GATE 2021 Syllabus, Subject & Branch Wise – For All Courses

GATE 2021 Syllabus:  GATE 2021 application submission process is over now for exam scheduled in the month of February 2021. GATE for 2021 is being organized by IIT, Bombay. With the introduction of two new papers (i.e. Environmental Science and Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Science (XH)) this year there are total 27 subjects now in which candidates will be competing. Syllabus plays an important role as questions in the exam are based on the syllabi prescribed by the examination authority for all the subjects. Therefore, GATE aspirants who are going to appear in upcoming exams should thoroughly read GATE 2021 Syllabus.  

GATE 2021 Syllabus

Syllabus for GATE 2021 has been revised for all the subjects. Organizing authority has released a separate syllabus pdf for each subject and same is provided here in this article for your convenience. GATE exam is divided into two parts i.e., General Aptitude and Subject/Paper. General Aptitude section is common for all the candidates whereas second section is based on the Subjects selected by the candidates.

If you are also a GATE aspirant then do have a look at this article. Here you will find all the information about GATE 2021 syllabus of all the subject papers with the latest revisions and updates. So, scroll down and take a tour of the subject-wise gate syllabus 2021 given this article.


GATE 2021: Overview

Name of the examGraduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
Organizing AuthorityIIT, Bombay
Type of examNational Level Exam
Exam Date5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th February 2021   
Academic session2021-2022
Validity of Gate score3 years
Total paper/subjects27
Mode of applicationOnline
GATE 2021 Official portal

What is the highlight of GATE 2021 Syllabus?
The highlight is that the syllabus of each and every subject has been revised for GATE 2021.  Two new subjects/papers namely Environmental Science and Engineering (Code-ES) and Humanities and Social Science (Code-XH) in English/ Sociology/ Economics / Psychology /Linguistics /Philosophy has been introduced for GATE 2021.  

GATE 2021 Exam Pattern  

Before moving to GATE 2021 subject-wise syllabus, do check the examination pattern given below-

Mode of ExamOnline Mode (Computer Based Test-CBT)
Total No. of Subjects or Paper27
Types of QuestionsMultiple Choice Type Other Types (Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions and/ or Multiple Select Questions)
Duration of Exam3 hours
Sections in Exam paperTwo (General Aptitude + Subject Selected by Candidate)
Total No. of Questions10 GA (General Aptitude) + 55 (Subject) = 65 questions
Marking SchemeCheck image below

GATE 2021 Subject-Wise Syllabus PDF Download

GATE exam is divided into two sections; GA and subject selected by the candidate. GA (General Aptitude) section of the exam is common all the candidates whereas questions in the second part are based on subjects opted by the candidates.

In this section, we have brought GATE subject-wise syllabus pdf for downloading. Check below-

 GATE 2021 General Aptitude (GA) Syllabus

  Have a look at gate ga syllabus 2021–  

Verbal Aptitude
Include topics from Basic vocabulary, Basic English grammar, Reading and comprehension, Narrative sequencing

Quantitative Aptitude
Include topics from Data interpretation (DI), Mensuration and geometry, Numerical computation & estimation, Elementary statistics and probability

Analytical Aptitude
Include topics from Logic, Numerical relations & Reasoning, Analogy

Spatial Aptitude
Include topics from Transformation of shapes

GATE 2021 Subject-wise Syllabus  

Paper CodePaperGATE 2021 Syllabus PDF
AEAerospace EngineeringClick Here
AGAgricultural EngineeringClick Here
AR Architecture and PlanningClick Here
BTBiotechnologyClick Here
BMBiomedical EngineeringClick Here
CE Civil EngineeringClick Here
CHChemical EngineeringClick Here
CSComputer Sc. and Information TechnologyClick Here
CYChemistryClick Here
ECElectronics and Communication Engg.Click Here
EE Electrical EngineeringClick Here
ESEnvironmental Science and EngineeringClick Here
EY Ecology and EvolutionClick Here
GG Geology and GeophysicsClick Here
IN Instrumentation EngineeringClick Here
MA MathematicsClick Here
ME Mechanical EngineeringClick Here
MN Mining EngineeringClick Here
MTMetallurgical EngineeringClick Here
PEPetroleum EngineeringClick Here
PH PhysicsClick Here
PIProduction and Industrial EngineeringClick Here
STStatisticsClick Here
TFTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceClick Here
XE-AEngineering MathematicsClick Here
XE-BFluid MechanicsClick Here
XE-CMaterials ScienceClick Here
XE-DSolid MechanicsClick Here
XE-EThermodynamicsClick Here
XE-F Polymer Science and EngineeringClick Here
XE-GFood TechnologyClick Here
XE-HAtmospheric and Oceanic SciencesClick Here
XH-B1Reasoning and ComprehensionClick Here
XH-C1EconomicsClick Here
XH-C2 EnglishClick Here
XH-C3LinguisticsClick Here
XH-C4  PhilosophyClick Here
XH-C5PsychologyClick Here
XH-C6 SociologyClick Here
XL-P ChemistryClick Here
XL-QBiochemistryClick Here
XL-R BotanyClick Here
XL-SMicrobiologyClick Here
XL-TZoologyClick Here
XL-UFood TechnologyClick Here

GATE 2021 Papers/Subjects

There are total 27 subjects in GATE 2021, among which two papers are newly added to the list. You can either appear in one paper or maximum in two paper in the examination. If a you are opting for one paper only, then you can choose among all the 27th subject codes.

In case, you opt for two subjects or papers then you have to choose from the list shared below-

Subject Code of First Paper (Primary Choice)Subject Codes allowed as Second Paper
PHEC / GG / IN / MA / MT / ST
XEAE / CH / ME / MN / MT / PE / PI / TF

How to Download GATE 2021 Syllabus?

To check gate syllabus pdf for 2021 on GATE portal, you can follow the simple steps below-

  • Visit GATE 2021 Official portal. Official portal link is given below.
  • On the homepage of the portal, click on “Pre-Examination tab”
  • Now, select “Syllabi” from the drop-down menu.
  • GATE 2021 Syllabus pdf of all the subjects will appear.
  • Click on the respective subject link.
  • Syllabus pdf will open.
  • Check the syllabus carefully and download the pdf for reference.

GATE 2021 Important Links

 GATE 2021 Portal Click Here  
 GATE 2021 Syllabus Page Link Click Here
 GATE 2021 GA Syllabus Click Here
GATE 2021 Preparation Books Click Here
 GATE 2021 Exam Guidelines Click Here


For which GATE 2021 papers, syllabus has been revised?

Syllabus has been revised for all papers of GATE 2021.

For how many GATE 2021 papers I can opt?

You can appear in maximum two papers. You can either appear in a single paper or in two papers. If you opt for two subjects then, primary subject selected by you will be your default choice, and the second subject you can choose from the subjects allowed for the second paper.

Is there any difference between GATE “subject” and GATE “paper”?

No, it is clearly mentioned on GATE official portal that subject and paper are same. You can use these terms interchangeably.

How to get subject-wise GATE 2021 syllabus?

You can download it from the links provided in this article or by visiting GATE 2021 official portal. All the links are mentioned in the article.


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