GATE 2020- Details you cannot afford to miss

GATE 2020 – Dates, Syllabus, Paper pattern

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE is an exam conducted by IISC and 7 of the IITs for admission of students for masters and direct doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/relevant branches in science and the GATE score is used for the recruitment process of PSU’s. As India is producing many engineers every year so it becomes close to a necessity to pursue higher education for a brighter career. GATE is a very good exam which provides very good opportunities for growth and gives a boost in the career of the engineering students. Let us get into the nitty-gritty of the exam.


This time around exam is scheduled for the dates of February 1, 2, 8 and 9. It will be a Computer Based Test (CBT) conducted by IIT Delhi. Registrations for this exam will start from 3rd September 2019 and the last dance of the registration of the exam would be 24th September 2019. After giving the exam the most awaited event results declaration so the result would be announced on 16th March 2020. The exam fee is Rs.750 and Rs.1500 depending on the category and various quotas. Get these important dates instilled in your veins.


The Gate syllabus is different for different branches, as GATE checks the knowledge of what a student has learnt in the entire engineering course. So one needs to be thorough with whatever is being taught in the classes and frankly speaking ahead of what’s being taught in the classes because GATE asks for something more than the usual. So get yourself prepared accordingly because it won’t be a simple cakewalk for sure. Be thorough with the syllabus and the key is to know the practical aspects of what is being taught in the course. The detailed branch wise syllabus can be downloaded from the official website of GATE as knowing about the exam is equally important as preparing for the exam. Getting to know about the syllabus makes the preparation for the exam an efficient one. Now let’s know about the pattern of the exam.

Exam Pattern

GATE exam’s pattern is such that tests your logical ability and reason as well as theoretical knowledge of what’s being taught in the engineering colleges.

Section Number of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
General Aptitude 5 1 5
5 2 10
Technical+Engineering Mathematics 25 1 25
30 2 60


Technical Section: 70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics: 15 marks

These section questions are asked in two types of question forms:

  1. MCQ’s: One right answer out of four given choices. There is negative marking of 1/3rd of the marks allotted to each MCQ question i.e. 0.33 for 1 mark question and 0.66 for every 2 mark question.
  2. Numerical Type: The Answer is a real number which is to be entered via mouse or virtual keyboard. There is no negative marking for these type of questions.

So this article contained every important information about the GATE 2020 in a concise and hope so clear way. Prepare well for the exam from now onwards and hope to see you in a  renowned college or being a part of a great MNC. All the best for the next part of the journey.

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