Photograph and Signature Requirements

The GATE 2013 Online Applicant Interface requires that copies of your photograph and signature be uploaded as an electronic file at the time of submitting your application. Uploading photographs or signatures that do not meet specifications can result in disqualification of the application without any refund of the fee.

Photograph Requirements

Please pay attention to upload  good quality photographs.  Poor quality of photographs submitted will lead to rejection of your GATE application, without any refund of the application fees. The GATE Score card will be printed with the photograph you submit.

  1. The photograph must be in colour and must be taken in a professional studio.  Photographs taken using a Mobile phone and other self composed portraits are NOT acceptable.
  2. Photograph must be taken in a White or a very light background.
  3. The photograph must have been taken after 1 June 2012.
  4. Face should occupy about 50% of the area in the photograph, and with a full face view looking into the camera directly.
  5. The main features of 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.
  6. If you normally wear spectacles, glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses  for the photo shoot.
  7. You must not wear spectacles with dark or tinted glasses, only clear glasses are permitted.
  8. Ask your photo studio to provide the image in a JPEG format and also on a standard 4.5 cm x 3.5cm print
  9. Maximum pixel resolution for JPEG: 640×480 (0.3 Mega pixel) (Ask your studio to reduce it to this resolution if it is higher)
  10. Minimum pixel resolution for JPEG: 320 x 240.
  11. The maximum file size is 200 kB (kilo bytes).
  12. For your own benefit it may be prudent not to intentionally change your facial features or hair style as in the photograph until the day of the exam.

A tool to check photograph quality is available here.

Signature Specifications

  1. Please put your signature with a black or dark blue ink on a white paper.
  2. Get the signature digitally photographed/image scanned by a professional photo studio, and get the image cropped by the studio itself.
  3. Only JPEG image formats will be accepted.
  4. The maximum pixel resolution for the image is 800 x 300.
  5. The minimum pixel resolution for the image is  400 x 150.
  6. Mobile phone photographs of signatures are not acceptable, and can result in disqualification of the application without any refund of the fee.

Sample Photographs

Not Acceptable Photographs Reason for Rejection Acceptable
  Mobile phone; Distorted face  
  Blue Background  
  Facial Area is less than 50% of total  
Not looking straight into Camera
Cloth Covering facial features
Shadow on face
Improper flash or Improper Lighting
Too much glare on spectacles
Dark/Tinted Spectacles or Sunglasses
Poor Digital Resolution (100×75)
GATE office is thankful to our staff Jagdish and Sachin for volunteering to be photographed. Copyright GATE 2013. Please seek permission before using these photographs.