GATE 2014

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2014






Organising Institute
IIT Kharagpur


FAQ: Application Process

  1. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination Paper and Examination City? Requests for change of GATE Examination paper after the submission of Application Form will not be considered. However, requests for change of examination city will be accepted via GOAPS login till November 20, 2013 during 15th to 20th November 2013 with a fee of ₹ 400/- to be paid in the form of a demand draft in favour of “Chairman GATE 2014", payable at the city of the respective Zonal GATE Office. Please send this DD along with the requested form printed from GOAPS login to the Zonal GATE office where you have sent the application form latest by 25th November 2013.
  2. How do I apply ONLINE? Go to the link How to apply?, read the instructions and apply from the link provided in the main page.
  3. Can I use one email address to fill multiple application forms? NO, one email address can be used for only one application form.
  4. Why should I choose two examination cities? Generally, you will be allotted a centre in the examination city of your first choice. Only in cases where it becomes difficult to accommodate you in the examination city of your first choice, your second choice will be considered.
  5. My power/internet connection failed during application process, what do I do? If you have clicked on “Save” during application process, the data you entered up to that time has been stored online.  Simply login back to the GATE application website and continue the application process.
  6. You are asking only the SC/ST/PD candidates to enclose the category certificate. What about the OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates? Do they have to enclose the category certificate too? NO. OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates do not have to enclose the category certificate since their application fee is same as that of the general category candidates. However, in the application, you can indicate the category to which you belong to. You need to produce the category certificate only to the admitting institute at the time of admission.
  7. How do I make the fee payment for GATE 2014 examination? You can make the payment during the ONLINE application process by choosing one of the following options:
    • Online Payment: Netbanking through the payment gateway.
    • Challan Payment: Payment by cash at any branch of State Bank of India OR Syndicate Bank.
  8. If I want the Online Payment (Netbanking) option, how should I complete the application process? After filling all the fields in the ONLINE application form, choose "via Netbanking"  option and proceed for payment by following the instructions.
    1. Your browser screen will re-directed to the bank you choose.  Login with your internet banking credentials and confirm the payment.
    2. After confirming the payment, you will be re-directed back to GATE application website.
    3. At the end of this process, a PDF file will be generated with the following pages:
      • Page 1: Instructions and Address slip (of where you need to send the hard copy) to be pasted on an A4 sized envelope
      • Page 2: Application form with bottom part showing certificate to be signed by principal/HOD.  One copy for the candidate and another to be sent to GATE office.
    4. Take a print out of the entire file and follow instructions in link How to apply? to complete the application process.
  9. I want to pay online by my credit/debit card, but I don’t see that option! You can only use internet banking (netbanking) facilities for online payment. Credit /debit cards will not be accepted.
  10. My power/internet connection failed during online payment. What do I do ?    When you can get back online, first check the status of your payment on the GATE application website.  
    • 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 have to start with the payment step again (choice of Online or Chalan), to complete payment.
  11. My netbanking account has been debited (money taken out) more than once. How do I get the money back ? This can happen if your bank account was used more than once or you pressed refresh or back/forward button of your internet browser.  Please check your bank account after 4 working days.  Any unaccounted or excess money that was received on behalf of GATE 2014 from this account will automatically be returned back (credited) to the same bank account.
  12. My bank account has been debited (money taken out), but GATE Application website says that the payment has not been received. What do I do? This happened because of some failure in internet transactions (including failure of internet connection at your end).  As soon as possible, you MUST initiate a fresh payment process on the GATE application website, and make the payment again. The money that was debited (taken out) from your account the first time, will be credited (put back) to your bank account within 4 working days.  You will be charged only once. Any excess/unaccounted debits will be returned to you.
  13. If I want the Bank Challan option, how should I complete the application processAfter filling in all the fields in the ONLINE application form, choose "Offline" option and proceed for payment by following the instructions.
    1. At the end of this process, a PDF file will be generated with the following pages:
      • Page 1: Instructions and Address slip where you need to send hard copy.
      • Page 2: The application form. Note that the bottom part may contain the certificate to be signed by the college Principal/HOD or may be left blank (depending on your eligibility status).
      • Those who opted offline payment: Optional page for candidates who select "Offline" mode of payment (as against the net-banking). This page will contain 3 copies of the challan to be processed with the respective banks (SBI or Syndicate Bank)
    2. Take a print out of the entire file and follow instructions in link How to apply? to complete the application process.
  14. Do I have to send the printout of the application form? YES. At the end of the Application process a PDF file of the application is generated. You have to affix your photograph, signature and enclose other documents along with this print out and send to the concerned GATE office. This is REQUIRED in addition to the uploading of the image files.
  15. Should I attest the photograph for application form? NO.  Photographs must not be attested application form or uploading.  You must bring a valid photo ID card to the examination center.
  16. When and how will I know the status of my application? You can check the status of your application by logging in at the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website.
  17. 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 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.  You may also save a partially filled application and login in again at a later point in time to complete and submit the application.
  18. I have missed to take a print of my ONLINE application at the end of my application process. How will I get access to it? You can login using Login id and password you had set up and take a printout.
  19. Is it necessary to attest the copy of provisional certificate sent along with the printed application form? No, attestation of provisional degree certificate is not necessary.
  20. Provisional certificate is available only on the website of my university. Is that certificate valid for GATE-2014? Yes, you can take a print-out of the certificate available on the university website and mail it along with the printed application form. Make sure that the print-out is of good quality and all the details including university logo are clearly visible.
  21. I am a woman candidate belonging to SC/ST/PwD category. Am I eligible for both woman as well as category concessions?No, a candidate is entitled for only one concession. So your application fee will be Rs.750/-.
  22. I have completed my B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering, but would like to appear for Physics paper in GATE-2014. Is it allowed? Yes, it is allowed. As long as the candidate meets the basic eligibility criteria of GATE-2014 given in the brochure, he/she is free to appear in any GATE-2014 paper. However, whether the candidate is eligible for admission into any M.Tech/Ph.D program in Physics or not depends upon the admitting institute. It is the responsibility of the candidate to verify this by contacting the admitting institute.
  23. I am an Indian citizen with an MS degree (2 year duration) obtained from a Russian University. Am I eligible to appear for GATE-2014 examination? Yes, you are eligible. Kindly ensure that you fill the application form properly so that this fact is clearly reflected in your form.
  24. I belong to the OBC category. Do I have to submit the copy of OBC certificate along with the printed application form? No. In order to appear for GATE-2014, a candidate belonging to OBC category need not send any documents supporting this fact. However, OBC (NCL) certificate is required while applying for admission to various institutes.
  25. I have backlog(s) at the time of applying for GATE-2014. What do I do?You can submit your application for GATE-2014, but make sure to mention that the degree is not completed at the time of application by ticking the appropriate choice on the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). When you do so, a format for Certificate from Principal appears at the end of the application form. You have to get your college Principal/HOD’s signature on this certificate with seal before you post it to GATE office.
  26. I completed my B.E degree in 2013 but yet to receive the provisional degree certificate from the university. However, I have semester-wise marks lists of all the semesters. Do I have to send all the semester marks lists along with the printed GATE application form?If you have the final semester marks list/grade card on which the aggregate marks or CGPA and the division awarded are clearly mentioned, then you can send only the copy of this marks sheet. A valid proof of course completion is required along with the application form, this need not be only provisional certificate.
  27. I am pursuing "B" level from National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), formely known as DOEACC after (10+2). I have appeared in all modules and am awaiting the results. According to Notification (54) of the Govt. of India, the NIELIT "B" level is declared as equivalent to MCA for the purpose of employment under the Central Government rules. Am I eligible to appear in GATE-2014 for higher level studies?Yes, you are eligible to appear in GATE-2014 but make sure that you submit the relevant certificates along with the GATE application form. Please refer to the GATE-2014 brochure for complete details on eligibility.
  28. Is there any upper age limit for GATE-2014?As long as the candidate satisfies the eligibility criteria mentioned in the brochure, there is no maximum age limit for GATE-2014.
  29. I belong to SC/ST/PwD category, but by mistake I have filled my application under general category candidate and paid Rs. 1500/- as application fee. What should I do now?Along with the print-out of the application form, you have to send an application to GATE office stating the category to which you belong along with necessary supporting documents. The necessary changes will then be incorporated in the application form by GATE. However, the balance application fee cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
  30. I belong to general category, but by mistake I have filled my application under SC/ST/PwD category and paid only Rs. 750/- as application fee. What should I do now?Along with the print-out of the application form, you have to send an application to GATE office stating that you belong to the general category. You also have to send the balance application fee of Rs. 750/- by a demand draft drawn in favour of “Chairman, GATE, IIT Kharagpur” The necessary changes will then be incorporated in the application form by GATE. Your application will be rejected if you do not send the balance application fee.
  31. I have filled the GATE-2014 application form, paid the fee but decided not to appear for GATE-2014. Can I get back the application fee?No, application fee cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
  32. I have filled the GATE-2014 application form, paid the fee and sent the application to the GATE office. What should I do now? If you have done all these things, then you have to track the status of your application form by visiting the GOAPS website from time to time. If your application is found to be OK in all respects after scrutiny, then you will see the message that your application is accepted. However, if there are any defects in your application (i.e., missing certificates, incorrect signature/photo etc.) then you will receive message that there are defects with suitable defect codes/messages. Based on the defect code/message, you have to take suitable corrective action to ensure that your application is correct in all respects and is acceptable. If you do not take any corrective action in spite of getting the defect code with prompting for rectification before the deadline, then your application will be rejected.
  33. I have filled the application form, opted for challan payment, paid the fee in the bank, but forgot to attach the challan copy issued by the bank and sent only the printed application form. What should I do now? You can send the GATE challan copy separately with a covering letter. Your application will be accepted once payment is confirmed by the bank.
  34. I have filled the application form, opted for challan payment, did not pay the fee but sent the printed application form to GATE. What should I do now? If the deadline for sending the application is not over, then you can still make the payment and send the GATE challan copy separately with a covering letter. Your application will be accepted once payment is confirmed by the bank and your letter reaches GATE office on or before 10th October 2013. All applications without payment of appropriate fee before the deadline will be summarily rejected.

Contact Info
Organising Institute

Chairperson, GATE/JAM
IIT Kharagpur - 721302

Phone: +91 3222 282093
            +91 3222 282094
            +91 3222 282091

Fax     : +91 3222 278243

E-mail: gate@adm.iitkgp.ernet.in