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GATE 2019 Photo Size, Dimension, Format and Other Details

Last Updated - September 27, 2018


GATE 2019 Registration window will close on October 1. 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 online form at GOAPS. The examination is scheduled for February 2, 3, 9 and 10, engineering or architecture aspirants can apply online at Register Now!

Applicants are notified that the facility to change the uploaded image after the closure of application submission window will be available. 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.
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GATE 2019 Important Dates

GATE 2019 Notification was published in August 2018 at The exam is scheduled in the month of February in online (computer-based) mode.

Availability of GATE application formSeptember 1 – October 1, 2018
Last date to make changes in Exam CentersNovember 16, 2018
Release of GATE admit cardJanuary 4, 2019
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GATE 2019 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, 2018 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, GATE 2019 Photo size
GATE Photo Size, GATE 2019 Photo specifications

GATE 2019 Signature Specifications

Along with the photograph, candidates are also required to attach scanned image of signature. The essential specifications for signature as perGATErequirements 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019

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 2019 Application Form?

The registration window will close on October 1, 2018. Applications received after the due date will not be accepted. Visit the official website of GOAPS i.e. to fill GATE Application Form. Check out the process mentioned at “How to apply for GATE 2019?” to complete the procedure.

5 Steps for applying for GATE 2019 

Step 1: Registration through GOAPS

Step 2: Fill application form with all the required information

Step 3: Upload Photograph and Signature and other required documents

Step 4: Pay application fee through online mode

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

GATE Form Correction

IIT Madras will issue the notification for making corrections in GATE 2019 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 ocorrectionon 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)



shubham kumar

i uploaded our document but not show on form and also written your document sucussesfull and my gmail is not verified in form what can i do. please help me

26 Sep, 2018 22:20
shubham kumar

i upload my document and also retun sucsessfull document but not showing my document on display and also not my veryfied gmail id my enrollment id:-shubham kumar(C419S77) please solve my problem and reply

25 Sep, 2018 11:29
praveen kumar

I am uploading hod sing document in wrong format So,I can change or not after submittng the form.

22 Sep, 2018 01:55
Garima Bansal

HI Praveen, Yes you can change its after submitting the form, at the time of form correction date.

24 Sep, 2018 12:59
sai uttej

Sir a rectangular box drawn around signature is mandatory or not sir

21 Sep, 2018 22:59
Akansha Expert

Hi Sai, Yes The rectangular shape outline is mandatory for the application.

24 Sep, 2018 15:00
Shaik Farha

sir can i re-upload my signature, as the background looks darker

21 Sep, 2018 16:21
Akansha Expert

Hi Shaik, Yes you can re upload it as the correction time period.

21 Sep, 2018 16:31
Prigil Arakkal

i am not able to upload my eligibility it showing that certificate is not as per specification.

21 Sep, 2018 01:05
Akansha Expert

Hi Prigil, May be there were the internet issue be patience for the rectifying the error.

21 Sep, 2018 14:20

How I can change candidate name in application form..while registration it shows correct name but after filling application form it didn't show correct name...Sir plz tell what I should do?

20 Sep, 2018 15:37
Akansha Expert

Hi Venkatesh, May be there were the internet issue be patience for the rectifying the error.

20 Sep, 2018 17:48
Khan Zameer

Sir my photo size and format jpg as per given instruction everything is correct but photo background is light blue..... They will accept this form?

15 Sep, 2018 21:48
Akansha Expert

Hi Zameer, Background of Photo: White or a light color, that will be acceptable.

17 Sep, 2018 12:46

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