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GATE exam which opens a wide door for engineers aspiring to do their master's programme in reputed IITs, NITs, CFTIs and IIITs is conducted every year in the month of February.
The full form of GATE is the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. As per the official announcement, GATE 2020 will be conducted by IIT Delhi (IIT-D). Now, with the addition of Biomedical Engineering Paper, this year there will be a total of 25 subject papers held under the GATE Exam. The GATE 2020 will be a computer-based exam being held two sessions per day. The complete schedule for the exam will be released in the month of September 2019.
GATE 2020 Exam Dates
Dates become very important in the context of an exam. Therefore noting down these GATE Exam Dates will help you to stay alert. IIT Delhi has officially announced Exam Dates for GATE 2020 which are going to be conducted from February 1 2020 -February 9 2020 (official).
As a matter of fact, the GATE is conducted on multiple dates because of the huge number of applications. Keeping the concern of working professionals applying for GATE the conducting authority, IIT Delhi has scheduled the dates on Saturdays and Sundays particularly.
|Exam Event||Date (tentative)|
|GATE Application Form Release Date||September 3, 2019|
|Last Date to submit GATE Application Form||October 24, 2019|
|Extended Date for Submission of Application Form||October 1, 2019|
|Last date to make any changes in Examination cities via GOAPS platform||November 15, 2019|
|Availability of Admit Card||January 3, 2020|
|GATE Exam Dates||February 1, 2020 up to February 9, 2020 (Exam will be conducted only on weekends)|
|Declaration of Results||March 16, 2020|
|Commencement of Counselling (COAP)||April 5, 2020 (tentative)|
- Who is eligible for GATE?
- Why GATE?
- How to Prepare for GATE?
- Registration Process
- Paper Pattern
- Admit Card
- Exam Centres
- Cut Off
- Top Engineering Exams
Introduction to GATE Exam
It is a national level entrance exam for admissions to PG courses in engineering and technology.
Generally one among the IITs or the IISc conducts the exam on behalf of the National Coordination Board, Department of Higher Education and Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Participating Colleges: Nearly 80 Indian colleges (IITs, NITs & other govt. funded institutions) offers post-graduate degree through GATE 2020. GATE is so much popular that some universities in Germany and Singapore accept GATE Score.
|Exam Name||Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering|
|Course Offered||M.E./ M.Tech/ Ph.D. and PSU recruitment|
|Mode||Online/ Computer Based Test|
|Exam Date||February 1, 2020 to February 9, 2020|
|Types of Questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)|
Is GATE compulsory/mandatory for the 2020 batch?
Students who have taken engineering or any other technical degree might soon have to write "Exit Exam". The All India Council for Technical Education passed a resolution making Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) mandatory calling it the "Exit Exam".
This exam is mandatory for engineering graduates in all technical institutions. Once the "Exit Exam" is made mandatory, candidates will have to take the "Exit Exam" in their final year.
Since every year lakhs of students graduate Engineering, the government is concerned about the quality of engineering students. Hence, the Government wants to test candidates “attainment levels” through "Exit Exam".
AICTE has clarified that it has not yet taken any decisions to make GATE mandatory from 2020. Hence the universities and colleges across the country have not been informed about it formally. And also there is no certainty about the year when GATE will become mandatory.
The primary purpose of the GATE exam is to test the candidate's knowledge of his Under Graduate Engineering and Science Subjects. But what is the benefit for you to take the exam? There are a number of reasons for an engineer in today's world to take this exam and they are all listed below:
M.Tech/ M.Sc in World Class Universities
Aspirants who qualify in this test are eligible to get admission into the M.Tech and M.Sc courses in various institutes across India. Based on your score you will be called in for admission to top IITs and NITs. You will have the chance to do a specialization in your favorite field. Doing your master's in these top institutes ensures a hefty salary package.
Junior Research Fellowship
If you are looking to do a Junior Research Fellowship at prestigious Government Organizations like ISRO, BARC, CSIR Laboratories, etc, then GATE is a required qualification. Securing a fellowship at these government organizations will help you to a great extent in establishing your career in Research.
PSUs and Top Private Organizations
More than 30 of the Public Sector Undertakings like GAIL, ONGC, BPCL, IOCL, BARC, etc, consider the GATE score in their recruitment process. Also, the top private organizations like ITC, TATA Infotech, TCS, etc, also recruit some of the candidates with high GATE score.
GATE qualified candidates are eligible to apply for a scholarship of INR 12,000/- to INR 20,000/- per month. This would help a lot for candidates financially who are doing their PhDs and Junior Research Fellowship.
To Achieve the Foreign Dream
If your goal is to study abroad, then the GATE exam is definitely the trump card. Some of the prominent Universities like RWTH Aachen, TU Munich, Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore) accept GATE scores as an admission criterion.
Who is eligible for GATE 2020?
There is no age limit set by IIT Delhi for GATE 2020. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in the related engineering and science stream; a Master’s Degree in any branch of Mathematics/Science/Statistics/Computer Applications or any equivalent degree.
Before applying for GATE 2020, candidates who are in Final year should obtain a certificate from their college principal for verification. Candidates from Foreign countries possessing a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in the related engineering or science stream are also eligible for GATE 2020.
GATE Eligibility Criteria highlights are in the following table:
|Minimum Qualification||Bachelor's degree in Engineering and Technology from a recognized University|
|Age Criteria||No Age Limit|
|Required Documents||Degree Certificate or else Provisional Certificate from HOD or College Principal|
|Candidates with a Master's degree||Applicants with Master's Degree in Mathematics/Science/Computer/ Statistics or equivalent or five-year B.S./M.S Progam / M.Tech / M.E after B.Sc|
|Final year Students||Candidates in the final year of qualifying degree are also eligible to apply, provided they submit the certificate from the Principal of University or College.|
GATE 2020 Syllabus
The syllabus consists of 24 subjects. However, candidates have to write the exam in only one discipline in which they have completed their qualifying exam. Candidates are advised to check the detailed GATE 2020 Syllabus for the related discipline in order to identify and focus on the important topics to be questioned in the examination.
In GATE 2020 General Aptitude section shall remain common irrespective of the discipline. General Aptitude holds 15% weightage. The GA section will have questions from verbal ability and numerical ability. Details regarding these sections are given below:
Verbal Ability: The following topics are tested in this section English Grammar
- Sentence Completion
- Verbal Analogies
- Word Groups
- Critical Reasoning
- Verbal Deduction
Numerical Ability: This section comprises of questions which test the basic mathematical skills of candidates. The following subtopics included in this section are
- Numerical computation
- Numerical Estimation
- Numerical Reasoning
- Data Interpretation
- And the syllabus for the selected branch varies according to the subjects.
How to Prepare for GATE Exam?
Preparation for any Exam is of two types. The preparation through GATE academies - which are spread throughout India, where you go to the centre that teaches you concepts, and then there is the self-preparation, where you try your best at beating the exam alone. People generally prefer coaching centres because those centres provide us with a fixed schedule and resources to prepare for the exam, and in turn, we have to pay them. But if we have the discipline and determination we could create our own schedule and secure our own resources without having to pay to any of the coaching centres. Follow the steps given below to know how.
Secure all the Resources that are Relevant for GATE
Your first step in preparation should be scavenging all the necessary resources of GATE, that include the standard reference books, practice papers, previous questions papers, mock tests etc. In this process, you should be familiarised with the syllabus and pattern of your course specific GATE exam. If you were able to secure all of these materials at the start you would know what all things you have to go through over the period of time you have allotted to yourself.
Create a Good Preparation Schedule
A good preparation schedule consists of an appropriate distribution of time for all the subjects, allocation of time for solving previous year question papers and mock test, and most importantly periodic revisions. If you are able to effectively incorporate all of these things into a schedule that is compatible with your daily routine, then you have crossed the halfway line to the road to cracking the GATE Exam.
But just constructing a good schedule for the sake of creating one is of no use. You have to commit yourself to that schedule until your goal is reached.
Evaluate and Improve Yourself
To know how far you have reached in preparation, and to see how much more preparation is still to be done, you have to be continuously evaluating yourself. It is better to join or enroll in a test series. This way you would get to know where you are strong at and which areas need further improvement.
GATE 2020 Registration Process
IIT Delhi will release application form on September 3, 2019. Candidates can visit the official website and fill in the GATE 2020 Application Form Details and submit it before October 24, 2019 if not candidates will have to pay a Late Fee of 500 INR. More details regarding Application Form are given in the following section.
GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS)
Candidates can apply for this exam through Gate Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Candidates can follow the steps given below to apply.
- Step 1: Visit the GATE 2020 Official website to register.
- Step 2: Enter the personal details such as Name, Email ID, Country as per the document state.
- Step 3: Create your password where it must contain at least a single string of numbers or alphabets. It should be unique and 8-15 characters long.
- Step 4: Enter the Captcha provided and Submit for completing GATE Registration.
- Step 5: If the entered details are correct, an SMS and an email will be sent to your mobile number and email address respectively.
GOAPS password must be unique and it is advised to avoid using Date of Birth, their name or some numbers (12345 etc) or string of letters (abcd etc). All communication will be done through the registered mobile number and email id. If the applicant is a foreign student then communication will be done through email.
After successful registration, an email containing the GOAPS Enrollment ID will be sent using this one can access the candidate login portal. This ID will be used for submitting GATE 2020 Application Form, downloading GATE Admit Card and for the purpose of checking result and downloading the scorecard.
Application Form Details
In order for candidates to apply for GATE, they have to create a login ID on the official website on the GOAPS (Gate Online Application Processing System). An applicant can register for the GATE 2020 between September 3, 2019 and October 24, 2019. Candidates can fill the application form only after registration.
Fee Payment: The application Fee for SC/ST/ Female candidates is INR 750/- whereas for UR/Other candidates it is INR 1500/-. And for international students appearing for GATE the fee is in US Dollars: 50 $. The fee can only be paid in online mode. More details regarding GATE Registration Form are given in the table below:
|Application Dates||September 3, 2019 to October 24, 2019|
|Application Mode||Online Application through Official Website|
|GATE 2020 Fee payment mode||Net Banking, Debit Card or Credit Card|
|GATE 2020 Application Fee||Male Candidates/General/OBC: INR 1500/|
|Female Candidates / SC / ST / PWD Category Candidates: INR 750/-|
|Photograph||A recent passport size photo against a white background. The photograph should be in jpeg format and size should be 3.5 X 4.5 cm.|
|Signature||Candidates should draw a rectangular box of size 2 cm X 7 cm and sign within the box with black or dark blue pen.|
Documents required to apply
Various details and documents that candidates need to have to register for GATE Exam.
Personal Information like name, date of birth, valid mobile number, etc.
- Educational qualification details
- A recent passport size photo against a white background.
- Signature in blue or black ink.
- Scanned copy of your educational certificates.
- A Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST) certificate (if applicable).
- Scanned copy of PWD Certificate (if applicable).
- A Scanned copy of Dyslexia Certificate (if applicable).
- Valid ID Document
- Net-banking/debit card/credit card details for fee payment.
GATE 2020 Paper Pattern
The exam is conducted as a Computer-based Test (CBT). It will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections.
GATE Exam pattern ECE is different from CSE. Meaning, every subject follows a different pattern. Details regarding GATE Exam Pattern are as follows:
|Question Type||Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAR)|
|For 1-mark MCQs, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every incorrect attempt.|
|In the case of 2-mark MCQs, the candidate will be penalized 2/3 mark for the wrong attempt.|
|For questions that aren’t attempted, zero marks will be awarded.|
|There is no negative marking for numerical answer type (NAT) questions.|
GRE 2020 Admit Card
IIT Delhi will release GATE 2020 Admit Card on January 3, 2020 on the official website. Candidates who have successfully applied for GATE 2020 can download the hall ticket by entering their Registration number and Password on the Official website.
How to Download GATE 2020 Admit Card?
After registering successfully online, the call letter will be issued by IIT Delhi through GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System). All applicants can follow these steps to download their admit card:
- Step 1: Visit the official website.
- Step 2: Click on the link provided to download the Admit Card.
- Step 3: Enter your enrollment ID and Password which was sent to your registered phone number and email id.
- Step 4: Click on ‘Submit’ icon and your call letter will appear.
- Step 5: Download and take a printout of the hall ticket in an A4 size sheet.
GATE 2020 Exam Centres
While applying for GATE 2020, candidates have to select 3 cities among the list. Candidates can choose the first 2 exam venues from the same zone and select the 3rd centre from any other zone.
The authorities will try their best to provide an exam Centre in the city of the Candidate's first preference. However, the authority reserves all rights to allocate the candidate a test centre in any of the three cities he/she has already chosen.
The process to Change Test Venue
Conducting authority for GATE 2020, IIT Delhi will be alloting the exam centre based on the choice of candidate and number of seats available at the selected centre. Examination centres are spread across the country for ease of access to candidates and candidates can choose the one which is convenient for them.
You can change the venue by making a request and the change will be allowed by demanding a proper reason from the candidate.
GATE 2020 Results
IIT Delhi will announce the GATE 2020 Results on the official website. To access the results, candidates must log in to the official website and enter the credentials (registration number and password).
How to check the Results?
Once the conducting authority releases the results on the official website, candidates can follow these steps to check it.
- Step 1: You will have to visit the official website.
- Step 2: Look for the link provided for the results of the particular year.
- Step 3: Enter the Login ID and Password.
- Step 4: Click on Submit button to access the results.
- Step 5: The scorecard will be available on the screen.
GATE 2020 Cutoff
GATE cutoff is the minimum mark that a student has to score to become eligible for the admission process. GATE authorities will release the official Cutoff after results. The results will be released by the conducting authority on March 16, 2020.
If you have cleared the cutoff, then only you get GATE Scorecard. It will be available from 20th March 2020 to 31st March 2020 on the official website.
GATE cutoff is dependent on three factors.
- Number of candidates appearing for GATE
- The difficulty of the exam
- Category of the student
GATE Admission via COAP
Students who posses GATE score can apply via COAP - Common Offer Acceptance Portal. It is a common platform for all the candidates qualifying in the GATE exam to make the most preferred choice among the jobs from PSUs and graduate study from participating institutes. The round one, two, three and four seat allotment result for admission was announced on May 14, 24, June 3 and 13 respectively.
Round 5 of the COAP session is yet to take place from June 23 - 25.
Now the portal is open and anyone with a valid GATE score can apply for it. Apart from this interested candidates can apply to the desired IITs separately.
Registration Procedure for COAP
Follow the procedure given below to register in the COAP portal.
- Firstly, to register to COAP make sure that you have the following details with you.
- Gate Registration Number
- Valid GATE Score
- Date of Birth
- Email ID
- Mobile Number
- Only the candidates who are qualified in the GATE in the past three years can register for the COAP.
- After you enter the details, the login URL and ID are sent through the email, while the password is sent through the SMS to your registered mobile number.
- Login into your account using the ID and the password.
- Then, the candidates need to enter their other valid GATE scores from the past three years if any. If not just click the submit button to complete the registration process. Only after clicking the submit button during your first login, will the registration process for COAP be completed.
Eligibility Criteria for COAP
There are some eligibility criteria set to register for the COAP. Go through the criteria and make sure you satisfy them.
- Nationality: Candidate must be an Indian citizen.
- GATE Qualified: Aspirants must have been qualified in any of the past three GATE exams.
- Past GATE Scores: Candidates who have more than one valid GATE score from the past three years should be uploading all scores. Failing to do so might result in disqualification. Candidates are advised to apply for COAP using the highest GATE score they have.
- IIT Specific Criteria: Aspirants who are applying for M.Tech admissions in IITs should also make sure that they clear the institute specific eligibility criteria.
- Different Gate Papers: Candidates who have appeared for different subject papers over the years should provide every detail about the scores and the papers while registering for COAP.
Checking Seat Allotment Result in COAP
The steps to check the COAP seat allotments results are given below:
- Step 1: Visit the COAP official portal, which is the coap.iitm.ac.in
- Step 2: Using the GATE Registration Number and Password login into your registered account.
- Step 3: Check for your seat allotment result
- Step 4: If you have been allotted a seat will have three options to select from. They are 'Accept and Freeze', 'Retain and Wait' and 'Reject and Wait'.
- 'Accept and Freeze': Candidates who have selected the 'Accept and Freeze' option has to visit the website of the institute, where the seat is allotted and complete the further admission process.
- 'Retain and Wait': Candidates who have selected the 'Retain and Wait' option can accept the seat and they would also be considered for any seat upgrading from their previously registered choices.
- 'Reject and Wait': Candidates who have selected the 'Reject and Wait' option will have to wait and participate in the further rounds of admission.
Participating Institutes in COAP
The list of participating Institutes in COAP is given in the table below
|IISC Bangalore||IIT Madras||IIT Guwahati|
|IIT Bhubaneswar||IIT Palakkad||IIT Indore|
|IIT Bombay||IIT Roorkee||IIT Jodhpur|
|IIT Goa||IIT Tirupati||IIT Kharagpur|
|IIT Hyderabad||IIT Bhilai||IIT Mandi|
|IIT ISM Dhanbad||IIT BHU||IIT Patna|
|IIT Kanpur||IIT Delhi||IIT Ropar|
Centralized Counselling: A Centralized Counselling for M.Tech/M. Plan (CCMT) will be conducted for admissions into NITs, IIITs and in some government-funded colleges. Candidates will have to appear for GD/ PI for their admission.
Documents Required: For GATE 2020 candidates should take the following documents, Provisional seat allotment letter, DoB certificate, Passport size colored photograph, GATE 2020 Scorecard, ID proof among other documents.
Year-wise Institutes Organizing GATE
The responsibility of conducting falls on IITs. Although there are 26 IITs only 7 IITs are eligible to conduct GATE. Year wise list of IITs organizing GATE is in the following table:
|GATE 2020||IIT Delhi|
|GATE 2019||IIT Madras|
|GATE 2018||IIT Guwahati|
|GATE 2017||IIT Roorkee|
|GATE 2016||IISc Bangalore|
|GATE 2015||IIT Kanpur|
Note: GATE administration is not responsible for employment opportunities. The qualified candidates must check newspapers and other reliable sources for any such information.
Guidelines For Exam Day
On the exam day, candidates should follow some guidelines which are addressed in the following paragraphs.
On the Exam Date candidates will have to produce an original ID proof along with GATE 2020 Admit card for verification (For example, employee ID, driving license, passport, pan card, voter ID, Aadhar card or valid college ID).
Candidates should take GATE Admit Card to print out in an A4 size paper. The GATE 2020 Admit card is valid only if the candidate's photograph and signature images are clear.
Candidates will be permitted to occupy their allotted seats 35 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination. Candidates can log in and start reading the necessary instructions 20 minutes before the start of the examination. Candidates must report at the examination venue 60 minutes before the beginning of the exam.
IIT Delhi, the conducting authority of GATE has prohibited some items to the GATE Exam Centre, these are:
|List of Prohibited Items|
|Any sort of paper|
|Wristwatch with calculation facility|
|Other Electronic Gadgets|
- Candidates shouldn't be late: Once the exam has started, the candidate will have 30 minutes to enter the exam hall. If he is late by more than 30 minutes than he will not be allowed to write the exam.
- Verification of Details: The Concerned authorities will verify all the details, if it is found to be wrong then the candidate will not be allowed to write the exam.
- Rough Work: A candidate will be provided with scribble pads for them to use it for rough work. Once a candidate receives their scribble pad, they have to write their GATE 2020 Registration number and their name on the scribble pad before they start using it. After the exam, the scribble pad must be returned to the invigilator.
- Hardware Tampering: Candidates should not tamper the computer or any of its components. If a candidate is found to have tampered with the computer then their candidature will be canceled. And appropriate legal action will be taken against such candidates.
The candidates will be provided with the necessary items, these are as follows:
|Things Provided in GATE 2020|
|White Paper as Rough sheet||White paper with Scribble pad will be provided to candidates appearing for Exam|
|Facility of Reader||Candidates who have a disability of a minimum of 40%|
|Virtual Scientific Calculator||The exam will be online so Candidates are provided with onscreen virtual Scientific Calculator|
|Magnified Question Paper & Physical Calculator||Students belonging to PWD Category who are visually challenged.|
Q. I will graduate with B.Tech/B.E in 2020. I don't have my provisional or degree certificate. So, how can I apply for GATE 2020?
Ans. The candidates who are in final year and do not have provisional certificates, please upload course completion certificate/Final year mark sheets.
Q. I am not able to upload eligibility certificate/document even though the certificate is valid as well as between 10KB and 500KB. Can you please help?
Ans. Candidates need to clear their browsing history or clear cache of your browser and then try again.
Q. As I am B.Tech 2014 passed out, I am not able to fill the year of qualifying degree because the selection year is displaying only 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. What should I do?
Ans. Please select the “Yes” option for the question “Have you graduated in the above degree?”. This will allow the display of all the previous years.
Q. I am a recent graduate with B-tech. I have backlogs. With what supporting documents can I apply for this GATE 2019 exam?
Ans. Please upload your final year mark sheets/Certificate from HoD/Principal/Bonafide certificate from your college (HOD/Principal signature and seal is a must).
Q. Who is eligible for GATE?
Ans. Candidates who have qualified or should be in their final year of Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Technology or Master's degree (M.Sc) in relevant science subject are eligible for GATE.
Q. How many attempts are there for GATE?
Ans. While there are limits for candidates who are taking exams like IAS, there is neither age limit for GATE nor any limit on the number of attempts.
Q. How many times the GATE Exam is conducted a year?
Ans. One of the seven IITs which are responsible for conducting GATE will conduct the exam once a year.
Q. How to Check GATE Result 2019?
Ans. Visit the official website of GATE 2020, and click on the result link. Enter your credentials which are login ID and Password. Click on submit icon and the scorecard will be displayed on the screen.
Q. What is the maximum age limit for GATE exam?
Ans. Some students will do their M.Tech or Post Graduation after getting some job experience and some will be taking after several years of their Undergraduate Degree. Since candidates will take M.Tech/Post graduation depending on the need for their career, the conducting authorities understand this and have not set any age limit set for GATE.
Q. What is the last date to apply for GATE 2020?
Ans. The last date tentatively to apply for GATE is 3rd October 2019.