GATE 2020: Dates (Released), Application Form, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation
IIT Delhi, the exam conducting authority of GATE 2020 has released the exam dates at gate.iitd.ac.in. This year, the engineering exam is scheduled for February 1, 2, 8 and 9 in two sessions. IIT Delhi will hold the exam in CBT mode. GATE 2020 brochure will be released soon on the official website.
The official website of GATE 2020 has been launched on July 9, 2019. Result dates and application fee structure details have also been announced along with the exam dates. The Application Fee for general category candidate is INR 1500.
- GATE Application Form will be available from September 3 to 24, 2019 in online mode at the official website.
- The exam will be conducted for 25 branches of STEM. GATE Syllabus for each paper will be stipulated separately.
- Candidates must fulfill GATE Eligibility to appear in the exam. Final year students of graduate courses in STEM disciplines can also appear in GATE exam.
- GATE Result will be announced on March 16, 2020.
- GATE Cutoff is released soon after the release of the result. Candidates who qualify the cutoff scores are eligible for M.Tech admission in IITs, NITs, and other engineering institutes.
- Top PSUs (Public Sector Units) accepts GATE score during the recruitment process. Check PSU Jobs through GATE
GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level common entrance exam conducted annually in the computer-based mode for the candidates seeking admissions into PG courses in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) disciplines offered by IITs, NITs, IIITs, GFTIs, and SFTIs.
GATE 2020 Notification
The official notification of GATE 2020 has been released on July 9, 2019. Candidates can visit the official website i.e. gate.iitd.ac.in to check the latest details related to the exam.
GATE 2020 Latest Facts
- GATE 2020 would be the first of the GATE exam with seats reserved for EWS (Economical Weaker Section) aspirants.
- As per the Central Government Amendments, 10% of seats in addition to the existing reservation would be reserved for EWS aspirants.
- Normalization process will be followed to devise the results of candidates.
- It will be the second time (First being GATE 2019) when the paper of Statistics discipline would also be among the papers examined in the entrance test.
- A candidate can appear in the exam for only one discipline of their respective background.
- The number of aspirants registering for GATE 2020 is expected to be nearly 10 Lakh as compared to 9.5 lakhs in 2019.
GATE 2020 Highlights
Candidates who are going to start their preparations for GATE 2020 must take a brief idea about the exam. Having the idea of exam overview would make you aware of the exam mode, pattern, marking scheme etc.
|Exam||GATE 2020 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)|
|Level of Exam||All India Level|
|Conducting Authority||7 IITs and IISc, Banglore on Rotational basis.|
|Exam Mode||Computer-Based Mode|
|Number of Papers||25 Papers (Biomedical Engineering is newly added)|
|Number of Test Takers||10 Lakhs (Expected)|
GATE 2020 Important Dates
Candidates preparing for GATE 2020 must go through the schedule released by the exam conducting authority on its official website. Below given are the important dates for the exam.
|GATE 2020 Events||Date|
|GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens||September 3, 2019|
|Last date of submitting GATE 2020 Application Form||September 24, 2019|
|Extended Closing Dates of Submission of Online Application Form||October 1, 2019|
|Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City||November 15, 2019|
|Admit card publication||January 3, 2020|
|Exam date||February 1, 2, 8, and 9, 2020|
|Official Answer key releasing||10 days after the exam|
|Result declaration||March 16, 2020|
|Publishing of Scorecard||One week after the declaration of results|
|Start of counseling cum admission process||April 2020|
GATE 2020 Eligibility Criteria
Candidates preparing for GATE 2020 must note the eligibility criteria for the same. This would help the candidates to determine their suitability before making an application for the exam. Candidates not satisfying the eligibility criteria would be disqualified from the exam during any subsequent stage.
The detailed eligibility criteria for the are listed below for a reference of the candidates:
Age Criteria- There is no age limit for GATE, candidates from any age group can apply for the exam.
Nationality- Applicant must be an Indian citizen. Candidates from outside India can also apply for the exam if they fulfill the required eligibility criteria.
- Candidate must have obtained a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree (after 10+2) in BE/B. Tech, B.Arch, B.Sc from a state/central government, recognized institution.
- Candidate must have qualified the Bachelor’s or equivalent with a minimum aggregate of 45%.
- Candidates studying in the final year of Bachelor’s or equivalent are also eligible for making an application.
Candidates satisfying the above-listed eligibility criterion can make an application for the same. The registration cum application process would start from September 3, 2019.
GATE 2020 Registration
The Application Form for GATE 2020 will be available from September 3, 2019. Candidates planning to appear for the exam this year must submit the application form by visiting the official website latest by September 24, 2019. GATE registration is completely online.
Candidates will be able to access the application form through the GATE Online Application Processing System. There are a few mandatory steps that candidates need to follow while applying for GATE exam. They are-
- Registration- Candidates have to register themselves through GOAPs by entering their name, email id, and mobile number after which an enrollment id will be generated. Candidates have to change the password for the future login purpose.
- Filling of Application Form- After registration, a complete application form will appear in which the candidates have to provide personal, academic, and qualification details. candidates will have to choose the preferred exam centers while filling the online application form.
- Uploading Images- Once the candidate has filled the application form, they have to upload the scanned copy of photograph, signature and category certificate (if applicable) as per the specifications of exam authority.
- Fee Payment- Candidates have to pay the application fee in online mode i.e. through net banking/debit card/credit card.
- Application Form Submission- After completing all the steps mentioned above, candidates have to submit the application form.
GATE 2020 Application Fee
GATE 2020 application fee has been mentioned in the table given below:
For Indian Exam Centers-
|Category||On/Before September 24, 2019||During Extended Period|
|SC/ST||INR 750||INR 1250|
|Females||INR 750||INR 1250|
|General||INR 1200||INR 2000|
For Exam Centers Outside India
|Exam Centers||On/Before September 24, 2019||During Extended Period|
|Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu||US$ 50||US$ 70|
|Dubai and Singapore||US$ 100||US$ 120|
GATE Application Form Correction
GATE aspirants will be provided the facility to make corrections (if any) in the application form from the last week of September to the third week of November. The official notification for the application form correction will be released by the authority before the form correction window opens. Candidates can make changes in only a certain area of their application form. The details that can be corrected are-
- Candidate’s name
- Date of Birth
- Name of Parent
- Parent’s Mobile Number
- Correspondence Address
- Qualifying Degree Details
- Category/gender/PwD status/Dyslexia
There is a certain fee charged for application form correction. Refer to the table given below which gives the detailed information of form correction fee.
|For Candidates in India||For Candidates Outside India|
|Change request in exam city within India||Rs. 400||Exam city request outside India||Rs. 740|
|Change request in exam city outside India (Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu)||Rs. 3550||Exam city change request from Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka & Kathmandu to Dubai or Singapore||Rs. 4290|
|Change request in exam city outside India (Dubai and Singapore)||Rs. 7100|
GATE 2020 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and Books
Tabled below is the GATE Exam Pattern for the reference of the candidates:
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Type of Questions asked||Objective type (MCQs)|
|Number of Questions asked||65|
|Marks for a correct answer||1 Mark/2 Marks for each correct answer depending on the section.|
|Negative Marking||1/3rd (For 1 one marker) and 2/3rd (For 2 marker) marks to be deducted for a wrong answer No negative marking for Numerical Type Answers (NTA).|
|Total marks allotted||100|
|Total time allotted||180 Minutes|
|Division of Marks|
General Aptitude: 15% of total marks
Engineering Mathematics*: 15% of total marks Subject
Discipline opted for by candidate: 70% of total marks
* Engineering Mathematics would not be a part of the GATE 2020 for some of the disciplines. These disciplines are
- AR: Architecture and Planning
- CY: Chemistry
- EY: Ecology and Evolution
- GG: Geology and Geophysics
- MA: Mathematics
- PH: Physics
- ST: Statistics
- XL: Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Food Technology
In this disciplines, the General aptitude portion would comprise of 15% marks and the rest 85% would be for the core subject.
The syllabus for GATE 2020 is similar to the graduation level curriculum for each respective discipline. Only the general aptitude and verbal ability part (15%) is common to all the paper under GATE 2020. For the General aptitude section following books can be referred:
|Verbal Reasoning||R.S. Aggarwal|
|Quantitative Aptitude||R.S. Aggarwal|
|Non-Verbal Reasoning||R.S. Aggarwal|
|Previous years GATE paper (solved)||Arihant Publications|
In regards to the syllabus for other disciplines candidates can search for the discipline of their choice using the following codes:
- CE: Civil Engineering
- CH: Chemical Engineering
- CS: Computer Science and Information Technology
- EC: Electronics and Communication
- EE: Electrical Engineering
- AE: Aerospace Engineering
- AG: Agriculture Engineering
- PE: Petroleum Engineering
- ME: Mechanical Engineering
- IN: Instrumentation Engineering
GATE 2020 Preparation Tips
Candidates preparing for GATE 2020 must be looking for some effective strategy and planning for preparation. To guide you out in this regards we have listed some effective preparation tips for aspirants:
- First of all, make up your mind whether you want to opt for a coaching class or would you prepare for the exam on your own.
- If you can afford and have the time to join coaching then go for it, but if you can’t then don’t worry you have a number of sources to guide you out.
- Coaching going aspirants get a schedule from their respective institute which they can follow however with a little more determination and dedication self-study can also get you qualifying marks.
- Self-studying aspirants must start by going through the GATE Syllabus
- Get a study material of any renowned author as a reference base.
- Start by revising the fundamentals of each chapter.
- For revising, fundamentals aspirants must use the standard book that they referred to during graduation for the respective subject.
- Start solving previous year GATE question papers as soon as you complete a respective topic.
- Solve topic-wise mock on a weekly basis
- Note down your mistakes in mock and work on those areas.
- Keep out a day every week for revision.
- Revision is to be done on a daily basis as well.
- Assess your performance in the mocks and find out weak and strong areas.
- Watch online videos and tutorials available on Youtube for clearing concepts.
- In last few months practice GATE Mock Test Series released by GOAPS.
Following these tips, an aspirant can smoothly clear the GATE exam in one go. Keep faith in yourself and don’t get de-motivated during the course of preparation. Check GATE 2020 Paper – wise Preparation Tips
GATE 2020 Exam Centers
GATE 2020 exam will be conducted at various cities across the country as well as abroad. six exam centers are located outside India i.e. in Dubai, Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, Singapore, and Kathmandu.
GATE 2020 Mock Tests
The exam conducting authority will release the mock tests for GATE aspirants. There will be separate mock tests for different streams of Engineering and Technology. By practicing these mock tests candidates will get an idea about the exam pattern and type of questions asked. Candidates can access these tests by entering the login credentials at the official website. Below given are few features of GATE Mock Test.
- The mock test will be subject-wise i.e. candidates can take the test for one subject specifically.
- Proper instructions will be given that candidates must read before applying for the exam.
- Question paper pattern will be similar to the actual question paper.
- The question status will be displayed on the screen while attempting the test.
GATE 2020 Result and Answer Keys
GATE 2020 result will be declared on March 16, 2020. Candidates will be able to download their results from the official website as soon as they are made public. Candidates can follow the step by step process for getting access to their result:
- Visit the official website.
- Go to the results page and click on GATE 2020 Result.
- GOAPS portal for GATE would appear.
- Fill in the login details on the portal.
- Click on the submit tab.
- GOAPS candidate dashboard for GATE 2020 would open.
- Click on the results section.
- Your GATE Result will be displayed on the screen.
Prior to result declaration, GATE answer keys for all 25 subjects and students’ response sheet are released. Candidates can send their representations against the answer key within the stipulated time period. Check GATE Previous Year Answer Keys for all 25 Papers.
GATE 2020 Cut off
GATE 2020 cut-off would depend upon certain general parameters. These parameters include:
- Number of candidates appearing in the exam.
- Number of seats up for taking
- The difficulty level of the paper
- Any other factor (say error or something in certain questions)
To provide you a general idea of the GATE 2020 cut-off we have tabled previous year cut-off below. Take a look:
|Computer Science and Information Technology||25.1||16.5||16.5||22.5||16.4|
|Electronics and Communication||25||16.6||16.6||22.5||16.6|
GATE 2020 Counselling Process
The counseling process for GATE 2020 is expected to start in the month of April 2020. Candidates qualifying the exam would be issued call letter for the purpose of counselling. The scorecard will also get released post the declaration of GATE 2020 results.
At the time of counselling, candidates would be required to carry the following documents:
- Class 10th certificate and mark sheet
- Class 12th certificate and mark sheet
- Graduation mark sheet of all the semester
- Caste certificate (if applicable)
- EWS Certificate (if applicable)
- GATE Admit Card
- Valid Photo ID
- GATE Scorecard
- College leaving certificate issued by the college
- Passport size photograph of the candidate.
Check Detailed GATE 2020 Counselling Process
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College