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GATE 2021 – Exam Dates, Eligibility, Online Registration and Application Form Fees

GATE Exam is the biggest national-level entrance examination that holds a lot of weightage when it comes to decide where you are going to do your higher studies and/or where you will subsequently do your job. Major PSU’S (Public Service Undertakings) take the GATE exam scores into account when employing new personnel into their company. So, a good GATE result means that you can easily get placements in any government job of your choosing or admissions in Top IIT / IISc Colleges.

GATE Exam 2021, IIT Bombay ((Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay) will be the GATE 2021 organizing institute.  IIT Bombay has released the official GATE 2021 Notification with detailed GATE 2021 Information brochure along with relaxed GATE eligibility, GATE exam dates, and the updated GATE 2021 Syllabus. Keep reading this and all the GATE 2021 exam candidates will get the complete information of the GATE exam 2021.

The GATE exam 2021 will be conducted on the following dates - Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, and Sunday 14th February 2021. In these GATE 2021 exam dates, there are two sessions (forenoon and afternoon) each day to write the GATE 2021 examination. The GATE exam 2021 will be a fully computer-based exam of 3 hours duration and will consist of 65 questions totaling up to 100 marks.

IIT Bombay has announced that GATE Aspirants can now write the GATE 2021 Exam for 27 Exam Papers, and the students can select a maximum of 2 GATE papers to attempt. A GATE Aspirant might appear either in ONE or TWO subject papers. For the students who select the TWO GATE papers, the subject combination must be from the approved list of combinations from IIT Bombay and subject to the availability of infrastructure and GATE exam 2021 date.

Environmental Science and Engineering [ES], and Humanities and Social Sciences are the two new GATE papers added in GATE Exam 2021 in this session.

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

IIT Bombay has made several changes in the GATE Exam 2021 pattern of questions. All the test papers of GATE exam 2021 will be completely objective type. The new GATE exam pattern of questions will include a new category of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MSQ), while the remaining questions might include Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT).

Marks Distribution among the Sections has also changed,


No. of Questions


General Aptitude



Engineering Mathematics



Subject-wise Questions






IIT Bombay will be conducting the GATE exam for the 6th time, with the most recent ones in 2005 and 2013.

GATE 2021 Students can check all the GATE previous year Papers conducted by IIT Bombay and know the difficulty level of GATE Questions.

GATE Application Form 2021

Before starting the GATE 2021 form filling process, the GATE aspirant must ensure that he/ she meets the eligibility criteria of the GATE 2021 Exam.

GATE 2021 Exam Applications will be accepted ONLINE only through the GATE Online Application System (GOAPS). Only those Engineering Students who have registered for the GATE 2021 exam will be eligible for the GATE examination. GATE 2021 Application Form will be made available for all GATE Aspirants on the official website of IIT Bombay from 14th September 2020.

Note: Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the schedule of the GATE 2021 exam might change or get postponed by IIT Bombay. All updates regarding any changes will be announced on their GATE Exam Official Website (http://gate.iitb.ac.in).



GATE 2021 Important Dates by IIT Bombay




GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens


14th September 2020

Closing Date of REGULAR online registration/application portal


30th September 2020

End of EXTENDED period for online registration / application
(with late fee)


7th October 2020

Last Date for change of category, paper and examination city
(an additional fee will be applicable)


13th November 2020

Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Portal
(for download and printing)


8th January 2021

GATE 2021 Examination
Forenoon:  9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Tentative)
Afternoon: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Tentative)



5th February 2021
6th February 2021
7th February 2021
12th February 2021
13th February 2021
14th February 2021


Announcement of results in the Online Application Portal


22nd March 2021

* GOAPS = GATE Online Application Processing System

Who all are eligible for the GATE 2021 Exam? – Check the GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

There is NO age limit to appear for the GATE exam 2021.

GATE 2021 Conducting body IIT Bombay has relaxed the eligibility criteria for the GATE 2021 Examination. GATE 2021 Eligibility criteria is relaxed from the minimum of 10+2+4 (ongoing) to a minimum of 10+2+3 (ongoing). So, as per this new GATE 2021 eligibility criteria, an engineering student who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government-approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture /  Science / Commerce / Arts is now eligible to appear for the GATE 2021 exam. It will now enable even those in the third year of their undergraduate studies to appear for the GATE examination.

GATE 2021 Eligibility

Qualifying Degree Current Year/Term 3rd Year of Qualification NOT later than
BE / B Tech / B Pharm In Final Year as on 1st Aug, 2020 or already completed 2021
B Arch In Final Year as on 1st Aug, 2020 or already completed 2021
BSc / BS In 4th Year as on 1st Aug, 2020 or already completed 2021
MSc / MA / MCA or equivalent In Final Year as on 1st Aug, 2020 or already completed 2021
Integrated ME / MTech (Post BSc) In 2nd / 3rd / 4th Year as on 1st Aug, 2020 or already completed 2023
Integrated ME / MTech or Dual Degree (after diploma or 10+2) In 4th / 5th Year as on 1st Aug, 2020 or already completed 2022
Integrated MSc / Integrated BS-MS In Final Year as on 1st Aug, 2020 or already completed 2021
Professional Society Exams (equiv. to BE / BTech / BArch) Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

GATE 2021 Exam Fees

For examination centers in India, the GATE 2021 Application Fee has been mentioned in the table given below:

For examination centers in India
Category On or before the due date During the extended period
Female candidates Rs 750 Rs 1250
SC/ ST / PwD category candidates Rs 750 Rs 1250
All other candidates Rs 1500 Rs 2000

Note: The application fee mentioned above does not include the service charges, processing fees, or any other charges that the banks might levy.

For examination centers outside India, the GATE 2021 Form Fee has been mentioned in the table given below:


For examination centers outside India GATE International
Category On or before due date During extended period
Adis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu USD 50 USD 70
Dubai and Singapore USD 100 USD 120