GATE 2021 Exam Pattern (Revised), Marking Scheme – Check Here

GATE 2021 Application CorrectionGATE 2021 Exam Pattern has been revised. New paper/ subjects have been added. The exam pattern contains details about the number of questions asked in the examination, number of sections, marking scheme and time duration. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted for admission to M.E./ M.Tech/ Direct Ph.D programmes in IITs, NITs, GFTI and various private institutions. This exam is going to be organized by IIT, Bombay for the year 2021. Check below complete GATE exam pattern 2021 details.

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern – Revised

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  • The examination of GATE 2021 will be conducted for 27 papers (2 new subjects added). It will be conducted in online mode only (Computer Based Test).
  • For creating an opportunity in the inter- disciplinary areas, candidates are provided with the option of appearing for more than one subject. Students can appear for ONE or TWO subjects in the GATE exam. However, the option of two subjects is applicable only for a prescribed set of combinations.
  • Two new subjects – Environmental Science & Engineering (ES) and Humanities & Social Sciences (XH) have been added in GATE 2021.
  • Last year (GATE 2020), Bio-medical Engineering (BM) subject was added in the syllabus of GATE.
  • GATE 2021 Examination will be held from 5th to 7th February and 12th to 14th February 2021.

GATE will also be conducted in International centres and the session timings at as per their local time.

  • Question Type: The question paper of GATE 2021 will consist of both Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
    • For multiple choice questions, there are multiple options available out of which students have to choose only the right answer.
    • For multiple select questions, one or more than one options out of four will be correct.
    • For numerical answer type questions, candidates have to enter a number using the virtual keyword available on the computer screen during the examination.
  • Number of Questions: The question paper of GATE will contain 65 question [10 (GA)
    + 55 (Subjects)] of maximum 100 marks.
  • No of Sections: The questions will be divided in two sections – Common General Aptitude – GA (for all subjects/ papers) & Core subjects. The core subjects will have two types of questions – Compulsory & Optional.
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours.

Check the GATE paper and paper codes for GATE 2021 from the below table. Know about the newly added papers & their paper codes:

PaperPaper CodePaperPaper Code
Aerospace EngineeringAEGeology and GeophysicsGG
Agricultural EngineeringAGInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Architecture and PlanningARMathematicsMA
BiotechnologyBTMechanical EngineeringME
Bio-medical EngineeringBMMining EngineeringMN
Civil EngineeringCEMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSPhysicsPH
ChemistryCYProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and Communication EngineeringECTextile Engineering and Fiber ScienceTF
Electrical EngineeringEEEngineering SciencesXE
Environmental Science & Engineering (new)ESHumanities & Social Sciences (new)XH
Ecology and EvolutionEYLife SciencesXL

Note: CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers: Examination may be conducted in multiple sessions. However, a candidate is allowed to appear in only ONE specified session.

Exam Pattern for Various Papers

  • In the papers of AE, AG, BT, BM, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, Engineering Mathematics will carry 15% marks of total marks, General Aptitude section will contain 15% marks and rest of the 70% marks will be contained by the core subject of the paper.
  • In the papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL, General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and remaining 85% marks will be carried by the core subject of the paper.
  • The General Aptitude section 5 questions of 1 Mark and 5 questions of 2 marks.
  • Question paper other than GG, XE and XL will contain 25 questions of 1 mark and 30 questions of 2 marks.

Also Check:

GATE 2021 Preparation Tips

GATE 2021 Books

GATE 2021 Syllabus

For XH Paper: Newly Added

Candidate appearing for XH (Humanities & Social Sciences) paper have to attempt the following sections:

  • General Aptitude – Common General Aptitude will carry of total 15 marks.
  • Paper B1 (Compulsory)Reasoning & Comprehension (compulsory section) – This compulsory section will be of 25 marks.
  • Any one optional papers of XH (C1 to C6) – There are 6 sections (C1 to C6), candidates can opt for any one optional section. The optional section will of 60 marks.
  • XH= General Aptitude (15 marks) + Subject questions (85 marks) = 100 marks

XH paper contains the following sections:

Reasoning & Comprehension (Compulsory) (25 marks)B1
Any one optional section (60 marks)

For XE Paper:

Candidate appearing for XE paper have to attempt the following sections:

  • General Aptitude – Common General Aptitude will carry of total 15 marks.
  • Paper A (Compulsory)Engineering Mathematics (compulsory section) – contains 11 questions (7 questions of 1 mark and 4 questions of 2 marks).
  • Any two optional papers of XE (B to H) – There are 7 sections (B to H), candidates can opt for two optional sections. Each section will be of 35 marks (2 section X 35 marks = 75 marks). There will be total 22 questions (9 questions carrying 1 mark and 13 questions carrying 2 marks).
  • XE = 15 + [15+(2*35)] = 100 marks

XE paper contains the following sections:

Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) (15 marks)A
Any two optional section (2x 35 = 70 marks)
Fluid MechanicsB
Materials ScienceC
Solid MechanicsD
Polymer Science and EngineeringF
Food TechnologyG
Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesH

For XL Paper:

Candidate appearing for XL paper have to attempt the following sections:

  • General Aptitude – Common General Aptitude carrying of total 15 marks.
  • Paper P (Compulsory) Chemistry (compulsory section) – It contains total 15 questions (5 questions of 1 marks and 10 questions of 2 marks).
  • Any two optional papers of XL (Q to U) – There are 5 sections (Q to U), candidates can opt for two optional sections. Each section will be of 35 marks (2 section X 30 marks = 60 marks). There will be 20 questions (10 questions of 1 mark and 10 questions of 2 marks).
  • XL = 15 + [25+(2*30)] = 100 marks

XL Paper of GATE has the following sections:

Chemistry (Compulsory) 25 marksP
Any two optional section (2x 30 = 60 marks)
Food TechnologyU

Note: Students can choose the sections during examination after viewing the questions.

For GG Paper:

The question paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all candidates. Part B has 2 sections; Section-1 is of Geology and Section-2 is of Geophysics. In Part A, there is total 25 of 1 mark each. In Part B, each section contain 30 questions of 2 marks.

GG= 15+25+60 = 100 marks

Note: Apart from core subject of the paper, General Aptitude (GA) is the common section in each paper of GATE.

Also Check:

GATE 2021 Admit Card

GATE 2021 Examination Guidelines

GATE 2021 Virtual Calculator

Marking Scheme

There is a negative marking in GATE for multiple choice questions. For Numerical answer type questions, no negative marking will be there. For 1-mark question, 1/3 mark will be deducted for wrong answers and for 2 marks question, 2/3 marks will be deducted.

Complete details about the GATE 2021 Exam Pattern has been mentioned in the article according to the latest information. The details about the number of papers/ subjects, their paper codes, number of sections & their types, time duration, marking scheme, etc. has been provided. Candidates must go through complete article to know about every bit of information about the exam pattern.

If candidates have any query regarding GATE 2021 Exam Pattern, they can leave their comments below.

Displaying 61 Comments
  1. Balaji says:

    If we apply for two papers,we have pass either two papers or one paper gor qualifying in gate 2021?

  2. Radhalekshmy says:

    Which is the eligibility certificate to be uploaded for 5th year BS-MS students?


    Dear sir
    For XE paper or Engineering sciences
    Can I choose The subjects Fluid mechanics and Thermodynamics


    Sir I am third year in bsc chemistry,then I eligible gate exam 2021

  5. Priya says:

    When the sample paper will be released for 2021 gate exam?

  6. Poonam Nimi Bara says:

    Sir, I have completed my B.E(electronics and telecommunication)in 2006.can I change my subject.As I want to study Humanities and social science. Please suggest me that can I change my subject.

  7. Sania says:

    When will be the syllabus of environmental science and engineering available……

  8. Bisma says:

    Sir what is the exam pattern for ES paper. It is not mentioned in the article.

  9. Saumya says:

    I am currently pursuing B. El. Ed. Can i go for the psychology as my core subject in XH paper?

  10. Suchismita Goswami says:

    Will there by any change on exam dates due COVID 19 situation? I am really worried about it. As I have thought of applying some universities outside India with the gate score.. Hence posting it

  11. revanth says:

    what is the exam pattern and eligibility for ES paper sir??

  12. Dheshika says:

    Respected sir,can i write gate exams after completing my higher studies

  13. Simerjeet says:

    Sir, which two subjects were added now in GATE are these subjects added in all all streams syllabus??

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      Two new subjects – Environmental Science & Engineering (ES) and Humanities & Social Sciences (XH) have been added in GATE 2021.

  14. Ruchi says:

    I am BE(Civil). 2005 passout. want to give GATE2020 in MA (Mathematics)subject. how many papers are there for this subject. I have seen exam schedule. they said 1st,2nd ,8th n 9th September.why they have given 4 dates.

  15. Suvro says:

    I am b tech in leather Technology. Can I study m tech in leather Technology? Then subject should I choose?

  16. Rekha negi says:

    Sir is there is necessary to pass the individual subject which is compulsory like chemistry & general aptitude for XL GATE exam???

  17. DODDI .PRIYANKA says:

    i am a ME student,i have some doubt in gate examination -for qualifying a gate 2019 -what are the core subjects to be prepare for gate from know on words start preparation until attend exam in february 2019 in short period i will try my level best ,please give sollution .

  18. Raj says:

    Im a Mechanical Engineering student(B.E.MECH).. which paper should i choose? Since there are other papers related to mechanical engineering..

    Also.. If i choose to write one paper(Mechanical).. can i change it to another(mining) since im planning for further studies???

  19. Ankita says:

    I am student of btech in agricultural engg. Which type of question pepar code i have to fill??

  20. Sreedevan mc says:

    is there any cut off mark to pass the gate exam?im an ME student,which type of question paper ahould i choose ??

  21. Mohamedfaris says:

    Exam is going to held in which place?

  22. Farzana says:

    How can I check that I have before applied a gate2018.??

  23. Seth says:

    I am in class 12 can I eligible for gate 2019

  24. anand says:

    What are XL,GG,XE papers plz. Explane in detail

  25. Sonam says:

    Sir this neccessary to clear all sections in gate life science exam?..i there any sectional cutoff for gate

  26. SONU says:


  27. santosh kumar says:

    Dear Sir
    After cracking GATE exam, with the score card we can apply for M.Tech in colleges, other then what is the options. In which sector (Job) it will helpful.

    • Mohit Negi says:

      yes, you can apply for M.Tech, if you score good marks you may apply for PSU’s like ONGC, IOCL, BHEL, NTPC etc.


    sir I am btech(me) 3rd yr student… can I give gate exam 2018

  29. k.dhanunjaya says:

    Dear sir,
    any negetive marks in GATE exam

  30. Vishnu says:

    How can pass the exam and preferred methods for mechanical engineering

  31. megha says:

    i am in btech in food technology then which type of question paper code i have to fill.

  32. maharani says:

    Any cutt of marks .asking gate clear person mail

  33. Kalyan says:

    Actually am in final year mechanical .. Iam not willing to write in gate 2018 .. may I eligible to GATE 2019 ..

  34. alpana abhyankar says:

    Dear sir,
    I m a student of third year engineering in Information technology .
    Which subjects should I select for GATE-2018 exam?
    What are the books should i refer?Is there any proper coaching class for GATE exam?
    am I eligible for GATE exam even after 2 years,if I prefer to go for MS instead of GATE

  35. poornima says:

    sir if i leave the answer empty means does the marks will deducte

  36. Akash kirve says:

    What about these 1000 marks ???how they calculated???

  37. Hitesh says:

    For Numerical answer type questions, no negative marking will be there. This applicable for 1 marks question?

  38. ashaq hussain says:

    sir iam student of last year btech biotehnalogy can i fill application for gate exam 2018

  39. bhupjnder sharma says:

    sir we could not submit our form due to some technical problem in our area ….plzz sir give a chance or way to complete ours form …plzzz sir its our humble request

  40. anil meena says:

    sir it is my request to you that please allow the calculator in our exam because the calculator of screen not works properly and it takes more time so please sir allow the calcultor

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