GATE Common Offer Acceptance Portal

Form Date: 21 Apr - 07 May 2021 (Tentative)

Form Date: 21 Apr - 07 May 2021

GATE COAP Basic Information

  • Exam Conducting Body:Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi)

GATE COAP 2021: Application Form, Fees, Eligibility, Dates

Updated On - February 09 2021 by Bhumika Singh

GATE COAP 2021 Application Form is expected to be released in the month of April 2021. Those candidates who have scored the valid marks in GATE 2018, 2019 or 2020 Exam are eligible to participate in GATE COAP Counselling 2021. Common Offer Acceptance Portal, COAP is the counselling process which is held at the national level for admission in post-graduation in engineering courses in IITs. Authority will allot the seat based on merit and the choice filled by the candidate. COAP is the portal where applicants will see their GATE result of seat allotment made by the college in which they applied. Candidates must go through the given below article concern with all the important information regarding GATE COAP 2021.

GATE COAP 2021 Important Dates

Candidates must check the given below table of GATE COAP 2021 Important Dates for additional rounds:

GATE COAP 2021 Important Dates
EventsDates (Tentative)

GATE COAP registration 2021

Last week of April 2021

COAP Seat Allotment Round 1

2nd week of May 2021

COAP Seat Allotment Round 2

3rd week of May 2021

COAP Seat Allotment Round 3

1st week of June 2021

COAP Seat Allotment Round 4

2nd week of June 2021

COAP Seat Allotment Round 5

3rd week of June 2021

COAP Seat Allotment Round for additional rounds

July 2021

What is COAP?

Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) is a common platform for all the GATE qualified candidates by which they can apply for admission into M.Tech programs in participating IITs. COAP is introduced for the fulfilment of vacant seats and to provide admission to many other deserving candidates. Before COAP, a number of M.Tech program seats remain vacant due to many reasons such as offers for a job from PSU, admission to other institutes. It is the platform for all the Participating Institutes uploaded by IITs to fill all the seats through a common time window. For taking admission provided by participating IITs, each candidate has to register at COAP in addition to applying for admission.

GATE COAP 2021 Registration Process

IIT Delhi has started the GATE COAP 2021 registration process from April 2021 on the COAP official website. COAP counselling process is mainly conducted in three stages - online registration, online seat allotment, and admission into allotted institutes. These three stages are briefly explained below:

Step 1: Online registration

  • Only the GATE 2021 qualified candidates can apply online for GATE 2021 counselling.
  • After successful registration, candidates have to pay the GATE 2021 counselling fee.
  • Fee submission confirms the candidate’s registration. After fee payment, candidates have to fill their preferred programs and institutes.

Step 2: Online seat allotment

  • After the complete online registration, seats will be allotted to candidates on the basis of their GATE merit list after the various rounds of seat allotment.
  • Once the seat is allotted to the candidate, he/ she have to visit the allotted institute for the payment of course fee.

Step 3: Admission into Allotted Institutes

  • Candidate are advised to bring the original documents along with them at the allotted institutes.
  • Candidate will be issued a provisional admission letter after the verification of the original documents and fee payment.
  • After all these formalities candidate must confirm their admission.
  • Confirmation of the allotted seat is important because if the seat is not confirmed, the institute can allot it to some other candidate.

GATE COAP 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must ensure their GATE COAP 2021 Eligibility Criteria before filling the form. Given below are all important points of eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates must possess the citizenship of India.
  • Must clear the GATE entrance with the valid score.
  • Passing Year: Applicants who pass the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE) in the year of 2018, 2019, or 2020 are eligible for GATE COAP.

How to Check Admission Offer through GATE COAP 2021?

Candidates can follow the steps given below to check admission offer through GATE COAP 2021:

  • Step 1: Visit the official COAP 2021 Portal
  • Step 2: Enter login credentials to log in to account.
  • Step 3: Click of the take displaying "Seat Allotment"
  • Step 4: Now the institute wise seat allotments list will appear on the screen and now candidates can confirm their seat by choosing Accept and Freeze, Retain and Wait, Reject and Wait. 

Meaning of Option Provided in GATE COAP Counselling

Option 1- Accept and Freeze

  • Candidate can use this option if he/she is willing to accept the available offers and is not interested in upgrading to higher preferences incoming rounds.
  • Once the candidates will select this option, he or she will not be considered for admission in the subsequent rounds.
  • After choosing the 'Accept and Freeze' option, candidates should click the submit button to confirm the submission of his/her decision. After which candidates can visit the respective Academic Institute's Admission Portal and follow the procedure as per the instructed by the respective institute's website.

Option 2- Retain and Wait

  • Candidates can select this option if she/she is partially accepting any one of the available offers and can be considered for upgrading to the candidate's higher preferences, if any, in the subsequent round of offers.
  • If a candidate selects this option, then he/she will not be considered for the other rejected offers in the same round.
  • If in any case, any higher preferred offer is made in the next round of counselling then the existing 'Retain and Wait' offer will be cancelled. A candidate can choose “Retain and Wait” on the same offer only two times(same institute and same program).
  • Candidates will be considered for other higher preferences in the subsequent round(s) of admission offered in the Institutes.
  • After choosing the 'Retain and Wait' option, candidates have to click submit to confirm the submission of decision.

Option 3- Reject and Wait

  • Candidate can select this option if he/she is not willing to accept any of the provided offer for admission in the current round.
  •  In the subsequent round(s) of admission provided by participating in academic Institutes, candidates will be considered for other higher preferences. Candidates must note that the same offer will not appear in the subsequent rounds as he/she has rejected this offer. After selecting 'Reject and Wait' option, candidates should click the submit button to confirm the submission of decision.

GATE COAP 2021 Participating Institutes

Given below are the list of COAP 2021 Participating Institute:

  • IISC Bangalore
  • IIT Bhilai
  • IIT Bhubaneswar
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT ISM Dhanbad
  • IIT Jodhpur
  • IIT Kanpur
  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Madras
  • IIT Mandi
  • IIT Palakkad
  • IIT Roorkee
  • IIT Ropar
  • IIT Tirupati
  • IIT Delhi
  • IIT Goa
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Hyderabad
  • IIT Indore

GATE COAP 2021 Highlights

Candidates can check below in the given table summary of GATE COAP 2021:

Exam NameGATE COAP or GATE Common Offer Acceptance Portal 2021
Conducting bodyIITM or Indian Institute of Technology Madras
LevelNational Level
FrequencyOnce a year
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GATE COAP Important Dates

Form Date21 Apr - 07 May 2021 (Tentative)

GATE Common Offer Acceptance Portal Exam Pattern

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Form Start Date:

21 Apr 2021

Form End Date:

07 May 2021

The forms will open on 21 Apr 2021



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