Indian Passport

Your Passport is the most important requirement and identification proof when you go for a Masters. Your Passport represents your citizenship for India. From applying for the GRE to submitting university applications, this document is the main necessity in the list of documentation. If you already have a Passport, you can skip this.

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Typical time required: 1 to 4 weeks

Passport Fee: Rs.1500 – Rs. 4000 as of December 2019 (depends on the necessary scheme, i.e. Normal/Tatkaal)

Required Documents for Passport Application

  • Proof Of Present Address
    Aadhar Card, Parents' Passport, house agreement, electricity bills, etc.
  • Proof Of Date Of Birth
    Birth Certificate, Aadhar Card, School Certificate, Driving License, etc.
  • Secondary School Certificate / Graduation Certificate
  • Bank Statements
  • Other Documents

Required Documents for Police Verification

  • Aadhar Card
  • PAN card
  • Ration Card
  • Witness letters from two of your neighbours
  • Driving License
  • Electricity bill

Online Application

  • Sign up on the Passport Seva Online Portal as a new user.
  • A verification email will be sent. Verify your new account.
  • Now, log in on the portal with your verified Login credentials.
  • Click on "Apply for Fresh Passport / Re-issue of Passport".
  • Choose "Click here to fill the application form online."
  • Select your state, district in the RPO Selection page.
  • Fill in all the important information and check them before submitting. Once reviewed, send the form.
  • Choose the mode of payment and pay the corresponding fee.
  • You will then get a confirmation email, stating that the passport has been forwarded to the Regional Passport Office.

Appointment Day

  • Arrive at Passport Seva Kendra at least 20 minutes before your reporting time.
  • At the Main Office, give your documents to the staff at the reception. Your documents will be scanned, and a token will be given.
  • Wait for your turn at the Waiting Area.
  • You will have to go to three different counters - A, B and C.
  • At Counter A, your documents will be confirmed, and your biometrics, photographs, and signature will be taken. This procedure might go for nearly 15 minutes.
  • At Counter B, the Government Officials will verify all the submitted documents. The verification might go on for 20mins.
  • The Granting Officer will do a final verification at Counter C. This might again take about 20mins.
  • You might have to wait at each counter individually for your turn.
  • The entire procedure might take somewhere about 2-3 hours.

Police Verification

  • After the passport interview, you will receive an SMS about the progress of your application. The following step will be the Police verification. You will receive an intimation on the name, and the contact details of the Verification Officer assigned.
  • Visit the police station. Meet the constable who has all your files. Book an appointment with the officer to visit your home.
  • The next day, you need to be physically present at the station for verification interview. You may be asked to carry all the documents mentioned above (and a few additional documents, if asked).
  • Once the verification gets over, humbly ask the police officer to process your documents and send it back to the RPO quickly.
  • After this, your Passport will reach you in about 7-10 days. You can use the tracking application tool to check your passport status.
  • Once you get the Passport, verify whether everything printed is correct and complete. If you find any errors, contact the PSK immediately.


  • Sometimes, you may be obliged to pay the Police officer. Handle it subtly as he is the final chief authority in approving your Passport.
  • In general, it would take somewhere between 7-30 days for the issue of a 'Normal' Passport and about 1-7 days for a Tatkaal one.

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