GATE is a popular exam and well known for its dynamic changes every year. This year, IIT Bombay is organizing and the GATE authority has done 3 big changes in GATE this year. People see these changes may because of the COVID-19 pandemic to relieve Indian graduates’ students and to develop their career in Tech fields.

It seems for the first time that the GATE authority allows non-technical candidates to appear in the GATE paper of their choice in the GATE exam.

Note –
However, PSUs and various colleges may not give admission for non-tech students to their Tech -program. But it may depend upon their choice.

Here are 3 big changes in GATE this year:

1. Relaxation in eligibility criteria:
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.


Notes –

  • This seems first where non-tech students are allowed to write the GATE exam.
  • Because of this relaxation, 3rd-year students of Tech / or non-Tech are also eligible to write the GATE exam.


2. Apply for maximum 2 papers, instead of 1:
A candidate may appear either in ONE or TWO subject papers. For candidates who choose TWO papers, the combination must be from the approved list of combinations and subject to the availability of infrastructure and date.

3. Two new subjects added in GATE 2021:
ES (Environmental Science and Engineering) and XH (Humanities and Social Sciences) subject papers have been added in GATE. Now the total number of papers in GATE is 27.


  1. Three-year (also non-Tech) degrees holders now eligible
  2. Option to appear for two papers now
  3. Third-year students now eligible
  4. GATE 2021 Test Papers now 27 from the earlier 25
  5. Decrease in GATE 2021 exam days (from three weeks to two weeks, due to COVID-19 pandemic)