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GATE Registration – Schedule, Process, Fee, Exam Centres, Eligibility

IIT Bombay, the conducting authority for GATE 2021, recently released a notification regarding the schedule of the GATE 2021. The registration process will be conducted in online mode through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) from 11th September 2020. The deadline for filling the registration forms is 30th September 2020. Also, the GATE 2021 will now be held from 5th February 2021 to 14th February 2021. It must be noted that only those candidates, who satisfy the GATE eligibility criteria, will be able to apply and appear for the exam. Thus, the aspirants are advised to go through the eligibility criteria defined for the exam thoroughly before registering themselves.  

Candidates will be required to fill in and submit their application forms on or before the last date of submission, which is likely to fall in the last week of September 2020. Aspirants who qualify the GATE exam will be eligible for admissions into various IITs, NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, and various PSUs recruitments. GATE aspirants must go through the complete article to know the detailed process for GATE Registration 2021.

Important Update- IIT Bombay recently released a notification on their official website- gate.iitb.ac.in regarding the schedule for the GATE 2021. The registration process commences from September 11 2020 through GOAPS. The deadline for the GATE 2021 registration is 30th September 2020. The GATE 2021 exam will be conducted on the 5,6,7,12,13 and 14th February 2021 respectively. 

GATE Registration – Important Dates

The official dates for GATE registration and other exam-related events for 2021 are yet to be announced by the concerned authorities. For now, aspirants can go through the tentative dates given below for reference. As soon as the official dates are announced, we will update this page.

GATE 2021 Events Calendar

GATE Events Dates (Tentative)
GATE 2021 registration through GOAPS begins 11th September 2020
Last date to register and submit the application forms 30th September 2020
Last date of application form submission with additional INR 500 late fee (by registered candidates) 7th October 2020
Availability of correction window 14th October 2020
Availability of GATE admit card 8th January 2020
GATE 2021 exam date 5,6,7,12,13 and 14 Feb 2021

GATE Registration – How to register for GATE 2021?

As discussed above, GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) facilitates the candidates to register for GATE exam. Applicants must fill in and submit their application forms on or before the last day of submission. Applications submitted after the last day of submission will not be entertained and considered valid by the authorities. Also, before proceeding with the application process, the candidates must ensure that they fall within the defined eligibility parameters for the exam. Ineligible candidates will not be considered for the exam and admission process, and the authorities may also forfeit their admissions at any given point of time. 

In order to apply and register for GATE 2021, the candidates have to follow the below mentioned steps-

1. Visit the GATE Online Application Process (GOAPS) to register for GATE 2021.

2. Register using your name, country of residence, email address and mobile number.

GATE Registration

3. After successful registration, unique log in credentials (enrollment ID and password) will be generated. Keep these credentials safe for future admission processes. 

4. After registration, the GATE application form will be generated. Login to the online portal again using these credentials to proceed with the application form filling process.

GATE Application form

4. Fill in all the required personal and academic details and your desired choices for GATE papers and two preferred exam centres.

5. Now, upload the scanned copies of your passport size photograph, signature, and category certificate (if applicable) in the predefined format. 

6. The last step is the payment of the application fee. The application fee is to be paid via online mode of payment, i.e. using credit card, debit card, or net banking.

Format for uploading of scanned images –

Passport Size Photograph:

  1. The passport-sized photograph should be in colour with a white or very light background.
  2. Should have been taken after August 1, 2020 and the face of the candidates should occupy 50% of the area in the photograph.
  3. The face should be clear and the direct camera facing. For students with eyesight issues, only clear glasses will be permitted.
  4. Photograph should be in JPEG format in the specific dimensions of 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm with a pixel resolution of 480 x 640 and minimum pixel resolution of 240 x 320.


  1. Signature must be in capital letters in a rectangular box of 2 cm x 7 cm size on A4 white paper.
  2. The signature should be done with black or dark blue ink in a running handwriting, and should be scanned and cropped to the specified dimensions.
  3. The maximum resolution of the signature must be 160 x 560 pixels and 80 x 280 pixels as the minimum resolution.

Other Documents: 

  1. Scanned copy of the Eligibility Certificate in pdf format (Degree Certificate or Provisional Certificate or Certificate from the Head of the Department/ Institute)
  2. Scanned copy of PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  3. Scanned copy of Dyslexic Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  4. Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST) certificate (if applicable) in pdf format

File Size of the Documents to be Uploaded for GATE Registration 2021

Document Type Pixels Size in KB Dimensions
Photograph 240 x 320 to 480 x 640 5KB – 200KB 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm
Signature 80 x 280 to 160 x 560 10KB – 300KB 2 cm x 7 cm
Other Documents NA 10KB – 300KB NA

GATE Registration – GATE Application Fee

For exam centres in India:

Categories Application Fee Late Application Fee
For UR and Other Category Candidates INR 1500 INR 2000
For ST, SC, PwD, and Female Candidates INR 750 INR 1250

For exam centres out of India (for all categories):

Countries Application Fee Late Application Fee
Singapore and Dubai US $100 US $120
Addis Ababa, Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka US $50 US $70

GATE Registration – Documents to be uploaded during the registration process:

The following documents will be required by the aspirants to upload during the application process-

  1. Declaration for candidates of Jammu and Kashmir (candidates who are unable to obtain documents due to restrictions in the region)
  2. Details of the valid identity document (the same original ID is to be carried to the examination hall)
  3. Qualified exam mark sheets and certificates from the Head of the Department or respective Institution
  4. Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST), PwD or Dyslexic certificate in PDF format (if applicable)

GATE Registration – How can I check the status of the GATE application form after submission?

In order to check their GATE application status, the candidates will be required to login to GOAPS using their registered credentials. After logging in, if the status says ‘Under Scrutiny/Under Process’, it means that the authorities are scrutinizing the application forms. This scrutiny process will take a few days after the completion of the application process. After the rectification of the photograph, signature, and uploaded documents, the authorities will send a confirmation of successful submission to the candidates via mail or SMS. 

GATE Registration – What is the use of the correction window and how can I access it during GATE Registration 2021?

If in case, any candidate commits any mistake while filling in the details or uploading the required documents or is willing to change any submitted information, he/ she can access the correction window. In order to correct or rectify, the candidates can simply login to GOAPS using their credentials and make the needed changes. The correction window will be available tentatively as follows –

  1. Any changes in name, date of birth, details of parents, guardian, correspondence address, college name and location, roll no., or registration number can be made by the second week of October, 2020.
  2. Changes in gender, category, PwD status, Dyslexia or other similar learning disabilities status, choice of exam paper, and exam city can be made by the second week of November, 2020.

GATE Registration – What if I forget or misplace my login password for GATE Registration 2021?

If in case a candidate forgets or misplaces their login password, they can follow the below mentioned steps to regenerate or reset them-

  1. Visit the GOAPS page and click on the ‘Forgot GATE 2021 Enrolment ID or Registration ID’ button.
  2. Click on ‘Request for an OTP’ to get a one time password or if you already have an OTP, click on “Already have an OTP?” to reset your password.

GATE Registration – Who all are eligible to apply for GATE 2021?

Before applying for the exam, the aspiring candidates must make sure that they satisfy the eligibility criteria for the GATE exam. The following candidates will be considered eligible to apply for GATE 2021 –

  1. Any candidate belonging to Indian nationality or Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore and United Arab Emirate (UAE).
  2. Candidates with B.E, B.Tech, and B.Pharma as qualifying degree
  3. Candidates with B.Arch as a qualifying degree
  4. Candidates with B.Sc (Research) and B.S courses as qualifying degrees
  5. Candidates with M.Sc, M.A, MCA, and equivalent courses as qualifying degrees
  6. Candidates with Integrated M.E and M.Tech (Post B.Sc.) as qualifying degrees
  7. Candidates with 5-year Integrated M.E and M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) as qualifying education
  8. Applicants with Integrated M. Sc and Integrated B.S + M.S as qualifying degrees
  9. Candidates with Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E, B.Tech, and B.Arch) as qualifying degree

Note – There is no guideline specified by the concerned authority regarding the minimum or maximum age requirement for GATE exam. 

Candidates will be able to fill in their preferred exam centres from the following options:

GATE Registration – GATE Exam Centres

Anantapur Kurnool Bhimavaram Eluru Kakinada
Rajahmundry Tadepalligudem Tirupati Srikakulam Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam Angamaly Kannur Kasaragod Kozhikode
Malappuram Palakkad Thrissur Thiruvananthapuram Payyanur
Vadakara Bagalkot Ballari Belagavi Bengaluru
Bidar Davanagere Hassan Hubballi Kalaburagi
Kolar Mangaluru Manipal Mysuru Shimoga
Tumakuru Hyderabad Warangal Port Blair Ahmedabad
Anand Bhavnagar Bhuj Gandhinagar Mehsana
Rajkot Surat Vadodara Ahmednagar Amravati
Aurangabad Baramati Jalgaon Kankavali Kolhapur
Mumbai Nagpur Nanded Nashik Navi Mumbai
Pune Ratnagiri Sangli Satara Solapur
Thane Goa Ajmer Alwar Bikaner
Jaipur Jodhpur Kota Sikar Udaipur
Chittorgarh Bahadurgarh Faridabad Gurugram Hisar
Karnal Palwal Ambala Kurukshetra Panipat
Sonepat Yamuna Nagar Rohtak Greater Noida Mathura
Agra Aligarh Allahabad Bareilly Gorakhpur
Lucknow Varanasi Ghaziabad Meerut Moradabad
Muzaffarnagar Noida Kanpur Indore Ujjain
Bhopal Gwalior Jabalpur Jammu Samba
New Delhi Agartala Asansol Burdwan Kalyani
Siliguri Hooghly Kharagpur Kolkata Durgapur
Dhanbad Jamshedpur Ranchi Bokaro Steel City Dibrugarh
Guwahati Jorhat Silchar Tezpur Gangtok
Imphal Muzaffarpur Patna Arrah Purnea
Shillong Balasore Berhampur Bhubaneshwar Cuttack
Rourkela Sambalpur Bhilai Bilaspur Raipur
Tiruchirappalli Tirunelveli Vellore Viluppuram Virudhunagar
Amritsar Bathinda Jalandhar Khanna Ludhiana
Mohali Pathankot Patiala Sangrur Baddi
Hamirpur Shimla Una Bhimtal Dehradun
Haldwani Roorkee Itanagar

GATE Registration – FAQs

Q. Who will be the responsible authority for conduct of GATE 2021?

IIT Bombay will be conducting the GATE exam for the year 2021.

Q. When will the authorities release the application forms?

The application forms for GATE 2021 will be available from 11th September 2020.

Q. How can we register for the GATE 2021 exam?

The application forms are to be filled via GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). It must be noted that no other portal will be made available for GATE registrations.

Q. When will the authorities close the registration window for GATE 2021?

In the last week of September 2020, expectedly, the authorities will close the registration window. Candidates can submit their forms till the first week of October 2020 with INR 500 as late fees.

Q. What is the application fee for GATE registration 2021?

The GATE application fee will vary as per the category and location of the exam centre. Applicants who choose GATE exam centres in India need to pay Rs. 1500 (General Category) and Rs. 750 (Reserved Category). The application fee for GATE registration outside India is USD 100 for Singapore and Dubai and USD 50 for Addis Ababa, Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka.

Stay tuned to Buddy4Study to get the latest updates and news on GATE Exam 2021.

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