GATE: All Details

    Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
    This Examination is based upon a comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science.
  • GATE score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of the announcement of the results.
  • The examination is of 3 hours duration,
  • It contains a total of 65 questions worth a maximum of 100 marks.
  • From 2014 onwards, the examination for all the papers is carried out in an online Computer Based Test (CBT) mode, where the candidates are shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen.
  • The questions comprise both Multiple Choice Questions or MCQs and Numerical Answer Type questions or NATs (the answer is a real number, to be entered via an on-screen keypad and computer mouse).

NOTE: No external calculator is allowed in the examination for calculations. So, students should do sufficient practice of using VIRTUAL CALCULATOR as it is a bit different from normal ones.

    Get PSUs
  • Public Sector Undertakings provide job stability, good package, and lucrative perks.
  • Ex- IOCL, BSNL, NTPC, ONGC, GAIL, ………… and many more
    Mtech, MS and PhD.
  • 1. To avail the financial assistance (scholarship/assistantship), the candidate must first secure the admission to above programs in one of the central Government supported institutes with the help of GATE score.
  • 2. Each program has its own advantage of perks in a different way like house rent, stipend etc.
  • Some universities in GERMANY and SINGAPORE accept admissions to postgraduate courses through GATE score.
  • Through GATE score + Letter from college + SOP
  • Many good core companies of private sector also recruit on the basis of GATE score.
    5. MBA through NITIE Mumbai (for Engineers only)
  • With a monthly stipend of around 12000 INR.
  • Opportunity to get a very lucrative package in the final year (average package: 1500000 LPA).
    6.Fellowship at IIMs
  • With a monthly stipend of 20-30 K per month.
  • 5 years course with very high package jobs at the end.


The Candidate must ensure that He/She meets the following eligibility criteria to take the GATE exam :

  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Architecture (Five years course) and those who are in the final year of such programs
  • Bachelor’s degree holders of Four-year program in Science (B.S.) and those who are in the final year of such programs
  • Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs
  • Holders of Four-year Integrated Master’s degree (Post B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology and those who are in the second or higher year of such programs
  • Holders of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology and those who are in the fourth or higher year of such programs
  • Holders of Five-year integrated M.Sc. or Five-year integrated B.Sc. /M.Sc. degree and those who are in the final year of such programs
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through exams conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE/MHRD as equivalent to BE/B. Tech; those who have completed Section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible

There is no age limit criterion defied by the exam conducting authority to appear in GATE

GATE PaperCodeGATE PaperCode
Aerospace EngineeringAEInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Agricultural EngineeringAGMathematicsMA
Architecture and PlanningARMechanical EngineeringME
Biomedical EngineeringBMMining EngineeringMN
BiotechnologyBTMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Civil EngineeringCEPetroleum EngineeringPE
Chemical EngineeringCHPhysicsPH
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and Communication EngineeringECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
Electrical EngineeringEEEngineering SciencesXE*
Ecology and EvolutionEYLife SciencesXL**
Geology and GeophysicsGG  
*XE Paper SectionsCode**XL Paper SectionCode
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)AChemistry (Compulsory)P
Any two Optional Sections Any Two optional Sections 
Fluid MechanicsBBiochemistryQ
Materials ScienceCBotanyR
Solid MechanicsDMicrobiologyS
Polymer Science and EngineeringFFood TechnologyU
Food TechnologyG  
Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesH  
  • GATE syllabus

GATE 2020 examination was conducted for 25 papers (subjects), as listed above. Generally, the GATE is conducted for these 25 subjects. Candidate can appear for only one of the above 25 GATE papers.

General Aptitude: (Common for all)
Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning, and verbal deduction.
Numerical Ability: Numerical computation, numerical estimation, mathematical reasoning, and data interpretation.

A sample question paper, especially for General Aptitude, is available on GATE official website. (

Mathematic: (Similar for most branches)
Linear Algebra: Matrix algebra; Systems of linear equations; Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors. Calculus: Functions of a single variable; Limit, continuity, and differentiability; Mean value theorems, local maxima and minima, Taylor and Maclaurin series; Evaluation of definite and indefinite integrals, application of definite integral to obtain area and volume; Partial derivatives; Total derivative; Gradient, Divergence and Curl, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line, Surface, and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems. Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE): First order (linear and non-linear) equations; higher order linear equations with constant coefficients; Euler-Cauchy equations; Laplace transform and its application in solving linear ODEs; initial and boundary value problems.
Partial Differential Equation (PDE): Fourier series; separation of variables; solutions of one-dimensional diffusion equation; first and second-order one-dimensional wave equation and two-dimensional Laplace equation.
Probability and Statistics: Definitions of probability and sampling theorems; Conditional probability; Discrete Random variables: Poisson and Binomial distributions; Continuous random variables: normal and exponential distributions; Descriptive statistics – Mean, median, mode and standard deviation; Hypothesis testing.
Numerical Methods: Accuracy and precision; error analysis. Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; Least square approximation, Newton’s and Lagrange polynomials, numerical differentiation, Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule, single and multi-step methods for first-order differential equations.

Branch Specific:

For branch-specific Syllabus visit GATE official website syllabi section: (

  1. The pattern of Question Paper:

GATE paper contains questions of two different types in all the papers

  1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections.
  2. Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: 1/3 (of the mark) is deducted for a wrong answer.
  1. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. For these questions, the answer is a signed real number
  1. There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions.
  • Marks
  • The total number of questions is 65.
  • The grand total of Marks is 100.

Score Distribution

  • For AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE Subject codes
% of Total MarksSection
15Engineering Mathematics
15General Aptitude (GA)
  70AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE (Subject codes)
  • For AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, and XL Subject codes
% of Total MarksSection
15General Aptitude
85AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, and XL (Subject codes)
  • Design of Questions

The questions in a paper are designed to test the following abilities:

  1. Recall: These questions are based on facts, principles, formulae, or laws in the discipline of the course.
  2.  Comprehension: These questions test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of his/her field by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.
  3. Application: These questions test the candidate’s knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.
  4.  Analysis and Synthesis: In these questions, the candidates are presented with data, diagrams, images, etc. that require analysis.
  1. The submission of GATE Application is made ONLINE (through the GOAPS website, e.g., by paying the necessary application fee. Every year GOAPS launches a new site that is provided by GATE authority for the online process.
  2. The photograph, signature, certificate of qualifying degree, category certificate (SC/ST/PwD), and Dyslexia certificate, whichever is applicable, should be uploaded during the online application.
  3. The unique identification number provided on the: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Employee ID, and Driving License should be entered while completing the registration process.
  4. The candidates who do not possess any of these identity cards may procure any one of them before making the application.
  5. The payment of the application fees is made online through electronic payment modes.
  6. The application is accepted only when it’s flawless. Check the Status of the application form: Received, Under scrutiny, Accepted, Defect status, Received, Under scrutiny, Accepted, Defect status, Status after rectification, Rejected with valid reasons.
  7. After proper verification of your application form, the admit card is ready to be downloaded.
  • GATE exam application fee:
CategoriesStandard Fee before the scheduled dateThe fee during the extended date
For Examination Centres in India
Female candidatesRs. 750/- Rs. 1250/-
SC/ST/PwD category candidateRs. 750/- Rs. 1250/-
All other candidatesRs. 1500/- Rs. 2000/-
For Examination Centres in Foreign Countries (All Candidates)
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and KathmanduUS $50US $ 70
Dubai and SingaporeUS $100 US $ 120
  1. Qualifying Cut-off Marks (for GATE 2020)
    S. No.    Paper Name    Paper Code    Qualifying Marks  
   General  OBC (NCL)SC/ST/PwD
1Life Sciences  XL31.728.521.1
2Civil Engineering  CE32.929.621.9
3Electrical Engineering  EE33.430.022.2
4Computer Science and Information TechnologyCS28.525.619.0
5Mechanical Engineering  ME34.030.622.6
6Petroleum Engineering  PE39.835.826.5
7Electronics and Communication Engineering  EC28.825.919.2
8Chemical Engineering  CH35.732.123.8
9Chemistry  CY26.724.017.8
10Biotechnology  BT30.727.620.4
11Engineering Sciences Minor  XE26.023.417.3
12Textile Engineering and Fibre Science  TF37.133.324.7
13Aerospace Engineering  AE27.224.418.1
14Agricultural Engineering  AG26.323.617.5
15Architecture and Planning  AR34.831.323.2
16Ecology and Evolution  EY42.237.928.1
17  GeologyGG38.434.525.6
18Geophysics  GG51.946.734.6
19Instrumentation Engineering  IN34.631.123.0
20Mathematics  MA2522.516.7
21Mining Engineering  MN32.729.421.8
22Metallurgical Engineering  MT49.244.232.8
23Physics  PH37.233.424.8
24Production and Industrial Engineering  PI36.632.924.4
25Statistics  ST2522.516.6
26Biomedical Engineering  BM25.022.516.6
  1. GATE 2020 highest marks Qualifying Cut-off Marks:

S.NoGATE 2020 PaperName of the TopperMarks out of 100
1.Aerospace EngineeringBharath Kumar K81
2.Agricultural EngineeringVikrant Chauhan77
3.Architecture and PlanningKintan Shah72
4.Biomedical EngineeringGanesh Shivajirao Kulkarni41.67
5.BiotechnologyPranav Milind Deo73.67
6.Civil EngineeringAjay Singhal90.77*
7.Civil EngineeringSumit Dewda90.77*
8.Chemical EngineeringSachin Singh Naruka86.67
9.Computer Science and Information TechnologyHitesh Poply91
10.ChemistryKrishan Panja70.33
11.Electronics and Communication EngineeringKalpit Agrawal82
12.Electronics and Communication EngineeringA Pavankumar Reddy82
13.Electrical EngineeringAbhash Rai87.33
14.Ecology and EvolutionSveekruth Sheshagiri Pai84
15.GeologyRohan Nandy82
16.GeophysicsUpendra Kumar Gupta83
17.Instrumentation EngineeringNaraharisetty Sai Sandeep82.33
18.Instrumentation EngineeringKrishna Singh Rajput82.33
19.MathematicsPradeep Singh54.67
20.Mechanical EngineeringVikash Kumar86.88*
21.Mining EngineeringPriyanshu Maheswari73.33
22.Metallurgical EngineeringJaya Gupta83
23.Petroleum EngineeringGaurav Kumar76.67
24.PhysicsHarshita Sharma85.33
25.Production and Industrial EngineeringSuryansh Garg88
26.StatisticsPramit Das64.67
27.Textile Engineering and Fibre SciencePriya Rathore89.33
28.Engineering SciencesDevendra Singh Negi76
29.Life SciencesTamoghna Chowdhury73.33

* Normalized marks


16 Mar ’20GATE 2020 results
19 Feb ’20 -21Feb’20Challenge Answer Key
18 Feb ’20Answer Key Released
8 Feb ’20 -9 Feb ’20GATE 2020 Exam
1 Feb ’20 -2 Feb ’20GATE 2020 Exam
3 Jan ’20GATE 2020 admit card download
15 Nov ’19Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable)
31 Aug ’19 -28 Sep ’19GATE 2020 registrations
31 Aug ’19 -5 Oct ’19Extended GATE 2020 registrations with late fee

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