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 2020 Overview
|Exam||GATE 2020 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)|
|Exam Level||All India Level|
|Conducting Body||7 IITs and IISc, Banglore on Rotational basis.|
|Questions Type||Objective (MCQs)|
|Total Questions||65 MCQs|
|Exam Duration||180 Minutes (3 Hours)|
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:
- 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.
There is no age limit for appearing in the exam.
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
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/-|
|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
|Number of Questions||65|
|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
- 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:
- General Aptitude
- Mathematics (except for paper codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, and XL)
- 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)||
||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)||
|Subject-Based questions (except for subject codes GG, XE, XL)||
||85 marks||MCQ and NAT|
|Subject-based questions for subject code GG||
||85 marks||MCQ and NAT|
|Subject-based questions for subject code XE||
||85 marks||MCQ and NAT|
|Subject-based questions for subject code XL||
||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|
|Bokaro Steel City|
|Bapatla – Chirala|
|International GATE,IIT Madras||Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)|
|Colombo (Sri Lanka)|
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.