Here are the changes for GATE exams in 2021

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) will be held in February 2021. Changes have been made to the exam format, eligibility criteria, and syllabus.

The GATE entrance exam has to be cleared to seek admission to masters and doctoral programmes in engineering, technology, and architecture. Also, for doctoral programmes in arts and science subjects.

The GATE score will also factor in during recruitment to Group A posts in the central government and other recruitment to major public sector undertakings.


* Those from commerce and arts stream too can appear for the GATE. Those who are in the third year of graduate programmes of engineering, technology, architecture, science, commerce and arts can write GATE 2021. Also, those who have completed their graduation course. 

* New subjects: Environmental engineering, and humanities & social science (economics / English / linguistics / philosophy / psychology / sociology). Twenty-seven subject papers, including these two.

* New syllabus for all papers

* Only objective questions (in three types - multiple choice / multiple select/numerical answer). All three-hour papers. The brochure elaborates on the question paper format and the syllabus of each subject

* Candidates can opt to write one or two papers. If they opt for two papers, they need to pick from the given combinations.

* No age-limit

* The GATE score will be valid for three years from the declaration of the exam results

* The dates or the venue of exam centres abroad can be changed due to COVID-19 crisis.

Other information

The GATE is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The IIT Bombay is the organising institute for GATE 2021 (

The online application can be submitted via the GOAPS website from September 14 to 30. The application fee also can be paid online. Rs 1,500 for one paper. But girls, those from scheduled caste and the differently-abled need only pay Rs 750. Applications can also be submitted till October 7 with a late fee of Rs 2,000 / Rs 1,250. This is excluding the bank charge.

The computer-based test will be held on 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 of February 2021. The exam will be split into two sessions in the morning and afternoon. The test results will be out on March 22.

For details or any queries, contact: Chairperson, GATE, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 080-22932392, / Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 044-22578200,


Exam centres in Kerala

IISC Bangalore zone - Angamaly, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Payyannur, Thrissur and Vadakara 

IIT Madras zone - Alappuzha, Aluva, Ernakulam, Attingal, Chengannur, Idukki, Kanjirappally, Kayamkulam, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Muvattupuzha, and Thiruvananthapuram.

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