GATE Exam Pattern 2021 Available(Revised), Check Latest Exam Pattern Here!

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The IIT Bombay has released the official GATE Exam Pattern 2021 on the official website. The students who wish to appear for GATE 2021 can register themselves on the website from August 2nd week. In this article, I have discussed the revised GATE Exam Pattern, Marking scheme, syllabus, and books. Keep scrolling to collect information about GATE Revised Exam Patter.

GATE Exam Pattern

The examination authority has released the GATE Exam Pattern for the year 2021. The authorities have released the revised examination pattern for the year 2021. This year the examination will be conducted in February 2021 for all the candidates who are eligible and wish to appear for the examination. The GATE Exam Pattern is divided into three groups viz GG, XE, and XL, the students have to choose any of the groups depending on their subject in the under-graduation programme.

Summary of GATE Exam Pattern

Recruiting OrganisationIIT Bombay
Notified ExamGraduate Aptitude Test in Engineering/ GATE 2021
Notification DateAugust 2020
Online RegistrationAugust 2nd week to September 2020
Application ProcessOnline
Latest Exam DatesCBT- 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th & 14th February 2021
Personal Interview- To be notified later
Total Institutes participating1000+ Engineering college accept GATE score for admission
QualificationThe candidate needs to have completed his graduation in any of the disciplines as notified in the notification.
The candidate needs to possess work experience.
Selection processComputer Based Test
Group Discussion and Personal Interview
Official notificationRead here
Official WebsiteClick Here

GATE Exam Pattern [Revised]

GATE Exam Pattern GG

SubjectNumber if questionMaximum Marks
General Aptitude1015
Section A – compulsory2525
Geology and Geophysics3060

GATE Exam Pattern XE

The exam pattern of the subjects coming under XE group is as follows:

SubjectNumber if questionMaximum Marks
General Aptitude1015
Section A – Engineering Mathematics1115
Sections B to H2235

GATE Exam Pattern XL

SubjectNumber if questionMaximum Marks
General Aptitude1015
Sections Q to U2030
Total 45 70

Marking Scheme of GATE Exam Pattern

The GATE Exam is the toughest exam in the country, there are a lot of students who have appeared for the examination but find it very hard to crack the exams. The GATE Exam is always conducted online on a computer-based test with four subjects namely, General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and a subject according to their UG course.

Duration of Exam3 hours
Mode of the examComputer based test
Total Number of Questions65
Total Marks100
Type of QuestionMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
SectionsGeneral Aptitude
 Engineering Mathematics (for XL papers it is Chemistry)
 Subject – Specific section
 General Aptitude SectionThe paper will consist of a mandatory General Aptitude (GA) section which will have 10 questions. Out of which 5 of the questions will be of 1 mark and the remaining 5 will be of 2 marks. The total marks for this section will be 15 marks.
Marking Scheme1 marks MCQs – 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
 2 marks MCQs – 2/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong response.
 Zero marks will be awarded for un-attempted questions
 No negative marking will be done for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
 1 marks MCQs – 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

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GATE Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for GATE Exam is different for the candidates pursuing different disciplines, the important topics to consider before applying to GATE Exam is as follows:

Instrumentation EngineeringDifferential Equations
Analysis of Complex Variables
Probability and Statistics
Routh and Nyquist criteria,
root loci,
design of lead,
state-space representation of systems,
Time-delay systems,
Multiplexer,sequential circuits,
Schmitt trigger, minimization of Boolean functions,
Analog digital,integrating,
Impedance and admittance,
Realization of main filters with R, L and C elements,
Driving point impedance,
Electronics and Communication EngineeringVector Analysis
Probability and Statistics
Limits and Continuity
Complex Analysis
Numerical Methods
Probability and Statistics
Signals and Systems
Electronic Devices and Circuits
Analog Circuits
Digital Circuits
Control Systems
Mechanical EngineeringMechanics of Materials
Engineering Mechanics
Theory of Machines
Casting, Forming and Joining Processes
Phase diagrams, heat treatment, etc.
Machining & Machine Tool Operations
Operations Research
Inventory Control
Civil EngineeringOrdinary Differential Equation (ODE)
Partial Differential Equation (PDE)
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods
Environmental Engineering
Transportation Engineering
Structural Engineering
Electrical EngineeringElectric Circuits
Electromagnetic Fields
Signals and Systems
Electrical Machines
Control Systems
Vector Analysis
Probability and Statistics
Limits and Continuity
Complex Analysis
Numerical Methods

Books Recommended for GATE Exam Pattern

The books recommended for GATE Exam by students who have earlier cleared the examination with good marks is very good for acing the exam with high marks. Go through the below table to find the name of the books for each subject:

Civil EngineeringGate Tutor 2020 Civil Engineering by Prasant Dixit Gate 2020:
Civil Engineering Chapterwise Solved Papers: 20 Years Hitesh Aggarwal
Gate 2020 Civil Engineering by Vani Institute
Civil Engineering Gate 2020 30 Years Solution
IES Master Gate Guide Civil Engineering 2020 by Hitesh Aggarwal
Instrumentation EngineeringGATE 2020: Instrumentation Engineering Previous Solved Papers – By GKP Instrumentation Engineering GATE 2020 – By Arihant Experts
GATE 2020 Instrumentation Engineering – By GKP
Electronics & Communication EngineeringElectronic Circuits by Schilling and Belove Switching and Finite Automatic Theory by Kohavi Digital
Logic and Computer Design by Mano
Digital Electronics by Malvino and Leach Digital Systems,
Principles and Applications by Tocci
Computer Science EngineeringComputer Networks by Tanenbaum Computer Organisation 
Carl by Hamacher Database System by Korth Compiler Design by Aho & Ull Man
Electrical EngineeringEngineering Circuit Analysis by Hayt & Kemmerly Graph Theory by Narsingh Deo
Circuit Theory by Chakravarthy Control System  by Nagrath
Gopal Electrical machines by PS Bimbhra
Mechanical EngineeringFluid Mechanics by RK Bansal
Heat & Mass Transfer by PK Nag
Engineering Thermodynamics by Cengel & Boles
Internal Combustion Engine by V Ganesan
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning by CP Arora
Chemical EngineeringHeat Transfer – By Binay.K.Dutta
Mass Transport Phenomena – By Christie J. Geankoplis
Process Systems Analysis and Control – By Donald R. Coughanowr & Steven E. LeBlanc

GATE Previous Year Cut-off

Life Science36.73324.5
Architectural Engineering (AR)4136.927.3
Electronics and Communication (EC)26.12417.8
Civil Engineering (CE)28.225.418.8
Computer Science (CS)29.526.619.7
Electrical Engineering (EE)39.635.626.4
Mechanical Engineering (ME)34.130.722.7
Production Engineering (PI)32.22921.5
Instrumentation Engineering (IN)31.928.721.3
Aerospace Engineering (AE)33.330.222.3
Chemical Engineering (CH)34.831.323.2
Chemistry (CY)3228.821.3
Physics (PH)25.222.716.8
Geology and Geophysics (GG)44.540.129.7
Biotechnology (BT)35.932.323.9
Agricultural Engineering (AG)28.325.518.9
Maths (MA)2522.516.7
Petroleum Engineering (PE)49.944.933.3

When will be the GATE Exam held?

The GATE Exam will be held on 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th & 14th February 2021.

What are the registration date of GATE Exam 2021?

The registration date of GATE Exam 2021 is August 2nd week to September 2020.

What are the sections of GATE Exam 2021?

There are three sections of GATE Exam 2021 for all the three groups.

Is there any negative marking for GATE Exam 2021?

Yes, there are negative marking for GATE Exam 2021

GATE Exam Date 2021 Available, Registration, Paper Code Details

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