Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) examination is conducted all over India primarily to test the comprehensive understanding of the undergraduates. It provides admission to the graduates into the post-graduation courses. GATE is conducted jointly by the IISc Bangalore and seven IITs. GATE 2020 is conducted by the IIT Delhi. The admit card for the entrance examination has been released. The enrolled candidates may download the admit card by visiting the official site. 

  • Over 500 institutes including the eminent institutes such as IISc, IITs, and NITs require the GATE score for admission into MS, ME, and M.Tech programs.
  • The GATE score reflects the relative performance of the students.
  • Apart from admission, GATE scores are used by PSUs for jobs in government organizations.
  • The GATE score holds a lot of importance. In fact, besides the Indian universities, some of the Non-Indian universities such as Singapore University, German University also take the GATE score into consideration to admit the aspiring candidates into the post-graduation programs at their university. 
  • GATE Online Examination tentative dates are 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th February 2020. 
  • Admit cards for the GATE Examination has been released on the official website.
  • The GATE qualified students are eligible to get a stipend of Rs. 12400 per month on M.Tech admission. 
  • The GATE score is valid for 3 years.
  • To score well enough in this examination the students are required to go through the syllabus and cover the entire topics thoroughly. 
  • The GATE score is also used by Management institutes like NITIE, Mumbai offer admission to the post-graduate diploma in Industrial Engineering.
  • The paper has 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions containing 15 marks will be based on General Aptitude (GA).
  • The GATE score intends to test the Language and Analytical skills as well.
  • The examination is of 3 hours
  • The test is conducted online at the allotted examination center. The examination centers allotted is mentioned in the admit card.
  • Since the number of registrations for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering is considerably large, so just these two fields’ examination will be held in two sessions.

GATE 2020 Highlights

Examination  Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
Conducted by IIT Delhi
Administered by  Jointly by the IISc and Seven IITs
Application mode Online
Duration  3 hours
Frequency of Examination Annual
Number of tests takers 8,58,030
Validity 3 years
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The key to ace this examination is to go through the GATE previous year papers to be aware of the type of questions asked. Before you jump into the preparation plan and start going through your lessons, the experts suggest solving the previous year’s question. You may get an idea about the types of questions asked from the following sample of questions. 

GATE Previous Year Question Papers

Paper Code 2018
Aerospace Engineering (AE) Click here
Agricultural Engineering (AG) Click here
Architecture and Planning (AR) Click here
Biotechnology (BT) Click here
Civil Engineering (CE) Click here (CE-1)
Click here (CE-2)
Chemical Engineering (CH) Click here
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) Click here
Chemistry (CY) Click here
Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) Click here
Electrical Engineering (EE) Click here
Ecology and Evolution (EY) Click here
Geology and Geophysics (GG) Click here
Instrumentation Engineering (IN) Click here
Mathematics (MA) Click here
Mechanical Engineering (ME) Click here
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Mining Engineering (MN) Click here
Metallurgical Engineering (MT) Click here
Petroleum Engineering (PE) Click here
Physics (PH) Click here
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI) Click here
Statistics (ST) Click here
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF) Click here
Engineering Sciences (XE-A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H) Click here
Life Sciences (XL-P, Q, R, S, T, U) Click here

GATE Previous Year Papers CSE

A sample of GATE previous year papers CSE are given below : 

General Aptitude(GA)- It carries 1 mark 

Q1. The expenditure on a certain project________________ as follows: equipment Rs. 20 Lakhs, salaries Rs. 12 lakhs, and contingency Rs. 3 lakhs.

Ans. breaks down

Q2. The search engine’s model of business ________ around the fulcrum of trust

Ans. revolves

Q3. A court is to judge as ____________ is to a teacher

Ans. a school

General Aptitude (GA)-2 mark questions 

Q1. The police have arrested four criminals - P, Q, R, and S. The criminals knew each other. They made the following statements:

P says “Q committed the crime.”

Q says “S committed the crime.” R says “I did not do it.”

While S says “What Q said about me is false.”

Assume that only one of the arrested four committed the crime and only one of the statements made above is true. Who committed the crime.

Ans. R

CSE questions

Q1. A certain processor using a fully associative cache of size 16kB. The cache block size is 16 bytes. Assume that the main memory is byte-addressable and uses a 32-bit address. How many bits are required for Tag and Index fields in the addresses generated by the processor?

Ans. 28 bits and 0 bits

Q2. Which one of the following derivation is used by LR parsers?

Ans. Rightmost in reverse

Q3. Consider Z=X-Y, where X, Y and Z are all in sign-magnitude form. Here, X and Y are each represented in n bits. To avoid overflow, the representation of Z will require a minimum of:

Ans. n+1 bits

GATE Previous Year Papers ECE 

The GATE previous year paper consists of General aptitude questions and questions relevant to the field in which the graduate students have been seeking admission.

General Aptitude

Q1. When he didn’t come home, she ___________ him lying dead on the roadside somewhere.

Ans. pictured

Q2. The boat arrived_________ dawn

An. at

Questions relevant to the ECE graduates

Q1. Which one of the following is analytic over the entire complex plane?

Ans. cos(z)

Q2. A linear Hamming code is used to map 4-bit messages to 7-bit codewords. The encoder mapping is linear. If the message 0001 is mapped to the codeword 0000111, and the message 0011 is mapped to the codeword 1100110, then the message 0010 is mapped to

Ans. 1100001

GATE Previous Year Papers EEE 

The students can easily download the GATE previous year paper PDF and the mock test for the practice purpose.

General Aptitude

Q1. I am not sure whether the bus that has been booked will be able to _________ all the students.

Ans. accommodate

Q2. The passengers have been angry _________ the airline staff about the day.

Ans. with

Q3. Newspapers are a considerate and constant source of delight and recreation for me. The ___________ trouble is that I have read ________ many of them.

Ans. only, too

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Questions relevant to EEE

Q1. A six-pulse thyristor bridge rectifier is connected to a balanced three-phase, 50 Hz AC source. Assuming that the DC output current of the rectifier is constant, the lowest harmonic component in the AC input current is 

Ans. 250 Hz

Q2. The equivalent circuit parameter of a 3-phase induction motor which is affected by reducing the RMS value of the supply voltage at the rated frequency is 

Ans. magnetizing reactance

GATE Previous Year Papers Civil Engineering 

The GATE previous year papers have a common General aptitude section along with the questions relevant to the field. 

General Aptitude

Q1. They have effectively come a long way in _____________ trust among all the users

Ans. creating

Q2. The CEO’s decision to quit was not only shocking to the Board but also to_________.

Ans. me

Q3. A square has sides 5cm smaller in comparison to the sides of a second square. Area of the bigger square is 4 times the area of the smaller one. The side of the bigger square is __ cm.

Ans. 10

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Questions relevant to CE

Q1. An element which is subjected to biaxial normal tensile strains of 0.0030 & 0.0020. In the plane of maximum shear strain, the normal strain is.

Ans. 0.0025

Q2. Let us assume that there is no possibility of shear buckling in the web, the maximum reduction permitted by IS 800-2007 in the low-shear design bending strength of a semi-compact steel section due to high shear is 

Ans. zero

GATE Previous Year Papers Mechanical 

The GATE previous year papers for Mechanical Engineering consists of a general aptitude section, which would comprise of 10 questions while the rest of the 55 questions will be based on the questions relevant to Mechanical.

General Aptitude

Q1. John Thomas, an______________ writer has passed away in 2018.

Ans. eminent

Q2. The sum and the product of two integers are 26 and 165 respectively. The difference between these two integers is________.

Ans. 4

Q3. The minister avoided mentioning the issue of women’s reservation in the private sector. He was accused of ______ the issue.

Ans. skirting

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Questions relevant to Mechanical Engineering

Q1. A large stock of titanium rod's length follows a normal distribution with a mean of 440 mm and a standard deviation of 1 mm. What percentage of rod's lengths lie between 438mm and 441mm?

Ans. 81.85%

Q2. A 20° full depth teeth spur gear transmits 20 kW at 200 rad/s. The pitch circle diameter of the gear is 100 mm. The magnitude of the force applied on the gear in the radial direction is.

Ans. 0.73kN

These sample questions are just to give you an idea about the type of questions asked in the respective field. The students are advised to practice GATE previous year paper chapter wise. After completing a chapter as per the syllabus of the GATE examination, the students should practice all the questions, mentioned in easily available GATE previous year paper pdf download.


When is the GATE 2020 Exam?

The GATE Exam is scheduled for February 1, 2, 8, & 9.

Is the GATE Exam 2020 conducted in online mode?

Yes, the GATE Exam 2020 is conducted in online mode.

For How many marks is the GATE Exam conducted?

The total marks for GATE Exam is 100 Marks.

How many questions are there in GATE Exam 2020?

There are a total of 65 Questions in GATE Exam.

For which branches is the GATE Exam conducted?

The GATE Exam is conducted for a total of 16 branches i.e., Aerospace Engineering- (AE); Agricultural Engineering- (AG); Biotechnology- (BT); Civil Engineering- (CE); Chemical Engineering- (CH); Computer Science and Information Technology- (CS); Electronics and Communication- (EC); Electrical Engineering- (EE); Instrumentation Engineering- (IN); Mechanical Engineering- (ME); Metallurgical Engineering- (MT); Mining Engineering- (MN); Petroleum Engineering- (PE); Production and Industrial Engineering- (PI); Textile Engineering and Fiber Science- (TF); Engineering Sciences- (XE)

What is the GATE Exam Timings?

The GATE Exam is conducted in 2 different shifts i.e., Forenoon: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

What is the total time duration for completing GATE Exam?

The total time duration to complete GATE Exam is 3 hours.