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GATE 2020 Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Preparation, Test Series

Last Updated - March 12, 2019

GATE 2020 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level common entrance exam conducted annually for admissions into PG courses in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) disciplines. Check GATE 2020 Application Form

  • GATE 2020 is an entrance exam for admission into PG courses offered by IITs, NITs, IIITs, GFTIs, and SFTIs
  • GATE is conducted for 24 branches of STEM and Syllabus for each is stipulated separately. Read GATE 2020 Syllabus
  • Final year students of graduate courses in STEM disciplines can also appear in GATE 2020 exam. Check GATE 2020 Eligibility
  • Candidates will have the choice to opt for both admissions and recruitment or either one of them through GATE 2020. Check GATE 2020 Exam Pattern
  • The exam is conducted by IISc, Banglore and 7 IITs on a rational basis in online mode, this year it is expected to be conducted by IIT Delhi.
  • The GATE 2020 exam also acts as a first round of evaluation for jobs in PSUs (Public Sector Units). Check PSU Jobs through GATE
  • GATE 2020 score is also accepted by private colleges/universities for granting admission in PG courses in the STEM. Check GATE 2020 Participating Colleges
  • GATE 2020 would be conducted in the month of February 2020. Check GATE 2019 Paper Analysis
  • The results of GATE 2020 would be announced by the second week of March 2020

Candidates who are eyeing GATE 2020 must start with their preparation. With almost a year left for GATE 2020 its right time for an aspirant to take the preparation in serious mode. Aspirants preparing for GATE 2020 must be aware of some general facts related to the exam. These facts are listed below for your reference.

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GATE 2020 Latest Updates

  • GATE 2020 would be the first of the GATE exam with seats reserved for EWS (Economical Weaker Section) aspirants.
  • As per central government amendments, 10% of seats in addition to existing reservation would be reserved for EWS aspirants.
  • GATE 2020 would follow the normalization process 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 Registration cum Application process is expected to start from September 1st, 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.

ExamGATE 2020 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)
Level of ExamAll India Level
Conducting Authority7 IITs and IISc, Banglore on Rotational basis.
Official website
Type of Question askedObjective (MCQs)
Number of Questions65 MCQs
Maximum Marks100
Time allotted180 Minutes (3 Hours)
Marking Scheme
  • 1 Mark and 2 Marks for each correct answer depending on the sections.
  • 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 Answer Type (NTA) questions

GATE 2020 Important Dates

Those of you who are preparing for the GATE 2020 must take note of its schedule. Having GATE 2020 schedule by your side would help you to know the deadlines and to pace your preparations accordingly. Moreover, it would also help you as an aspirant to keep abreast with various events in the GATE 2020 exam cycle. Below is the tabled GATE 2020 schedule:

EventsDate (Tentative)
GATE 2020 start of the online application processSeptember 1, 2019
Last date of submitting GATE 2020 Application Form2nd week of October 2019
Start of online form correction window for GATE 20203rd week of October 2019
Closing of online form correction window4th week of October 2019
GATE 2020 Admit card publication1st – 2nd week January 2020
GATE 2020 Exam date2nd - 3rd week of February 2020
GATE 2020 Official Answer key releasing10 days after the conduct of exam
GATE 2020 Result declarationMid of March 2020
GATE 2020 Publishing of ScorecardOne week after the declaration of results
GATE 2020 Start of counseling cum admission processApril 2020

Aspirants must note that the above-mentioned GATE 2020 schedule is tentative in nature. The official dates will be updated here as and when released.

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 2020 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 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 Syllabus Exam Pattern, Books and Syllabus

Tabled below is the GATE 2020 Exam Pattern for the reference of the candidates:

Mode of ExamOnline
Type of Questions askedObjective type (MCQs)
Number of Questions asked65
Marks for a correct answer1 Mark/2 Marks for each correct answer depending on the section.
Negative Marking1/3rd (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 allotted100
Total time allotted180 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 ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Aggarwal
Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
Previous years GATE paper (solved)Arihant Publications 

Check GATE 2020 Best Books for all 24 Papers 

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

Click here to access the branch-wise syllabus of GATE 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 criterions are listed below for reference of the candidates:

  • There is no age limit for GATE, candidates from any age group can apply for the exam.
  • The candidate must have obtained a Bachelor’s or equivalent in BE/B. Tech, M.Sc from a state/central government recognized institution.
  • The candidate must have qualified the Bachelor’s or equivalent with a minimum aggregate of 45%.
  • Candidates studying in 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 in the month of September 2019.

Check Gate 2020 Subject-wise Eligibility

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:

Mechanical Engineering32.721.821.829.421.8
Computer Science and Information Technology25.116.516.522.516.4
Electronics and Communication2516.616.622.516.6
Civil Engineering28.719.219.125.819.1

Check GATE 2020 Paper-wise Previous Year Cut Off

GATE 2020 Result and Answer Keys

GATE 2020 result would be declared in the month of March 2020. Candidates would 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.
  • Click on GATE 2020 results.
  • GOAPS portal for GATE 2020 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 results for GATE 2020 would get displayed on the screen.

Prior to result declaration, GATE answer keys for all 24 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 24 Papers.

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 2020 Admit Card
  • Valid Photo ID
  • GATE 2020 Scorecard
  • College leaving certificate issued by the college
  • Passport size photograph of the candidate.

Check Detailed GATE 2020 Counselling Process



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