Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about GATE 2018 Application Process

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01: Can I appear in any of the GATE 2018 papers?

The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. The candidate can also choose any other papers of GATE 2018, however, it is better to choose a paper in line with the eligibility criteria of the institutions/organizations in which he/she wishes to seek admission/job.

02: How do I apply ONLINE?

Refer to Section 4.4.2 given in the GATE 2018 Brochure and by visiting the website http://appsgate.iitg.ac.in

03: Can I use one e-mail address to fill multiple application forms?

NO. One e-mail address can be used to submit only ONE application form. Candidates are discouraged to fill multiple application forms using different e-mail addresses.

04: Why should I choose three examination cities?

A candidate will most likely be allotted a centre in the examination city of his/her first choice. Only in cases, where there are too many candidates opting for a certain city as their first choice, the other two choices become relevant. A candidate is required to fill his/her choices of cities to appear in the examination, but should remember that because of operational constraints, the GATE committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be any of the choices of a candidate.

For candidates opting international centres, there will be only one choice (by default).

05: What do I do, if the power/internet connection failed during the submission of application process?

Please login to the GOAPS website again and continue the application process.

06: 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 wishes to avail a concession in application fee. As far as the GATE 2018 examination is concerned, only SC/ST/PwD candidates and all women candidates are eligible for application fee concession.

07: How do I make the fee payment for GATE 2018 examination?

There is 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.

08: What is the fee for candidates with foreign nationality?

For the candidates with Foreign nationality, who wish to appear for GATE 2018 examination, the application fee is as follows:

 

Examination Centres Fee
Centres in India 1500
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu US$ 50
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100
09: What is the fee for candidates with Indian nationality appearing at International centres?

For the candidates with Indian nationality, who wish to appear for GATE 2018 examination, the application fee (irrespective of their category and gender) is as follows:

 

 

Examination Centres Fee
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu US$ 50
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100
10: What do I do, if power/Internet connection failed during online payment?

When you can get back online, login back to GOAPS website and check the status of the payment. If the payment was received by GATE, you can continue the process of printing the application form.

If the payment was not received by GATE, you can also check the status of transaction from your bank account. In case, the fee amount has been debited (deducted) from your bank account, but GOAPS does not acknowledge any fee payment, then the money will be credited back to your account. However, this may take a week or more, after the closure of the application process.

In such a situation, you may initiate a fresh payment on GOAPS without waiting for the money to be credited back to your account. This will ensure that your application submission will be on time (within the deadline).

11: My 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 2018 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.

12: My bank account has been debited (money taken out), but GOAPS website says that the payment has not been received. What do I do?

Please login back to GOAPS after some time and check the status of the payment. Even then, if GOAPS does not acknowledge any fee payment, the money will be credited back to your account. However, this may take a week or more, after the closure of the application process. In such a situation, you may initiate a fresh payment on GOAPS without waiting for the money to be credited back to your account. This will ensure that your application submission will be on time (within the deadline). Finally, you will be charged only once. Any excess/unaccounted debits will be returned to you.

13: Do I have to send the print-out of the application form?

NO. The print-out of the application form is not required to be sent to the Organizing Institute (IIT Guwahati) or any other GATE zonal offices.

14: When and how will I know the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application by logging into GOAPS website.

15: After completing the ONLINE application process and generating a PDF file, will I be able to change my application data?

NO. After completing all the steps upto PDF application form generation in the ONLINE application process, you can only download the application form and CANNOT modify the data. Hence, you need to be very careful while entering the data.

16: 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?

You can login using GOAPS Enrollment ID and password and take a print-out for your own reference. The print-out must not be sent to GATE Organizing Institute.

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

YES, the application will be rejected.

18: Which Identity Document (ID) will be accepted in the application form?

For Indian candidates, the following identification documents/cards will be accepted: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License. For International candidates, ONLY valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification.

19: If I am in the final year of my qualifying degree program, what certificate do I upload?
If a candidate is in the final year of the qualifying degree program, a Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute (in the format specified inĀ Appendix A on the Information Brochure), must be uploaded.
20: If I have completed the degree in 2017, but my institute has still not provided me with the degree certificate/provisional certificate, which document should I upload as eligibility certificate?

In case, the degree certificate/provisional certificate has not been issued at the time of application, final year mark sheet (of any one semester) must be uploaded as eligibility document.

21. I have backlogs/arrears during the qualifying degree program, due to which I did not complete the program. I am currently not studying in the college and therefore cannot get duly signed Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute. Which document should I upload while filling the application form?
If you cannot get a duly signed Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute, you should submit final year marksheet (of any one semester), even if there are backlogs/arrears in some subjects.
22. Is the downloaded marksheet (from internet) acceptable as an eligibility document?

Yes, internet downloaded final year marksheet (of any one semester), which is digitally signed or duly signed with seal by competent authority (Registrar, Controller of Examination etc.) ONLY, is acceptable.