GATE 2021 Registration (Open), Application Process, Fees and Process

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    GATE 2021 application process has started and in order to fill the application forms, candidates have to visit the official website i.e. and register themself. The last date to fill the online application form is September 30, 2020. 

    • GATE Application Fee for the general category is INR 1500 while late registration fees is INR 2000. 
    • With a late fee of INR 500, candidates can fill the forms till October 7, 2020. 
    • Applicants have to upload their scanned passport size photo, signature, and other documents in prescribed specifications.
    • The eligibility criteria to apply for the exam has been relaxed which now enables the 3rd students to apply for the exam. Read More

    Direct Link to Fill GATE 2021 Application Form

    Candidates are advised to fill all the correct details in their application form however form correction facility will also be provided till November 13, 2020. 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 2021 Registration Dates

    GATE 2021 Registration Dates (Announced)

    GATE 2021 important dates for the application process are mentioned below in the table: 

    Commencement of Application ProcessSeptember 11, 2020 (Started)
    Last date to fill the Application formSeptember 30,  2020
    Extended date for submitting the online application formOctober 7, 2020
    Last Date for change of category, paper and examination city
    (an additional fee will be applicable)
    November 13, 2020

    List of Documents Required

    List of Documents Required to Fill the Form

    Candidates must keep the following documents handy before initiating the process for GATE Registration. All the supporting documents mentioned below need to be uploaded while filling the online application form. 

    Photo ID:

    • You have to upload the PDF file of any one of the following valid photo identity. 
    • Valid IDs are Aadhaar- UID, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee ID, and Driving License.
    • For international candidates, only a valid Passport / Government issued ID / College ID / Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification document.
    • If you do not have any of these as your identity proof then please obtain any one of them before filling the application.
    • The candidate has to produce the same original valid photo ID proof during the examination for verification purposes.
    • If a candidate fails to show the original valid photo ID proof, then that candidate will not be allowed to enter the examination hall. 

    Category (SC/ ST) Certificate

    • Candidates who belong to SC or ST category have to upload a valid documentary proof to get the concession in the application fee.
    • A certificate issued by the authorized officials will be valid.
    • The same document will be required during the time of admission. 
    • OBC-NCL and EWS candidates are not required to upload any category certificate while filling the online application form.

    Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate

    • Person with Disability (PwD) candidates should attach a recently obtained PwD certificate issued by the competent authority. The benefit would be given to those who have a minimum 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability.
    • The same document will be required during the time of admission. 

    Certificate of Dyslexia

    • Dyslexic candidates should attach a proper dyslexic certificate issued by any authorized Dyslexia Association.
    • The scribe will be provided by the GATE authorities.
    • The same document will be required during the time of admission. 

    Specification of Documents to be Uploaded Online 

    ParticularsDimensionsSize and Other SpecificationsUploading of Documents
    Passport size photograph in the white background5 kb -200 kb

    3.5 cm Width × 4.5 cm Height with 60% - 70% of Face Coverage

    Pixels Range from 240x320 –  480×640 

    In JPEG / JPG format
    Signature in running handwriting5 kb-200 kb

    Area of signature must cover 70-80% of the image.

    Pixels Range from 80×280 – 160×560

    Sign with black or dark blue color ink only.

    Photo ID ProofNANAPDF Format
    Category Certificate wherever applicableNANA
    PwD Certificate wherever applicableNANA
    Certificate of DyslexiaNANA

    Know More GATE 2021 Documents Upload Guidelines

    How to Apply for GATE 2021?

    A Stepwise Guide to GATE 2021 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 2021 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.
    5. Declaration – Before submitting the application form, a candidate must read and accept the declaration statement without that you will not be able to submit the application form. 

    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.

    • 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.

    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 2021, downloading GATE Admit Card and for the purpose of checking result and downloading the scorecard.

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

    Step 2: Filling of GATE 2021 Application Form

    • Enter the Enrollment ID and Password to proceed with GATE Application Form filling process. Go through GATE 2021 Information Brochure and read all the given instructions. There are 4 subsections under stage 2 of How to Apply for GATE 2021. The detailed process is explained below-
    • GATE Exam Details: Select the GATE 2021 Paper you wish to appear in. Select your examination country and subsequently pick 3 choices of GATE 2021 Exam Centers.
    • 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 2021 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 2021.

    What is the upper age limit for GATE 2021 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 2021.

    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: 5 kb -200 kb
    • Signature in running handwriting: 5 kb-200 kb
    • Category Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb -300 kb
    • PwD Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb – 300 kb

    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 2021 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 
    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 2021 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 an 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).

    Step 5: Accepting the Declaration 

    Before submitting the application form in GOAPS portal, a candidate has to read and accept the declaration statement. Some of the points from the declaration are mentioned below. You cannot skip this step and the application form will only be submitted after you agree with the declaration. 

    • In the declaration, you have to confirm that the form is filled by you. 
    • You have understood each and every point in the form and fill up the details accordingly.
    • I agree to strictly comply with the code of conduct for GATE 2021. 
    • If any of the information provided by me is found to be incorrect at any time later, my candidature for GATE 2021 will be cancelled.
    • I shall be liable for legal action for providing any type of false information. 

    GATE 2021 Application Form 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.

    How to Retrieve ID or Password?

    Forgot Enrollment ID or Password of GATE 2021?

    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 2021 Form Correction

    GATE 2021 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 2021

    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.

    Know More GATE 2021 Form Correction

    Frequently Asked Questions

    GATE 2021 Application Form FAQs

    Ques. My graduation was through a distance learning program, Can I apply for GATE 2021?

    Ans: As long as your course on the basis of which you are applying is recognized by AICTE, you can apply for GATE 2021.

    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 2021?

    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. Yes, you can apply for 2 papers out of 27 for GATE 2021. 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.

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    Kunti Aruna

    i completed my b.tect in2018. but, i didn't have my full memo/provisional certificate. How can i apply for gate2021?

    23 Sep, 2020 15:04

    Hi Kunti, For the information please click on the following link, GATE Application Procedure.

    23 Sep, 2020 23:52

    where is the registration form on main official website?

    18 Sep, 2020 00:20

    Hello Prerna,

    Visit the official website and look for the GATE 2021 section. From there you have to register yourself, after that you will be able to fill the application form.

    Note: The site might be down due to technical issues. In that case, try again after some time.

    19 Sep, 2020 13:02
    Mahi Raval

    I have completed with Microbiology, But result of Fourth sem is Awaited so What document is required to fill up the GAYE examination form, Any result awaited form with collage authority signature is require or I can do attech only third sem of marksheet?

    15 Sep, 2020 00:20

    Hello Mahi,

    You can apply with the mark sheet of the third semester, for the time being.

    19 Sep, 2020 13:27
    sourav majhi

    where eligibility certificate need? there is nothing write about eligibility certificate in information broucher and also there is no space to upload in fom

    11 Sep, 2020 20:10

    Hello Saurav,

    Please visit this link for the eligibility criteria and mandatory documents: GATE Eligibility

    Any other document outside of the documents mentioned is not necessary.

    19 Sep, 2020 13:38
    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

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