When we talk about the toughest exams in India, one can definitely not miss the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, popularly known as the GATE Exam amongst millennials. The craze of this exam is such that many Science & Tech enthusiasts take gap years, leave their existing jobs to hit a high score in the test. One of the primary reasons for the same is the necessity of a good GATE score to further go for a postgraduate or PhD course. Consideration given to GATE scores against the requirement of Engineers at PSUs is yet another reason why lakhs of students prepare for this particular test. The exam is jointly conducted by IITs and IISc on account of the National Coordination Board.  

As per the GATE exam 2020 notification, IIT Delhi is likely to conduct this national level entrance test. In the GATE exam, there are a total of 25 subjects from which students can choose one that suits their academic background. The test would be an online exam spanning over a duration of 3 hours. Based on the performance of candidates, a score is awarded which is valid up to 3 years. If you are a GATE aspirant and want to know the all about it, here is a blog which elucidates the essential information about GATE 2020. 

Events Details 
Exam Name Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 
Exam Date 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th February 2020
Result Date 16th March 2020
Conducting Body IIT Delhi (2020)
Total Subjects 25
Mode of ExamOnline 
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions 
Mode of Registration Online 

Eligibility Criteria

There are certain prerequisites the candidates have to meet before appearing in the GATE exam. If any discrepancy is found in the essential requirements, the official authorities hold the power to cancel the candidature of the applicants. Following are some of them: 

  • Formal schooling of 10+2
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture or Technology
  • Master’s degree in any branch of Science /mathematics/ computer application/ statistics or their equivalent

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GATE Exam Pattern

The GATE exam comprises of 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks that are to be done in a span of 3 hours. Questions can further be bifurcated into two categories – MCQ and Numerical types. MCQs come with four options whereas Numerical questions are to be solved by the candidates. There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions and the students will enter the answer using the virtual keyboard. The table given below can elaborate the exam pattern for GATE exam 2020:

Sections Question Numbers 1 Mark Question  2 Mark Question
General Aptitude 1055
Technical + Engineering Mathematics 552530

GATE Exam Papers

GATE exam comprises of 25 subjects and every student is allowed to choose ONLY ONE subject for the paper in ONE SESSION. If you are planning to appear for the GATE exam, here are the subjects along with their paper codes.

Geology and Geophysics (GG)Life Sciences
Ecology and Evolution Engineering Sciences 
Electrical Engineering Textile Engineering and Fibre Science  
Electronics and Communication Engineering Statistics 
Chemistry Production and Industrial Engineering  
Computer Science and Information Technology  (CS)Physics 
Chemical Engineering (CH) Petroleum Engineering 
Civil Engineering (CE)Metallurgical Engineering 
Biotechnology (BT)Mining Engineering 
Biomedical Engineering  (BM)Mechanical Engineering 
Architecture and Planning (AR)Mathematics 
Agricultural Engineering (AG)Instrumentation Engineering  
Aerospace Engineering (AE)

GATE Exam 2020: Essential Documents 

To get enrolled for the examination, students need to upload their necessary documents along with the online application form. Here are some essential documents required for the GATE exam 2020- 

  • Photograph, Signature, category certificate (SC/ST/PwD) 
  • The students falling under the PwD category must present the complete set of documents necessary for the online application
  • ID Proof- voter ID, Passport, PAN Card, College ID, Employee ID, or Driving License 
  • Candidates have to submit the Degree/ Marksheet/ certificate/ provisional certificate/ professional certificate/ course completion certificate/  membership certificate that has been given by the institution if they have completed their degree program in the year 2019
  • If the students are in the final year and will be completing their program in the coming months of 2020, they have to submit the certificate from the principal/ head of the institution. Along with a marksheet of the latest semester with the university’s stamp 

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Application Process

Students have to fill the application form to as well as attach the above mentioned essential documents with it. However, the application is said to be submitted only after the final payment which can be made through debit card /credit card/ net banking. There is no remuneration for the payment.

  • Login into GOAPS website 
  • Apply for the examination 
  • Upload all the documents like Photograph, signature, ID proof, Category certificate, degree certificate in the appropriate and  prescribed size
  • Thoroughly check and submit your form then pay the online fee through the prescribed methods   
GATE Exam 2020
GATE Exam 2020

GATE Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of the GATE exam is designed by professionals who have intense knowledge & experience in their respective fields. A different syllabus is prescribed for each subject and applicants are advised to prepare accordingly. Given below are important topics of 10 choicest subject choices of GATE aspirants:

Civil Engineering 

Continuity and Differentiability 
Eigenvalues and EigenVectors 
Evaluations of definite and indefinite integrals 
Stokes, Gauss and Green’s Theorems 
Discrete Random Variables


Engineering Mathematics 
Solution of Linear and Non-Linear algebraic equations   
Microbial classification and Diversity 
Cell signalling and signal transduction 
Mendelian inheritance 

Instrumentation Engineering

Mean Value Theorem
Analytic Functions 
Kirchoff’s Laws 
Frequency and Impulse Response 
Characteristics and Application of Diode

Mechanical Engineering 

Free-body diagrams and equilibrium  
Elastics constants 
Strain gauges and rosettes
Shear force and bending moment diagrams 
Thermodynamics and Fluid Dynamics 

Metallurgical Engineering 

Principles and process for the extraction of non-ferrous metals
Ladle metallurgical operations 
Surface Treatment 
Dislocation interactions and reactions 
Griffith Theory 

Textile Engineering and Fibre Science 

Roller and apron drafting principles 
Combining Efficiency 
Yarn clearers and tensioners 
Primary and secondary motions of the loom
Principles of winding processes and machines 

Food Technology

Morphology of Bacteria 
Microbial Growth 
High-pressure homogenization
Mass transfer operations


Generations and utilization 
Characterization of biomolecules by electrophoresis 
Cell structures and organelles 
DNA replication
Transport of minerals and solutes 


Comparative Physiology  
Systematics and Classification of Animals  
Embryonic Development 
Animal Behaviour 
Cellular Differentiation 


Directional Derivatives 
Simple and linear Regression 
Archimedean Property  
Finite-dimensional Vectors 
Probability Inequalities 

NOTE: The syllabus mentioned above is just for indicative purpose. Students are advised to check the entire syllabus on the official website. 

Also Read: GATE syllabus for CSE

GMAT Exam 2020: Score Calculation

To calculate the score of the GATE Exam 2020, students will need a formula prescribed by the official authorities. For the papers having one session candidates will obtain actual marks as their GATE score whereas, for the papers with multiple sessions, normalized marks will be allocated to the students along with the raw marks obtained by students in the exam. Here is the formula given on the official site which would provide you with the appropriate exam score-

  • M= Total marks obtained (either normalize marks or actual marks)
  • Mq= Qualifying marks of the category which candidates belong to
  • Mt= Mean of marks of top 10 or top 0.1% (in multi-session papers all sessions will be included)
  • Sq= 350, scores assigned to Mq 
  • St= 900, score assigned to Mt

Frequently Asked Questions 

Often students get stuck either in the process of filling the examination form or in making the payment for it. If you also feel aligned with these problems, here are some of the common GATE exam FAQs that might be helpful!

Q. Can one Email ID be used in filling more than one application?
No, it is completely forbidden. One email address can be used only once to fill the application form. Students are advised not to attempt doing so.

Q. How do I proceed when there is an electricity cut or interruption in the internet connection while submitting the online application?
You can easily continue filling or submitting your application again. You have to login into the GOAPS website again and can go on with your process.

Q. Is it mandatory to select three examination cities?
Generally, the centre of examination is allocated depending upon the first choice of candidates. But if authorities face a situation of a higher number of enrollments, they have the rights to allocate the centre in any of the optional cities selected by students.

Q. What is to be done when electricity or internet goes off while making the online payment?
Log in again to the GOAPS website and check what is the status of your payment. If the GATE authorities have received your payment, you can proceed further and print the application. If the payment has been made by your bank and it is not received by the authorities,  your money would be credited back to your account with 7-10 working days. You can make the payment again with proper internet connectivity and submit the application again. 

We hope that this blog about the GATE exam has provided you with the essential information of the test. If you want to capture the global exposure and acquire numerous growth opportunities, you should try to attain a degree in  Engineering, Technology or Architecture. Contact us at Leverage Edu and our e will map you with a well-fit course and university!

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