The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily assesses a comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science for admission to Masters programmes and jobs in public sector companies.
The GATE exam began in 1984 and is typically held in the first and second week of February.

The Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology at Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai (Madras), and Mumbai (Bombay) jointly conduct GATE , on rotational basis. They conduct this exam on the behalf of National Coordination Board –GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Master of Architecture, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Ministry of Education (MoE) and other government agencies, subject to the admission criteria of the admitting institute.

Some Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) use the GATE score for recruitment, and several other universities in India and abroad use it for admissions. It is one of the most competitive exams in India.

The GATE 2021 Examination was held on February 5-7, 2021 and February 12-14, 2021 and was organized by IIT, Bombay.
The GATE 2021 score will be valid for THREE YEARS (For taking postgraduate admissions) & ONE YEAR (for PSU Recruitment) from the date of the results announcement.