Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has announced GATE 2021 exam date. Despite the pandemic, the exam will be held in the month of February 2021. However, the duration of the exam has been stretched longer. GATE 2021 will be held in the following dates:
– GATE 2021 Exam Date – 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 Feb 2020 –
The official notice for the exam date released on gate.iitb.ac.in. In the notice it is clearly stated that:
IIT Bombay being the organising institute, it is being informed that considering the present Covid-19 pandemic situation, the dates for the GATE-2021 examination have been spread out over a longer duration as 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th February 2021.
The organising team led by Profs. Deepankar Choudhury, Upendra Bhandarkar and Mohd. Aslam announced the following new initiatives to be effective during GATE-2021….
Check Complete Notice Below or Download Here
3 Major Changes in GATE 2021 and What Does it Mean for You
GATE 2021 has been revamped in 2 areas majorly they are the eligibility and choice of papers to apply for the exam. On the other hand the third change that is the addition of paper, then it has been noticed that 1 new paper is added in GATE every year. However, this year 2 new papers have been added. Let us analyse the changes one by one:
Change 1: Eligibility
To appear for GATE, the candidates who are in 4 years of UG course could apply if they had completed or are appearing in the 4th year. However, this has been revamped and now the students in their 3rd year can also apply for GATE. Which means candidates get 1 extra year to appear in GATE. This will allow them to have an additional opportunity to crack the exam and have career chances.
It means, now minimum quantification to appear for GATE is 10+2+3 and not 10+2+4.
Change 2: Choice of paper increased
GATE has multiple papers. However, until now candidates were allowed to appear for one paper only based on their eligibility and choice. Now candidates have the choice to appear in a maximum of 2 papers of their choice, like JAM. However, the appearance in the 2 papers will be depended on exam schedule and availability of the option as per prescribed set of combinations.
It means, now students can apply for study in inter-disciplinary areas via applying for 2 GATE papers.
Change 3: Addition of 2 new papers
IITs have always added a new paper in GATE. This year as a surprise 2 new papers have been added they are: ES (Environmental Science and Engineering) and XH (Humanities and Social Sciences). Now GATE 2021 will have a total of 27 subject papers. In 2020, the new paper added in GATE was Biomedical Engineering. In 2019, Statistics paper was added.
This means, candidates now have a wider range of choice of paper in GATE, from 25 to 27 papers. Candidates can choose to appear in any one or 2.
GATE 2021 Syllabus
GATE 2021 syllabus is prescribed by the IITs every year. Though changes are not made in the existing syllabus very frequently, students must download the fresh syllabus every year in case there are some changes. The syllabus for GATE 2021 is yet to be uploaded, however, the the syllabus from last year is s follows:
About GATE 2021
GATE 2021 is held at all India level, for admission of graduates in M.E / M.Tech / M.Arch / Ph.D courses. GATE is a PG level exam and only science and technology graduates can apply for it. Scorecard of GATE is valid for 3 years and is accepted by IITs, NITs, CFTIs, and even Public Sector Undertaking (PSUs). The exam is held in computer-based test mode and in multiple days. Some papers are held in 2 shifts and most in 1 shift only.
The exam pattern of GATE differs for all papers. However, some common pattern that all papers follow are:
- There are 2 types of questions in the exam: Multiple choice questions (MCQs) and Numerical answer types (NATs).
- MCQs and NATs carry 1 marks and 2 marks in all papers
- MCQs have negative marking but NATs don’t have negative marking.
- For 1 marks MCQs, 1/3 marks is deducted and for 2 marks MCQs 2/3 marks is deducted.
There is no age limit to apply for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and neither there is any attempt limit.
Admission in all IITs is offered via Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) based on GATE scores. For admission in NITs, IIEST Shibpur, and some IIITs & GFTIs, candidates have to participate in centralised counselling called the Centralised Counselling for M.Tech / M.Arch / M.Plan admissions (CCMT).
GATE is conducted by IIT and IISc Bangalore on a rotational basis. The institutes conduct the exam in every 8 years. IIT Bombay last conducted the exam in 2013 and now it is holding the exam in 2021.
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