How to fill GATE 2021 Application Form: Step by Step Guide

Application forms for GATE 2021 will available from 14 to 30 September 2020. Candidates will be able to register in the online mode. In order to fill out the application forms, candidates will have to register on the official GATE website, i.e.

- GATE Application fee for the general category will be INR 1500, while the late registration fee will be INR 2000.

- Applicants will be required to upload their scanned passport photo and signature in the prescribed specifications.

- The entire application process will be carried out through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).

GATE 2021 Registration Dates (Announced)

Events Dates
Commencement of Application Process September 14, 2020
Last date to fill the Application form September 30,  2020
Extended date for submitting the online application form October 7, 2020
Last Date for change of category, paper and examination city
(an additional fee will be applicable)
November 13, 2020

GATE 2021 Application – Documents/Particulars Required

Candidates must keep the following documents handy before initiating the process for GATE Registration: 

- Scanned photograph and signature 

- Valid Photo ID (Aadhaar Card/Passport/Driving License/PAN Card/Voter ID/College ID/Employee Identification Card/Notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address).

- For foreign students, Passport/ Govt. Issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be considered as valid ID proofs.

- Degree Certificate/Course Completion Certificate 

- Copy of Mark Sheet of the V /VI /VII semester

- Final year students must submit Provisional Certificate Letter as per format issued by the Home of Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Dept.

- Candidates in the final year of AMIE have to submit their mark sheet for Section A of AMIE in case of professional equivalent qualifications.

- Caste Certificate (if applicable) as per given format

- Disability or PwD Certificate (if applicable)

- Candidates pursuing a higher degree or masters have to submit the qualifying degree certificate

- Candidates with backlogs have to upload a copy of the mark sheet of the final year issued by the institute where they are studying. 

Document specification to be uploaded online

Particulars Dimensions
Passport size photograph in the white background 2 kb -200 kb
Signature in running handwriting 2 kb-150 kb
Category Certificate wherever applicable 10 kb -300 kb
PwD Certificate wherever applicable 10 kb – 300 kb

A step-by-step Guide to GATE 2021 Application Process

For the convenience of applicants, the Exam Authority has issued a Guide to Successful Submission of the GATE Application Form. The process of applying for GATE 2021 comprises the following steps-

1. GATE Registration – Register as “New User” and proceed as mentioned in the guide. After successful registration, you will get access to GOAPS with the credentials you entered.

2. Fill GATE Application Form – Login using GOAPS Enrollment ID and GOAPS Password and start filling the GATE application form.

3. Upload Documents – Upload Image, Signature, Eligibility Certificate, SC/ST Certificate and PwD Certificate as per the given specifications.

4. Payment of Fees – Payment can be done through credit card, debit card or net banking.

Step 1: Registration

To fill the online application process, candidates have to register themselves. New candidates can register themselves by entering their full name and other details in the form given below.

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- Name of the Candidate, Email Address, Country of Residence, Mobile Number.

- Create your Password – It should be unique and 8-15 characters long. 

- Enter the Captcha and click on ‘Submit. ‘

- If all the details are correct, an SMS and an email will be sent to your mobile number and email address respectively.

- Enter details like a valid email address, mobile number and create a GOAPS password.

- GOAPS password must be unique. Avoid using Date of Birth, your name or some numbers (12345) or string of letters (abcd), etc.

- All communication will be done through the registered mobile number and email id.

- In the case of foreign students, all the communication will be done through the email id.

GOAPS Enrollment ID: After successful registration, an email containing the GOAPS Enrollment ID will be sent to you. This ID will be used to submit the GATE Application Form 2021, to download the GATE Admit Card and to check the result and to download the scorecard.

NOTE: Only one application form can be filled through one e-mail id.

Step 2: Filling of GATE 2021 Application Form

- Enter the Enrollment ID and Password to proceed with the process of filling GATE Application Form. Go through the brochure of information about GATE 2021 and read all instructions given. There are 4 subsections under Step 2 of How to Apply to GATE 2021. The detailed procedure is explained below-

- GATE Exam Details: Select the GATE 2021 Paper you wish to appear in. Select your examination country and subsequently pick 3 choices of GATE 2021 Exam Centers.

- While selecting the exam cities, the first two choices must be of the same GATE Zone and the third one can be from any sector.

- Applicant’s Personal Details: Don’t forget to Verify Email Address and Mobile Number. On clicking the Verify Button, an OTP is sent to the registered email id and mobile number. Enter your personal details like Date of Birth, Gender, Nationality, Category etc.


Correspondence Address: Add your Correspondence Address for future correspondence. The following image highlights the required details:


Qualifying Degree Details: You are required to fill the details of your qualifying degree i.e. Name and discipline of the Qualifying degree, Name of college/ university, Passing year, etc.

Step 3: Uploading Documents

Images to be uploaded should be scanned beforehand and kept ready for uploading. Documents that are required to be uploaded are mentioned below- 

- Passport size photograph in the white background: 2 kb -200 kb

- Signature in running handwriting: 2 kb-150 kb

- Category Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb -300 kb

- PwD Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb – 300 kb

Declaration:  After uploading the documents, read the declaration and tick the checkbox to proceed for the fee payment.

Step 4: GATE 2021 Application Form Fee Payment

- GATE Application Fee varies for Indian nationals and International candidates.

- The payment can be made via net banking facility/credit card or debit card only.

- E-challan mode of payment has been eliminated from the GATE registration process.

- GATE Application Fee is neither refundable nor transferable. 

- As per the banking norms, additional online transaction charges will be applicable.

- Candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PwD category have to upload valid documentary evidence for concession in fees. 

- Category wise application fee details are tabulated below:

Category Normal Application Fee Late Application Fee 
Women INR 750 INR 1250
SC/ ST/ PwD INR 750 INR 1250
All Other Candidates INR 1500 INR 2000
For Exam Center in Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu US$ 50  US$ 70
For Exam Center in Dubai and Singapore US$ 100 US$ 120

GATE 2021 – Forgot Enrollment ID or Password?

In certain situations, enrollment id and password can be misplaced by a candidate. If need be, email id can also be used to access GATE Application Form.


There are two options available to access the application form-

1. Request for an OTP: If you remember the Enrollment ID/Email Address, but forgotten Password, click on "Request for an OTP" to get One Time Password.

Provide your registered mobile number and Enrollment ID/Email Address. Click on Reset Password to obtain a new one.

2. Already have an OTP? : If you already have an OTP, click on "Already have an OTP?" to reset the password.

Enter the following details to create a New Password- 

- Enrollment ID/Email Address


- New Password

- Confirm New Password

Password Specifications: Choose a password that cannot be guessed easily. It should be unique and 8-15 characters. 

GATE 2021 Application Form Correction

After the submission of the form, it goes under scrutiny where the authority will check and inform the candidates about the mistakes for the rectification. An additional fee will be applicable for changing the details in the application form.   

The following details can be edited before paying the application fee -

- Details like Communication Address, Graduation Details, Date of Birth, Gender and Category.  

- One needs to upload a clear and acceptable image of the photograph and signature if they have not uploaded the high-quality images.

- The correct document defining the category status. 

- The rectification of selection of the wrong status of qualifying examination along with its correct document can be submitted.

The changes that cannot be made in the submitted GATE Application Form:

- The E-mail Id mentioned by the candidate

- Contact Number is given by the candidate

- Paper for attending GATE 2021

As the above-mentioned details cannot be edited, in case a mistake is made, 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.

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