Reasons Why Your GATE Application Form can be Rejected?


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted every year to shortlist eligible candidates for M.Tech, ME and PhD. Candidates interested in pursuing Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Science programs appear for GATE exam. GATE 2017 is organized by IIT Roorkee.

Many sought after institutes in India and abroad offer admission to students based on their GATE Scores. Validity of GATE Score is of three years, so that applicants can apply in their choice of college for seeking admission.

GATE Application Form will be available online from 1 September,2017 and the last date to submit application form is October 4, 2017.

GATE Application Form fee is INR 750 for women and SC/ST/Pwd category students. While it is INR 1500 for all other candidates. Once the application form fee is submitted it can’t be withdrawn.

The process to submit GATE application form involves Registration, Filling of required details, Uploading important documents and then Paying application fee.


There are few common mistakes to be avoided by the students applying for GATE exam. As due to these errors their application form is subject to rejection.

Tips to remember while filling GATE Application Form

Registration: Students while registering themselves for GATE exam must provide a valid E-Mail address and phone number. As these are the means by which they will be intimated regarding all further processes to fill application form. Also providing a close friends or relatives number will be beneficial for receiving regular updates.

Enrollment: For successful enrollment applicants have to choose a password. While choosing or forming the password keep in mind that a strong password does not include birthdate, easily guessed string of numbers or letters). Keep your password short, easy to remember but at the same time very unique. To login and continue filling application form keep a note of your Login ID and this password.

Photograph Requirements: Candidates should upload a recent, passport size, colored photo only. It should be clicked in a professional studio as mobile clicked snaps are not accepted. Candidate’s face should cover 75% of the picture with a full face looking in the mirror view. Features of face like eyes, forehead, nose, chin should not be covered in any way by hair or cloth. Applicants who usually wear glasses have to make sure that glare of their glasses is not projected in the snap. And only clear glasses are permitted, picture wearing tinted glass can be rejected. Proper flash and proper lighting should be there while clicking of the photograph.

Photograph Dimensions: Format- JPEG, Width and height- 3.5cm x 4.5 cm, Resolution- 0.3 MP, Resize your image using this tool once you scan it.

Signature Specifications: Draw a rectangular box measuring (2cm x 7cm) on a plain white A4 sheet. Signature should be done in black or dark blue ink pen in this rectangular box. Signature has to be done in running handwriting as signature done in capital letters is not permitted. Using professional scanner get a digital image of this signature.

Scanned Signature Dimensions: Maximum and minimum resolution is (160×560) and (80×280)


Thumb Impression Specifications: Draw a rectangular box measuring (3cm x 5cm) on a plain white A4 sheet. Mark your left-hand thumb impression in this box. Only black or blue stamp pad should be used for making thumb imprint. Due to any difficulty if students are unable to provide thumb mark they can provide an imprint of any of their finger too. Then a digital image should be taken using a professional scanner only.

Scanned Thumb Mark Dimensions: Maximum and minimum resolution is (160×560) and (80×280)

Documents Required: Candidates should keep these documents with them while filling application form. As it is mandatory to upload these documents for successful submission of application form

  • Scanned image of your photograph
  • Scanned image of your signature
  • Scanned image of your thumb impression
  • Scanned copy in pdf format of Degree Certificate or mark sheet of previous semester/year (for final year candidates) / Provisional certificate (letter) from the Institute for final year students
  • Scanned copy of Category/PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  • ID Proof : Only Passport/PAN Card/Voter ID/Aadhaar UID/College ID/Employee ID card
  • Bank details for application fees.
  • ID Proof : Only Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID card

GATE Application Form Correction Procedure

Though it is clearly mentioned that candidates cannot edit once submitted GATE Application Form. However minor changes are allowed to be made. Candidates should keep checking the status of their application form to know when they are allowed to make such minor amendments.

Minor mistakes which can be corrected include: Spelling mistake in candidate’s name or parent’s name.  Error in Date of birth, year of qualifying the last degree studied by the candidate.

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  • AYUSH SINGHAL Sep 22,2019 at 10:19 pm

    I have forgotten to paste my photo in my “Degree certificate deceleration for final year” it will be rejected or not????

    • Saurabh Sep 23,2019 at 6:26 pm

      you need to contact their official helpline as soon as possible from GATE website

  • pradeep tanwani Sep 20,2019 at 12:30 pm

    hello sir i have sumiited my gate 2020 form but signature in capital letter so after scrutiny process i have another cahnce to correct it or not??

    • Saurabh Sep 20,2019 at 5:26 pm

      you can do it by emailing or calling their respective govt authorized center. This is a quick solution to update your signature in GATE 2020 application

  • poojamore Jan 8,2018 at 2:26 pm

    i had submitted my form, paid the fees i got the mgs aswell of submitting fees. but now hen i login for hall ticket it say “Application form filled partially/not submitted within the deadline and hence could not be processed” where did i go wrong???

    • Saurabh Jan 8,2018 at 2:41 pm

      try to contact them directly either via Call or email. Maybe your payment is not reflected in their system

  • B.Ishwarya Oct 12,2017 at 6:15 am

    I made a mistake in caste category sir.. but there is no way to change obc to general ..Is there any chance??

    • Saurabh Oct 12,2017 at 5:54 pm

      I suggest contact gatesupport helpline, they will do it for u. Please check link in above comments to do correction in your gate 2017 form

  • aditya Oct 9,2017 at 8:23 pm

    By mistake I have uploaded eligiblity certificate of last year which i had used the same for applying gate 2017, date remains the same which is 23/9/2016..
    will it be rejected..?? or can i get a chance to rectify it..

    • Saurabh Oct 12,2017 at 5:57 pm

      their is chance you will face issue but Gate2017 helpline will help you to get more insights about it. please check above comments for link

  • saleem Oct 9,2017 at 3:09 pm

    I have put wrong caste in application form.How can I change that caste

    • Saurabh Oct 12,2017 at 5:58 pm

      you have to contact Gate helpline as they only have access to edit form but its depend on their workload

  • Mudavath rajendar chouhan Oct 6,2017 at 8:37 pm

    Sir i wrote my name and my father name as m rajendar chouhan and m basu in HOD form but in application form i wrote my correct name as per 10th standard as mudavath rajendar chouhan and my father name mudavath basu and i put a signature in HOD form but in application form i wrote name as rajendar chouhan instead putting signature so please…. tell me sir what will i do? Will it reject the form please tell me sir

    • Saurabh Oct 8,2017 at 3:57 am

      You can ask to edit those details by calling GATE helpline please contact them n ask that you need to edit those details. They will assist you

  • Sandip prajapati Oct 6,2017 at 1:34 pm

    I have filled the wrong CLG pin code how I change my CLG pin code Number .?

    • Saurabh Oct 8,2017 at 3:57 am

      GATE helpline will help you in this to do correction visit

  • Mohammed Aqueeb K Oct 4,2017 at 4:31 pm

    I have filled as obc and it should be general so what is the remedy now

    • Saurabh Oct 5,2017 at 1:15 am

      You need to contact GATE helpline to correct as editing is only possible from their end else your application is considered as OBC only

  • saurabh Oct 2,2017 at 9:36 pm

    sir i uploaded the image with red background so my application will be applicable

    • Saurabh Oct 2,2017 at 9:45 pm

      Your GATE application form will go through a process named scrutiny. During scrutiny of your application GATE 2018 office would check your photo. If the photo you have uploaded is not acceptable then they will send an email / SMS to your registered email id / mobile number. You can then correct the photograph and other details as requested

  • bablu kumar Sep 30,2017 at 7:58 pm

    i have uploaded photo in sky blue color background ….so i want to know… whether they accept or reject my form..

    • Saurabh Oct 2,2017 at 9:37 pm

      it will go through if its having specific photo dimensions mentioned in GATE application

  • Alok kumar Sep 30,2017 at 12:31 pm

    Sir , i have forgotten to tick on the final year in provisional certificate .will my application form be accepted?

    • Saurabh Oct 2,2017 at 9:38 pm

      I suggest to contact their helpline as editing is only possible from GATE side

  • sarvesh. m Sep 29,2017 at 9:48 pm

    i uploaded a photo with a blue background… bt after i made my payment my friend said that the backgroung has to be white.
    so is there any chance that my application may get rejected

    • Saurabh Oct 2,2017 at 9:40 pm

      Please contact GATE help line as editing pic is only possible using their side

  • dohendra Sep 20,2017 at 7:31 am

    hello , a sms came to me to rectify the blurred photo . i rectified but i dont think its upto the mark . will it get rejected even if its 0.3 megapixels and have proper dimensions ?? if it happens what are necessary steps

    • Saurabh Sep 23,2017 at 12:12 am

      if you rectified it as per format then no need to worry, you can use tool mentioned in the article to get exact dimensions.
      I don’t think so it will get impacted.

  • Rashika Singh Sep 12,2017 at 8:57 am

    If I have only sign on provision certificate without seal then???

    • Saurabh Sep 13,2017 at 12:53 am

      You need to take seal as it shows authority

  • Devendra Sep 4,2017 at 7:00 am

    Hi, my name spelling in marksheet is wrong will it create a problem?

    • Saurabh Sep 4,2017 at 9:17 pm

      Actually not if it’s very light but still suggest to contact GATE support for more insights

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