Prabha Dhavala, 04 Jul 2018, #GATE

GATE COAP 2018 – The fourth round of allotments through COAP was announced through the candidate's login on June 26. Candidates who have applied for M.Tech at various IITs can register for GATE COAP 2018 from April 6 till June 20. The IITs have started the GATE Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) from 2017 to facilitate students who have applied for the M.Tech admissions at the IITs. While candidates must apply for the respective IITs, the admission offers will be commonly available through GATE COAP. In the new process, all M.Tech applicants must register for GATE COAP on the basis of their GATE scores after applying to the IITs of their choice. After receipt of the admission offers from the participating IITs, candidates must confirm the admission offer of the IIT which they choose to accept through GATE COAP 2018. Candidates may note that GATE COAP 2018 is not an M.Tech Application portal. It is primarily an admission portal. Candidates can check the details about GATE COAP 2018 to understand the process, dates and more in the article below. 

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What is GATE COAP?


It is the Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) that has been set up to provide a common platform for M.Tech applicants of IITs. The portal aims to aid candidates to make the most preferred choice for an admission to the M.Tech programme of their choice at any of the participating IITs. The admission offers by all participating IITs will be available in a common time window called GATE COAP. Candidates will be able to access all available offers by registering at GATE COAP. However this can be only if the candidates have applied individually for the IIT M.Tech admissions 2018.



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Important Dates of GATE COAP 2018



COAP Registration

April 6 to June 29, 2018

COAP Round Details

Time frame to make the decision


May 24 to 27, 2018 till 11.59 pm


June 5 to 8, 2018 till 11.59 pm


June 16 to 19, 2018 till 11.59 pm


June 26 to 29, 2018 till 11.59 pm 

GATE COAP 2018 Participating Institutes


The list of participating IITs in GATE COAP 2018 have been announced by IIT Madras which is co-ordinating COAP this year. There are 14 IITs in the list which is given below for the reference of the applicants.


List of Participating IITs

GATE COAP Eligibility Criteria 2018

  • Candidates must be Indian Nationals.

  • Candidate must have qualified in GATE 2016 or 2017 or 2018.They will be required to upload the score card of GATE 2018/2017/2016.

  • They must meet the specific eligibility criteria of the IITs where they have applied for M.Tech admissions.

  • Candidates who have completed their B.Tech from any IIT with a minimum of 8.0 CGPA and above will be eligible for direct admissions and need not register at GATE COAP. Other candidates from IITs with less than 8 CGPA must have appeared for GATE and applied to the IITs before applying to COAP.

  • Candidates who have more than one valid GATE score are advised to apply using the highest GATE score. However during registration candidates must include all other GATE scores if any of the last three years. Failing to do so will result in disqualification.

  • Candidates who have appeared for GATE in different papers in different years must provide all the details of all scores and papers while registering for GATE COAP 2018.

For example: When candidates have GATE Scores for EC and CS papers, then they can register with any one of the GATE paper score (EC or CS). They must however include the remaining GATE paper score when they login GATE COAP for the first time.

Similarly if candidates have multiple GATE Scores for one paper say EC, then they can register with any one of the GATE paper score (GATE 2016 or 2017 or 2018), preferably with the highest GATE score. Subsequently they must include the remaining GATE scores when they login COAP for the first time.


How to access GATE COAP 2018?


Candidates must apply first to the IITs of their choice for the M.Tech admissions. Thereafter they must register at GATE COAP by following the given steps below. They will be able to access all the admission offers they have received from the IITs where they have applied for the M.Tech admissions.


GATE COAP Registration 2018


 All Qualified GATE candidates applying to the IITs for M.Tech admission should register at COAP to be able to access the admission offers. The steps to register for GATE COAP is given below


GATE COAP 2018 Registration Procedure

  • Registration at COAP: Candidates must enter their Name, GATE Registration number(s), GATE score(s), Date of birth, Email ID, Mobile number.

  • Candidates will be sent an Email/SMS after registration which they must use to validate and use the given login ID to access the GATE COAP 2018 portal. The SMs will contain the details of the password. Candidates will be required to enter in additional GATE scores if any. Thereafter they must submit the details.

  • After successful registration, candidates will be able to access information on offers made from the IITs where they have applied.

  • All offers will be uploaded and tagged with COAP registration number which is the same as GATE registration number without subject code.

Admission Offers through GATE COAP 2018


The first set of offers will be made from May 24 to 27, 2018. Candidates will be informed via Email/SMS. The offers will also be displayed on the online portal.

The Second and subsequent offers will be dependent upon on the availability of the seats and the dates are mentioned above.


Options after an admission offer is made through GATE COAP 2018

Except for the final or last round of offers, all candidates will have THREE options as follows


Option 1 - Accept and Freeze:

When candidates are willing to accept the present offer and would not like to be considered for upgradation to higher preferences in the subsequent rounds. Such candidates must choose this option and visit the respective IIT Admission Portal to confirm their admission. Such candidates will not be allowed participate further in the COAP process.


Option 2 - Retain and Wait:

This option is for candidates who are accepting one of the present offers but would also like to be considered for upgrading to their higher preferences, if any, in the subsequent round(s) of offers. Candidates choosing this option will not be considered for any rejected offers in the current round. They will however be considered for other higher preferences, if any, in the subsequent round(s) of GATE COAP 2018 admission offered the IITs where they have applied.


After choosing this option, candidates should visit the respective IIT’s Admission Portal and follow the procedure as instructed by the institute. In the subsequent round, such candidates can select only one offer from the higher preference offers.


Option 3 - Reject and Wait:

Candidates should select this option if they are not willing to accept any of the offer(s) of. Such candidates will be considered for other higher preferences, if any, in the subsequent round(s) of admission offered by any IIT.


Reject Option:

This option is for candidates who are not willing to accept any of the offers and wish to no longer participate in the GATE COAP 2018 admission process.



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