GATE 2020 - Result, Scorecard, Counselling (Postponed), and Cutoff

GATE 2020 has been conducted by IIT Delhi this year to offer admission to postgraduate engineering programs in the top-notch colleges like IITs. NITs, and IIITs. The exam was conducted on February 1, 2, 8, and 9, 2020 in online mode. The GATE Result has been already released along with the cut off on March 13, 2020.

Candidates who have been appeared in the exam will be able to download their scorecard by logging into the official website through their application number and Password. Soon after the release of the scorecard, GATE CCMT Counselling had to start but considering the lockdown condition, the same has been postponed till further notice. 

This article is intended to provide you with detailed information about GATE 2020 exam, result, scorecard and other related details.  

Highlights of GATE 2020

Exam Name Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
Conducting Body IIT Delhi
Official Website
Periodicity One in a year
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration  3 Hours
Total Subjects 25
Colleges Accepting GATE Score 1404
Helpline Number 011-26591750, 011-26596137, 011-26591749

GATE 2020 Dates

Events Dates
GATE 2020 Notification Released July 9, 2020
GATE 2020 Registration Started August 31, 2020
GATE 2020 Registration Ended September 28, 2020
Last Dates to Submit the late fee October 5, 2020
GATE 2020 Applicatio9n form Correction Window Open October 15, 2020
GATE 2020 Admit Cards Out January 3, 2020
GATE 2020 Exam Date February 1, 2, 8, 9, 2020
GATE Result Out March 16, 2020
GATE 2020 Scorecard Available March 19, 2020

What is GATE Exam 2020?

GATE is an All-India aptitude test conducted by a committee comprising of faculty members of seven IITs and IISc under the administration of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD). The GATE score of the candidates ensures their admission into the top institutes of the country for postgraduate programs like M.E., M. Tech., M.Sc., Ph.D., and many other courses and their sub-courses. Certain government departments and PSUs also consider the GATE scorecard for hiring their entry-level technical recruits like engineers and architects.

List of GATE Papers and List of Codes

Any registered candidate can appear for any of the 25 papers which include mainstream applied science, subsections of engineering and certain branches of physical and life science. The paper chosen will depend on the course, and the qualifying marks will depend on the rules of the university the candidates prefer. (Biomedical Engineering newly added subject in GATE 2020)

Subject Name Subject Code
Aerospace Engineering (AE)
Agricultural Engineering (AG)
Architecture and Planning (AR)
Biotechnology (BT)
Civil Engineering (CE)
Chemical Engineering (CH)
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
Chemistry (CY)
Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Ecology and Evolution (EY)
Geology and Geophysics (GG)
Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
Mathematics (MA)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Mining Engineering (MN)
Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
Petroleum Engineering (PE)
Physics (PH)
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
Engineering Sciences (XE) Subject Code
Engineering Mathematics (XE-A)
Fluid Mechanics (XE-B)
Materials Science (XE-C)
Solid Mechanics (XE-D)
Thermodynamics (XE-E)
Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F)
Food Technology) (XE-G)
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (XE-H)
Life Sciences (XL) Subject Code
Chemistry (XL-P)
Biochemistry (XL-Q)
Botany (XL-R)
Microbiology (XL-S)
Zoology (XL-T)
Food Technology (XL-U)

Why Attempt GATE? 2020?

Cracking the GATE examination opens up some of the most lucrative options in academics and in the professional career. For the same reason, it is one of the toughest examinations of the country at par with IAS and CAT. Qualifying GATE has a good many beneficial consequences.

  • Admission to top universities - GATE score is taken into account by many top universities of the county as well as some abroad for admission into their PG courses of science and applied science, including all the IITs, NITs, and IISc.
  • Recruitment into PSUs - Many PSUs like IOCL, BHEL, PGCIL, NTPC, and BARC also hire recruits on the basis of their GATE score.
  • Scholarships - Upon securing the qualifying marks for the UGC grant, the candidates are rewarded with a financial scholarship of INR 8000 per month to carry on their higher education.
  • Career in Technical institutions - GATE score is important for jobs like an assistant professor at the IITs, NITs or other reputed technical institutions.
  • Benefit in campus placements - The companies that come for campus interview to the top universities also ask for the GATE score of the candidates. They have a better chance of landing a job with a bigger pay package with a higher GATE score.
  • Opportunities for research - To join the research teams or project groups in organizations like ISRO, DRDO, CSIR etc., GATE qualification is needed.
  • Option for a career in management - Candidates interested in pursuing management after cracking GATE can easily do so with an additional PG diploma in business studies.

Subject Priority for 5 Most Popular Branches

The 5 most popular papers of GATE, where every year the maximum number of candidates take admission to, are

  • Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Engineering
  • Information Technology

To help the candidates understand the priority specializations of these 5 branches, given below is a comprehensive list.

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
VLSI Design Tool Technology
Integrated Electronics & Circuits
Micro Electronics
Microwave Engineering
Communication Engineering
Telecommunication Technology & Management
Optoelectronics & Optical Communication
Digital Signal Processing
Control & Automation
Electrical Engineering
Power Electronics
Machines & Drives
Power Systems
Control & Automation
Digital Signal Processing
Instrumentation Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Design of Mechanical Equipment or Machine Design
Thermal Engineering
Manufacturing Science & Engineering
Production Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Material Science & management
Civil Engineering
Structural Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Construction Engineering & Management
Transportation Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Earthquake Engineering
Water Resources Engineering
Rock Engineering & Underground Structure
Computer Science and Engineering & Information Technology
Computer Science
Information Technology
Information Security
Software Engineering
Distributed Computing
Image Processing
Computer Systems and Hardware
Database and Information Systems
Programming languages
Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
Artificial Intelligence
Advanced Computing

Tips to Prepare for GATE 2020 Exam

Preparing for an examination this tough is not really a piece of cake. There are a number of private institutions who offer continuous classes for pre-test preparations and mock tests. Other than that the candidates can keep in mind the following tips to secure good marks in GATE:

  1. Analysing the syllabus on the GATE website properly and understanding of the topics with more weightage. They have a greater chance of being asked in the finals.
  2. Downloading and solving the question papers of previous years and matching them with the corresponding answer keys.
  3. Candidates must keep in mind the 3 hours allotted time limit and try to practice solving the questions within that when preparing for the exam at home.
  4. Equal importance must be given to both theoretical and numerical questions.
  5. Answering only when the candidate is absolutely sure is the best option because there is negative marking for every wrong answer. For every 1 mark question, 1/3 is deducted and for every 2 marks question, the fraction becomes 2/3.
  6. Though there is no negative marking for numerical questions and only for theoretical MCQs, giving them ample time is suggested.
  7. Consultation with fellow candidates in the group coaching centres will help the candidates to exchange notes and get a collective idea of new methods and strategies to approach the exam.
  8. While studying, following a systematic manner by creating bullet points, flow charts, graphs and figures is important for a clearer
  9. Certain questions are asked which are interlinked or share one or more pieces of information required to solve the problems. Paying more attention to the common links will make it easier.
  10. When a candidate feels like he or she is prepared to take the exam, there are mock tests available on the official GATE website, which they should try to solve over and above their usual practice.

Types of Questions Asked in GATE 2020

GATE examination is based on theoretical multiple-choice questions which have four options each and numerical type questions which need to be solved, and the value of the answer has to be put in place provided for answer sheet. The 65 questions asked are usually made up of the following few genres. Check the GATE previous year question paper here

  1. Based on memory: These questions test the candidate s retention power. They include definitions, facts, theorems, laws, formulae, principles etcetera.
  2. Based on comprehension: These questions check how well does the candidate understand his or her subject by asking them to give answers of rudimentary
  3. Based on analytical powers: These questions, by the very nature of them, test the analytical prowess of the candidates. They are asked to make the candidates draw conclusions and answer from their observations of the study.
  4. Based on the application: This is a direct examination of how well the candidates can apply their acquired knowledge in practical ideas.
  5. Common data-based questions: The common data questions mean multiple questions have been formed out of a single problem, all of which are independent of each other. They are related to same facts and figures, but one can be solved without the help of the other.
  6. Linked questions: The linked questions are interconnected in the sense that the previous question needs to be solved and solved correctly to move on to the next one and get the right answer to it. One could say that these questions are step-like in manner. If any one of them goes wrong, the remaining questions answered after that will all become wrong.

GATE 2020: Eligibility Criteria

There is no age limit for appearing in the GATE examination. However, there most certainly are some academic criteria that need to be fulfilled if a candidate wishes to take the exam. It must be noted that one individual can only apply for one paper among the 23. Know more about GATE Eligibility here

In the table below, the required academic qualifications along with the latest allowed qualifying year is given in detail.

Qualification Required Description about the Qualifying Degree Status of the Degree Year of Passing(not later than)
B.E./B.Tech/B.Pharm 4-years B.Tech (after 10+2) in any stream or 3-years B.Tech lateral entry (after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology). Final year candidates may also apply. Pursuing final year examination or completed 2019
B.Arch 5-years bachelor s degree in Architecture Pursuing final year examination or completed 2019
B.Sc. Research/B.S. 4-years Bachelor s degree in Science (post-diploma or after 10+2) Pursuing final year examination or completed 2019
M. Sc./M.A./MCA orequivalent Master s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or completed 2019
Int. M.E/M.Tech(Post-B.Sc.) 4-years Post-BSc Integrated Master s degree programs in Engineering / Technology Presently in 2nd/3rd/4th year or completed 2019
Int. M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) 5-years Integrated Master s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology Currently in 4th/5th year or completed 2019
Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integratedB. S./M. S. program Pursuing final year examination or completed 2019
Professional Society Examination equivalent to B.Tech/B.E./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 professionalcourses NA

As a footnote for the international applicants, if their qualifying degrees are from colleges or universities from countries other than India, then they must comply with the following rules:

  1. Their bachelor s degree must be in engineering or technology and must be of 4 years at least.
  2. They must have completed or must be in the final year of the degree.
  3. In case they are postgraduate students, the duration must be of 2 years in any stream of science, and the point (b) applies as well.

Even if any candidate has a higher degree than those mentioned in the eligibility criteria table, he or she should only mention the minimum required degree in the application form and not the higher one.

About GATE Online Application and Registration System

The application for GATE can only be done online via the GOAPS portal provided in their official website. Once the candidate has filled out the form, he or she needs to complete the verification process via email or mobile, and then they will be provided with an enrolment ID and password which they will require while accessing the GOAPS portal in future. The candidates must provide a scanned photograph, signature, identity proof and degree certificate along with the application form. The official website has the complete list of necessary documents.

The last step is to make payment for the application via debit card, credit card or net banking.

Category Application Fee
Women Candidates Rs. 750/-
SC/ST/PwD Candidates Rs. 750/-
All Other Candidates Rs. 1500/-
GATE International Candidates US Dollars 50

After the registration is complete, it is preferable if the students take out a printout of the form for future reference.

List of Exam Centres For GATE

Zone No. Zonal GATE Office Tentative List of Examination Cities/Towns*
1 IISc BangaloreBengaluru 560 012Website: Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Ballari (Bellary), Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru, Bidar, Davanagere, Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Kannur, Kasaragod, Kolar, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Manipal, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur, Port Blair, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara
2 IIT BombayPowai, Mumbai 400 076Website: Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Baramati, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Kankavli, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Thane, Vadodara
3 IIT DelhiHauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016Website: Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh-Rohtak, Bikaner, Faridabad, Greater NOIDA, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Palwal, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur, Ujjain
4 IIT GuwahatiGuwahati 781 039Website: Agartala, Asansol-Durgapur, Burdwan, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur
5 IIT KanpurKanpur 208 016Website: Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi
6 IIT KharagpurKharagpur 721 302Website: Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada (Surampalem), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
7 IIT MadrasChennai 600 036Website: Alappuzha, Aluva, Attingal, Bapatla, Chengannur, Chennai, 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 (Pondicherry), Punalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvannamalai, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar, Warangal
8 IIT RoorkeeRoorkee 247 667Website: Ambala, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Bhimtal, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Hamirpur (HP), Jalandhar, Khanna, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, NOIDA, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala, Roorkee, Sangrur, Shimla-Solan, Sonepat, Una, Yamunanagar
9 International GATE,IIT Guwahati Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore

Candidates can choose from any three of the above-mentioned cities as their preferred centres, but the first two must be from the same zone. The third can be from any other zone.

Important Dates for GATE 2020

In the table below, all the important dates related to GATE 2019 are mentioned.

Events Dates (Announced)
Commencement of Online Application Form 3rd September 2019
Last Date of Application Form Submission 24th September 2019
Last Date for correction in Gender, Category & PwD status 15th November 2019
Correction in examination city 15th November 2019
Admit Card Availability 3rd January 2020
GATE 2020 Exam Date 1st, 2nd February & 8th, 9th February 2020 (Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon)(Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM).
Answer Key Released February / March 2020 (Tentative)
Challenges/Contests by Candidates March 2020 (Tentative)
Final answer key release March 2020
Result Declaration 16th March 2020
Downloading of Score Card Begins March to May 2020
Counselling Commence April 2020

GATE 2018 Question Papers

IIT Guwahati released the question papers of this year on February 19. Here are the links to the five most popular branches.

GATE 2020: Exam Pattern

The GATE examination is a computer-based online examination of the duration of 3 hours. The question paper consists of 65 questions of two types- Multiple choice questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT). The candidate is guided to enter the answers to Numerical Answer Type questions by using the mouse on a virtual keyboard while the Multiple Choice Questions require only one correct answer from a set of solutions. Check the GATE Exam Pattern here

GATE exam paper is divided approximately in the following manner

  • 70% for theoretical questions
  • 15% for general aptitude
  • 15% for numerical problems

Use of Virtual Calculator in GATE

In GATE exam electronic devices such as mobile phones, programmable watches, and electronic calculators are not allowed. However, the use of virtual calculators is allowed. It’s a scientific calculator which allows the candidate to perform basic and complex mathematical operations such as square root, cube root, trigonometric, modulus, exponential, logarithmic, hyperbolic functions, etc.

A candidate who’s well-prepared with the virtual calculator should be able to manage his/her time efficiently in the GATE examination and also maintain a sound test-taking strategy.

PSUs Accepting GATE Score

Name of PSU Discipline
DRDO Electronics Engg & Comm. Engg, CS & Engg, Mechanical Engg, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Aerospace Engg, Mathematics, Chemical Engg
THDC Mechanical & Automation Engineering/ Electrical (Power)/ Electrical & Electronics/ Power Systems & High Voltage/Power Civil Engineering
BPCL Mechanical Engineering
Power Grid Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics & Communication
NLC India Ltd Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics & Communication, Civil & Structural, Electronics, Instrumentation & Control, CS, IT, Mining
NTPC Mechanical, Industrial, Production, Thermal, Mechanical & Automation, Power, Electrical, Electrical, Instrumentation & Control, Power System & High Voltage, Power Electronics, Mining, Electronics, Electronics and Telecommunication, Electronics and Power and Instrumentation
Vizag Steel Mechanical, Electrical & Metallurgy Engineering
CEL Electronics & Communication, Electrical, Material Science, Mechanical
MDL Mechanical & Industrial & Production, Production & Management & Industrial, Electrical, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical & Instrumentation
IOCL Chemical, Petrochemical, Civil, CS & IT, Electrical, Electronics & Mechanical Communication, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunications, Instrumentation, Electronics & Instrumentation
SAIL Mechanical, Metallurgy, Electrical, Chemical, Instrumentation & Mining Engg.
BHEL Industrial & Production, Manufacturing (NIFFT Ranchi), Mechanical Production & Tool, Production Technology, Mechatronics, Manufacturing Process and Automation, Power Plant Production, Production and Industrial, Thermal, Manufacturing Technology, Power, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical, Instrumentation & Control, High Voltage Power Systems & High Voltage, Electrical Machine & Power, Power Plant, Energy, Power
GAIL Chemical, Petrochemical, Technology, Mechanical, Production & Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical & Automobile, Electrical & Electronics, Instrumentation & Control, Electronics & Instrumentation, Electrical & Electronics, CS, IT, Electronics & Communication & Telecommunication, Electrical & Telecommunication
HPCL Mechanical, Mechanical & Production, Civil Electrical & Electronics , Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Electronics & Telecommunication, Applied Electronics, Instrumentation, Instrumentation & Control, Electronics & Instrumentation, Instrumentation & Process Control, Chemical, Petrochemical, Petroleum Refining & Petroleum Refining
HAL Mechanical & Industrial, Mechanical & Production, Civil, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical & Instrumentation, Electronics & Communication, Instrumentation & Control, Instrumentation & Electronics, Applied Electronics & Instrumentation, Electronics & Instrumentation and Telecommunication
BEML Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics, Metallurgy
OIL India Mechanical, Geophysics, Geology
BBNL Electrical and Electronics, Electrical, Information Technology, Computer Science, Electronics and Communication
BAARC: OCES, DGFS Mechanical Engineering. Civil Engineering, Electrical Engg. Electronics & Communication Engg, CS, Metallurgical Engg, Chemical Engg, Instrumentation Engg
WBSEDCL Electrical Engg, Electrical & Electronics (Combined), Power Engg, Civil Engg, Construction Engg, IT, CS, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunication, Electronics & Communication
Tata Power Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics, Controls and Instrumentation, Power Engineering
BSNL Telecom, Electronics, Radio, Computer, Electrical, Information Technology, Instrumentation, M.Sc (Electronics) Or (Computer Science)
DRDO To be notified
RCFL Mechanical, Chemical or Electrical & Instrumentation Engineering
RITES Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics & Telecommunications
Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India Computer Science, Electronics and Communications, Electronics, Physics, Chemistry, Telecommunication, Electronics
ONGC Ltd. Mechanical, Petroleum, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Telecom, E&T, PG in Physics with Electronics, Instrumentation, Chemical, Applied Petroleum, PG in Geo-Physics, PG in Mathematics, PG in Petroleum Technology, PG in Chemistry, Auto, Computer, Information Technology, PG in Geology, PG in Petroleum, Geo-Science, PG in Geological Technology, MCA, B Level Diploma as per Dept of Electronics, GO
Haryana Power Utilities Electronics & Communication, Electronics & Telecommunication, Electronics & Electrical, Communication, Civil, Computer Science, Information Technology, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics
PSPCL Electrical
Midhani Mechanical, Electrical, Metallurgy
NFL Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Materials, CS, IT or Civil Engineering
MECL Geophysics, Geology
NHAI Civil Engineering
NPCIL through GATE 2019 Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Chemical, Electronics & Communication, Civil Engineering
DMRC Electrical, Electronics
IRCON Civil, Electrical
BSPCL Electrical & Electronics, Mechanical, Production, Industrial Engg, Production & Industrial Engg, Thermal, Mechanical & Automation, Power Engg, Civil Engg, Electronics & Instrumentation & Control Electronics, Electronics & Tele-communication, Electronics & Power, Power Electronics , Electronics & Communication, CSE, IT
IPR Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engg, Electrical Engg, Electrical & Electronics Engg.
PSTCL Electrical & Electronics, Mechanical, Electronics & Communication, Instrumentation & Control, Civil, Computer Science, IT
NBCC Ltd. Civil Engineering
NHPC Electrical & Electronics,Power Systems & High Voltage, Power Engg, Civil Engg, Mechanical, Production, thermal, Mechanical & Automation Engg, Geology,Applied Geology
KRIBHCO Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Computer, Electronics & Communication and Instrumentation Engineering
Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd (MRVC Ltd) Civil Engineering
GSECL Electrical, Mechanical, C & I, Metallurgy and Environment Engineering
Coal India Ltd Mechanical, Electrical, Mining and Geology
BNPM Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics & Communication and Chemical Engineering
National Textile Corporation Textile Engineering
Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd Civil, EE, ECE
EdCIL India Civil, Electronics & Communication Engineering
KRCL Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engg, Electrical Engg, Electrical & Electronics Engg, Electronics Engg, Electronics & Telecommunication Engg
NALCO Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, Metallurgy, Mining, Chemical , Civil Engg
OPGC Ltd Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, C & I

Syllabus for the GATE Exam

The syllabus given on the GATE website is comprehensive and explains every nodule that needs to be studied for each subject along with the weight that should be given to the topics. A thorough analysis of the syllabus will give the candidates an idea of how to go about the preparations for GATE.

GATE 2020: Results and Scorecards Dates

Events Date
GATE final answer keys  NA
GATE results 16-March-2020
GATE scorecards  NA

GATE 2020: Admit Card

Candidates can download admit cards from the GOAPS portal from January 3, 2020 and make a coloured print out of it. It must be accompanied with an official ID in the examination hall. Passport, Aadhaar card, Voter ID all these are acceptable ID proofs.

GATE 2020: Answer Keys

The GATE 2020 answer keys were released on the third week of February and the final one, after candidate contests, will be released on March.

Here are the links to the final answer keys of the top 5 subjects.

GATE 2020: Counselling

Once the results are out, the top institutes and PSUs will start their counselling procedure based on the merit list. The merit list will be made in accordance with this year s performance and the number of students who have appeared for the examination. However, certain top universities like IITs and the government departments will have their own qualifying cut-off range, which will determine whether a candidate can get through or not.

Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP)

The common offer acceptance portal is mainly for the M.Tech applicants. They can register here, and they will be notified on the COAP account when the counselling or admission procedures start. Some universities will have freedom in conducting the interview or GD to further determine which candidates they will take.

Words of Wisdom from Toppers

The candidates who have previously topped the exam suggest the future candidates to attempt as many mock tests as they can. Other than that, here are a few pointers that the students should keep in mind:

  • It is important to clear the concepts of the course that you are applying to be tested on.
  • Mock tests help you prepare for all possible questions that may be asked in the examination. They also help you access your level of preparation and the competition that you might have to face. Previous year question papers also help because it may happen that the question asked before, appears again with minor changes.
  • It is important to follow a strict timetable, follow up on the schedule of the coaching classes and simultaneously revise the course.
  • While attempting the examination, attempt those questions first which you are familiar with. This will save time for you to attempt difficult questions later.


Q. Can the candidate appear in any paper he/she chooses?

A. Yes, candidates can apply for any of the 23 papers. However, it will be better for them to choose the paper which the institution or line of work they want to pursue requires.

Q. After completing the ONLINE application process and generating a PDF file, will the candidates be able to change the application data?

A. No, they cannot. Once the PDF application form is generated after the payment, the candidates can only download the form and not change any data. So they have to be careful while filling it.

Q. Is admit card sufficient to sit for the exam?

A. No. Candidates must bring the original identity proof whose scanned copy they provided for the application along with a coloured print out of the downloaded admit card. No soft copy of either document will be accepted.

Q. What items are not allowed inside the examination hall?

A. Only admit card, ID proof and pen are allowed inside the hall. If the candidate is found in possession of any electronic devices like mobile phone, calculator or wristwatch, the candidate will be disqualified.

Q. Will scribe be provided for PwD candidates?

A. The facility of the scribe is provided for certain PwD candidates who have physical limitations to write, including that of speed.

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