Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2020 Exam

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GATE 2020 - Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria,  Exam Pattern, Syllabus


GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering this is the national level entrance examination and its conducted by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and 7 IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) on a revolution basis.  GATE is conducted once in a year. If we talk about GATE 2020 examination then it will be conducted on February 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2020. GATE 2020 will be conducted by IIT Delhi

The candidates who qualify GATE those will be granted admission into the postgraduation courses into government, semi-government and private institutions. Many companies like GAIL, BHEL, IOCL, ONGC, NTPC, etc want GATE score for hiring the candidates.

GATE 2020

From below check the important dates of GATE 2020. The date mentioned below given on the GATE 2020 official website i.e.

GATE 2020

Important Dates

Brochure Release Date

23 Jul 2019

Application For Release Date

03 Sep 2019

Last date for filling form

24 Sep 26 28 Sep 2019

Submission of online application form

01 Oct 05 Oct 2019

Application Form Correction Date

15 Oct 2019

Registration reopens (for J&K candidates only)

29 Oct – 08 Nov 2019

Mock Test Release Date

09 Nov 2019

Exam city, gender, category, etc Corrections start date

13 Nov 2019

Form correction for exam paper

19 Nov 2019

Admit Card Release Date

03 Jan 2020

GATE 2020 Exam date

01, 02, 08, 09 Feb 2020

Answer Key Release Date

3rd week of Feb 2020

Result declaration date

16 Mar 2020

GATE Eligibility Criteria

Before filling the GATE Application Form candidates should once go through the eligibility norms because if the fee once paid by the candidate then it will not refundable. The candidates who meet the criteria are only allowed to appear for the examination.

Qualifying Courses

Qualifying Degree/Examination

Eligible Candidates

Qualification Year not later than



  • Bachelor’s degree holders in
    Engineering/Technology (4 years)
  • 12th or 3 years B.Sc./Diploma in

Currently in the

final year or already completed


B. Arch.

  • Architecture Bachelor’s degree holders(5 years course)
  • Naval Architecture (4 years course)
  • Planning (4 years

B.Sc. (Research)/


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science
  • Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2

Pharm. D.(after 10+2)

  •  6 years of program Degree holders
  • Residency training during the sixth year

Currently in the

4th/5th/6th year or

already completed



  •  M.B.B.S. Degree holders and
    those who are in the 7th/8th/9th

7th, 8th, 9th or

already completed


M. Sc./

M.A./MCA or


  • Master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications (anyone)
  • Equivalent

Currently in the final

year or already


Int. M.E./M.Tech. or Dual


Diploma or 10+2)

  • IntegratedMaster’sdegreeprogram
  • Dual Degree holder in Engineering/Technology (5 years)

Currently in the

4th/5th year or

already completed


Int. M.E./M.Tech.


  • Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years program)

Currently in the

2nd/3rd/4th year or

already completed


Int. M.Sc./Int. B.S.-M.S.

  • Integrated M.Sc.
  • 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program

Currently in the final

year or already




Society Exam

(equivalent to



  • B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. or equivalent
    recognized by MHRD, UPSC, AICT, etc

Completed Section

A or the equivalent



GATE Exam Pattern

The GATE Examination is conducted for 24 subjects. The candidates can appear for only one exam in a session.  From the syllabus, section candidates can see the name of the subject and code of the subject.

  • Duration of Exam – 03 hours
  • Examination Mode – Computer-based Exam (Online)
  • Total Number of Questions- 65
  • Total Marks – 100
  • Negative Marking – If 1 marks question will be incorrect then 1/3 marks will be deducted but if the question of 2 marks will be incorrect then 2/3 marks will be deducted.

Question papers of AG, AE, CE, BT, CH, EC, EE, CS, IN, ME,  MT, MN, PE, TF, PI, and XE will contain general aptitude, engineering mathematics, and the subject questions.

Question papers of AR,  CY, ST, EY,  MA, GG, PH, and XL will contain General Aptitude and subject questions.

GATE 2020 Marking Scheme


General Aptitude

The marking of GA will be common for all 24 papers.

No. of Questions


5 questions

5 (per question 1 marks)

5 questions

10 (per question 2 marks)


15 marks


AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, ST, TF, AR, CY, EY, MA, PH (except GG, XE and XL)

No. of Questions


25 ques

25 marks (each question of 1 marks)

30 ques

60 marks (each question of 12 marks)


85 + 15 marks of GA = 100 marks


GG Paper

Part Detail

Marking Criteria

Part A (compulsory)

25 ques each will be of 1 mark means a total of 25 marks (numeric question will be also there).

Part B will consist of 2 sections (applicant have to attend any one section)

30 ques each will be of 2 mark means a total of 60 marks (numeric question will be also there).


85 marks + 15 marks of GA = 100


XE paper

Section Details

Marking Criteria

Section A – (compulsory)

11 ques of 15 points – 7 ques will carry 1 mark and 4 ques will carry 2 marks (7+8=15 marks)

Any two sections from B to H

Each optional section of this paper will hold 22 ques of 35 marks: 9 ques of 1 mark and 13 ques of 2 marks (9+26= 35 marks).

1 section will be of 35 marks and 2 sections will be of 35 x 2 = 70


85 marks + 15 marks of GA = 100


XL Paper

Section Details

Marking Criteria

Section P–(Compulsory)

15 ques of 25 marks: – 5 ques of 1-mark and 10 ques of 2 marks (5+20= 25).

Any two sections from Q to U

Each optional section of this paper will hold 22 ques of 35 marks: 9 ques of 1 mark and 13 ques of 2 marks (9+26= 35 marks).

1 section will be of 35 marks and 2 sections will be of 35 x 2 = 70


85 marks + 15 marks of GA = 100

GATE Syllabus

In order to prepare for the GATE examination do read the described subjectwise Syllabus by clicking at the below-provided link. GATE Syllabus is so vast do read the described topics which are mentioned on the syllabus only.

Subject Code

Subjectwise Syllabus

AE: Aerospace Engineering

PH: Physics

AG: Agricultural Engineering

PI: Production and Industrial Engineering

AR: Architecture and Planning

ST: Statistics

BM: Biomedical Engineering

TF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science

BT: Biotechnology

XE-A: Engineering Mathematics

CE: Civil Engineering

XE-B: Fluid Mechanics

CH: Chemical Engineering

XE-C: Materials Science

CS: Computer Sc. and Information Technology

XE-D: Solid Mechanics

CY: Chemistry

XE-E: Thermodynamics

EC: Electronics and Communication Engg.

XE-F: Polymer Science and Engineering

EE: Electrical Engineering

XE-G: Food Technology

EY: Ecology and Evolution

XE-H: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

GG: Geology and Geophysics

XL-P: Chemistry

IN: Instrumentation Engineering

XL-Q: Biochemistry

MA: Mathematics

XL-R: Botany

ME: Mechanical Engineering

XL-S: Microbiology

MN: Mining Engineering

XL-T: Zoology

MT: Metallurgical Engineering

XL-U: Food Technology

PE: Petroleum Engineering