GATE 2021 Photo and Signature Upload Guidelines: Check Photo Size, Dimension and Format

    Nikkil Visha Nikkil Visha
    Exams Prep Master

    IIT Bombay will close GATE 2021 registration with a normal fee on Oct 7, 2020. After that, you can apply from Oct 8 to 12, 2020 by paying the late fee fine of INR 500 along with registration of INR 1500. 

    One of the most important steps while applying is to scan and upload your photograph and signature in the specified format. Only high-quality images must be uploaded in the application. The background of the photo and signature must be white.

    • Only JPG/JPEG format of required specifications is acceptable while uploading the signature and photo. 
    • Candidates will also be required to upload the Photo ID proof, SC/ ST, PWD certificate, Dyslexic Certificate in the PDF format. 
    • GATE 2021 Application failing to meet the specifications can result in the disqualification of the application without any refund of the application fee. 

    For this session, IIT Bombay will conduct the exam from Feb 5-7 and 12-14, 2021. The national level examination will be conducted in CBT mode across 195 GATE exam centers in India and 6 cities abroad. The facility to change the uploaded image after the closure of the application, form correction window will be made available to candidates. Read the article to know more about the right image size and format. 

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    GATE 2021 Important Dates

    GATE 2021 Notification has been released at the official website i.e. Tabulated below are the important dates for GATE 2021

    GATE 2021 EventsDates
    GATE 2021 Registration windowSeptember 11, 2020
    Last date to fill the Application formOctober 7, 2020 (Extended)
    Extended date for submitting the online application formOctober 12, 2020
    Last Date for change of category, paper and examination cityNovember 13, 2020

    Check GATE 2021 Important Dates of other Events

    GATE 2021 Photo Specifications

    GATE 2021 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 2021 Application Form. Listed below are important points related to the same:

    1. Upload a high-quality photograph. The photograph will appear on your GATE scorecard.
    2. The colored photo must be taken after August 1, 2020 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 a 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 of the candidate must cover 60% - 70% of the above-mentioned size of the photograph.
    9. Forehead, eyes, nose, and chin should be clearly visible. The main features of the face should not be covered by hair of the head, any cloth, or any shadow.
    10. Both the ears MUST be visible on the photo.
    11. The photo should be without any cap/ hat.
    12. For candidates who wear spectacles, photographs with glare on the glasses will not be accepted. If glare cannot be avoided, don’t wear spectacles in the photoshoot.
    13. Avoid spectacles with dark and tinted glasses.
    14. The poor quality photographs will result in rejection of GATE application form without a refund of fee.

    Sample Photographs

    Specifications of Photograph 

    ParticularsDimensionsSize and Other SpecificationsUploading of Documents
    Passport size photograph in the white background5 kb -200 kb

    3.5 cm Width × 4.5 cm Height with 60% - 70% of Face Coverage

    Pixels Range from 240x320 –  480×640 

    In JPEG / JPG format

    GATE 2021 Signature Specifications

    GATE 2021 Signature Specifications

    Along with the photograph, candidates are also required to attach a scanned image of the signature. The essential specifications for signature as per GATE 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 5KB to 200KB.
    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 2021 Admit Card, the applicant will be disqualified.

    Sample Signature

    Specifications of Signature

    ParticularsDimensionsSize and Other SpecificationsUploading of Documents
    Signature in running handwriting5 kb-200 kb

    Area of signature must cover 70-80% of the image.

    Pixels Range from 80×280 – 160×560

    Sign with black or dark blue color ink only.

    In JPEG / JPG format

    List of Supporting Documents

    Supporting Documents Required in GATE 2021

    Other than uploading the Photograph and signature, candidates must keep the following documents handy before initiating the process for GATE Registration. All the supporting documents mentioned below need to be uploaded while filling the online application form. 

    Photo ID:

    • You have to upload the PDF file of any one of the following valid photo identity. 
    • Valid IDs are Aadhaar- UID, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee ID, and Driving License.
    • For international candidates, only a valid Passport / Government issued ID / College ID / Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification document.
    • If you do not have any of these as your identity proof then please obtain any one of them before filling the application.

    Category (SC/ ST) Certificate

    • Candidates who belong to SC or ST category have to upload a valid documentary proof to get the concession in the application fee. A certificate issued by the authorized officials will be valid.
    • OBC-NCL and EWS candidates are not required to upload any category certificate while filling the online application form.

    Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate

    • Person with Disability (PwD) candidates should attach a recently obtained PwD certificate issued by the competent authority.
    • The benefit would be given to those who have a minimum 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability.

    Certificate of Dyslexia

    • Dyslexic candidates should attach a proper dyslexic certificate issued by any authorized Dyslexia Association.
    • The scribe will be provided by the GATE authorities.

    Specification of Documents to be Uploaded Online 

    Photo ID ProofPDF Format
    Category Certificate wherever applicable
    PwD Certificate wherever applicable
    Certificate of Dyslexia

    How to Edit Images for GATE?

    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 2021

    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

    How to Fill GATE 2021 Application Form?

    The registration window to apply for GATE 2021 is open. 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 2021

    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 will issue the notification for making corrections in GATE 2021 Application Form in case of any overall discrepancy in the information. The option to modify details is applicable to certain fields only.

    For GATE 2021 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 the candidate and the nature of correction in the form besides containing a scanned attachment of the document required as a 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)

    Important Instructions for GATE 2021 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 2021 Exam Center, the Center Superintendent will collect candidate’s Post Card size (4”x6”) photograph affixed on Performa.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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. The first preference given by the applicant is most likely to be allotted. 

    Ques- Can I appear in any of the GATE 2021 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 the same e-mail account for multiple applications?

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

    Ques- What is the application fee for GATE 2021?

    Ans- GATE 2021 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




    I did not get a e-signature and digital fingerprint on my application.. Is that alright?

    01 Oct, 2020 00:13

    Hi Padmini, For information related to this, please contact  011-2659 1749 Fax: 011-2658 1579 email:

    07 Oct, 2020 00:47
    Neethu Chacko

    Hi, I am doing BSc Mathematics 3rd year (final year). Am I eligible for GATE 2021.

    30 Sep, 2020 21:48


    Yes, you are eligible for GATE 2021. 

    10 Oct, 2020 00:32

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