GATE 2020 Application Form Guidelines: Photo Size, Dimension, Format and Other Details

Updated On - September 25th 2019By - Sujata Gaur

GATE Registration 2020 has been started from August 31, 2019 onwards. Candidates can fill the online application form till September 24, 2019. Apart from entering your personal and academic details in the form, another important step is to scan and upload your photograph and signature in the specified format. This must be done electronically at the time of filling up an online form at GOAPS.

  • For this session, IIT Delhi has scheduled GATE 2020 for February 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2020.
  • The national level examination will be conducted in CBT mode across 195 exam centers in India and 6 cities abroad.
  • Registrants can download their GATE Admit Card from January 3, 2019.

Facility to change the uploaded image after the closure of the application submission window will be made available to candidates. Applications still Failing to meet the specifications can result in the disqualification of the application without any refund of the application fee. Read More GATE Form Correction

Highlights of GATE Photograph & Signature 

  • Only high-quality images must be uploaded in the application.
  • Background of the photo and signature must be white.
  • Only JPG/JPEG format of required specifications is acceptable.

Also Check GATE Exam Pattern

GATE 2020 Important Dates

GATE 2020 Notification was published on August 9, 2019 at Tabulated below are the important dates for GATE 2020

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website OpensAugust 31, 2019
Last date of submitting GATE 2020 Application FormSeptember 24, 2019
Extended Closing Dates of Submission of Online Application Form October 1, 2019
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination CityNovember 15, 2019
GATE 2020 Admit card publicationJanuary 3, 2020
GATE 2020 Exam dateFebruary 1, 2, 8, and 9, 2020
GATE 2020 Official Answer key releasing10 days after the exam
GATE 2020 Result declarationMarch 16, 2020
GATE 2020 Publishing of ScorecardOne week after the declaration of results
GATE 2020 Start of counseling cum admission processApril 2020

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GATE 2020 Photo Specifications

Candidates applying for the national level exam must take care of GATE Photo details, photo size, etc. while attaching their photograph with GATE Application Form. Listed below are important points related to the same:

  1. Upload high-quality photograph. The photograph will appear on your GATE scorecard.
  2. Colored photo must be taken after August 1, 2019 by a professional photographer. Photographs taken from a mobile phone or other self-composed portraits may result in rejection of the application.
  3. Dimensions: A passport size photograph with 3.5 cm width and 4.5 cm height of the face.
  4. Format: JPEG only
  5. Standard Print size: 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm (width X height)
  6. Maximum size: 480 * 640 pixels (0.3 Mega pixel) | Minimum size: 240 * 320 pixels.
  7. Background of Photo: White or a light color
  8. The face should occupy at least 35% area of the photo with a full-face view looking into the camera directly.
  9. Forehead, eyes, nose and chin should be clearly visible. Main features of the face should not be covered by hair of the head, any cloth or any shadow.
  10. Photo should be without any cap/ hat.
  11. For candidates who wear spectacles, photograph with glare on the glasses will not be accepted. If glare cannot be avoided, don’t wear spectacles in the photo shoot.
  12. Avoid spectacles with dark and tinted glasses.
  13. Poor quality photograph will result in rejection of GATE application form without refund of fee.

Sample Photographs

GATE Photo Size Specification
GATE Photo Size Specification

GATE 2020 Signature Specifications

Along with the photograph, candidates are also required to attach scanned image of signature. The essential specifications for signature as per GATE 2020  requirements are listed below:

  1. Take an A4 white paper.
  2. Draw a rectangular box with the following dimensions:
  • Breadth = 2 cm
  • Width = 7 cm
  1. Sign with black or dark blue ink pen within the box. The height or width of the signature should be atleast 80% of the respective height or width of the rectangular box.
  2. Signature by any other person or in any other colour will be rejected.
  3. Signature in all CAPITAL LETTERS will NOT be accepted.
  4. Format: JPEG only
  5. Maximum Size: 160 X 560 pixels | Minimum Size: 80 X 280 pixels
  6. The size of the signature should be between 2KB to 150KB.
  7. Get the digital image of your signature along with the box through a professional scanner.
  8. Crop the image to the border of the rectangular box and upload it.
  9. If the applicant’s signature, on the exam day, does not match the signature on GATE Admit Card, the applicant will be disqualified.

Sample Signature

GATE Signature, GATE Signature Size

Important Instructions for GATE 2020 Photograph & Signature

  • The signature on the photograph must be done in presence of the invigilator.
  • Candidates must bring additional copies of passport size photographs, as used during GATE Registration.
  • The Photograph should not have cap or goggles. Spectacles are allowed if being used regularly.
  • Applications without clear photographs are liable to be rejected.
  • For Signature, upload your signature in the appropriate box given in the form in running handwriting.
  • Writing full name in the box in capital letters will NOT be accepted as the signature. Doing so can lead to cancellation of the application form. 
Note: At GATE 2020 Exam Center, the Center Superintendent will collect candidate’s Post Card size (4”x6”) photograph affixed on Performa.

How to Edit Images for GATE?

Editing scanned images may degrade the quality of the images. As uploading of the low quality of images is not acceptable in registration. There are a few ways by which you can edit the images as per the required specifications of GATE 2020

Images can be cropped, edited, compressed by available online tools viz.

  • Pisaca,
  • Free Online Photo Editor,
  • Photo Pea,
  • Luna Pic,
  • Cam Scanner,
  • MS Paint etc.

How to edit GATE image through Picasa?

  1. Open the image in PC
  2. Download Picasa
  3. Go to Crop → Add Aspect Custom Ratio → Add the Dimensions for Width & Height
  4. Make the changes
  5. Save it for uploading

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How to Fill GATE 2020 Application Form?

The registration window will close on October 1, 2020. Applications received after the due date will not be accepted. Visit the official website of GOAPS i.e. to fill GATE Application Form. 

5 Steps for applying for GATE 2020 

Step 1: Registration through GOAPS

Step 2: Fill the application form with all the required information

Step 3: Upload Photograph and Signature and other required documents

Step 4: Pay the application fee through online mode

Step 5: Submit the form and take a printout for future reference.

GATE Form Correction

IIT Delhi will issue the notification for making corrections in GATE 2020 Application Form in case of any overall discrepancy in the information. The option to modify details is applicable to certain fields only.

For GATE Form Correction, you need to send a request email form registered email id to respective zonal GATE offices indicated on the form. The mail must mention the Enrollment id of candidate and nature of correction in the form besides containing scanned attachment of document required as proof for making the changes.

Check the table below to know the fields where changes are applicable:

Nature of CorrectionDocuments Required as Proof for making Correction (Any One)
Name of candidate10th class/SSLC certificate, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhaar ID Driving License
Date of BirthBirth certificate, 10th class/SSLC certificate, Passport
Name of Parent/GuardianVoter ID, Passport, Aadhaar ID, Driving License
Academic Qualification Details – 
  1. Qualifying Degree
  2. Year of Qualifying Degree
  3. Have you Graduated in the above Degree?
Degree certificate or Final year/Semester mark sheet or Certificate with seal and signature of HoD/principal/competent authority (format available on the website)

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques- How many exam centers can I choose for GATE exam?

Ans- Candidates can choose maximum 3 exam centers in the order of preference for GATE exam. The first preference given by the applicant is most likely to be allotted. 

Ques- Can I appear in any of the GATE 2020 paper? 

Ans- Candidate is expected to appear in the paper of discipline of a qualifying degree. However, candidates can also choose any other paper as well. 

Ques- Can I use same e-mail account for multiple application?

Ans- Candidates can use one e-mail id for a single application. 

Ques- What is the application fee for GATE 2020?

Ans- GATE 2020 Application fee has been detailed in the table given below:

CategoryApplication FeeDuring Extended Period
WomenINR 750INR 1250
SC/ST/PwDINR 750INR 1250
All Other CandidatesINR 1500INR 2000
For exam centers in Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and KathmanduUS$50US$70
For Exam Center in Dubai and SingaporeUS$100US$120



Chandan Sahoo

i had got an sms regarding defects of photos and signature i have changed it once.. if the defects is still found will i get a second chance

01 Oct, 2019 15:51
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Chandan, no, second chance will not be given to the students for editing any detail in the application form.

04 Oct, 2019 16:52
Anu Anu there ur gate application form accepted after the correction rectification?

11 Oct, 2019 17:56
deepti agarwal

i tried uploading my document, with different sizes of pdf, but it is still not accepting and uploading. what should i do?

26 Sep, 2019 17:36
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Deepti, kindly check the specifications stated above and tally with the dimensions of your photograph. Then, you can try again.

27 Sep, 2019 16:13
Kaushik Reddy

i uploaded the the document via camscanner will they be any problem as it showing "scanned using camscanner" can we recorrect it

25 Sep, 2019 18:19
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Kaushik, you can upload the photo using camscanner but "Scanned using camscanner" must not be mentioned on it. If it is there, then, your application will not be accepted.

26 Sep, 2019 15:26
Rashi Thakur

sir is it necessary to keep same photo in eligibility certificate and in gate form

23 Sep, 2019 09:54
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Rashi, no, there is no provision as such. You may have different photographs on eligibility certificate and GATE form.

23 Sep, 2019 10:15
prasad tholapu

Hi sir I'm PRASAD.i uploaded my signature with higher pixel it ok or can I change it .

22 Sep, 2019 21:27
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Tholapu, if any correction would be required in the application form, it will be notified to you.

23 Sep, 2019 12:56
sathiya moorthi

In eligibility form ,there is 2nd signature for candidate so where can I sign in above signature of candidate or in side ?

20 Sep, 2019 19:45
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Sathiya, the signature is to be done inside the space provided.

21 Sep, 2019 16:19
Vijay Pandey

Sir I have uploaded my photo with white shirt with red background, is it OK or not, if not what can I do?

20 Sep, 2019 15:41
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Vijay, the photograph with the mentioned specifications will do. No need to change the photograph.

20 Sep, 2019 17:08
mutturaj raj

sir, i uploaded my photo but background is blue... what i do sir?

20 Sep, 2019 12:48
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Raj, if the background color is light, then, it is acceptable in the application form. However, if it is dark blue, then, you will have to change the photo when form correction window will get functional.

20 Sep, 2019 12:54
mutturaj raj

background color is in between sir...

20 Sep, 2019 13:13
Shobhna Chaturvedi

In that case, you may leave the photograph as it is, it would not create any problem in later stage.

20 Sep, 2019 13:28
amit kumar

I have uploaded my photo wearing t shirt. Is it allowed or not.

20 Sep, 2019 01:54
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Amit, yes, it is allowed.

20 Sep, 2019 10:55
Permi Baba Sai Ram

Which I was drawn rectangular box for sign it is showing as a line on left side now in affliction form and they accepted my application now is there any problem with that

18 Sep, 2019 16:44
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Sai, once the application form has been accepted, then, you do not need to worry any further.

18 Sep, 2019 17:19

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