GATE Application Form 2021: IIT Bombay will release the GATE 2021 application form tentatively in the last week of August. Candidates will be able to do GATE registration 2021 in online mode. In order to access the application form of GATE 2021, candidates will have to register at GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Only those candidates who will register, fill and submit the GATE registration form 2021 will be able to appear for the entrance examination. For the reference, Careers360 in this article has given the detailed steps and procedure to fill and submit GATE application form 2021. GATE is conducted to screen the candidates either to offer admission into M.E./M.Tech/PhD at the IITs, NITS, IIITs and CFTIs or to recruit them in PSUs, provide fellowship or make them eligible for admission across the border. However, candidates who meet the prescribed GATE eligibility criteria will only be able to access the application form. Read on, to know detailed information of GATE 2021 application form.

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Important Dates of GATE 2021 Application Form


Dates (Tentatively)

Release of GATE notification

Second week of July 2020

Commencement of GATE 2021 registration through GOAPS

Last week of August 2020

Last date to register

Last week of September 2020

Last date for submission of application form (by registered candidates) with additional late fee of Rs. 500

First week of October 2020

Availability correction facility for GATE application form

Second week of October 2020

Candidates can change GATE exam paper on

Third week of November 2020

Change of defects in application form

First week of December 2020

Change in Gender/Category/PwD Status/Dyslexia and other similar learning disabilities

Third week of November 2020

Requesting change of test city

Second week of November 2020

Release of GATE mock test

First week of November 2020

Availability of admit card

First week of January 2021

GATE 2021 Exam Date

First week of February 2021

Candidates who successfully do the GATE registration 2021, will be issued admit card of GATE 2021. Candidates who have an admit card will only be allowed to appear for GATE 2021. IIT Bombay will announce the result of GATE 2021 in the third week of March. However, before the announcement of result, authorities will publish the GATE 2021 answer key and question paper for candidates reference. However, candidates must note that IIT Bombay will not conduct common counselling of GATE 2021. Since there is no centralized counselling process through GATE, the candidates will have to apply individually for admission into M.Tech courses.

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GATE Application Form 2021

The application form of GATE 2021 must be submitted online mode through GOAPS website - (link will be activated soon) by paying requisite fee. GATE 2021 registration process includes uploading of photograph, signature, certificate of qualifying degree, category certificate (SC/ST/PwD) and/or Dyslexic certificate, wherever applicable, during filling the online application form. For GATE 2021 registration, candidates will be required to enter the ID number specified in any one of the following IDs - Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar - UID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License. Before, proceeding towards filling the GATE application form 2021, keep the following documents ready:

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Documents/Information Required While Filling GATE 2021 Application Form

  • Personal information like candidate’s name, date of birth, mobile number, parents' name, parents' mobile number, etc.

  • Communication address (including PIN code)

  • Eligibility degree details

  • College name and address (with PIN code)

  • GATE paper (subject)

  • Choice of GATE examination cities

  • Scanned image of candidate's photograph and signature as per the prescribed format and size

  • Scanned copy of the eligibility certificate in pdf format (Degree or Provisional certificate or certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute (in the format specified)

  • Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST), PwD or Dyslexic certificate (if applicable) in pdf format

  • Declaration for candidates of Jammu and Kashmir (candidates who are unable to obtain documents

  • due to restrictions in the region).

  • Details of the valid identity document(the same ID, in original, should be carried to the examination hall)

  • Net-banking/debit card/credit card/UPI details for fee payment

Specification of Photograph and Signature for GATE 2021 Application Form


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The passport-sized photograph should be coloured in nature.

Has to be taken professionally in a white or very light background.

Should have been taken after August 1, 2019, and the face of the candidates have to occupy 50% of the area in the photograph. The face has to be clear and the candidates should be looking directly at the camera. Sunglasses or tinted glasses will not be accepted. Only clear glasses will be permitted

Dimension: 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm

Maximum Resolution: 480 x 640 pixels

Minimum Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels







Candidates will have to do the signature in a rectangular box of 2 cm x 7 cm size on A4 white paper.

The signature has to be done in capital letters with black or dark blue ink. The signature should be scanned and cropped to the specified dimensions.

Maximum Resolution: 160 x 560 pixels

Minimum Resolution: 80 x 280 pixels


Note: Please note that the name of the candidate in the application form must exactly be the same as that in the qualifying degree certificate or the certificate issued by the Head of the Department/Institute in which the candidate is pursuing his/her study. GATE 2021 scorecard will be issued as per the name entered in the application form.

Dos and Don'ts for Photograph and Signature

Candidates are advised to check the images below for the specifications about the photograph and signature to be uploaded while filling GATE 2021 application form. The image specifications have to be met by candidates to avoid getting rejected.

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How to fill GATE 2021 Application Form

  1. Get register through GOAPS

  2. Fill GATE 2021 application form

  3. Upload scanned images of requisite documents

  4. Pay GATE 2021 registration fee

  5. Preview of filled application form

  6. Submit the GATE application form 2021

The above given steps are explained in detail below:


Step for GATE 2021 Registration?

Read the step by step procedure to fill and submit GATE 2021 application form:

Step 1 - Get Register: Register through GOAPS using the link given in the article (will be updated as and when activated) for GATE 2021 login. Enter the following to register for GATE 2021

  • Candidate’s first, middle name and surname

  • Valid email ID

  • Country of residence

  • Mobile number

  • Password for future login

After entering all the above mentioned details, click on the submit ‘tab’. A system generated One Time Password (OTP) will be sent to the registered email ID and mobile number. Use the OTP to complete the GATE registration 2021.

Thereafter, a unique enrolment ID will be allotted to the successfully registered candidates.

Note: If there is delay in receiving the OTP, the candidates can proceed for payment with verification of anyone either email ID or mobile number. The remaining one has to be verified at a later stage.

Step 2 - Login and fill GATE 2021 application form - Enter the following details to fill the application form once the registration is completed:

  • Personal Details: Information like the name of candidate, father’s & mother name, date of birth, nativity etc need to be entered.

  • Academic Detail: Information related to academic qualifications from HSC till graduation need to be entered.

  • Communication Details: Address as well as the permanent address need to fill.

  • GATE Paper: Select the GATE paper appearing for. Note: Change of GATE exam paper is not allowed after submission of the form.

  • GATE Exam Centre: Select total of three exams cities from the given list. The first two centres must be from the same zone while the third can be from any GATE 2021 regional zone.

  • Photo Identity Proof: The photo ID number and type of ID have to be entered

Step 3 - Upload scanned images of photo, signature and other documents

Step 4 - Preview of GATE 2021 application form before submission: Review and verify all the details entered before submission.

Step 5 - Pay GATE 2021 application fees: GATE 2021 application fee can be paid online through Net-banking/debit card/credit card. The application fee vary as per the category of the candidates. Mentioned below is the application fee that candidates will have to pay:

GATE 2021 Application Fee



Fees during extended period

Male (General, OBC and Others)

Rs. 1,500

Rs. 2,000


Rs. 750

Rs. 1,250

Women (All Category)

Rs. 750

Rs. 1,250

International Students – Dubai and Singapore

US$ 100

US$ 120

International Students – Addis Ababa Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu

US$ 50

US$ 70

Step 6 - Submit the application form: After the successful payment of fee, submit the GATE 2021 application form. Only those candidates who will register successfully will be able to access the admit card of GATE 2021.

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How to Check GATE 2021 Application Status?

To check the application status candidates will have to login using login credentials. If the application status of GATE 2021 is ‘Under Scrutiny/Under Process’, then the candidates need not to worry. The responsible authorities will scrutinize all the GATE 2021 application forms and those candidates whose application needs to get rectified in photograph/signature/supporting document will get an automatic email/SMS. The scrutiny process will continue until a few days after the application form is over.

Mistakes in GATE 2021 Application Form? Check How to Correct it Here

In case candidates commit any mistake in application form, they can avail the GATE application form correction facility which will be issued by authorities tentatively in last week of November. However, only a few details could be rectified by the candidates.

Details Rectified in GATE 2021 Application Correction

Items which can be corrected


Correction date in GOAPS portal


According to the document submitted in application

Second week of October 2020

Date of Birth

According to the document submitted in application

Second week of October 2020


1) Male to Female: Status could be changed, but Fees was not refunded

2) Female to Male: Candidates had to pay the difference amount of Rs 750 (not applicable for SC/ST and PwD candidates)

Second week of November 2020


1) SC/ ST to Gen/ OBC: Candidates had to pay the difference amount of Rs 750 (not applicable for Female and PwD candidates)

2) Gen/ OBC to SC/ ST: Candidates were able to change the status but there was no fees refund

Second week of November 2020

PwD status

1) No to Yes: Candidates were able to change their status but did not get the fees refund (Scribe status to be captured)

2) Yes to No: With fees of Rs 750(not applicable for Female and SC/ST candidates)

Second week of November 2020

Dyslexia and other similar learning disabilities

1) No to Yes: Candidates could correct the status but with a valid proof

2)Yes to No: Candidates could correct the status

Second week of November 2020

Details of Parents/ Guardian/ Correspondence address

According to the document submitted in application

Second week of October 2020

College name and location, Roll no, Registration no.

According to the document submitted in application

Second week of October 2020

Exam paper

Correction with fees

Second week of November 2020

Exam city

Correction with fees

Second week of November 2020

Steps to Avail GATE 2021 Application Form Correction

  • Login through GOAPS by entering GATE enrolment number and password.

  • Correct the permissible details

  • Pay the difference in fee if applicable and submit.

  • Save the application form of GATE 2021.

Have you forgotten the GATE 2021 Enrolment ID or Registration ID? Follow the given steps:

  • Go to the GOAPS page

  • Click on ‘Forgot GATE 2021 Enrolment ID or Registration ID’

  • If you remember Email Address but have forgotten Enrolment ID and Registration ID, Click on 'Request for an OTP' to get One Time Password

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

Previous Year’s GATE Statistics

GATE 2020 Statistics


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Number of Appeared Candidates

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GATE 2018 Statistics

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This article has been written as per last year’s information. The article will be updated as soon as details are released by the authorities.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - GATE Application Form 2021

Question: How to apply for GATE 2021?


In order to apply for the entrance examination, candidates will have to fill and submit online application form of GATE 2021. Candidates can refer above to know the detailed procedure to fill and submit application form of GATE 2021.

Question: Can one e-mail address be used to fill multiple application form of GATE 2021?


No. One e-mail address can be used to submit only one GATE application form 2021. Candidates are discouraged to fill multiple application forms using different e-mail addresses.

Question: Only SC/ST/PwD candidates have been asked to upload the category certificates. What about the OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates? Do they have to upload the category certificate too?


No. Category certificate is required only for Indian nationals (appearing from exam centres within India), who wish to avail a concession in application fee. As far as the GATE 2021is concerned, only SC/ST/PwD candidates and all women candidates are eligible for application fee concession.

Question: How to make the fee payment for GATE 2021?


The application fee of GATE 2021 will be paid only in online mode. There will be a link to the payment gateway from the application portal. The candidate can opt for any of the payment options listed over there. The additional charges such as service charges, processing fees or bank charges, have to be borne by the candidate.

Question: Net banking account has been debited more than once. How do I get the money back?


Any unaccounted or excess money that was received on behalf of GATE 2021 from this account, will automatically be returned (credited) to the same bank account. However, this may take a week or more, after the closure of the application process.

Question: Do I have to send the printout of the application form?


No. The printout of the application form is not required to be sent to the organizing institute or any other GATE zonal offices.

Question: If I have not uploaded a photograph as per the specifications mentioned, will my application be rejected?


Yes, the application will be rejected.

Question: I have missed to take a print-out of my ONLINE application at the end of my application process. How will I get access to it?


Candidates can login using GOAPS Enrollment ID and password and take a printout for your own reference.

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My Gate Score is 686 (EWS GEN) AIR 2852 in Mechanical Engineering. Are there any chances in old IITs?

Aman Raj Student Expert 4th Apr, 2020

Hello Prasad

Chances are bleak but still i will say that you can try in IIT BHU.  I am again saying that chances are only 3 to 4 percent but still.

If you want old IIT's then you can opt for MS or wait till winter Session where you can apply for older IIT's with this Rank, with very less competition.


my gate score is 547 ece obc and aggregated cgpa is 9.18 can i get ms in iits

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 4th Apr, 2020


According to your score and based on the previous year mop up (NSR) round, you have chances to get admission in the following colleges:

NIT Calicut: M.Tech Telecommunication
NIT Rourkela: M.Tech Communication and Networks
MNNIT Allahabad: M.Tech Communication Systems
VNIT Nagpur: M.Tech Communication System Engineering

Use the GATE College Predictor Tool to check your other admission chances in colleges:

Good Luck!


my gate score is 352and marks 27.33 and rank 556 in aerospace engineering do i have chance to get iit or any good college for aerospace?

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 4th Apr, 2020


Chances would be less to get admission for Aerospace Engineering branch based on your marks in the GATE exam.
You might get seat in the following colleges and courses:

NIT Raipur: M.Tech Industrial Engineering and Management
NIT Kurukshetra: M.Tech Instrumentation
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology Shibpur: M.Tech Mechanics of Solids
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi: M.Tech Telecommunication Technology Management

Good Luck!


My gate 2020 score is 622 (Marks are 54.67) and AIR 1898 in electrical engineering and category OBC-NCL. which college should i apply for. Is there a slightest chance for any good IIT? my branch prefference is VLSI.

Anantika Kushwaha 4th Apr, 2020
Hello Aspirant,

You have a chance at IITs. However you might not get the top stream there. As the cut off for every stream differs. You can also try out at the new IITs with VLSI as your preference. You have a nice chance at NITs as well.

i have got 412 rank, 754 gate score, 65 marks in gate electrical 2020. Im obc but dont have latest certificate so which iits or nits i may get without filling form as OBC candidate?

Anantika Kushwaha 4th Apr, 2020
Hello Yash,

You've got a great score. You can get the top IITs with your score. I will list out a few colleges you may get admission to.

  • IIT, Delhi
  • IIT, Kanpur
  • IIT, Madras
  • IIT, Roorkee
  • IIT, Bombay
  • IIT, Guwahati
  • IIT, Kharagpur
  • NIT, Warangal
  • NIT, Rourkela
  • NIT, Trichy

I would suggest you to also apply for IISC, Bangalore. You might get a chance there as well.
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