GATE is an online national level examination conducted for Master of Engineering (ME), Masters in Technology (MTech) and direct PhD admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other institutes/universities across India. 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 – GATE), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource & Development (MHRD), Government of India. 

GATE 2020

  • GATE 2020 will have 25 papers with Biotechnology as the new entrant 
  • GATE 2019 included Statistics (ST) as the new entrant

GATE 2020 Exam Dates

GATE 2020 exam dates were announced by IIT Delhi on July 9 and have extended the last date for the application form twice on September 24 and September 26, 2019. Take a look at GATE exam calendar below: 

GATE Dates Event Salient Features
January 3, 2020 GATE admit card download to begin Download the admit card from GATE official website. It is an essential document and will be required until the admission process
February 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2020 GATE exam day The exam will be conducted in morning and afternoon slots
March 16, 2020 GATE result announcement Download GATE scorecard from its official website
July 9, 2019 GATE notification released IIT Delhi to conduct GATE 2020 Exam
August 31, 2019 GATE registration started Registration to be done online only. No change in the Registration fee. Rs 500 additional fees to be paid by candidates who missed the deadline.
September 28, 2019 GATE registration ended Extended from September 24
October 5, 2019 Last date to register with late fee Candidates could register for the GATE 2020 by paying Rs 500 in addition to the application fee.
October 15, 2019 GATE correction window opened Candidates can correct their details and change their image/signature. An additional fee will be applicable
November 20, 2019 GATE correction window opened for specific sections Candidates can correct details like exam city, paper, category, and gender in the submitted application form

GATE 2020 Highlights

Exam Name Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 3 hours
Test Takers Approx 10 Lakh
Accepting Colleges 1403 colleges
Official Website

Colleges Accepting GATE 2020 Score

The GATE score is accepted by various engineering colleges across India. Take a look at the list of some of the colleges accepting GATE scores for admission to the postgraduate engineering programs: 

IIT, Delhi
IIT, Bombay
IIT, Guwahati, Assam
IIT-(BHU), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
IIT, Kanpur
IIT, Madras
IIT, Mandi
IIT, Patna
IIT, Roorkee
IIT, Ropar
IIT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
IIT, Gandhinagar, Gujrat
IIT, Kharagpur

Important FAQs regarding GATE 2020

Q. For how many papers, a candidate can apply in GATE 2020?

A. A candidate can apply for only ONE (1) of the 25 papers listed in the GATE 2020 Information Brochure or GATE website. A candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. However, a candidate is free to choose any other paper according to his/her admission plan.

Q. Is a candidate allowed to change his/her GATE Examination Paper after submission of the application?

A. YES. A request for the change of GATE Examination Paper will be entertained against payment. A specific date for the same will be notified.

Q. Is a candidate allowed to change his/her GATE Examination City after submission of the application?

A. YES, but only after the last date for submission of application, a request for the change of examination city will be entertained against payment. A specific date for the same will be notified.

Q. Is a candidate allowed to change his/her category after submission of the application?

A. YES, the category change request will be entertained only till November 15, 2019. 

Q. Will a candidate be provided with white paper for rough work and calculations during the examination?

A. A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work which must be returned after the examination.

Q. Will I be allowed to leave the examination hall during the examination?

A. NO. Candidates will NOT be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the examination.

Q. What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue?

A. Only Admit Card, Identification Card, and a pen are permitted to be taken inside the examination hall. Check GATE 2020 admit card page at for documents required to appear in the exam. 

Q. Can I use a physical calculator during the examination?

A. NO. During the online GATE 2020 examination, all candidates will be provided with a virtual scientific calculator to answer the questions

Q. How would I be able to use a virtual calculator in GATE 2020 as never used it before?

A. You need to practice using the virtual calculator by taking the GATE 2020 mock test.

Q. Is there any age limit for applying for GATE 2020?

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

Q. Are there any eligibility criteria regarding the nationality of a candidate?

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

Q. Is a candidate who has passed BTech in 2019 with a backlog eligible for GATE 2020?

A. Yes, but such candidates need to clear the backlog before the GATE 2020 counseling starts.

Q. Will I be allotted the GATE exam center only from my provided choices?

A. Exam authority will try its best to allot you the exam center of your choice. you will be allotted a center other than your choice only in case of non-availability.

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