GATE Exam 2020 - Application Form, Exam Date, Syllabus, Admit Card, Exam Centres, Result and Answer Keys

Exam Date : February 1, 2020 To February 9, 2020
Result Date : March 16, 2020

GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. It offers a wide scope of job and education opportunities for aspiring undergraduate engineers in India. GATE 2020 exam will be held on February 1, 2020.

Candidates with a valid GATE score will be eligible for admission in premium institutes like the IITs. GATE exam 2020 will be conducted by IIT Delhi.

GATE Entrance Examination
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

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What is GATE Exam?

The GATE is an exam which intends to test the comprehensive knowledge of the student in the various subjects in undergraduate or postgraduate engineering course.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

On behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, MHRD, Government of India, the GATE exam is conducted every year. Each year one of the following institutes assumes the responsibility of conducting the entrance test.

  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Delhi
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Kanpur
  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Madras
  • IIT Roorkee
  • IISC Bangalore

Importance of GATE Exam

A valid GATE score is an essential requirement for getting admission or financial assistance for the following from institutions supported by MHRD or other Government agencies.

  • Master's Programs
  • Direct Doctoral Programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture
  • Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science

Moreover, GATE score is also mandatory to be eligible for the recruitment process in many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

Exam Name Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
Acronym GATE
Level National
Conducting Body
IIT Delhi
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
Medium English
Duration 3 hours
Types of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
Official Website http://gate.iitd.ac.in/

Important Note!!!

GATE Score of any given year is valid for a period of THREE years.

The score is impacted by the relative performance level of the candidate in a particular subject, which will be quantified or measured based on the examination data of the previous years.

GATE 2020 Calendar of Events/Dates:

IIT Delhi, the conducting authority has already released the official notification for the upcoming exam. All dates have been updated here. Do visit this page regularly for further updates.

Upcoming Dates

Event Dates
Last Date for Requesting Change of Exam City (additional fee must be paid) November 15, 2020
Admit Card Release Date January 3, 2020
GATE Exam Dates February 1st-9th, 2020
GATE 2020 Results March 16, 2020

Closed Events

Event Dates
Application Form (GOAPS Portal) Availability September 3, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Application Filling Extended Date October 5, 2020

GATE 2020 Registration

The official dates for GATE exam are released. Applicants have applied for the exam from September 3, 2019 to October 5, 2020 (the extended date). Candidates still have time to change the exam city till November 15, 2020.

Candidates can fill the application form only in the online mode in the GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System) Portal.

Subject Code: Among the 25 papers available in GATE the candidate has to select one particular paper in the application form.

How to Register for GATE?

  • Visit the official website. (http://appsgate.iitd.ac.in/)
  • Enter all relevant details like name, email id, country etc.
  • Create a password as per the given instructions. It should be unique and 8-15 characters long. At least it should have a single number or alphabet.
  • Enter the captcha and give ‘Submit’ button.
  • An SMS will be sent to your email id after successful registration. You will also receive a mail.

GATE Application Form Important Details

Candidates have to update all the important fields like the photograph, signature, certificate of qualifying degree, category certificate (SC/ST/PwD) and/or Dyslexic certificate, wherever applicable.

Candidates must enter the ID number as per any of the following documents:

  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Voter ID
  • Aadhaar-UID
  • College ID
  • Employee ID and
  • Driving License

Application Fee:

Based on the location of exam centres the GATE Application Fee varies and the tables below present that data.

Exam Centres in India
Category Without Late Fee With Late Fee
SC/ST/PwD Students INR 750 INR 1250
Female Candidates INR 750 INR 1250
Other Candidates INR 1500 INR 2000

The application fee for Female or SC/ST/PwD candidates is INR 750. For candidates belonging to the General Category, the Fee is INR 1500. If candidates are paying after the last date of the application then they have to pay an extra amount of INR 500 for the application process.

Fee for Foreign Candidates

Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu

US$ 50

US$ 70

Dubai and Singapore

US$ 100

US$ 120

Candidates belonging to the foreign countries have to pay US$ 20 extra as a late fee if they apply after the last date of the application process.

Registration

Candidates have to give their name as per an identity proof. They have to give a valid email id, phone number. Finally, candidates have to create a password. All further communication will be done through the email id and phone number.

Enrolment ID

Each candidate will be provided with an enrolment Id, which will be sent to each candidate by mail. This reference ID will remain the same for all future communication.

Password

Finally, the candidate must create the password. It is much better and safe not to create a password which is easy, meaning students are expected not to keep their date of birth or names as their password.

Who can apply for GATE 2020?

Candidates aspiring to write GATE exam must have completed their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in any of the fields from a registered college. The list of degrees and their required qualifying exams are present on the official information brochure on page 5.

There are some professional societies which conduct exams equivalent to the engineering exams as well. Candidates who take up these exams are also eligible to take GATE. The professional societies are.

  • The Institutions of Engineers (IE)
  • The Institutions of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • The Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  • The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group
  • (IIChemE)
  • The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  • The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

Having said this, students must make sure that these exams are conducted and approved by MHRD/ AICTE/MHRD/AICTE/UGC/UPSC as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch./B.Planning etc.

Foreign Candidates Eligibility

Should have completed or are in the final year of their Bachelor’s Degree (duration must be at least 4 years) in Engineering/Technology.(OR)

Candidates should have completed or are in the final year of their Post Graduate (Master's) Degree (duration must be at least 2 years) in any of the relevant subjects in science.

Documents Required

If the candidate has already passed (in 2019 or earlier) one of the qualifying examinations he/she must submit (i.e. upload) the degree certificate/provisional certificate/course completion certificate/professional certificate/membership certificate issued by the institute or society.

If, the aspirant is expected to complete one of the qualifying criteria for any of the courses as specified in the brochure (page 6) he/she has to upload a Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute (in the format given in Appendix A) or a copy of mark sheet for Section A of AMIE.

This certificate must definitely have the signature and seal of the Head of Institute/Department with the current date.

Appendix B will have a list of the qualifying disciplines. Both the Appendices A and B will be available on the official website.

GATE Eligibility Highlights

Components

Details

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

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.

Guidelines to select scribes

There is an option with which the students can select their own scribe. Otherwise, candidates can also approach GATE authority to get a scribe.

Scribe Arranged by the candidate

  • The scribe arranged by a candidate must not be one who is attending the GATE exam. That scribe must have a qualification which is at least one step less than the candidate.
  • During the exam, the scribe shall not translate or interpret or emphasize the test paper elements to the candidate
  • If the candidate chooses to bring his or her own scribe then it is the entire responsibility of the candidate to bring a scribe.
  • No money or honorarium will be paid from the GATE authorities to the scribe.

Scribe Arranged by GATE

  • Students must well before opt for the option of 'Scribe arrangement by GATE'.
  • If 'N' number of candidates have opted for this scribe service by GATE, then there will be at least 'N+1' scribes will be arranged by GATE to have some alternative options open.
  • Once again the scribe arranged by GATE will not translate or interpret or emphasize the test paper elements to the candidate.

GATE Syllabus and Subjects

The GATE 2020 exam will be conducted for 25 subjects. The candidate will be allowed to attend only one paper in one session. The list of subjects as well as its code is provided in the GATE official information brochure (page 7).

General Aptitude section and Engineering Mathematics sections are common for all the subjects. General Aptitude constitutes 15% of the total paper weightage.

Each of the following subjects has been divided into two categories one is Core Topics and the other is Special Topics. 90% of the paper will constitute core topics and 10% of the paper will have special topics. The subjects of Aeronautical Engineering has been divided in the following way.

Aeronautical Engineering Syllabus

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Core Topics:

Linear Algebra: Vector algebra, Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, rank of a matrix, eigen values and eigenvectors.

Calculus: Functions of single variable, limits, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorem, chain rule, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, gradient, divergence and curl, directional derivatives. Integration, Line, surface and volume integrals. Theorems of Stokes, Gauss and Green.

Differential Equations: First order linear and nonlinear differential equations, higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients. Partial differential equations and separation of variables methods.

Special Topics: Fourier Series, Laplace Transforms, Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, Numerical integration and differentiation.

Section 2: Flight Mechanics

Core Topics:

Basics: Atmosphere: Properties, standard atmosphere. Classification of aircraft. Airplane (fixed wing aircraft) configuration and various parts.

Airplane performance: Pressure altitude; equivalent, calibrated, indicated air speeds; Primary flight instruments: Altimeter, ASI, VSI, Turn-bank indicator. Drag polar; takeoff and landing; steady climb & descent, absolute and service ceiling; cruise, cruise climb, endurance or loiter; load factor, turning flight, V-n diagram; Winds: head, tail & cross winds.

Static stability: Angle of attack, sideslip; roll, pitch & yaw controls; longitudinal stick fixed & free stability, horizontal tail position and size; directional stability, vertical tail position and size; dihedral stability. Wing dihedral, sweep & position; hinge moments, stick forces.

Special Topics: Dynamic stability: Euler angles; Equations of motion; aerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives; decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics; longitudinal modes; lateral-directional modes.

Section 3: Space Dynamics

Core Topics:

Central force motion, determination of trajectory and orbital period in simple cases.

Special Topics: Orbit transfer, in-plane and out-of-plane.

Section 4: Aerodynamics

Core Topics:

Basic Fluid Mechanics: Conservation laws: Mass, momentum (Integral and differential form);

Potential flow theory: sources, sinks, doublets, line vortex and their superposition; Viscosity, Reynold's number.

Airfoils and wings: Airfoil nomenclature; Aerodynamic coefficients: lift, drag and moment; Kutta- Joukoswki theorem; Thin airfoil theory, Kutta condition, starting vortex; Finite wing theory: Induced drag, Prandtl lifting line theory; Critical and drag divergence Mach number.

Compressible Flows: Basic concepts of compressibility, Conservation equations; One dimensional compressible flows, Fanno flow, Rayleigh flow; Isentropic flows, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl- Meyer flow; Flow through nozzles and diffusers.

Special Topics: Elementary ideas of viscous flows including boundary layers; Wind Tunnel Testing:Measurement and visualization techniques.

Section 5: Structures

Core Topics:

Strength of Materials: States of stress and strain. Stress and strain transformation. Mohr's Circle. Principal stresses. Three-dimensional Hooke's law. Plane stress and strain; Failure theories: Maximum stress, Tresca and von Mises; Strain energy. Castigliano's principles. Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate trusses and beams. Elastic flexural buckling of columns. Flight vehicle structures: Characteristics of aircraft structures and materials. Torsion, bending and flexural shear of thin-walled sections. Loads on aircraft.

Structural Dynamics: Free and forced vibrations of undamped and damped SDOF systems. Free vibrations of undamped 2-DOF systems.

Special Topics: Vibration of beams. Theory of elasticity: Equilibrium and compatibility equations, Airy’sstress function.

Section 6: Propulsion

Core Topics:

Basics: Thermodynamics, boundary layers and heat transfer and combustion thermochemistry.

Thermodynamics of aircraft engines: Thrust, efficiency and engine performance of turbojet, turboprop, turbo shaft, turbofan and ramjet engines, thrust augmentation of turbojets and turbofan engines. Aerothermodynamics of non-rotating propulsion components such as intakes, combustor and nozzle.

Axial compressors: Angular momentum, work and compression, characteristic performance of a single axial compressor stage, efficiency of the compressor and degree of reaction.

Axial turbines: Axial turbine stage efficiency.

Centrifugal compressor: Centrifugal compressor stage dynamics, inducer, impeller and diffuser.

Rocket propulsion: Thrust equation and specific impulse, vehicle acceleration, drag, gravity losses, multi-staging of rockets. Classification of chemical rockets, performance of solid and liquid propellant rockets.

No Special Topics

Important Note!!!

In a similar way all the subjects are divided into core and specific subjects. The entire syllabus is provided in the information brochure Page 39.

Exam Pattern for GATE

The exam will take place for a duration of 3 hours in Computer Based Mode. GATE 2020 paper will contain 65 questions and the total marks will be 100.

Questions are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with 4 options. Each question will be either for 1 mark or 2 marks. This scheme will be applicable for all the subjects.

Negative Marks: There are negative marks for each incorrectly answered question. For each incorrectly answered 1 mark answer, 1/3rd marks will be deducted and the 2 mark questions will attract a penalty of 2/3rd marks.

Numerical Answer Type Questions:

These questions will not have any options and students must enter the right answer. The answer will generally be in integers. Even if the answer is in decimals, it is ideal to write upto three decimal points.

There are no negative marks for NAT questions.

Example Question

If the wire diameter of a compressive helical spring is increased by 2%, the change in spring stiffness (in %) is _____ (correct to two decimal places).

Marks Allotted

General Aptitude will constitute 10 questions for a total of 15 marks (15% of the total marks) in all the papers. This section is designed to test the language and analytical skills of the candidate.

In subjects with the following codes AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI,TF and XE, Mathematics Paper will constitute 15% and General Aptitude will constitute 15% of the total marks. The remaining 70% will be constituted by the core subject-based questions.

For subjects with codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST and XL 15% of the total marks go for General Aptitude. The other 85% is for the core subject-based questions.

Subject Code Mathematics General Aptitude Other (Core Subject)
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, 15% 15% 70%
AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST and XL - 15% 85%

Note: You can know more about the types of questions in the GATE exam by visiting the official information brochure (page.21).

GATE 2020 Admit Card Download

Candidates can download the admit card in the official GOAPS portal on January 3, 2020. The Hall Ticket will not be sent by post.

All candidates are expected to download the admit card in colour (preferred) and check all their details.

Also, they have to carry a valid photo identification proof to the exam hall along with the admit card. Without these documents, one will not be allowed inside the exam centre. The identification document can be anyone of the following below:

  • Passport
  • PAN card
  • Voter ID
  • Aadhaar-UID
  • College Id
  • Employee ID and
  • Driving License

The admit card is valid only if the photograph and the signature on the admit card are found clear.

GATE Exam Centres

As far as GATE 2020 exam is concerned, the students can select a particular city. Students have the privilege of giving three cities. The second city that they choose must be of the same zone from which the first city is chosen. But the third city can be chosen from any of the zones and there is no restriction.

The list of zones and the names of cities in a zone is provided in the official notification page 9.

Remember GATE exam will also take place in 6 cities outside India.

Result of GATE 2020

The much-awaited GATE result and the scorecard will be available on the official GOAPS portal on March 16, 2020. Students can download the scorecard from March 20, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

After this date, if a candidate wants to download it, he or she must pay INR 500. However, the last date to get the scorecard by paying the fine amount is December 31, 2020. After that, the scorecard cannot be accessed.

GATE Result Related Events

Dates

GATE 2020 Results Release

March 16, 2020

Scorecard Download Period

March 20, 2020 to May 31, 2020

Last date of Scorecard Download (with fine)

December 31, 2020

Important Note!!!

GATE Scorecard is valid for THREE years from the date of the scorecard release. Which means GATE 2020 score can be used for admission and job recruitment for three years from 2020.

Admission Through GATE Score

A valid GATE score is essential or opens the way for admission into colleges or even financial assistance or scholarships.

  • Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture
  • Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies.

These are some programs for which taking the GATE exam is mandatory.

To avail financial assistance (scholarship/assistantship), a candidate must first secure admission to a program in any of the central government supported institutes. Depending upon the norms adopted by a specific institute.

Each institute may have a different selection procedure, some may conduct an interview or a test after GATE exam. The criteria for Post Graduate courses with the scholarships may be completely different.

After getting admission candidates must complete the procedures of MHRD scholarship/assistantship in the institute.

The admitting institute may also specify the total number of candidates for financial assistance (scholarship). Qualifying GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

Important Points for admission

The GATE exam has 25 papers and the candidate has the complete rights to choose the paper he or she wants. But some programs may accept a particular paper, hence it is mandatory to check what the admitting institute requires for the desired program and then apply.

For this candidates have to check the official website of the admission institute.

Documents Required for Counselling

  • Appropriate Document for SC/ST (approved by competent authority)
  • Document for PWD candidates
  • Proper dyslexic certificate issued by any Dyslexia Association

Note:

If the candidates belonging to EWS or SC/ST category fail to produce a valid document for their category they will be treated as General Category candidates.

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