GATE COAP 2024: Registration (Started), Dates OUT, Offer Rounds, MTech Cutoff, Admission Process

Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) 2024 ( COAP )

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Counselling: 27 May '24 - 29 May '24

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Updated on May 15, 2024 09:36 IST

COAP 2024: IIT Kanpur has started COAP registration 2024 online on the official website. IIT Kanpur has also released the COAP information brochure 2024. There will be five main rounds and five additional rounds. The COAP main rounds have started and will end on June 10. The additional rounds will commence from June 15 and will end on July 11. The complete COAP 2024 schedule is given on this page below. COAP 2024 website is iitk.ac.in/coap2024.

Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) 2024 is the GATE counselling process for IIT admissions. The candidates can access the admission/job offers by registering at COAP from all the participating IITs / PSUs where they have applied for MTech admissions/jobs with GATE scores. Candidates with valid GATE scores for years 2024/2023/2022 can register for COAP 2024. Note that, COAP 2023/2022 registration is not valid for COAP 2024, candidates have to register again this year.

Candidates must note that GATE COAP is not an application portal for MTech admission to any participating institute. Candidates should apply separately to the respective IITs for MTech admission / PSU for the job. COAP is just the portal where the IITs / PSUs upload their offers based on their selection criteria. Before applying to any institute/PSU, candidates must register for COAP, as providing the COAP registration number is mandatory to apply to any participating institute for their MTech programs. To check all about COAP like how to register, eligibility, the counselling process, complete admission process, participating institutes / PSUs and more details read below.

Latest Update:

Q:   When will the COAP registration start?

A:

COAP registration has started. Candidates with valid GATE scores for year 2024/2023/2022 can register for COAP 2024. Candidates must note that COAP is not an application portal for M.Tech admission for any participating institute. Candidates should apply separately to the respective IITs for M.Tech admission / PSU for the job based on their schedule.

 

Q:   Is COAP registration portal only for admission in IITs and NITs?

A:
COAP registration portal is only for IITs. COAP, Common Offer Acceptance Portal provides a common platform for the candidates to seek admission into M.Tech programs in the IITs on the basis of GATE score.
 

Q:   What is Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP)?

A:

COAP is a Common Offer Acceptance Portal initiated in 2017. Candidates with valid GATE scores are required to register at COAP to access the offers by IITs for MTech admission or job offers from the PSUs. COAP provides the platform for the candidates to practice the choices of offers by the IITs/PSUs and allows the candidates to make informed choices.

 

Q:   Do I need to register in COAP if I am applying for a MS programme / 3 year M.Tech program?

A:

While COAP is mainly for offering M.Tech admissions (2 years), some MS programme / three years MTech  programme of some institutes, COAP registration may be required. This will be instructed by the admitting  Institute while applying for those programs.

 

What is GATE COAP?

COAP full form is the Common Offer Acceptance Portal, initiated in 2017. Candidates with valid GATE scores are required to register at COAP to access the offers by IITs for MTech admission or job offers from the PSUs. COAP provides the platform for the candidates to practice the choices of offers by the IITs/PSUs and allows the candidates to make informed choices.

Every year, the GATE organizing institute of the preceding year acts as the coordinating institute for COAP. The IITs that participate in COAP are IISc Bangalore, IIT Bhilai, IIT Bhubaneshwar, IIT BHU, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Dharwad, IIT Goa, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Indore, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, IIT Jammu, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Mandi, IIT Palakkad, IIT Patna, IIT Roorkee, IIT Ropar, IIT Gandhinagar and IIT Tirupati.

COAP 2024 Exam Dates & Schedule

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of COAP 2024 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

27 May '24 -

29 May '24

COAP 2024 Main Round 3 of offers

ONGOING

02 Jun '24 -

04 Jun '24

COAP 2024 Main Round 4 of offers

08 Jun '24 -

10 Jun '24

COAP 2024 Main Round 5 of offers

15 Jun '24 -

17 Jun '24

COAP 2024 Round 6 additional rounds of offers

21 Jun '24 -

23 Jun '24

COAP 2024 Round 7 additional rounds of offers

27 Jun '24 -

29 Jun '24

COAP 2024 Round 8 additional rounds of offers

03 Jul '24 -

05 Jul '24

COAP 2024 Round 9 additional rounds of offers

DatesPast Exam Dates

20 May '24 -

22 May '24

COAP 2024 Main Round 2 of offers

13 May '24 -

15 May '24

COAP 2024 Main Round 1 of offers

19 Mar '24

COAP 2024 registration starts

COAP 2024 Highlights

Candidates can check below some important highlights of COAP:

Particulars

Details

Name of the Admission process

Common Offer Acceptance Portal / GATE counselling

Popularly known as

COAP

Conducting Body

Every year, the GATE organizing institute of the preceding year acts as the coordinating institute for COAP. Coordinating IIT for COAP 2024 is thus IIT Kanpur

Level of counselling

Postgraduate Level

Counselling mode

Online

Admission Channel

GATE 2024/2023/2022 scores

Registration cum counselling fee

NA

Participating Colleges

  1. IISc Bangalore
  2. IIT Bhilai
  3. IIT Bhubaneswar
  4. IIT BHU
  5. IIT Bombay
  6. IIT Delhi
  7. IIT Dharwad
  8. IIT Goa
  9. IIT Guwahati
  10. IIT Hyderabad
  11. IIT Indore
  12. IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
  13. IIT Jammu
  14. IIT Jodhpur
  15. IIT Kanpur
  16. IIT Kharagpur
  17. IIT Madras
  18. IIT Mandi
  19. IIT Palakkad
  20. IIT Patna
  21. IIT Roorkee
  22. IIT Ropar
  23. IIT Gandhinagar
  24. IIT Tirupati

Official website

https://iitk.ac.in/coap2024/

Downloads

Information brochure

Q:   I have three valid GATE scorecards of GATE 2024 / 2023 / 2022 for the same paper. Which score card shall I use in COAP?

A:

It is advisable to register with information related to the the highest GATE Score. During registration, you will also provide valid GATE score details of remaining years between 2022 and 2024. You will register only once but registration details will include all other GATE scores of the last two/one years.

 

Q:   Can I view COAP offer details without registering at COAP and using my own M.Tech Application ID?

A:

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.

 

Q:   Will all participating Institutes have the same number of rounds in COAP?

A:

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.

 

COAP 2024 Registration Process

Before applying for admission to the respective IIT/PSU, candidates have to register at COAP. The registration process for COAP is as follows:

Step 1: COAP 2024 Registration

The candidates have to provide various personal and GATE related details while registering for the COAP. Along with the GATE paper and their “Date of Birth”, candidates have to provide the following details at the time of COAP registration:

  • GATE Registration Number
  • GATE Paper Code
  • GATE Score
  • Date of Birth

Step 2: Providing email address and mobile number

After validating the basic information, candidates have to provide a working email address and mobile phone number. The details provided must be correct as all they will receive login ID, password, instructions and all further communication related to COAP registrations.

Step 3: Final submission

Candidates have to submit the GATE COAP 2024 registration form after carefully verifying all the details. They will not be allowed to correct any detail in their COAP registration form after final submission so every detail must be verified diligently before final submission. After final submission, the COAP login ID/registration number and password will be communicated to the candidates.

COAP 2024 Registration and Log-in

Flow chart for COAP 2024 Registration and Log-in

Q:   I am a GATE qualified candidate (2024 and/or 2023 and/or 2022). How to register at COAP 2024?

A:

Register online by clicking 'Register' Button on the official website of COAP. 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.

 

Q:   Is it necessary for a candidate to register at COAP?

A:

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.

 

Q:   I have two or three valid GATE scorecards for two or three different papers. Can I use all the scores?

A:

You will register only once. Subsequently, when you log in 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 scores (EC or CS). And include the remaining GATE paper score when you log in to COAP for the first time.

 

GATE COAP 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before COAP 2024 registrations. Applications of candidates who do not meet the eligibility conditions are liable to be rejected. Therefore, all candidates must fulfil all the eligibility conditions:

  • The candidate must be an Indian National
  • Candidates must have a valid GATE score i.e. qualified in 2024/2023/2022.
  • In the case of more than one valid scorecard, candidates must provide the scorecard with a better score or rank.
  • Candidates must check the eligibility criteria of the respective institute before applying for it

Admission Process via COAP 2024

The admission process via COAP is as follows:

  • Register at COAP: COAP registration is an online process. Candidates need to register online on the official COAP portal as per the schedule. Only the COAP-registered candidates can access the offers by the IITs/PSUs.
  • Apply to IITs/PSU: Candidates should apply separately to the respective IITs for MTech admission / PSU for the job. While applying to the respective IITs/PSUs candidates have to enter the COAP registration number.
  • Rounds of offers: When the round of offers starts at COAP as per the schedule, if you have received any offers then the same will appear in the COAP Dashboard.
  • Offer selection: Select the offer of your choice then press (‘Accept and Freeze’ or ‘Retain and Wait or Reject all above and wait’) and confirm it by clicking OK. All offers will be rejected when you select ‘Reject all above and wait’. Press “Freeze Decision” for final submission when you are satisfied. 
  • Visit the website of the institute/PSU for admission: After the candidate has selected and finalised an offer at COAP, they have to then visit the official website of the IIT/PSU of which they have accepted the offer and complete the admission process as per their set guidelines and dates.

Offer Rounds by IITs/PSUs in COAP

IITs and PSUs provide their offers to the candidates in rounds. There are around 5 main rounds of offers and 7 additional rounds of offers. The candidates can participate in each of these rounds and practice the choices of offers from their COAP dashboard. The round-wise options available for the candidates in COAP are as follows:

Main rounds in COAP

Round No

Options available to candidates

Accept & Freeze

Retain & Wait

Reject & Wait

1

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

Yes

Yes

Yes

3

Yes

Yes/ No*

Yes

4

Yes

Yes/ No*

Yes

5

Yes

No

Yes

*No, if you have already used Retain & Wait on the same offer twice. The same offer refers to the program “XYZ” of a particular Institute “ABC”.

Additional rounds in COAP

Round No

Options available to candidates

Accept & Freeze

Reject & Wait

6

Yes

Yes

7

Yes

Yes

8

Yes

Yes

9

Yes

Yes

**10

Yes

Yes

11

Yes

Yes

12

Yes

Yes*

**Only for those institutes that would like to continue beyond Round 9. *Only if there are no more additional rounds.

Note: The additional rounds are the decisive rounds only. In the Decisive Round of offers, registered candidates will be provided with only two options "Accept and Freeze" or "Reject All and Wait".

Q:   What are the options available when I receive an offer of joining/admission in the FINAL (LAST) round of offers in COAP?

A:

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. Candidate can select only one offer out of available offers. Candidate will have two options as described below.

  • Option 1: Accept and Freeze
  • Option 2: Reject All and Wait

Depending on the status of vacancies and merit list, there could  be further spot rounds by each of the participating institutes.

 

Q:   What are the options available when I receive an offer of joining/admission in COAP?

A:

After an admission offer is made (Excluding the Final / LAST round of offers), the candidates will have THREE options on the Online Application Portal. A candidate can select any one (only) offer out of the available offers. Candidate will have three options as described below:

  • Option 1: Accept and Freeze
  • Option 2: Retain and Wait
  • Option 3: Reject All and Wait 
 

Q:   Why is Retain and wait allowed only twice on a given offer in COAP?

A:

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.

 

COAP 2024 Options for Offers

Candidates have the following options once they have offers in their COAP dashboard:

Option 1 - 'Accept and Freeze'

This option should be selected if a candidate is willing to accept one of the available offers and does not want to be considered for any other offers from other Institutes, if any. Candidates selecting this option WILL NOT be considered in the subsequent round(s) of admission in any of the participating academic Institutes and PSUs. After clicking the 'Accept and Freeze' option, the candidate should click the OK button to confirm the submission of his/her decision. Subsequently, the candidate should visit the respective Academic Institute's Admission Portal or PSU's Job Portal and follow the procedure as per the instructions on the respective website.

Option 2 - 'Retain and Wait'

This option should be selected if a candidate indicates his/her partial acceptance to any one of the available offers and also would like to be considered for any other offers in other institutes, if any, in the subsequent round(s) of offers. Candidates selecting this option WILL NOT be considered for the other rejected offers in the current round. However, if any higher preferred offer is made in the next round, then the existing 'Retain and Wait' offer will be released. A candidate can choose “Retain and Wait” on the same offer (same institute and same program) only twice. Nevertheless, the candidate will be considered for the subsequent round(s) of admission offered in the participating academic Institutes and PSUs. After clicking the 'Retain and Wait' option, the candidate should click OK to confirm the submission of the decision.

Option 3 - 'Reject All and Wait':

This option should be selected if the candidate is not willing to accept any of the offer(s) of admission/job in the current round. Nevertheless, the candidate will be considered for other preferences, if any, in the subsequent round(s) of admission offered in any participating academic Institutes and PSUs. Please note, that the same offer will not appear in the subsequent rounds as you have rejected this offer. After clicking the 'Reject All and Wait' option, the candidate should click OK to confirm the submission of the decision.

Freeze Decision (After Selecting Option 1, 2 or 3): 

Candidates can select the choice from offers multiple times and press OK to confirm. After making the final choice, candidates have to click the Freeze button to complete the decision-making. Alternatively, the last selected choice of candidates will be frozen at the closure of the rounds. In case a candidate does not select any choice from the offers or does not visit the COAP portal as per the schedule of rounds, then all offers in that particular round will be treated as Reject All and Wait. 

What if I Do Not select any option?

Candidates should visit the COAP Portal during each round of offers till the decision of "Accept and Freeze" is made by the candidate. 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 All and Wait” by the candidate.

Q:   After declining/rejecting the offer, can I be considered for subsequent offers for COAP rounds?

A:

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. Also, 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 Institutes Admission Portal.

 

Flowcharts Explaining COAP 2024 Process for Main Rounds and Additional Rounds

Candidates can check the entire process for different rounds (excluding Decisive Rounds) in the flow chart below:

COAP 2020 All round of offers excluding decisive rounds

Candidates can check the flow chart for decisive rounds below:

COAP 2020 decisive round of offers

What After Accepting Offer at COAP?

After selecting an offer of joining / admission with the "Accept and Freeze" option, the candidate should visit the concerned organization's Web Page / Institute's M.Tech. Admission portal for the subsequent admission / joining procedure. The admission / joining procedure should be completed by the candidate within the due date specified by the admitting institute / PSU.

GATE COAP 2024 Participating IITs

The participating IITs of COAP are as follows:

Name of Institute

NIRF Ranking 2023

Establishment Year

IISc Bangalore

1 (University and overall level)

1909

IIT Madras (IITM)

1

1959

IIT Delhi (IITD)

2

1963

IIT Bombay (IITB)

3

1958

IIT Kanpur (IITK)

4

1959

IIT Roorkee (IITR)

5

1951

IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP)

6

2001

IIT Guwahati (IITG)

7

1994

IIT Hyderabad (IITH)

8

2008

IIT (BHU) Varanasi

15

1926

IIT Dhanbad (IITDHN)

17

2009

IIT Indore (IITI)

14

2008

IIT Ropar (IITRPR)

22

2008

IIT Mandi

33

2008

IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN)

18

2008

IIT Jodhpur (IITJ)

30

2009

IIT Patna (IITP)

41

2008

IIT Bhubaneswar (IITBBS)

27

2015

IIT Tirupati (IITTP)

59

2016

IIT Palakkad

69

2016

IIT Jammu

67

2016

IIT Dharwad

93

2016

IIT Bhilai (IIT C)

81

2015

IIT Goa

90

2016

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