GATE 2020 will be organized by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in online mode tentatively on February 1, 2, 8 and 9. GATE 2020 will be conducted in 24 papers including statistics which was introduced in 2019. The entrance exam is a computer based one held in two sessions per day. Application form of GATE 2020 will be available tentatively from September 1, 2019 while admit card will be released tentatively in December. GATE 2020 scores will be valid for a period of three years from the date of the release of the result which is tentatively March mid week. The GATE 2020 scores will be used for admission purposes in the IITs through the Common Online Admission Portal (COAP) for IITs and CCMT for NITs. Candidates who score equal to or above the qualifying cutoff will be declared as eligible for admissions to M.Tech programmes. The qualifying cutoff for each GATE paper will be different and will be announced in the score card by IIT Delhi.
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national-level post-graduate entrance exam that is jointly conducted by the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore for admission to M.Tech programmes offered by government as well as many private institutes.
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Candidates are urged to ensure they meet the prescribed eligibility criteria of GATE 2020, as otherwise they will not be considered for admission. Some of the important eligibility parameters that candidates are most concerned about are related to academic qualification, age limit, and nationality. Find the answers to these doubts below.
While there is no minimum pass percentage that has been recommended for appearing in GATE 2020 exam, candidates must, however, meet eligibility criteria related to the qualifying exam which has been explained in the table below.
GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020 – Qualifying Exam
Qualification not later than
B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm.
M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)
*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.
Age limit: There is no age limit for appearing in the exam.
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card
The application form of GATE 20120 will be available in online mode from September 1, 2019 tentatively to be filled through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). The last date to submit completed applications without late fee will tentatively be Spetember 30, 2019. Dates for payment with late fee may be announced along with the GATE 2020 notification. The application filling process of GATE 2020 through GOAPS includes steps like registration, filling of essential information like contact, academic and personal details, uploading of photograph, and payment of application fee. When filling the GATE 2020 application form, only genuine and verifiable information should be used.
Steps to fill GATE 2020 application form
Being a national-level exam that is attempted by more than 9 lakh candidates, the level of competition associated with GATE is very high. Also, the exam in itself possesses many tricky questions meaning success hinges on not only how hard the candidate prepares, but also the how of preparation. Here are some preparation tips the candidate can refer to to give edge to their success efforts.
GATE exam pattern 2020 will tell the candidate whether the test will be conducted in online or offline mode, type of questions asked, distribution of questions, number of questions asked, etc. which are essential details for thorough preparation for the test. As per the GATE 2020 exam pattern, all 24 papers for the exam will include a compulsory General Aptitude section carrying 15 marks. The full details of the exam pattern are described in the tables below.
GATE Exam Pattern
GATE 2020 Paper Codes
The exam conducting authorities are expected to release GATE 2020 mock test on October 30 tentatively to help candidates get familiar with the functionalities of the online exam. A simulation of the real exam, some of the key features of the GATE mock test include:
IIT Delhi will issue the admit card of GATE 2020 in online mode tentatively in the first week of January 2020. To download admit cards, candidates need to log-in to the GOAPS portal using their enrolment or email id and password. Discrepancies have to be checked by the candidates and if present they will have to get in touch with exam authorities to get it rectified.
On exam day, candidates need to bring an original and valid photo Identity proof along with the admit card; or else they will not be allowed to take the exam.
How to download GATE 2020 Admit Card
Soon after conclusion of the exam, the answer key of GATE 2020 will be released by various coaching institutes like Made Easy, GATEForum, and Engineers Academy. The GATE 2020 answer keys will be released for all 24 GATE papers and include answers to questions asked for the specific paper. Candidates can compare their answers with those given in GATE 2020 answer keys to calculate the number of correct responses and thereby probable scores; the marking scheme of the exam has to be used for calculating probable scores. IIT Madras will release official GATE answer key 2020 tentatively in the 3rd week of February.
The top coaching institutes will come up with paper-specific GATE paper analysis after conclusion of the the exam. The GATE 2020 paper analysis will include expert analysis of different parameters – like the overall and section-wise difficulty level of the paper, the expected qualifying cutoff for the paper, and whether there were any incorrect questions asked. The GATE paper analysis will therefore help the candidate make a fair assessment of his/her chances of admission.
The candidate may also go through exam analysis of previous years to get insights into the exam, which will be useful for exam preparation.
The exam conducting authority will declare the result of GATE 2020 for all the 24 papers tentatively by March 2020. The result will be available through GOAPS. Candidates can download GATE 2020 result by submitting their enrollment id/ email id, registration number and date of birth. The result includes details like scores and All India Rank of the candidate. It may be noted that the scorecard will be available for download only if the candidate secures scores equal to or more than the qualifying cutoff.
How to download GATE 2020 Result
GATE Score Card 2020
Exam authorities will release the scorecard of GATE 2020 in March after the declaration of the result; the last date to download the scorecard will be May 31. GATE 2019 scorecard will be issued for only those candidates who score equal to or more than the qualifying cutoff. Since the GATE score card will be available for only a limited period of time, candidates must ensure they download it before the last date; otherwise, they won’t be able to download it later on.
What details will be mentioned in GATE Score Card 2020?
The qualifying GATE 2020 cutoff is the minimum marks that a candidate has to score to qualify in the examination. The qualifying cutoff will be subject-specific and will be released alongside the result in March. Please note the qualifying cutoff for GATE 2020 is not the same as the admission cutoff which will be determined by institutes for admission to various M.Tech courses offered by them.Candidates can refer to the past year cutof to understand the scores needed to qualify the exam.
GATE Qualifying Cutoff 2019 (Official)
Computer Science and Information Technology
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
Architecture and Planning
Ecology and Evolution
Geology and Geophysics
Production and Industrial Engineering
Mode of Counselling:
Interestingly, while IIT Delhi is the exam conducting body, it will not conduct any common counselling for GATE 2020. The candidate instead will have to apply separately for admission to M.Tech courses offered by various institutes based on GATE scores and ranks. In case the candidate wants to take admission in an IIT, he/ she will have to register on COAP, and also apply separately to the specific IIT. All offers made by participating institutes will be uploaded in the COAP portal; registered candidates in turn can accept or reject offers on the portal.
For admission to NITs, counselling is commonly done through CCMT.
What is GATE COAP 2020?
The GATE Common Offer Acceptance (COAP) was started in 2017 by the IITs as a common admission platform for making admission offers to candidates. So, while the candidate still needs to apply to an IIT individually for admission, he/she will only know about any offers by registering on the COAP portal. Also, the acceptance or rejection of offers can be made only through COAP.
Admission to IITs is a two-step process:
Register on COAP to view, accept or reject admission offers. Based on the applications received by the IITs, they will make all the offers on COAP portal.
Note: COAP is not an application portal, but instead an admission portal.
Admissions to the postgraduate programmes will be through CCMT which is the Centralized Counselling for M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan admissions at the NITs, and other GFTIs.
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