Tuesday, April 16, 2024

What is the Revised Subject-wise GATE 2021 Syllabus?


The GATE 2021 syllabus has been tweaked to a certain extent. IIT Bombay has included two new subjects in the exam. Environmental Science & Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Sciences (XH) are the newest papers that are included in the GATE 2021 syllabus. Now, the total number of subjects for the exam has increased to 27 from 25. Students from humanities backgrounds will now be able to apply for the exam. You can find the GATE 2021 syllabus, which has been released on the official website. Here, we will share detailed information on the syllabus for students planning to take the exam in 2021 and beyond.

GATE 2021 Syllabus – Latest Updates, Dates, New Subjects

GATE 2021 syllabus will include – General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and the topics from the examinees’ subject. The GATE syllabus 2021 will consist of 27 subjects. AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH, and XL will not have the syllabus’s Engineering Mathematics section.

GATE 2021 is expected to take place between 5th February – 7th February & 12th February – 14th February 2021. Now, with the information about the syllabus, students can carry on with their last-minute preparation. The information will give aspirants an idea about all the latest information about the GATE 2021 syllabus.

GATE 2021 Syllabus – New Subjects

The two new additions to the syllabus are – GATE 2021 syllabus for Humanities and Social Sciences (XH) & Environmental Science and Engineering (ES). This is a godsend for Humanities students who can now study PG degrees through GATE 2021. The detailed syllabus of the subjects mentioned above are given below:

GATE 2021 Syllabus for Environmental Science and Engineering

Sections Name of Topics
Section 1 Foundation of Mathematics
Section 2 Environmental Chemistry
Section 3 Environmental Microbiology
Section 4 Environmental Hydraulics and Water Resources
Section 5 Water Management & Wastewater Treatment
Section 6 Air & Noise Pollution
Section 7 Solid & Hazardous Waste Management
Section 8 Global and Regional Issues related to Environment
Section 9 Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

In the XH Paper (Humanities & Social Sciences), you will find topics from General Aptitude (GA) & Reasoning Comprehension (B1). You will need to choose any one subject from 6 subjects for that section.

These subjects are – English, Sociology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Economics, and Psychology. In the GATE XH paper 2021, the GA & B1 paper is compulsory for students to attempt. While from C1 – C6, aspirants will have to choose any one subject.

GATE 2021 syllabus for Reasoning and Comprehension (XH-B1)

The Reasoning Comprehension section in the GATE 2021 syllabus will test your skills and ability to undertake research activities in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The questions in this section will not be about testing grammar and vocabulary skills. They will be based more on logical and critical reasoning. The question pattern will be somewhat similar to other entrance exams like – GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. The topics included in this part of GATE syllabus 2021 are –

Section Nos. Name of Topics
Section 1 Comprehension Reading
Section 2 Expression
Section 3 Analytical reasoning
Section 4 Logical reasoning

GATE General Aptitude Syllabus (2021)

Verbal Ability Topics Numerical Ability Topics
English Grammar Numerical computation
Completion of Sentences Estimation of Numericals
Word Groups and Verbal Analogies Numerical Reasoning
Instructions, Reason Critically & Verbal Deduction Interpretation of Data

The General Aptitude (GA) section of the GATE 2021 syllabus is compulsory and common in all the papers of the exam. This section accounts for 15% of total marks. In this section students will find verbal ability and numerical based questions. Mentioned below are the syllabus of the 6 subjects that one must choose as well.

Economics Syllabus (XH-C1)

Section Nos. Name of Topics
Section – 1 Microeconomics
Section – 2 Macroeconomics
Section – 3 Statistics, Mathematical Economics, and Econometrics
Section – 4 World Economy
Section – 5 Public Economics
Section – 6 Development Economics
Section – 7 Economy of India

GATE 2021 Syllabus – English (XH-C2)

Sections Topics
Section 1 English Literature in Multi-genre literature, like — poetry, the novel and various forms of fiction. This includes drama, short story, creative nonfiction, and non-fictional prose. The focus of the topics will be on 19th & 20th centuries
Section 2 Especially in a comparative context, anglophone & in English translation, Indian Literature of India and Indian sub-continent
Section 3 Criticism of Literary and Theories; cultural and critical intellectual traditions and also methods used or referred in English subject
Section 4 English literary studies & English literature history
Section 5 Research methods and approaches, that includes – techniques to  interpret various literary forms, concepts, genres, and  devices


Linguistics Syllabus (XH C3)

Section nos. Linguistic Topics
Section 1 Linguistics & Language
Section 2 Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Phonetics & Phonology, and Pragmatics
Section 3 Historical Linguistics
Section 4 Sociolinguistics
Section 5 Universals, Areal Typology, and Cross-linguistic Features
Section 6 Methods to analyse
Section 7 Applied Linguistics

GATE Syllabus 2021 – Philosophy (XH-C4)

Sections Topic Name
Section 1 Indian Philosophy (Classical) – Orthodox Systems: Sānkhya, Heterodox Systems: Cārvāka, Bhagavadgītā, Upaniṣads, and Dharmaśāstras, Śaivasiddhānta, Vīra Śaivism, Kāṣmira Śaivism, Vaiṣṇavism, and Śāktism
Section 2 Indian Philosophy (Contemporary) – Vivekananda
Section 3 Western Philosophy (Classical & Modern) – Metaphysics, Social & Political Philosophy, Epistemology, Logic, Ethics
Section 4 Contemporary Philosophy of the West

Syllabus of Psychology (XH-C5)

Sections Psychology Topic Names
Section 1 Statistics & Research Methods
Section 2 Foundations of the Psychological measurement, Basic components, Psychometrics
Section 3 Behavior – Biological and Evolutionary
Section 4 Perception, Learning, Memory & Forgetting
Section 5 Cognition: Intelligence, Thinking, Language
Section 6 Personality & Its Theories
Section 7 Motivation, Emotion, Stress & Coping
Section 8 Development throughout the life’s span, Psychological Applications, Social psychology,

GATE Syllabus 2021 – Sociology (XH-C6)

Sections Sociology Topic Names
Section 1 Theory of Sociology
Section 2 Research Methods and Methodology
Section 3 Concepts of Sociology
Section 4 Rural Transformation and Agrarian Sociology
Section 5 Family, Kinship, and Marriage
Section 6 Society of India / Sociology of India
Section 7 Social Movements
Section 8 Developmental Sociology

The section-wise weightage is different though. Check  the GATE 2021 Exam Pattern to know about the same. This is all about the new additions to GATE 2021 syllabus. We are hopeful that the above information will be helpful for students who will be planning to take the exam in 2021 and future.

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