GATE Eligibility

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GATE Eligibility

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) exam is a standardised computer-based test, conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and various institutes under IITs (Indian Institute of Engineering) on behalf of the National Coordination Board-GATE. It is a national level test which aims to evaluate a student’s understanding of various Engineering and Science subjects. The scores obtained in this exam enable candidates to gain admission into various prestigious PG programs namely Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Technology (MTech) and PhD programs in IITs and IISc. Even Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in the country like HPCL, SAIL, BHEL, BEL, etc. also accept GATE scores. If you are preparing to appear for this exam in the coming year, here is a blog that aims to bring all the details about GATE eligibility and the key essentials you should be aware of.

Important Dates for GATE 2020

Before moving on to the GATE eligibility criteria, let’s first take a look at the key dates and deadlines for the exam in 2020.

Events Important Dates
Announcement of Notifications July, 2019
GATE Registration Aug 31 – Sep 28, 2019
Last date of Submission of Application Form (for registered candidates) Oct 5, 2019
Admit Card Availability Jan 3, 2020
Examination date Feb 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2020
Availability of Answer Key 3rd week of Feb 2020
Declaration of Result March 16, 2020
Release of Scorecard Last week of March to Last week of May 2020

Also Read: GATE Syllabus for CSE

GATE Eligibility Criteria 

To appear in the GATE Exam, the application process can be carried out online. But before getting to the registration process, it is important to ensure that you are fulfilling the GATE eligibility requirements. The following sections explain the prerequisites that have been specified for the test:

General Eligibility Requirements

Given below are the GATE eligibility requirements which every aspirant needs to satisfy before applying for this exam: 

  • The candidates of Indian nationality as well as from other countries other than India are eligible to apply for the GATE exam.
  • There is no age bar or restriction under the specified GATE eligibility.
  • The candidate must have completed graduation in Engineering/Technology or Master’s degree in an equivalent field of science.
  • Those students who are in the final year of graduation (engineering/technology) can also apply for the GATE Exam, but they must have to submit a provisional certificate from their institute’s principal.

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GATE Eligibility Criteria 2020: Paper Wise

Since the GATE exam comprises of different papers for students from varied science backgrounds, the requirements for each paper are distinctive. To help you further in your research, we have elaborated the GATE eligibility prerequisites for different papers below:


The candidate must have completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology or a 3-year BSc/ Diploma in Engineering/Technology along with senior higher secondary education (10+2) or those who are in the final year of these programmes are also allowed under the GATE eligibility criteria. 

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Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)

The aspirant is required to have completed a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree along with senior higher secondary education (10+2) or those who are in the final year of the program can also apply for the GATE exam.


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As per the GATE eligibility requirements, those who have completed a master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent or those who are in the final year of these postgraduate courses can appear in the exam.

Also Read: Master of Computer Application

BSc. Research/ B.S. Students

The candidate ought to have completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree in Science or a postgraduate diploma in Science after concluding their senior higher secondary education (10+2).

Integrated M.Tech./M.E. (Post B.Sc)

The student must have attained a 4-year integrated master’s degree in Engineering/Technology or those appearing in the 2nd/3rd/4th year are also allowed to apply as per the GATE eligibility conditions. 

M.E./M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)

Those who have completed a 5-year Integrated Dual Degree program or Master’s degree program in Engineering /Technology or are currently appearing in the 4th/5th year can register for the exam as specified in the GATE eligibility criteria.

Integrated M.Sc./ Integrated B.S./M.S.

The aspirant must have concluded an Integrated M.Sc. or a 5-year Integrated BSc-MSc program or those who are currently appearing in the final year are also eligible to appear in GATE Exam.

For Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch.)

For this paper, the candidate is required to have completed their degree in B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch. or equivalent examinations from Professional Societies which are acknowledged by UPSC/MHRD/AICTE as per the GATE eligibility.

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Thus, we hope that this blog has assisted you in gaining clarity about GATE eligibility requirements for 2020. If you are preparing for any such competitive exam or planning to pursue a degree in Engineering abroad, sign up for a free 30-minute career counselling session with our experienced counsellors at Leverage Edu and we’ll equip you with the best guidance to help you make an informed decision towards a rewarding career.

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