Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Exam

GATE Examination Pattern

GATE 2020 exam dates will be announced. The exam will be held from 1, 2, 8, and 9 of February 2020 (Tentative). IIT Madras will be the organising institute for the exam in 2020.

GATE 2020 examination will be conducted for 24 papers (subjects). A candidate can appear for only one of the 24 GATE papers. The examination of all the papers will be conducted in an online Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions on a computer screen.

Personal calculators, wristwatches, mobile phones or any other electronic devices are not allowed inside the examination hall. But, a virtual scientific calculator will be available on the computer screen during the examination. So, candidates have to use the same during the examination.

GATE 2020 Exam Duration:

The exam will consist of a single paper of 3 hours duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks.

The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an online computer based test (CBT) mode, where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen.

At the end of the stipulated time (3 hours), the computer will automatically close the screen inhibiting any further action. So, candidates are advised to complete their papers within the given time.


  • A candidate should have to occupy his seat 40 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination. So, candidates can Log In and start reading the instructions 20 minutes before the start of the examination.
  • Candidates will not be permitted to enter the examination hall after 09:30 hours in the forenoon session and after 14:30 hours in the afternoon session. Candidates will not be permitted to leave the examination hall before the end of the examination

GATE 2020 Exam Pattern:

In all papers, there will be a total of 65 questions, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be in General Aptitude.

In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE, Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% weightage out of the total marks, the general aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks will be devoted to the subject of the paper.

In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the general aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks will be devoted to the subject of the paper.

For a wrong answer chosen in an MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1 mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

GATE 2020 Papers:

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Instrumentation Engineering IN
Agricultural Engineering AG Mathematics MA
Architecture and Planning AR Mechanical Engineering ME
Biotechnology BT Mining Engineering MN
Civil Engineering CE Metallurgical Engineering MT
Chemical Engineering CH Petroleum Engineering PE
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Physics PH
Chemistry CY Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Statistics ST
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering and Fibre
Ecology and Evolution EY Engineering Sciences XE
Geology and Geophysics GG Life Sciences XL

Note: CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers: Examination may be conducted in multiple sessions. However, a candidate is allowed to appear in only one specified session.

XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will be comprised of sections listed in the below table:

XE Papers Sections Code XL Papers Sections Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory) P
Any Two Optional Sections Any Two Optional Sections
Fluid Mechanics B Biochemistry Q
Materials Science C Botany R
Solid Mechanics D Microbiology S
Thermodynamics E Zoology T
Polymer Science and Engineering F Food Technology U
Food Technology G    
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences H    
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