GATE 2020 Entrance Exam: Admission, Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Admit Card, Result

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an entrance exam conducted at the national level for post-graduation programmes such as Master of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, and Master of Technology etc. GATE exam is mainly conducted to evaluate the comprehensive understanding of different undergraduate subjects of Engineering and Science.

The exam is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordinate Board – Gate, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Govt. of India. The score that a candidate obtained in the GATE exam is used for admissions to various post-graduate education courses. GATE is one of the most competitive entrance examinations in India. It is also recognised by numerous institutes outside India.

The GATE exam for 2020 will be organised by Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Delhi in online mode on 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th February 2020. From 2020 onwards, a new “Bio-Medical Engineering” paper has been added to the exam, making the total count of papers for GATE to 25 (earlier it was 24).

Important Dates for GATE Entrance Exam 2020

Below you can find all the important dates related to the GATE exam 2020.

1.GATE 2020 NotificationTuesday4th June 2019
2.GATE Online Application Process System (GOAPS)  Website OpeningTuesday3rd September 2019
3.Closing Date for Online Submission of ApplicationTuesday24th September 2019
4.Extended closing date of application submissionTuesday1st October 2019
5.Change of Examination City Request (Additional fee will be applicable)Friday15th November 2019
6.Admit Card Will Be Available Online in the Application Portal (for print out)Friday3rd January 2020
7.GATE 2020 Entrance ExamSaturday








1st February 2020

2nd February 2020

8th February 2020

9th February 2020



8.Result Announcement in the Online Application PortalMonday

16th March 2020


GATE Entrance Exam Eligibility

Candidates appearing for the GATE entrance exam must meet the eligibility criteria prescribed by the conducting authority. Failing to meet the eligibility may make the candidate disqualified for the exam. Some of the important eligibility requirements that are considered for an exam are- academic qualification, nationality, and age limit.

However, for GATE exam, there is no minimum pass percentage or minimum age required if we talk about academic qualification and age limit respectively. In order to be eligible to take a GATE entrance exam, candidates are required to meet the conditions related to the qualifying exam given below.

NOTE: The below-mentioned eligibility information (provided in the table) is taken from the official website of the GATE entrance exam

Qualifying DegreeQualifying Degree/ExaminationDescription of Eligible CandidatesYear of Qualification

(not later than)


B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm.

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



B. Arch.Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (5 years course)Currently in the final year or already completed 


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 


M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalentMaster’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently in the final year or already completed2020
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.)Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/Technology (4 years program)Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/4th year or already completed2022
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 completed2021
Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. programCurrently in the final year or already completed2020
Professional Society Examinations

(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-IndiaCompleted Section A or equivalent of such professional coursesNA


List of Professional Societies/Institutions

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

NOTE: Candidates having certification from any of the professional societies must make sure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MHRD/AICTE as equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch.

Documents Required to Fill GATE Application Form

There are certain documents that you will need to keep ready when beginning with GATE Registration. Following are the documents that are required for completing GATE Application Form-

  • A recent scanned photograph and signature of the candidate. Both scanned images should be clear and should have a white color background. Also, the images should be in JPG/JPEG format only.
  • Size of Photograph: Between 5KB to 200KB
  • Size of Signature: Between 5KB to 150KB
  • Size of Eligibility Certificate: 10KB to 500KB
  • Size of Category Certificate: 10KB to 300KB
  • Size of PwD Certificate: (10KB to 300KB)
  • Size of Dyslexic Certificate: 10KB to 300KB
  • A valid Photo ID such as Aadhaar Card/ Driving License/ Passport/ Voter ID/ College ID/ PAN Card/ Employee Identification Card/ Notarized Affidavit with Signature, Photo, Date of Birth and Residential Address.
  • In the case of foreign students, Govt. Issued ID/ College ID/ Employee ID/ Passport will be considered as the valid ID proofs.
  • Copy of Marksheet of 5th /6th /7th semester.
  • Provisional Certificate/ Degree Certificate/ Course Completion Certificate.
  • Candidates in the final year will need to submit the Provisional Certificate Letter according to the format issued by the Home of Institute/ Registrar/ Head of Dept/ Dean.
  • Final year AMIE candidates will need to submit their marksheet for Section-A of AMIE in case of professional equivalent qualifications.
  • Disability or PwD Certificate of the candidate (if applicable).
  • Caste Certificate of the candidate (if applicable) as per given format.
  • Candidates who are pursuing a higher degree or masters will need to submit the qualifying degree certificate of their respective course.
  • Candidates having backlogs will need to upload a copy of the marksheet of their final year issued by the institute they are studying at.

Steps to Apply for GATE Exam

In order to ease the process for students applying for GATE exam, the conducting authority has released a guide for successfully submitting the GATE Application Form.

Here are the steps to follow to fill the GATE application form

1.) GATE Registration:

You will need to begin by registering as a “New User” on the official website of the GATE Exam and process with the instructions as mentioned in the guide. After registering successfully, you will be given access to GOAPS with the credentials that you entered. You will need to enter the following details as per the documents:

  • Your name
  • Mobile number
  • Email address (valid)
  • Country of residence
  • Create a unique password – Password must be a single string of numbers or alphabets. It should be 8 to 15 characters long.

After filling the required information, click on the Submit button.

2.) Fill GATE Application Form:

You will need to sign in using GOAPS Enrollment ID and Password and then you can begin filling the application form for GATE exam.

After successful registration, you will receive an email containing your GOAPS Enrollment. You will be using this ID for submitting your GATE application form, downloading GATE Admit Card, and checking out your result.

The detailed process for filling the GATE Application Form is as Follows:

  • Under Applicant’s Personal Details, enter your Enrollment ID and Password to proceed with GATE application form process.
  • It is suggested to go through the GATE Information Brochure thoroughly and read all the important instructions to submit the application form in one go.
  • Next, you will need to select your GATE paper for which you wish to take the exam.
  • Choose your Examination Country and then select 3 choices of GATE Exam Centers.

NOTE: Make sure to verify your Email Address and Mobile number by clicking on the Verify Button. You will receive an OTP on your registered email address and phone number.

  • Then, you will need to enter the following details in the provided fields correctly:
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Category
  • A person with Disability Status
  • Dyslexia Status
  • Country of Permanent Residence
  • State/Union Territory
  • Select ID Proof
  • Enter ID Proof Number
  • Name of Parent/Guardian (stick to the specifications)
  • Country of Residence of Parent/Guardian
  • Mobile Number of Parent/Guardian
  • After that, enter your Corresponding Address for future correspondence along with correct Pincode/ Zipcode, Country, and State/Union Territory.
  • In case you don’t find the name of your college in the drop-down list, try typing the name completely without using any special character. Make sure the length should not exceed 100 characters.

3.) Upload Documents:

On the next page, you will need to upload your scanned Photograph, Signature, and, Eligibility Certificate in the prescribed size. Once you are done uploading the documents, go through the declaration and select checkbox to proceed to make the fee payment.

4.) Fee Payment:

On the fee payment page, you can make the payment through debit card, credit card, or net banking. Making the fee payment through E-challan mode has been eliminated from the GATE registration process. Also, the application fee of GATE exam varies for Indian nationals and International candidates.

NOTE: Candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PwD category will need to upload a supporting document to get concession in fees. To know category-wise application fee for different category candidates, refer to the following table:

CategoryApplication Fee (Without Service Charges)
Women750 (INR)
SC/ ST/ PwD750 (INR)
All Other Candidates1500 (INR)
For Exam Centre in Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and KathmanduUS$ 50
For the Exam Centre in Dubai and SingaporeUS$ 100

NOTE: In case the payment made doesn’t reflect in the first go, it is suggested not to make another payment right away. You are advised to wait for at least a couple of days before again making the payment. However, in case any extra payment is made, it will be automatically refunded to the bank account from where the payment was made.

Forgot Enrollment ID or Password?

If you ever forget your Enrollment ID, you can also use your email id instead of enrollment ID to access Gate application form. However, if you have forgotten your password, you can access your application form by following these steps: for an OTP

There are two options available to access the application form –

  1. Request for an OTP: You can click on this option if you remember your Enrollment ID/Email Address but forgotten your password. Clicking on this option will send a One Time Password to your registered Phone Number and/or Email Address. Use the OTP to Reset Password.
  2. Already have an OTP: If you already have an OTP, you can simply click on the “Already have an OTP?” option and then enter these details to create a new password-
  • Enrollment ID/Email Address
  • OTP
  • New Password
  • Confirm New Password

Correction in GATE Application Form

When you submit your GATE application form, it is verified by the GATE authority to determine whether the form is filled correctly or not. In case any defects are found in the application form of the candidate, he/she is requested to attend the defects marked in the application immediately as those who do not attend the defect are not considered for taking the examination.

Correction Window for GATE 2020 exam application form will open October/ November. The exact dates are not known yet. Candidates must keep a check on the official website

GATE Entrance Exam Syllabus

General Aptitude (GA) is a common section in all GATE exams. This section accounts for 15% weight age.  The questions in GA are basically based on numerical ability and verbal ability. Following are the topics that you need to cover in General Aptitude test.

Verbal AbilityNumerical Ability
English GrammarNumerical computation
Sentence CompletionNumerical Estimation
Verbal AnalogiesNumerical Reasoning
Word GroupsData Interpretation
Critical Reasoning
Verbal Deduction


Apart from GA, the syllabus for each paper has been given below. You can go through the syllabus for the exam you wish to take.












Aerospace Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Flight Mechanics

3.       Space Dynamics

4.       Aerodynamics

5.       Structures

6.       Propulsion











Agricultural Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Farm Machinery

3.       Farm Power

4.       Soil and Water Conservation Engineering

5.       Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

6.       Agricultural Processing Engineering

7.       Dairy  and Food Engineering













Architecture and Planning


1.       Architecture and Design

2.       Buildings Materials, Construction, and Management

3.       Building and Structures

4.       Environmental Planning and Design

5.       Urban Design

6.       Urban Planning and Housing

7.       Panning Techniques and Management

8.       Services, Infrastructure, and Transportation











1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       General Biotechnology

3.       Recombinant DNA Technology

4.       Plant and Animal Biotechnology

5.       Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology











Civil Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Structural Engineering

3.       Geotechnical Engineering

4.       Water Resources Engineering

5.       Environmental Engineering

6.       Transportation Engineering

7.       Geomatics Engineering









Chemical Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Process Calculations and Thermodynamics

3.       Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations

4.       Heat Transfer

5.       Mass Transfer

6.       Chemical Reaction Engineering

7.       Instrumentation and Process  Control

8.       Plant Design and Economics

9.       Chemical Technology














Computer Sc. And Information Technology


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Digital Logic

3.       Computer Organizations and Architecture

4.       Programming and Data Structures

5.       Algorithms

6.       Theory of Computation

7.       Compiler Design

8.       Operating System

9.       Databases

10.   Computer Networks









1.       Physical Chemistry

2.       Inorganic Chemistry

3.       Organic Chemistry











Electronics and Communication Engg.


1.       Engineering and Communications Engineering

2.       Networks, Signals, and Systems

3.       Electronic Devices

4.       Analog Circuits

5.       Digital Circuits

6.       Control Systems

7.       Communications

8.       Electromagnetics













Electrical Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Electric Circuits

3.       Electromagnetic Fields

4.       Signals and Systems

5.       Electrical Machines

6.       Power Systems

7.       Control Systems

8.       Electrical and Electronic Measurements

9.       Analog and Digital Electronics

10.   Power Electronics







Ecology and Evolution


1.       Ecology

2.       Evolution

3.       Mathematics and Quantitative Ecology

4.       Behavioral Ecology







Geology and Geophysics


1.       Part A: Common Section

2.       Part B (Section-1): Geology

3.       Part B (Section-2): Geophysics














Instrumentation Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Electrical Circuits

3.       Signals and Systems

4.       Control Systems

5.       Analog Electronics

6.       Digital Electronics

7.       Measurements

8.       Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation

9.       Communication and Optical Instrumentation

















1.       Calculus

2.       Linear Algebra

3.       Real Analysis

4.       Complex Analysis

5.       Ordinary Differential Equations

6.       Algebra

7.       Functional Analysis

8.       Numerical Analysis

9.       Partial Differential Equations

10.   Topology

11.   Linear Programming









Mechanical Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Applied Mechanics and Design

3.       Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

4.       Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering












Mining Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Mine Development and Surveying

3.       Geomechanics and Ground Control

4.       Mining Methods and Machinery

5.       Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation, and Underground Hazards

6.       Mine Economics, Mine Planning, Systems Engineering









Metallurgical Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       Thermodynamics and rate Processes

3.       Extractive Metallurgy

4.       Physical Metallurgy

5.       Mechanical Metallurgy

6.       Manufacturing Processes





















Petroleum Engineering


1.       Linear Algebra

2.       Calculus

3.       Differential Equations

4.       Complex variables

5.       Probability and Statistics

6.       Numerical Methods

7.       Petroleum Exploration

8.       Oil and Gas Well Drilling Technology

9.       Reservoir Engineering

10.   Petroleum Production Operations

11.   Offshore Drilling and Production Practices

12.   Petroleum Formation Evaluation

13.   Oil and Gas Well testing

14.   Health Safety and Environment in the Petroleum Industry

15.   Enhanced Oil Recovery techniques

16.   Latest Trends in Petroleum Engineering













1.       Mathematical Physics

2.       Classical Mechanics

3.       Electromagnetic Theory

4.       Quantum Mechanics

5.       Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

6.       Atomic and Molecular Physics

7.       Solid State Physics & Electronics

8.       Nuclear and Particle Physics









Production and Industrial Engineering


1.       Engineering Mathematics

2.       General Engineering

3.       Manufacturing Processes I

4.       Manufacturing Processes II

5.       Quality and Reliability

6.       Industrial Engineering

7.       Operations Research and Operations Management












1.       Calculus

2.       Linear Algebra

3.       Probability

4.       Stochastic Processes

5.       Inference

6.       Regression Analysis

7.       Multivariate Analysis

8.       Design of Experiments



















Textile Engineering and Fibre Science


1. Engineering Mathematics

·         Linear Algebra

·         Calculus

·         Vector Calculus

·         Differential Equations

·         Probability and Statistics

·         Numerical Methods


2. Textile Engineering and Fibre Science

·         Section 1: Textile Fibres

·         Section 2: Yarn Manufacture, Yarn Structure, and properties

·         Section 3: Fabric Manufacture, Structure, and Properties

·         Section 4: Textile Testing

·         Section 5: Chemical Processing











Engineering Mathematics


1.       Linear Algebra

2.       Calculus

3.       Vector Calculus

4.       Complex Variables

5.       Ordinary Differential Equations

6.       Partial Differential Equations

7.       Probability and Statistics

8.       Numerical Methods









Fluid Mechanics


1.       Flow and Fluid Properties

2.       Kinematics

3.       Integral Analysis

4.       Differential Analysis

5.       Inviscid Flows

6.       Dimensional Analysis

7.       Internal Flows

8.       Prandtl Boundary Layer Equations













Materials Science


1.       Processing of Materials

2.       Characterisation Techniques

3.       Structure and Imperfections

4.       Thermodynamics and Kinetics

5.       Properties of Materials

6.       Material Types

7.       Environmental Degradation

8.       Elements of Quantum Mechanics and Mathematics









Solid Mechanics


1.       Equivalent Force Systems

2.       Stress and Strains

3.       Axial, Shear and Bending Moment Diagrams

4.       Free Vibration of Single Degree of Freedom Systems











1.       Basic Concepts

2.       First Law of Thermodynamics

3.       Second Law of Thermodynamics

4.       Properties of Pure Substances

5.       Thermodynamic Cycles

6.       Ideal Gas Mixtures











Polymer Science and Engineering


1.       Chemistry of High Polymers

2.       Polymer Characterization

3.       Synthesis and Properties

4.       Polymer Blends and Composites

5.       Polymer Technology

6.       Polymer Rheology

7.       Polymer Processing

8.       Polymer Testing









Food Technology


1.       Food, Chemistry, and Nutrition

2.       Food Microbiology

3.       Food Products Technology

4.       Food Engineering





Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences


1.       Atmospheric Science

2.       Ocean Sciences















1.       Atomic Structure and Periodicity

2.       Structure and Bonding

3.       s, p, and d Block Elements

4.       Chemical Equilibria

5.       Electrochemistry

6.       Reaction Kinetics

7.       Thermodynamics

8.       Structure-Reactivity Correlations and Organic Reaction Mechanisms













1.       Organization of life

2.       Enzyme kinetics including its regulation and inhibition

3.       Biochemical Separation Techniques

4.       Cell Structure and Organelles

5.       DNA Replication, Transcription and Translation

6.       Immune System













1.       Plant Systematics

2.       Plant Anatomy

3.       Morphogenesis & Development

4.       Physiology and Biochemistry

5.       Genetics

6.       Plant Breeding and Genetic Modification

7.       Economic Botany















1.       Historical Perspective

2.       Methods in Microbiology

3.       Microbial Taxonomy and Diversity

4.       Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells: Structure and Function

5.       Microbial Growth

6.       Control of Micro-organisms

7.       Microbial Metabolism

8.       Microbial Diseases and Host-Pathogen Interaction















1.       Animal World

2.       Evolution

3.       Genetics

4.       Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

5.       Cell Biology

6.       Gene Expression in Eukaryotes

7.       Animal Anatomy and Physiology

8.       Parasitology and Immunology

9.       Development Biology

10.   Ecology

11.   Animal Behaviour







Food Technology


1.       Food Chemistry and Nutrition

2.       Food Microbiology

3.       Food Products Technology

4.       Food Engineering



GATE Entrance Exam Pattern

The Gate Entrance Exam is conducted in an online mode. The exam consists of 65 questions of total 100 marks. The questions asked in the exam comprise Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. There are three sections in the exam which are –

  1. General Aptitude
  2. Engineering Mathematics
  3. Subject Specification Section

NOTE: In the case of Engineering Mathematics, Chemistry will be compulsory for Life Science (XL) Paper. Moreover, below you can find the pattern for different Papers. You can refer to the GATE Syllabus table (above) for a paper code reference.

  • For CE, CS, EC, EE and ME Papers: The GATE Examination might be conducted in multiple sessions because of the large number of applicants.
  • For Engineering Sciences (XE) and Life Science (XL) papers, there will be following sections.
    • Engineering Mathematics is the compulsory section for XE Paper
    • Chemistry is the compulsory section for XL Paper

For GATE Exam Pattern (AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE)

  • Questions from Engineering Mathematics are compulsory. They carry 15% of the total Weightage which is 15 Marks.
  • The questions based on the subject of the exam for which the candidate has applied carry 70% of the total weightage which is 70 Marks.
  • The remaining part of GATE Question Paper includes General Aptitude questions (15% of the total Weightage – 15 Marks.

For GATE Exam Pattern – (AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, and XL)

  • The General Aptitude (GA) section comprises 15% of the total Weightage which is15 Marks.
  • The remaining (85%) marks will be based on the subject of the paper (85 Marks).
  • There are no questions included from Engineering Mathematics in these papers.
  • The questions that are NAT-based comprise a value or a real number as their answer.
  • Candidates will need to answer the NAT questions up to the decimals mentioned.
  • Candidates will need to enter the answer for a question using the mouse only. If a candidate will use the keyboard, your answer panel may get locked.
  • There will be no choices given for these types of questions.
  • There will be no negative marking for NAT-based questions.

GATE Entrance Exam Marking Scheme

Gate exam paper includes a total of 65 questions of 100 marks for each of the 23 subjects. Each paper is divided into subsections and according to it, the marking scheme is done.

  • There are 10 questions of total 15 marks covering the General Aptitude section. Five questions are of 2 marks each and other five are of 1 mark each.
  • Engineering Mathematics carries 15% weightage of the total marks for the papers having the paper code as AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and While five questions from Engineering Mathematics are of 2 Marks each, the other 5 are of 1 Mark each.
  • The remaining 70% questions in the exam are based on the subject of the paper. Each paper consists of 25 Questions of 2 Marks each and 20 Questions of 1 Marks each.

NOTE: For the Paper having the paper code as AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, and XL, the General Aptitude section carries 15% weightage of the total marks, the other 85% weightage is covered by the subject of the paper.

GATE Entrance Exam Negative Marking

  • GATE exam doesn’t follow a negative marking scheme in NAT questions
  • 1/3 marks are deducted for each Multiple Choice Question (with 1 Mark weightage) answered incorrectly.
  • 2/3 marks are deducted for each Multiple Choice Questions (with 2 Marks weightage) answered incorrectly.

Exam Pattern for GG, XE, and XL Paper

Although the exam pattern of GG, XE, and XL papers is almost similar to other papers of GATE exams, the question paper of these papers consists of both MCQs and NAT questions.

  • Multiple Choice Questions consist of 4 options out of which one option is the correct answer to the question asked.
  • For Numerical Answer Type questions, there will be no options given in the exam. You will need to enter the answer via the virtual keyboard using Mouse. The answer to NAT questions can be a real number, signed or unsigned number. Some of the examples are 27.09, -27.09, 27, -27 etc.
  • Candidates will need to answer the NAT questions up to the decimals mentioned.
  • The distribution of the questions and marks is provided below:
    • 30 questions for a total of 60 Marks (2 marks for each question).
    • 25 questions for total 25 marks (1 mark for each question)

GATE Entrance Exam Pattern for Geology and Geophysics (GG) Paper

The question paper of Geology and Geophysics (GG) consists of two sections apart from General Aptitude (GA) section. These two sections are – Part A and Part B.

  • Part A of GG exam is common for all candidates as it consists of General Aptitude section.
  • Part B consists of two more sections – Geology (Section 1) and Geo-Physics (Section 2).
  • While candidates will need to attempt given questions in Part A, for Part B, they can choose to answer either Section 1 (Geology) or Section 2 (Geo-Physics).
  • The distribution of the questions and marks is mentioned below:
    • Part A comprises approximately 25 MCQs of 1 Mark each.
    • Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) consists of 30 questions (MCQs) of 2 Marks each.

NOTE: Some questions could be numerical answer type questions.

GATE Entrance Exam Pattern for Engineering Sciences (XE) Paper

These are the sections which are to be answered in GATE XE Paper:

  • Section A: Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)
  • GA – General Aptitude (Common for all candidates)
  • Any of the two XE section from B to G (given in the GATE Exam syllabus table)

NOTE: Candidates need to select two sections from B to G at the time of the examination after seeing the questions. They need to answer questions from any of the two sections.

Marking Scheme for GATE XE Paper

The section comprises of 33 questions of total 50 marks. The Section – A of GATE XE paper (Engineering Mathematics) is compulsory. Section – A comprises of 11 questions of total 15 marks. Some of the questions can be of Numerical Answer Type. Below, you can find the distribution of the questions and marks:

  • 4 questions of 2 Marks each.
  • 7 questions of 8 Marks each.

Each section of the XE paper (from B to G) include 22 questions of total 35 marks. Some of the questions asked in this section can be of Numerical Answer Type. Distribution of the questions and marks are as follows:

  • 13 questions of 2 marks each.
  • 9 questions of 1 mark each.

GATE Entrance Exam Pattern for Life Sciences (XL) Paper

These are the sections that are to be attempted by the candidate for GATE XL paper:

  • Section H – Chemistry (Compulsory)
  • GA – General Aptitude (Compulsory)
  • Any of the two sections from Q to U

NOTE: Candidates can select any of the two sections from Q to U at the time of examination after viewing the questions. They need to answer questions from any two sections.

GATE XL Paper Marking Scheme

This section comprises of total 35 questions of total 55 marks. Section P (Chemistry) of GATE XL paper is compulsory and it contains 15 questions of total 25 marks. Some of the questions asked in this section can be of Numerical Answer Type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks are as follows:

  • 10 questions of 2 Marks each.
  • 5 questions of 1 Mark each.

The other sections of the XL paper (from section Q to U) comprises of 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks. Some of the questions in this section can be of Numerical Answer Type. The distribution of questions and marks is are as follows:

  • 10 questions of 1 Mark each.
  • 10 questions of 2 Marks each.

GATE Entrance Exam Admit Card

GATE 2020 admit card is necessary for a candidate in order to appear for the paper in the exam centre. The GATE 2020 admit card is likely to be released on 3rd January 2020. To know how to download your GATE admit card, follow the instructions provided below.

  1. Go to the official website of GATE 2020 exam.
  2. Next, you will need to click on the link to download the GATE 2020 admit card.
  3. Then, you will need to enter your GATE Enrollment ID and Password in the prompted field.
  4. Click on the Submit button and you will see your GATE 2020 admit card appearing on the screen.
  5. Simply download the admit card and take a print of it to carry it to your exam centre.


  • After downloading the Admit Card, make sure to check all the details mentioned on it.
  • If you find any information to be incorrect on the admit card, get in touch with the authority or get it rectified at the time of counselling and admission process.
  • In case your photograph/signature is a mission, you can carry a photograph (same as you uploaded at the time of filling application) to the exam centre along with an original Photo ID.

Details Mentioned on the GATE Admit Card

Admit card works as an identity proof when appearing for the GATE entrance exam. It contains relevant information about the candidate that helps the authority to verify his/her identity. These are the details you can find on the admit card.

  • Candidate’s Name, Signature, and Photograph.
  • GATE Paper code
  • Exam Date
  • Exam venue
  • Time slot
  • Registration number
  • General instructions for the exam day.

Documents to Carry with GATE Admit Card

Candidates need to carry certain documents along with the admit card to appear for the GATE exam. Failing to carry a valid ID to the exam center may prevent the candidate from taking the exam. List of documents required to be carried to GATE exam centre are:

  • Driving License
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • College ID
  • Employee ID
  • Voter ID
  • Aadhaar card

Biometric Verification Through Admit Card

  • Biometric verification is a process conducted to mark the attendance of a candidate when entering the exam hall.
  • The Biometric procedure includes scanning of retina and thumb.
  • It is necessary for all the candidates to go through this process or else they will not be allowed to take the exam.

GATE Entrance Exam Result (2020)

The GATE exam result for the year 2020 will be announced on 16th March 2020. Candidates appearing for different papers will be able to check their GATE result 2020 through GOAPS. Considering their individual performance, candidates can then apply for admission to the M.Tech programmes at the IITs, NITs, and GFTIs.

While the result will be declared on 16th March 2020, the scorecard will be available from March 20, 2020, till May 31, 2020. It is to be noted that the scorecard is valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of result. And, as many leading PSUs consider GATE score for recruitment purposes, after May 31, 2020, the scorecard can be downloaded with a fee of Rs. 500 till December 31, 2020.

Moreover, only those candidates who would have qualified in the entrance exam will be able to download the scorecard.

Steps to Check GATE Result

  • Go to the official website of GATE.
  • Once you are at the website, click on the GATE 2020 Result link.
  • Next, you will need to enter the GATE Enrollment number or email id, registration ID and DOB.
  • The result tab will appear on the screen. You will need to click on it in order to see your GATE exam result.

NOTE: Remember that the option to print the result will not be provided.

Details Mentioned in GATE Result

You will find the following details in the GATE 2020 result:

  • Candidate’s name
  • GATE Registration Number
  • GATE Examination Paper and Code
  • Marks Scored out of 100.
  • Qualifying Marks for GATE Paper
  • All India Rank (AIR) (only for qualified candidates)

GATE Exam Cut-Off

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is going to release the qualifying cutoff of GATE 2020 along with the result on 16th March 2020. The GATE 2020 cut-off will comprise marks and minimum score required to qualify in the exam. The scorecard of GATE exam will be issued only to those candidates who obtain equal to or more than the GATE cut-off. It should be noted that qualifying GATE cutoff will be subject-specific. It means that cutoffs for different subjects will be different.

Moreover, candidates who qualify for the subject-wise GATE cutoff 2020 can apply for admission to M.Tech at IITs, NITs, and other engineering colleges. However, it is to be noted that the qualifying GATE cut-off published by IIT Delhi may not be the same as the admission cut-off as it is mainly determined by the institutes independently. Below, you can find the official GATE qualifying cut-off for the year 2019.



Paper NamePaper CodeQualifying Marks
1.Aerospace EngineeringAE33.530.222.3
2.Agricultural EngineeringAG28.325.518.9
3.Architecture and PlanningAR4136.927.3
5.Civil EngineeringCE28.225.418.8
6.Chemical EngineeringCH34.831.323.2
7.Computer Science and Information TechnologyCS28.225.418.8
9.Electronics and Communication EngineeringEC26.72417.8
10.Electrical EngineeringEE39.635.626.4
11.Ecology and EvolutionEY37.133.424.7
12.Geology and GeophysicsGG44.540.129.7
13.Instrumentation EngineeringIN31.928.721.3
15.Mechanical EngineeringME34.130.722.7
16.Mining EngineeringMN31.528.421
17.Metallurgical EngineeringMT53.548.135.7
18.Petroleum EngineeringPE49.944.933.3
20.Production and Industrial EngineeringPI32.22921.5
21.Textile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF40.136.126.7
23.Engineering SciencesXE32.529.221.7
24.Life SciencesXL36.73324.5


GATE Counselling Process

Candidates who qualify the examination must know that there is no centralized procedure for counselling process to provided admission. There are different entities conducting the admission process. Different bodies managing admission processes are as follows:

  • COAP (Common Offer Acceptance Portal) will conduct the admission process in IITs.
  • CCMT (Centralized Counselling for M.Tech) will manage the admission process for M.Tech courses offered at IIITs, NITs, GFTIs, and CFTIs.
  • State and private universities follow their own counselling procedure based on the GATE score.
Updated: November 28, 2019 — 5:29 am

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