Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering (GATE) is a national level exam conducted for engineering graduates. The seven IITs in the country conduct the GATE Exam. After the examinations are done, the candidates are required to qualify the exam by securing more than the GATE Cut Off

The GATE cut off is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates require to secure to get a chance for securing a seat in IISc, IITs, and NITs, etc. Candidates to complete their postgraduate programs like MS, M.E, M.Tech, Direct Ph.D. need to clear the required cut off, to get selected for GATE Counselling held by these institutes. 

Here, the candidates will get to know the expected GATE 2020 cutoff and GATE previous year cut off. Candidates preparing this year need to know the GATE exam cut off marks to have an idea of the marks and use them in their preparation accordingly.

  • Candidates can check the GATE cut off at the official website of GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).
  • After the result has been declared, cut off is also declared on the same date.
  • After qualifying the GATE cut off, candidates will be selected as per the required cut off by the particular institute for the applied course.
  • Cut-offs are released as per different branches (24 papers) of engineering.
  • Candidates who clear institutes cut off, selected for GATE counseling.
  • The GATE result is valid for three years.
  • The time duration for this exam is 180 minutes(three hours).
  • GATE exam comprises of three papers- Engineering Mathematics, General Aptitude and subjective paper(for the chosen stream).
  • There is a negative marking.
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GATE 2020 Cut Off

GATE cut off will be released with the result. Candidates can download the GATE scorecard on the official website from 20th March. Check out the important dates related to the GATE exam. 

Important Events Tentative Dates
Exam Held On 1, 2, 8, 9 February 2020
Result Released 16th March 2020
GATE Cut off Released 16th march
GATE score Validity 3 Years

Factors Taken into consideration for determining GATE cut-off 

GATE cut off is decided by the participating institutes and the authority, based on some of the below-mentioned factors:

  • As per the difficulty level of the exam conducted
  • Caste basis categorization
  • Total number of the candidates appeared for the exam
  • Total number of the seats available in the participating institutes

How to Check GATE 2020 Cut Off?

  • Go to the official website of IIT Delhi
  • IIT Delhi homepage will appear, click on the link to “Download the cut off marks.”
  • Put the required information, like Password and Roll Number
  • The GATE cut off will appear on the screen 
  • Download and take out the print out of the same

Cut off: Difference between Regulatory Body Cut off and CutOff set by Institutes

GATE cut off is the minimum qualifying marks, but it doesn’t mean that clearing these minimum marks will ensure your admission in those participating institutes. You also need to qualify the cut off released by the participating institutes for the particular stream.

GATE cut off Admission cut off released by the participating institutes
Regulatory body publishes the cut-off. Announced by the Individual Institutes.
Cut off evaluating factors:
Last year cut off. Candidates performance and category.
Cut off evaluating factors:
As per the standards of the institute. Category of the candidates. The number of candidates applied. The number of seats available. 

GATE Previous Year Cutoff

Last year GATE cut off category wise is given below:

Paper Name: as per the chosen stream Cut off: as per caste categorization
SC/PwD/ST General OBC
Statistics 21.7 32.5 29.2
Physics  16.8 25.2 22.7
Mathematics 16.7 25 22.5
Chemistry 21.3 32 28.8
LIfe sciences 24.5 36.7 33
Electrical Engineering 26.4 39.6 35.6
Mechanical Engineering 22.7 34.1 30.7
Electronics and Communication Engineering 17.8 26.7 24
Biotechnology  23.9 35.9 32.3
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science 26.7 40.1 36.1
Architecture and Planning 27.3 41 36.9
Production and Industrial Engineering 21.5 32.2 29
Metallurgical Engineering 35.7 53.5 48.1
Instrumentation Engineering 21.3 31.9 28.7
Ecology and Evolution 24.7 37.1 33.4
Agricultural Engineering 18.9 28.3 25.5
Engineering Sciences 17.8 26.7 24
Chemical Engineering 23.2 34.8 31.3
Petroleum Engineering 33.3 49.9 44.9
Computer Science and Information Technology 19.7 29.5 26.6
Civil Engineering 18.8 28.2 25.4
Mining Engineering 21 31.5 28.4
Geology and Geophysics 29.7 44.5 40.1
Aerospace Engineering 22.3 33.5 30.2
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PSU (Public Sector Undertakings) published GATE cutoff for open category 

After clearing your GATE cut off, candidates are required to clear PSU published cut off. Through this table, you will get an idea about last year's PSU cut off as per the different sections of engineering paper.


Electronics 51.67 74.67 58.33 70.33
Mechanical  39.67 64.67 48 58
Electrical  51.33 73.67 55.67 65

Mechanical 52.87 79.54 60.9 77.32
Civil 53.78 73.49 60.11 66.71
Electrical  41.84 59.1 44.65 53.44
IT N/A 70.67 N/A 66.6
NBCC Civil  45+ 60+ 45+ 45+
MDL Mechanical  - - - -
Electrical  52.87 79.54 60.9 77.32
DMRC Customer Relations Assistant (CRA) 35.25 55.33 45.58 50.17
JE Station Controller/ Train Operator - 46.50 38.25 42.58
JE Electronics 41.67 57.33 45.25 55.50
JE Electrical 48.83 65.17 54.66 60.25

E & TC 54.67 73.05 59.14 69.69
Mechanical 39.67 64.67 48 58
Electrical  51.33 73.67 55.67 53.39
Chemical  32.67 56.67 42 44
Civil  51.38 70.04 54.05 63.04
Instrumentation  21 44.33 30.67 39.33

GATE previous year: Qualifying marks for IITs

You would be asked for GATE counseling if you will clear the required cut off published by these IITs. This table mentioned below shows the last years IITs cut off.

IIT Institutes Name Of The Streams
Computer Science Engineering Civil Engineering Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Chemical Engineering
IIT Gandhinagar N/A 660 640 600 432
IIT Kanpur 732 696 773 810 562
IIT BHU N/A 402 514 514 431
IIT Mandi N/A N/A 660 735 440
IIT Roorkee 61.58 27.49 57.06 70.88 42.13
IIT Bombay 750 500 510 600 600
IIT Delhi 742 700 650 750 567
IIT Hyderabad 728 704 730 713 436

The table mentioned above shows the difference between GATE cut off and IITs published minimum qualifying marks. As per the given data, candidates can evaluate GATE 2020 expected cutoff and know the minimum marks that they need not only to clear GATE score but also to ensure admission in their desired institutions.

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What are the factors affecting GATE 2020 Cut Off?

Factors affecting GATE Cut Off are number of seats available, number of applicants, difficulty level of the exam, and performance of the candidates.

When is the GATE 2020 Exam conducted?

The GATE 2020 Exam is on February 1, 2, 8, & 9, 2020.

When will the GATE Cut Off be announced?

The GATE Cut Off will be announced after the result.

Will the GATE Cut Off be same for all the Institutes?

No, the cut off varies as the cut off depends on number of seats intake and number of applicants.

What is the necessity of GATE Cut Off?

After the release of results, the candidate's merit list will be prepared using their cut off. Hence, based on the cut off, candidates will be called for the counselling.