GATE Scholarship 2020: Check Eligibility, Steps to Apply and Document Required

    Nikkil Visha Nikkil Visha
    Exams Prep Master

    GATE scholarship will be provided to eligible candidates by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). All those candidates who have a valid GATE score are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship by AICTE for GATE 2020 can be used by the candidates during the time of admission into postgraduate engineering courses like M.E/M.Tech. 

    • The scholarship would be only for the AICTE approved courses
    • The scholarship amount given to the eligible candidates would be INR 12,400 per month. 
    • The duration for this scholarship granted to candidates will be 24 months or for the overall duration of the course, whichever is the lesser amount of time. 
    • Candidates are advised to download GATE scorecard as it is one of the major documents required to avail the scholarship. Download GATE Scorecard
    • The application forms for GATE scholarships are expected to be released in the month of August 2020.

    GATE 2020 scholarship provided by AICTE will be available to only those candidates who meet the eligibility criteria as prescribed by the council. To get this scholarship, eligible students will have to visit the official website for the scholarship i.e. aicte-india.org. Check GATE Cut Off

    Candidates need to login on the scholarship page using their unique ID, as provided by the institute during the time of registration. Then they will then have to upload the required documents and submit their application. This article covers all the important details regarding the GATE 2020 scholarship for applicants to refer to and resolve any queries they have regarding this.

    GATE 2020 Scholarship Highlights

    Scholarship AmountINR 12,400
    Scholarship Duration2 Years
    EligibilityValid GATE Score
    Scholarship Registration ProcessOnline

    Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2020 Scholarship

    Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2020 Scholarship

    The first and major requirement for the candidates to be entitled to GATE 2020 scholarship is to have a valid GATE score at the time of admission into their desired course. Students who do not have a valid score card when they get admitted in the course or those students who qualify the examination after the day of admission has passed will not be eligible to apply for the scholarship. 

    In order to be sure about whether or not they are eligible for the scholarship, the candidates must go through the eligibility criteria that have been shared by the authorities and should check if they fit in all the criteria properly. 

    Here are the detailed eligibility criteria for the GATE 2020 scholarship by AICTE to help the candidates:

    • At the time of admission to the course, the candidates must produce their valid GATE scorecard.
    • In case the students have taken admission before or after the validity of the exam score, their candidature for the scholarship will not be accepted.
    • Candidates who have taken admission into the postgraduate programs through management quota, sponsored candidates, and foreign candidates are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
    • To receive the amount of the scholarship, a general saving bank account in the name of the candidate should exist.
    • Any kind of joint accounts or accounts under the guardian’s names are not allowed for the GATE 2020 scholarship.
    • Students who have taken admission into part-time postgraduate courses are not eligible for the scholarship.
    • All the candidates falling under the SC/ST/OBC (Non-creamy layer)/ Physically Handicapped/ Differently Abled are eligible to apply for the scholarship only if they have an authentic caste/required certificate. In the absence of a valid certificate, the students will not be considered eligible.
    • Applicants from the OBC category, who belong to the creamy layer under the OBC category, are not eligible for applying to the scholarship for GATE 2020.

    Once the candidates who fulfil all the eligibility criteria and qualify for the scholarship, the amount will be deposited to their bank accounts every month for a period of 2 years or till the date of completion of courses they are pursuing, whichever is earlier.

    Also Check GATE Eligibility Criteria

    Who is not eligible for GATE Scholarship?

    • The scholarship will not be granted to those who have already completed their post graduation.
    • Candidates who do not have a valid GATE score. 
    • If a candidate has already availed the scholarship from IIT, NIT then he/she will not be considered eligible for AICTE scholarship.  

    How to apply for the GATE 2020 Scholarship?

    How to apply for the GATE Scholarship 2020?

    To apply for and avail the scholarship for the GATE examination, the students need to follow the below-given steps:

    Step 1: Visit the official website of AICTE i.e. aicte-india.org.

    Step 2: There will be a clickable link for the AICTE GATE 2020 scholarship. Click on that link to move to the application page.

    Step 3: Fill out the information asked on the page and upload the required documents. 

    • All the information and documents have to be completed on or before the deadline for applying for the scholarship. 
    • The last date to finish uploading the documents and submitting the application for the year 2020 will be tentatively in the last week of August.

    Step 4: Once the application has been submitted after uploading the documents, the concerned institute will verify the information entered by the candidate. As soon as all the data has been verified, they will give their approval and the scholarship will be granted to the student.

    Check GATE Application Process

    Important Documents Required for GATE Scholarship

    Documents Required for GATE Scholarship 2020

    Here is a list of documents need to be scanned for uploading on the website for the application process:

    • Candidate’s Aadhar Card (Exemption for students from Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, and Meghalaya)
    • GATE 2020 scorecard
    • Caste certificate's PDF copy
    • A PDF copy of the passbook of the student’s bank account
    • For OBC candidates, their Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) certificate needs to be presented in the form of a PDF copy. The NCL certificate submitted by the candidates should not be older than 1 year. 

    Important Instructions

    Important points to keep in mind regarding GATE 2020 Scholarship

    Before applying for the scholarship, the students must know all the details with respect to the scholarship and should be aware of all the necessary information. Here are a few key points for the candidates to refer to:

    • This scholarship is not for students who have finished their postgraduate studies. It is only for those candidates who are taking admission for the first time into AICTE approved engineering post-graduation courses.

    • Any candidate who takes admission into their desired course or institute for the second time after re-qualifying GATE will not be eligible for applying for the GATE 2020 scholarship, if they have already availed this scholarship from AICTE during their first attempt at admission. These students will also not be qualified for the scholarship if they have availed another from a centrally funded institution, for example IITs, IIITs, and NITs, among others.

    • As mentioned above, the scholarship will be available for a duration of 24 months or for the tenure of the course they are undertaking. The end date of the scholarship will be either on the day of the completion of the candidate's course or after 2 years, whichever comes earlier. Any extension, under any circumstances, will not be granted to the students.

    • The amount of the scholarship will not be completely transferred to the students' accounts immediately. It will keep getting added on a monthly basis. This is because the scholarship is subject to the satisfactory academic performance of the candidate. It is also to ensure that the student adheres to the rules and regulations and norms set by their Institute or the University, else the scholarship stands canceled.

    • Any kind of misconduct observed on the student's part will lead to the discontinuation of their GATE scholarship, at any time. The students need to follow the code of conduct wherein they should not get involved in the act of ragging and/or misbehavior in the campus or areas that fall under the Institute or University's supervision.

    • All the information regarding the procedure and mode of payment of the scholarship to be granted to the candidates will be notified from time to time in the form of advertisements in some of the leading Hindi and English newspapers. A copy of these ads will also be available on the web portal. AICTE will be governing the policy decision on the mode of payment and the procedure. The authorities can also share this information exclusively on the website so the candidates should keep checking it regularly.

    • It is required that the candidates will undertake eight to ten hours, per week, of teaching-related work or research activities. This will be assigned to them by the Institute they are completing the course with. This teaching work or research activities could include laboratory classes, tutorials, assistance in the library, maintenance and development of laboratories, operation of computers, maintenance of computers and other central facilities as well as their operation, assisting the faculty members with the research and development activities they have undertaken, and many more similar activities.

    • The amount of this scholarship given to Postgraduate students is subject to change on the basis of the decision taken by the Department of Higher Resource Development (MHRD), New Delhi after taking the approval from the Executive Committee of the AICTE council. The MHRD will keep issuing notifications from time to time regarding any modifications or developments in the scholarship rates.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    GATE Scholarship 2020 FAQs

    Question: What is the eligibility criteria for getting the scholarship grant after qualifying the GATE examination?

    Ans. To be eligible for the Postgraduate scholarship issued by the AICTE for GATE qualified candidates, the students must be pursuing a full-time PG program. This program should be one of these AICTE approved postgraduate courses: Master of Technology, Master of Engineering, Master of Pharmacy, and Master of Architecture. The students must be admitted into institutes approved by the AICTE or in the University departments approved by the AICTE. Additionally, the candidate must have a valid GATE score card at the time of admission into the program.

    Question: Can the student change the branch of the Savings Bank account be used or for the scholarship or open a new account in the bank for the scholarship amount?

    Ans. No, the bank account should not ideally be changed during the period of the course in order to ensure a smooth transfer of the scholarship amount to the bank account. Changing the branch of the account or opening a fresh account will raise difficulties in the disbursal of the scholarship which will then affect the candidate's course.

    Question: If a student has already been granted a scholarship through their State Government or through the Central Government, are they still eligible for this scholarship?

    Ans. No. If the candidate has already availed a scholarship funded by the Central Government or by their State Government, then they are no longer eligible for receiving the GATE Scholarship by AICTE. Students who are on any kind of salary or stipend are also not qualified for availing this scholarship.

    Question: What is the procedure for the online application for the GATE 2020 scholarship?

    Ans. To apply online for the grant of the PG scholarship, the students need to head over to the official website of AICTE, aicte-india.org. Here, they will find direct links that will take them to the page where they will need to enter the required details like institute ID, student ID, and other important details. They will then need to upload scanned copies of the documents, as asked. After this, the details will be verified by the Institute and it will then be granted to the students.

    Question: What documents are required to be uploaded by the students while applying for the scholarship?

    Ans. The scanned copies of all the below documents needs to be uploaded by the candidates on the web portal:

    • Aadhar Card

    • GATE scorecard

    • Passbook

    • Caste certificate

    • Certificate for the Differently Abled/Physically handicapped

    • Non-Creamy Layer certificate for the eligible OBC candidates

    Question: Where can the information regarding the proposal of the rates of the grant be found for the reference of the candidates as well as the institutes?

    Ans. The proposal for the rates of the scholarship grant is provided for public reference in the form of advertisements in leading English and Hindi newspapers. All the details regarding the procedure along with the guidelines are mentioned in the advertisement and the students plus the institutes are advised to follow the same. In case someone misses to check the newspaper ads, a copy of these will be available on the bulletin of the web portal of AICTE.

    Question: Whom should the candidates contact in case they are facing any difficulties during the online submission of their application for the GATE Scholarship?

    Ans. Candidates can contact the Helpdesk service provided by AICTE via email or calls or fax. The email ID for help desk is pgscholarship@aicte-india.org, the contact number for calls is 011-24369620, and the fax number is 011- 24369627. This service will be available on all working days between 9:30 am to 5 pm.

    Question: Can I use a joint account with a family member for receiving the scholarship amount after approval?

    Ans. No, the students must provide a personal Savings Bank account number in order to receive the grant of the PG scholarship. Joint accounts of any kind will not be considered for the application.

    Question: In case some data is wrongly entered by the candidate or the institute during the whole process, how can they update or delete this data?

    Ans. If such a case occurs where the student or the institute has entered some wrong data on the web portal during the application submission and verification process, they can send an email to the Helpdesk service for lodging their grievance. This email should have attached files of the scanned copies of the documents which will help AICTE with resolving this issue.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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