architecture and Planning
Biomedical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science and Information Technology
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Science & Engineering
Ecology and Evolution
Geology and Geophysics
Instrumentation Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Production and Industrial Engineering
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
Engineering Sciences
Humanities & Social Sciences
Life Sciences

XE Paper Codes: 

The GATE syllabus of Engineering Sciences (XE) has multiple disciplines. Each one of those disciplines leads the candidates to completely different careers. Therefore, the authorities have decided to divide the paper of Engineering Sciences into different sections. They are

  • Compulsory Section
  • Optional section 

Compulsory Section:

In the compulsory section, candidates are not given any choices. They have to compulsorily attempt the section. The subject that is tested in the compulsory section is Engineering Mathematics

XE Paper Section
XE Paper Codes
Engineering Mathematics
Optional Sections:

In the optional section of Engineering Sciences, candidates have the option to choose any two of the preferred subjects from the given ones. Each one of those subjects also has a paper code.  

Candidates can choose any two of the following optional sections:

XH Paper Section
XH Paper Codes
Distribution of Marks:

Since different papers in the GATE entrance exam follow a different paper pattern, the distribution of marks for those papers is also different. 

Paper Code
General Aptitude
Subject Marks
AE, AR, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, and ST
GG (Part A+Part B)
XE (Section A + Any Two Optional Sections)
15 + (2 x 35)
XL (Section P + Any Two Optional Sections)
25 + (2 x 30)
XH (Section B1 + Any One Optional Section)
25 + (1 x 60)

GATE Institutions:

GATE is considered as one of the most competitive exams in India. However, if candidates qualify in the exam, they can avail of many precious opportunities. They also get the opportunity to join in any one of the prestigious national institutes. The following are the most famous institutes that accept GATE scores:

Indian Institute of Technology (All Campuses)
COEP, Pune
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Jharkhand
BITS, Pilani
NITIE, Mumbai
Delhi College of Engineering (DCE), New Delhi
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
National Institute of Technology (NIT) (All Campuses)
Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)
Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur
Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Banaras
Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) Manipal
R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore

GATE Registration:

The GATE registration process is very long, as the candidates need to provide every little detail along with the scanned images of the important document. Therefore, before beginning with the registration process, candidates must keep the following information handy:

  • Personal information
  • Postal Address
  • Eligibility degree details
  • College details
  • Scanned image of the photograph
  • Scanned image of the signature
  • Scanned copy of Eligibility Document
  • Scanned copy of Degree Certificate
  • Scanned copy of Category Certificate, PwD Certificate, Dyslexic Certificate (if applicable)
  • ID Proof details
  • Bank Details

The scanned images of photograph and signature must follow the specifications given below:


  • It must be a coloured passport size photograph with a white background
  • The face of the candidate must cover at least a 50% area of the photograph with the candidate facing the camera
  • The face should not be covered, and the eyes, forehead, chin, and notes must be visible
  • Candidates who wear spectacles must either remove them or make sure that there is no reflection or red glare caused due to the glasses
3.5 cm x 4.5 cm
480 x 640 pixels
  • The signature must be done on a white paper with black or blue pen
  • It should be done in a rectangular box of 2 cm x 7cm
  • The signature must not be done using capital letters
2 cm x 7cm
160x560 pixels
The following steps must be followed for GATE registration:
  • Visit the GATE official website, which is GOAPS
  • Enter the following personal details:
    • First Name
    • Middle Name
    • Last Name
    • Name of the Candidate
  • Then add the following details to complete the registration process:
    • Mobile Number
    • Email Address
    • Country of Residence
    • Password
    • Captcha
  • Click on the submit button

After completing the registration, the candidate will receive an email from GOAPS. It will contain the GOAPS enrollment ID, which will act as a reference ID for all communication purposes in the future. The website will also send an OTP for the verification of the candidate's mobile number. 

To complete the application process, the candidates must follow the steps given below:

  • Visit the GOAPS website
  • Login to your account with the help of the Enrollment ID and the Password
  • Fill in the following exam details:
    • Choice of GATE 2021 paper
    • Choice of the examination country
    • Examination city preferences
  • Fill in the following personal details:
    • Enrollment ID
    • Name to appear on the Admit Card
    • Email Address
    • Mobile Number
    • Date of Birth
    • Gender 
    • Nationality
    • Category
    • PwD Status
    • Dyslexia Status
    • Country of Permanent Residence
    • State/Union Territory of Permanent Residence
    • Valid Photo ID
    • Valid Photo ID Number
    • Name of Parent/ Guardian
    • Country of Residence of Parent/ Guardian
    • Mobile Number of Parent/ Guardian
  • Fill the correspondence address section
    • Address Line 1
    • Address Line 2 and 3 (optional)
    • City/Town of Residence
    • PIN Code
    • State/Union Territory
    • Country
  • Enter the following qualification degree details:
    • Institute Registration/ Roll Number
    • Qualifying or Pursuing Degree
    • Pursuing Status
    • Year of Qualifying
    • College/ University Name
    • City/ Town
    • State/ Union Territory
    • PIN Code
  • After entering the details, upload the following documents:
    • Photograph
    • Signature
    • Photo ID
  • Pay the application fee through any one of the following modes:
    • Net Banking
    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card

GATE Exam Fees:

The application fee for the candidates varies based on their category. It is as follows:

Application Fee
Male (General/ OBC/ Other)
Rs. 1500
SC, ST, PwD, and Women (all categories)
Rs. 750
International students from Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu
International students from Dubai and Singapore

GATE Correction Window:

Mistakes are a part of human nature. Even if the candidates were extremely careful during the application process, they might have made a few errors without their knowledge. Therefore, the exam conducting authorities have given a GATE correction window during which students can correct their mistakes.  

The following details can be corrected during the correction window:

  • Communication Address
  • Graduation Details
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Category
  • PwD/ Dyslexia Status
  • Qualifying exam status
  • Photograph 
  • Signature

If a candidate wants to make corrections in the application form, then they must follow the following instructions:

Type of Corrections
Instructions to be followed
Name of the candidate
The name of the candidate must match the documents submitted in the application
Date of Birth
The date of birth of the candidate must match the documents submitted in the application
Name of the Parent/ College/ Contact Address Details
The details must match the documents submitted in the application

Male to Female: The candidate will not get the refund of the difference in fees

Female to Male: The candidate must pay Rs. 750 to make the changes  


SC/ ST to General/ EWS/ OBC: The candidate must pay Rs. 750 to make the Changes

General/ EWS/ OBC to SC/ ST: The candidate will not get the refund of the difference in fees

PwD/ Dyslexia Status

Yes to No: The candidate must pay Rs. 750 to make the changes

No to Yes:  The candidate will not get a refund of the difference in fees. He/She must also upload the supporting documents

Follow the steps given below to make the changes:

  • Visit the GOAPS website
  • Enter the enrollment ID, password, and captcha
  • Click on the link of Edit GATE Application Form
  • Make the changes in the application form
  • Crosscheck and verify the changes before saving
  • Save and view the application
  • After verifying the changes, submit the application form and pay the required fee
  • Download the corrected application form for future references

If the candidates want to change their examination centre, then they must pay an additional fee to make the changes. 

Change in the exam city within India
Rs. 400
Change in the exam city outside India (Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu)
Rs. 3550
Change in the exam city outside India (Singapore and Dubai )
Rs. 7100
The additional fee for the candidates outside India is as follows:

Change request of exam city outside India
Rs. 740
Exam city change from Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka & Kathmandu to Dubai or Singapore
Rs. 4290
GATE Application Form Status:

After candidates submit their application form, the authorities will approve the applications after verifying the details. Candidates can check the approval status of the application form on the website through their user's window. The different statuses of the application form will be as follows:

The application form is submitted successfully
Under Scrutiny
The application form is under the verification process
The application form has been accepted by the authorities
Defect Status
The candidate needs to rectify the marked defects in the application form
Status after Rectification 
The status of the application form after rectifying the errors
Rejected with valid reasons
The application form is rejected as the candidate failed to rectify the errors within the given time frame
GATE Admit Card:


The Admit Card is necessary to produce at the examination centre. Without their Admit Card, candidates won't be allowed inside the exam hall according to the GATE exam detail. The candidates should follow the steps given below to download the admit card:

  • Visit the GOAPS website
  • Enter the enrolment number, password, and captcha
  • Click on the login button 
  • Click on the link of Admit Card Download
  • After clicking on the link, the Admit Card will be downloaded in a PDF format
  • Save the GATE Admit Card and take a print out of it for taking it to the examination centre

The following details will be mentioned on the Admit Card:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Registration Number
  • GATE Exam Paper Code
  • Name of the exam centre
  • Address of the exam centre
  • Date of the exam
  • Day of the exam
  • Timings of the examination
  • Photograph and signature of the candidates
  • Signature of the organising chairman
  • Important Instructions to be followed on the day of the examination

In some cases, the candidates may have forgotten their enrollment ID or password. The candidates must follow the steps given below to retrieve their information:

Steps to Retrieve Enrollment ID:

  • Visit the GOAPS website
  • Click on the link of 'Forgot Enrollment ID'
  • Enter the registered mobile number in the space provided 
  • The candidate will receive their enrollment ID to their registered mobile number and email address

Steps to Retrieve Password:

  • Visit the GOAPS website
  • Click on Forgot Password
  • Then click on Request for OTP
  • The candidates will receive an OTP on their registered mobile number
  • Enter the OTP in the space provided
  • Create a new password 

The candidate must compulsorily carry their Admit Card to the examination centre. Along with the Admit Card, they must also carry any one of the following Photo ID:

Indian Students:

  • Passport
  • Aadhar Card
  • PAN Card
  • Voter ID
  • Driving License
  • College ID
  • Employee ID

International Students:

  • Passport
  • Employee ID
  • Government Issued ID

Examination Day Guidelines:

Candidates should follow certain guidelines during the examination day so that the entire examination process goes smoothly. The examination day guidelines are as follows:

  • Candidates must reach the examination centre an hour before the exam commences
  • They should not carry items like mobile phones, watch, calculator, pager, etc. to the examination center
  • They must carry their Admit Card and an original photo ID proof
  • They must enter their biometric information (fingerprint and photo) after going inside the examination hall
  • After submitting their biometric information, candidates must occupy their allotted seats and check if their system is in a proper working condition
  • They must not tamper with their provided system in any way
  • They must log in and verify their photo, which will be displayed on the screen
  • The candidates must read all the important instructions carefully, which will be displayed on the screen
  • The candidates will be provided with a scribble pad for rough work 
  • The candidates must write their registration number on the scribble pad provided
  • Candidates must not carry any kind of written material inside the exam hall
  • After answering the questions, candidates must click on the save button or else their answer will not be processed

GATE Answer Key:

After the completion of the exam, many students eagerly wait for the release of the GATE Answer Key. When the authorities release the Answer Key, the candidates should follow the below steps to download it:

  • Visit the GOAPS website
  • Enter the credentials to login
  • Click on the link of the GATE Answer Key
  • Check the answer key and click on the download
  • Take a print out for future reference

Steps to challenge the GATE Answer Key:

  • Visit the GOAPS website
  • Enter the Enrollment ID and Password to log in
  • Click on the GATE Answer Key
  • Select the paper code of the paper you appeared for
  • Click on the link of Raise Objection
  • Refer to the question number of the question which you want to challenge from the official answer key
  • Enter the question ID to challenge
  • Pay the objection fee through the payment modes available on the website

GATE Results:

The GATE result is released by the authorities after the completion of the Answer Key challenge period. The students must follow the steps given below to download their results: 

  • Visit the GOAPS website
  • Click on the link of the GATE results
  • Enter the following information:
    • Registered Email ID
    • Enrollment ID
    • Password
    • Date of Birth
    • Password
    • Captcha
  • Click on the Submit button
  • The results of the candidate will be displayed on the screen

The following details will be provided in the results:

  • Candidate's Name
  • Registration ID Number
  • Name of the exam paper and the Paper Code
  • GATE score of the candidate
  • Official GATE cutoff marks
  • Photograph of the candidate
  • Signature of the candidate

GATE Scorecard:

After the results are announced, the individual GATE scorecards of the candidate will be released. Some of the important points about the scorecard are as follows:

  • Candidates can download their scorecard only through the GOAPS website
  • The candidates must download their scorecard before the deadline. If they fail to do so, then they have to pay Rs.500 to get a soft copy of their GATE scorecard
  • The organizing committee does not distribute a hard copy of the scorecard. Candidates must download the and take a print out of the soft copy provided on the website
  • The scores of the GATE scorecard is valid for three years

The following details will be mentioned on the scorecard of the candidates:

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Photograph of the Candidate
  • Candidate's registration number
  • Gender of the candidate
  • Name of the GATE exam paper
  • Number of Candidates who appeared for that particular paper
  • Total GATE Score
  • All India Rank of the candidate
  • Qualifying marks based on categories
  • The validity period of the candidate's score

Benefits of GATE Exam Scorecard:

  • The qualifiers of the GATE examination get the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) scholarship  
  • Candidates can get admission to IISc Bangalore for M.Tech and M.E.
  • Candidates with good GATE score can get recruited in Public sector Undertakings and also get high packages 
  • The IITs, NITs, and CFITs accept candidates for M.E., M.Tech, and Direct Ph.D. programmes based on their GATE scorecards

GATE Cutoff:

The cutoff is decided by the authorities to shortlist candidates for the counselling process. The GATE cutoff depends on the following factors:

  • The total number of candidates who appeared for the GATE examination
  • The total number of available seats in the GATE participating colleges 
  • The difficulty level of the GATE question paper
  • The category under which the candidates are seeking admission

The GATE exam has two different types of cutoff marks. They are as follows:

  • Qualifying GATE cutoffs
  • Admission GATE cutoffs

Qualifying GATE Cutoff:

  • It is a minimum cutoff that a candidate must score to be eligible for admissions in IITs, NITs, CFTIs, and IIITs.
  • It does not necessarily guarantee admission for the candidate
  • It is fixed before the announcement of results
  • It is announced by the IIT and is available on GOAPS
  • The qualifying cutoffs include the qualifying marks for each paper  

Admission GATE Cutoff:

  • It is fixed after the declaration of results
  • It includes the final opening and closing ranks of the individual participating colleges
  • It also includes the opening and closing ranks at the individual institutes for particular courses
  • It does not necessarily guarantee admission into those colleges
  • It is decided by the individual institutes and is available on their counselling portals

GATE Counselling:

The candidates who have qualified in the exam need to register for the GATE Counselling if they want to get admission to any one of the colleges that accept the scores of the exam. They must register themselves for the Common Offer Acceptance Portal if they want to secure a spot for any of the IITs. 

However, if the candidate wants admission in the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs), Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) and National Institute of Technology (NITs) then the candidates must register for the Centralized Counselling for M.Tech (CCMT).

The private institutions that accept GATE scores conduct their own counselling process. If the candidates want to appear for any of those, then they must register for their counselling process.

The steps to register for the Centralized Counselling for M.Tech (CCMT) is as follows:

  • Visit the GOAPS website
  • Click on the link of GATE Counselling
  • The candidates will be automatically redirected to the Centralized Counselling for M.Tech (CCMT) website
  • Open the currents events section and click on the link of CCMT 2020: Online registration, Fee payment, and Choice filling
  • Enter the Registration ID and Password to log in 
  • Enter all the necessary details such as personal information, preferred institutions, and courses
  • Pay the registration fee online through the options given on the website 

Highlights for GATE Counselling:

  • It depends on the scores of the candidates
  • There is no common counselling process
  • Candidates need to verify the documents during the counselling process
  • Candidates have to register for the counselling of the colleges in which they want to apply and pay the application fee
  • The candidates must check their cutoff before registering for the Counselling

After the registration for the counselling is done, the authorities will allot seats based on the candidate's preferences and choices. When the allotment of the seats is done, the candidates have to report at the nodal centre for document verification.

The candidates must carry the following documents to the nodal centre for document verification:

  • GATE Admit Card
  • GATE Scorecard
  • Provisional Seat allotment letter
  • Date of Birth Certificate
  • Photo ID Proof
  • Class 12th mark sheet
  • Coloured passport size photographs
  • Proof of seat acceptance fee
  • Qualifying examination mark sheets of all semesters
  • Provisional/ Degree Certificate
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)
  • Printout of the registration form and locked choices

How to Crack GATE?

Every year, many students compete for the same limited number of seats through the GATE exam. Therefore, the organizing bodies increase the difficulty level of the exam to make their selection process easier. A little bit of dedication, hard work, and the following tips can help the students to crack the exam: 

Create a GATE Preparation Plan:

It is famously said that a goal without a plan is just a wish. To achieve any kind of goal, it is important to create a customized plan. The same rule applies to the GATE exam. If students want to qualify in the exam, then they have to create a proper preparation plan. 

The plan should be different for the GATE aptitude syllabus and the other subjects. The plan will help students to stay on track and complete their preparation before time. The following are the benefits of creating a preparation plan based on the GATE exam details:

  • It enables students to keep track of their daily, weekly, and monthly progress
  • It helps the students to manage their time
  • It avoids unnecessary confusion during the preparation process
  • It helps the students to be organized and focused 
  • It increases the confidence of the students as the slowly make progress and achieve their daily, weekly, and monthly goals 

Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses:

No one can learn and progress if they don't identify their strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, while preparing for the examination, students must identify their own strong and weak points. Once they have identified it, they can create effective strategies to make use of their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

It would help them to increase their confidence and also score better in their exam. The benefits of identifying strengths and weaknesses are given below:

  • It can help in creating a better preparation plan
  • It can make students create a better examination strategy
  • It would help them to increase their scores
  • The students can create a better revision plan

Use the Latest Study Materials for GATE Preparation:

Since GATE is a competitive exam, its syllabus and the books are updated every year based on the exam trends and development. Students who are preparing for the exam should buy the latest versions of the best books in the market. 

It would help them to learn additional topics and concepts that have been added in the syllabus with time. There are different books for the GATE aptitude syllabus and the other subjects of GATE in the market. Candidates should choose books that have the following features:

  • They must be easy to read and understand
  • The information must be accurate and provide clarity
  • It must not use fancy language
  • It must use diagrams and charts to explain the concepts 

Keep Notes:

Keeping notes is known to be one of the best preparation practices for the preparation of any exam. Therefore, candidates should write notes on every topic during their preparation. The notes should be written in such a way that it is easy to understand even if the candidate reads it after several months. 

It does not need to be written in a textbook language as its main purpose is to serve as a simple guide during revision. The following are the benefits of keeping notes:

  • It helps the students to understand the topic
  • It acts as a quick reference material
  • Students who prepare notes on a particular topic tend to remember it for a long time
  • The notes can also be used for combining the information from different study materials 

Allot a Separate Time for Revision:

Revision is the most underrated part of the exam preparation process. Students who skip the revision process cannot perform to their full potential during their main exam. Therefore, students should compulsorily revise all the topics. 

It is better to allot separate time for revision at the end of every week in the schedule. The benefits of revising the topics for the exam are as follows: 

  • It helps the students to remember the concepts for a long time
  • It can help students to develop a better understanding of the subjects
  • It would help the students connect the topics from two different subjects
  • It increases the overall score of the students in the exam

Practice Mock Tests:

There are many GATE mock tests available in the market for every subject, both online and offline. Even the authorities provide a practice mock test on the official website. It would help the students to get familiar with the pattern of the main online exam. 

The benefits of practicing multiple mock tests are as follows:

  • It increases the confidence level of the students and reduces their exam anxiety
  • It makes the students familiar with the exam pattern
  • It helps the students to learn time management
  • It also helps the students to identify their mistakes  

Manage Stress by Taking Frequent Breaks:

A stressed student cannot perform to their best potential in the exam. Stress decreases not only the mental capabilities but also their physical strength. 

Therefore, students need to include frequent breaks in their preparation schedule. They can take a 10-minute break after 40 minutes of a study session. 

The benefits of taking frequent breaks are as follows:

  • It helps the students to be healthy
  • It enables the students to perform at their optimum level
  • It increases the learning capacity of the students
  • It increases the memory retention of the students  

GATE Exam Last Minute Tips

  • Do not panic as it won't help you in any manner
  • Focus more on revision and do not study any new topics in the last few days
  • Make sure that everything is ready a day before the exam
  • Get enough sleep and follow a proper diet to be healthy
  • Be confident and maintain high spirits


  1. How many times can a candidate appear for the GATE exam?
    - The organising authorities did not set any limits on the number of attempts. Therefore, a candidate can appear for the exam as many times as he wants.

  2. What is the age limit for the GATE exam?
    - There is no age limit set for candidates who want to appear for the GATE exam

  3. Can a candidate apply for the GATE exam if he has a backlog?
    - No, a candidate cannot apply for the GATE exam if he has a backlog.

  4. When and how can candidates view their application status?
    - Candidates can view their application status anytime by logging into their GOAPS user account.

  5. Are physical calculators allowed to the GATE examination hall?
    - No, physical calculators are not allowed in the examination hall. The candidates will be provided with a virtual scientific calculator to do their calculations. 

Fee Details
  • Female/ SC/ ST/ PwD - Fees Before Last Date - 750
  • Female/ SC/ ST/ PwD - Fees During Extended Duration - 1250
  • Other Candidates - Fees Before Last Date - 1500
  • Other Candidates - Fees During Extended Duration - 2000
Eligibility Criteria

The students who want to appear for the GATE 2021 must follow the latest eligibility criteria released by the candidates. Previously, the candidates studying in the final year were eligible to apply along with the graduates. 

However, according to the latest modifications, the candidates studying in the pre-final year are also eligible to apply for the exam. The latest GATE exam eligibility criteria released by the authorities are as follows: 

  • Candidates belonging to Indian nationality or any other nationality are eligible
  • Candidates must have done graduation in engineering or post-graduation in master's degree of the relevant subject
  • Candidates who are studying in the pre-final or final year of their course are also eligible to apply
  • There is no exam age limit according to the GATE exam detail
  • The candidates who have completed/ are studying in the pre-final or final year of the following courses can apply:
  1. B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Pharm.
  2. B.Arch
  3. B.Sc (Research)/ B.S
  4. M.Sc/ MA/ MCA or equivalent
  5. Integrated ME/ M.Tech (Post B.Sc)
  6. Integrated ME./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)
  7. Integrated M.Sc/ Int. B.S+M.S.
  8. Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch.)  

The GATE eligibility criteria based on the individual courses taken by the candidates is as follows: 

Qualifying Degree
Qualifying Degree/ Descriptive Examination
B.E./ B.Tech/ B.Pharm.
4 years Bachelors Degree in Engineering/Technology after 10+2 or 3 years Bachelors Degree in Engineering/Technology after B.Sc. or Diploma in Engineering/ Technology   
5 years Bachelor's degree in Architecture or 4 years course in Naval Architecture / Planning
B.Sc.(Research)/ B.S
Bachelor's Degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)
M.Sc./ M.A./ MCA or equivalent
Master's Degree in Science/Arts/Computer Applications/equivalent course
Integrated M.E/ M.Tech (Post B.Sc.)
4 years of Integrated Master's Degree in Engineering/Technology Post-B.Sc
Integrated M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)
5 years of Integrated Master's Degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/ Technology
Integrated M. Sc/ Integrated B.S.-M.S.
5-year Integrated B.S.-M.S. or Integrated M.Sc. 
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch.)
Examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/UPSC/AICTE that are equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.

Age limit
  • No age limit

ID proof details
  • Photographs
  • Signature
  • Certificate of Qualifying Degree
  • Category Certificate (If Applicable)

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