GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020
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GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020 - The conducting authority announced GATE 2020 eligibility criteria for students along with the information brochure. GATE 2020 eligibility criteria consist of all the important information regarding eligibility such as academic qualifications, the aggregate score, age limit etc. 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. Candidates who met the eligibility conditions were able to appear for GATE exam. Applicants who were unable to meet the eligibility criteria were 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. GATE 2020 was conducted on February 1, 2, 8 and 9.
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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

Release of Response SheetFebruary 12, 2020

Availability of Preliminary Answer Key

February 18, 2020

Challenging of Answer Key

February 19 to 21, 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 also released paper wise eligibility criteria of GATE 2020. All candidates applying for GATE 2020 were required to have completed their Bachelor's degree or must be in the final year of their graduation. Candidates who have completed their Bachelor's degree were required to submit the passing certificate and candidates who are currently in their final year had to submit a certificate from their institute’s principal. The given below table shows paper wise GATE 2020 eligibility criteria.

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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 were required to know that along with the relevant details and application fee, they also had 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 were 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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what marks are needed in gate to get admission in bits pilani?

Koyel Bagchi 18th Feb, 2020


Bitspilani provided the Mtech or Ms courses in various fields. All the admission based on GATE in a way.

Minimum of 60% marks is needed to choose a stream.

Though the cut offs are changed day by day but 60% is needed.

Hope it will help you.

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i got 66 marks in gate 2020. civil engineering... do i have any chance of getting into psus or IITS

Koyel Bagchi 18th Feb, 2020


The cut off marks of GATE for the each trade is more or less change in every year.

Basically it is depend on the number of students allotted in the examination.

With 66 marks you have the chances in IITs. Basically as per the last years result have to do 30.

For more details check the following link

Hope for the best.

Thank you.


how times per year dose GATE exam will conducted

AnkiT KunwaR 18th Feb, 2020
Hello Aspirant,

Graduate Aptitude Test of Engineering (GATE) exam is conducted once in a year.
The application form of GATE 2020 was available in online mode from August 31, 2019 through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) till September 28, 2019.
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sir what are the opportunities that I have if I score 50 marks in gate cse 2020? is there any chance to get a seat in IIT or nit ?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020


see if you get 50 or 50+ marks in gate you have fare chances for nit durgapur, nit sikkim, nit patna, manit bhopal etc. however there is less chances for old iits. every year cutoff score changes and it depends on various factors like number of participants, question difficulty level, seat matrix etc.


I am getting 47.6 marks in CSE gate 2020. Can I get into some NIT, IIIT or IIT. I belong to obc category

Sujatha Venkat 18th Feb, 2020

Hello  Aspirant,

Cut off for cse students in gate is 26.6 in 2019. I have given you previous year cut off. This year might be also around it. For more information you can visit below link in which you will have previous yeat cut offs for top colleges

It is difficult to get a seat with that score. But keep up the spirit  wish you luck.Hope this is useful.

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