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GATE 2020: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

GATE 2018GATE 2020 is Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering it is a national level entrance exam for admission in various PG courses in engineering, it is jointly by IISc and 7 IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board, students interested in M.Tech./Ph.D.

Programs after graduation can apply for the exam, 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.

In this section, you will find everything about GATE 2020.

GATE 2020 Exam Date

The dates for GATE 2020 exam have been announced. Students can check the dates given below:

EventsDates (Tentative)
The online Application process will commence fromSeptember 2020
The last date for submission of application formOctober 2020
Last Date to request for the change in examination cityNovember 2020
Admit Card Issue DateJanuary 2020
GATE 2020 Exam DateFebruary & January 2020
Answer Key Release DateWithin a few days after the examination
Declaration of Result for GATE 2020March 2020
Availability of Score CardLast week of March 2020 to Last week of May 2020
Commence of Counselling ProcedureSecond week of April 2020

GATE 2020 Eligibility Criteria

In order to register for the GATE 2020 exam, the candidates need to qualify the eligibility criteria for the exam. The eligibility criteria for the candidates is given below:

QualificationQualifying DegreeDegree StatusYear of Passing
4-years B.Tech (after 10+2) in
any stream or 3-years B.Tech
lateral entry (after B.Sc./Diploma
in Engineering/
Final year candidates may also apply.
Pursuing final
year examination or completed
B.Arch5-years bachelor’s degree in
Pursuing final
year examination or completed
B.Sc. Research/
4-years Bachelor’s degree in
Science (post-diploma or after 10+2)
Pursuing final
year examination or completed
M. Sc./M.A./
MCA or equivalent
Master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/
Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent
Currently in final year or completed2020
Int. M.E/M.Tech
4-years Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / TechnologyPresently in 2nd/3rd/4th
year or completed
Int. M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)5-years Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/
Currently in 4th/5th year or completed2020
Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or Five-year integrated B. S./M. S. programPursuing final
year examination or completed
Professional Society Examination equivalent to B.Tech/B.E./
B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/
AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India)
Completed section A or equivalent of such professional

1. The candidate from outside of India needs to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technology or Postgraduate (M.Sc.) degree in any relevant science subject.

2. The candidates are required to upload their proof of eligibility qualification while filling the application form.

3. The candidates graduated in 2020 or prior to that must submit their degree certificate/provisional certificate whereas the rest of the candidates have to upload the certificate from Principal/head of the institution. 

GATE 2020 Application Form

Here you will find the details regarding the registration of GATE 2020:

  • Candidates will be able to apply for GATE 2020 only through online mode.
  • The registration for GATE 2020 will commence from September 2020.
  • The candidates will have to fill the application form for GATE 2020 through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).
  • For registering the candidates have to register as a “New User”.
  • Once the registration is successful the candidates will get the access to GOAPS.
  • After that, they are required to log in using GOAPS Enrollment ID and GOAPS Password.
  • The candidates need to upload scanned photograph, signature, thumb impression, degree certificate or category certificate while filling the application form.
  • International candidates can also apply for the exam.
  • For them, the GATE 2020 will be conducted in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.
  • The process of registration for international students is similar as of Indians.
  • International candidates are required to have a valid passport before applying.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for GATE 2020 will vary depending on the category of applicant. Given below are the details about the fee you need to pay for GATE 2020.

CategoryApplication Fee
Women CandidatesRs. 750/-
SC/ST/PwD CandidatesRs. 750/-
All Other CandidatesRs. 1500/-
GATE International CandidatesUS Dollars 50
The candidates can pay the fee through internet banking, debit card, credit card or e-challan.

GATE 2020 Application Form Correction

The candidates will be allowed minor modifications in the GATE 2020 application form.

However, the correction will only be permitted once the submission of application form has been completed.

If a candidate has committed some mistake while filling the application form he/she can send an email with subject “Correction in data (Enrollment Number)” along with the documented proof.

Only the following field will be allowed in GATE Corrections/Modifications:

  • Name of Candidate
  • DOB
  • Name of Parent/Guardian
  • Status from Gen to OBC and OBC to General
  • Have you graduated with the above degree?
  • Year of Qualifying Degree

GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

Here are the details regarding the exam pattern for GATE 2020:

Course: Through GATE the candidates will get admission to the M.Tech./Ph.D. courses in various IITs, other institutions, and IISc.

Number of Papers: GATE 2020 consist of 23 different papers. The candidates will be able to register for only one of the paper.

Mode of Examination: The GATE 2020 will be conducted only through the online mode.

Exam Duration: The duration of the GATE 2020 will be 3 hours.

Number of Questions: The question paper for GATE 2020 will contain a total of 65 questions of maximum 100 marks.

Type of Questions: Objective based type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) & Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT) will be asked in GATE 2020 examination. The MCQ will have 4 choices whereas no choice will be available for NAT.

Common Section in All GATE Papers: The General Aptitude (GA) section will be common for all 23 papers. The section will have 10 question of maximum 15 marks (5 questions will be of 1 mark whereas the other 5 questions of 2 marks).

New Section: A new section (H) namely Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has been included in the paper of XE.

Marking Scheme: MCQ and NAT questions will carry 1 or 2 marks in all papers.

Negative Marking: There will be a negative marking of 1/3 marks for the questions carrying 1 mark. Likewise, for questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted. No negative marking for Numerical Answer Type questions.

Exam Pattern For All Papers Except GG, XE, XL:

  • 25 questions of 1 mark each.
  • 30 questions of 2 marks each.
  • 10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper GG:

  • Part A – 25 questions of 1 mark each. This part is common for all candidates.
  • Part B – 30 questions of 2 marks each. This part has two sections, section-1 is of Geology and section-2 is of Geophysics.
  • 10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper XE:

  • Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory Section) – Total 11 questions will be asked. 7 questions of 1 mark each and 4 questions of 2 marks each. It is common to all candidates.
  • Any two of XE sections from B to H – 22 questions. 9 questions carrying 1 mark and 13 questions carrying 2 marks.
  • 10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper XL:

  • Section P – Chemistry (compulsory section) – It contains total 15 questions (5 questions of 1 marks and 10 questions of 2 marks).
  • Any two of XL sections Q to U – Total 20 questions (10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks).
  • 10 questions from GA.

GATE 2020 Virtual Calculator

The virtual calculator will be provided to the candidates during the GATE 2020 examination it is an online calculator which will contain all the operations and functions for carrying out calculations. Candidates will not be allowed physical calculator during the examination.

GATE 2020 Syllabus

The GATE consist of total 23 papers, therefore there is not a single syllabus for GATE rather there are the different syllabus for each subject.

The students can download the syllabus from the official website for their respective paper.

These are the 23 different papers for GATE 2020 AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, XE, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, and XL.

GATE 2020 Admit Card

The admit card for GATE 2020 will be published on the official GOAPS website, the candidates will be able to download the admit card online in January 2020. The admit card will not be sent by post to the candidates.

Candidates are required to bring the admit card with them while arriving at the exam hall, candidates also need to carry at least one identification proof with them.

Type of ID proof to be considered:

Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, Valid College ID, Employee identification card or Driving License. From international students, only valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID will be accepted as ID proof.

GATE 2020 Preparation Tips

Here are some of the tips to crack GATW 2020:

  • Have a proper time schedule for preparations
  • Go through the syllabus of the paper for which you are preparing for the exam.
  • Know your weakness and strength.
  • Candidates can also go through the past years question papers & online Mock Tests to know about the difficulty level of the exam.
  • Concern your coaching tutors and college teachers.
  • Get best books and study material.
  • Do not take the stress and keep yourself healthy.

GATE 2020 Answer Key

The answer key for GATE 2020 will be published by the authority after the exam has been completed.

There will be a separate answer key for each discipline.

The candidate will be able to challenge the answer key after paying a nominal fee.

GATE 2020 Result

The result for GATE 2020 will be released on the GATE official website.

The result will be published during the 3 weeks of March 2020.

The scorecards will be available to the qualifying candidates once the result has been declared.

GATE 2020 Score Card

The student who successfully qualifies the exam will be provided with a scorecard which will be valid for 3 years from the date it is issued.

The scorecard for GATE 2020 will be released during the month of March 2020, the candidates will be able to download the score card online.

GATE 2020 Cut Off

In order to get admission to the IITs or IIsc, the candidates should score the minimum cut-off required.

Only the candidate having the cut-off marks will be eligible to get the admission.

The cut-off will vary depending on the category of the candidates, for general category students the cut-off will be high while for the reserved category the cut-off will be low.

GATE 2020 Counseling

The counselling procedure for GATE 2020 will start from the second week of April 2020, the counselling conducted by the IITs for admission to PG courses will not be a common counselling.

After the admission notification is released the student will apply to the IITs individually.

A centralized counselling is conducted by the NITs for M.Tech. / M.Arch./ M.Plan. Admissions (CCMT). The counselling is the common counselling conducted by the NIT every year.

The counselling procedure will be entirely based on the GATE 2020 scores.

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