What is GATE?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India entrance Examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee). It is conducted every year in the month of February.The GATE Score/Rank is mandatory for admission into and/or financial assistance to Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture in IISc, IITs and other prestigious Institutes / Universities in India. The GATE Score is also used by many PSUs for the recruitment of candidates into prestigious jobs with attractive salary packages. Some of the PSUs which use GATE score for providing jobs include BARC, BHEL, IOCL, HPCL, NTPC, Powergrid, NHPC etc.

GATE is an exam that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidate in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The GATE score reflects the relative performance level of the candidate in a particular subject. GATE score is valid for THREE years.

GATE Exam is conducted in 25 subjects shown in the table below:

Exam Paper General
Aerospace Engineering AE
Agricultural Engineering AG
Architecture and Planning AR
Biotechnology BT
Bio-Medical Engineering BM
Civil Engineering CE
Chemical Engineering CH
Computer Science & Information Technology CS
Chemistry CY
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
Electrical Engineering EE
Ecology & Evolution EY
Geology and Geophysics GG
Exam Paper General
Instrumentation Engineering IN
Mathematics MA
Mechanical Engineering ME
Mining Engineering MN
Metallurgical Engineering MT
Petroleum Engineering PE
Physics PH
Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Statistics ST
Textile Engineering & Fiber Science TF
Engineering Sciences XE
Life Sciences XL

GATE 2020 Important Dates:

Important Dates General General
Online Application Opening Date 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 01st 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 03rd January 2020
GATE 2020 Examination
Forenoon: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Tentative)
Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Tentative)
01st Feb 2020
02nd Feb 2020
08th Feb 2020
09th Feb 2020
Announcement of the Results in the Online Application Portal Monday 16th March 2020

Eligibility for GATE 2020

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree /
Description of
Eligible Candidates
Year of
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
(Research)/ B.S
Bachelor’s degree in Science
(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)
Currently in the 4th year
or already completed
Pharm.D (After 10+2)
6 years program, consisting of intership or
residency training during sixth year
Currently in the 4th / 5th / 6th
year already completed
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
Int. M.E./ M.Tech.
Post-B.s.c Integrated Master’s Degree Programs
in Engineering Technology (4 years program)
Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th
Year or already completed
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
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
Professional Society
(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 and so on)
Completed Section A or equivalent
of such professional courses

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

  1. The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
  2. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  3. The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  4. The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  5. The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)
  6. The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  7. The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

However, the candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MHRD/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.

Pattern of Questions:

GATE 2020 would contain questions of two different types in all the papers:
(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to select (mark) the correct answer.
Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

(ii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. For these questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered by the candidate using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). No choices will be shown for these type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 or -10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 (one decimal) or 10.01 (two decimals) or -10.001 (three decimals). These questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the candidates need to present the answer. Also, for some NAT type problems an appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not unduly penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Wherever required and possible, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions

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GATE 2019: Exam Paper and Category wise Qualifying Marks

Exam Paper General OBC SC/ST Topper
Electronics Engineering 26.7 24 17.8 89.00
Electrical Engineering 39.6 35.6 26.4 97.33
Mechanical Engineering 34.1 30.7 22.7 94.75
Civil Engineering 28.2 25.4 18.8 87.72
Computer Science & IT 29.5 26.6 19.7 88.67
Instrumentation Engineering 31.9 28.7 21.3 83.00
Production Engineering 32.2 29 21.5 89.00

Electronics & Communication Engineering

Year General OBC(NCL) SC/ST/PWD All India
1st Rank
2019 26.7 24 17.8 89
2018 25 22.5 16.6 80.67
2017 25 22.5 16.6 83.83
2016 25 22.5 16.6 86.27
2015 25 22.5 16.6 85.02

Electrical Engineering

Year General OBC(NCL) SC/ST/PWD All India
1st Rank
2019 39.6 35.6 26.4 97.33
2018 29.1 26.1 19.4 94.00
2017 25.2 22.5 16.7 81.25
2016 25.1 22.5 16.7 88.39
2015 25 22.5 16.6 75.96

Mechanical Engineering

Year General OBC(NCL) SC/ST/PWD All India
1st Rank
2019 34.1 30.7 22.7 94.75
2018 34.7 31.2 23.1 96.83
2017 32.7 29.4 21.8 94.85
2016 26.6 29.6 19.7 94.66
2015 32.73 29.46 21.82 98.33

Civil Engineering

Year General OBC(NCL) SC/ST/PWD ALL India
1st Rank
2019 28.2 25.4 18.8 87.72
2018 26.9 24.2 17.9 91.29
2017 28.7 25.8 19.1 92.94
2016 25 22.5 16.6 87.86
2015 25 22.5 16.67 91.04

Computer Scinece & IT

Year General OBC(NCL) SC/ST/PWD All India
1st Rank
2019 29.5 26.6 19.7 88.67
2018 25 22.5 16.6 83.33
2017 25 22.5 16.6 86.38
2016 25 22.5 16.6 85.95
2015 25 22.5 16.6 85.85

Instrumentation Engineering

Year General OBC(NCL) SC/ST/PWD All India
1st Rank
2019 31.9 28.7 21.3 83.00
2018 37.1 33.3 24.7 92.67
2017 34.6 31.1 23 89.68
2016 25.45 22.9 16.96 84.67
2015 32.73 29.46 21.82 83.67

Production Engineering

Year General OBC(NCL) SC/ST/PWD ALL India
1st Rank
2019 32.2 29 21.5 89.00
2018 32 28.8 21.3 88.00
2017 33.1 29.7 22.0 80.02
2016 26.4 23.7 17.5 78.67
2015 26.82 24.14 17.88 60.33

To get detailed insights into how to prepare for GATE exam click on the video link given below

GATE Preperation Strategy