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A brief on GATE:

IIT GUWAHATI 2020The response sheets of GATE 2020 has been announced by IIT Guwahati . The answer key and paper analysis of GATE by coaching centers is also available now. IIT Guwahati was held Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in computer based mode at 199 cities across India and 6 cities abroad. The entrance exam was held for 23 papers. GATE is a national level Post Graduate entrance examination for admission to M.E./M.Tech and Ph.D. programmes at IITs, IISc, NITs, GFTIs and other Universities in India. GATE is an examination conducted jointly by the IISc, Bangalore and seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE. A candidate can appear only in any one GATE paper.
The GATE result will be announced on March 17. GATE score card will be available. The score card will be valid for a period of 3 years for M.Tech admissions only from the date of announcement of the GATE result.

GATE 2020 Overview

Specification Overview
Examination Name GATE
Examination Category National level Post Graduate exam
Purpose of the Examination Qualifying test for admission to M.E./ M.Tech/ Ph.D and PSU recruitment
Examination Mode Online
Administered by Jointly by the IISc Bangalore and seven IITs
Score / Grade Validity 3 years
Conducting Institute (GATE ) IIT Guwahati
Frequency of Test Once in a year (Annual)
Number of Papers 23
Number of Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Test Duration 180 minutes
Number of Test Takers Around 9 lakhs
GATE Helpline Number 0361-258-6500

 GATE 2020 Important Dates

GATE 2020 Important Dates
Official website for GATE 2020 live on 04 Jun 2019
Information brochure released on 23 Jul 2019
Application process starts on 03 Sep 2019
Last date to apply 24 Sep 26 28 Sep 2019
Extended date for submitting online application form 01 Oct 05 Oct 2019
Form correction starts for name, Parent name, etc 15 Oct 2019
Registration reopens (for J&K candidates only) 29 Oct – 08 Nov 2019
release of mock test 09 Nov 2019
Corrections starts in exam city, gender, category, etc 13 Nov – 2 Dec 2019
Form correction for exam paper 29 Nov – 2 Dec 2019
Last chance to rectifiy defects 06 Dec 2019 (05:00 PM)
Admit card can be downloaded from 03 Jan 2020
GATE 2020 Exam date 01, 02, 08, 09 Feb 2020
Release of Answer Key 3rd week of Feb 2020
Declaration of Results 16 Mar 2020

GATE 2020 Answer Key

Candidates who have appeared for the GATE exam can now login through GOAPS and check their recorded responses. IIT Guwahati has announced the same on February 14. The answer key of GATE have been announced by leading coaching centres like GateForum, The GATE Academy, ACE Academy and Made Easy after the conclusion of the test on each of the four dates. However, IIT Guwahati will announce the GATE official answer key for all papers soon. Candidates can use the given GATE answer key to crosscheck their answers and calculate their probable scores.

 GATE 2020 Paper Analysis

The paper analysis of GATE will allow candidates to get an idea of the difficulty levels of the test papers, weightage of the questions topic wise, a general idea of the expected cutoffs. After each test paper of GATE is over, most of the leading coaching centres like GateForum, The GATE Academy, Made Easy etc has released the paper analysis giving details of the weightage of topics, difficulty levels and more. The GATE exam analysis can be used by candidates to gauge their performance in the test and check if they will be able to qualify.

GATE Cutoff 2020

Candidates can get an idea of the marks they need to obtain in the exam to qualify in GATE from the tables given below. However, the GATE cutoff scores for PSU recruitment or M.Tech admissions will be dependent on the PSU or the institute to which the candidate is applying to.

Previous Year’s GATE Qualifying Cutoff

Branch 2017 2016
General OBC SC/ST/PH General OBC SC/ST/PH
EC 25 22.5 16.6 25 22.5 16.6
CE 28.7 25.8 19.1 25 22.5 16.6
EE 25.2 25.2 16.7 25.1 22.5 16.7
ME 32.87 29 21 29.6 26.6 19.7
CS & IT 25 22.5 16.6 25 22.5 16.6
IN 34.6 31.1 23 31.6 28.4 21
CH 44.3 39.8 29.5 NA NA NA
BT 38.9 35 25.9 NA NA NA

 GATE 2020 Result

The result of GATE will be announced. Candidates will have to log in to GOAPS by entering their Enrollment ID, Registration Number and Date of Birth to access their GATE 2020 result. The qualifying marks will be displayed in the result along with the score and All India Ranks obtained by the candidate. After the declaration of GATE result, the score card will be available for the candidates who secure marks equal or more than the cutoff marks.

What are the details displayed on GATE 2020 Result?

  • Name of the candidate
  • GATE Registration Number
  • Gender
  • Examination Paper
  • Marks out of hundred
  • All India Rank in this paper
  • Qualifying marks
  • GATE Score

GATE 2020 Score Card

Only candidates who qualify in the exam can download their GATE score card from March . However, after May 31, they can avail the soft copy from IIT Guwahati on payment of an online fee of Rs 500. The marks of the candidates will be normalized as per the papers they are appearing for. The GATE marks will be out of 100 while the score is the normalized one based on the guidelines given.

 GATE 2020 Counselling

There is no counselling for GATE. Candidates will have to separately apply for the M.Tech admissions. Candidates will have to apply to the IITs, register separately through COAP and check their admission letter. NIT admissions are through CCMT while other institutes and state universities have their own admission process.


Starting 2017, IITs have designed a common offer acceptance portal (COAP) to enable candidates to check heir admission letters at one place. All GATE qualified must apply to the IITs of their choice, register through COAP and check the admission offer letters at GATE COAP. They must accept the offer that suits them best and complete the admission formalities at the respective IIT.

GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

Candidates who are preparing for the exam can check the paper pattern of GATE to know the subjects, topics covered, marks distribution, duration of test from the table given below:

  • Mode of Examination: The exam is computer based Test (CBT)
  • Duration of Examination: The exam is of 3 hours duration
  • Number of Papers: There are 23 Papers. The candidates have to appear for the examination as per their selected discipline.
  • Common section: General Aptitude (GA) is a common section in all subjects (papers).
  • New Section: In XE paper, new section (H) – Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has been included from the year 2017 onwards.
  • Number of Questions: The exam consists of 65 questions including 10 questions from General Aptitude.
  • Total Marks: The test will be held for total of 100 Marks.
  • Types of Questions: The exam consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
  • Design of Questions: The questions are designed to test the following abilities: Recall, Comprehension, Application, Analysis and Synthesis
  • Marks Carrying: The questions will have weightage of 1 and 2 marks
  • Negative Marking – Yes, there is negative marking. 1/3 marks to be deducted for incorrect responses in the questions carrying 1 mark. 2/3 marks to be deducted for incorrect responses in the questions carrying a weightage of 2 marks. Therer is no negative marking for NAT questions.
  • Distribution of Questions in All Papers except AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL:Engineering Mathematics – 15% (15 Marks), Technical Questions – 70% (70 Marks), General Aptitude – 15% (15 Marks)
  • Distribution of Questions in Paper AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL: Questions from Subject Concerned – 85% (85 Marks), General Aptitude – 15% (15 Marks)

GATE 2020 Marking Scheme

General Aptitude (GA) Questions: GA section carries a weightage of total 15 marks. 5 questions carry 1 mark each and 5 questions carry 2 marks each.

Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL: These papers contain 25 questions carrying 1 mark each. 30 questions carry 2 marks each.

GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper: The GG paper consists of 2 parts – Part A and Part B.

  • Part A is compulsory for all candidates. Part B consists of 2 sections: Geology (Section 1) and Geophysics (Section 2). Candidates will have to attempt questions from Part A and questions in either Section 1 or Section 2 of Part B.
  • Part A consists of 25 questions and each question carries 1 mark. Both sections (Section 1 and Section 2 ) of Part B consists of 30 questions each carrying 2 marks each.

XE Paper (Engineering Sciences):

  • Engineering Mathematics (Section A) is compulsory for all candidates and contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks. 7 questions carry 1 mark each and 4 questions carry 2 marks each.
  • Any 2 of XE sections from B to H – The section contains 22 questions. 9 questions carry 1 mark each and 13 questions carry 2 marks each.

XL Paper (Life Sciences):

  • Chemistry (Section P) is Compulsory for all candidates and contains 15 questions, carrying a total of 25 marks. 5 questions carry 1 mark each and 10 questions carry 2 marks each.
  • Any two of XL Sections Q to U: The section consists of 22 questions for a total of 35 marks. 9 questions carry 1 mark each and 13 questions carry 2 marks each.


GATE 2020 Mock Test

IIT Guwahati has released the mock test for GATE for all papers on November 23, 2017. The mock test is a simulation of the entrance exam and has the format in an exact manner as the entrance test. Candidates are advised to practice on GATE 2018 mock test to get an idea about the exam pattern and understand the GATE virtual calculator etc.

GATE Admit Card 2020

The admit card of GATE is available for candidates for download from January. GATE admit card is available only online and candidates have to log in through GOAPS using their enrollment number or Email ID and the password. Candidates are advised to download GATE admit card and save it after printing a copy to carry to the exam hall.

The details of the candidate along with the photograph, signature, date as well as the timing of the exam and the exam centre address will be mentioned on the GATE admit card. Candidates are required to bring a printed copy of the admit card of GATEto the test center along with the original photo identification card which was mentioned by them in the application form.

 Permitted Identity Cards:

  • For Indian students are: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, Valid College ID, Employee identification card or Driving License
  • For International students are a valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID

GATE 2020 Exam Centers

A total of 199 exam centers were available across the country. Selection of three exam centers have to be done by the candidates while filling the GATE online application form. The first and second choice should be from the same GATE zone while the third choice can be from any GATE zone. International candidates are able to attempt the examination at 6 international cities. Check out the complete list of GATE 2018 Exam Centers

GATE 2020 Zonal Centers

The IITs and IISc have been segregated as zonal centers for the ease of students. The list and websites of the zonal centers are as follows:

  • Indian Institute of Science Bangalore- Zone 1
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay- Zone 2
  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi- Zone 3
  • Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati- Zone 4
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur- Zone 5
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur- Zone 6
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras- Zone 7
  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee- Zone 8

GATE 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates, who want to apply for GATE, must make sure that they meet all of the following required criteria given below.

  • Indian nationals along with international students from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be eligible to appear for the exam.
  • The candidates should have completed their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Master’s degree in Science in a relevant subject.
  • Final year students can also apply for GATE.
  • There is no age limit for the entrance test.
  • There is also no specified minimum pass percentage (qualifying exam) to apply for GATE.

Educational Qualification: To be eligible for GATE, the candidates should have qualified any one of the following examinations:

  • E./ B.Tech/ B.Pharm
  • Sc. (Research)/ B.S.
  • Arch
  • Sc./ M.A./ MCA or equivalent
  • Professional Society Examination (equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech/ B.Arch)
  • Integrated M.Sc./ Integrated B.S.-M.S.
  • Integrated M.E./ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.)
  • Integrated M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)

GATE 2020 Application Form

The application form for GATE was available online from August 31 to October 9, 2017 only through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). The overall registration was a five-step procedure which has been provided below for the reference of the candidates:

Step 1– Register for GATE 2020 through GOAPS

Step 2– Filling of Online GATE 2020 Application Form

Step 3– Uploading of Required Documents

Step 4– Application Fee Payment

Step 5– Print out of filled GATE Application Form

 Application Fee for GATE 2020

Category Fee
General Rs. 1500
SC/ST/PwD/Female Rs. 750
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu (International) US$ 50
Dubai and Singapore (International) US$ 100

Corrections in GATE 2020 Application Form – Candidates were able to change their examination city selected in the application form of GATE online from November 13 to November 17, 2017. The selected exam centers in the application form of GATE could be changed by the candidates by logging into GOAPS account using their enrollment ID and password and paying a fee of Rs. 400.

Registered candidates were able to change their gender, category and PwD status in their GATE application form till October 28, 2017. To make the changes, the candidates have to log into their GOAPS account and select “Change Personal Data”. The candidates must be very careful while making the changes and verify them before submission. Additional fees were to be paid by the candidates for making the changes.

  • For Gender change from Female to Male/Transgender – Rs. 750 (Not applicable for SC/ST and PwD candidates)
  • For Category change from SC/ST to Gen/OBC – Rs. 750 (Not applicable for Female and PwD candidates)
  • Change in PwD status from PwD to Non-PwD – Rs. 750 (Not applicable for Female and PwD candidates)

The process of application form correction had commenced. If the candidates need to correct any mistakes or wrong information entered, then he/she has to send an email (from their registered email id) with an Enrollment ID along with the document proof to their respective Zonal GATE office. All of the submitted information is not open for correction. The candidates can make minor changes in the following categories:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Name of Parent/Guardian
  • Have you graduated in the above degree (changes in Yes/No)
  • Qualifying Degree and Year of Qualifying Degree

GATE 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: I don’t have my Degree Certificate. What should I upload?

A: You should upload any one of the following documents

  • Degree certificate
  • Provisional certificate
  • Course completion certificate
  • Professional certificate
  • Membership certificate issued by the society or institute

Q: Can I appear in any GATE paper or only the one in which I have done my under graduation?

A: You can apply for any GATE paper. However, that is not an advisable move as you may face problems during admissions or PSU recruitment. What you should do is to check the PSU recruitment details or the M.Tech eligibility of the institute you wish to apply to and then fill the application form accordingly.

Q: Is there any minimum pass percentage (qualifying exam) or age limit for GATE ?

A: No, there is no minimum pass percentage asked for the under graduation/ qualifying exam not is there any age limit.

Q: How many applications can I fill for GATE ?

A: You can fill the application for only one GATE paper.

Q: How will I know if my GATE application is accepted?

A: You have to login through GOAPS and check the status of the application. The status will mention whether it’s under scrutiny, accepted or has defects etc.

Q: I have made some mistakes in the details in my GATE application form. How can I correct the details now?

A: The authorities opens a correction window after the application process is over. Candidates can make corrections to mistakes made in the details. However, they cannot change the mobile number, email ID, GATE exam paper and caste certificate. To do the corrections, you have to write to IIT Guwahati and your GATE zonal center quoting your Enrollment ID along with proof showing the correct information. Candidates will receive an SMS and an Email once this option is enabled by IIT Guwahati

Q: I have paid but the system does not reflect it. What should I do?

A: Make the payment again. Any excess money will be refunded back. However, keep the details of all transactions with you so that you have the record of the payments.

Q: My admit card is unclear. The photograph is blurred. Is it ok to carry it?

A: No. Please write to your zonal centre and send them a copy. They will rectify the problem. You may face problems at the exam centre if you carry an admit card with blurred photograph or unclear print. You may not be allowed into the exam hall.

Q: Can I carry a copy of my Aadhaar Card along with the GATE admit card?

A: No. The original must be carried with your to be verified. Also you must carry the document that you mentioned in your GATE application. If you have mentioned the Aadhaar Card then carry it. If you have mentioned the PAN card and carry the Aadhaar Card, you will not be allowed into the exam hall.

Contact Address

Organizing Chairman, GATE

GATE Office,

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Guwahati-781039, Assam

GATE Official Website – gate.iitg.ac.in

Helpline number – 0361-258-6500

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