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GATE 2018 Photograph, Signature and Thumb Impression Requirements

Last Updated - July 21, 2017

GATE Registration will commence from September 01, 2017. Candidates applying for GATE 2018, have to upload their passport size photograph, signature, and thumb impression at There are certain guidelines that need to be followed while uploading the documents in the application form.

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) has set few standards for uploading photograph, signature, and thumb impression. In case there is any discrepancy in documents like size, color and etc., it will result in rejection of GATE Application Form 2018. The complete specifications regarding uploading the documents are mentioned below.

The conducting body has scheduled GATE 2018 on February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018. There will be total 65 questions in the exam, to be answered within 3 hours. The medium of paper will be English only which is divided into 2 parts i.e. General Aptitude and Technical and Engineering Mathematics. 

GATE Photograph Specifications

Applicants applying for GATE 2018 must take care of the photograph specifications. Listed below are the same:

  • The photograph must be in color and must be taken in a professional studio.
  • The photograph must be in JPEG format only.
  • It must be taken in white and very light background.
  • The maximum file size is 200 KB.
  • Minimum pixel resolution for JPEG: 320 x 240
  • Maximum pixel resolution for JPEG: 640×480
  • Face should occupy about 50% of the area in the photograph, and with a full face view looking into the camera directly.
  • The face must not be covered by hair of the head, any cloth or any shadow.
  • Forehead, both eyes, nose, cheeks, lip, and chin should be clearly visible.
  • Candidates are not allowed to wear spectacles with dark or tinted glasses, only clear glasses are permitted.

Note: Photographs taken using a Mobile phone and other self-composed portraits are not acceptable.

GATE Signature Specifications

Along with photograph, candidates are required to upload the scanned image of signature. The important instructions regarding signature are mentioned below:

  • GATE 2018 signature format: JPEG only
  • Pixel resolutions: Maximum 160 x 560 (width, height) and minimum 80 x 280 (width, height).
  • Photograph of signature must be scanned by a professional photo studio, and get the image cropped by the studio itself.

Note: Photograph of signature taken by mobile phone are not accepted.

GATE Thumb Impression

  • Candidates have to upload their left thumb impression in blue or black ink.
  • If an applicant is not able to access his/ her left thumb impression for any reason then he/ she can upload right thumb impression.
  • For the ones unable to upload their thumb impression for any reason then they can upload an impression of any finger.
  • The image size should be between of 10KB and 20KB in JPEG format only.
  • On maintaining 5 x 3 cm we get this:
  • On maintaining required 160 x 560 px we get this:
  • On maintaining required aspect ratio this is the image we get this:

GATE 2018 Application Form

GATE 2018 Registration will end on October 05, 2017. Interested candidates can visit the official website i.e. to fill GATE Application Form. Applications received after the due date will not be accepted. The GATE 2018 Registration is done through GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System).

GATE Application Fee

The fee is defined as per candidates’ category. The following table indicates the same:

CategoryApplication Fee (INR)
WomenINR 750
SC/ ST/ PwDINR 750
OthersINR 1500
International CandidatesUS$ 100

Note: The fee can be paid using net banking or credit card or e-challan. There will be extra charges also applicable as per banks.

Steps to Apply:

Step 1: Registration through GOAPS

Step 2: Fill application form with all the required information

Step 3: Upload Photograph, Signature, Thumb impression and required documents

Step 4: Pay application fee through online mode

Step 5: Submit form and take printout for future reference.



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