Sat. Oct 24th, 2020

GATE-2021 to be held in Feb next year; 2 new subject papers added to boost interdisciplinary studies


IIT Bombay, as the organising institute, informed about some changes in the upcoming Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) exam. The institute informed that there are two additional subject papers this time to make way for interdisciplinary studies. Keeping in view the COVID-2019 pandemic situation, the organising authority has stretched the examination dates as well. The decision came after the first meeting of the GATE-2021 committee held today.


The committee has decided to spread out the examination dates over a longer duration as 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th  and 14th of 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 :


  Two new subject papers are being started: ES (Environmental Science and Engineering) and XH (Humanities and Social Sciences), making the total number of subject papers to 27.

  To boost the opportunity to study in inter-disciplinary areas, unlike in the previous year when a candidate could write only one subject paper, the candidate can now opt for up to two subject papers  (from a prescribed set of combinations)  that the exam calendar would permit.

  Eligibility criteria to appear for  GATE-2021  is relaxed from the minimum  10+2+4 (ongoing) to minimum 10+2+3 (ongoing), enabling even those in the third year of their undergraduate studies to appear for the examination, thus providing an additional opportunity to candidates to improve their performance to secure better career options.

  Students can get details about it from the official website:


While lauding the new initiatives of the GATE-2021 committee, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director of IIT Bombay, said, “I am particularly delighted at the creation of much needed new career opportunities for those in the Humanities and Social Sciences area as this may serve as one single standardized criterion for admission to various masters and doctoral programs in various IITs and other universities in India. Should any agency, for example, various PSUs want to hire candidates with Humanities background, this new exam paper in GATE will prove to be a great enabler!”

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