GATE 2021 – Know about New Subjects and GATE/GPAT scholarships here

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(RAHNUMA) GATE is taken up by students to pursue full-time postgraduate courses in the field of Engineering. An aspirant who wants to learn Engineering in depth generally opts for this examination and prepares for it. Though the purpose of GATE 2021 is for admissions to Engineering courses primarily, but recently few new subjects are introduced in the syllabus.Thus, it has opened new options of study as well. Along with that AICTE has announced the  GATE / GPAT scholarships for meritorious aspirants.

GATE 2021: Dates, New Subjects & Scholarships

GATE 2021 has been scheduled to be conducted between 5 to 7 February and 12th to 14th February. GATE 2021 syllabus has been changed this year with the adding of new subjects. Two subjects that have been added this year are Environmental Science and Engineering (ES), Humanities and Social Science (XH).

Here are the details about these subjects that candidates must be aware of while preparing for the examination.

GATE 2021 – Environmental science and engineering syllabus (ES)

Sections Topic name
Section 1 Mathematics Foundation
Section 2 Environmental Chemistry
Section 3 Environmental Microbiology
Section 4 Water Resources and Environmental Hydraulics
Section 5 Water and Wastewater Treatment and Management
Section 6 Air and Noise Pollution
Section 7 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Section 8 Global and Regional Environmental Issues
Section 9 Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Humanities and Social Science Syllabus (XH)

In XH, B1 is compulsory for candidates to attend during the examination, and from C1 to C6; they can select one paper to attempt.

Gate 2021 Reasoning And Comprehensions Syllabus XH (B1)

Section Topic
Section 1 Reading comprehension
Section 2 Expression
Section 3 Analytical reasoning
Section 4 Logical reasoning

This section of the question paper is all about testing the critical reasoning of the candidates and not the Grammar or Engineering Knowledge and Vocabulary. It will include the basic and general reasoning questions that are present in many other entrance examinations like GMAT, GRE, or LSAT.

GATE Economics syllabus XH (C1)

Section Topic name
Section 1 Microeconomics
Section 2 Macroeconomics
Section 3 Statistics, Econometrics, and Mathematical Economics
Section 4 International Economics
Section 5 Public Economics
Section 6 Development Economics
Section 7 Indian Economy

GATE English Syllabus XH (C2)

Section Topic
Section 1 Multi-genre literature in English, the novel, and other forms of fiction including the short story, drama, creative non-fiction, and non-fiction prose majorly emphasizing the 19th and 20th centuries.
Section 2 Comparative context, Anglophone and in English translation, Indian literature, extending to some degree, the larger Indian subcontinent.
Section 3 Literary criticism and theory, critical and cultural intellectual – traditions and approaches widely referred to and used in the discipline of English.
Section 4 History Of English Literature and English Literary Studies
Section 5 Research approaches and methodologies, including interpretative techniques responsive to literary forms, devices, concepts, and genres.


GATE Linguistics Syllabus XH (C3)

Section Topic Name
Section 1 Language And Linguistics
Section 2 Phonetics And Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, And Pragmatics
Section 3 Historical Linguistics
Section 4 Sociolinguistics
Section 5 Areal typology, universals, cross-linguistics features
Section 6 Methods of analysis
Section 7 Applied Linguistics

GATE Philosophy Syllabus XH (C4)

Section Topic Name
Section 1 Classical Indian philosophy – orthodox systems: Sānkhya, Heterodox Systems: Cārvāka, Upaniṣads, Bhagavadgītā, and Dharmaśāstras, Kāṣmira Śaivism, Śaivasiddhānta, Vīra Śaivism, Śāktism, and Vaiṣṇavism
Section 2 Contemporary Indian Philosophy – Vivekananda
Section 3 Classical And Modern Western Philosophy – Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Social And Political Philosophy, Logic
Section 4 Contemporary western philosophy

GATE Psychology Syllabus XH (C5)

Section Topic Name
Section 1 Research Methods And Statistics
Section 2 Psychometrics: The Foundation Of Psychological Measurement, Basic Components
Section 3 The Biological and Evolutionary Basis Of Behaviour
Section 4 Perception, learning, memory, and forgetting
Section 5 Cognition: Thinking, Intelligence, and Language
Section 6 Personality: Theories of Personality
Section 7 Motivation, emotion and stress and coping
Section 8 Social psychology, development across the lifespan, applications of psychology



GATE Sociology Syllabus XH (C6)

Section Topic Name
Section 1 Sociological Theory
Section 2 Research Methodology And Methods
Section 3 Sociological Concepts
Section 4 Agrarian Sociology And Rural Transformation
Section 5 Family, Marriage, And Kinship
Section 6 Indian Society/Sociology Of India
Section 7 Social Movements
Section 8 Sociology Of Development


AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) has recently announced the GATE/GPAT Scholarship for postgraduate students. The announcement is made for M.Tech/M.E/M.Arch courses for the academic year 2020-21. The scholarship will be provided to the students from the date of commencement of the date of admission. The detailed information about the scholarship is given below –

AICTE GPAT/GATE Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  • Aspirants must have the GPAT/GATE score during the admission to stand for the scholarship.
  • Students should be pursuing full-time courses at the university.
  • Candidates should be admitted to the AICTE approved colleges or institutes.
  • Aspirants should intake admission in courses like M.Tech, M.E, and M.Arch.
  • Students who have qualified GATE and belong to the category OBC are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Students who have passed the exam under the category of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PeD need to have a category certificate to apply for this scholarship.

AICTE GATE/GPAT Scholarship Application Process

Aspirants have to register themselves on the official website of AICTE for filling the scholarship application form. It requires basic information of an interested candidate like bank details, institute id, student ID card, and date of birth. Do not forget to check the information twice before submitting it because the wrong information can create an error.

With GATE 2021 just a few months away, aspirants must gear up with their preparation. The new subjects will open gates to study Humanities and Environmental Science as well. This is in fact a welcome change. Aspirants must also take care of their health during this preparational phase.

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