GATE 2021 Application Form, Application Fees and Notification Details (Step by Step Process)

Application process for GATE 2021 has been started, and to fill the application forms, applicants need to visit the official website ( The last date of filling the online application form is September 30, 2020. 

  • Application Fees for the general category for GATE 2021 is 1500 rupees while on the other hand late registration fee is 2000 rupees. 
  • With a late fee of , candidates can fill the forms till October 7, 2020. 
  • Applicants have to upload their scanned passport size photo and signature in prescribed specifications.
  • The eligibility criteria to apply for the exam has been relaxed, which now enables the 3rd students to apply for the exam.

Direct Link to Fill GATE 2021 Application Form

Candidates are advised to fill correct details in their application form however form correction facility will also be provided till November 13, 2020. 

GATE 2021 Registration Dates (Announced)

GATE 2021 important dates for the process are mentioned below in the table: 


Application Process will start commencing from September 11, 2020 (Started)

Last date to fill the Application form September 30, 2020

Extended date for submitting the online application form October 7, 2020

Later Date for change of paper, category and examination city

(additional fee is applicable) November 13, 2020

List of Documents Required to Fill the Form

Candidates must keep the following documents ready before initiating the process for filling the GATE Registration. All the supporting documents are mentioned below.

Photo ID:

  • You have to upload a PDF file of any one of the valid photo identity. 
  • Valid IDs are Aadhaar- UID, Voter ID, Passport, PAN Card, College ID, Employee ID, and Driving License.
  • If you do not have any of the above as your identity proof, then candidate need to obtain any one of them prior filling the application.
  • For international candidates:- Only a valid Passport / Government issued ID /Employee ID/ College ID will be accepted as the optimal identification document.
  • The candidate need to produce the same original valid photo ID proof during the examination for validation.
  • In case candidate fails to show the required photo ID proof, then the candidate will not be allowed to sit for the exam.

SC/ ST Category Certificate

  • Candidates who belonging to SC/ST category need to upload a valid proof to get the concession in the application fee.
  • A certificate issued by the authorized officials will act appropiate
  • The same document will be required during the time of admission. 
  • OBC-NCL and EWS candidates are not required to upload any category certificate while filling the online application form.

A 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.
  • The same document will be required during the time of admission. 

Certificate of Dyslexia

  • Dyslexic candidates should attach a proper dyslexic certificate issued by any authorized Dyslexia Association.
  • The GATE authorities will provide the scribe.
  • The same document will be required during the time of admission. 

How to Apply for GATE 2021?

A Stepwise Guide to GATE 2021 Application Process

For the ease of aspirants, the exam authority has released a Guide for successful submission of GATE Application Form. The process of applying for the upcoming 2021 GATE Exam 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 – Log in 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.
  5. Declaration – Before submitting the application form, a candidate must read and accept the mentioned declaration statement without that you will not be able to submit the application form. 

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.

  • 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 (1234567) or string of letters (XYZ), etc.
  • All communication will be done through the registered mobile number and email id.
  • In the case of international 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. This ID will be used for submitting GATE Application Form 2021.

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 GATE Application Form filling process. Go through GATE 2021 Information Brochure and read all the given instructions. There are 4 subsections under stage 2 of How to Apply for GATE 2021. The detailed process 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 Examination 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 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 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: 5 kb -200 kb
  • Signature in running handwriting: 5 kb-200 kb
  • Category Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb -300 kb
  • PwD Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb – 300 kb

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:

Payment Issues Resolvement GATE 2021 Application Form

In case the payment made is not reflected in the first go, You should not make another payment immediately. You should wait for at least two days, then check GATE 2020 Application Form Status. Another payment should be made in case of the unsuccessful payment. In case any extra payments are received, it will be automatically refunded to the respective bank account (it may take a week or more, after the closure of GATE Registration).

Step 5: Accepting the Declaration 

Before submitting the application form in the GOAPS portal, a candidate has to read and accept the declaration statement. Some of the points from the declaration are mentioned below. You cannot skip this step, and the application form will only be submitted after you agree with the declaration. 

  • In the declaration, you have to confirm that you fill the form. 
  • You have understood every point in the above form and fill up the details accordingly.
  • I agree to comply with the code of conduct for GATE 2021 strictly. 
  • If any of the information provided by me is found to be incorrect at any time later, my candidature for GATE 2021 will be cancelled.
  • I shall be liable for legal action for providing any false information. 

GATE 2021 Application Form Status 

If the status of your application is “Under Scrutiny”, you need not worry. Wait till the scrutiny team processes your application. Only those candidates whose applications need to be rectified in photo/signature/supporting documents will be contacted by email and SMS. The scrutiny process will continue even after the application portal is closed.

Forgot Enrollment ID or Password of GATE 2021?

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.

  1. 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
  • OTP
  • 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.  
  • Candidate needs to upload a clear and acceptable image of the photograph and signature if they have not uploaded the high-quality photos.
  • The correct document is defining the category status. 
  • The rectification of selection of the wrong status of qualifying examination along with its proper documents, can be submitted.

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

  • The E-mail Id mentioned by the candidate
  • The candidate gives contact Number
  • Paper for attending the upcoming 2021 GATE Exam

As the details as mentioned above cannot be edited, in case a mistake is made, you have to apply again for GATE 2020 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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