What is GATE?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial assistance to: (i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and (ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies. Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MHRD scholarship/assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory. Further, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.





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GATE 2021

GATE 2021 Exam is Conducted by IIT Bombay.

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 27 subjects (also referred to as “papers”) and it will be distributed over 1st & 2nd Weekends ( Saturday & Sunday ) of February 2021. The GATE examination centres are spread in different cities across India, as well as, at six cities abroad. It would purely be 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.


GATE 2021 Scholarship/Assistantship for Post-Graduate Programs

To avail the financial assistance (scholarship/assistantship), the candidate must first secure the admission to a program in one of the central government supported Institutes, by a procedure that could vary from institute to institute. Depending upon the norms adopted by a specific institute or department of the institute, a candidate may be admitted directly into a course based on: his/her performance in GATE only; or based on his/her performance in GATE and an admission test/interview conducted by the department to which he/she has applied and/or the candidate’s academic record. In the test/interview based selection procedure, as per the MHRD guidelines, 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. However, the admitting institutes could prescribe a minimum passing marks in the test/interview.

Candidates are advised to seek the complete details of the admission procedures and the availability of MHRD scholarship/assistantship from the corresponding admitting institutions. The criteria for postgraduate admission with scholarship/assistantship could be different for different institutions. The management of the post-graduate scholarship/assistantship is also the responsibility of the admitting institution. Similarly, reservation of the seats for different categories will be as per the policies and norms of the admitting institution and the Government of India rules. The admitting institute may also specify the number of candidates who will be provided financial assistance (scholarship), if admission is secured.

Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.


GATE 2021 for Employment

In the past, several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have used GATE scores to shortlist the candidates for employment. A few such organizations are: 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.
Direct recruitment to Group A level posts in Central government, i.e., Senior Field Officer (Tele), Senior Research Officer (Crypto) and Senior Research Officer (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, is now being carried out on the basis of GATE score.The details of the scheme of recruitment are normally published in National Newspapers/Employment News by the concerned authority. Some other Government of India Organizations have also expressed their interest to utilize GATE 2018 score for their recruitment purpose.

GATE 2021: Important Dates

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens Friday 3rd September 2020 Last Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website)  Monday 14th September 2020
Last Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website)  Wednesday 7th October 2020

Last Date for Requesting Change of Paper / Examination City

(an additional fee will be applicable)

 Friday 13th November  2020
Admit Card will be available in the Online Application Portal (for printing)  Friday 8th January 2021

GATE 2021 Examination

Forenoon: 9 AM to 12 PM (Tentative)

Afternoon: 3 PM to 6 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  Monday 22nd March 2021





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