GATE 2020 Application Process – Step-by-Step Guide for Online Application Form Submission

Published on : 4th June 2019    Author : Himanshu Basant Bhatt

The website for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2020 is active. The GATE 2020 exam will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. The online application forms will be accepted from September 2020 onwards. Last year, the application process had started on 1st September and continued till 23rd September 2019. Eligible and interested candidates can apply for the exam through the GOAPS portal (GATE Online Application Processing System). Till the application process starts, here is a detailed guide to help you fill the application form correctly. Before moving ahead, let’s understand in brief what GATE exam is.

GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) located at Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Madras, and Roorkee. The exam is conducted on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, Government of India.

The GATE exam 2019 is conducted for those seeking admission and/or financial assistance to:

  • Master’s and direct doctoral programs in Engineering/Architecture/Technology
  • Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science

Offered by MHRD or government-supported institutions. GATE score is also mandatory for some colleges/institutions which are not MHRD supported. Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) also consider GATE score for their recruitment process. The score remains valid for THREE YEARS from the date of result declaration.

What’s new in the GATE 2020 Exam?

  • A new subject has been introduced in the GATE exam from 2019 onwards.
  • The new subject/paper introduced is Statistics.
  • From 2019 onwards, GATE exam is being conducted for 24 subjects. Earlier, it was conducted for 23 subjects. Candidates are permitted to appear ONLY in ONE subject/paper.

Check out the official syllabus of the new paper – Statistics here.

Documents required for filling the GATE application form

Candidates are advised to keep the following documents ready before filling the GATE 2020 application form. This will help in filling the form in one go.

  • A valid ID proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Aadhaar, Voter ID, Driving License, College ID, or Employee ID. Candidate needs to fill the details of any one of the ID documents in the online application form and carry the same in original to the examination hall on the day of examination along with the GATE 2020 admit card.
  • A valid email Id and working mobile number (personal). All updates related to the exam will be notified through email/SMS.
  • Scanned image of the candidate’s recent passport size photograph. As per the official notification, the photograph must be coloured taken after 1st August 2019 in a professional studio. The photograph should be in JPEG format in standard dimensions 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm (Width x Height). The maximum resolution of the scanned image should be 480x640 pixels, and the minimum resolution should be 240x320 pixels.
  • Scanned image of the candidate’s signature in JPEG format. Maximum image resolution should be 160x560 pixels, and minimum image resolution should be 80x280 pixels. Check out detailed Photograph and Signature requirements.
  • Scanned image of Eligibility Certificate in PDF format. The format for Provision certificate is given in ‘Appendix A’ of the official notification.
  • Scanned image of category certificate (SC/ST) (if applicable) in PDF format
  • Scanned image of PWD certificate (if applicable) in PDF format
  • Scanned image of the Dyslexic certificate (if applicable) in PDF format
  • Details of Net Banking, Debit Card, or Credit Card.
  • Decide on the choices for GATE examination cities.
  • Address for correspondence (including PIN)

GATE 2020 Application Process

GATE 2020 application process will be ONLINE and candidates have to submit the form only through the official GOAPS portal. Here is the step-by-step application form filling process for the exam which can be completed in two parts:

  • Registration for the GATE 2020 exam
  • Filling the GATE 2020 Application Form

Registering for GATE 2019 Exam

  • Go to the official website of IIT Delhi -
  • Click on ‘Click here to apply online’ button on the home-page.
  • You will be redirected to the GOAPS portal, which is the only official portal for GATE online application submission. GOAPS stands for GATE Online Application Processing System. All communication related to the GATE exam such as for admit card availability, result announcement, etc. will be exchanged here.
  • Click on ‘New User? Register Here’ link on the bottom of the page.
  • Enter your name as mentioned on your qualifying degree certificate. Do not use any prefix/title such as Mr/Mrs/Shri/Smt/Dr, etc. before your name. GATE score card will be issued as per the name entered here.
  • Click on ‘Confirm’ button and enter details such as email id, mobile number, country of residence, and set a password.
  • Check the information and click on ‘Submit’ button.
  • You will receive the enrolment ID through SMS and email message on successful registration.

Filling the GATE Application Form

  • Go to the GOAPS login window -
  • Enter your enrollment ID, password, and solve the arithmetic expression.
  • Click on ‘Submit’ button.
  • Complete the application form by filling details such as personal details, qualifying degree details, exam details (paper, country, city), etc.
  • Upload scanned images of documents such as photo, signature, eligibility documents, and category certificates (if applicable).
  • Save all the details and view the application form. If any information is incorrect; edit it, else proceed to payment option.
  • Choose from the payment options available and continue the process.
  • After final submission, download the completed GATE application form and take a print out.

IIT Delhi will also release a flow chart for filling the GATE 2020 online application form for easy understanding. It will be updated here.

Important Note: Any changes in the paper/subject elected for GATE 2020 examination will not be permitted after the submission of the application form. Candidates must submit only one application form as they are permitted to appear for only one paper. If more than one application forms are submitted, only one form will be considered, and the application fee for the other forms will not be refunded.

GATE 2020 Application Fee

GATE 2020 official information brochure is not available now. The application fee for the examination provided here is on the basis of the previous year’s data. The application fee can be paid online through net banking, debit card, or credit card. The application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE. Additional bank charges/processing charges are to be paid by the candidate. Here are the details of GATE 2020 application fee:

For Examination Centres in India


On or before 21st Sep

During the extended period

SC/ST/PWD candidates

₹ 750/-

₹ 1250/-

Female candidates

₹ 750/-

₹ 1250/-

All other categories

₹ 1500/-

₹ 2000/-

For Examination Centres outside India (all categories)

Examination Cities

On or before 21st Sep

During the extended period

Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu

US$ 50

US$ 70

Dubai and Singapore

US$ 100

US$ 120

Application Scrutiny and Correction

Application forms submitted for GATE 2020 exam will be scrutinised for uploaded documents viz. scanned images of photograph, signature, and eligibility document. Any defects in the application form will be intimated to the candidates through email/SMS and can be corrected within the stipulated time. You can check the status of your application anytime at the GOAPS portal.

Eligibility for GATE 2020

Candidates must ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. If any discrepancy is found in candidate’s eligibility, the candidature will be cancelled at any stage of the examination process. Here are the eligibility details for GATE 2020 exam:

Qualification Criteria

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree / Examination

Description of Eligible Candidates

Year of Qualification
not later than

B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm.

Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology)

Passed or appearing in the final year


B. Arch.

Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (5 years course)

Passed or appearing in the final year


B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S.

Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)

Passed or appearing in the final year


MCA/ M. Sc./ M.A. or equivalent

Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Computer Applications/ Mathematics/Statistics/ or equivalent

Passed or appearing in the final year


Pharm. D. (after 10+2)

6 years program (including internship or residency training during the sixth year)

Appearing in the 4th/ 5th/6th year or already completed


Integrated M.Sc./ Integrated B.S.-M.S.

Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program

Passed or appearing in the final year


Integrated M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2)

Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5 years program)

Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed


Integrated M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.)

Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/Technology (4 years program)

Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/4th year or already completed


Professional Society Examinations*
(equivalent to B.Tech./ B.Arch./ B.E.)

B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognised by MHRD/AICTE/ UPSC (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on)

Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses


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*List of Professional Societies which conducts Engineering Examinations

  • The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
  • The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
  • The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  • The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)
  • The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)

Examinations conducted by the above societies must be approved by MHRD/AICTE.

Age Limit:

There is no age limit for GATE 2020 examination.

GATE Exam 2020 - Important Dates

The GATE 2020 schedule is not announced yet. Check out the tentative schedule as per last year’s dates:

GATE Exam 2020 Events

Important Dates

GATE Online Application Process begins at GOAPS

First week of September 2019

Closing Date for Submission of Online Application Form

Last week of September 2019

Extended Closing Date for Submission of Online Application Form

First week of October 2019

Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City (additional fee will be applicable)

Third week of November 2019

Admit Card availability on Online Application Portal

First week of January 2020

GATE 2019 Examination

Forenoon: 9:30 AM to 12:30 Noon (Tentative)

Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Tentative)

First and Second week of February 2020

Result Announcement

Third week of March 2020

Availability of online GATE scorecard

March to May 2020

GATE 2019 examination will be conducted for 24 papers/subjects and candidates can appear only for one paper/subject. The exam will be conducted through online mode where a total of 65 questions will be asked carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The total duration of the Computer Based Test will be 3 hours. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions will be asked in all the papers. There will be negative marking for wrong answers in MCQs; however, no negative marking in NAT questions.

GATE 2019 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

GATE 2020 examination will be conducted for 24 papers/subjects and candidates can appear only for one paper/subject. The exam will be conducted through online mode where a total of 65 questions will be asked carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The total duration of the Computer Based Test will be 3 hours. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions will be asked in all the papers. There will be negative marking for wrong answers in MCQs; however, no negative marking in NAT questions.

The GATE 2020 exam syllabus for all papers will be available at the official GATE website. Candidates can download the same and start with their preparation.

GATE 2019 Scorecard

GATE 2020 scorecard will be made available on the GOAPS portal in the month of March 2020. The scorecards will remain available until May 2020. Candidates who require the soft copy of their GATE scorecard after May and till December 2020, can obtain the same by paying ₹ 500/-. No hard copy of the GATE scorecard will be sent to any candidate.

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