Frequently Asked Questions
What is COAP?
- COAP stands for Common Offers Acceptance Portal.
- COAP provides a common platform for a candidate to take the most preferred choice for admission into an M.Tech. Programme in the participating academic institutes or a job in a participating PSU (Public Section Undertaking Company). COAP is not a portal for applying for M.Tech. Admission or Job openings.
- The candidate should apply separately to respective Institute(s)/PSU for M.Tech. Admission.
- Admission Offers will be uploaded by the participating Institutes/PSU in a common time window on COAP.
- Each participating Institute/PSU will follow the selection procedure as per the norms and guidelines of the respective Institute. Only participating Institutes/PSU will upload their offer(s).
- To access and take a decision on the most preferred choice out of the offers (if any) made by participating Institute(s)/PSU(s), each candidate should register and visit COAP.
Round of Offers Started: I am unable to see any offer in Institute wise status of Courses Offered.
If you are not seeing any offers, then no admitting Institutes given any offers in current Round.
Round of Offers Started: I am unable to see my application in “Institute wise details of M.Tech/MCP/JMP Applications”.
Contact the admitting Institutes where you have applied.
What is my COAP Registration ID?
Your login ID for COAP is your COAP Registration ID or COAP ID.
I have not qualified in GATE, still can I register in COAP?
No. Only qualified candidates can register in COAP.
Is there a way to correct my name in GATE scorecard?
Contact GATE Organising Institute of that year to resolve the issue.
I have registered in GATE as GEN but now I want to change my category to EWS/OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD while applying in COAP, what should I do?
Yes, you can change your category, however COAP does not validate your category. Therefore, check with your admitting institute where you are applying for admission.
I have added 2021, 2022 and/or 2023 GATE papers, but my lowest score is showing at the top. Is it possible to show the highest score at the top?
The order of scores does not matter in COAP.
Can I delete a GATE paper that I have added in COAP?
No. You cannot delete any GATE paper that has been added after successful validation with GATE data.
I have uploaded all valid GATE papers in COAP. Which GATE scores will be considered for the offer in COAP?
COAP doesn't provide any offer. Admitting Institutes provide offer to COAP for a particular GATE paper, which COAP shows you to exercise your decision.
Offers in COAP will be shown to you against those GATE papers which you are going to use or used while applying to the admitting Insitutes.
Can I request COAP not to consider a particular GATE paper that I have added along with other papers in COAP?
COAP doesn't provide offer considering any GATE paper. If you are not going to use a particular GATE paper in the application of any of admitting Insitutes, then no offer will come to COAP to show you against that GATE paper.
What is the deadline of COAP registrations?
Please check the deadline of application submission at your admitting institute. Candidates registering in COAP need to apply to their desired admitting institutes.
Therefore, COAP does not have any specific deadline of registration rather than going with the application deadline of all admitting institutes.
I have applied to few of the admitting institutes, but COAP does not show the application details in the dashboard (Institue wise details of M.Tech./MCP/JMP Applications).
The application details of the admitting institutes will be shown before start of the offer rounds when the admitting institutes send the application data to COAP.
Is it necessary for a candidate to register at COAP?
Yes. All participating institutes/PSUs will seek COAP registration number on their Application portal for admissions/job. Candidates who have applied for admission into an M.Tech. Programme in any of the participating academic institutes, or applied to any PSU for job will receive admission offers only via COAP.
To access and take a decision on the most preferred choice out of the offers (if any) made by participating Institute(s)/PSU(s), each candidate should register and visit COAP. Without registering at COAP, the candidate will not be able to access the offers on COAP.
I have registered on the COAP portal in 2021 and/or 2022. Do I have to register again?
Yes, you have to register again. COAP 2021/ 2022 registration is not valid for COAP 2023.
Can I apply for M.Tech. / Job to participating Institutes / PSUs through COAP?
No. COAP is not an M.Tech. Admission / Job Application Portal. Every candidate should apply separately to the respective Institute(s) for M.Tech. Admission / PSU’s for jobs.
Who can register at this Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP)?
Candidates seeking M.Tech. admissions (and those who are applying) in any of the participating Institutes of COAP and possessing a qualified GATE score (2023 and/or 2022 and/or 2021) can register at COAP.
I am an IIT Graduating / Graduated student. Can I register at this Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP)?
Case I: Candidates graduating / graduated from IITs who have a valid GATE score (2023 and/or 2022 and/or 2021) and intend to apply for the Admission in the participating Institutes, then the candidate should register at COAP with their qualified GATE score(s).
Case II: Candidates graduating/ graduated from IITs with B.Tech. Degree and having CGPA (cumulative grade point average) of 8.0 (on a scale of 10) and above can directly apply to the respective Institutes for M.Tech. Admission. They may not register at COAP.
I am a Foreign National with a valid qualified GATE score. Can I register at COAP?
If you have a qualified GATE, you may register at COAP and check with your admitting Institute.
I am a candidate under the Quality Improvement Programme (QIP). Can I register at COAP?
If you have a qualified GATE, you may register at COAP and check with your admitting Institute.
I am a GATE qualified candidate (2023 and/or 2022 and/or 2021). How to register at COAP 2023?
a) For Indian Nationals: Register online at https://coap.iitkgp.ac.in/coap (by clicking 'Register' Button). Carefully read all the instructions given in the COAP Information Brochure. Complete the application in all respects. You will have to provide the following details: qualified GATE registration number(s), Date of Birth, Email ID and Mobile number. No changes are permitted once the application is submitted and frozen. Please remember the login ID and password details for subsequent login.
(b) For Foreign Nationals: If you have a qualified GATE score, you may register at COAP and check with your admitting Institute.
What are the documents needed to be uploaded while registering at COAP?
There is no need for any document to be submitted/ attached, while registering at COAP.
I have three valid GATE scorecards of GATE 2023 / 2022 / 2021 for the same paper. Which score card shall I use?
It is advisable to register with information related to the highest GATE Score.
During registration, you will also provide valid GATE score details of remaining years between 2021 and 2023. You will register only once but registration details will include all other GATE scores of the last three years.
What inputs are necessary during COAP registration?
During COAP 2023 registration, a candidate should provide qualified GATE registration details (as entered in the GATE application form), Mobile Number and Email ID.
I have two or three valid GATE score cards of GATE 2023, GATE 2022 and GATE 2021 for two or three different papers. Can I use all the scores?
You will register only once. Subsequently, when you are login to COAP for the first time, you will provide all three/two GATE scores (different papers) in one registration form. For example: if you have GATE Scores for EC and CS papers, then you can register with any one of the GATE paper score (EC or CS). And include the remaining GATE paper score when you are login to COAP for the first time. If you have multiple GATE Scores for one EC paper, then you can register with any one of the GATE paper score (GATE 2021 or 2022 or 2023), preferably with the highest GATE score. Subsequently include the remaining GATE scores when you are login COAP for the first time.
Do I need to send hardcopies of any reporting documents?
NO. You need not send the hard copy of any documents.
How will I know the status of any offers?
You can check the offer status, during a priori scheduled dates, by logging in to COAP (https://coap.iitkgp.ac.in/coap) using your login id and password, sent to you by email/SMS after your registration at COAP. Please ensure that you have also applied for the M.Tech. Admission portal of the participating institutes/ participating PSU job portals for such offers to be forthcoming.
When and how do I know whether any job / admission offers have been made?
Offers can be viewed as per the time window (a priori schedule dates) for viewing and decision making.
What are the options available when I receive an offer of joining/admission?
After an admission offer is made (Excluding Round 5 and onwards), the candidates will have THREE options on the Online Application Portal:
1. Candidates can select any one (only) offer out of the available offers.
2. Candidates will have three options as described below:
Option 1: Accept and Freeze
Option 2: Retain and Wait
Option 3: Reject All and Wait
Please read Information Brochure for further details
Why is “Retain and wait” allowed only twice on a given offer?
This rule is specifically brought in COAP 2020 to clear stratification. A candidate can choose “Retain and wait” on a specific offer only twice. For example, if institute ABCD offers you “Thermal Engineering” in Round 1, and you choose “Retain and Wait”, and if the same is offered in Round 2 and Round 3 as well, the candidate will not have “Retain and Wait” option during Round 3. He/ She has to choose either “Accept and Freeze” (or) “Reject All and Wait”, only.
What are the options available when I receive an offer of joining/admission in Round 5 and onwards?
After an offer of joining / admission is made in the Final / last round of offers, the candidates will have TWO options on the Online Application Portal:
1) Candidate can select only one offer out of available offers.
2) Candidate will have two options as described below.
Option 1: Accept and Freeze Option 2: Reject All and Wait Please read Information Brochure for further details. Depending on the status of vacancies and merit list, there could be further spot rounds by each of the participating institutes.
What are the steps to be taken when I accept an admission offer?
Once you Accept & Freeze an admission offer, visit the concerned organization's Webpage / Institute's M.Tech. Admission portal and complete the admission formalities within the specified due date.
Can I withdraw after accepting the offer? How about getting the Institute Fee refunded?
Please visit the webpage of the respective organization/institute and follow the withdrawal procedure as per the instructions on M.Tech. Admission offer Portal. Please note that, once an offer is accepted and frozen, you will not be considered in the subsequent round(s) of admission in any participating academic institutes/ Participating PSUs.
After declining/rejecting the offer, can I be considered for subsequent offers?
After declining/rejecting the offer(s) in a particular round, you will not be considered for the same offer(s). In case, you have given higher preferences in M.Tech. Application, then you may be considered for the higher preferences in the subsequent round(s) of offers based on the availability of vacancies and merit list, within the rules of that institute.
Is there any chance for me to move up in my preference and what am I supposed to do for that?
The candidates who choose Accept and Freeze in a particular round of offers, will not be considered for higher preferences in subsequent round of offers. In order to be considered for higher preferences, the option like Retain and Wait may be selected at the COAP. However, getting an offer for higher preference in subsequent rounds will be based on the availability of vacancies and merit list.
Whether the admission offer will be available at the respective Institute's M.Tech. Admission website?
No. The offers will only be uploaded at the COAP Portal. The decision on the offer should be made at COAP website. For the subsequent joining procedure, you will be directed to the respective Organization's Institute’s website.
Can I select multiple offers at a time?
No. A candidate can select only one offer in a respective round of multiple offers from various participating Institutes / PSUs.
Can I select multiple offer(s)/admission(s) with Retain and Wait?
No. one can select only one offer with ‘Retain and Wait’. All other offers (if any) will be considered as rejected in the existing round. Nevertheless, the candidate will be considered for other higher preferences in the subsequent round(s) of admission offered in any participating academic institutes and public sector unit.
Which Institutes and PSUs are participating in the Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP)?
List of participating Institutes and PSUs are displayed at the homepage of this portal.
Will the offer release window for all participating institutes remain the same?
The admission offer release window for participating Institutes and PSUs will be the same. Offer release window will be operated at a particular interval. However, depending upon the selection process, some participating Institutes may skip some window(s) and offers may be released in any of subsequent window(s).
Will all participating Institutes have the same number of rounds?
Not necessary. Depending upon the selection process, some participating Institutes may skip, some offer release window(s) and offers may be released in any of subsequent window(s). Further, some institutes may operate additional round(s). For additional rounds, the procedure followed for offers will be described on the respective institute's website.
Can a candidate select multiple offers from different participating institutes? OR, Can a candidate accept multiple admission offers from a participating institute?
No. A candidate can select only one offer out of available offers. All other offers (if any) will be considered as rejected in the existing round.
Can I select "Retain and Wait" in the final (last) round of Common Offers?
NO. In the final/ last round, you will be provided with only two options: (i) ACCEPT and FREEZE, (ii) Reject.
What will happen If a candidate does not access or does not take a decision during a particular round of offers?
If a candidate does not access the COAP or does not take a decision during a particular round of offers, then all offers made during that round will be considered as 'Reject' by the candidate. Nevertheless, in case, if the candidate has given higher preferences, then the candidate will be considered for the higher preferences in the subsequent round(s) of offers.
If the candidate has made decision of 'Retain and Wait' in any of the previous rounds but does not access the COAP or does not take a decision (or not clicking 'Submit') during any subsequent round of offers, then all offers made during that round will be considered as Rejected by the candidate.
What will happen If a candidate does not access or does not take a decision during the final/last round of offers at COAP?
If a candidate does not access COAP or does not take a decision during the final round of offers, then all offers made during that round will be considered as rejected by the candidate.
Will any offer be available at COAP after the final round?
No. After the last / final round at COAP, no offers will be available at COAP.
For any offer / admission related matter, candidates must visit the respective Academic Institute's Admission Portal.
Will additional spot admission rounds of offers be available at COAP?
No. After the Main and Additional rounds at COAP, no offers will be available at COAP. Some Institutes may like to fill the vacancy with additional / spot rounds, for which candidates should follow the guidelines of the respective Institute. In this case, admission and offer related information would be available only on the respective Institute's website. No offer related data will be available at COAP.
Can I view COAP offer details without registering at COAP and using my own M.Tech. Application ID?
No. For viewing and making decisions on available admission offer(s) from the participating Institute(s), candidates will have to register at COAP. M.Tech. application IDs can be different at different Institutes but you will have only one COAP registration number. Moreover, COAP registration number is a mandatory field in the M.Tech. Application process of the participating institutes.
Do I need to register in COAP if I am applying for a MS program / 3 year MTech program?
While COAP is mainly for offering MTech admissions (2 years), some MS program / three years MTech program of some institutes, COAP registration may be required. This will be instructed by the admitting Institute while applying for those programs.