GATE 2020 Application Form, Registration Dates, Fees and Process

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IIT Delhi had released GATE 2020 Application Form on August 31, 2019 at its official website. Candidates filled the online application form without late fees till September 28 and with late fees till October 5, 2019.

Latest: GATE 2020 Application Process for Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh students was re-opened from October 29 to November 8, 2019.

  • GATE Application Form Correction Windowis open since October 15, 2019 at
  • GATE Application Fee for normal registration is INR 1500 for general category while late registration fees is INR 2000 which has to be paid in online mode only.
  • Applicants have to upload their scanned passport size photo and signature in prescribed specifications. Read detailed GATE Photo Size and Format
  • The entire application process is done through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). 
  • GATE 2020 Admit Card will be available from January 3, 2020.
  •  The exam will be in online mode by IIT Delhi on February 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2020. 
  • GATE 2020 will be conducted in 25 papers, Biomedical Engineering is a new addition. 
  • The paper pattern will remain the same, the only difference will be in the GATE Syllabus.

Direct Link to Apply for GATE 2020

Graduate Aptitude Test or popularly recognized as GATE, is the gateway to M.Tech programs offered by prestigious government and private institutions. It is jointly organized by the seven IITs and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Read on to know more about GATE Application Form, Registration, Documents Required, Important Dates, Steps to apply, Application fee and other important details.

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GATE 2020 Registration Dates (Revised)

EventsDates (Updated)
Commencement of Application ProcessAugust 31, 2019
Last date to fill the Application formSeptember 28, 2019 
Extended date for submitting the online application formOctober 5, 2019 
GATE Form Correction WindowOctober 15, 2019 onwards
Last date to request the change of exam cityNovember 15, 2019
Admit card downloadJanuary 3, 2020
GATE 2020 Exam datesFebruary 1, February 2, February 8, February 9, 2020

GATE 2020 Application – Documents/Particulars Required

Candidates must keep the following documents handy before initiating the process for GATE Registration: 

  • Scanned photograph and signature 
  • Valid Photo ID (Aadhaar Card/Passport/Driving License/PAN Card/Voter ID/College ID/Employee Identification Card/Notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address).
  • For foreign students, Passport/ Govt. Issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be considered as valid ID proofs.
  • Degree Certificate/Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate 
  • Copy of Mark Sheet of the V /VI /VII semester
  • Final year students must submit Provisional Certificate Letter as per format issued by the Home of Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Dept.
  • Candidates in the final year of AMIE have to submit their mark sheet for Section A of AMIE in case of professional equivalent qualifications.
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable) as per given format
  • Disability or PwD Certificate (if applicable)
  • Candidates pursuing a higher degree or masters have to submit the qualifying degree certificate
  • Candidates with backlogs have to upload a copy of the mark sheet of the final year issued by the institute where they are studying. 

A Stepwise Guide to GATE 2020 Application Process

GATE 2020 Application Process

For the ease of aspirants, the exam authority has released a Guide for successful submission of GATE Application Form. The process of applying for GATE comprises the following steps-

  1. GATE Registration – Register as “New User” and proceed as mentioned in the guide. After successful registration, you will get access to GOAPS with the credentials you entered.
  2. Fill GATE Application Form – Login using GOAPS Enrollment ID and GOAPS Password and start filling the GATE application form.
  3. Upload Documents – Upload Image, Signature, Eligibility Certificate, SC/ST Certificate and PwD Certificate as per the given specifications.
  4. Payment of Fees – Payment can be done through credit card, debit card or net banking.

Step 1: Registration

To fill the online application process, candidates have to register themselves. New candidates can register themselves by entering their full name and other details in the form given below.

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  • Name of the Candidate
  • Email Address 
  • Country of Residence
  • Mobile Number
  • Create your Password – It should be unique and 8-15 characters long. 
  • Enter the Captcha and click on ‘Submit. ‘
  • If all the details are correct, an SMS and an email will be sent to your mobile number and email address respectively.
  • Enter details like a valid email address, mobile number and create a GOAPS password.
  • GOAPS password must be unique. Avoid using Date of Birth, your name or some numbers (12345) or string of letters (abcd), etc.
  • All communication will be done through the registered mobile number and email id.
  • In the case of foreign students, all the communication will be done through the email id.

NOTE: Only one application form can be filled through one e-mail id

GOAPS Enrollment ID

After successful registration, an email containing the GOAPS Enrollment ID will be sent. This ID will be used for submitting GATE Application Form 2020, downloading GATE Admit Card and for the purpose of checking result and downloading the scorecard.

Step 2: Filling of GATE 2020 Application Form

Enter the Enrollment ID and Password to proceed with GATE Application Form filling process. Go through GATE 2020 Information Brochure and read all the given instructions. There are 4 subsections under stage 2 of How to Apply for GATE 2020. The detailed process is explained below-

GATE 2020 Exam Details: Select the GATE 2020 Paper you wish to appear in. Select your examination country and subsequently pick 3 choices of GATE Exam Centers.

Note: While selecting the exam cities, the first two choices must be of the same GATE Zone and the third one can be from any sector.

Applicant’s Personal Details: Don’t forget to Verify Email Address and Mobile Number. On clicking the Verify Button, an OTP is sent to the registered email id and mobile number. Enter your personal details like Date of Birth, Gender, Nationality, Category etc.

GATE Application Form

Correspondence Address:  Add your Correspondence Address for future correspondence. The following image highlights the required details:

GATE Application Form

Qualifying Degree Details: You are required to fill the details of your qualifying degree i.e. Name and discipline of the Qualifying degree, Name of college/ university, Passing year, etc.

Commonly Asked Questions

I am a student with 56 percentage in MSc, Am I eligible to sit for GATE 2020 entrance exam?

Passed a Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent or currently appearing in the final year. Year of qualification must not be later than 2020.

What is the upper age limit for GATE 2020 exam?

GATE 2020 Eligibility Criteria mandates a candidate to hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university/ institute in order to apply for the exam. There is no upper age limit for GATE 2020.

Step 3: Uploading Documents

Images to be uploaded should be scanned beforehand and kept ready for uploading. Documents that are required to be uploaded are mentioned below- 

  • Passport size photograph in the white background: 2 kb -200 kb
  • Signature in running handwriting: 2 kb-150 kb
  • Eligibility Certificate(s) 
  • Category Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb -300 kb
  • PwD Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb – 300 kb

Check GATE Detailed Photo size and format

Commonly Asked Questions

I can’t upload my signature, despite many attempts. I followed all the instructions and criteria specified. What should I do?

Please check the format of the file. Also, check the size. Kindly refrain from resizing the file.

How do I find out if my uploaded photograph is acceptable or not?

In case, the photo you have uploaded is not accepted, you will get an email or SMS. After which, you can correct the photograph and other details. Kindly refrain from resizing the file.


After uploading the documents, read the declaration and tick the checkbox to proceed for the fee payment. 

Step 4: GATE 2020 Application Form Fee Payment

  • GATE Application Fee varies for Indian nationals and International candidates.
  • The payment can be made via net banking facility/credit card or debit card only.
  • E-challan mode of payment has been eliminated from the GATE registration process.
  • GATE Application Fee is neither refundable nor transferable. 
  • As per the banking norms, additional online transaction charges will be applicable.
  • Candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PwD category have to upload valid documentary evidence for concession in fees. 
  • Category wise application fee details are tabulated below:
CategoryNormal Application FeeLate Application Fee (Sept 29 – Oct 5)
WomenINR 750INR 1250
SC/ ST/ PwDINR 750INR 1250
All Other CandidatesINR 1500INR 2000
For Exam Center in Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and KathmanduUS$ 50 US$ 70
For Exam Center in Dubai and SingaporeUS$ 100US$ 120

Payment Issues Resolvement GATE 2020 Application Form

In case the payment made is not reflected in the first go, You should not make another payment immediately. You should wait for at least two days, then check GATE 2020 Application Form Status. Another payment should be made in case of the unsuccessful payment. In case any extra payments are received, it will be automatically refunded to the respective bank account (it may take a week or more, after the closure of GATE Registration).

Forgot Enrollment ID or Password?

In certain situations, enrollment id and password can be misplaced by a candidate. If need be, email id can also be used to access GATE Application Form.

GATE Application Form

There are two options available to access the application form-

  1. Request for an OTP: If you remember the Enrollment ID/Email Address, but forgotten Password, click on "Request for an OTP" to get One Time Password.

Provide your registered mobile number and Enrollment ID/Email Address. Click on Reset Password to obtain a new one.

  1. Already have an OTP? : If you already have an OTP, click on "Already have an OTP?" to reset the password.

Enter the following details to create a New Password- 

  • Enrollment ID/Email Address
  • OTP
  • New Password
  • Confirm New Password

Password Specifications: Choose a password that cannot be guessed easily. It should be unique and 8-15 characters. 

GATE Application Form Correction

After the submission of the form, it goes under scrutiny where the authority will check and inform the candidates about the mistakes for the rectification. An additional fee will be applicable for changing the details in the application form.   

The following details can be edited before paying the application fee-

  • Details like Communication Address, Graduation Details, Date of Birth, Gender and Category.  
  • One needs to upload a clear and acceptable image of the photograph and signature if they have not uploaded the high-quality images.
  • The correct document defining the category status. 
  • The rectification of selection of the wrong status of qualifying examination along with its correct document can be submitted.

The changes that cannot be made in the submitted GATE Application Form:

  • The E-mail Id mentioned by the candidate
  • Contact Number is given by the candidate
  • Paper for attending GATE 2020

As the above-mentioned details cannot be edited, in case a mistake is made, you have to apply again for GATE 2020 with a new E-mail ID and Phone Number. It must be noted that the previous application fee shall not be refunded.

GATE 2020 Application Status 

If the status of your application is “Under Scrutiny”, you need not worry. Wait till the scrutiny team processes your application. Only those candidates whose applications need to be rectified in photo/signature/supporting documents will be contacted by email and SMS. The scrutiny process will continue even after the application portal is closed.

GATE Application Form FAQs

Ques. My graduation was through a distance learning program, Can I apply for GATE 2020?

Ans: As long as your course on the basis of which you are applying is recognized by AICTE, you can apply for GATE 2020.

Ques. I completed my graduation in 2019 but I do not have my degree certificate or provisional certificate yet. What document should I upload to prove that I am eligible for GATE 2020?

Ans: A copy of your final year mark sheet or a declaration from your college Principal (or other competent authority) along with the signature and seal, may do the needful. 

Ques.  Can I register for more than one paper in GATE?

Ans. No, you can apply for only 1 paper out of 25 for GATE 2020. However, you have the liberty to choose any paper according to your admission plans, keeping the eligibility criteria in mind. 

Ques. I am facing difficulty while uploading my signature. I have followed all the guidelines defined by the GATE authorities. What should I do now?

Ans. In this case, check the format in which you are trying to upload the document. Also, check the size and also do not resize the file. Know more

Ques. What is GATE Application Fee for Foreign Nationals?

Ans. Foreign Nationality candidates are required to pay INR 1500 for centers in India and US$ 50 in Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu. Candidates attempting GATE in Dubai and Singapore, have to pay US$ 100 as application fee.

Ques. I have paid an application fee twice via net banking. What should I do to get reimbursement for the extra fee paid?

Ans. In this case, any excess money paid for the registration will automatically be credited back into the respective account within 5 to 10 working days. 

Ques. Do I have to send any hard copy of GATE Application Form to any authority?

Ans. No, you do not have to send any hard copy of the applications to any of the GATE zonal offices.

Ques. When and how can I check my GATE Application Status?

Ans.  You can check the status of your form by visiting the official website of GOAPS anytime and entering the required credentials.

Ques. I have submitted my application form and have generated a PDF file. Will I be able to make any changes in the application form now?

Ans. No, once the application is finally submitted and PDF is generated you can not make any changes. 

Ques. What ID documents are required while filling in the application form?

Ans. For Indian candidates, it is Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, College ID, Enrolment ID and Driving License. For International candidates, it is valid Passport/ Government issued ID/ College ID/ Employee ID.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



bala sunder

how do i cancel the applied gate exam

26 Sep, 2019 22:43
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Bala, once registered, you are not authorized to cancel the candidature yourself.

27 Sep, 2019 11:42
Arpit Jain

Arpit Jain I just made Rs.1500 payment which was debited from the account but your page was showing ‘Due to technical problems we need to close this session. We regret the inconvenience. Please click here to login to OnlineSBI.Now its showing to make payment again.Please check it

26 Sep, 2019 14:24
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Arpit, once the amount has been deducted, you need not to worry. You can refresh the page or can log out and then check the payment status by again signing in using your credentials.

26 Sep, 2019 14:45
Meenakshi phogat

sir they are not uploading my eligiblity certificate

25 Sep, 2019 23:36
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Meenakshi, there must be some error in either the file format or size. Kindly check the same and then try again.

26 Sep, 2019 12:25
Donthi Reddy

Sir the gate link is not opening still i am trying to fill my details and captures also not showing so help me and resolve the problem as soon as possible

24 Sep, 2019 22:47
Suresh Vishnoi

Hi Donthi, The site will become functional after a while. You are advised to keep trying.

26 Sep, 2019 17:05

I am entered University name in place I am submit college name it is any problem

24 Sep, 2019 17:22
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Harish, you can correct these details using Form Correction facility.

24 Sep, 2019 17:28
Anitha Yaramala

Please send me gate apply link

24 Sep, 2019 13:49
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Anitha, you can apply for GATE 2020 following this link: GATE 2020 Registration

24 Sep, 2019 14:31

hi i am rajhans i have filled the form ,still to paid money online but on 24 tuesday september the site is not opening for login what should i do now to pay online money

24 Sep, 2019 11:34
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Rajhans, site will become functional after a while. You are advised to keep trying.

24 Sep, 2019 11:49
Ishrat bano

I got my fathers name wrong in application just one word will it cause any problem at time of exam?

22 Sep, 2019 15:14
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Ishrat, it will be better to avoid risks and correct the same when form correction window gets enabled.

24 Sep, 2019 17:46
Beema noushad

I am a passout student .But i dont get my profftional certficate as becoz i was passed after revaliution ,is it ok that to uplod institution verikication form

17 Sep, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Beema, yes, you may upload the institute verification form.

17 Sep, 2019 12:57

My BTech degree got extended by a year, I want to know if I have to submit certificate by hod or mark sheet of the fourth year

10 Sep, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Mukul, yes, certificate signed by HOD and the marksheet of all the 8 semesters will be required in case you do not have the degree.

10 Sep, 2019 11:04

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