How to Apply Online for GATE 2018?

Maniprabha Singh updated on : 07 Sep 2017

The online registration of GATE 2018 has been commenced from 01 September 2017. GATE Aspirants can check the complete process of online registration here.

GATE Online Registration

IIT Guwahati has released the application form of GATE 2018. Aspirants have to check the complete registration process and eligibility criteria before applying online for the exam. The GATE 2018 Application form will be issued online on 01 September 2017 and eligible candidates can submit the online forms till 05 October 2017. Only online mode to submit the application form and fee is available. Hence, it is necessary for candidates to know completely about the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) in order to apply online for the GATE 2018. Also, the exam authority will not entertain any hard copy of application form. In this article, we have explained the entire process in easy and simple way so that every candidate will be able to submit the GATE application form without any hassle. Let’s start with the specifications that you will encounter during the application process.

Important Dates Related to GATE Registration 2018


Important Dates

Online Registration Started on

August 31, 2017

Last Date to Submit the GATE Application form

October 05, 2017

Last Date to Request for Change in Exam Centres

November 17, 2017

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2018

GATE 2018 Eligibility for Instrumentation Engineering

GATE 2018 Eligibility for Biotechnology

GATE 2018 Eligibility for Civil Engineering

GATE 2018 Eligibility for Mechanical Engineering

GATE 2018 Eligibility for ECE

GATE 2018 Eligibility for Computer Science

GATE 2018 Eligibility for Chemical Engineering

GATE 2018 Eligibility for Life Sciences

Important Terms

GOAPS- GATE Online Application Processing System can be accessed through the webpage, Candidates can also visit the official website of GATE 2018 to access the GOAPS. It provides an online interface that helps candidates in interacting with the GATE administration. This platform will help you in registering for GATE 2018, downloading admit card and score card.

GOAPS Registration- Prior to filling the application form, candidate must register themselves by entering Full Name , a valid e-mail address, contact number and by selecting a password. Candidates will receive all the imported information on this e-mail address hence, mention only correct e-mail address.

GOAPS Enrollment ID- An enrollment ID will be provided to each registered candidate. After successful registration, GOAPS Enrollment ID will be sent to the register e-mail ID. Candidates will need this Enrollment ID for all future communication.

GOAPS Password- The candidate has to choose a password during Enrollment at GOAPS. This password must be remembered along with the GOAPS Enrollment ID to login to GOAPS. It is strongly recommended to choose a password that cannot be guessed easily (it should not be the candidate’s name, date of birth, or some easily guessable string of numbers or letters like 12345 or abcd). Keep your password information safe, secure and confidential.

Steps of Online Registration

·         Registration

·         Upload photograph, signature and other documents

·         Pay the application fee

·         Check the Status of the application form

Step-1- Online Registration

For registration, candidates have to provide their name, e-mail address, country of residence and contact number. Alongside, create a unique password for your account. Make sure all the details you have entered are correct as any important communication related to admit card or score card will be made through the provided E-mail address.

Step-2- Filling in GATE Application Form

After successful online registration, candidates have to login to the GOAPS account and fill all mandatory details in GATE 2018 application form. The exam conducting authority will not receive any hard copy of application form through any other mode. Hence, it is suggested to fill the online form before the deadline in order to decrease any discrepancy. Before filling the form, keep below-provided details handy-

Requirement Data need to be filled in GATE Application Form-

  • Personal information (name, date of birth, mobile number, parents’ name, etc)
  • Permanent Address for Communication (including PIN code)
  • Qualification eligibility details
  • Name and address of college
  • GATE paper
  • Choice of GATE examination cities
  • Candidate’s recent photo
  • Good quality image of candidate’s signature conforming to the requirements specified
  • Eligibility Certificate in pdf format (Degree Certificate or
  • Provisional Certificate or Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute
  • Cast certificate (if applicable) in PDF format
  •  PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  • Dyslexic Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  • A valid Identity Document (ID) (The same ID, in original, should be carried to the examination hall)
  • Net-banking/debit card/credit card details for fee payment

Step-3- Upload Photograph and Signature

After filling the details, the other step is to upload the scanned copy of a recent photograph and signature. Below are the specifications of documents

Requirement of Photograph and Signature

The GATE 2018 application requires that your photograph and signature are to be uploaded electronically at GOAPS. Uploading photograph and signature that does not meet the specifications can result in the disqualification of the application without any refund of the application fee.

Photograph Requirements-

Candidates have to upload a good quality recent photograph, which will be used on admit card and scorecard. Alongside, the candidate’s will be verified at the examination center by matching the candidate’s photograph with ID proof. Hence, it is mandatory for all the applicants to keep the below instructions in mind before applying online.

  •  The photograph must match with your appearance on the day of the examination.
  •  The photograph must be in COLOR and taken after 01 August 2017 in a professional studio. Photographs taken using a mobile phone and other self-composed portraits may result in rejection of the application.
  • The photograph should be in JPEG format with a maximum size of 480×640 in pixels (0.3 Mega pixel) and a minimum size of 240×320 pixels. It should be of standard size i.e. 3.5 cm × 4.5 cm (Width × Height).
  • The photograph’s background should be a light or white color.
  • Don’t wear spectacles with dark or tinted glasses while taking the photograph.
  • Poor quality photograph may lead to the rejection of your GATE 2018 application form, without any prior intimation.

Signature Specifications-

  • Make a rectangular box on an A4 whitesheet with dimension 2 cm × 7 cm (Height × Width). For more clarification check the given samples.
  • Signature will be made with black or dark blue ink pen else it won’t be accepted. Also, don’t sign with all Capital Letters.
  • Get the digital image of the rectangular box (with your signature inside) scanned by using a professional scanner. Crop it to the border of the box.
  • The maximum size of signature image should be 160×560 pixels in JPEG format and its minimum size should be 80×280 pixels.

Step-4- Application Fee Payment Options

In the last step of GATE Registration, candidates have to submit the application fee either by using either net banking or debit card or credit card. Additional online transaction charges or bank charges can be applicable.



SC / ST / PwD Category

Rs. 750/-

Women Candidate

Rs. 750/-

All Other Categories

Rs. 1500/-

For International Candidates



Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu

US $50

Dubai and Singapore

US $100

The fee amount and bank charges will be shown to you, and you will have to confirm that the payment is for GATE 2018. Once the payment is successful, the GOAPS website will appear on your screen, from where candidates can download the pdf file of their GATE application form by clicking on "Download Application Form" button.

Check the below given list of details and documents that you need to provide along with the application form, whichever is applicable -

  • Personal information (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parent’s/guardian's name, parent’s/guardian's mobile number, etc.).
  • Address for Communication (including PIN code).
  • Eligibility degree details (College address, PIN code of college).
  • Eligibility documents required to appear in GATE 2018 (e.g., degree certificate, Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute, etc.).
  • Scanned copy of Category certificate (SC/ST/PwD)
  •  Scanned copy of Recent photograph in requirements specified.
  • Scanned copy of Signature conforming to the requirements specified.
  • Details of the same valid ID Proof that will be carried to the examination hall.

Important Points to be Considered-

  • Candidates’ name should be exactly the same as that in the qualifying degree certificate. The name published on GATE 2018 scorecard will be similar to which you will provide in application form.
  • All the entries in the application form should be correct and free from spelling errors.

GATE Exam Centres


Zonal GATE Office

List of Examination Centres


IISc Bangalore, Bengaluru - 560 012, Website:

Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Ballari (Bellary), Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru, Bidar, Davanagere, Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Kannur, (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur, Port Blair, Shivamogga (Shimoga),Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Manipal, Mysuru Kasaragod, Kolar, Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara


IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai - 400 076, Website:

Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Mumbai,Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Thane, Vadodara


IIT Delhi, HauzKhas, New Delhi – 110 016, Website:

Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh-Rohtak, Bikaner, Faridabad, Greater NOIDA, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Palwal, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur, Ujjain


IIT Guwahati, Guwahati – 781 039, Website:

Agartala, Asansol-Durgapur, Burdwan, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur


IIT Madras, Chennai – 600 036, Website:

Alappuzha, Aluva, Attingal, Bapatla, Chengannur, Chennai, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode-Thiruchengode, Gudur, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Madurai, Muvattupuzha, Nalgonda, Namakkal, Nedumangad, Nellore, Ongole, Pala, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Punalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvannamalai, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar, Warangal


IIT Roorkee, Roorkee – 247 667, Website:

Ambala, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Bhimtal, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Hamirpur (HP), Jalandhar, Khanna, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali, Moradabad,  Sonepat, Una, YamunanagarMuzaffarnagar,


IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur – 721 302, Website:

Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada (Surampalem), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram


IIT Kanpur, Kanpur – 208 016, Website:

Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi


International GATE, IIT Guwahati

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore

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