GATE 2021 Syllabus – Candidates can download GATE syllabus from this page. It is important to go through the syllabus properly before starting the preparation for any exam as it specifies the important topics and chapters from which questions are framed in the exam. The exam conducting body releases the syllabus for 25 subject papers of GATE at its official website. GATE is a computer-based test conducted for the admission in Masters or Ph.D degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture and in some branches of Science. Download the subject-wise PDF of GATE 2021 syllabus given below.
GATE 2021 Syllabus
GATE is conducted for 25 subject papers. Below given are the PDFs of all the subject papers with their codes.
|Paper Code||GATE Exam Syllabus|
|GA||Syllabus of General Aptitude Common in all papers|
|BM||Syllabus of Biomedical Engineering|
|ST||Syllabus of Statistics|
|AE||Syllabus of Aerospace Engineering|
|AG||Syllabus of Agricultural Engineering|
|AR||Syllabus of Architecture and Planning|
|BT||Syllabus of Biotechnology|
|CE||Syllabus of Civil Engineering|
|CH||Syllabus of Chemical Engineering|
|CS||Syllabus of Computer Science and Information Technology|
|CY||Syllabus of Chemistry|
|EC||Syllabus of Electronics and Communication Engineering|
|EE||Syllabus of Electrical Engineering|
|EY||Syllabus of Ecology and Evolution|
|GG||Syllabus of Geology and Geophysics|
|IN||Syllabus of Instrumentation Engineering|
|MA||Syllabus of Mathematics|
|ME||Syllabus of Mechanical Engineering|
|MN||Syllabus of Mining Engineering|
|MT||Syllabus of Metallurgical Engineering|
|PH||Syllabus of Physics|
|PI||Syllabus of Production and Industrial Engineering|
|PE||Syllabus of Petroleum Engineering|
|TF||Syllabus of Textile Engineering and Fibre Science|
|XE||Syllabus of Engineering Sciences|
|XL||Syllabus of Life Sciences|
GATE 2021 Mock Test
For the preparation of exam, it is important to give mock tests in order to get familiar with how the examination is conducted. Check the subject-wise free mock test links given below.
|Codes||Mock Test Links|
Before you proceed to GATE 2021 Syllabus, we must establish a few facts.
#1. GATE 2021 syllabus outlines topics from which questions will be asked. A topic could be one you have studied in pre-professional courses, and also professional courses. Since GATE tests students who have completed graduation, level of questions will be that of professional program studied, or what you may refer to as qualifying examination. However, grasp of concepts of same topic you have studied previously is important. Hence if you are starting preparations and find a topic difficult, first see its basics in books that deal with them.
#2. IIT or IISc recommends that you study topics from GATE 2021 syllabus. In a lot of places, you will come across GATE exam analysis that portrays some topics to be more important than others based on frequency of questions. They can be used to prioritize or schedule when should one study which topic, however by no means must you leave any topic in GATE 2021 syllabus just because it was not asked in the last Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.
#3. One subject – General Aptitude (GA) – is common to all papers. Hence General Aptitude syllabus is the same on all papers of the GATE syllabus. Rest, GATE 2021 syllabus is defined tailor-made for paper. So you must go through GATE 2021 syllabus of that paper which you are going to take and are eligible for.
GATE scoring tips
The GATE syllabus is clearly defined by the IITs and IISC. Before beginning your preparation, take a clear note of the complete GATE 2021 syllabus. After you have decided upon the paper you wish to appear for, check out the syllabus for that particular paper only. Those topics that you have studied in graduation but are not in GATE 2021 syllabus can be left out.
Practice previous year question papers and know where you lack. Gain confidence by studying extensively topics marked in the GATE 2021 syllabus and keeping a check on your strengths and weaknesses.
GATE 2021 Exam Pattern
Candidates can check the exam pattern given below for GATE 2021.
- Mode: The exam is of 3 hours duration
- Type of questions: There are multiple-choice questions and numerical answer type questions in the test
- No. of questions: There are 65 questions in the test
- Maximum marks: The exam is of 100 marks in total
|Type of Questions||Correct Answers||Incorrect Answers|
|MCQ||01 marks for the 01 marker questions|
02 marks for the 02 marker questions
|-1/3 for 01 marker questions|
-2/3 for 02 marker questions
|NAT||01 marks for the 01 marker questions|
02 marks for the 02 marker questions
Now, let us understand the distributions of questions according to different papers given below.
General Aptitude – Compulsory Section in Every Paper
|Section||No. of questions||Marks|
|General Aptitude||15||05 questions of 01 marks|
05 questions of 2 marks
For CY, ME, MN, TF, CS, CH, AE, AG, AR, BT, EY, IN, MA, MT, PE, PH, PI, ST, EC, EE, CE
|Sections||01 marker questions||02 marker questions||Total Marks|
|Section A – General|
For GG: In this paper, the candidates have to attempt any 1 section from Section B
|Sections||No. of questions||Total marks|
|Part A – General Aptitude||10||15|
|Part B – Geology or Geophysics||25 + 30||85|
For XE: In this paper, there are total 3 sections. Two sections are compulsory whereas, in one section has sub-parts and candidates have to attempt any 2 sections from it.
|Section||No. of questions (01 marker & 2 marker questions)||Total marks|
|Section A (Compulsory)||7 + 4||15|
|Section B to H|
(any 2 sections)
|9 + 13||70|
For XL paper: In this paper, there are total 3 sections. Two sections are compulsory whereas, in one section has sub-parts and candidates have to attempt any 2 sections from it.
|Section||No. of question (01 marker + 2 marker questions)||Total marks|
|Section P or Chemistry Section||5 + 10||25|
|Section Q to U (any 2 section)||10 + 10||60|
Important Books for GATE 2021
Candidates can refer the books given below to prepare for GATE 2021.
|GATE 2020 – Guide – General Aptitude||Buy Here|
|General Aptitude for GATE/ PSUs (COMMON TO ALL PAPERS)||Buy Here|
|GATE Computer Science and Information Technology | GATE 2020||Buy Here|
|GATE 2020:Computer Science and Information Technology 30 Years’ |
Topic-wise Previous Solved Papers
|GATE Mechanical Engineering | GATE 2020||Buy Here|
|GATE 2020 – Topic-wise Previous Solved Papers – |
33 Years’ Solved Papers- Mechanical Engineering
|GATE 2020: Electronics Engineering||Buy Here|
|GATE 2020: Civil Engineering Previous Solved Papers||Buy Here|
|Instrumentation Engineering GATE 2020||Buy Here|
About GATE 2021
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a computer-based test conducted for the students who want to take admission in Master’s and Ph.D in the disciplines like Engineering / Technology / Architecture / some branches in Science in IITs and other institutes. It is a national level entrance exam. Every subject paper consists of multiple-choice questions and numerical answer type questions. There are total 65 questions in the exam. The exam scores of GATE is valid for PSU recruitments as well.
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