GATE Syllabus 2021: Exam Date, Cut Off, Pattern, Download Sample Paper

Gate Syllabus 2021 has been released by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay for all subjects. This syllabus is revised syllabus. A total of 27 papers are there for GATE 2021. Two new subjects will be added in GATE 2021 i.e Humanities and Social Science (XH) and Environmental Science and Engineering (ES). GATE is a national level examination which is conducted annually. Every year GATE Exam is conducted by different IIT’ s. GATE 2021 will commence in the month of February 2022. GATE 2021 Application Form

This article provides the complete GATE Syllabus in detail. Applicants are suggested to go through the GATE Syllabus thoroughly, it will help you to crack exams easily. Apart from the syllabus, you also need to know about the GATE Exam pattern.

GATE SYLLABUS 2021 Overview

The table below indicates the topics which are covered in GATE Syllabus

Syllabus for General Aptitude Paper (Common for all papers)
Numerical AbilityVerbal Ability
Syllabus for Agriculture Engineering
Agricultural Processing EngineeringFarm Machinery
Farm PowerDairy and Food Engineering
Engineering MathematicsIrrigation and Drainage Engineering
Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
Syllabus for Biomedical Engineering (new entrant)
Engineering MathematicsElectrical Circuits
Human Anatomy and PhysiologyMedical Imaging System
Analog and Digital ElectronicsSignals and Systems
Measurement and Digital ElectronicsSensors and Bioinstrumentations
Syllabus for Aerospace Engineering
Fourier SeriesLaplace Transforms
Airy’s stress functionElementary ideas of viscous flows including boundary layers
Numerical integration and differentiationEuler angle
Equations of motionAerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives
Equilibrium and compatibility equationsDynamic stability
Decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamicsLongitudinal modes; lateral-directional modes.
Orbit transferIn-plane and out-of-plane
Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equationsWind Tunnel Testing
Measurement and visualization techniquesVibration of  beams
Theory of elasticity
Syllabus for Architecture & Planning
Architecture and DesignPlanning Techniques and Management
Building and StructuresEnvironmental Planning and Design
Urban DesignUrban Planning and Housing
Services, Infrastructure and TransportationBuilding Materials, Construction and Management
Syllabus for Biotechnology
Recombinant DNA TechnologyGeneral Biotechnology
Bioprocess Engineering and Process BiotechnologyPlant and Animal Biotechnology
Engineering Mathematics
Syllabus for Civil Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsStructural Engineering
Geotechnical EngineeringWater Resources Engineering
Environmental EngineeringTransportation Engineering
Geomatics Engineering
Syllabus for Chemical Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsProcess Calculations and Thermodynamics
Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical OperationsHeat Transfer
Mass TransferChemical Reaction Engineering
Instrumentation and Process ControlPlant Design and Economics
Chemical Technology
Syllabus for Computer Science and Information Technology 
Engineering MathematicsDigital Logic
Computer Organization and ArchitectureProgramming and Data Structures
AlgorithmsTheory of Computation
Compiler DesignOperating System
DatabasesComputer Networks
Syllabus for Chemistry 
Physical ChemistryOrganic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Syllabus for Electronics and Communication Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsNetworks, Signals and Systems
Electronic DevicesAnalog Circuits
Digital CircuitsControl System
Syllabus for Biomedical Engineering (new entrant)
Engineering MathematicsElectrical Circuits
Signals and SystemsMeasurement and Digital Electronics
Analog and Digital ElectronicsHuman Anatomy and Physiology
BiomaterialsSensors and Bioinstrumentations
Medical Imaging SystemBiomechanics
Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution 
Mathematics and Quantitative EcologyBehavioral Ecology
Syllabus for Electrical Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsElectrical Circuits
Electromagnetic FieldsSignals and Systems
Electrical MachinesPower Systems
Control SystemsElectrical and Electronic Measurements
Analog and Digital ElectronicsPower Electronics
Syllabus for Geology And Geophysics 
Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsControl Systems
Electrical CircuitsAnalog and Digital Electronics
Signals and SystemsMeasurements
Sensors and Industrial InstrumentationCommunication and Optical Instrumentation
Syllabus for Mathematics 
CalculusLinear Algebra
Rear AnalysisComplex Analysis
Ordinary Differential EquationsAlgebra
Functional AnalysisNumerical Analysis
Partial Differential EquationsTopology
Linear Programming
Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsApplied Mechanics and Design
Fluid Mechanics and Thermal ScienceMaterial, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Syllabus for Mining Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsMine Development Surveying
Geo-mechanics and Ground ControlMining Methods and Machinery
Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation and Underground HazardsMine Economics, Mine Planning, System Engineering
Syllabus for Metallurgical Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsThermodynamics and Rate Process
Extractive MetallurgyPhysical Metallurgy
Mechanical MetallurgyManufacturing Process
Syllabus for Textile Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsTextile Engineering and Fibre Science
Syllabus for Physics 
Mathematical PhysicsClassical Mechanics
Electromagnetic TheoryQuantum Mechanics
Thermodynamics and Statistical PhysicsAtomic and Molecular Physics
Solid State Physics and ElectronicsNuclear and Particle Physics
Syllabus for Production and Industrial Engineering 
Engineering MathematicsGenera Engineering
Manufacturing ProcessesQuality and Reliability
Industrial EngineeringOperation Research an Operational Management
XE A (Engineering Mathematics Syllabus)
Linear AlgebraCalculus
Vector CalculusOrdinary Differential Equations
Partial Differential EquationsComplex variables
Probability and StatisticsNumerical Methods
XE B (Fluid Mechanism Syllabus)
Flow and Fluid PropertiesKinematics
Integral analysisDifferential Analysis
Inviscid flowsDimensional analysis
Internal flowsPrandtl boundary layer equations
XE C (Material Sciences Syllabus)
Processing of MaterialsCharacterisation Techniques:
Structure and ImperfectionsThermodynamics and Kinetics
Properties of MaterialsMaterial types
Environmental DegradationElements of Quantum Mechanics and Mathematics
XE G (Food Technology Syllabus)
Food Chemistry and NutritionFood Microbiology
Food Products TechnologyFood Engineering
XE F (Thermodynamics Syllabus)
Basic ConceptsLaw of Thermodynamics
Thermodynamics CycleThermodynamics Relations
Ideal Gas Mixtures
XE F (Polymer Science and Engineering Syllabus)
Chemistry of high polymersPolymer Characterization
Synthesis and propertiesPolymer blends and composites
Polymer TechnologyPolymer rheology
Polymer processingPolymer testing
XL P (Chemistry Syllabus)
Atomic Structure and PeriodicityStructure and Bonding
s, p and d Block ElementsChemical Equilibria
ElectrochemistryReaction Kinetics
ThermodynamicsStructure-Reactivity Correlations and Organic Reaction Mechanisms
XL S (Microbiology Syllabus)
Historical PerspectiveMethods in Microbiology
Microbial Taxonomy and DiversityProkaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells: Structure and Function
Microbial GrowthControl of Micro-organisms
Microbial MetabolismMicrobial Diseases and Host Pathogen Interaction
Chemotherapy/AntibioticsMicrobial Genetics
Microbial Ecology
XL R (Botany Syllabus)
Plant SystematicsPlant Anatomy
Morphogenesis & DevelopmentPhysiology and Biochemistry
GeneticsPlant Breeding and Genetic Modification
Economic BotanyPlant Pathology
XL T (Zoology Syllabus)
Gene expression in EukaryotesAnimal Behavior
EcologyBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
GeneticsAnimal Anatomy and Physiology
Cell BiologyAnimal world
EvolutionParasitology and Immunology
Development Biology

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GATE 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

Mode of ExamOnline
Total Number of Questions65
Time Duration3 hours
Question typeMCQs and NAT (Numerical Answer Type)
Negative MarkingFor MCQ’s: 1/3rd for 1-mark For 2 mark questions 2/3rd for
Total Marks100


  • General Aptitude is mandatory section for all papers and it carries 15% weightage of the total marks.
  • For rough work, a scribble pad will be provided to the applicants.
  • A virtual calculator will be provided to applicants for calculation.


Is there any variation in GATE 2021 Syllabus?

 GATE 2021 syllabus is yet to be released by the concerned authorities. Till then, applicants can check the previous year’s syllabus given in the table above.

 Which new subject was added in GATE last year?

 Biomedical engineering was the new subject that was added in GATE 2020.

 Can I apply for more than two papers in Gate 2021?

 The applicant can apply for only one paper in GATE Exam.

What will be the weightage of topics for a particular paper as per the syllabus of GATE 2021?

There is no weightage of topics. All topics have the same weightage as per the syllabus.

What books are best for GATE Aptitude section?

The best books for GATE Aptitude section is given below:

  • English Grammar and composition by Wren and Martin
  • Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning by Dr R S Aggarwal
  • Quantitative aptitude by Dr R S Aggarwal

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