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About GATE 2020 Exam

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering - GATE is an online national level examination conducted for Mechanical Engineering- ME, Masters in Technology-M.Tech and direct PhD admissions. The exam is jointly conducted by IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee and Indian Institute for Science, Bangalore (IISC Bangalore), on a rotational basis on behalf of the National Coordination Board-NCB, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human resource & Development-MHRD, Government of India.

GATE 2020 will be conducted in 25 papers including the newly added subject, Biomedical Engineering. The entrance exam is a computer based one held in two sessions per day. Application form of GATE 2020 will be available from September 3, 2019 while admit card will be released on January 3, 2020. GATE 2020 scores will be valid for a period of three years from the date of the release of the result. The qualifying cutoff for each GATE paper will be different and will be announced in the score card by IIT Delhi.

Highlights of GATE- 2020

Exam Name

GATE - Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering


Once in a year




180 Minutes

No. of Accepting Colleges


Official Website

Exam Level

National Level Exam



Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi


GATE 2020 Eligibility

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.

Qualifying Degree

Degree / Examination

Eligible Candidates

Year of Qualification

not later than

BE/ BTech/ BPharm

Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology)

Currently in the final year or already completed



Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (5 years course)

Currently in the final year or already completed


BSc (Research)/ BS

Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)

Currently in the 4th year or already completed


MSc/ MA/MCA or equivalent

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

Currently in the final year or already completed


Int ME/ MTech (Post-BSc)

Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/Technology (4 years program)

Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/4th year or already completed


Int ME/ MTech or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2)

Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5 years program)

Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed


Int MSc/ Int BS-MS

Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program

Currently in the final year or already completed


Professional Society Examinations*

(equivalent to BE/BTech/BArch)

B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on)

Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses



Important Dates GATE 2020                      




03 Sep, 2019 - 24 Sep, 2019

(Target 2020) - Application


15 Nov, 2019

(Target 2020) - Others - Last date for requesting change in exam city - Start Date


01 Jun, 2019 - 31 Dec, 2019

(Target 2019) - Others - Score card with fee


03 Jan, 2020

(Target 2020) - Admit Card


01 Feb, 2020 - 02 Feb, 2020

(Target 2020) - Exam


08 Feb, 2020 - 09 Feb, 2020

(Target 2020) - Exam


16 Mar, 2020

(Target 2020)



Application Process

Mode of Application


Mode of Payment

Net Banking, Credit Card, Debit Card

The application form of GATE 20120 will be available in online mode from September 3, 2019 to be filled through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). The last date to submit completed applications without late fee is Spetember 24, 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.


Guidance to fill GATE 2020 application form


To start the application process, the candidate has to first get registered on the GOAPS portal using details like name, valid email id and mobile number. The candidate also has to choose a password for future log-in. Upon successful registration, an enrolment number was generated.

Filling the form

The application form has sections like – personal, academic and contact details, each of which had to be filled. Candidates have to enter the GATE paper they were appearing in and select two GATE exam centres from their zone and one from another zone.

Uploading of photograph

Scanned images of photograph, signature and category certificate (if admission is sought under a particular category) should be uploaded in the prescribed format.

Application fee payment

The application fee varies on the gender and category of the candidate. For example, the application fee for general male candidates is Rs. 1500, while female candidates need to pay only Rs. 750. The application fee could be paid in online mode only via net banking, credit or debit cards.

Application Fees ( Payment Mode will be Online)

General, ST, OBC, SC(PWD)

Male, Female, Transgender  - Rs. 750

General, OBC

Male, Transgender -  Rs. 1500


Male, Transgender -  Rs. 750

General, ST, OBC, SC

Female - Rs. 750



GATE 2020 Contact Information

Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016