GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020
Sansar.chhikara, 27 Nov 2019, #GATE
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GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020 - IIT Delhi has closed the application process of GATE 2020. The institute will conduct GATE 2020 on February 1, 2, 8 and 9. According to a new notification, candidates who registered for certification equivalent to B.E./B.Tech from any of the professional societies will also be eligible for GATE 2020. However, this eligibility will be provisional and further subjected to court orders. The conducting authority has announced GATE 2020 eligibility criteria for students along with the information brochure. Students are required to check out the detailed eligibility conditions set up the conducting body. GATE 2020 eligibility criteria consist of all the important information regarding eligibility such as academic qualifications, the aggregate score, age limit etc. Candidates who will meet the eligibility conditions will be able to appear for GATE exam. Applicants who will be unable to meet the eligibility criteria will be disqualified from GATE 2020. Students must also note that these eligibility conditions are just for GATE examination and the eligibility criteria for admissions into M.Tech courses at different IITs will be decided separately. All candidates must carefully go through GATE eligibility criteria 2020.
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GATE 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Important Dates


Important Dates

Release of GATE 2020 Notification

July 9, 2019

GATE 2020 Registration

August 31 to September 28,2019

Final Date for Submission of Application Form (by registered candidates)

October 5, 2019

Availability of Correction Window for minor details

October 15, 2019

Change in exam cityNovember 14, 2019
Change in exam paper, gender and categoryNovember 20, 2019

GATE 2020 Mock Test

November 9, 2019

Availability of Admit Card

January 3, 2020

GATE 2020 Examination

February 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2020

Availability of Answer Key

Third week of February 2020

Challenging of Answer Key

Third week of February 2020

Release of Final Answer Key

Second week of March 2020

Declaration of Result

March 16, 2020

Release of Score Card

Third week of March to Last week of May 2020

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020

Before applying for GATE 2020, candidates were advised to carefully go through below given eligibility conditions. GATE has many papers and eligibility criteria are different for different streams. Given below are the general eligibility conditions of GATE 2020:

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  • Candidates of Indian nationality will be eligible to appear for GATE 2020.

  • Candidates from countries other than India will be also eligible to attempt GATE 2020.

Academic Qualification

  • Candidates must have passed graduation in engineering/technology or Master’s degree in any relevant science subject.

Age Limit

There is no age limit for GATE 2020

GATE 2020 Paper Wise Eligibility Criteria

Apart from the general eligibility criteria of GATE 2020, authorities has also released paper wise eligibility criteria of GATE 2020. All candidates applying for GATE 2020 must have completed their Bachelor's degree or must be in the final year of their graduation. Candidates who have completed their Bachelor's degree are required to submit the passing certificate and candidates who are currently in their final year must submit a certificate from their institute’s principal. The given below table shows paper wise GATE 2020 eligibility criteria.

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree/ Examination (Descriptive)

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

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


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


5 years Bachelor’s degree in Architecture

B.Sc.(Research)/ B.S

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


Post Diploma in Science

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch.)

Students registered in courses equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch from Professional Societies after May 31, 2013 and meets other eligibility criteria are also eligible to apply. There eligibility is subjected to court order as the case is subjudice.

Professional Societies Conducting Examination Equivalent to B.E./B.Tech

S.NoName of the Society/InstituteAbbreviation
1The Institution of Engineers (India)
2The Institution of Civil Engineers
3The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers
4The Aeronautical Society of India
5The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group
6The Indian Institute of MetalsIIM
7The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers

*Candidates who possess certification from any of above mentioned professional societies must ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MHRD/AICTE/UGC/UPSC as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech

GATE 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Documents to be Uploaded

Candidates applying for GATE 2020 must know that along with the relevant details and application fee, they also have to upload some mandatory documents specified by the exam conducting authorities The eligibility criteria certificate had to be uploaded in the application form as applicable and candidates are not required to send it by post or any other medium. Given below are some important points related to eligibility documents to be uploaded by candidates:

  • If the applicants have pursued/pursuing any higher degree mentioned in the table, in that case, the candidate should choose the minimum required qualifying degree at the time of filling the application form.

  • Students who have completed one of the qualifying examinations given in the table in 2019 or earlier, then they are required to submit the degree certificate/provisional degree certificate/course completion certificate/membership certificate as issued by the designated authorities.

  • In case a student is expected to complete the qualifying criteria in 2020 or later as mentioned in the table, then he/she has 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.

  • Candidates with backlogs (failed subjects) in any of the subjects in their qualifying examination have to upload a copy of any of the mark sheet of the final year issued from the institute where he/she was pursuing their qualifying examination. It has to be noted that the internet downloaded mark-sheet will not be accepted under any circumstances.

  • SC/ST category candidates have to upload a valid document proof to avail a concession in the application fee. Certificates issued by authorized officials will only be considered for concession.

  • PwD (Persons with Disabilities) category candidates are required to upload a PwD certificate issued by a recognized authority. Candidates who have at least 40% impairment irrespective of the kind of disability will only be provided concession in the application fee. Candidates are also required to submit the certificate at the allotted institute at the time of admission.

  • Dyslexic candidates will be required to submit a certificate stating the same issued by authorities in order to get the services of a scribe.

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020 for admission in M.Tech courses

Candidates who will qualify the entrance test and fulfil GATE 2020 eligibility criteria will be given admissions in M.Tech courses at different IITs, NITs, IIITs and some CFTIs. There will be no separate counselling process for GATE 2020 and candidates will have to apply separately for different counselling processes. For admission in M.Tech courses in IITs, candidates will have to apply to register through COAP. The counselling process for COAP will be carried out separately. Applicants seeking admissions in NITs, IIITs and some CFTIs, the candidates will have to apply through Centralized Counselling for M.Tech (CCMT).

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020

Question: How many GATE papers can a candidate apply for?


Candidates can apply for only one GATE paper that is appropriate for the discipline of undergraduate engineering course they are appearing for.

Question: Is there any age limit for applying for GATE 2020?


No there is no age limit for applying for GATE 2020.

Question: Is there any eligibility criteria regarding the nationality of a candidate?


No, candidates from India as well as other countries can apply  for GATE 2020

Question: I have passed my final year of engineering in 2019 but I have not got my degree, am I eligible?


Yes, you are eligible to appear for GATE 2020 if you have passed your B.Tech in 2019. Candidates who have not received their degree can upload their final year marksheet (of any one semester).

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GATE ka paper nhi diya hai to mtech me admission mill sakti hai kya

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 6th Dec, 2019

If you don't appear in GATE then you will not get admission in top institutes like IITs but you may get admission in private colleges without GATE.
The are some private institutions that conduct entrance test on their own often called CET and PG entrance test.You can appear in these exams and if you score well you can get admission to M.Tech.

I hope this helps.

i got 55 percentage in btech. can i apply for psu jobs or iit for mtech. I belongs to st category where my gate score is good .

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 6th Dec, 2019

With only 55% in your, it will ve very difficult for you to get a job in good MNCs.I will advise you to go for GATE exam and try to geta good rank and score and once you get in a good college for M.Tech the you will surely get a good placement.

Good Luck

which book use to make easy understanding for mathematics for GATE preparation?

Yavanitha 5th Dec, 2019

Dear pratik,

Engineering mathematics is very much relevant to the GATE exam as the weightage given to this subject has been consistent over these years as compared to other subjects.It's around 15 marks every year and it's easy to score in this compared to other subjects.As GATE Engineering mathematics various for different are some common books mentioned below as you didn't mention your stream:

Higher engineering mathematics-B.S.Grewal

Advance Engineering mathematics-Erwin Kreyszig

GATE engineering mathematics for all streams-Arihant publications

GATE Engineering mathematics-Made easy publications

Good luck!


is sail recruitment notification out through gate 2020 ?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 5th Dec, 2019


No, presently SAIL is recruiting through GATE 2019 which means candidates who have cleared GATE 2019 are only eligible to apply for the SAIL recruitment. The last date for registration is 15th December, 2019. So you need to wait if you are GATE 2020 aspirant. The notification will be released by the officials when they are recruiting through GATE 2020.


possible to get admission in Mtech without gate

Harshita Gupta 5th Dec, 2019
Hey Shubham,
There are a number of institutes offering M.Tech without GATE score. So here is a list of such institutes.
  • UPES University
  • BITS Pilani
  • VIT University
  • VEL tech University
  • PES University
  • ISI
  • IIITM Kerala
  • IIIT Hyderabad
  • SIT Pune
  • Manipal institute of technology
  • Karunya University
  • Jamia Millia Islamia University
These institutes do not require GATE score, but the may conduct their own entrance exam.
The link below will provide information about the dates of entrance exam.
The admission process will be different for each institute, so check the official Websites and stay updated.

Hope this helps!
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