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GATE 2020: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national postgraduate entrance examination undertaken jointly by the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, to be admitted to the M.Tech programs provided by govt and many private institutions.

After selection, the students will be able to get admission in IITs, IISc, IISERs and other reputed institutions. GATE is also considered by various government and private organizations as an important factor while recruiting graduates in their technical divisions.

GATE 2019 Latest Updates

  1. It is now official that Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2020 will be held by IIT Delhi.
  2. IIT-D has updated the GATE 2020 website and is called gate.iitd.ac.in.
  3. The examination will take place in 25 subjects on topics this year.
  4. Biomedical Engineering is newly added.
  5. Statistics (ST) has been introduced last year.
  6. GATE 2020 would be the first GATE examination with seats reserved for aspirants of EWS (Economic Weaker Section).
  7. As per changes from the central government, 10 percent of seats would be reserved for EWS candidates in relation to the current reservation.
  8. Nearly 10 Lakhs are expected to be the number of aspirants registering for GATE 2020 compared to 9.5 lakhs in 2019.
  9. Candidates seeking admission to the IITs, NITs, CFTIs, and IIITs M.E., M.Tech, and Ph.D. classes must clear the test.
  10. It will take place at the national level and registration is anticipated to start in September 2019, 1st week.

GATE 2020 Overview

Exam GATE 2020 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)
Exam Mode Online
Exam Level All India Level
Conducting Body 7 IITs and IISc, Banglore on Rotational basis.
Official website gate.iitd.ac.in
Questions Type Objective (MCQs)
Total Questions 65 MCQs
Maximum Marks 100
Exam Duration 180 Minutes (3 Hours)
Marking Scheme
  • 1 Mark and 2 Marks for each answer marked as correct depending on the sections.
  • 1/3rd (For 1 one marker) and 2/3rd (For 2 marker) marks to be deducted for a wrong answer
  • No provision of negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NTA) questions

GATE 2020 Important Exam Dates

Those of you who are preparing for GATE 2020 must take note of their timetable. Having GATE 2020 timetable by your side would assist you to understand the deadlines and to keep pace with your preparations. In addition, as an aspirant, it would also assist you keep up with multiple occurrences in the GATE 2020 exam cycle.

Apply more than 10 lakh applicants for GATE 2020. In the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) exam, there are two types of questions. From the table below, check GATE 2020 important dates:

GATE 2020 Important Dates
Official website for GATE 2020 04 Jun 2019
Application process commences 1st week of Sep 2019
The final date for filing Application 3rd week of Sep 2019
Last date for payment of application fees 4th week of Nov 2019
Form correction dates 1st week of Oct 2019
Release of Admit Card 1st week of Jan 2020
GATE 2020 Exam date Between 1st and 2nd week of Feb 2020
Release of Answer Key 3rd week of Feb 2020
Declaration of Results 3rd week of Mar 2020

GATE 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria must be noted by candidates preparing for GATE 2020. This would assist the applicants to assess their competency before applying for the examination. Candidates who do not meet the eligibility requirements would, at any later point, be disqualified from the examination.

Therefore, candidates must ensure they fulfil the prescribed GATE 2020 eligibility criteria, as they will not be taken into account for admission otherwise. Some of the significant eligibility parameters for applicants are academic qualifications, age limits and nationalities. Find the following responses to these doubts.

For the candidates ‘ reference, the comprehensive eligibility criteria are provided below:

Nationality

  • The person should be a citizen of India in order to apply for the exam.
  • Additionally, applicants from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) can also apply.

Age limit

There is no age limit for appearing in the exam.

Academic Qualification

Although there is no minimum pass percentage suggested for GATE 2020, applicants must fulfill the qualification exam eligibility requirements described in the table below:

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination Description Year of Qualification not later than
B.E./B.Tech./ B.Pharm. Candidate must be a Bachelor in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering / Technology) Qualified or is in final year 2020
B.Arch. Candidate must have completed Bachelor of Architecture (5 years course) Qualified or is in final year 2020
B.Sc. (Research)/       B.S. Candidate need to have completed Bachelor of Science degree (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2) Qualified or is in final year 2020
Pharm.D. (after 10+2) Candidate must have completed 6 years programme having internship or residency training during sixth year as part of it Qualified or is in 4th            /5th or 6th year 2022
M.Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalent Candidates need to have Masters in Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Applications, or   equivalent Qualified or is in final year 2020
Int. M.E./M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.) Candidates should have done Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree in Engineering or Technology (4 years programme) Qualified or is currently in 2nd/3rd /4th  year 2022
Int. M.E./M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after Diploma    or 10+2) Candidates should have completed Integrated Master’s degree programme or Dual Degree in Engineering or Technology (5 years             programme) Qualified or is currently in    4th / 5th year 2021
Int. M.Sc./Int. B.S.-M.S. Candidates applying must have completed Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years             integrated B.S.-M.S. program Qualified or is in final year 2020
Professional Society Examinations* (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch.) Candidates need to have completed B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch. Equivalent             examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of professional courses  Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India) Completed Section A        or equivalent professional course NA

Note: Applicants with the certification from any of the professional societies must guarantee MHRD / AICTE approves these exams as equivalents to B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch.


GATE 2020 Application Process

The GATE 20120 application form will be accessible online from 1 September 2019 and will be tentatively filled out through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). It is tentatively 30 September 2019 that is the last date for filing finished requests without late fee. Payment dates with late fees may be announced together with the notice from GATE 2020.

GATE 2020 through GOAPS processes include registration, the completion of key data such as contact, academic and personal details, picture uploading and application fee payment. Only true and verifiable data should be used when completing the GATE 2020 application form.

How to fill GATE 2020 application form

Registration

The candidate must first be registered on the GOAPS portal using details such as name, valid email I d and mobile number in order to begin the application process. The applicant must also select a password for future log-in. A registration number is produced after a successful registration.

Filling the form

The application form contains parts such as personal, academic and contact information, each of which must be filled in. Applicants must enter their GATE papers in which they are appearing and choose two GATE test centres from their area and one from another area.

Uploading of Photograph

Scanned images of photograph, signature and category certificate (if admission is sought under a particular category) should be uploaded in the prescribed format.

Application Fee Payment

The application fee varies on the gender and category of the candidate. For instance, the application price for general male candidates is Rs. 1500, while female candidates are only responsible for Rs. 750. Online payment of the application fee is only possible via net banking, credit or debit cards.

GATE 2020 Examination Fees

The examination charges must be paid. Last year the provision was also implemented to fill out the form with a late fee. Applicants can fill out the application form with a late fee. The fee can only be paid online via a debit card/credit card/net banking service. Only in one topic can applicants offer the GATE 2020 test, the anticipated fee structure provided below:

Category Application Fee Application Fee with Late Fee
General / OBC 1500/- 2000/-
SC/ST/PwD/Transgender/ Female 750/- 1250/-
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu exam centres USD 50 USD 70
Dubai/ Singapore exam centres USD 100 USD 120

GATE 2020 Application Scrutiny and Rectification

The examination bodies brought the application under scrutiny last year. The examining body examines and checks all the candidates ‘ information on the basis of the supportive documents which the applicant has uploaded once the application method has ended.

  • The scrutiny process is also carried out by the authorities for the precision of the information and the clarity of the uploaded papers.
  • If any flaws are discovered in the application form, the applicants are intimated for rectification via email / SMS.
  • A set time window is given for applicants to correct their errors.
  • If a candidate fails to rectify their error and upload corrected records within the specified time frame, his / her application forms will be dismissed.
  • Once the correction window is closed, the authorities will not entertain any further applications for correction.

GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

The GATE 2020 test is to be performed in only 25 topics in the CBT (Computer-based Test) mode. The following things can be said about the GATE 2020 test according to prior year’s trends:

Highlights of GATE Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Online
Number of Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Type of Questions MCQs and NAT
Number of Sections

3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics* and Subject Specification Section)

*In place of Engineering Mathematics, Chemistry will be compulsory for Life Science (XL) Paper

Sectional Time-Limit No
  • The exam duration is 3 hours.
  • Applicants will be allowed to go to their allotted seats 40 minutes prior to the exam.
  • There will be a total of 65 questions in the examination carrying 100 marks.
  • There are two kinds of questions in the GATE exam, MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) and NAT (Numerical Answer Type) Questions.
  • There is negative marking in the MCQ section of the exam.
  • The question paper will be in the English language only.
  • There will be three sections in the GATE exam:
  1. General Aptitude
  2. Mathematics (except for paper codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, and XL)
  3. Subject-based questions

Marking Scheme for GATE 2020 Exam

The marking scheme for the GATE 2020 test on the grounds of which the examination results will be assessed is:

Question Type Negative Marking for wrong answers Marks for a correct answer
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • ⅓ for 1 mark question
  • ⅔ for 2 marks question
1 or 2 marks
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) No Negative Marking 1 or 2 marks

The Distribution of Marks for GATE 2020

The GATE exam’s expected subject wise division is given below. Candidates can use this as a framework to understand the types of questions and the number of questions in each section:

Question type Distribution of marks Total marks Question format
General Aptitude (common for all subjects)
  • 5 questions of 1 mark each
  • 5 questions of 2 marks each
15 marks MCQ
Subject-Based questions (except for subject codes GG, XE, XL)
  • 25 questions of 1 mark each
  • 30 questions of 2 marks each
85 marks MCQ and NAT
Subject-based questions for subject code GG
    • Part A 25 questions of 1 mark each
  • Part B (either section 1 or 2) 30 questions of 2 marks each
85 marks MCQ and NAT
Subject-based questions for subject code XE
  • Section A – 7 questions of 1 mark each And 4 questions of 2 marks each
  • Section B to H (any 2) – each section has 9 questions of 1 mark each and 13 questions of 2 marks each
85 marks MCQ and NAT
Subject-based questions for subject code XL
  • Section P– Chemistry – 5 questions of 1 mark every 10 questions of 2 marks each
  • Sections Q to U (any 2) – each section has 10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each
85 marks MCQ and NAT

GATE 2020 Test Centers

The GATE 2020 Exam is a national entrance exam to test engineering graduates ‘ abilities and skills. The examination was performed in the following towns last year under separate zonal GATE offices:

Zonal GATE Office Examination cities
IISc Bangalore Ananthapuramu
Angamaly
Bagalkot
Ballari (Bellary)
Belagavi (Belgaum)
Bengaluru North
Bengaluru South
Bidar
Davanagere
Hassan
Hubballi (Hubli)
Hyderabad
Kalaburagi (Gulbarga
Kannur
Kasaragod
Kolar
Kozhikode
Kurnool
Malappuram
Mangaluru
Manipal
Mysuru (Mysore)
Palakkad
Payyanur
Port Blair
Shivamogga (Shimoga)
Thrissur
Tumakuru
Vatakara
IIT Bombay Ahmedabad
Ahmednagar
Amravati
Anand
Aurangabad
Baramati
Bhavnagar
Bhuj
Gandhinagar
Goa
Jalgaon
Kankavli
Kolhapur
Mehsana
Mumbai
Nagpur
Nanded
Nashik
Navi Mumbai
Pune
Rajkot
Ratnagiri
Sangli
Satara
Solapur
Surat
Thane
Vadodara
IIT Delhi Ajmer
Alwar
Bahadurgarh
Rohtak
Bikaner
Faridabad-Palwal
Greater NOIDA
Gurugram
Hisar
Indore
Jaipur
Jammu
Jodhpur
Karnal
Kota
Mathura
New Delhi
Samba
Sikar
Udaipur-Chittorgarh
Ujjain
IIT Guwahati Agartala
Arrah
Asansol-Durgapur
Bokaro Steel City
Burdwan
Dhanbad
Dibrugarh
Gangtok
Guwahati
Imphal
Itanagar
Jorhat
Kalyani
Muzaffarpur
Patna
Purnea
Shillong
Silchar
Siliguri
Tezpur
IIT Kanpur Agra
Aligarh
Allahabad
Bareilly
Bhopal
Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur
Jabalpur
Kanpur
Lucknow
Varanasi
IIT Kharagpur Balasore
Berhampur (Odisha)
Bhilai
Bhimavaram
Bhubaneswar
Bilaspur (CG)
Cuttack
Eluru
Hooghly
Jamshedpur
Kakinada (AP)
Kharagpur
Kolkata
Raipur
Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry)
Ranchi
Rourkela
Sambalpur
Srikakulam
Tadepalligudem
Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam
Vizianagaram
IIT Madras Alappuzha
Aluva
Attingal
Bapatla – Chirala
Chengannur
Chennai South
Chennai West
Chittoor
Coimbatore
Cuddalore
Dindigul
Ernakulam
Erode-Tiruchengode
Gudur
Guntur
Idukki
Kadapa
Kanjirapally
Kanyakumari-Nagercoil
Karimnagar Karur
Khammam
Kodad
Kollam
Kothamangalam
Kottayam
Madurai
Muvattupuzha
Namakkal
Nedumangad
Nellore
Ongole
Pala
Puducherry (Pondicherry)
Punalur
Salem
Thanjavur
Thiruvananthapuram
Thoothukudi (Tuticorin)
Tiruchirapalli
Tirunelveli
Tirupati
Vellore
Villupuram
Virudhunagar
Warangal
IIT Roorkee Ambala
Amritsar
Baddi (HP)
Bathinda
Chandigarh
Dehradun
Ghaziabad
Haldwani-Bhimtal
Hamirpur (HP)
Jalandhar
Kurukshetra
Ludhiana
Meerut
Mohali
Moradabad
NOIDA
Panipat
Pathankot
Patiala
Roorkee
Sangrur
Shimla
Solan
Sonepat
Una
Yamunanagar
International GATE,IIT Madras Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Dhaka (Bangladesh)
Dubai (UAE)
Kathmandu (Nepal)
Singapore

How to Prepare For GATE 2020

Now here are a few tips that are going to help you with the preparation of GATE 2020:

1. Understand the GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

GATE’s test pattern is distinct for all topics. Therefore the applicants must focus only on the examination pattern of their topic and not be confused with the pattern of the remainder of the topics. The test pattern will assist the applicants to understand the parts in the questions, the number of questions in the exam and the exam’s marking scheme as they can strategize how to try the questions on the exam day.

2. Collect the important GATE 2020 Books

Not all books will assist you with GATE 2020 Preparations, you need to gather some pecific books for your topic. You’ll be amazed if you begin reading a bunch of books. Choose a nice book and it will assist you a lot.

3. Collect Previous Years Question Papers

Solving the question documents of the past years is the best way to prepare for GATE. This is because if you prepare using the question documents of the past years, you get used to the nature and extent of the examination. Thus, you are not only ready with the issues, but you are also ready to face the real examination according to the length, marking system, and pattern.

4. Take Mock Tests

To make yourself familiar with the exam pattern and scheme, you can take mock tests. Thus, you can either create a mock test of your own using the previous years’ question papers or you can visit the online website for mock tests. The official mock test portal of GATE 2020 is also made available with the launch of the online portal.

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