GATE Eligibility 2021: Check Age limit and Qualifying Criteria

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    GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria: To become eligible for the exam candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university/institute so that they can apply for the exam. IIT Bombay will release GATE 2021 exam dates in the month of August 2020. The registration process is expected to start in the month of September 2020. Know More  GATE 2021 Registration Process

    • Moreover, candidates who had registered after May 31, 2013 for certification equivalent to B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch from any of the professional societies (IE, ICE, IETE, AeSI, IIE, IIM etc) are also eligible to apply for GATE 2021.
    • Such candidates must fulfill the rest of GATE Eligibility Criteria. 
    • Previously, only candidates who had enrolled before May 31, 2013 for certification equivalent to B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch was eligible. Although the notice released by authorities has confirmed the eligibility, however, the decision is still subject to court orders.

    Read the article to know more about eligibility criteria based on degree, eligibility for foreign candidates, documents required, and much more. 

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    Highlights of GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    • There is no minimum or maximum age limit prescribed to appear for the examination.
    • The major criteria GATE 2021 eligibility to be fulfilled by candidates are nationality, academic qualifications.
    • The eligibility for M.Tech admission through GATE score may vary as per the participating institute. 
    • There is no limit on a number of attempts to appear or apply for GATE.

    Go through the following article to know more information on GATE Eligibility Criteria 2021.

    GATE 2021 Degree Wise Eligibility

    GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria – Based on Qualifying Degree

    GATE Eligibility and Qualifying Degrees

    Eligibility for B.E./B.Tech/B.Pharm. Students

    • Passed a Bachelor degree (4 years after 10+2 or 3-years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) in Engineering/ Technology or currently in the final year of the degree.
    • Year of qualification must not be later than 2021

    Eligibility for B.Arch Students

    • Passed a 5-years Bachelor degree in Architecture or currently in the final year of the degree.
    • Year of qualification must not be later than 2021

    Eligibility for B.Sc. (Research) Students

    • Passed a Bachelor's degree in Science (Post-Diploma/ 4-years after 10+2) or currently appearing (4th year) of degree
    • Year of qualification must not be later than 2021

    Eligibility for M.Sc., MA, MCA Students

    • 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

    Integrated M.E./M.Tech (Post B.Sc.) Post-B.Sc.

    • Passed a 4years Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/Technology or are appearing in the 2nd/3rd/4th year are also eligible
    • Year of qualification must not be later than 2021

    Eligibility for M.E./M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)

    • Passed a 5years Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering /Technology or currently appearing in the 4th or 5th year
    • Year of qualification must not be later than 2021

    Eligibility for Integrated M.Sc. Integrated B.S./M.S. 

    • Passed Integrated M.Sc. or 5years Integrated B.S.- M.S. program or currently appearing in the final year
    • Year of qualification must not be later than 2021

    Eligibility for Students having Degree from Professional Society Examination (equivalent to B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch) 

    • Passed a B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch. or equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India)
    • Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses 

    Note- Professional Certificate/ Provisional Certificate/ Course Completion/ Membership Certificate issued by the Society or Institute Copy of Mark sheet for Section “A”.

    Check GATE 2021 Syllabus for all 25 Subjects

    GATE 2021 Eligibility for Foreign Students

    GATE 2021 Eligibility Criteria for International Applicants

    GATE 2021 will enable the candidates from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates to seek admissions to M.Tech or PhD courses in various IITs and IISc Bangalore. The all India exam will be conducted in the mentioned countries for applicants from these nationalities. International candidates are required to satisfy the following GATE Eligibility Criteria:

    • Completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Master’s Degree in a relevant Science Subject.
    • Appearing for the final year of the degree course are also eligible.

    GATE 2021 Eligibility for Candidates with Backlog

    GATE 2021 Eligibility for Candidates Having Backlog

    Candidates who have backlogs (arrears/ failed subjects) in any paper of the qualifying degree or have appeared in the final year/ semester examination in 2021 should do the following either

    • Submit a copy of any one of the marks sheets of the final year or
    • Have to obtain a declaration from their Principal along with the signature and seal beforehand and upload the same during the online submission of the application form

    Important Notes:

    • If a candidate has passed any one of the qualifying examinations as given above in 2018 or earlier then such candidates have to submit the course completion certificate/degree certificate/membership certificate/professional certificate and provisional certificate issued by the society or institute.
    • If any candidate is expected to complete any one of the qualifying degrees in 2021 or later as given above then such candidate has to submit a certificate from Principal or a copy of marks card for section A of AMIE.

    Certificate from Principal: Candidates who have to submit a certificate from their college Principal have to obtain one from his/her institution beforehand and upload the same during the online submission of the application form.

    GATE 2021 Papers with Codes

    At present GATE is held in 25 disciplines/subjects. A candidate can appear only in any one paper of the following disciplines.  

    GATE Exam Paper and Codes

    CE, CS, EC, EE and ME Papers: Examination may be conducted in multiple sessions due to an increase in the number of applicants.

    Engineering Sciences (XE) and Life Science (XL) papers are of general nature. These two papers comprise the following sections. For XE Paper, Engineering Mathematics is the compulsory section while for XL, Chemistry is the compulsory section.  

    GATE Exam Paper and Codes

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    GATE 2021 Documents Required

    Documents Required for Reserved Category

    Candidates will require the following certificates for each and every category for GATE exam. Here we will provide you the certificate form and format link.

    • SC/ ST certificate (click here for Format and Form
    • OBC certificate is not required in taking GATE Exam but it will be mandated to present while taking admission.
    • PWD Certificate if he/ she has at least 40% disability as per government rules

    Authorities empowered to issue SC/ST Certificate are mentioned below-

    Authorities empowered to issue SC/ST Certificate

    Authorities empowered to issue the dyslexic certificate and PwD category are mentioned below-

    Authorities empowered to issue Dyslexic/PWD Certificate

    What is GATE 2021 Eligibility Certificate?

    What is GATE Eligibility Certificate?

    • It is a final year mark sheet/Certificate from HOD/Institute. The document should be a scanned copy of the degree or provisional certificate in pdf format. The size should not exceed 300KB while uploading the document while filling GATE Application Form.
    • In case a candidate has not received the degree or provisional certificate from the university/institute then a Certificate from Principle (for use as the eligibility certificate only for the final year or backlog candidates) can be uploaded. The minimum size of the eligibility certificate is 10KB. 

    GATE Eligibility Criteria for M.Tech Admissions

    • Qualifying GATE 2021 examination will be mandatory for M.Tech admissions to IITs, NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs.
    • Applicants will have to apply separately where they wish to take admissions.
    • For M.Tech admission in IITs, register through GATE COAP Counselling. Withpit registering at COAP and the official website of respective IIT you will not be able to receive any admission offers. 
    • For admission in NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, register through Centralized Counselling that is  GATE CCMT Counselling. All the NITs and other participating institutes will upload the counselling list in the CCMT platform. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    GATE 2021 Eligibility FAQs

    Ques: I have backlogs during qualifying degree program, due to which I did not complete the program. I am currently not studying in college and therefore cannot get duly signed certificate from HOD/Institute. Which document do I need to upload while filling the GATE application form?

    Ans: If you cannot get a duly signed certificate from HOD/Institute then you should submit final year mark sheet of any one semester, even if there are backlogs in some subjects.

    Ques: I have completed my graduation in 2018, but my Institute has still not provided me either with a degree certificate or provisional certificate, which document should I upload as GATE eligibility certificate?

    Ans: In such case, final year mark sheet (either 7 or 8 semesters) must be uploaded as GATE eligibility document.

    Ques: I am in the final year of my qualifying degree program, which certificate do I need to upload as eligibility certificate?

    Ans: Final year candidates need to get a Certificate from their HOD/Institute must be uploaded.

    Ques: I belong to OBC (non-creamy layer) category. Do I have to upload my category certificate, if yes, how?

    Ans: No. Category certificates are meant only for Indian nationals who wish to avail a concession in the GATE application fee. As per the criterion defined by GATE authority, only SC/ST/PwD candidates and all women candidates are eligible for application fee concession.

    Ques: Is the downloaded mark sheet from internet acceptable as an eligibility certificate?

    Ans: Yes, internet downloaded final year mark sheet of any one semester, which is digitally signed or duly signed with seal by the competent authority (Registrar, Controller of Examination etc.) only, is acceptable.

    Ques: Is there a restriction on the number of attempts in GATE 2021?

    Ans:No, there is no restriction on the number of attempts.

    Ques: Is there any age limit criterion defined under GATE eligibility?

    Ans: No, there is no such criterion defined on age limit.

    The above article is based on previous years’ information. In case of any query, ask them in the comments below.

    *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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    Comments

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    33 Comments
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    Ankit Yadav

    those who have doe MSc computer science through distance mode are eligible for GATE or not ?

    16 May, 2020 14:05
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ankit, yes, candidates pursued/pursuing degree from open university are also eligible to appear in this exam. The only condition is that their year of qualification must not be later than 2021.

    16 May, 2020 14:16
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    VIVEK THAKUR

    WHERE THE JOB OFFER AFTER THIS PROGRAM

    03 Dec, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Vivek, there are a plenty of career opportunities after qualifying GATE which you may check from below:

    • Higher education options: You can apply for ME/M.Tech/MS from a premium institute such as IITs, NITs etc. as all of them accepts GATE score for providing admission.
    • Job Opportunities: You can apply for private jobs and public sector undertakings as GATE score is a crucial selection criterion now-a-days.
    • Some of the private firms in which you may apply are listed here: IOCL, HPCL, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. etc. 

    03 Dec, 2019 10:39
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    Rucha Shrikant BiradarPatil

    what is the age limit for gate exam

    20 Oct, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Rucha, there is no minimum or maximum age limit prescribed by the authorities to appear in GATE exam.

    08 Nov, 2019 18:00
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    U Manoj Kumar

    I Had done Diploma in the stream of mechatronics, currently i am pursuing my final year Graduation in IIE. Can i know the eligibility for applying gate exams to apply for M tech for appearing in 2020 gate exams.

    17 Oct, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Manoj, candidate must not have the qualification degree dated later than 2020. For rest of the criteria, you are eligible to take this exam.

    17 Oct, 2019 12:07
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    Senna

    I am mtech first year student...what document should I submit for gate application? Provisional or elgibilty document from HOD

    19 Sep, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Senna, following is the list of documents that one must have at the time of registration process for GATE 2020:

    • 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).
    • 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. 

    19 Sep, 2019 11:08
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    Suman Saha

    I have completed b.tech but i don't get 8th sem result, so can I upload 7th sem result?

    16 Sep, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Suman, yes, you can upload the latest mark sheet issued by the respective university.

    16 Sep, 2019 11:28
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    YANGALA SUDHEER BABU

    iam a msc botany graduate can i eligible for write GATE ECOLOGY(EY) exam paper

    11 Sep, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sudheer, yes, you are eligible for this exam.

    11 Sep, 2019 11:28
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    Tiyasa Bhadra

    I am pursuing my last year of B.Sc Geology Hons. Am I eligible for GATE?

    11 Jul, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Tiyasa, candidates appearing in last year of graduation (passing year must not be later than 2020) are considered eligible to apply. Thus, you are eligible.

    11 Jul, 2019 13:36
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    Hemang Patel

    For GATE 2019 admission - AMIE with passing section A only is eligible?

    01 Jan, 2019 10:44
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    Amit

    Hi Hemang Patel, Yes you are eligible. Please check this link for GATE 2019 eligibility.

    13 Feb, 2019 11:26
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    EKTA PANDEY

    Sir i do bsc -IT, should I eligible for gate examination to work in psu sector?

    26 Dec, 2018 19:25
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    Abhilasha B Mulgund

    hlo sir.now im doing BSc PMC's ..what im eligible to appear GATE examination??

    26 Dec, 2018 18:05
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    Sarthak Mahajan

    Hi Abhilasha, You can check the eligibility criteria as given above.

    28 Dec, 2018 17:35
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    Sangeetha R

    Hii..Now I miss to apply for gate exam.So kindly tell the next exam date for gate.

    24 Oct, 2018 09:21
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Sangeetha, You may please check the official website of GATE to get the information about the Application 2019.

    24 Oct, 2018 12:50
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    Shahana CK

    Hii... Now I'm doing M.Sc Agriculture. Am I eligible to appear for GATE? If so in which stream? Please reply

    19 Oct, 2018 20:44
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Shahana, as per you query the stream, there is no stream GATE is for, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE is conducted for admission to M.Tech/ Ph.D. and other Government Scholarships/Assistantships in the field of engineering and technology. The exam is conducted annually by IISc Bangalore and 7 IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati and Roorkee) on a rotational basis.

    20 Oct, 2018 16:30
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    Malavika Santhosh

    Hi, I've done my BCA, and I would like to do MTech for that I want to know for what all MTech courses am I eligible?

    27 Sep, 2018 00:20
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Malavika, As it is depends upon the university or the college that what courses they available for the admission.

    27 Sep, 2018 12:11
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    SumAnA GaNguLi

    I have completed my msc in biochemistry last year In which paper or stream i should apply for the gate exam? Life science paper or biotechnology paper?

    20 Sep, 2018 16:48
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Sumana, It is depends upon your interest in the subject, as above mention the paper pattern or eligibility.

    21 Sep, 2018 10:26
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    PRIYAM BANERJEE

    I have passed B.Tech in IT on DEC'2015 & DOB is 09.05.1991. May I apply for GATE 2019?

    18 Sep, 2018 00:20
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Priyam, No, there is no such criterion defined on age limit.

    18 Sep, 2018 13:13
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    kalpna

    I had a backlog in b.tech and I cleared it after a year. what should I put the year of qualifying in gate form?

    14 Sep, 2018 00:20
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Kalpana, Please read this given below for getting the Backlog Application details:- Candidates who have backlogs (arrears/ failed subjects) in any paper of the qualifying degree or have appeared in the final year/ semester examination in 2019 should do the following either

    • Submit a copy of any one of the marks sheets of the final year 

                                                                     or

    • Have to obtain a declaration from their Principal along with the signature and seal beforehand and upload the same during the online submission of the application form

    14 Sep, 2018 15:07
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    Bhavna Chilwal

    hello, I am in Mtech 2nd year, I am confused which qualifying degree I should opt. INT.ME/MTECH OR M.SC . because I am not doing the integrated course.

    13 Sep, 2018 22:26
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    gopika mungath

    I have completed B Tech in civil engineering in 2017. Can I write GATE in Life science or Ecology and evolution?

    13 Sep, 2018 20:21
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Gopika, Yes Your are eligible for the GATE Exam, as you can check the eligibility criteria mentioned above.

    14 Sep, 2018 11:35
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    piyush

    is there any minimum marks required for appearing in GATE exam..??

    12 Sep, 2018 21:11
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Piyush, Please check this link for getting the Qualifying Marks as through Result Marks of GATE Exam.

    13 Sep, 2018 12:03
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    piyush

     there any minimum Cgpa or percentenge required for freshers for appearing in gate exam..?? coz I have only scored 5.6 cgpa in overall b.tech exam so am i eligible for this exam

    13 Sep, 2018 19:59
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Piyush, If you have 50% in Bachelors you are eligible for the GATE Exam. I though that you need marks idea. and you can appear the exam.

    14 Sep, 2018 11:18
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    Sahana Goudar

    Now i am in 5th sem of BE,Can i apply for GATE 2019?

    07 Sep, 2018 20:43
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    Ritika Sharma

    Hi Sahana, You must read the eligibility above once before applying.

    10 Sep, 2018 15:37
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    priyanka Duggal

    I have completed my PhD in 2018.Can I appear in GATE 2019?

    07 Sep, 2018 00:20
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Priyanka, Yes You will appear the GATE entrance test, and You must read the eligibility once again before applying.

    07 Sep, 2018 12:04
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    Akash Verma

    If i am 2018 passed out and i have backlogs then what i have to fill in the block of HAVE YOU GRADUATED IN ABOVE DEGREE? Yes or no please reply as soon as possible please

    01 Sep, 2018 22:39
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    Garima Bansal

    Hi Akash, You must have cleared all the backlogs then only you can apply for the exam.

    03 Sep, 2018 15:02
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    milind verma

    I have passed my BE in 2017 and still have 1 backlog .am I eligible for the gate 2019 ?

    01 Sep, 2018 11:14
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    Garima Bansal

    HI Milind, The eligibility for the gate exam is passed a Bachelor degree (4 years after 10 2 or 3-years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) in Engineering/ Technology or currently in the final year of the degree.

    03 Sep, 2018 10:52
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    RANGABHATLA SAI SRI DIVYA

    i am now in the 5 th semester b tech but i don't have any certificate so how can i proceed for gate 2019?

    30 Aug, 2018 00:20
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    Akansha Expert

    Hi Divya, Degree Certificate/Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate are mandatory for the GATE exam. so you cannot proceed.

    30 Aug, 2018 15:20

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