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GATE 2021
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
[2021-2022]

 GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria  – There are various questions about GATE 2021 eligibility criteria which candidates are asking from us daily and are really confused in such cases. So here we have decided to write an article to help such candidates so that they can get the required information without wasting their precise time of GATE 2021 preparation. Few of such queries are :

(1) I am currently in 3rd year of engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2021 ?
(2) I am currently in final year of engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2021 ?
(3) I am currently in final year of engineering but still have backlog(s) to clear. Am I eligible for GATE 2021 ?
(4) I first did diploma in engineering then degree in engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2021 ?
(5) I am currently in final year of engineering but still I have backlog(s). What I need to upload in GATE 2021 online application form ?
(6) I have completed degree in engineering but haven’t receive degree document from college/university. What I need to upload in GATE 2021 online application form ?
(7) I have qualified GATE 2020 examination. Can I apply again for GATE 2021 examination ?
(8) Currently, I am doing M Tech. Can I apply for GATE 2021 exam ?
(9) Currently, I am in final year of B.Sc. (Bachelor of science). Can I apply for GATE 2021 exam ?

Here in this post we will help you out in such issues which some of you GATE 2021 aspirants are facing while filling GATE 2021 online application form. Before starting the application process, candidate must ensure that he/she meets the eligibility criteria of GATE 2021 as given in the following table :

GATE 2021 Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree/Examination Description of eligible candidates Year of qualification
not later than
BE/ BTech/ BPharm Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology) Currently in the third year or higher grade or already completed 2022
BArch Bachelor’s degree of Architecture (5- year course) / Naval Architecture (4- year course) / Planning (4- year course) Currently in the third year or higher grade or already completed 2022
BSc (Research)/BS Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2) Currently in the third year or higher grade or already completed 2022
Pharm D (after 10+2) 6-year degree programme, consisting of internship or residency training, during third year onwards Currently in the third/fourth/fifth/sixth year or already completed 2024
MBBS Degree holders of M.B.B.S. and those who are in the fifth/sixth/seventh semester or higher semester of such programme. Currently in the fifth/sixth/seventh semester or higher semester or already completed 2022
MSc/MA/MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the first year or higher or already Completed 2022
Int ME/ MTech (Post-BSc) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programmes in Engineering/Technology (4-year programme) Currently in the first/second/third/fourth year or already completed 2023
Int ME/ MTech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree programme or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5-year program) Currently in the third/fourth/fifth year or already completed 2021
BSc/BA/ BCom Bachelor degree in any branch of Science/Arts/Commerce (3-year programme) Currently in the third year or already completed 2021
Int MSc/ Int BS-MS Integrated MSc or 5-year integrated BS-MS programme Currently in the third year or higher or already completed 2022
Professional Society Examinations* 
(equivalent to BE/BTech/BArch)
B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognised by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on) Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

NOTE:

  • Candidates must upload the required eligibility document while filling GATE application form.
  • A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts.
  • If a candidate is pursuing any higher degree or has already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the table above, the candidate will be allowed to appear in GATE 2021 examination.

Professional Societies/ Institutions :

There are a total of seven professional societies/ institutions, which conduct exams in various fields of engineering. Candidates qualifying exams conducted by such societies are eligible for M. Tech. admission through GATE:
1. The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
2. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
3. The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
4. The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
5. The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)
6. The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
7. The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria for other than Indian candidates :

In GATE 2021, not only Indian students but candidates from other countries will also participate. Candidates who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India will need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

• Must have completed or in the final year or in the pre-final year of their bachelor’s degree in engineering and technology. or
• Must have completed or in the final year or in the pre-final year of their Post Graduate degree in any relevant science subjects.

GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria FAQs

I am currently in 3rd year of engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2021 ?

OR

I am currently in final year of engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2021 ?

As per GATE 2021 information brochure :

A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts.

Must check : GATE 2021 Age, Attempt & Percentage Limit

I am currently in final year of engineering but still I have backlog(s) to clear. Am I eligible for GATE 2021 ?

As per GATE 2021 information brochure :

A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts.

Let’s us analyse this issue practically. A candidate who is currently in final year must have entered in his/her final year course in the month of July of the year 2020 and will attend his final exams / 8th semester exam in the month of May of the year 2021 and his/her final result / 8th semester result will be out within a month after final exam means in the month of June of the year 2021 . Here we can easily understand that candidates who are currently in final year of the B.E./B. Tech. course have time period till the month May of the year 2021 for completing his/her B.E./B. Tech. course. So in this time period a candidate can clear his/her final year / final semester as well as backlog(s) of any year / any semester if he/she have.

Must check : GATE 2021 Information Brochure

# We considered these months for analysis after analyzing important dates of final year of various colleges. 

I first did diploma in engineering / B.Sc. in engineering then degree in engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2021 ?

There are 3 ways to enter in Bachelor Engineering/ Technology degree courses :
[1] After 10+2 (Senior secondary)
[2] After B.Sc. (Bachelor of science)
[3] After Diploma in Engineering/Technology

Candidates get admission into Bachelor Engineering/ Technology degree courses after 10+2 (Senior secondary) would enroll in the first year of B.E./B. Tech. course and candidates who first did B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering / Technology course then Bachelor Engineering / Technology degree would enroll in the second year of B.E./B. Tech. course. So here candidates having B.Sc. degree or Engineering / Technology Diploma need not to worry about their educational qualification and its eligibility for GATE 2021 examination. Its their educational ability that making them special. So You are completely eligible for GATE 2021 .

I am currently in final year of engineering but still I have backlog(s). What I need to upload in GATE 2021 online application form ?

A candidate will upload a certificate from Principal,
[1] If candidate is in final year /
[2] If candidate appeared in the final semester / year exam but has a backlog to be cleared from an earlier semester / year.

Download me : Certificate from Principal – GATE 2021

So you need to upload certificate from Principal along with photograph and signature while filling GATE 2021 online application form. Candidates who are facing any kind of difficulty while filling GATE 2021 online application form may follow below link for knowing complete GATE 2021 online application form filling procedure.

Must check : How to Fill GATE 2021 Online Application Form

I have completed degree in engineering but haven’t receive degree document from college/university. What I need to upload in GATE 2021 online application form ?

A candidate who have completing his/her B.E./B. Tech. course would upload course completion certificate during GATE 2021 online application form filling i.e., degree certificate / provisional certificate. So candidates who don’t have degree certificate will upload provisional certificate in upload document section of GATE 2021 online application form.

Final result of the candidates who have completed degree in engineering must have out in the month of June of the year 2021. So such candidates must have received their degree certificate / provisional certificate. If not received any of these documents from college / university then you must contact your college / university administration for providing atleast provisional certificate.

# We considered these months for analysis after analyzing important dates of final year of various colleges. 

Candidates need to scan such certificates in PDF file format then they would be able to upload such documents while filling GATE 2021 online application form.

I have qualified GATE 2020 examination. Can I apply again for GATE 2021 examination ?

Yes you can apply for GATE 2021 examination.
There is no attempt limit in GATE exam. There is no age limit in GATE exam. So you are free to apply for GATE exam as many times you wish.

Currently, I am doing M Tech. Can I apply for GATE 2021 exam ?

Yes, You can apply for GATE 2021 examination. But if you want to use this GATE 2021 score to get admission in any college again then you would get admission into first year of Master of Engineering / Technology course. So in this way you would loose your current years which you are studying in Master of Engineering / Technology course.

Candidates who are pursuing any higher degree or already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the above table, then the candidate need to select the relevant minimum required qualifying degree while filling the application form.

Currently, I am in final year of B.Sc. (Bachelor of science). Can I apply for GATE 2021 exam ?

As per GATE 2021 information brochure :

A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts.

Candidates who are facing any kind of problem related to GATE 2021 application form filling may post their queries here on this blog without any hesitation but first check this post so that you can get answer of your queries without waiting for our response. If you have problem which is not listed here you please post that here using below comment box.

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95 COMMENTS

  1. gate 2019
    can i apply for gate 2019 if i have backlog in one subject in MSc I.t 2018? n I have to give exam of that subject in nov 2018 n hopefully ill clear the exam so if am eligible for gate 2019 i havent received my marksheet of Mscit but i have marksheet which is displayed on net so if am eligible can i upload that marksheet and also do i have submit my degree certificate also in upload document?

    • Hello athira,

      (1) Yes you can apply for GATE 2019 if you have backlog.
      But you have to clear that backlog by 2019.
      (2) Yes, internet downloaded mark sheet is accepted.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  2. sir is the certificate from the hod and certificate from the principle for the backlog students who are currently persuing their final year are both the same is it enough if the candidate upload any of the one certificates please reply sir.

  3. hello sir ,
    I have done diploma and now in final year B.Tech. so in the eligibility certificate from HOD dept for GATE 2018 , it requires “Duration of Program”. I’m not sure whether it should be 3 or 4 years.
    please reply asap…

    • Hello Arvind,

      3 years.
      For candidates who have done B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology first and then took admission into bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology course.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

    • Hello Arti,

      You need to upload certificate from principle.
      If you can not obtain this certificate, you may upload final year mark sheet.

      GATE 2018 official statement about this issue :
      In case, the degree certificate/provisional certificate has not been issued at the time of application, final year mark sheet (of any one semester) must be uploaded as eligibility document.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  4. Hi
    I have completed my masters in chemistry in 2017. The result has been declared but the final semester mark sheet has not been issued. I uploaded the provisional mark sheet available on the university site of the 4th semester result. But it has been declared as a defect and Gate has asked me to rectify it. What should I do?
    Should I upload my B.Sc degree along with my 3rd semester mark sheet. Please reply.

  5. While filling application form I have entered Qualifying year as 2017, since I have passed my MSc degree in 2017.
    But in final preview which we get after successful payment shows 2017 as my Year of Graduation.(In actual my passing year of Graduation i.e. BSc degree is 2015).

    Yesterday, I got a mail from GATE IITG mentioning that my application has been accepted.

    I am confused whether I should try to correct the year as 2015 or leave it ?

    • Hello Suraj,

      Is this mistake from your side or from GATE 2018 office side ?
      If it is from your side you should correct it and if this is from GATE 2018 office side then you can leave it.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

    • Hello Suraj ,

      Is this mistake from your side or from GATE 2018 office side ?
      If it is from your side you should correct it and if this is from GATE 2018 office side then you can leave it.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  6. hi sir i completed my M.tech 2017 passed out but i dont have my fourth sem mrak list and PC ,which certificates i have to upload now?

    • Hello chaitanya,

      You need to upload your B Tech completion certification because minimum education qualification for GATE 2018 exam is B Tech.
      If you are doing dual degree then you have to upload final year mark sheet or course completion certificate or certification from principle.
      For more detail please follow below link.
      GATE 2018 Eligibility Criteria : http://www.gate2016.info/gate-eligibility-criteria/

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  7. dear sir i did b.tech in july 2015 but i have no certificate but i have 8th semester marksheet can i apply for gate 2018 by uploading it

  8. Can i upload pdf of eligibilty certificate in black and white format ?Because size of coloured pdf is large and after reducing the size letters are getting blurred

    • Hello vikash,

      If you have not submitted your application form finally, you can edit your details.
      If you do not do this and if GATE office find this issue as a major issue they will contact you during application form checking process called scrutiny.
      For more detail please follow below link.
      GATE 2018 GOAPS and Scrutiny Related Issues : http://www.gate2016.info/gate-goaps-and-scrutiny-related-issues/

      You always have a choice to fill a fresh GATE 2018 application form.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  9. Hello Sir, I’m 2017 passed out student. Our college didnt provide any provisional certificate and final year marks memo due to the fee due. So can I upload my 3rd year (6th semester) marks memo for applying gate ? Please Reply ?

    • Hello akhil,

      You need to either upload final year mark sheet (of any one semester) or provisional certificate as eligibility document.
      Please try to get any one out of these from the college.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

      final year mark sheet (of any one semester) must be uploaded as eligibility document

  10. Hello
    I am 2014 pass out student and i have all documents like results, leaving cert., convocation cert. and provisional cert which we get with marksheet of 8th sem.
    So now it is asking eligibility certificate. SO what can i do? please help me…

  11. hi,
    I am a backlog student(btech), was to be completed in 2014 and i still have 2 backlogs to clear in december 2016 and expecting result in may 2017, am i eligible for 2017 gate?

  12. HEY…i completed my masters in biotechnology in 2015 my result is declared but i have an semester system and my fourth sem.result marksheet is not issued only online copy result .so what should i submit my provisinol letter or a degree of u.g. or a marksheets of all three semesters and fourth online marksheet .plzzzzz reply

  13. sir
    my problem is i enable to upload the certificate
    what should size of pdf file
    please help me sir
    becouse very few day left sir
    thanks in advance sir

    • Hello ,

      Less than 300 kB.
      Reduce size of file little more and then upload if not work then again reduce and upload. This will work.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

    • Hello Pramila,

      There is no such paper which suits Sociology post graduates. GATE exam is mainly for technical candidates.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  14. I have already submited the form ( I have done B.tech and doing M.tech right now) in which i uploaded my B.tech provinsional as eligibility certificate but they rejected my provisional certificate. What to do admin ?? Please tell me…… thank you.

  15. can i apply for gate 2016 while having backlog in first sem i have recently applied for reevelation and have passed my 2,3,5,6,8 semesters 4 & 7th sem results is expecting soon to come in November this year i have completed my course in 2014.

  16. dear sir, i face many more problems with this forum submitting. …..

    I have mistake in qualifications year 2015 in place of 2016 …..i want to do 2016…due to this i got a mail to clear rectify principle certificate of 2015 ….but when I login, then shown this

    Note: The defect(s) shown below needs rectification before 15th October 2015 for accepting your application. Otherwise, your application will be rejected.

    but nothing any link show to upload my data ….what can I do sir….Please inform me sir……

    …my id B404V73

  17. Hello Sir/madam,

    I am unable to upload my Eligibility certificate,
    even though it’s in PDF format & within the size range of 10KB – 300KB

    • Hello Sibin,

      Reduce size of file little more and then upload if not work then again reduce and upload. This will work.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  18. sir, it is given in gate 2016’broucher that we can upload a copy of marksheet for section A. so what is mean of that.? does it mean we can upload marksheet instead of certificate.?

  19. Sir, What is the required size (in Kbytes) of the document/degree certificate, Or, the quality of the document to upload? I am asking this because it is not mentioned anywhere in the information brochure. kindly clarify.

  20. i acquired bachelors degree in 2013 and since then have not joined any institute for higher studies. how will i get the certificate signed by principal after 2 years. is it compulsory to get this certificate?

  21. Hello i am sravanthi. I have completed M.Tech (CSE) in Dec 2014 from JNTU university. Am i eligible to apply to GATE 2016 ?
    If i have chance then which serial number should i use for qualifying degree i.e., either 5 or 6?

    • Hello Sravanthi,

      Yes you can.
      Minimum qualification for GATE is B Tech so you have fill your B Tech details in GATE application form. Even you have completed your higher education.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  22. sir , i have xerox copy of my provisional certificate , can i apply with that xerox copy, actually my provisioal is lost and i applied for that but it will come 20 days later. i have completed my btech in 2013.

  23. I have attended my final year exam in 2015 , but have backlogs in 8th semester, which certificate is needed to upload in the form? My certificate from principal is found invalid.

  24. I’am in NT caste. i must go in GC for this GATE exam? and then aftr GATE result, i’ll get job in PSU as GC student only or i can mention NT there?

  25. I submitted forum.
    But I have minor mistake in that year of qualifying degree 2015 in place of 2016
    I want to do 2016….how to modify. ..Please kindly confirm my request. ..

    • Hello gopal,

      GATE 2016 organizing Institute divide mistakes in two categories :
      (1) minor mistakes
      (2) major mistakes

      1# For minor mistake correction candidate need to send email to your Zonal GATE Office.
      2# For major mistake correction candidate need to file a new application with a new email address (mobile number can be same) and fill form correctly this time.

      Try first one and send mail to your Zonal GATE Office. if you think this is not working then you have to choose second option of filing new application form before closing date of GATE 2016 application form.

  26. Hello Sir/Madam,

    First I’ve completed my Diploma in Mechatronics.
    Then I Finished my B.S in Engineering Technology.

    So am I eligible for GATE 2016?

    Br/Sujoy

    • Hello miyan,

      As per GATE 2016 organizing Institute :
      Candidate who have passed qualifying examination required for GATE 2016 in 2015 or earlier, have to submit any course completion certificate like degree certificate / provisional certificate for completing your GATE 2016 online application form.
      Try to contact to your college/university administration regarding this. Providing provisional certificate is not so hard for them.
      For more details about Eligibility Criteria of GATE 2016 click here : http://www.gate2016.info/gate-2016-information/eligibility-criteria-of-gate-2016/

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  27. hi
    i was completed BE(Mechanical)
    can i apply GATE 2016 for MA(Mathematics)?

    also if yes then further if i got which degree for further study and i get stip-end from the goverment for this master& phd degree

    please give me answer

  28. Hello sir,
    I have completed be in 2015. While filling application form by mistake I habe uploaded 8 sem mark sheet.now what I do..will my participation cancelled??

    • Hello naziya,

      GATE 2016 organizing Institute divide mistakes in two categories :
      (1) minor mistakes
      (2) major mistakes

      1# For minor mistake correction candidate need to send email to your Zonal GATE Office.
      2# For major mistake correction candidate need to file a new application with a new email address (mobile number can be same) and fill form correctly this time.

      Try first one and send mail to your Zonal GATE Office. if you think this is not working then you have to choose second option of filing new application form before closing date of GATE 2016 application form.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  29. I am currently pursuing MTech(CSE-IT) and would like to do PhD after that. Am i eligible for GATE 2016 to take admission for PhD? Also what documents I need to submit? Also there is no option for MTech students. I don’t belong to either of the categories (Integrated/dual MTech degree and MTech BSc.) mentioned in the application form.

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