GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 13 Aug, 2019 12:24 IST

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GATE 2020 Eligibility Criteria

IIT Delhi has set some conditions related to academic qualifications, pass percentage, age limit etc which applicants have to fulfil in order to be eligible for GATE exam. If an applicant fails to meet with any of the given GATE 2020 eligibility conditions then he/she will be not allowed to appear for the exam or admission process. All the applicants are requested to check the GATE 2020 eligibility criteria before submitting the GATE 2020 application form.

GATE is a national-level postgraduate engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to Master of Engineering (M.E) or M.Tech programmes in various NITs, IITs, and other technical institutes. Every year, this entrance examination is organized jointly by the IISc, Bangalore and seven IITs in support of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE. GATE 2020 will be held for 24 papers. Out of these, a candidate can appear only in any one GATE paper. Through this post, aspirants can check the detailed info on GATE Eligibility criteria 2020 like who are eligible for the exam, academic qualification, age criteria, and other details. The detailed eligibility criteria for GATE 2020 examination is elaborated below.

Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2020

The aspirants can check the GATE 2020 eligibility criteria which will mention the age limit, nationality, academic qualifications required from the applicants:


  • Indian national candidates will be eligible for the exam.

  • Candidates belonging to Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) will also be eligible to appear.

Age Limit:

  • There is no minimum or maximum age limit prescribed to appear for the examination.

Academic Details:

  • Only those candidates who have completed/will complete their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or Master’s degree (M.Sc) in any relevant science subject from a recognised University or institution in 2020 will be eligible for GATE 2020.

  • There is no minimum percentage required at the undergraduate level for appearing in GATE 2020.

  • There is no limit on the number of attempts either. Hence, candidates who have appeared for GATE once earlier can appear again.

Qualifying Degree Eligibility for GATE 2020

The qualifying degree eligibility criteria for GATE 2020 entrance examination is given in the table below:

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree/ Examination (Descriptive)

Eligible candidates description

Qualifying Year cannot be later than


5 years Bachelor’s degree in Architecture

Students in final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed

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

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

3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering/ Technology and those who are in the final year of these programmes 

Students in final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed


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-India)

Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses


Int. M.E/ M.Tech (Post B.Sc.)

Post- B.Sc.Integrated Master’s degree programme in Engineering/ Technology (Four year programme)

 pursuing the 2nd/3rd/ 4th year or already passed


B.Sc.(Research)/ B.S

4 years after 10+2 Bachelor's degree in Science or Post Diploma in Science

Students in final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed


M.Sc./ M.A./ MCA or equivalent

Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed


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

Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. programme

Students in final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed


Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)

Integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/ Technology (Five-year programme)

 pursuing the 4th/ 5th year or already passed


Pharm. D. (after 10+2)

6 years program, consisting of internship or residency training (during the sixth year)

pursuing the 4th/ 5th/6th year or already passed


Documents Required in Support of Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2020

The applicants must submit the following documents to support their GATE 2020 eligibility claims:

  • If a candidate has completed one of the qualifying examinations as mentioned- above in the table in 2018 or earlier, then he/she has to be submitted the degree certificate/provisional degree certificate/course completion certificate/membership certificate as issued by the society or institute.

  • If the candidate is expected to complete  one of the qualifying norms in 2020 or later as mentioned in the table above, then he/she had to upload their Provisional Certificate Letter (as issued by the Head of the Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Department) or a copy of marks card for Section A of AMIE, etc.

  • All the documents have to be uploaded only while filling the online application. It does not have to be sent by post.

  • Candidates with backlogs (failed subjects) in any of the subjects in their qualifying examination had to upload a copy of any of the mark sheet of the final year issued from the institute where he/she was studying.

Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Candidates for GATE 2020

GATE 2020 eligibility criteria for foreign students are different from the normal GATE 2020 eligibility criteria. Scroll down to check the eligibility criteria required to be fulfilled by foreign students to appear in GATE 2020:

  • Candidates who are still pursuing or have obtained a degree from countries except India in technology or engineering (at least four years) can apply. Final year candidates can also apply for GATE 2020.

  • Candidates who are pursuing or have obtained a postgraduate degree in any subject related to Science are also eligible to register for GATE 2020.

Important Note: Candidates who are pursuing or have obtained a higher degree other than the courses mentioned above must select the minimum qualifying degree while filling the application form for GATE 2020.


I have passed my B-Tech successfully. I am pursuing M-Tech, can I apply for GATE?

Yes, you can. You need to mention the B.Tech details on your GATE Application Form.

Is the downloaded mark sheet from internet acceptable as an eligibility certificate?

Yes, internet downloaded final year mark sheet of any one semester, which is digitally signed or duly signed with seal by the competent authority (Registrar, Controller of Examination etc.) only, is acceptable.

I have passed in 2018 but I have a backlog. Can I apply for GATE?

Yes, you can. You need to clear the backlog by August 2020 to be able to apply for admissions.

I have passed my degree in 2018. I don't have my Degree certificate but I have Provisional Certificate. Will that be enough?

Yes, you can apply for GATE using any one of the following: Degree certificate / Provisional certificate/Course completion certificate / Professional certificate/Membership certificate issued by the society or institute.

Is there a restriction on the number of attempts in GATE 2020?

No, there is no restriction on the number of attempts.

Is there any age limit criterion defined under GATE eligibility?

No, there is no such criterion defined on age limit.

I have completed my Graduation through Distance Learning. Can I apply for GATE?

Yes, you can. There is no specification about the mode of learning (distance or open university) but the course must be recognised by AICTE for candidates to be eligible for admissions.

I have chosen category as OBC, but there is no option to upload the certificate. What to do?

The OBC Certificate is not required to be uploaded. OBC certificate is required only while taking admission using the GATE score.

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