GATE Photo Size and Signature Specifications For 2020 Entrance Exam

Published on : 28th July 2019    Author : Tanvi Mittal
GATE Exam

The online process for GATE 2020 application form filling had started from 3rd September 2019. And, the last date for online form submission was 24th September 2019. The examination is scheduled to be conducted on 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th February 2020. The exam will be conducted in two sessions - Forenoon (9:00 AM to 12:30 PM) and Afternoon (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM).

Photograph and Signature Requirements for GATE Exam 2018

The most important step while filling up the application form is uploading photograph and signature. Most of the times, applications are rejected (without fee refund) because photos and signature don’t meet the required specifications. So, here are the details for GATE photo size and signature specifications the GATE Entrance Exam 2020:

GATE 2020 Photo Size Requirements

Candidates must make sure that the photograph requirements are met before uploading the same. Here are the details:

  • Upload a high-quality photograph. The same photograph will appear on your GATE scorecard.
  • Use a recent coloured photograph. The photograph must be taken after 01 August 2019 by a professional photographer. Photographs taken from a mobile phone may get rejected.
  • A passport size photograph with dimensions 3.5 cm width and 4.5 cm height of the face of the candidate is required.
  • Ask the photographer to provide the photo in a JPEG format.
  • Maximum size of the JPEG image can be 480x640 pixels. The minimum size should be 240x320 pixels.
  • Background of the photo must not be dark. Keep it WHITE or any other light colour.
  • The photograph should have a full-face view with at least 35% of the area occupied by candidates face. Look directly into the camera.
  • Forehead, eyes, nose and chin should be clearly visible. Main features of the face should not be covered with any cloth.
  • For candidates who wear spectacles, photograph with glare on the glasses will not be accepted. If the glare cannot be avoided, don’t wear spectacles in the photoshoot.
  • Avoid spectacles with dark and tinted glasses.
  • A poor quality photograph will result in rejection of GATE application form without refund of fee.

Signature Requirements

  • Steps for getting the accurate signature as per GATE requirements

    • Take an A4 size plain white paper.
    • Draw a rectangular box on the white paper with the following dimensions:
      • Breadth = 2 cm
      • Length = 7 cm
  • Sign with black or dark blue ink pen inside the box. Signature in any other colour will be rejected.
  • Signature in all CAPITAL LETTERS will NOT be accepted.
  • Get the digital image of your signature along with the box through a professional scanner.
  • Keep the scanned image in JPEG format within the following size limits:
    • Maximum image size: 160 x 560 pixels.
    • Minimum image size: 80 x 280 pixels.
  • Crop the image to the border of the rectangular box and upload it.

Important Note - “If the applicant’s signature, at the time of examination, does not match the signature on the Admit Card, the applicant will be disqualified.”

Following the instructions provided above for scanning photograph and signature will surely help you in filling the GATE entrance exam 2020 application form accurately.

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About the Author: Tanvi Mittal

Former content manager at one of the country’s leading dailies, Tanvi Mittal specialises in academic writing. With two decades of experience and expertise in writing, she is the spearhead of Exams Planner’s content team. Commitment to brilliance and dedication to writing, strategizing and doing extensive research are her biggest passions. With only objective to provide high quality and researched based content, Tanvi constantly thrives to make a difference with her knowledge.

When not working for the betterment of students, she loves to cook and dance. Also, a great orator, Tanvi has participated in several international conferences. She has got her writings published in many journals and penned numerous short stories for kids.



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