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    If you are keen to bid and apply for government tenders, then you must register on the CPP portal or GeM portal (Government e Marketplace). These government portals have the latest tenders published (from different government departments and ministries) on a regular basis. So, if you want to find tenders for your business, this article will help you to learn about the GeM portal tender search function and more.


    Note: GeM portal also provides sellers the option to list products/services on GeM and get direct purchase orders on GeM.

    GeM portal tender search – How to search for tenders on GeM portal?

    The Government e Marketplace or GeM is a common platform for government departments, PSUs, and organisations to procure goods and services online. It promotes transparency, speed and efficiency in public procurement and provides tools for e-bidding among others.

    Apart from tendering, the GeM portal also provides users to register on GeM as a seller to sell their products and services on the online government marketplace. Sellers have awareness and access to government department procurement needs, view new product suggestions, dynamic pricing options, and uniformity in purchase related procedures.

    On that note, let us understand how to search for tenders on GeM portal.

    Step 1: Visit the official GeM website

    Visit the official GeM portal:

    This is the official portal and you can find details on the latest tenders by government organisations, locations, and other filters on this website.

    Step 2: Browse the portal

    • Browse the top section to find ‘Bids’
    • Select ‘List of Bids’ from the dropdown options
    • View the list of tenders on GeM portal on the new page (new tab):

    This is the ‘Bid Listing’ page and you can use the filters available to find tender opportunities that are relevant to your business.

    Available Filters:

    • Ongoing Bids/RA (RA refers to reverse auction)
    • Bid/RA status (this is to check the status of a tender application)
    • By Bid Type: All Bid/RAs, Product Bid/RAs, Service Bid/RAs, Bid to RAs, Product Custom Bid/RAs, BOQ Bids
    • By Bid Value: High Value Bids (i.e., estimated value of bid is ₹2 crore or above)
    • Bid End Date (From) and Bid End Date (To)

    Apart from this you can also use:

    • Sort by: This allows you to sort tenders by date, e.g., Bid Start Date: Latest First, Bid Start Date: Oldest First, Bid End Date: Latest First, Bid End Date: Oldest First

    There’s also the option to use the search box to ‘Enter Keyword’ and search.

    • Details you can enter in the search box include: Bid number, Department name, Items, BOQ title, Category name, Consignee location (state and city) and Ministry name
    • Refine your tender search further by selecting ‘Contains’ or ‘Exact Search’ from the dropdown (Note – Exact Search will display results with the exact string of keywords you have entered; Contains will display results with the mentioned keywords anywhere)

    You can also use the ‘Advance Search’ link to find relevant tenders on GeM portal:

    The Advance Search option is only available for Ongoing Bids, i.e., active tenders. You can search using one of the four available options:

    • Search by Bid/RA details
    • Search by Ministry/Organisation
    • Search by Consignee Location
    • Search by BOQ title

    Search by Bid/RA details

    If you want to apply to a specific tender, you can enter the Bid/RA number to search for the specific tender notice.

    • Enter ‘Bid/RA number’
    • Select ‘Category’ from the dropdown
    • Enter Bid End Date (From) and Bid End Date (To)
    • Click on ‘Search’ or ‘View all Bids/RAs’

    Search by Ministry/Organisation

    This option will enable you to search for GeM tenders published by specific ministries and organisations i.e., tender inviting authorities.

    • Select the Ministry or State from the dropdown (any one is mandatory)
    • Enter Organisation or Department (as applicable)
    • Enter Bid End Date (From) and Bid End Date (To)
    • Click on ‘Search’ or ‘View all Bids/RAs’

    Search by Consignee Location

    The next advance search filter is for consignee location, where you can enter details of consignee state and city.

    • Enter Consignee State (mandatory) and City
    • Enter Bid End Date (From) and Bid End Date (To)
    • Click on ‘Search’ or ‘View all Bids/RAs’

    In general, if you are looking for tenders by city and state, check our list of top 10 city tenders and top 10 state tenders to find tender opportunities that match your business needs.

    Search by BOQ title

    BOQ stands for Bill of Quantity. This is an essential tender document and most tender authorities share a blank BOQ for bidders to fill in and submit during application.

    • Enter the BOQ title (mandatory)
    • Enter the Bid Value from the available dropdown
    • Enter Bid End Date (From) and Bid End Date (To)
    • Click on ‘Search’ or ‘View all Bids/RAs’

    In all these cases, you can Reset the filter options and begin a fresh search.

    You can also search for Railway tenders on the GeM portal. While you can find railway tenders on the IREPS platform (Indian Railways e-Procurement System), the GeM portal is also a reliable platform to search for railway tenders.

    • Visit the GeM portal and click on ‘Railway Bids’ under ‘Bids’
    • View the list Live and Closed railway tenders (Open and Limited tenders):
    • Use the search box to filter and search for railway GeM tenders by tender number or tender title and date
    • Use Sorting option to sort tenders by ascending and descending order
    • Explore the Advance Search option to for further GeM portal tender search

    Advance Tender Search for Railway tender search on GeM

    • Enter the Search Criteria, Railway Zone, Railway Unit, Tender Status, Bidding System, Department and Tender Type
    • Select the Tender Date (use From – To calendar date range option or by 3/6 month duration)
    • Use Sorting option to sort tenders
    • Click on Show Results to view list of active railway tenders on GeM

    GeM portal and CPPP tenders

    The Government e-Marketplace and Central Public Procurement Portal has been merged to form a Unified Procurement System.

    • Visit the GeM website and click on CPPP tenders on the menu
    • View the list of available government tenders on the CPPP:
    • Use the search box to further filter the search results by Tender ID, Tender Title, Organization Name, Bid Sub. Closing Date, Availability Report ID
    • Click ‘Search’ to view the list

    Note: You can enter details for any one or more fields for the best results.

    Getting started with e-tendering on the Government e-Marketplace

    It’s no secret that e-tendering for government contract can be a great way to build trust in your brand and gain new customers. But, in order to win government tenders on GeM portal, you will first have to register, login, and find the right tenders for your business.

    At Tata nexarc, we understand the importance of applying for the right tender opportunities. With Tenders on Tata nexarc, we make it possible for you to find relevant tenders with ease. You will get email alerts, can view tender details, download documents and more. You can find tenders by city/state, categories, tender inviting authorities, top industries, and more. Subscribe now to explore.

    Remember, there are no registration fees for GeM portal registration as a buyer or seller. However, there are basic GeM transaction charges sellers have to pay when their sales reach a certain mark.

    For any further information or assistance with GeM portal tender search, visit the official website, or contact GeM portal customer care, or get in touch with us at Tenders on Tata nexarc.