GATE Mechanical Engineering 2021-2022 | Notifications, Important Dates, Syllabus & Result

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam 2021: The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a computer-based national level test aimed to test the undergraduates’ understanding of various subjects. For 2021 the important dates, Syllabus, Exam Pattern & more information has been released. You can chcek it in the below article. 

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam 2022: Important Dates

GATE 2022 Events

GATE 2022 Dates

Official website live


Application form availability


Last date to fill the application form


Last date to register with late fee

To be announced

Display of defective applications for rectifications


Last date for application form correction


Last Date for change of Category, Paper and Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable)


Admit card download


Miscellaneous Activities

To be Notified

Exam day



12-Feb-2022 to


Result announcement


Raise objections against payment of  Rs 500 per question

To be notified

Provisional Answer Key release

To be notified

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam: Subject Wise Exam Schedule

Week & Day

Date (Day)



Week 1 & Day 1

5-Feb-2021 (Friday)

12:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Miscellaneous Activities

Week 1 & Day 2

6-Feb-2021 (Saturday)

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

(Forenoon Session)

CE-1, IN, CY

6-Feb-2021 (Saturday)

03:00 pm – 06:00 pm

(Afternoon Session)

CE-2, PH, AR, BM, AE, MN

Week 1 & Day 3

7-Feb-2021 (Saturday)

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

(Forenoon Session)


7-Feb-2021 (Saturday)

03:00 pm – 06:00 pm

(Afternoon Session)


Week 2 & Day 4

12-Feb-2021 (Friday)

12:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Miscellaneous Activities

Week 2 & Day 5

13-Feb-2021 (Saturday)

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

(Forenoon Session)

CS-1, MA, BT, CH, TF

13-Feb-2021 (Saturday)

03:00 pm – 06:00 pm

(Afternoon Session)

CS-2, XE, XL

Week 2 & Day 6

14-Feb-2021 (Saturday)

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

(Forenoon Session)

ME-1, XH

14-Feb-2021 (Saturday)

03:00 pm – 06:00 pm

(Afternoon Session)

ME-2, MT

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam 2021: Eligibility Criteria

IIT Bombay has relaxed the eligibility criteria for the GATE exam 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Candidates who are pursuing their pre-final year are also eligible to appear for the GATE 2021 examination.

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 2020
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

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam: Eligibility for International Students

  1. Must have completed or are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree (duration: at least four years) in Engineering/Technology, or
  2. Must have completed or are in the final year of their Post Graduate (Master’s) degree (duration: at least two years) in any relevant science subject.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam 2021: Application Process

Registration :

Candidates were expected to register for GATE 2021 before going through the application process. For the registration process, candidates have to enter few details like name, valid email id, country of residence, and their mobile number.

The candidates are also expected to make a profile generating a user id and password for further login. An enrollment number is produced once the candidates have successfully completed this process.

Filling the form :

 The GATE 2021 application form had sections like – personal, academic, and contact details. Candidates are expected to enter the details to each of these fields and choose the GATE paper they are willing to appear for along with three exam centers for which the candidate is comfortable.

Uploading Photographs :

Scanned images of photograph, signature, and category certificate are to be uploaded in the candidate profile in an image format.

Application fee payment :

The application fees vary on the gender and category certificates of the respective candidates. The application fee for male candidates is Rs 1500 and Rs 750 for female candidates. The application fee is can only be paid via online transactions using debit or credit cards.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam Pattern 2021

The GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam pattern has been revised with the change in the distribution of marks. The examination will last for 3 hours wherein the candidates are expected to attend 65 questions which in total carries 100 marks.

The number of questions in Engineering mathematics has been increased by 3 and 3 reduced from the subject questions.

Refer to the table below for further information:

Exam Duration

180 Minutes (3 Hours)

Number of Questions


Total Marks


Question Type

There will be two types of question:

1. Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)

2. Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

Number of section

The GATE ME 2021 paper will consist of four sections:

1. Engineering Mathematics

2. Applied Mechanics and Designs

3. Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science

4. Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

General Aptitude Section

There will be surely 10 general aptitude question: 5 questions among them will carry 1 mark while the rest carries 2 marks

Marking Schemes

There will be two types:

MCQs – 1 mark for each correct answer; 1/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

MCQs – 2 marks for each correct answer; 2/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam Syllabus 2021 

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has released the GATE Mechanical Engineering Syllabus for Exam 2021 on their official website. The candidates are expected to refer and go through the syllabus thoroughly in order to secure good marks for the examination. 

There will be a total of four sections that are present in the Mechanical Engineering Paper – Applied Mechanics and design, Engineering Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering.



Engineering mathematics


· Linear Algebra

· Calculus

· Differential equations

· Complex variables

· Probability and Statistics

· Numerical Methods

Applied Mechanics and Design


· Engineering Mechanics

· Mechanics of Materials

· Theory of Machines

· Vibrations

· Machine Design

Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences


· Fluid Mechanics

· Heat Transfer

· Thermodynamics

· Applications

· Turbomachinery

Materials, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering


· Engineering Materials

· Casting, Forming and Joining Processes

· Machining and Machine Tool Operations

· Metrology and Inspection

· Computer Integrated Manufacturing

· Production Planning and Control

· Inventory Control

· Operations Research

Click Here to download the Syllabus in PDF format.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam 2021: Marks Distribution

The mark distribution for GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam helps the aspirants to determine and understand where he/she has to focus more on. This also helps the students to have a rough understanding of how the exam is going to be structured.

The mark distribution is as per the given table.


1 Mark

2 Mark

No. Of Questions

Engineering Mathematics




Engineering Mechanics




Strength of Materials




Design of Machine Elements




Theory of Machines








Fluid Mechanics




Thermal Science




Heat Transfer




Manufacturing Science




Industrial Engineering




Verbal Ability




Numerical Ability




GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam 2021: Marking Scheme

  • The paper consists of 65 questions containing a total of 100 marks. 
  • Multiple Choice Question: 1 mark questions – 1/3 marks will be deducted for the wrong attempt.
  • 2 mark questions – 2/3 marks will be deducted for the wrong attempt
  • Numerical Answer Type Question: No negative marking.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam 2021: Admit Card/Hall Ticket

Steps to download Admit card: 

  • Step-1: Visit the legitimate internet site and click on the “GATE 2022 Admit Card” link. Candidates also can click on the link on the pinnacle of the article.
  • Step-2: A new web page of the GOAPS internet site will seem in which applicants ought to input their Enrollment ID and Password to log in.
  • Step-3: After logging in, GATE admit card 2022 can be displayed on the screen.
  • Step-4: Check all of the information stated at the admit card carefully.
  • Step-5: In case, all information are correct, download it and take a couple of colored printouts for destiny reference.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam Cutoff

The cutoff score varies based on how the question is going to be. Tougher the question paper going to be – the more relaxed the cutoff is going to be. The cutoff score varies for students based on their social categories.

 The cutoff is as given in the box:

























GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam: Result

Steps to download Result: 

  • 1st Step: Visit the official website of GATE
  • 2nd Step: The page to enter the login credentials will open in a new tab.
  • 3rd Step: Enter the login credentials such as application number, password, and captcha code in the given space.
  • 4th step: GATE 2022 result will appear on the screen in PDF format.
  • 5th Step: You should check the details on the GATE result vary carefully.
  • 6th Step: Download it and keep it safe for future reference.

Preparation Tips for GATE 2021 Mechanical Engineering Exam 

  1. Know the Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The candidate must have a clear understanding of the syllabus that is going to come for the GATE ME 2021 question paper. In this way, the candidates are aware of all the possible questions. Another thing the candidates must be aware of is the exam pattern. The exam pattern has been mentioned in the same post, candidates can refer to it.

  1. Get used to Virtual Calculator

Since the exam is computer-based, students are not allowed to take a physical calculator into the centers. The calculator will be on the computer itself. With practice on the virtual calculator, the students can hold a better position than the others.

  1. Time Management

The candidates are expected to work on the GATE Preparation 6-8 hours a day. Working on previous papers and writing mock tests will help the students to manage time according to the requirement.

  1. Revision

Regular revisions of the topic will refresh the topics. This will help the students remember the topic he/she had prepared earlier. Making handwritten notes will help in remembering the topics well.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam: Important Books for Reference

Here’s a list of few important materials when it comes to the GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam.

Top Colleges offering M. Tech for Mechanical Engineers

Listed below are the top colleges that offer the best M. Tech courses for Mechanical Engineers

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITKGP)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur(IITK)

Other GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam Related Blogs for Reference

GATE Exam Paper Analysis GATE ME Section-wise Syllabus
GATE ME Books GATE ME Previous Year Papers

We have included complete information regarding GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam 2021. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section. 

Frequently Asked Questions: GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam 2021

Will I be allowed to leave the examination hall during the GATE Mechanical Engineering Exam?

NO, you will not be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the examination.

Will I be provided with a white paper for rough work and calculations during the examination?

A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work which must be returned after the examination.

What is the age limit applying for the GATE exam?

There is no age limit for applying for GATE 2021.

Are there any eligibility criteria regarding the nationality of a candidate?

No, candidates from India as well as other countries can apply for GATE 2021

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