GATE 2020: Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Application Form, Eligibility

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2020 (GATE 2020) is one of the premier exams conducted in order to shortlist the candidates from M.Tech admission. Many government and private organizations also consider this exam for the recruitment of engineers. GATE 2020 exam will be conducted jointly by IISc Bangalore and 7 IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Roorkee, and Madras).

The application form for GATE 2020 will be available in the month of September 2019 and mode of application will be online. In this post, we will provide all the necessary details regarding the GATE 2020 exam such as Important Dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus etc.

GATE 2020 Important Dates

The tentative schedule for GATE 2020 is given below. The exact dates will be updated in this post after the release of official notification.

Important EventsTentative Dates
Starting of online application form submission1st week of September 2019
Last date to submit application form1st week of October 2019
Last date to request for change in examination city3rd week of November 2019
Availability of Admit card1st week of January 2020
Date of GATE 2020 exam1st and 2nd week of February 2020
Declaration of Result3rd week of March 2020

GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

The details about GATE 2020 exam are as follows:

  • Number of Papers: 23 (different for every discipline)
  • Mode of Exam: Online
  • Type of Questions: Objective type multiple choice Questions and Numericals
  • Number of Questions: 65
  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Marks per Questions: Some question will carry 1 marks while some questions will be carrying 2 marks
  • Negative Marking: 1/3rd mark will be deducted for 1 mark questions and 2/3rd marks will be deducted for 2 mark question. There will be no negative marking for numerical ability type questions.
  • Duration of Exam: 3 Hours

The subjects and distribution of marks will depend upon the paper you will attempt in the GATE 2020 exam. However, the basic exam pattern that is common for many papers are given below:

For paper codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XF

Subject Percentage of Total Marks
Engineering Mathematics15%
General Aptitude15 %
Main Subject of the Paper70 %

For paper codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, and XL.

Subject Percentage of Total Marks
General Aptitude15%
Main Subject of the Paper85 %

GATE Syllabus 2020

As mentioned earlier there are 23 different papers to be held in the GATE 2020 exam. The syllabus will be different for each paper. However, the General Aptitude section will be common in all the papers. The syllabus for General Aptitude is given below, for rest of the subjects you need to study as per your qualifying exam.

Syllabus for General Aptitude (GA)

Verbal Ability: Sentence completion, English grammar, Verbal analogies, instructions, word groups, verbal deduction and critical reasoning

Numerical Ability: Numerical estimation, Numerical computation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation

How to prepare for GATE 2020?

There is ample time left in this exam for the candidates to prepare. Here are some tips that candidates may follow in order to clear the GATE 2020 exam.

  1. Make short notes including all the formulas and important topics, this will help you revise the subjects quickly.
  2. Don’t just focus on the main subject papers; the general aptitude section is equally important.
  3. Increase your speed with regular practice it is important that you should be able to go through all the questions in the exam.
  4. Solve mock test paper and analyze your mistake & try not to repeat them.
  5. Stay confident and healthy; make sure you sleep well and eat healthy during the course of your preparation.

Recommended Books for GATE 2020

Here are some books that are recommended for GATE 2020 preparation

  • GATE Previous Year solutions by Made Easy
  • BS Grewal for Mathematics
  • RS Agarwal for general aptitude
  • Your Qualifying degree’s text books.

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020

The general eligibility criteria for GATE 2020 are given below:


  • All Indian candidates along with the candidates from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri lanka, Ethiopia, Singapore and UAE are eligible to apply for GATE.

Educational Qualification            

  • The candidates must be in final year or must have passed Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology.
  • The applicants with master degree in science with relevant subjects can also apply

Age Limit

  • There is no age limit for GATE 2020 exam.

GATE Application Form 2020

The application form for GATE 2020 will be made available via online mode (through GOAPS website) only. The candidates will be required to provide all the necessary educational, personal and contact details in the application form. The scanned copies signature, photograph, category certificate, certificate of qualifying exam will required to be uploaded in the application form.

It will be mandatory for every candidate to enter the number of any of the following ID proofs: PAN card, Passport, Aadhar, Voter ID, Employee ID, College ID and driving license.

Application Fee

The application form will not be considered complete without paying the application fee. The application fees for GATE 2020 are as follows:

For Exam Center in India

  • SC/ ST/ PwD/ Female Candidates: Rs. 750/-
  • All other categories: Rs. 1500/-

For Exam center in (Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu): US $ 50

For Exam center in Dubai or Singapore: US $ 100

Mode of Payment

  • The application fee will be paid online by using credit/ debit card or by Net banking.

GATE 2020 Admit Card

The admit card for GATE 2020 exam needs to be downloaded from the GOAPS website only. The authorities will not send admit card by post or by email. The candidates have to carry the print out of downloaded admit card along with one photo identity proof at the exam center. The one photo identity proof should also be in original, photocopies will not be accepted.

GATE Result 2020

It is expected that the result of GATE 2020 will be declared in the 3rd week of March 2020. The candidates have to check the result from the official website only. The GATE score will remain valid for 3 years from the date of its announcement. Soon after the announcement of result, the qualified candidates will be able to download their GATE 2020 scorecards.  There is no provision for the issuance of a hard copy of GATE 2020 scorecard.


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