All About GATE

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE Exam. The operations related to GATE in 8 zones all over India are managed by a Zonal GATE Office at IISc. or IITs. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2016 was IISc Bangalore, for GATE 2018 was IIT Guwahati, for GATE 2019 was IIT Madras & for GATE 2020 is IIT Delhi.

Highlights of GATE 2020 are:

  • Examinations for all papers would be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). The online exam will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Questions where answers are to be keyed in by the candidates using virtual keypad
  • GATE 2020 examinations are to be held on February 1-2, 2020 & February 8-9, 2020 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
  • For GATE 2020 the entire process of filling up application form, uploading of certificates/documents etc. is online and the candidates need not send any hard copy of their application form/documents, etc. to any of the IIT/IISc zonal GATE office
  • The payment of application fees is online through different modes like net banking or e-challan
  • Candidates have to download their admit cards from GATE 2020 website
  • GATE 2020 score is valid for 3 yrs from the date of Result Announcement
  • GATE 2020 will be conducted for 25 subjects.
  • Concession on application fees if the candidates apply On or Before 24th Sept. 2019
  • The GATE examination centres are spread in different cities across India, as well as, in six cities outside India.

Important Dates for GATE 2020

Activity Day Date
GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website) Tuesday 24th September 2019
Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website) Tuesday 1st October 2019
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable) Friday 15th November 2019
Admit Card will be available in the Online Application Portal (for printing) Friday 3rd January 2020
GATE 2020 Examination Forenoon: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Tentative)Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Tentative) SaturdaySundaySaturdaySunday 1st February 2020
2nd February 2020
8th February 2020
9th February 2020
Announcement of the Results in the Online Application Portal Monday 16th March 2020

Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2020 (No Age Limit)

Candidates with any of the following qualification are eligible to appear in GATE Exam.

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination Description of Eligible Candidates Year 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 2020
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (5 years course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2020
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 2020
Pharm. D. (after 10+2) Degree holders of 6 years program, consisting of internship or residency or training during sixth year Currently in the 4th/5th/6th year or already completed 2022
M.B.B.S. Degree holders of M.B.B.S. and those who are in the 7 th /8 th /9 th semester of such programme. 7 th , 8 th , 9 th or already completed 2020
M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or already completed 2020
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 completed 2022
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 completed 2021
Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed 2020

* Some of these Professional Societies / Institutions, which conduct examination in various fields of engineering, are as follows.

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

How to Apply for GATE 2020

All candidates have to apply ONLINE through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Details of the non-refundable application fee are shown in table below -

For Examination Centres in India On or Before 24th Sept. 2019 During the Extended Period
Women candidates / SC / ST / PwD category candidates INR 750/- INR 1250/-
All other candidates INR 1500/- INR 2000/-
GATE International Candidates - Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka & Kathmandu US Dollars 50 US Dollars 70
Dubai & Singapore US Dollars 100 US Dollars 120

Source: GATE 2020 Official Website

For GATE 2020, payments would have to be made through online by using net banking or e-challan facilities. Additional charges will be applicable as per the rule of the bank from where the money is being transferred. This charge will be specified on the payment portal.

GATE Score Card

After the declaration of the results, candidates can download their GATE 2020 Score Card for the paper (for which he/she has taken the examination). The score cards will be issued for only those candidates whose marks are equal to or above the qualifying marks of SC/ST/PwD candidates in that paper. The GATE 2020 score cards can be downloaded after 16th March 2020 and for that the candidate should access the zonal websites from where he/she has taken the GATE 2020 examination.

The GATE 2020 Committee has the authority to decide the qualifying mark/score for each GATE paper. In case any claim or dispute arises in respect of GATE 2020, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Allahabad and Allahabad alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.

Calculation of GATE 2020 Score

Calculation of Normalized Marks for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers

In 2018, examination for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers is being held in multi-sessions. Hence, for these papers, a suitable normalization is applied to take into account any variation in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions. The normalization is done based on the fundamental assumption that "in all multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions". This assumption is justified since the number of candidates appearing in multi-session papers in GATE 2020 is large and the procedure of allocation of session to candidates is random. Further it is also ensured that for the same multi-session paper, the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude.

Based on the above, and considering various normalization methods, the committee arrived at the following formula for calculating the normalized marks, for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers.

Normalized Mark of jth candidate in ith session M^ij is given by:


  • Mij is the actual marks obtained by the candidate in the session
  • Mgt is the average marks of the top 0.1% of the candidates considering all sessions
  • Mgq is the sum of mean and standard deviation marks of the candidates in the paper considering all sessions
  • Mti is the average marks of the top 0.1% of the candidates in theithsession
  • Miq is the sum of the mean marks and standard deviation of theithsession

After the evaluation of the answers, normalized marks based on the above formula will be calculated corresponding to the raw marks obtained by a candidate for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers and the GATE 2019 Score will be calculated based on the normalized marks. For all other papers, actual marks obtained will be used for calculating the GATE 2019 Score.

Calculation of GATE Score for all papers

GATE 2020 score will be calculated using the formula;

After the declaration of the results, GATE Score Cards will be downloadable to (a) All SC/ST/PwD candidates whose marks are greater than or equal to the qualifying mark of SC/ST/PwD candidates in their respective papers, and (b) All other candidates whose marks are greater than or equal to the qualifying mark of OBC (NCL) candidates in their respective papers. There is no provision for the issue of additional GATE Score Cards.

Source: GATE 2020 Official Website

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