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GATE Exam 2021 – Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Admission Process & More

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Every year, the GATE exam is conducted jointly by IISc (Indian Institute of Science), Bangalore and any one of the IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee). Qualifying in GATE is  a mandatory requirement to get admission and/or financial assistance to master’s programs and direct doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture, and doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the MHRD-supported institutions and other Government agencies. 

In 2021, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering will be conducted by IIT Bombay. The GATE 2021 examination will be held in the first and second week of February 2021. IIT-B commences the application process for GATE 2021 from 11th September 2020. Aspiring candidates will be required to fill in and submit the application forms on or before the deadline which is set for 8th October 2020.

GATE 2021 exam will be conducted in online mode (computer- based exam) for 25 papers in two sessions i.e. morning and evening shifts. After the successful conduct of the exam, the concerned authorities will release the GATE 2021 answer key. Candidates must note that the GATE 2021 scores will be valid for 3 academic years after the date of announcement. Also, there will be no common counselling and seat allotment process for admissions through GATE scores. 

Aspirants seeking M.Tech admission will have to register themselves for counselling through COAP (Common Offer Acceptance Portal) whereas NITs and CFTIs conduct M.Sc admission for GATE qualified aspirants through CCMT (Centralized Counselling for M. Tech). Read this article to gain comprehensive information about GATE 2021.  

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Latest Update – As per the revised Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme, the qualifying score for GATE exam has been changed to 650; earlier it was 750. Also, among the 25 institutions, NITs will also be eligible to grant the fellowship. 

Latest Update- IIT Bombay has again extended the application deadline for the GATE 2021. The deadline for application is 8th October 2020 and the application correction window will be available from 28th October to 11th November 2020.

GATE Exam – Highlights

  • Annually, GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is conducted jointly by one of the seven IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and IISc (Indian Institute of Science).
  • This national level exam is conducted in online mode (computer-based exam) for a duration of 180 minutes. English is the mode of language of the exam.
  • Application and counselling processes are also conducted in online mode.
  • As per the revised Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme, the qualifying score for GATE exam has been changed to 650 (earlier it was 750).
  • Also, it has been declared that among the 25 institutions, NITs will also be eligible to grant the fellowship.

GATE Exam – What are the important dates for GATE 2021?

The official dates for GATE for the year 2021 were recently announced by the concerned authority. Given below is the official schedule schedule for the GATE 2021 (some dates are tentatively mentioned and will be updated soon as the governing authority of the GATE 2021 announces them).

GATE Important Dates 2021 – Tentative Schedule

Events Expected Dates 
GATE official notification release  7th August 2020
GATE 2021 registration through GOAPS window  11th September 2020
Deadline for GATE registration 8th October 2020
Deadline for GATE application form submission (by registered candidates) with additional late fee of Rs. 500 12th October 2020
GATE application form correction window  28th October to 11th November 2020
Deadline to modify GATE exam paper choice  13th November 2020
GATE application form defect rectification window  First week of December 2020
Change of GATE exam city  Second week of November 2020
GATE application form change in fields of Category/Gender/Nationality/PwD /Dyslexia or other similar learning disabilities Third week of November 2020
GATE mock test release  First week of November 2020
GATE admit card release  8th January 2021
GATE 2021 exam  5th,6th,7th,12th,13th and 14th February 2021
GATE response sheet release  Second week of February 2021
GATE 2021 question paper publishing on official website  Third week of February 2021
GATE answer key release  Third week of February 2021
GATE answer key objection submission  Third week of February 2021
GATE final answer key release  Second week of March 2021
GATE result declaration  Second week of March 2021
Availability of GATE scorecard for download  Third week of March 2021

GATE Exam – Who all are eligible to apply for GATE 2021?

Before applying for the exam, the aspiring candidates must make sure that they satisfy the eligibility criteria for the GATE exam. If any candidate fails to fulfil the eligibility parameters, the concerned authorities hold all the rights to forfeit his/her admission. Ee have given the detailed course-wise eligibility criteria for the reference of the candidates below.

As per the GATE Eligibility Criteria 2021:

  • Any candidate belonging to Indian nationality is eligible to apply. Also, candidates belonging to Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore and United Arab Emirate (UAE) will also be considered eligible.
  • There is no age limit applicable on GATE aspirants. 
  • Applicants must have qualified their bachelors’ degree, integrated degree, or diploma in the concerned specification from any recognized institute or university. No passing percentage has been specified by the concerned authorities.

GATE Eligibility Criteria – Detailed Course wise

For candidates with B.E, B.Tech, and B.Pharma as qualifying degree:

  • Candidates must have a 4-year bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology, or 3-year degree after a  Diploma course.
  • Final year students are also eligible to apply for GATE. 
  • Candidates graduating after 2021 are not eligible to apply.

For candidates with B.Arch as a qualifying degree:

  • Applicants must possess a 5-year bachelor’s degree in Architecture from a recognized institution.
  • Students in their final year are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates graduating after 2021 are not eligible to apply.

For candidates with B.Sc (Research) and B.S courses as qualifying degrees:

  • Aspirants must have a 4-year bachelor’s degree in Science after 10+2 or Post Diploma in Science. 
  • Students in their final year are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates graduating after 2021 are not eligible to apply.

For candidates with M.Sc, M.A, MCA, and equivalent courses as qualifying degrees:

  • Applying candidates must possess a master’s degree in any branch of Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Applications or any equivalent subject.
  • Students in their final year are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates graduating after 2021 are not eligible to apply.

For candidates with Integrated M.E and M.Tech (Post B.Sc.) as qualifying degrees: 

  • Students must have a 5-year post B.Sc Integrated Master’s Degree in Engineering or Technology.
  • Students who are currently pursuing 2nd/3rd/4th of graduation are also eligible to apply. 

For candidates with 5-year Integrated M.E and M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) as qualifying education:

  • Must possess 5-year Integrated Master’s Degree or Dual Degree in Engineering or Technology.
  • Students who are currently pursuing 4th/5th of graduation are also eligible to apply. 

For applicants with Integrated M. Sc and Integrated B.S + M.S as qualifying degrees:

  • Candidates must possess Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year Integrated B.S + M.S Degree
  • Final year students are also eligible to apply. 

For candidates with Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E, B.Tech, and B.Arch) as qualifying degree:

  • Students registered under Professional Societies after May 31, 2013 in courses equivalent to B.E, B.Tech, and B.Arch and satisfying other eligibility parameters will also be eligible to apply.
  • The eligibility of such candidates are subjected to court order as the case is under judicial consideration and therefore, prohibited from public discussion elsewhere.

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2021 for International candidates

Candidates belonging to Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates are also eligible to apply for the GATE exam. 

Aspirants belonging to these countries must fulfil the below mentioned criteria–

  1. Candidates must have qualified any relevant engineering course.
  2. It must be noted that the aspirants appearing in their final year of bachelor’s degree will also be considered eligible to apply. 
  3. Candidates graduating in 2020 (or earlier) will be required to submit the course completion certificate, degree certificate, membership certificate, professional certificate and provisional certificate issued by their respective institutes.
  4. Appearing candidates, who will be qualifying their respective degrees in 2021 or later, will be required to submit a certificate from their Principal or a copy of the marks card for section A of AMIE.

GATE Exam – How to apply for GATE 2021 exam?

On 11th September 2020, the concerned authority commenced the GATE application process for the year 2021. Through the GATE Online Application Process (GOAPS), the registration was commenced. Candidates must go through the eligibility criteria thoroughly before registering for the exam. The application forms are to be filled and submitted on or before the last day of submission. Any forms submitted after the last day of submission will not be entertained and considered valid by the concerned authorities.  

In order to fill in the GATE application form 2021, the candidates will be required to follow the steps given below-

  1. Visit the GATE Online Application Process (GOAPS) to register for the application process.
  2. The candidates will be required to register using their name, country of residence, email address and mobile number.
  3. After successful registration, unique log in credentials will be generated.
  4. Aspirants will be required to log in the online portal again using these credentials to proceed with the form filling process.
  5. Candidates will be now required to fill in all the required personal and academic details, and fill in their preferred choices of GATE papers and any two exam centres.
  6. Now, the aspirants will be required to upload the scanned copies of their photograph, signature, and category certificate (if applicable) in the predefined format. 
  7. The last step would be payment of the application fee. The application fee for GATE 2021 can be paid via online mode of payment, i.e. using credit card, debit card, or net banking.

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GATE Application Fee – What is GATE Exam Fee?

For exam centres in India:

Categories Application Fee Late Application Fee
For UR and other category candidates INR 1500 INR 2000
For ST, SC, PwD, and Female candidates INR 750 INR 1250

For exam centres abroad:

Countries Application Fee Late Application Fee
Singapore and Dubai US $100 US $120
Addis Ababa, Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka US $50 US $70

GATE Exam – What is the syllabus for GATE 2021?

The concerned authorities will announce the syllabus for the GATE exam online on the official website. Check out the below mentioned subject-wise detailed syllabus (based on the previous year’s notification) for the reference of the candidates. In case any changes are made in the GATE syllabus 2021, we will update this page. 

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING:

  1. Aerodynamics
  2. Engineering mathematics
  3. Flight mechanics
  4. Propulsion
  5. Space dynamics
  6. Structures

AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING:

  1. Agricultural processing engineering
  2. Dairy and food engineering
  3. Engineering mathematics
  4. Farm machinery
  5. Farm power
  6. Irrigation and drainage engineering
  7. Soil and water conservation engineering

ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING:

  1. Architecture and design
  2. Building and structures
  3. Building materials, construction and management
  4. Environmental planning and design
  5. Planning techniques and management
  6. Services, infrastructure and transportation
  7. Urban design
  8. Urban planning and housing

BIOTECHNOLOGY:

  1. Engineering mathematics
  2. General biotechnology

CIVIL ENGINEERING:

  1. Engineering mathematics
  2. Environmental engineering
  3. Geometrics engineering
  4. Geotechnical engineering
  5. Structural engineering
  6. Transportation engineering
  7. Water resources engineering

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING:

  1. Chemical engineering
  2. Chemical reaction engineering
  3. Chemical technology
  4. Engineering mathematics
  5. Fluid mechanics and mechanical operations
  6. Heat transfer
  7. Instrumentation and process control
  8. Mass transfer
  9. Plant design and economics
  10. Process calculations and thermodynamics

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

  1. Engineering mathematics
  2. Computer science and information technology

CHEMISTRY:

  1. Physical chemistry
  2. Inorganic chemistry
  3. Organic chemistry

ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING:

  1. Analog circuits
  2. Communications
  3. Control systems
  4. Digital circuits
  5. Electromagnetic
  6. Electronic devices
  7. Engineering mathematics
  8. Networks, signals and systems

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING:

  1. Engineering mathematics
  2. Electrical engineering

GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS:

  1. Common section
  2. Geology
  3. Geophysics

INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERING:

  1. Engineering mathematics
  2. GATE Mathematics Syllabus
  3. Instrumentation engineering
  4. Mathematics

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING:

  1. Applied mechanics and design
  2. Engineering mathematics
  3. Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences
  4. Materials, manufacturing and industrial engineering

METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING:

  1. Engineering mathematics
  2. Extractive metallurgy
  3. Manufacturing processes
  4. Mechanical metallurgy
  5. Physical metallurgy
  6. Thermodynamics and rate processes

MINING ENGINEERING:

  1. Economics, mine planning, systems engineering
  2. Engineering mathematics
  3. Geomechanics and ground control
  4. Mine development and surveying
  5. Mining methods and machinery
  6. Surface environment, mine ventilation, and underground hazards

PETROLEUM ENGINEERING:

Petroleum engineering

PHYSICS:

  1. Atomic and molecular physics
  2. Classical mechanics
  3. Electromagnetic theory
  4. Mathematical physics
  5. Nuclear and particle physics
  6. Quantum mechanics
  7. Solid state physics and electronics
  8. Thermodynamics and statistical physics

PRODUCTION AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING:

  1. Engineering mathematics
  2. General engineering
  3. Industrial engineering
  4. Manufacturing processes I
  5. Manufacturing processes II
  6. Operations research and operations management
  7. Quality and reliability

STATISTICS:

Statistics

TEXTILE ENGINEERING AND FIBRE SCIENCE:

  1. Chemical processing
  2. Engineering mathematics
  3. Fabric manufacture, structure and properties
  4. Textile fibres
  5. Textile testing
  6. Yarn manufacture, yarn structure and properties

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION:

  1. Behavioural ecology
  2. Ecology
  3. Evolution
  4. Mathematics and quantitative ecology

XE ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS:

  1. Calculus
  2. Differential equations
  3. Engineering mathematics
  4. Linear algebra
  5. Numerical methods
  6. Probability and statistics
  7. Vector calculus

XE FLUID MECHANICS:

  1. Differential analysis
  2. Dimensional analysis
  3. Flow and fluid properties
  4. Integral analysis
  5. Internal flows
  6. Inviscid flows
  7. Kinematics
  8. Brandt boundary layer equations

XE MATERIALS SCIENCE:

  1. Characterisation techniques
  2. Elements of quantum mechanics and mathematics
  3. Environmental degradation
  4. Material types
  5. Processing of materials
  6. Properties of materials
  7. Structure and imperfections
  8. Thermodynamics and kinetics

XE SOLID MECHANICS:

Solid mechanics

XE THERMODYNAMICS SYLLABUS:

  1. Basic concepts
  2. First law of thermodynamics
  3. Ideal gas mixtures
  4. Properties of pure substances
  5. Second law of thermodynamics
  6. Thermodynamic cycles
  7. Thermodynamic relations

XE POLYMER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING:

Polymer science and engineering

XE FOOD TECHNOLOGY:

  1. Food chemistry and nutrition
  2. Food engineering
  3. Food microbiology
  4. Food products technology

XE ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC SCIENCES:

Atmospheric and Ocean science

XL CHEMISTRY:

  1. Atomic structure and periodicity
  2. Chemical equilibria
  3. Electrochemistry
  4. Reaction kinetics
  5. S, p and d block elements
  6. Structure and bonding
  7. Structure-reactivity correlations and organic reaction mechanisms
  8. Thermodynamics

XL BIOCHEMISTRY:

Biochemistry

XL BOTANY:

Botany

XL MICROBIOLOGY:

Microbiology

XL ZOOLOGY:

Zoology

XL FOOD TECHNOLOGY:

  1. Food chemistry and nutrition
  2. Food engineering
  3. Food microbiology
  4. Food products technology

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING:

  1. Analog and digital electronics
  2. Biomaterials
  3. Biomechanics
  4. Electrical Circuits
  5. Engineering mathematics
  6. Human anatomy and physiology
  7. Measurements and control systems
  8. Medical imaging systems
  9. Sensors and instrumentation
  10. Signals and systems

GATE Exam – What is the exam pattern for GATE 2021?

Along with the syllabus, the candidates must also get well acquainted with the GATE exam pattern . In order to avoid any confusion while preparing and writing the exam, the candidates must go through the exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly. 

As per the GATE Exam Pattern 2021 –

  1. The exam will be conducted in online mode for a time duration of 180 minutes, i.e. 3 hours.
  2. There will be a total of 65 multiple choice and numerical type questions.
  3. GATE will be conducted for a total of 100 marks.
  4. There will be total three sections in the exam, i.e. General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Subject Specification Section.
  5. As per the marking scheme, some questions will carry 1 mark each and other 2 marks each. For questions carrying 1 mark each, 1/3 marks will be deducted for wrong answers. And for questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted. 
  6. It must be noted that there is no negative marking for numerical type questions. 
Sections Number of Questions and Marks per part Number of Questions Maximum Marks
General Aptitude (GA) 5 questions of 1 mark each and 5 questions of 2 mark each 10 15
Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL 25 questions of 1 mark each and 30 questions of 2 mark each 55 85
Sections Number of Questions and Marks per part Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Question Paper GG (Geology and Geophysics) PART A (Compulsory Section) PART B 55 85
25 questions of 1 mark each Section I (Geology) and Section II (Geophysics) (Attempt any 1 question):

30 questions of 2 mark each

Sections Number of Questions and Marks per part Number of Questions Maximum Marks
XE Paper (Engineering Sciences) General Aptitude

(15 marks)

Section A Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory): Sections B to H: (Attempt Any Two) 55 85
7 questions of 1 mark each and 4 questions of 2 marks each 9 questions of 1 mark each and 13 questions of 2 marks each
Sections Number of Questions and Marks per part Number of Questions Maximum Marks
XL Paper (Life Sciences) General Aptitude

(15 marks)

Section P Chemistry (Compulsory Section): Sections Q to U: (Attempt Any 2) 55 85
5 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each 10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each

GATE Exam – Which books are highly recommended for GATE preparation?

To ensure that no topic is left untouched, the candidates must refer to all the important books while preparing for the GATE exam. The candidates can refer to the below mentioned books for efficient and effective preparations for the exam.

ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS

  1. Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
  2. Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth Rosen

THEORY OF COMPUTATION

  1. An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata by Peter Linz

COMPUTER ORGANIZATION & ARCHITECTURE

  1. Computer Architecture – A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson
  2. Computer Organization and Embedded systems by Carl Hamacher

PROGRAMMING & DATA STRUCTURES

  1. Classic Data Structures by Debasis Samanta
  2. The C Programming language by Dennis Richie

DIGITAL LOGIC

  1. Digital Electronics by S. Salivahanan & S. Arivazhagan
  2. Digital Design by Morris Mano

COMPUTER NETWORKS

  1. Computer Networks by Peterson & Davie
  2. Data Communications and Networking by Kurose & Ross and Behrouz A. Forouzan

ALGORITHMS

  1. Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen
  2. Data Structures & Algorithms by R.S. Salaria

COMPILER DESIGN

  1. Compiler Design in C by Allen I Holub
  2. Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools by Aho & Ullman
  3. Operating System
  4. Operating Systems by Stallings
  5. Operating System Concepts by Galvin

DATABASES

  1. Database System Concepts by Henry. F. Korth
  2. Normalization and indexing by Shamkant B. Navathe

DESIGN OF MACHINE ELEMENTS

Machine design – V.B. Bhandari

ENGINEERING MECHANICS

  1. Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti
  2. Engineering Mechanics by R K Rajput
  3. Engineering Mechanics by Beer and Johnston

FLUID MECHANICS

  1. Fluid Mechanics by R K Bansal
  2. Fluid & Hydraulics- Modi and Seth

HEAT TRANSFER

  1. Heat Transfer by Cengel and Holman
  2. Heat and Mass Transfer by J P Hollman and R C Sachdeva

STRENGTH OF MATERIALS

Strength of Materials by Gere and Timoshenko, B C Unamia, Sadhu Singh, Ramamrutham

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa and Sarin

MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

Production Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation by R.K. Jain

STRENGTH OF MATERIALS

Strength of Materials – Gere & Timoshenko

THEORY OF MACHINES

Theory of Machines by Ratan

THERMAL SCIENCE

Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag

THERMODYNAMICS

  1. Engineering Thermodynamics by P K Nag and Rajput
  2. Thermodynamics by Cengel

VIBRATIONS

Mechanical Vibration by Grover

ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by E.Kreyszig

NETWORKS

Engineering Circuit Analysis by Hayt & Kemmerly

SIGNAL AND SYSTEMS

  1. Signals and Systems by Oppenheim & Wilsky
  2. Signals and Systems by Nagoor Kani

ELECTRICAL MACHINE

Electrical Machinery by P.S.Bimbhra

CONTROL SYSTEM

Control Systems Engineering by Nagrath & Gopal

MEASUREMENT

Electrical and Electronic Measurement & Instrumentation by AK Sawhney

CIRCUIT ANALYSIS

Transient Analysis of Electric Power Circuits by Arieh L Shenkmann and also Chakraborty

ANALOG

Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Boylestad

DIGITAL CIRCUITS

Digital Design by M.Morris Mano

ELECTRO MAGNETICS

  1. Elements of Electromagnetics by Mathew N. O. Sadiku
  2. Engineering Electromagnetics by William .H.Hayt

POWER ELECTRONICS

  1. For Beginners- Power Electronics by MH Rashid
  2. Power Electronics by P.S.Bimbhra

POWER SYSTEM

  1. Power Systems Engineering by Nagrath & Kothari
  2. Power Systems by JB Gupta & CL Wadhwa

GENERAL APTITUDE

  1. Quantitative Aptitude by CAT by Arun Sharma
  2. Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Agarwal

CONTROL SYSTEM

  1. Control Systems by Nagarath and Gopal
  2. Control Systems Engineering by Norma Nise

NETWORK

  1. Network Theory by Alexander Sadiku
  2. Network Analysis by Van Valkenburg
  3. Circuit Theory by A.Chakraborty

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

  1. Electronic Devices and Circuits by Millman & Halkias
  2. Semiconductor Physics And Devices by Donald A. Neamen
  3. Solid state electronic devices by Ben G. Streetman and Sanjay Banerjee

SIGNAL SYSTEMS

  1. Digital Signal Processing by S.K Mitra
  2. Modern digital and analog Communications system by BP Lathi
  3. Signals & Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim

ANALOG CIRCUITS

  1. Analog Electronics, Electronics devices and circuits – Donald A Neaman
  2. Microelectronics Circuits by Sedra & Smith
  3. Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert L Boylestad & Nashelsky
  4. Pulse and Digital Electronics by Millman and Taub

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

  1. Analog and Digital Communication System by Simon Haykin
  2. Principle of Communication System by Taub & Schillings
  3. Modern digital and Analog Communications system by BP Lathi
  4. Electronic Communication Systems by Kennedy and Davis (just the Noise chapter)

DIGITAL SYSTEM

  1. Digital Logic and Computer Design by M.Morris Mano
  2. Digital circuits and design by Salivahanan
  3. Fundamentals of digital systems by Anandkumar
  4. Digital Electronic Principles and applications by Ronald J. Toccii, Pearson Publications

ELECTROMAGNETICS

  1. Elements of Electromagnetics by Matthew N.O. Sadiku
  2. Network lines and fields by J.D ryder (Transmission lines part)
  3. Electromagnetic waves and Radiating Systems by Jordan and Balmain
  4. Antenna Theory by Balanis

THEORY OF STRUCTURE

  1. CK Wang
  2. S. Rammamrutham
  3. L.S. Negi & Jangit

THEORY OF ELASTICITY

  1. Timoshenko & Gere

THEORY OF STRUCTURE

  1. Wilbur & Norris

STRENGTH OF MATERIALS/MECHANICS OF STRUCTURE

  1. Gare & Timoshenko
  2. E. Popove
  3. L. Singer
  4. B.C. Punamia
  5. Ramamrutham

SOIL MECHANICS

  1. Gopal Ranjan & Rao
  2. Venkat Ramaiha
  3. S. K. Garg
  4. B.C. Punamia
  5. V N S Murthy

STEEL DESIGN

  1. Kazimi Zindal to improve concepts
  2. For numerals L.S. Negi
  3. For other topics S.K. Duggal

REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES DESIGN (RCC)

  1. Krishna Raju
  2. PC Verghese
  3. Pillai & Menon

RAILWAY ENGINEERING

Subhash and Satyapal

PRE-STRESSED CONCRETE

Krishna Raju

REINFORCED CONCRETE

Ashok K Jain

WATER RESOURCES

S K Garg

TRANSPORTATION

Justo Khanna

GEO-TECH ENGINEERING

  1. Gopal Ranjan and Rao
  2. R.F. Craig

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

  1. SK Garg (1&2)
  2. Peavy-Rowe

HIGHWAY ENGINEERING

Khanna

CPM-PERT/ CONSTRUCTION TECH

  1. BC Punmia
  2. Peurifoy

FLUID MECHANICS & MACHINES

  1. RK Bansal
  2. Modi & Seth

HIGHWAY/ PAVEMENT & TRAFFIC

  1. Khanna & Justo
  2. Kadiyali
  3. Railway & Airport
  4. Saxena & Arora

SURVEYING

  1. KR Arora
  2. BC Punmia

BUILD MATERIALS

  1. ML Gambhir
  2. BC Punmia
  3. MS Shetty

IRRIGATION

SK Garg

MATHEMATICS

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig

NETWORK THEORY

Engineering Circuit Analysis by Steven M. Durbin, Jack E. Kemmerly, William H. Hayt

TRANSDUCERS

Introduction to Measurements and Instrumentation by Arun K Ghosh

SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS

  1. Signals And Systems (Schaum’s Outline Series) by H P HSU Signals
  2. Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

Modern Digital and Analog Communication System by B P Lathi

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENTS

A Course in Electrical and Electronic Measurements And Instrumentation by A K Sawhney

ANALOG ELECTRONICS

  1. Fundamentals of Microelectronics by Behzad Razavi
  2. GATE – Electronics & Communication by R K Kanodia

CONTROL SYSTEM

Automatic Control Systems by B C Kuo

PROCESS CONTROL

Process Control: Modeling, Design, and Simulation by B. Wayne Bequette

GATE Exam – Where can I access the mock tests for GATE 2021?

The concerned authorities will release the mock test for GATE exam in online mode on the official website. Adding mock tests as a part of their preparations will help the candidates to get an idea of the difficulty level and types of questions asked in the exam and evaluate their preparations accordingly. Also, while taking the mock tests, candidates will be able to understand the colour palette status of questions determined by the university for ‘answered’, ‘unanswered’, and ‘marked for review’. Aspirants will be able to navigate between sections using specific symbols. This will help them to avoid any kind of confusion during the actual exam. 

GATE Exam – When will the IIT-B release the admit card for GATE 2021?

10-15 days prior to the day of exam, the university will release the GATE admit card 2021 on the official website in online mode. It will be mandatory for all the candidates to carry the admit card on the day of exam. Aspirants failing to present the admit card along with a government ID at the allotted exam centre will not be allowed to sit in the exam. We have given the detailed list of the exam centres for GATE in India below.

GATE Exam Centres in India

Anantapur Kurnool Bhimavaram Eluru Kakinada
Rajahmundry Tadepalligudem Tirupati Srikakulam Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam Angamaly Kannur Kasaragod Kozhikode
Malappuram Palakkad Thrissur Thiruvananthapuram Payyanur
Vadakara Bagalkot Ballari Belagavi Bengaluru
Bidar Davanagere Hassan Hubballi Kalaburagi
Kolar Mangaluru Manipal Mysuru Shimoga
Tumakuru Hyderabad Warangal Port Blair Ahmedabad
Anand Bhavnagar Bhuj Gandhinagar Mehsana
Rajkot Surat Vadodara Ahmednagar Amravati
Aurangabad Baramati Jalgaon Kankavali Kolhapur
Mumbai Nagpur Nanded Nashik Navi Mumbai
Pune Ratnagiri Sangli Satara Solapur
Thane Goa Ajmer Alwar Bikaner
Jaipur Jodhpur Kota Sikar Udaipur
Chittorgarh Bahadurgarh Faridabad Gurugram Hisar
Karnal Palwal Ambala Kurukshetra Panipat
Sonepat Yamuna Nagar Rohtak Greater Noida Mathura
Agra Aligarh Allahabad Bareilly Gorakhpur
Lucknow Varanasi Ghaziabad Meerut Moradabad
Muzaffarnagar Noida Kanpur Indore Ujjain
Bhopal Gwalior Jabalpur Jammu Samba
New Delhi Agartala Asansol Burdwan Kalyani
Siliguri Hooghly Kharagpur Kolkata Durgapur
Dhanbad Jamshedpur Ranchi Bokaro Steel City Dibrugarh
Guwahati Jorhat Silchar Tezpur Gangtok
Imphal Muzaffarpur Patna Arrah Purnea
Shillong Balasore Berhampur Bhubaneshwar Cuttack
Rourkela Sambalpur Bhilai Bilaspur Raipur
Tiruchirappalli Tirunelveli Vellore Viluppuram Virudhunagar
Amritsar Bathinda Jalandhar Khanna Ludhiana
Mohali Pathankot Patiala Sangrur Baddi
Hamirpur Shimla Una Bhimtal Dehradun
Haldwani Roorkee Itanagar

GATE Exam – Answer Key

Soon after the conduct of the GATE exam, the concerned authorities will release the provisional answer key on the official website in online mode. In case any candidate finds any discrepancy in the answer key released, or are not satisfied with the answers released, they will get a chance to challenge the answer key. After rectifying all the challenges, the concerned authorities will release the final answer key. Using the answer key and the marking scheme for the exam, the candidates will be able to calculate their probable scores. 

GATE Exam – How can we access the result and scorecard for GATE 2021?

Through GOAPS, the concerned authorities will announce the GATE result 2021 in online mode. Aspirants will be able to check their results by logging in the online portal using their registered email ID and date of birth. After the declaration of the result, the concerned authorities will release the score card. It must be noted that the score card will be released for only those candidates who will score equal or more marks than the qualifying cut off. The score cards will be available for download till a specific date. If any candidate fails to download their score card within the deadline, they will be required to pay INR 500. The following details will be mentioned on the GATE score card 2020 –

  • Attempted GATE paper
  • Name and photograph of the candidate
  • GATE 2021 Score Card validity
  • Gender of the candidate
  • Obtained All India Rank
  • Obtained Score (calculated out of 1000)
  • Qualifying Marks (Category-wise)
  • Registration Number of GATE 2021
  • Total Marks obtained out of 100 (Raw score)
  • Total number of candidates who took the paper

GATE Exam – Cut off

GATE cut off scores will be the minimum marks required by the candidates to score in order to be eligible for admissions. Candidates will be required to score more or equal marks than the last cut off rank in order to grab a seat on the basis of their GATE scores. We have given the previous years’ cut off for the reference of the candidates below. The authorities will consider the number of students appearing, qualifying students, difficulty level of the exam, availability of seats, and previous year’s cut off trends while determining the GATE cut off 2021.

GATE Previous Years’ Cut off (Category-wise)

Paper Name Paper Code SC/ST/PwD
Aerospace Engineering AE 18.1
Agricultural Engineering AG 17.5
Architecture and Planning AR 23.2
Biomedical Engineering BM 16.6
Biotechnology BT 20.4
Chemical Engineering CH 23.8
Chemistry CY 17.8
Civil Engineering CE 21.9
Computer Science and Information Technology CS 19.0
Ecology and Evolution EY 28.1
Electrical Engineering EE 22.2
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC 19.2
Engineering Sciences Minor XE 17.3
Geology GG 25.6
Geophysics GG 34.6
Instrumentation Engineering IN 23.0
Life Sciences XL 21.1
Mathematics MA 16.7
Mechanical Engineering ME 22.6
Metallurgical Engineering MT 32.8
Mining Engineering MN 21.8
Petroleum Engineering PE 26.5
Physics PH 24.8
Production and Industrial Engineering PI 24.4
Statistics ST 16.6
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF 24.7
Paper Name Paper Code General
Aerospace Engineering AE 27.2
Agricultural Engineering AG 26.3
Architecture and Planning AR 34.8
Biomedical Engineering BM 25.0
Biotechnology BT 30.7
Chemical Engineering CH 35.7
Chemistry CY 26.7
Civil Engineering CE 32.9
Computer Science and Information Technology CS 28.5
Ecology and Evolution EY 42.2
Electrical Engineering EE 33.4
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC 28.8
Engineering Sciences Minor XE 26.0
Geology GG 38.4
Geophysics GG 51.9
Instrumentation Engineering IN 34.6
Life Sciences XL 31.7
Mathematics MA 25
Mechanical Engineering ME 34.0
Metallurgical Engineering MT 49.2
Mining Engineering MN 32.7
Petroleum Engineering PE 39.8
Physics PH 37.2
Production and Industrial Engineering PI 36.6
Statistics ST 25
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF 37.1
Paper Name Paper Code OBC (NCL)
Aerospace Engineering AE 24.4
Agricultural Engineering AG 23.6
Architecture and Planning AR 31.3
Biomedical Engineering BM 22.5
Biotechnology BT 27.6
Chemical Engineering CH 32.1
Chemistry CY 24.0
Civil Engineering CE 29.6
Computer Science and Information Technology CS 25.6
Ecology and Evolution EY 37.9
Electrical Engineering EE 30.0
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC 25.9
Engineering Sciences Minor XE 23.4
Geology GG 34.5
Geophysics GG 46.7
Instrumentation Engineering IN 31.1
Life Sciences XL 28.5
Mathematics MA 22.5
Mechanical Engineering ME 30.6
Metallurgical Engineering MT 44.2
Mining Engineering MN 29.4
Petroleum Engineering PE 35.8
Physics PH 33.4
Production and Industrial Engineering PI 32.9
Statistics ST 22.5
Textile Engineering and Fiber Science TF 33.3

GATE Exam – Counselling and Seat Allotment process

The counselling and seat allotment process for GATE 2021 will be conducted in online mode. It must be noted that no common counselling will be conducted by the authorities. Aspirants will be required to apply individually for admissions at their preferred and desired institutes. Counselling for IIT institutes will be conducted by COAP, and CCMT will be conducted for NITs, IIEST Shibpur, and some IIITs and GFTIs.

Common Offer Acceptance (COAP) is a common admission platform stated in 2017 by all the IITs to offer admissions to the aspiring candidates. COAP will be used as the portal for the IIT aspirants to accept or withdraw their admissions during the counselling and seat allotment process. Though the candidates will be required to apply individually for the IIT admissions, they can still get to know about the admission offered on this portal. Also, candidates will be able to reject and accept the admissions through COAP portal only. 

Centralized Counselling for M.Tech, M.Arch, and M.Plan admissions (CCMT) is conducted for admissions into NITs, IIEST Shibpur, and some IIITs and GFTIs. Through CCMT portal, candidates will be able to fill in their preferred institutes and courses. 

The counselling and seat allotment process will be concluded after the document verification round. The candidates will be required to present the following documents –

  1. Candidate’s undertaking regarding OB status in the required format
  2. Class X (high school) board certificate as date of birth proof
  3. Class XII original mark sheet
  4. If degree is completed, original degree or provisional certificate
  5. One set of self-attested photocopies of all original documents
  6. Original birth certificate issued by competent authority
  7. Original category certificate for candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OB categories, if applicable
  8. Original certificate for PwD, if applicable
  9. Original conduct certificate from the head of the institute last attended
  10. Original course completion certificate from the head of the university or institute, in case result is awaited
  11. Original grade or mark sheets of qualifying examination for all semesters
  12. Original migration certificate of last institute/ university attended
  13. Original transfer certificate from the head of the institute last attended
  14. Photo ID proof as per government of India norms
  15. Self attested copy of GATE score card (2019, 2020, or 2021)
  16. Three color passport size photographs

GATE Exam – FAQs

Q1. Which IIT will host the GATE 2021?

Every year, any one of the seven IITs and IISc jointly conduct the GATE exam. In the year 2021, IIT Bombay will be the responsible for conducting the GATE exam.

Q2. When will the authority release the application forms for the GATE 2021 exam?

On 7th August 2020, IIT Bombay released an official notification on their official website regarding the scheduling of the GATE 2021. The application process will commence from 11th September 2020, deadline of which is 8th October 2020.

Q3. What is the minimum eligibility criteria described by the authorities to apply for the GATE exam?

Candidates willing to apply for the GATE exam must have qualified their bachelors’ degree, integrated degree, or diploma in the concerned specification from any recognized institute or university. It must be noted that no passing percentage has been specified by the concerned authorities.

Q4. What is the pattern of the GATE exam?

GATE exam is conducted in online mode, i.e. it is a computer-based exam. The exam will be conducted for 25 papers in two sessions (morning and evening).

Q5. How will the authorities conduct the counselling process for the GATE exam?

The GATE counselling process will be conducted in online mode via COAP and CCMT portals for IITs and NITs respectively. GATE qualifiers will also be considered eligible to avail PSUs recruitments on the basis of their scores in the exam.

Q.6 How many PSUs offer recruitment through GATE score of the candidates?

The PSUs (Public Service Undertakings) operating under any of the Maharatna, Navratna, Mini-Ratna or Miniratna Category-II CPSEs recruit candidates on the basis of their GATE score. Over 100 PSUs in India consider GATE scores for recruitments at various levels.

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