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GATE 2020 Notification | Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

GATE 2020 Notification: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination conducted jointly by the seven Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and IISc Banglore in online mode tentatively exam held on 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th February 2020. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is basically an examination on the comprehensive understanding of the applicants in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. GATE 2020 will be conducted for 24 subjects (also referred to as “papers”) and it would be distributed over 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th of February 2020. The GATE 2020 exam centers are spread in different cities across India, as well as, in six cities outside India. The examination would be purely a Computer Based Test (CBT).

The GATE score would reflect the relative performance level of the applicant in a particular subject, which is quantified based on the several years of examination data. Note that the GATE 2020 score is valid for three years from the date of announcement of the results.

GATE is administered jointly by the seven Indian Institute of Technology (IITs at Delhi, Bombay, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. The GATE Committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and for declaring the results. For administrative purposes, the examination cities in India are segregated into eight zones. The operations related to GATE, in each of the eight zones, are managed by a Zonal GATE Office at the administering institute (IIT or IISc).

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial assistance to (i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and (ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies. Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MHRD scholarship/assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory. Further, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.

Check out the information on this page like eligibility, application submission, exam centers, pattern, marks, score, results, scorecard, etc for GATE Exam 2020.

GATE 2020 Important Dates

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens 03rd September 2019
Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website) 24th September 2019
Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website) 1st October 2019
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable) 15th November 2019
Admit Card will be available in the Online Application Portal (for printing) 03rd January 2020
GATE 2020 Exam Date

Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Tentative)

Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Tentative)

1st February 2020

3rd February 2020

9th February 2020

10th February 2020

Announcement of the Results in the Online Application Portal 16th March 2020

Physical calculators, mobile phones and wristwatches are strictly prohibited and applicants possessing these in the examination hall (even if not using) will be disqualified.

Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) for randomly selected applicants may be captured before the start of the examination.

In all matters concerning GATE 2020, the decision of the GATE 2020 Committee will be final and binding on all the applicants.

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GATE Application Form 2020

GATE 2020 Online Application Processing System (GOAPS)

GOAPS: The GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS), it can also be accessed from the GATE 2020 website (

GOAPS also provides an online interface to the applicant for interacting with the GATE administration. With this interface, an applicant can:

  • Apply for the examination.
  • Upload photograph, signature and other documents like qualifying degree certificate/ Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute (in the format given in Appendix A) and category certificate (SC/ST/PwD) and/or Dyslexic certificate as applicable.
  • Pay the application fee through any of the electronic payment modes.
  • Check the Status of the application form: Received, under scrutiny, Accepted, Defect status, Status after rectification, Rejected with valid reasons, Admit Card ready for download, etc.
  • Download Admit Card.
  • View his/her answers, marks and GATE score.
  • Download GATE scorecard.

GATE 2020 Registration: Applicant must first register by providing Full Name (as per the qualifying degree certificate), a valid e-mail address, and mobile number and by choosing a password. All communications from the GATE Offices will be sent to this e-mail address (ONLY ONE PERSON CAN REGISTER WITH ONE e-mail ADDRESS). Give the personal mobile number and e-mail address, because most of the communication will be through e-mail and/or SMS.

GOAPS Enrollment ID: Each GOAPS registered applicant will be provided with an Enrollment ID. Upon registration, an e-mail containing the GOAPS Enrollment ID will be sent to the applicant. This Enrollment ID will be the reference ID for all future communication.

Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2020

Before starting the application process, the applicant must ensure that he/she meets the educational eligibility criteria of GATE 2020, which are given below:

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination Description of Eligible Applicants Year of Qualification not later than



Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or

3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology)

Currently in the final year or already completed 2020
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (5 years course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2020
B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S. Bachelor’s degree in Science

(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)

Currently in the 4th year or already completed 2020
M. Sc./

M.A./MCA or equivalent

Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or already completed 2020
Int. M.E./



Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/Technology (4 years program) Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/4th year or already completed 2022
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5 years program) Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed 2021
Int. M.Sc./

Int. B.S.-M.S.

Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed 2020
Professional Society


(equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch)

B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on) Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

GATE 2020 Admit Card

The Admit Card for GATE 2020 will be available ONLY on the GOAPS website. The applicant has to download his/her Admit Card from this website. The Admit Card would be available for download, tentatively from 1st week of January 2020. Note that the Admit Cards will NOT be sent to the applicants by post/e-mail.

Applicants must bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card to the Examination for the verification along with the original and valid photo Identity Document (NO photocopy/scanned copy/NOT an expired document), which was specified during the filling up of the online application (for example: Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License)

The Admit Card is valid if and ONLY if the applicant’s photograph and signature images are clear and legible. The photograph on the Admit Card and that in the valid photo identity document should match with the appearance of the applicant on the day of examination. To ensure this, print the Admit Card on an A4 sized paper using a laser printer, preferably a color printer. Both, the GATE 2020 Admit Card and the Original ID proof are essential for entry into the examination hall.

GATE 2020 Exam Duration

All the papers of the GATE 2020 examination will be for 3 hours duration and they consist of 65 questions for a total of 100 marks. Since the examination is an ONLINE computer based test, at the end of the stipulated time (3-hours), the computer will automatically close the screen inhibiting any further action.

Applicants will be permitted to occupy their allotted seats 40 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination. Applicants can log in and start reading the instructions 20 minutes before the start of the examination. Applicants will NOT be permitted to enter the examination hall after 09:30 hours in the forenoon session and after 14:30 hours in the afternoon session. Applicants will NOT be permitted to leave the examination hall before the end of the examination.

GATE 2020 Question Papers

Check below GATE 2020 Exam Pattern of Questions

GATE 2020 would contain questions of two different types in all the papers:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the applicant has to select (mark), the correct answer.

Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For a wrong answer chosen in an MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

(ii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. For these questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered by the applicant using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). No choices will be shown for these types of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 or -10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 (one decimal) or 10.01 (two decimals) or -10.001 (three decimals). These questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the applicants need to present the answer. Also, for some NAT type problems an appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the applicant is not unduly penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Wherever required and possible, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions.

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GATE Score 2020

After the evaluation of the answers, the actual (raw) marks obtained by the applicant will be considered for computing the GATE Score. For multi-session papers (subjects), raw marks obtained by the applicants in different sessions will be converted to Normalized marks for that particular subject. Thus, raw marks (for single session papers) or normalized marks (for multi-session papers) will be used for computing the GATE Score, based on the qualifying marks.

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GATE 2020 Results

GATE 2020 results will be announced on the 3rd week of March 2020 and will be available on the GOAPS Website. GATE 2020 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results.

GATE 2020 Scorecard

After the declaration of results, the qualified applicants can download their GATE 2020 Scorecards (for the paper which applicants have taken the examination). The GATE 2020 scorecards can be downloaded between 3rd weeks of March 2020 to End of May 2020 from the GOAPS portal.

In case, a GATE qualified applicant requires the soft copy of his/her GATE Scorecard after 31st May 2020 and till 31st December 2020, should pay a fee of 500 (Rupees five hundred only) for obtaining the same.

GATE 2019 at International Centers

GATE 2019 examinations will be conducted in the following cities outside India: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore. The application fee for Dubai (UAE) and Singapore centers is US$ 100, and for the remaining, it is US$ 50. Applicants of any nationality can opt for international centers.

  • Applicants who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India: (i) must have completed or are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree (duration: at least 4 years) in Engineering / Technology or; (ii) must have completed or are in the final year of their Post Graduate (Master’s) degree (duration: at least 2 years) in any relevant science subject.
  • For applicants at international centers, ONLY a valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification.
  • For Foreign nationals, SC/ST/PwD categories are NOT APPLICABLE.
  • The session timing at GATE International Centers will be as per their local time and it will be notified well in advance.
  • The application procedure remains the same for foreign nationals as that of Indian nationals.
  • The applicants opting for international examination centers will be contacted only through their e-mail. However, mobile numbers can be used only when the GATE 2019 Organizing Institute intends to communicate important information to them.

GATE 2020 Exam Cities

The applicant can choose THREE cities from the list of examination cities given below table. The first and second choices must be from the same GATE zone and the third choice can be from any GATE zone.

If the applicant chooses a particular city (in a particular zone) as the first choice, then he/she will be able to choose the city of the second choice ONLY from the same zone. However, the third choice can be from any one of the listed cities (i.e., no restriction on the zone for the third choice city). Note that, because of the operational constraints, the GATE Committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be from any of the choices selected by the applicant.

Tentative list of the cities (zone-wise) in which GATE 2020 examination is planned to be held. Also given in the table are the details of the Zonal GATE Offices.

Zone No. Zonal GATE Office Tentative List of Examination Cities/ Towns*
1 IISc Bangalore

Bengaluru – 560 012


Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Belagavi (Belgaum), Ballari(Bellary), Bengaluru South, Bengaluru North, Bidar, Davanagere,Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kannur,Kasaragod, Kolar, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru,Manipal, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur, PortBlair, Shivamogga(Shimoga), Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara
2 IIT Bombay, Powai,

Mumbai – 400 076


Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Bhavnagar,Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Lonavala, Mehsana,Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot,Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Thane, Vadodara
3 IIT Delhi, HauzKhas,

New Delhi – 110 016


Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh, Rohtak, Bikaner, Faridabad-Palwal, GreaterNOIDA, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Karnal,Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur-Chittorgarh, Ujjain
4 IIT Guwahati

Guwahati – 781 039


Agartala, Arrah, Asansol, Bihar Sharif, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Durgapur,Gangtok, Gaya, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani,Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur
5 IIT Kanpur

Kanpur – 208 016


Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur,Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi
6 IIT Kharagpur

Kharagpur – 721 302


Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar,Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada (AP),Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi,Rourkela, Sambalpur, Srikakulam-Vizianagaram, Tadepalligudem,Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
7 IIT Madras

Chennai – 600 036


Alappuzha, Aluva, Attingal, Bapatla – Chirala, Chengannur, ChennaiNorth, Chennai South, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul,Ernakulam, Erode-Thiruchengode, Gudur, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa,Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam,Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Madurai, Muvattupuzha, Nalgonda,Namakkal, Nedumangad, Nellore, Ongole, Pala, Puducherry, Punalur,Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvannamalai, Tiruchirapalli,Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar,Warangal
8 IIT Roorkee

Roorkee – 247 667


Ambala, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Bhimtal, Dehradun, FatehgarhSahib, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Hamirpur (HP), Jalandhar, Kurukshetra,Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, NOIDA, Panipat,Pathankot, Patiala, Roorkee, Ropar, Sangrur, Shimla, Solan, Sonepat, Una,Yamunanagar
9 International GATE,

IIT Madras

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh),Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore

GATE 2020 Application Fee

Details of the GATE 2020 application fee are given below table. The application fee is NEITHER refundable NOR transferable. Payments have to be made online by using either net banking or debit card or credit card. As per the prevailing norms, additional online transaction charges or bank charges can be applicable. These charges will be specified on the payment portal.

Details of GATE 2020 Application Fee

For Examination Centers in India On or Before 21st Sept. 2019 During the Extended Period
Female applicants 750 1250
SC/ST/PwD* category applicants 750 1250
All other applicants 1500 2000
For Examination Centers outside India (All Applicants)
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu US$ 50 US$ 70
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100 US$ 120

Zones and the corresponding administrative institutes for GATE 2020

Zone Administering Institute Zonal Websites
Zone-1 Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
Zone-2 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay
Zone-3 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi
Zone-4 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati
Zone-5 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
Zone-6 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur
Zone-7 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras
Zone-8 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee

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