GATE Exam 2020: Exam Date, Application Form, Syllabus and Exam Pattern, Mock Test and Admit Card


The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level entrance examination mandatory for admission in postgraduate & doctoral courses offered by MHRD supported institutes and other government colleges like IITs, IISc, NITs, GFTIs. GATE comes under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on a rotation basis on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB). IIT Delhi will be conducting GATE 2020 exam.

Apart from this, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) like GAIL, BHEL, IOCL, ONGC, NTPC, etc. use the GATE exam score for their recruitment process. Recently, even the Cabinet Secretariat has started utilising the GATE score for the recruitment of candidates under Group ‘A’ category, for the post of SRO (Senior Research Officer) and SFO (Senior Field Officer).

 GATE 2020 Latest Notification: IIT Delhi, the exam conducting body of GATE 2020 reopens the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2020 application portal for the students belonging from Jammu & Kashmir. Candidates can submit their applications for the exam till 08th November 2019, while the GATE 2020 Correction window for other states will be closed on 15th November 2019.

Here are the complete details for GATE entrance exam 2020 -

GATE 2020 Entrance Exam Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

Conducting Authority 2020

IIT Delhi

Official Website

Exam Occurrence

Once in a year

No. of Test Takers

Over 9 Lakhs

Mode of Exam

Online – Computer Based Test

Exam Type

National Level

Offered Courses

Postgraduate & Doctoral courses (M.E./M.Tech/Ph.D.)

Important Changes for GATE 2020 -

  • GATE committee re-opens the GATE 2020 Application Portal for the candidates living at the Jammu & Kashmir region.
  • GATE application window for J&K students will remain open till 08th November 2019.
  • From the year 2020, another additional subject ‘Biomedical Engineering’ is expected to be added and the exam will be conducted for 25 subjects.
  • This year aspirants can also submit the application form after the due date with a late fee of ₹ 500.
  • No need to upload thumb impression while submitting the GATE 2020 application form.
  • Scientific Calculators are not allowed. (Virtual calculator will be given to candidates at the time of the exam)

GATE Exam 2020 Important Dates

GATE 2020 Exam Dates

Important Dates

Releasing date of official notification

4th June 2019

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) opens

1st September 2019

Last date for GATE application submission

05th October 2019

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) opens for J&K students

30th October 2019

Last date to submit applications

08th November 2019

Last date for requesting changes in the examination centre

15th November 2019

Availability of GATE 2020 e-admit card

03rd January 2020

GATE 2020 Examination

1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th February 2020

GATE 2020 Result announcement

March 2020

Availability of GATE 2020 scorecard

March to May 2020

GATE 2020 Paperwise Exam Dates (Tentative)

Approximately 9 lakh candidates appear for the GATE exam every year, the exam is scheduled to be held in 8 sessions (2 sessions per day) according to the Paper Code. Here is the tentative paper-wise schedule for GATE entrance exam 2020.

Gate 2020 Exam Schedule

Test Paper Codes

1st February 2020 (Saturday) (9:30 AM to 12:30 Noon)


1st February 2020 (Saturday) (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM)


2nd February 2020 (Sunday) (9:30 AM to 12:30 Noon)


2nd February 2020 (Sunday) (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM)


8th February 2020 (Saturday) (9:30 AM to 12:30 Noon)


8th February 2020 (Saturday) (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM)


9th February 2020 (Saturday) (9:30 AM to 12:30 Noon)


9th February 2020 (Saturday) (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM)


GATE Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

GATE Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

GATE Exam Pattern 2020

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi will conduct the GATE 2020 examination on 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th February 2020. The exam is scheduled to be held in two shifts – morning shift beginning from 9:30 am and concluding at 12:30 pm and evening shift to be conducted from 2:30 pm and will conclude on 5:30 pm.

Find complete information about GATE 2020 latest exam pattern, structure, marking scheme, paper codes, etc.

GATE Exam 2020

Exam Pattern Details

GATE 2020 Subjects

This year the exam will be conducted on 24 subjects including Agricultural Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering among other subjects.

Note: Candidate must note that they are allowed to appear in only one paper in any one session.

GATE 2019 Subject wise Marking Scheme


No. of Questions



Total Marks

General Aptitude (GA)

Total Questions - 10

Total Marks - 15

(Common in all 24 papers)









AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, ST, TF, AR, CY, EY, MA, PH (except GG, XE and XL)














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GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper Marking Scheme

Part A (Compulsory)

25 questions of 1 mark each = 25 Marks

Part B will have 2 sections & aspirants have to attempt any one

Section 1 - Geology

Section 2 - Geophysics

30 questions of 2 marks each = 60 Marks

Total 55 Questions

25 marks + 60 marks + 15 marks of GA = Total 100 marks 

XE (Engineering) Paper Marking Scheme

Section A (Compulsory)

7 questions of 1 mark each

4 questions of 2 marks each

Total 11 questions of 15 marks

Sections B to H

(Attempt Any Two)

9 questions of 1 mark each

13 questions of 2 marks each

Total 22 questions of 35 marks per section

Total 55 Questions

15 marks + 70 marks + 15 marks of GA = Total 100 marks 

XL (Life Science) Paper Marking Scheme

Section P Chemistry (Compulsory)

5 questions of 1 mark each

10 questions of 2 marks each

Total 15 questions of 25 marks

Sections Q to U

(Attempt Any Two)

10 questions of 1 mark each

10 questions of 2 marks each

Total 20 questions of 30 marks per section

Total 55 Questions

25 marks + 60 marks + 15 marks of GA = Total 100 marks 

Distribution of Questions and Marks -

The questions and marks for the GATE question paper are distributed among two sections. The detailed distribution is provided in the table below:


No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

General Aptitude (GA)

Total Questions - 10

Total Marks - 15

(Common in all 25 papers)







AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, ST, TF, AR, CY, EY, MA, PH (except GG, XE and XL)












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List of GATE 2020 Exam Latest Subjects

The candidates should remember the paper code of the subjects selected by them for the GATE entrance examination. Here is the list of all the 25 subjects and its paper code.


Subjects/ Papers

Paper Code


Architecture and Planning



Agricultural Engineering



Aerospace Engineering






Computer Science and Information Technology



Civil Engineering



Chemical  Engineering






Electrical Engineering



Electronics and Communication Engineering



Ecology and Evolution



Engineering Sciences



Geology and Geophysics



Instrumentation Engineering



Life Sciences






Mechanical Engineering



Metallurgical Engineering



Mining Engineering






Production and Industrial Engineering



Petroleum Engineering



Textile Engineering and Fibre Science






Biomedical Engineering


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GATE Exam 2020 Eligibility

Candidates should check the GATE eligibility criteria defined by the conducting authority before applying for the 2019 exam. The detailed eligibility criteria for GATE 2019, i.e. age limit, education qualification, nationality, etc. are given below.

Age Limit

There is no age limit to apply for the GATE Examination.


  • Candidate should be an Indian citizen.
  • Also, the candidate from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, U.A.E and Singapore are eligible to appear for the exam.

Educational Qualification

To apply for GATE Entrance Exam 2019, aspirants must meet any of the below qualification criteria.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.Tech/ B.E /B.Pharm) in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. or diploma).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (B.Arch - 5 years).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science (B.Sc - 4 years after 10+2).
  • Masters Degree (M.Sc/MA/MCA) in any branch of Mathematics, Science, Statistics or Computer Application.
  • Integrated Master’s degree (Post B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology (4 years or 5 years).
  • Candidates, who have obtained their qualifications (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech) from professional societies recognised by the UPSC/AICTE/MHRD, are also eligible to appear for the GATE Exam 2019.
  • Applicants from other countries must have a Bachelor’s Degree/ Master’s Degree in engineering or science stream.

Note: Students appearing in final year examinations of the above courses are also eligible for GATE exam.

Pass Percentage

There is no minimum pass percentage required to apply for GATE 2020.

GATE Exam 2020 Application Process

How to Apply for Gate 2020 Exam

Candidates can apply for the GATE exam from 3rd September 2019 through GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System) website. The application process starts with GOAPS registration. The applicants are required to register with a valid email address and mobile number. The same email address or mobile number will be used for all future communications. On successful registration, candidates will receive an enrollment id. Candidates must apply for the exam well before the last date of the examination i.e. 24th September 2019.

On the other hand, students belonging from the Jammu & Kashmir region will get an opportunity to submit their GATE 2020 application form from 30th October 2019 to 08th November 2019. Candidates can use the GOAPS interface to interact with the GATE administration and do the following:

  • Apply for the GATE Exam 2020
  • Upload required documents such as Signature, Photographs, certificates, etc.
  • Application fee payment
  • Track the status of application form online: Received, Accepted, Under Scrutiny, Rejected, Reasons of Rejection, Defect status, Status after Rectification, etc.
  • Download admit card
  • View Result and Download GATE scorecard

Application Fee for GATE 2020

All candidates are required to pay the application fee along with the application form. The application fee is Non-refundable and Non-transferable. The application fee for GATE exam can be paid online through Net-Banking, credit card, debit card or e-challan. International candidates can pay their application fee through the Net Banking or by using their Credit Card.

Category (Both Indian & International)

Application Fee (Without Late Fee)

Application Fee (With Late Fee)


₹ 750

₹ 1250

Female Applicants

₹ 750

₹ 1250

Other Male applicants (General, OBC, etc.)

₹ 1500

₹ 2000

Internation Applicants

Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu

US$ 50

US$ 70

Internation Applicants

Dubai and Singapore

US$ 100

US$ 120

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GATE 2020 Application Correction Process

It is advised that candidates should fill the application form carefully before submission, as not much correction will be allowed after that. Applicants are allowed to make some changes in the application from 15th October 2019 to 15th November 2019. These corrections can only be done by logging into the GOAPS account. Some of the allowed corrections are -

  • Correction in exam centre can be done till the specified date with prescribed correction fee.
  • It is expected that correction can be done in the name of the Candidate, Gender, Category, PwD status, Date of Birth, Qualifying Degree, Year of Qualifying, Parents Name with a document proof.

Other Details

GATE Exam 2020 Admit Card

Candidates can download the GATE 2020 Admit Card online from GOAPS portal from 3rd January 2020 onwards. No hard copies of the Admit Card will be sent to candidates on their mailing address. GATE Admit Card displays the candidate’s name, the location of the exam centre, photograph, signature of the candidate, exam date, paper code, etc. Don’t forget to carry your admit card to the examination centre along with you Identity proof (PAN card, Aadhaar card, passport, voter ID, driving license etc.). GATE Admit card and original ID proof are mandatory to enter into the examination hall.

GATE Exam 2020 Results & Score Card

GATE 2020 result is scheduled to be announced on 16th March 2020 on the GOAPS website.  After the result announcement, qualified candidates can download their GATE scorecard. GATE scorecard can be downloaded from 3rd Week of March 2020 to the last day of May 2020. After 31st May 2020 (Tentative), GATE score card (soft copy) will be available for a payment of ₹ 500 until 31st December 2020 (Tentative). The GATE score will be valid for three years from the date of result announcement.

GATE Counselling 2020

The GATE counselling 2020 will start in the first week of April 2020. GATE qualifiers, who wish to get into the IITs, NITs and government-funded institutes, will be required to appear for Group Discussion and Personal Interview conducted by these colleges separately (as these institutes have separate counselling process). Specifically, the qualified students have to apply for NITs through CCMT (Centralised Counselling for M.Tech/M.Plan) and IITs through GATE COAP (Common Offer Acceptance Portal).

GATE Statistics

GATE 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What are the dates for GATE 2020 Exam?

The GATE 2020 Exam will be held on 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th February 2020. Each day it will be conducted in two sessions: Morning Sessions from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and in the Afternoon Session from 2:30 AM – 5:30 PM.

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for GATE Exam?

The candidate should have done his Bachelors in Science or Engineering. Students in the final year of their graduation can also appear for the GATE Exam.

Q. If there is an age limit for the GATE 2020 Exam?

No, there is no age limit for the GATE Exam.

Q. Is it necessary to send the hard copy of Application form to the conduction authority?

No, there is no need to send the hard copy of the Application form to IIT Delhi. It should be submitted online only through GOAPS portal.

Q. How to track the status of online application form?

Candidates can track the status of their online application form with the help of their login credentials of GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System).

Q. Is it necessary to upload photograph and signature as per the specified dimensions?

Yes, it is important to submit photograph and signature as per the required dimensions in the application form, otherwise, it will be rejected.

Q. Can any changes be made after submitting the online application form?

Yes, only a few changes are allowed after the form submission with a certain fee.

Q. If a candidate is in the final year of his degree but has not been given a mark sheet, will he be allowed to take up the exam?

Yes, he is eligible to take the GATE Exam, if he provides the provisional certificate or mark sheet of his earlier semesters.

Q. What identification proofs are accepted along with the Application form?

Following identification proofs are accepted – Passport, Voter Id, PAN Card, Aadhaar, College id, Employee id and driving license.

Q. How to make payment of application fee through the e-challan mode?

The candidate should take the print-out of the generated e-challan receipt and go to any branch of SBI and pay the required money. Bank may charge processing fees and other charges.