GATE 2023 Application Process

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Do you wish to appear for the GATE 2023 Exam? Want to know how to apply for the GATE Exam? Candidates can apply for the GATE 2023 Exam only through online modes. Candidates will be able to access the GATE 2023 Application Form through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website. The GATE 2023 Exam registration process includes submitting several documents, such as photographs, signatures, etc., while filling out the online GATE 2023 Application Form.

In this article, you can find all the relevant information on the GATE 2023 Application Process and the documents required to register for the exam. Read on to learn how to apply for the GATE 2023 Exam and some useful tips for a smooth registration process.

1. GATE 2023 Application Process - Important Dates

The official notification of the GATE 2023 Exam is yet to be released. Meanwhile, candidates can check out the expected dates in the table below

EventDate (Tentative)
GATE 2023 Notification ReleaseLast Week of August 2022
Start Date of GATE 2023 RegistrationFirst Week of September 202
Last Date of GATE 2023 RegistrationFirst Week of October 2022
GATE 2023 Admit Card Release DateFirst Week of January 2023

2. Documents/Information Required for GATE 2023 Application Form

Candidates can apply for the GATE 2023 Exam through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website. The documents/information required while filling out the GATE Application Form are as follows:

  • Personal information such as candidate's name, DOB, mobile number, parents' name, etc.
  • Communication Address (including PIN code)
  • Educational Qualification Details
  • College name and address
  • GATE paper code
  • Preferred GATE Exam center locations
  • Scanned Image and Signature of candidates
  • Scanned copy of Community certificate (for SC/ST candidates), PwD, or Dyslexia certificate in PDF format (if applicable).
  • Net-banking/ debit card/ credit card/ UPI details for fee payment.

3. GATE 2023 Application - Step-Wise Process

Step 1: Register as a 'New User' on the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website.

Step 2: After registering, candidates will get an Enrollment ID. Create a password for the respective ID to proceed further.

Step 3: Log in to the GOAPS portal using the Enrollment ID and password and fill out the application form. Applicants need to fill in their personal details, such as Name, DOB, Phone Number, Email ID, Address, Parents' Details, etc., and enter their educational qualification details, such as University Name, Registration Number, etc.

Step 4: Students need to decide the number of papers they want to take. A candidate can register for a maximum of two papers. GATE 2023 aspirants can check out the permitted paper combinations here.

Step 5: Select your preferred exam centers. Candidates can select up to three locations as their preferred examination centers.

Step 6: Aspirants need to upload the scanned documents of their signature, photo, ID proof, and community certificate (applicable for SC/ST candidates).

Step 7: Finally, candidates should pay the exam application fees; payments can be made only through online modes.

Step 8: After successfully paying the GATE Exam fees, submit the GATE 2023 Application Form. Only candidates who register successfully will be able to download the GATE 2023 Admit Card and take the GATE 2023 Exam.

4. GATE 2023 Application Fees Details

GATE aspirants have to pay an exam registration fee to successfully apply for GATE 2023. Candidates can make these payments only through online modes. The GATE 2023 Application fee may vary depending on the candidate's category. Find the GATE 2023 registration fees details in the table below:

CategoryFeesFees During Extended Period
Male (General, OBC, Others)Rs. 1,500Rs. 2,000
SC/ST/PwDRs. 750Rs. 1,250
Women (All Category)Rs. 750Rs. 1,250
International Students (For Indian Centers)Rs. 1,500Rs. 2,000
International Candidates - For Exam Centers Outside India (All Categories)
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, Katmandu$50$70
Dubai, Singapore$100$120

5. GATE 2023 Application Form - Photograph Specifications

Candidates can apply for the GATE 2023 Exam through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website. The documents/information required while filling out the GATE Application Form are as follows:

Image Size3.5 cm Width x 4.5 cm Height
AppearanceColor Image
PixelMaximum - 480 x 640 (0.3 MP)
Minimum - 240x 320
Background ColorWhite or very light color
Size20 KB to 200 KB

Conditions for Acceptable Photographs

  • The submitted passport-sized photograph should be a color photograph
  • The recent photograph should be professionally taken on a white or very light-colored background
  • The candidate's face should occupy 60-70% of the area in the photograph
  • The photograph must have a full-face view with the candidates looking into the camera directly
  • Candidates should not wear tinted glasses or sunglasses. Only clear glasses are allowed
  • Both ears must be visible in the photograph

The image below shows samples of acceptable good quality photographs and unacceptable poor-quality photographs

6. GATE 2023 Application Form - Signature Specifications

PixelMaximum - 160 x 560 pixels
Minimum - 80 x 280 pixels
File SizeMinimum 5 KB to Maximum 200 KB
Ink ColorSign with Black or Dark Blue color only

Conditions for Acceptable Signatures

  • The signature by other persons or in colors other than black and blue will Not be accepted.
  • Get the digital image of the rectangular box (with signature inside) scanned by using a professional scanner. Crop it to the border of the box.
  • If the applicant's signature at the time of examination does not match the signature on the Admit Card, the candidate will be disqualified.

The image below shows samples of standards of acceptable and unacceptable signatures.

7. How to Check GATE 2023 Application Status

To check the application status, candidates should log in into the GOAPS portal using their credentials. If the application status is "Under Scrutiny/ Under Process," the candidates need not worry. The concerned authorities will review all the GATE Application Forms, and candidates whose application needs to be corrected in areas like photograph/ signature/ supporting documents will get an automatic email/ SMS.

When candidates log in to check the application status, one of the following messages will be displayed on the portal:

  • Received - The Application Form is successfully submitted
  • Under Scrutiny - The application is under review
  • Accepted - The Application Form is accepted; no corrections are required
  • Defect Status - Errors in the application are marked to be modified by the candidates
  • Status after Rectification - Status of the application after making changes
  • Rejected - If errors in Application Form are not corrected within the given time window, the application will be rejected.

8. How to Rectify Mistakes in GATE 2023 Application Form

Once the application is submitted, authorities review the application and check whether it meets the specifications mentioned in the GATE Information Brochure. If any mistakes/error is detected, it is informed to the candidates through their registered email ID.

In case the applicants make any mistakes while filling out the GATE 2023 Application Form, there is an option to correct the mistakes. However, only a few details can be modified by the candidates.

9. GATE Application Form Correction 2023: Type of Correction and documents Required

Types of corrections in the GATE 2023 Application Form and the documents required for proof are mentioned in the table below

Types of CorrectionsDetails
NameAs per documents submitted in Application
Date of BirthAs per documents submitted in Application
Name of Parent/ College/ Contact Address, etc.As per documents submitted in Application
Gender• Male to Female: Difference in fees will not be refunded
• Female to Male: The Increased fees will have to be paid by the candidate
Category• SC/ST to General/EWS/OBC: The Increased fees will have to be paid by the candidate
• General/EWS/OBC to SC/ST: Difference in fees will not be refunded
Exam CenterThe candidate can change the location of their exam center
Primary/Secondary Exam PaperCandidates would have to pay an extra fee to change their preferences in GATE paper
Applying for Second PaperCandidates who have not applied for a second paper during registration will be allowed to do so during the Application Form correction window
PwD/Dyslexia• Yes to No: The Increased fees will have to be paid by the candidate
• No to Yes: Difference in fees will not be refunded, Supporting Documents have to be produced

As only some details can be modified in the GATE 2023 Application Form, if you make an unchangeable error, you have to apply again for GATE 2023 using a new email ID and phone number. Please note that the previous application fees will not be refunded.

10. GATE 2023 Application Form Correction: Fees for Modifications

Detailed information regarding the GATE 2023 Application Form Correction Fee is presented in the table below.

Type of ChangeFees (In INR)
Change in Exam Center500
Change of Existing Paper500
Adding a Second Paper500 plus Fee for extra paper as per the candidate's category
Change of gender from female to other gender500+750= 1250
Change of gender to female500
Change of Category to SC/ST500
Change of Category from SC/ST to others500+750 = 1250
Change from PwD to Non-PwD500+750 = 1250
Change from Non-PwD to PwD500
Any other change in category500

11. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - GATE 2023 Application Process

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about GATE 2023 Registration process.

No, candidates can submit only one application from one email ID. Please note candidates are not encouraged to make more than one application for the exam.
Candidates applying for GATE 2023 can make payments through an online payment gateway in the GATE application portal. Net Banking, Card Payments, and UPI are accepted modes of payment.
Candidates can check their application status by logging in to the GOAPS website.
While applying for GATE 2023, candidates can choose 3 exam cities (The first two cities - same zone, third city - from any zone). Usually, candidates have a good chance of getting their exam center in the first preference city.
Once the connection resumes, log in again to the GATE application portal; you should be able to continue the GATE Application Form Correction process.
The authorities will reject an application only for valid reasons. So, if you fail to rectify the errors in the application within the correction window and your application gets rejected, you will not get a refund.
There is no extra charge. Changes in exam city can be made for free.
The correction window usually opens around the first week of October; the organizing body will announce the official date soon.

Takeaway Thoughts

We hope that the information presented in this article gives you a clear idea of the GATE 2023 application process and how to apply for the exam. Please ensure the information you entered is correct before paying the application fee to avoid making further corrections and paying an extra fee. Once you have successfully applied for the GATE 2023 Exam, develop a study plan and start preparing for the exam as early as possible. Consider joining a GATE online coaching program to improve your chances of achieving a high rank in the GATE 2023 Exam.

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