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Overview of GEM Registration

Government e-marketplace (GEM Registration) is an online platform for public procurement introduced by the Commerce and Industry Minister on 9th August 2016, under Allocation of Business Rules, 1961. The Government of India (GOI) under Make in India has made it mandatory for all of its departments to source goods and services from its e-marketplace. The Government of India introduced this portal to acquire stores. One can sell his products to Government Departments and also buy products on Government E-marketplace (GEM) portal. It is mandatory for Government Offices to buy stocks from this GEM Portal. Only such persons who have obtained the GEM Registration can sell or buy on GEM Portal. There are two types of GEM Registrations, one for buyers and another for sellers. The objective behind GEM is to guarantee effectiveness, transparency, and swiftness in procuring supplies of goods and services.

It is an entirely paperless, cashless and technology plus system-driven e-market that enables procurement of common use of goods and services with minimal human interface. It has various features such as:

  • It brings transparency
  • It enhances efficiency
  • It is secure and safe
  • It has the potential to support Make in India
  • Savings to the Government

Government E-Marketplace (GEM)

The GEM, Government E-Marketplace, is an e-commerce portal under the Government of India. It is an online platform for sellers and Government buyers to facilitate the procurement of goods and services required by various departments or organisations of Government and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

Facilities of GEM

The following are facilities of the GEM Portal:

  • Listing of products for individual categories of goods or services of common use
  • Market place buying majority of common user items
  • Look, estimate, compare and buying facility on a dynamic pricing basis
  • Buying or selling goods and services online as per requirement
  • Single window system for increasing or aggregating demands and ordering
  • Transparency
  • Useful for low-value buying as well as bulk buying at a competitive price using reverse auction or e-bidding.
  • vendor rating system
  • User-friendly dashboard for monitoring supplies, payment and buying or selling
  • Return Policy

Pre-requisites for GEM Registration

The pre-requisites for GEM Registration are as follows:

  • Name of Organisation/department
  • Type of Organisation/department
  • Email ID of Authorised Person
  • Mobile Number of Authorised Person
  • Aadhar Number and PAN Number of Authorised Person
  • GST Number
  • Filled Income Tax Return for 3 Last Years

Benefits of GEM Registration

The benefits of obtaining Registration at the GEM Portal are as follows:

Benefits for Buyers

  • List of products for individual categories of goods or services with offers
  • Availability of various facilities, such as search, compare, select and buy.
  • Enables buying online as per one’s own requirement, i.e., as and when required.
  • Transparency and ease in buying
  • It ensures a continuous vendor rating system
  • Up-to-date, user-friendly dashboard for monitoring supplies, buying and making payments.
  • Provisions of an easy return policy.

Benefits for Sellers

  • Direct access to all departments of Government.
  • One-stop-shop for marketing with minimal efforts.
  • One-stop-shop for bids or a reverse auction on products or services 
  • New product suggestions facility available for sellers 
  • Dynamic pricing, i.e., price changes based on market conditions 
  • Seller-friendly dashboard for monitoring supplies, selling and payments.
  • Uniform and consistent purchase procedures.

Documents for GEM Registration

The Documents required for GEM Registration are as follows:

  • PAN Card and Aadhar Card 
  • GST Certification 
  • Email ID and Mobile Number
  • Details of Bank Account 
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) for the last three years
  • MSME Certificate (if required)
  • Other Documents, if required, such as photographs, a list of products, etc.

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Procedure for GEM Registration

The GEM Registration process is as follows:


Applicant registers on GEM Portal as seller or buyer and creates an account.

Fill up Application Form

The applicant fills up the form with correct information and uploads all required Documents.

Submission of Application Form

Then applicant submits the Application Form at the GEM official portal.

Approval of Form

Then the application form submitted at the GEM Portal is approved by the appropriate department.

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After approval from the department, the Registration is complete.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are two types of Registration, the first one is Primary Registration which is for buyers, and another one is Secondary Registration is for sellers.

The pre-requisites for Secondary User Registration are Aadhar number, mobile number and registered email id.

The key tasks of a primary user are as follows:

  • Self-registration
  • Filing organisation details
  • Creation or modification of secondary users
  • Monitoring of orders placed
  • Administration of GEM procurements
  • Transfer of primary user account, in case he gets transferred or retires.

A person who verifies all the primary user details is a verifying authority. Any officer of the same rank or one rank lower or higher can register as verifying authority.

Reverse Auction validity is a period during which Seller Offer is valid from the Reverse Auction end date. The buyer needs to award the order within the Reverse Auction Offer Validity Period.

The main reasons for product rejections are:

  • The model number cannot be verified
  • The product listed in the wrong category
  • Invalid price range
  • Wrong images uploaded
  • Force fitting the technical parameters.

SAHAY is an online platform which provides a load against orders and accepted invoices to sellers. Proprietors registered as Sellers on GEM Portal opt for SAHAY.

All auctions are published publicly other than limited auctions. Auction starts and is strictly conducted between the auctioneer and qualified bidders. Post-auction, the result is made public to everyone.

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