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GATE COAP 2020 (Common Offer Acceptance Portal)- Registration, Dates

Updated On - July 22nd 2019 by SUJATA GAUR

GATE IIT Counselling (COAP): M.Tech/Ph.D. courses admission in IITs will be carried out through COAP (Common Offer Acceptance Portal). After the declaration of results, all the participating institutes will begin their admission procedure based on GATE Score.

Candidates seeking admission in IITs should apply on the admission portal at respective IITs and register at COAP as well.  To access and make a decision on the most preferred choice (out of all the M.Tech specializations) each aspirant should register at the COAP portal (

IIT graduates with B.Tech and holds 8.0 CGPA need not apply at COAP. All the participating IITs will upload admission offers in a common time window. On the basis of GATE scores, GATE cut off and choices filled, candidates are offered seats. Read about GATE Counselling

Read on to know more about GATE IIT Counselling, important dates, registration process, eligibility criteria, participating IITs, and other related information.

GATE COAP 2020 Dates

Important dates regarding COAP registration and round offers are mentioned below:

EventDate (tentative)
Registration by candidates at COAP1st week of April 2020
Round 1May 24 - May 27, 2020
Round 2June 5- June 8, 2020
Round 3June 16- June 19, 2020
Round 4June 26- July 29, 2020

Check Participating Institutes for GATE COAP

What is COAP?

Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) provides a common platform for a candidate to make the preferred choice for admission into M.Tech programs in participating IITs. COAP is introduced to overcome the scenario of vacant seats and to provide admission to many other deserving candidates. Earlier, a number of M.Tech program seats left vacant due to many reasons such as offers for a job from PSU, admission to other institutes. 

Objectives of COAP

  1. To provide a common platform for a candidate to make the most preferred choice (job in PSU or Graduate study)
  2. To be able to offer admission to candidates who get deprived of seats (in Institutions) due to multiple offers held by some candidates till last minute, resulting in vacancies
  3. To mitigate/ eliminate the scenarios that arise due to ‘multiple offers’ (made by Institutions) that cause vacant posts in PSUs or vacant seats in Graduate programs of IITs.

COAP is the platform for Participating Institutes where Admission offers will be uploaded by IITs in a common time window. To access the offers made by participating IIT, each candidate will also have to register at COAP in addition to applying for admission.



GATE COAP Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for admission in any of the IITs are through 2 processes- one is COAP and others can directly apply to the respective institutes. Both the cases are examined below:

Case I

Candidates graduating/graduated from IITs having a valid GATE score (2020 and/or 2018 and/or 2017) and intend to apply for the admission in the participating Institutes can apply through COAP.  

Case II

Candidates graduating/ graduated from IITs with B.Tech. Degree and having CGPA (cumulative grade point average) of 7.5 and above for SC/ ST and 8.0 and above for others can directly apply to the respective institutes for M.Tech. Admission. They should not register at COAP.

For both Cases I and II, the candidate should apply separately to the respective Institutes.

GATE COAP Registration Process

For admission in IITs, check the notification regarding GATE counselling on the official website of IIT. Counselling procedure for every IIT is different so the candidate must apply for the same separately. The candidates seeking admission in different postgraduate courses are required to register themselves online for GATE 2020 counselling. Different institutes of IIT will have different qualification criteria for the GATE counselling.

GATE COAP consists of three stages namely online registration, online seat allotment, and admission into allotted institutes. These three stages are explained in brief below:


  1. Online registration

  • Only the GATE 2020 qualifying candidates can register themselves online for GATE 2020 counselling.
  • Once the registration is done, the candidates are required to pay the GATE 2020 counselling fee.
  • The payment of fee confirms the candidate’s registration. The candidates are required to fill in their preferred programs and institutes once the fee is paid.
  1. Online seat allotment

  • Once the candidate has completed his or her online registration, he/ she will be allotted the seats on the basis of their GATE merit list after the various rounds of seat allotment.
  • Once the seat is allotted to the candidate, he/ she will be required to arrive at the allotted institute for the payment of course fee.
  1. Admission into Allotted Institutes

  • Candidate must bring the original documents along with them.
  • The institute offering admission to the candidate will issue a provisional admission letter after the verification of the original documents and payment of the fee.
  • Once all these formalities are done, the candidate must confirm their admission.
  • The candidates must note that confirmation of the allotted seat is important because if the seat is not confirmed, it will be allotted to some other candidate.

Documents Required for GATE COAP

It is very important for candidates to carry some documents along with them in order to avoid any kind of failure in the GATE counselling procedure. Some of the important documents to be carried by the candidates are stated below:

  • GATE scorecard
  • Engineering academic record
  • Application fee receipt
  • Mark-sheet of 10th and  12th  (original)
  • SC/ ST certificate
  • PwD category certificate
  • Identification proof

Options Post Admission Offer through COAP 2020

After the admission offer is made through COAP 2020, candidates have three primary options-

  • Accept and Freeze- Visit the official website of the respective website of IIT to know the further procedure.
  • Retain and Wait- You may get upgradations in seats and in case you don’t get, you still have a seat in your hand. 
  • Reject and Wait- You reject the offered seat and wait for the upgradation.

List of Participating IITs

GATE is a national level examination which is conducted by seven IIT institutes. The below-mentioned table represents the list of participating IIT colleges for GATE COAP 2020:

  1. IISc Bangalore
  2. IIT BHU
  3. IIT Bombay
  4. IIT Delhi
  5. IIT Guwahati
  6. IIT Hyderabad
  7. IIT Indore
  8. IIT ISM Dhanbad
  9. IIT Kanpur
  10. IIT Kharagpur
  11. IIT Madras
  12. IIT Patna
  13. IIT Roorkee
  14. IIT Ropar

GATE COAP Important Instructions

The candidates must keep in mind certain important instructions at the time of GATE COAP 2020 in order to complete the counselling procedure without facing any discrepancy. The important instructions for GATE 2020 counselling are given below:

  • Candidate must note that all IIT institutes have separate forms for the counselling procedure.
  • The candidates must bring all the original documents at the time of GATE 2020 counselling.
  • After the GATE 2020 result is declared, the candidates should keep checking the official website for updates of GATE 2020 counselling.
  • In order to increase the chances of getting admission into IITs, the candidates are advised to apply to all the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for all the programs such as M.Tech, ME, M.Sc, etc. for which they are eligible.

Contact Details

COAP 2020


Telephone: 044-22578200

Help-Desk Timings:
9:30am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:30pm (Monday-Friday)

GATE IIT Counseling FAQs

Ques. How will GATE IIT Counseling be conducted?

Ans. GATE IIT counseling will be conducted after the confirmation of offer for admissions by IITs through a portal- Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP). The portal will display which IIT has offered seats for admissions to M.Tech program

Ques. What is COAP?

Ans. Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) is an initiative by IITs where candidates can check the status of their application for M.Tech admissions to IITs through GATE. It is not an M.Tech admission portal. Candidates must register at respective IIT portals for applications and then register at COAP portal.

Ques. In case I have applied for IIT, do I need to apply again for COAP?

Ans. Yes, for admissions through COAP, candidates will have to apply separately through COAP portal. All GATE qualified should register at COAP portal for making a decision against their offer.

Ques. Are foreign nationals who have qualified GATE eligible to apply for COAP?

Ans. No, only Indian citizens can apply for COAP counseling.

Ques. Will the counseling process be online or offline?

Ans. The offer of admission and further allocation process will be conducted online only.

Ques. What is the minimum eligibility requirement to appear for counseling?

Ans. candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Technology with a valid GATE score to apply for GATE IIT Counseling. Candidates undergoing examinations of final year of the course are also eligible to apply.

Ques. What is the procedure for admissions through GATE IIT Counseling?

Ans. The entire admission process will be divided into three phases:

  1. Online Registration
  2. Online Seat Allotment
  3. Admission to the allotted institute

Ques. Can I pay the admission fee later and wait for further allocation?

Ans. In case, candidates do not pay the admission fee, their candidature for that seat will be canceled. Their seat will be allotted to another candidate in further admission rounds.

Ques. What are the documents required for admission?

Ans. candidates must present the following documents in original as well as photocopies at the time of admissions:

  • GATE scorecard
  • Engineering academic records
  • Mark sheet of class 10th
  • Mark sheet of class 12th
  • SC/ ST certificate
  • PWD certificate
  • Identification Proof

Ques. Which are the participating institutes?

Ans. Candidates can apply for following participating IITs:

  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Kanpur
  • IIT Madras
  • IIT Delhi
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Roorkee
  • IIT Ropar
  • IIT Bhubaneshwar
  • IIT Gandhinagar
  • IIT Hyderabad
  • IIT Jodhpur
  • IIT Patna
  • IIT Indore
  • IIT Mandi
  • IIT Varanasi
  • IIT Palakkad
  • IIT Tirupati
  • IIT Dhanbad
  • IIT Bhilai
  • IIT Goa
  • IIT Jammu
  • IIT Dharwad

Ques. In the case of GATE scores in multiple subjects, how should I apply?

Ans. In this case, candidates will have to apply again. But during the registration process, they have to select “Additional Gate score” option and submit multiple choices.

Ques. What is the process for registration for GATE IIT Counseling through COAP?

Ans. Candidates can follow the procedure given below for GATE IIT Counseling through COAP registration:

  • Register with your Name, GATE registration Number, GATE score, Date of Birth, Email ID and Mobile Number.
  • Candidates will receive email/ SMS after successful registration with the login credentials for COAP.
  • After logging in candidates can check the offers made from IITs where they have applied.
  • All the offers will be tagged with COAP registration number.
  • COAP registration number is the same as the GATE registration number but will not contain subject code.

Ques. What is the procedure after the offer of the seat?

Ans. After receiving the offer for admission by IITs, candidates can exercise any one of the following options:

  • Accept & Freeze
  • Retain & Wait
  • Reject & Wait

Ques. What does Accept & Freeze option mean?

Ans. This option means that the candidate accepts the offer for admissions without any wish to upgrade to higher preferences if any.

Ques. What does Retain & Wait option mean?

Ans. This options indicated that the candidate is accepting the present seat offered but will also be like to be considered for upgradation in higher preferences in further rounds. Candidates opting for Retain & Wait will not be considered for upgrading for any of the rejected seats in this round.

Ques. Is there any procedure to be followed after the “Accept & Freeze” and “Retain & Wait” option?

Ans. After choosing this option, candidates must visit the respective IIT’s Admissions Portal and follow the further admissions process.

Ques. How many institutes can I opt for after Retain & Wait option?

Ans. Candidates opting for this choice can choose only one institute from higher preference offers in subsequent rounds.

Ques. What does Reject & Wait option mean?

Ans. The option is available for those candidates who are not willing to accept the offer (s) for admission. Such candidates will be considered for other higher preferences in further rounds of GATE IIT counseling if any.

*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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rohan paliwal

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23 Mar, 2018 00:20
Bhawna Vedwal

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