GATE ECE Entrance Exam

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering ECE Entrance Exam
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The most important thing is you can take the help of last year questions papers or say sample papers. You can solve them as much as you can and practice them on a regular basis at the time of your vacations. This makes you faster, quick, and capable of solving the paper easily. GATE is not as easy and not as tough. It just requires practice and the presence of mind with full concentration. The topics included in the question paper include verbal ability, numerical ability, engineering mathematics, electronics and communication engineering which involve a huge number of topics. All the best for your preparation and go ahead.


Qualifying DegreeQualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive)Description of Eligible candidatesYear of Qualification cannot be later than
B.E./B.Tech.Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology with elecctronics and communiccation (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology)Currently in the final year or already completed2020
B.Sc. (ECE)/ B.S.Bachelor’s degree in ECE(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)Currently in the 4th year or already completed2020


Start Date for GATE Application Form Through GOAPS1st September 2019
Last Date for GATE Application Form28th September 2019
Minor modifications in GATE Application Form28th September 2019
Change in category, gender and PwD status  Last week of October to 1st week of November 2019
Change in exam city in Application Form of GATE 15th November 2019
GATE Mock Test November 2019
GATE 2020 Exam schedule announcedMarch 16, 2020
GATE 2020 Admit Card Availability3rd January 2020
1st, 2nd, 8th & 9th February 2020
Answer Key availability of GATE 2020
February 2020
GATE Answer Key challenge date
February 2020
GATE 2020 Result16th March 2020
Availability of GATE 2020 Score Card20th March 2020 to 31st May 2020


GATE is considered to be the standard examination conducted not only for post graduation admissions but also to open the gates for lucrative opportunities in several public sector enterprises and research organizations. Based on the score achieved in GATE, admissions are offered in IITs, IISc, and NITs, and abundant opportunities for campus placements with salary packages ranging from Rs. 6 lakh to 30 lakh. Candidates on qualifying GATE, get a financial aid of 8000/- pm in the form of UGC scholarship. Students interested in management can swing in the management line by pursuing a PG Diploma of 2 years in Industrial Engineering. Some institutes in India also offer admissions in the post Graduate programmes on the basis of GATE score.

Exam Duration – 3 hours (180 minutes)
Number of Questions Asked – 65
Total Marks – 100
Question Types

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Marking Scheme

  • For 1-mark MCQs, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every incorrect attempt.
  • In case of 2-mark MCQs, the candidate will be penalised 2/3 mark for wrong attempt
  • For questions that aren’t attempted, zero marks will be awarded.
  • There is no negative marking for numerical answer type (NAT) questions.


  • General Aptitude*
  • Engineering Mathematics (for XL papers it is Chemistry)*
  • Subject-specific section


General Aptitude (GA) : Common in all papers
AE: Aerospace EngineeringPH: Physics
AG: Agricultural EngineeringPI: Production and Industrial Engineering
AR: Architecture and PlanningTF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
BT: BiotechnologyXE -A: Engineering Mathematics
CE: Civil EngineeringXE-B: Fluid Mechanics
CH: Chemical EngineeringXE-C: Materials Science
CS: Computer Sc. and Information TechnologyXE-D: Solid Mechanics
CY: ChemistryXE-E: Thermodynamics
EC: Electronics and Communication EngineeringXE-F: Polymer Science and Engineering
EE: Electrical EngineeringXE – G: Food Technology
EY: Ecology and EvolutionXE – H: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
GG: Geology and GeophysicsXL – P: Chemistry
IN: Instrumentation EngineeringXL-Q: Biochemistry
MA: MathematicsXL-R: Botany
ME: Mechanical EngineeringXL – S: Microbiology
MN: Mining EngineeringXL – T: Zoology
MT: Metallurgical EngineeringXL – U: Food Technology
PE: Petroleum Engineering


  • GATE ECE examination consists only of multiple and numerical answer type questions, hence only correct answer fetches marks.
  • Practice previous year question papers and analyze the weak topics and concentrate more on those topics. Candidates must try to solve the papers in a given time limit to obtain an idea as to how many questions are solved within the allotted time.
  • Impart equal emphasis on both theory and numerical problems.
  • Browse through the GATE ECE syllabus for topics allotted more weightage and prepare them.
  • Group Study is an effective way to brush up knowledge about technical topics with fellow partners and also helps to explore new techniques and methods to better understand the topics.
  • Do not make wild guess as there is negative marking associated with the questions.
  • Prepare the list of important definitions, equations, derivations, theorems, laws in every subject.
  • Pay more attention while attempting linked and common data questions


Students who are attempt the Gate ECE Entrance exam for taking admission in IITs and want to do post graduation from well reputated college, can check here their answer key only clicking on a single link which is given below –

Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)Question PaperAnswer Key


GATE qualifying cutoff for ECE


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