GATE 14 February 2021 Overall Exam Analysis

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GATE 2021 conducted on 14 February 2021 was held in two slots. The slots were divided into two sessions: – forenoon session (9.30 am to 12.30 pm) and the afternoon session (3 pm to 6 pm). The GATE 2021 examination was postponed during the year due to the ongoing pandemic. However, GATE exam 2021 is being conducted during February with many new changes introduced. The examination took place in an online mode. There was no issue reported while accessing the portal and exam interface.

The following table shows the examinations in which the slots were divided into:

Session Subjects and Codes
Forenoon session (9:30 am – 12.30 pm) Mechanical Engineering (ME), Humanities and Social Science (XH)
Afternoon session (3 pm to 6 pm) Mechanical Engineering (ME), Metallurgical Engineering (MT)

There were a total of 65 questions, including both NAT and MCQ type of questions. In the mechanical engineering paper, there were almost 30+ NAT questions which made it difficult for the candidates to solve the paper on time.

Paper Analysis GATE 2021 (Slot 1):

The first slot consists of papers like Mechanical Engineering and humanities and social science. The Humanities and social sciences paper were a new subject added to the GATE examination this year. As students didn’t know the format of the Humanities paper, it was challenging to prepare for the same

  • The difficulty level was moderate to difficult.
  • The papers were lengthy to solve.
  • As NAT questions were more than MCQ, the paper was more of an application-based approach.

Paper Analysis GATE 2021 (Slot 2):

The second slot consisted of papers of Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering. In this slot, students reported having a theory-based paper. The weightage of the theory was more than that of numerical.

  • The difficulty level was moderate to difficult.
  • There were 65 questions in total. The majority of them were multiple-choice questions.
  • Students claimed that this time’s paper would have needed a higher level of preparation.


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