Prep Guide For GATE 2021 For M.Tech In Civil Engineering

M.Tech in Civil Engineering is one the oldest and sought after courses for GATE 2021 aspirants. Also, scoring good marks in GATE CE paper acts as a gateway to get a job in PSUs or at other renowned companies. However, scoring good marks in the exam is not easy, as, like you, many aspirants give the exam to fulfill their dreams. So all the aspirants need to prepare extensively for GATE 2021 civil engineering.

Candidates qualifying the cutoff scores are eligible to get admitted to M.Tech programs offered by IITs, NITs, GFTIs, and STIs. The minimum eligibility to apply for GATE in 2021 is to have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, college, or institute, with at least percentage passing marks.

GATE 2021 Minimum Eligibility

  • Candidates must have completed or studying in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree (Duration: at least four years) in Engineering/Technology.
  • Candidates with a recognized graduation degree can apply.
  • Must have completed or are in the last year of their Post Graduate (Master’s) degree. (Duration: At least two years) in any relevant subjects in science.

GATE 2021 Exam Overview

Level of Exam All India Level
Conducting Authority 7 IITs and IISc, Bangalore on Rotational basis.
Official website
Application Mode Online
Number of Papers

More than 8 Lakhs (Expected)

25 Papers (Biomedical Engineering is newly added)
Number of Test Takers To surpass eight lakhs

GATE 2021 Important Dates

Candidates planning to give GATE 2021 can go through the schedule, expected. This schedule for the exam will help the aspirants in creating an effective strategy for the exam. Mentioned given are the important dates for the exam.

GATE 2021 Events Dates (expected)
GATE 2021 Registration begins September – October 2020
Closing of Application Form Correction Window October 2020
Last Date to request amendments in Examination City 3rd week of November 2020
Admit card issue date Initial week of January 2021
Exam date 1st week of February 2021
Result date 2nd week of March 2021

The counseling and admission process is expected to start in April 2021. The exam is taken by IIT Delhi online.

GATE 2021 Civil Engineering Pattern

  • 2 types of questions are present in GATE 2021 CE Paper – MCQs & NAT.
  • For NAT questions, aspirants must provide a numerical value as an answer.
  • For correct answers 1 & 2 marks will be awarded, -⅓ and -⅔ for incorrect answers.
  • Total Marks will be 100 and no. of questions will be 65.
  • There are 3 sections and their weightage will be – General Aptitude: 15% of the total marks, Engineering Mathematics will be 15% of total marks Civil Engineering will be – 70% of total marks.
  • Total Duration – 3 hours.

How to study GATE 2021 to get admission in M.Tech Civil Engineering (CE)

The beneath useful tips will help the GATE 2021 aspirants in completing the entire syllabus within time. The candidates preparing are suggested to first look at the complete article to prepare for civil engineering (CE), and stay ahead in the competition.

First, go through the syllabus carefully

Creating a print out of the latest GATE 2021 syllabus and sticking it on the study table is a smarter way, to begin with, the preparations. Once the candidates know the latest syllabus in advance, they can prepare accordingly for the same. Start with the chapters that are easier and less bulky than directly jumping to the difficult ones first.

Adhere to the exam pattern

Candidates can refer to the exam pattern of GATE 2020 to get a detailed idea about the exam and how the questions are framed. Knowing the mode of exam, style of questions, marking scheme, etc. help to prepare a strategy accordingly.

Make a study plan

Making a proper study plan in the beginning only will help candidates in going on the right platform. While making the study plan, spare enough time for revisions, solve sample papers, mock tests, etc. These preparation strategies will help to score good marks.

The aspirants can also study in groups, especially while preparing for the technical topics as it will help in learning fast. Moreover, you will learn new skills and techniques that are important from the exam point of view.

Refer books of renowned authors

Presently, there are so many GATE-preparation books available in the market for your consideration. However, all are not equally good, you need to select the right books that provide the revised and updated syllabus. Look for higher rating books, books of renowned authors, well-known publishers before spending money purchasing books. You can also refer to various online resources with maximum likes and followers when it comes to using the available technology for your betterment.

Timely and systematic revisions

If you think that you will remember everything easily, then you are wrong. We all have a habit of forgetting things, some of us forget things quickly while some others remember it for longer. Sometimes concepts that look easy are the ones that we forget promptly, so timely and regular revision is a must as it will help in retaining what all we have learned a few days back. The answer to remember concepts for long is to revise and revise.

Take more mock tests

Since you have sufficient time right now to prepare for GATE 2021, so don’t waste your time assuming that you can start preparations later. Rather, you must complete your studies beforehand, to get enough time to revise all the concepts. Taking more mock tests to post completing the course will help in understanding the real exam.

Career Scope after GATE 2021 CE

  • About 100 PSUs such as IOCL, ONGC, HPCL, RITES, EIL, NHAI, DMRC, BHEL, SAIL, NTPC, PGCIL recruit civil engineers by considering the GATE scores
  • A job in a PSU means a godsend for any successful candidate as it secures your future economically. The average package can be 4 Lakhs INR to 12 Lakhs INR per annum.

Follow the tips mentioned above in case you are planning to give GATE 2021, to do M.Tech in Civil Engineering from the renowned college. Just enjoy your preparation phase, and stay focused and relaxed!!