GATE 2021 Application Form Correction, Dates, Process and Fees

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    IIT Bombay has reopened its registration portal for GATE 2021 Form Correction. The window will be open from October 28, 2020 to November 13, 2020 for successfully registered candidates. Read More

    Students can visit the GOAPS portal to make changes in their applications or can visit the direct link given below. Choice of examination city can be changed free of cost, while change in category, gender and/ or paper will be with an additional cost. Check GATE 2021 Form Correction Fee

    • Supporting documents will have to be produced to attest the changes made in the application form of GATE 2021.  Check GATE 2021 Eligibility
    • Generally, the defects are found under 3 categories i.e. absence of proper eligibility certificates, invalid category certificate, and wrong photograph or signature specifications. Check How to Upload Documents?

    Candidates may have to pay the difference fees depending on the type of correction made. GATE 2021 Form Correction can be done by logging in with your enrolment number and password at the official website – 

    Direct link for GATE 2021 Form Correction

    Read on to know more about GATE Form Correction, Additional Fee, Details can be corrected and important dates.

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    Highlights of GATE 2021 Form Correction

    GATE 2021 Official
    Mode of GATE Form CorrectionOnline
    GATE 2021 Registration September 11, 2020
    Last date to fill the Application formOctober 7, 2020
    Extended date for submitting the online application form with late feesOctober 12, 2020
    GATE 2021 Form CorrectionOctober 28, 2020
    Last Date for change of category, paper and examination cityNovember 13, 2020

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    GATE 2021 Application Scrutiny

    GATE 2021 Application Scrutiny and Rectification

    • The application forms submitted for GATE 2021 will be checked by the authorities to verify the accuracy of the data. 
    • The authorities will check the uploaded documents, check the clarity of the photograph and signature. 
    • If every document and details provided by the candidates are found to be in order then the application will be accepted. 
    • In case any defect is found in the application form then the same will be marked and intimated to the respective candidate for correction via e-mail and/or SMS, which the candidate has provided while filling the application form.
    • The correction needs to be done within the time period provided by the authorities. Failing to do so on time can lead to the rejection of the application
    • The status of the candidate’s application can be checked anytime by logging into GOAPS.

    What is GATE Form Correction?

    What is GATE 2021 Application Form Correction?

    After submitting the application form, it goes under scrutiny where the form is checked as per the specifications mentioned in GATE Information Brochure. In case, any mistake/ defect is found, the same is informed to the candidates through their registered email IDs for the rectification. Additional fee payment, if applicable, will have to be paid by the candidates.

    Details that can be corrected

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

    Type of correction and it’s supporting document

    Type of corrections in GATE Application Form (against each correction, a document as a proof for correction is also required) are mentioned below-

    Type of CorrectionsDetails
    NameAs per the documents submitted in Application
    Date of BirthAs per the documents submitted in Application
    Name of Parent/ College/ Contact Address etcAs per the documents submitted in Application

    Male to Female: Difference fees will not be refunded,
    Female to Male: Difference fees will have to be paid by the candidate.


    SC/ ST to General/ EWS/ OBC: Difference fees will have to be paid by the candidate
    General/ EWS/ OBC to SC/ ST: Difference fees will not be refunded

    PwD/ Dyslexia

    Yes to No: Difference fees will have to be paid by the candidate
    No to Yes: Fees will not be refunded, Supporting Documents have to be produced

    As only certain details can be edited in GATE Application Form and if the mistakes cannot be rectified then you have to apply again for GATE 2021 with a new E-mail ID and Phone Number. It must be noted that the previous application fee shall not be refunded.

    Change in Exam Center

    • IIT Bombay will also provide the facility to candidates who are interested in changing their exam centers. An additional fee will be applicable for changing the exam city, which will be informed later.
    • Candidates can do limited corrections in the application form. Therefore, they are advised to fill GATE Application Form carefully.
    • After the corrections, a candidate can check the GATE form status for the successful submission.

    Steps for GATE 2021 Form Correction

    How to Make Corrections in GATE 2021 Application Form?

    Candidates can follow the below given steps to make correction in GATE Application Form:

    Steps for GATE Application Form Correction

    Step 1: Login at GOAPS website

    Step 2: Enter Enrollment ID/Email Address, Password and Captcha.

    Step 3: Click on Edit GATE Application Form and make the changes.

    Step 4: After making the changes, verify before saving the application form and then Save and View Application.

    Step 5: Submit and Proceed to Payment after verifying all the changes.

    Note: Download GATE corrected application form for future reference.

    GATE 2021 Form Correction Fees

    GATE 2021 Form Correction Fees

    For GATE 2021, there have been certain changes in the form correction fees. According to the official notice, change of examination city will be free while change in category, gender and/ or paper will cost an additional amount. Studnet must note that there will be NO REFUND of the fee paid. 

    The details regarding GATE 2021 Form Correction Fee have been tabulated in the table below:

    ChangesFee (in INR)
    Examination CityFree
    Existing Paper500
    Addition of Second Paper500 + suitable amount per paper for candidate’s category
    Gender to Female500
    Gender from Female to other500 + 750= 1250
    Category to SC/ ST500
    Category from SC/ ST to Other500 + 750= 1250
    Non-PwD to PwD500
    PwD to Non-PwD500 + 750= 1250
    Any other changes500

    GATE 2021 Application Fee Status

    GATE 2021 Application Fee Status

    The exam authority allows candidates to view GATE Application Form Status after they submit their application forms. Any defects or incomplete data can also be checked through GATE Application Form Status at the official website of GOAPS.

    The steps to check the status of the online form are the same as completing the registration. Successfully registered candidates need to log in at GOAPS with Enrollment ID/Email Address and Password.

    • All the submitted GATE Application Forms will be audited for the accuracy of the input. 
    • If everything is found in order, GATE Application Form will be accepted. 
    • Else, errors in the form will be marked and informed to the candidate for correction.
    • Errors in online form will be informed by an email or SMS. 
    • This correction/rectification needs to be done within a stipulated time.
    • Failing to make corrections, will lead to the rejection of GATE Application Form. 

    Given below are the statuses of GATE Application Form 2021. Anyone of the following messages will be displayed on the user’s window:

    • Received – Application form is successfully submitted
    • Under Scrutiny – GATE Application is under check
    • Accepted – No correction required, form is accepted
    • Defect Status – Marked defects to be rectified in the application form
    • Status after Rectification – Status of the form after making changes
    • Rejected with Valid Reasons – Application form which is not rectified within stipulated time frame

    Frequently Asked Questions

    GATE 2021 Form Correction FAQs

    Ques. I have submitted wrong information in the Application Form. Can I change that?

    Ans. Yes, you can change the information in the Application Form. Examination authority gives the candidates an opportunity once to edit their mistakes in the Application form.

    Ques. What are the changes that I can make during the Application Form correction period?

    Ans. Candidates can make corrections in the Application form at the time of opening of the correction window. Candidates can correct the information like candidate’s name, date of birth, name of parent/ guardian, qualifying degree and the year of qualifying degree.

    Ques. Is there any extra fee charged for making correction in the Application Form?

    Ans. Yes, you have to make some extra payment using GOAPS

    Ques. When will the correction window close?

    Ans. The correction window will be open from October 28 to November 13, 2020. After which no request for the changes in the application form will be accepted.

    Ques. While filling in the application form, I made a mistake in filling my name. Will I be able to correct this?

    Ans. Yes, you can correct your name on the GATE Application Form.

    Ques. Can I change my mobile number or Email ID after I have submitted my GATE 2020 Application Form?

    Ans. No, you cannot change your mobile number and email ID once you have submitted the form.

    Ques. Am I allowed to change my GATE 2021 Exam City centre after the submission of GATE 2021 Application Form?

    Ans. Yes, you can make a request for the change of examination city centre from October 28 to November 13, 2020, with an additional fee to be paid online using GOAPS.

    Ques. I have selected a wrong paper. What should I do?

    Ans. You can fill a new application form with a new email address and choose the correct paper for examination. The previous mobile number can be used for filling a new application form. Application Fee will not be refunded once it’s paid even in the case of submission of incorrect application form

    Ques. Can I change my category in GATE Application Form?

    Ans. Yes, you can change your category via logging into GOAPS and click on ‘change personal data’. Change your category and verify all the details before the final submission.

    Ques. Do I have to pay any additional fee for changing category? If yes then how much?

    Ans. You have to pay a fee of INR 750 in case of category change from SC/ ST to General/ OBC (not applicable to female and PwD candidates). The additional fee will not be refunded.

    Ques. I want to make changes in my gender in the GATE 2021 Application Form. What should I do?

    Ans. To change the gender from Male/ other to Female, you will have to login into GOAPS and click on "change personal data". After making changes verify the information before the final submission. After submission, you have to pay the non-refundable additional fee of INR 750.

    Ques. My application status of GATE shows "Under Scrutiny". What does it mean?

    Ans. IIT Bombay will check the GATE applications for any discrepancies in photograph or signature. If the status shows "Under Scrutiny" it is fine. Once they will check all the details, the status will be changed to "Successful Submission".

    Ques. How will I know that there are some defects in my GATE application form?

    Ans. In case of any defect in the application form, you will receive a mail regarding defects in their application forms and their status. Once rectified, the application status will reflect "Under Scrutiny" till it gets cleared by IIT Bombay.

    Ques. Am I allowed to make changes once the Application form correction window gets closed?

    Ans. No, you are not allowed to make changes after the closure of the correction window.

    Ques. Can I make changes twice in the Application Form?

    Ans. Yes, you can but into the stipulated time for Application Form correction. You have to pay an additional non-refundable fee after the completion of the correction process.

    *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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    Wrong photo background- message given by admin today. I am trying to login in GAOPS but CAPTCHA is not loading. please help what to do. i am simply not able to log into the system. used chrome, Firefox, edge, incognito mode everything.

    10 Oct, 2020 13:46


    You can always choose to make corrections in your forms in case of any mistake. 

    10 Oct, 2020 18:03


    Yes, you can make relevant changes through form correction after submitting the application form. 

    15 Oct, 2020 17:55

    Can i change my phone number in GATE application form, when Correction window opens because i have given my old phone which im not using now.

    08 Oct, 2020 00:20

    Hi Nivedita, 

    Yes, you can certainly choose form correction in case of any inconvenience. 

    09 Oct, 2020 23:22
    Suchita Nimbalkar

    I wrote wrong mobile number in form can i change it

    30 Sep, 2020 00:20


    Yes, you can avail the form correction option in case of any inconvenience. 

    10 Oct, 2020 00:36

    hello, i have successfully taken action against my signature which was no visible beforehand. however whenever i try to click on "submit" it doesn't load further. im in dilemma , at one hand i can see "you successfully took action against this defect" and at other hand im not able to submit. i tried to contact IIT Bombay, they were responding very rudely and insisted me to keep trying and disconnected the call, please help. i need genuine assistance.

    29 Sep, 2020 10:31

    Hi Darpan. While uploading the signatures, please take care of following points:

    1. Signature in all CAPITAL LETTERS will NOT be accepted
    2. Format: JPEG only
    3. Maximum Size: 160 X 560 pixels | Minimum Size: 80 X 280 pixels
    4. The size of the signature should be between 5KB to 200KB.
    5. Get the digital image of your signature along with the box through a professional scanner

    If you still face issues regarding the same, you can click here

    21 Oct, 2020 21:47

    I paid the fees but after that i found that my qualifying degree details i entered was wrong... instead pf choosing the option "others", i clicked yhe wrong one.can i able to correct it?

    28 Sep, 2020 19:06

    Hi Athulya, You can edit it later when the correction window will open.

    29 Sep, 2020 23:10
    Aqib Ramzan

    Sir, can i change email id and phone no in the gate form 2021.As i already provided, is also right but that is not my personal.will it changed or not???

    28 Sep, 2020 18:13

    Hi Aqib, No, You cannot change your email ID and phone number after the submission of the online form. For more information, please refer to the following link, GATE 2021.

    29 Sep, 2020 23:09
    Rushabh Raju Tijare

    My adhar card photo is not updated does it affect gate application form

    25 Sep, 2020 14:48

    Hi Rushabh, 

    You can always opt for form correction in such cases. 

    10 Oct, 2020 00:46
    Munna Mathews

    Hello sir/Madam, While applying for GATE online application do we need to upload any qualified exam certificates like 10 2 or btech certificates.

    24 Sep, 2020 13:17


    Yes, a graduation certificate is the basic requirement of appearing the GATE exam. If you haven’t uploaded, you can do it right away through form correction. 

    14 Oct, 2020 17:22
    riva lakhani

    hi, can I fill the GATE form more than 1 time? I mistakenly enter my gender wrong but not paid the fee yet. so is there any problem to make another account

    23 Sep, 2020 00:20

    Hi Riva, You cannot fill the form more than once. You have the option to correct/edit your GATE 2021 Application Form. The correction windown will open soon, Last date to make changes by paying additional fee will be till 13th November 2020. After it no candidate will be allowed to do correction further.  

    23 Sep, 2020 23:51

    I have made a mistake in the section "have you graduated ?" Will I be able to correct it and how much I have to pay for it?

    21 Sep, 2020 00:20

    Hello Riddhi, greetings from Collegedunia. The form correction window will be provided to you once the registrations are completed. Click here for latest updates.

    22 Sep, 2020 12:58

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