GATE 2021 Application Form, Registration Dates, Fees and Process

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    IIT Bombay will release GATE 2021 application forms tentatively in the month of September 2020. Candidates will be able to do the online registration the online mode. In order to fill the application forms, candidates will have to register at GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). 

    Candidates who will fulfill the eligibility criteria will be able to apply and appear for the examination. To become eligible for the exam candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university/institute.  Check GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    • GATE Application Fee for the general category will be INR 1500 while late registration fees will be INR 2000. 
    • Applicants will have to upload their scanned passport size photo and signature in prescribed specifications. 
    • The entire application process will be done through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). 

    GATE 2021 will be conducted for 25 papers. In 2020, Biomedical Engineering was added to the list of GATE disciplines. The paper pattern and syllabus are expected to be the same for GATE 2021 also.  Check GATE 2021 Syllabus.

    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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    Highlights of GATE 2021 Registration

    GATE Official BodyIIT Bombay
    Minimum EligibilityGraduates
    Mode of ApplicationOnline
    Application Fee

    General: 1500

    Women, SC/ST/Pwd: 750

    GATE 2021 Registration Important Dates

    GATE 2021 Registration Dates

    EventsDates (Tentatively)
    Commencement of Application ProcessSeptember 2020
    Last date to fill the Application formOctober 2020
    Extended date for submitting the online application formOctober 2020
    GATE Form Correction WindowOctober 2020
    Last date to request the change of exam cityNovember 2020
    Admit card downloadJanuary 2021
    GATE 2020 Exam datesFebruary 2021

    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 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.

    CAT Registration
    CAT Registration
    • 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 2021 Exam Details: Select the GATE 2021 Paper you wish to appear in. Select your examination country and subsequently pick 3 choices of GATE 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: 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 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).

    GATE 2021 Important Documents Required

    GATE 2021 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. 

    GATE 2021 Steps to Retrieve ID or Password

    GATE 2021 – 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 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.

    GATE 2021 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.

    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. No, you can apply for only 1 paper out of 25 for GATE 2021. 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


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    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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