GATE Exam 2020

Sakunth Kumar Updated On: 06 Feb, 2020 13:51 IST

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About Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

GATE 2020 exam is being conducted on February 01, 02, 08 & 09, 2020, and the candidates can check the paper wise exam analysis along with answer key and question paper here. The GATE admit card for 2020 was released on 03 January 2020. The admit card or hall ticket for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2020 has been released by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at its official website


The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national-level examination, which is conducted for candidates seeking admission in Post Graduate Programmes (M.E., M.Tech, MS, Direct PhD) offered at institutes of national importance, including IITs and IISc, etc. with financial assistance from MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development). The GATE scores are also used by various PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) to recruit candidates for prestigious jobs. A total of 24 papers are conducted as part of GATE examination. Candidates can apply for only one of the papers based on the discipline of their qualifying degree or their admission plan. While applying for the paper of their choice, candidates must also keep in mind the eligibility criteria set by the institutions where they wish to get admission.

The GATE 2020 examination schedule has been released and is given in the table below:

Session No. Test Paper Code Date & Day Time 

 IN, ME1, MT, PE, PH

1st February 2020 9:30 am - 12.30 pm

 CY, ME2, PI

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm


2nd February 2020 9:30 am - 12.30 pm


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm


8th February 2020 9:30 am - 12.30 pm


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm


9th February 2020 9:30 am - 12.30 pm


14.30 pm - 5:30 pm

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GATE 2020 Important Dates



Commencement of GATE 2020 Registration through GOAPS

31st August 2019 

Last Date of GATE 2020 Online Application Submission without late fee

28th September 2019 (Dates Extended)

Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application

01st October 2019

GATE 2020 Application Form Correction 

15th October 2019

Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City

15th November 2019

GATE 2020 Admit Card Download

03rd January 2020 onwards (Released)

GATE 2020 Date of Examination

1st February 2020
2nd February 2020
8th February 2020
9th February 2020

GATE 2020 Declaration of Result

16th March 2020

GATE 2020 Counselling Process- Important Dates


Important Dates (Tentative)

GATE 2020

1st February 2020
2nd February 2020
8th February 2020
9th February 2020

IITs M.Tech Admission through GATE 2020

In the month of February 2020

GATE 2020 Result

16 March 2020

CCMT 2020

Second week to Last week of April 2020

COAP 2020

March 2020

All About Gate

GATE, which is also known as Graduate Admission Test in Engineering is conducted to assess and analyse the comprehensive understanding of the aspirants in various undergraduate subjects like Architecture, Technology and Engineering and also some post-graduate level subjects in Science. IISc Bangalore and seven IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Guwahati, Madras, Kharagpur and  Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board conduct the GATE 2020 exam.

GATE 2020 will be conducted for 25 subjects, and the official GATE exam dates 2020 are 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th of February. GATE exam takes place across various centres/ cities in India, and the same will be conducted in six overseas or abroad centres. GATE is a Computer-Based Test.

Qualifying GATE is mandatory in order to get admission or vail financial assistance to pursue a Master’s programme and direct Doctoral programme. Recently quite a number of Public Sector Undertakings have been accepting GATE score for their recruitment process. 

The GATE score would reflect the relative performance level and capability to pursue a particular subject. The GATE 2020 score will be valid for three years which means this score will be considered by the institutes for up to 3 years from the date of examination. 

GATE 2020 Zones

As mentioned above the GATE 2020 will be held across the entire country and also in some cities outside India. Here is the list which shows the GATE 2020 zones for the applicants to choose. 

Zone 1- IISc Bangalore

Zone 2- IIT Delhi

Zone 3- IIT Bombay

Zone 4- IIT Guwahati

Zone 5- IIT Kharagpur

Zone 6- IIT Kanpur

Zone 7- IIT Roorkee

Zone 8- IIT Madras

Assistantship/ Scholarship for Post Graduate Programme

This particular facility is provided for the candidates wishes to avail financial assistance. In order to avail this opportunity, the candidates will have to secure their admission in one of the Central Government colleges. Almost 70% of the weightage is given to the GATE score and the remaining depends on the candidate’s performance in the interview and other rounds. 

The Assistantship /Scholarship is provided by the MHRD ministry so the candidates can avail this assistance following the guidelines given by the MHRD ministry. All the institutes would specify the number of candidates they are willing to take accordingly the candidates can secure their admission. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

GATE Score Used for PSU Recruitment

The Public Sector Undertakings use the GATE score to shortlist the candidates for Recruitment. Some of the organisations which accept the GATE score is GAIL, BHEL, IOCL, HALNTPC etc. Through this GATE score, candidates would get employed in a Group A level post under the Central Government. The details about the GATE score being used for recruitment is published in National Newspaper, Rozgar Samachar, Employment news etc.

Highlights of GATE 2020

  • Here are the highlights of GATE 2020 which all the applicants of GATE 2020 must know. 

  • The GATE 2020 will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. 

  • Gate 2020 will be conducted for 25 science subjects/papers.

  • The GAT 2020 for 25 subjects will be held online that is the GATE 2020 is a Computer Based Test. 

  • An applicant of GATE 2020 can appear for only one paper/subject in GATE 2020.

  • GATE 2020 will be held in the forenoon or afternoon. Sessions on 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th of February 2020. 

  • A new subject named “BIO Medical Engineering” will be included in the GATE 2020.  

  • Some of the papers in papers in GATE 2020 are held in multiple sessions but one candidate would be allowed to appear for only one session. 

  • Candidates will have to register and apply online through GATE Online Application Processing System i.e GOAPS. The submission of application will also be online, candidates must note that no hardcopy should be sent to the exam authority.

  • Random Biometric test might be done of some selected candidates. 

  • The decision of GATE 2020 becomes the final decision for all candidates. 

  • The GATE application fee can be paid only through online methods, there is no offline method.

  • The GATE 2020 admit card will be available at the GOAPS website. No printed admit card or hard copy of the admit card will be sent to the candidates. 

  • Candidates must look for the exam date, time and venue in the GATE 2020 admit card

  • Any changes in the exam centre or date or time will not be entertained by the exam conducting body once the admit card is provided for the candidate. 

  • No Calculator, watch or wristwatch or mobile phone will be allowed within the examination centre. Availability of these items with the candidates might disqualify the candidature of the candidate.

Advantages of Appearing in GATE?

The biggest question that the students might have in their mind is what are the advantages of appearing in GATE. There are many advantages of appearing in GATE for the students but the major advantages that such students will have are:

  • They can pursue Post Graduation degree in the course they desire as GATE scores are also accepted by the top technology and science Institutes for M.Tech admissions

  • The students can get into the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) on the basis of their GATE rank

  • Top GATE rank holders are offered scholarships in the M.Tech colleges

Who are More Likely to Qualify for GATE?

An old Dutch proverb says- With Hardwork, you can get the fire out of a stone which implies there is nothing in this Universe which can stop the students to crack GATE if they have put in the right amount of effort. Yet, there are certain types of students who are more likely to qualify GATE are:

  • Those who love doing research

  • Those aspiring to pursue higher studies in Science and Engineering in India

  • Those who possess sound technical skills

  • Those who aspire to study in IITs 

  • Those who dream about indulging in development and research programmes

What if Not GATE?

One of the toughest and highly competitive exams in India, GATE receives lakhs of applicants every year out of which only a handful are selected. So what happens to those who are unable to qualify GATE? Do they have any other alternatives? 

The answer to the questions posed above is “Yes”. There are several other entrance exams conducted all over India for M.Tech aspirants who missed the chance of qualifying for GATE by a whisker. Here is a list of other M.Tech entrance exams other than GATE:

  • Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET), Karnataka

  • Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)

  • BITS Higher Degree Entrance Exam (BITS HD)

  • SRM Graduate Engineering Entrance Test (SRMGEET)

  • VIT Master Engineering Entrance Exam (VIT MEE)

  • Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET)

  • Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MUOET)

  • JIIT Post Graduate Entrance Test (JIIT PGET)

The names of the well known postgraduate entrance tests have been given above. There are several other entrance tests conducted for offering admission into postgraduate courses in science and technology where GATE scores do not matter.

Stages Involved in GATE Exam

The GATE qualifying entrance test can be segregated into the following stages:

  1. GATE Online Application Process (GOAPS)

  2. Availability of GATE admit card

  3. GATE entrance exam

  4. Result declaration of GATE

  5. Beginning of the GATE counselling process

  6. Regular classes commence

GATE 2020 Exam Centers

Following is the tentative list of cities/towns where the aspirants of GATE 2020 are expected to take the examination. As per the latest update, the exam centre city correction facility has been opened for candidates. The facility will be open until November 2019. Visit the 'How to Apply' section of GATE 2020 to know the procedure.

Examination Cities/Towns
Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Ballari (Bellary), Kolar, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South, Bidar, PortBlair, Davanagere, Hassan, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Kannur, Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara, Kasaragod, Manipal, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur
Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Rajkot, Thane, Vadodara, Solapur, Surat, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Baramati, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Kankavli, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded
Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur-Chittorgarh, Ujjain, Rohtak,  Mathura, New Delhi, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Faridabad-Palwal, Greater NOIDA, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu
Agartala, Arrah, Asansol-Durgapur, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur, Bokaro Steel City, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Burdwan, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal
Agra, Aligarh, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal
Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Vizianagaram, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Sambalpur, Srikakulam, Tadepalligudem, Jamshedpur, Kakinada (AP), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Alappuzha, Aluva, Attingal, Bapatla – Chirala, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Kodad, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Madurai, Chengannur, Chennai South, Chennai West, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode-Thiruchengode, Gudur, Virudhunagar, Warangal, Muvattupuzha, Namakkal, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Pala, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Punalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Vellore, Villupuram, Nedumangad, Nellore, Ongole
Ambala, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Moradabad, NOIDA, Panipat, Chandigarh, Patiala, Roorkee, Sangrur, Shimla, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani-Bhimtal, Hamirpur (HP), Jalandhar, Kurukshetra, Solan, Sonepat, Una, Yamunanagar, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali, Pathankot
Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Dubai (UAE)

Important Dates

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GATE 2020 Important Events Dates
Registration Date 31 Aug to 28 Sep, 2019
Admit Card Date 03 Jan, 2020
Exam Date 01 Feb to 09 Feb, 2020
Declaration of Result Date 16 Mar, 2020
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