2. Why is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

1. How much time is required for the new DSC to be recognised by the
eProcurement portal ?
At the time of enrollment in this e-Procurement portal, the Bidders
should ensure that the status of DSC is active on this site. The
activation of newly issued DSC may take up to 24 hrs. Hence users who
are obtaining new DSCs should register at least 24 hrs in advance to
avoid last minute problems in enrollment.
2. If the enrolled DSC gets expired and if I get a new DSC, how to map with
the existing registered loginid ?
a) STEP I - When old DSC has expired and user has got new DSC :
If the enrolled DSC has expired, the system automatically inactivates the
same and prompts for another DSC to be enrolled (afresh) at the next login.
b) Step II -When old DSC is due for expiry and user has got new DSC :
If the user wants to register with a new DSC, when the existing DSC is due
for expiry, first login to the system with the Old DSC. Click on DSC
information from the Dash board and click on remove. Then logout of the
Now login again, the system prompts to enroll DSC and the new DSC can be
To be Continue.....
Caution :
Never remove the Old encryption from the device. The old encryption
certificates lying in the eToken must not be deleted. They should always be
retained. Any of the tenders which have been configured with these old
certificates as bid openers cannot be opened, if certificates have been
deleted from the token.
3. Can I use the same DSC in enrolling for more than one loginid in
the same site ?
No, at any point of time only one DSC can be mapped with one user
4. I already have purchased one DSC for use in other etendering
system. Can I use the same DSC for this portal ?
Yes. As long as the DSC is valid and as per the requirements of the
eProcurement portal, the same can be enrolled in this site.
5. What if my DSC gets blocked ?
DSC gets blocked after certain no of unsuccessful attempts of
entering the wrong PIN. A blocked DSC cannot be used in the etendering system unless it is unblocked. To unblock your DSC please
contact the service provider who has issued the DSC.
6. When I Connect to the site with https://<URL> I get an error
message. How do I overcome this problem ?
As per the IT Act, the site uses SSL certificate issued by CA, India. Few
of the browsers trust the certificates and few of them are in the
process of trusting the same. You may kindly download the Trust
Chain from the download link and trust these once, (A write up on
trusting is also made available in the downloads), after that these
error messages will not appear.
7. Can International firm upload their proposals on e-procurement
portal with DSC which is not issued by Indian firm/ not registered
with this e-proc portal ?
As per the IT ACT, this eprocurement portal does not allow to register
any DSC issued by CAs other than Indian CAs. However, Some of our
Certifying agencies issue DSC for foreigners without visiting India.
The details of which are already made available under the Downloads
link of this portal.
8. Can a foreign bidder or a foreign consultant get DSC from their
respective country i.e. any country outside India ?
No. The same is not allowed to be registered in this portal.
9. Can international consultant (out side India) get DSC through on
line ?
YES. Pl refer to the link https://eprocure.gov.in/eprocure/app (S.No.
13, DSC for Foreign Bidders under downloads). Hence the Foreign
Bidder / Consultant can get the Indian DSC issued and participate in
our tender without visiting India.
1. What is a Digital Signature Certificate?
Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is
electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of
physical certificates are drivers' licenses, passports or membership
cards. Certificates serve as a proof of identity of an individual for a
certain purpose; for example, a driver's license identifies someone
who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a digital
certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity, to
access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain
documents digitally.
2. Why is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) required?
Like physical documents are signed manually, electronic documents,
for example e-forms are required to be signed digitally using a Digital
Signature Certificate. Transactions that are done using Internet if
signed using a Digital Signature certicate becomes legally valid.
3. Who issues the Digital Signature Certificate?
A licensed Certifying Authority (CA) issues the digital signature.
Certifying Authority (CA) means a person who has been granted a
license to issue a digital signature certificate under Section 24 of
the Indian IT-Act 2000.
4. What are the different types of Digital Signature Certificates valid
for eTendering programme ?
The different types of Digital Signature Certificates are:
Class 2: Here, the identity of a person is verified against a trusted,
pre-verified database.
Class 3: This is the highest level where the person needs to present
himself or herself in front of a Registration Authority (RA) and prove
his/ her identity.
NOTE: ( In eProcurement Site please use class 3 DSC)
5. What type of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is to be
obtained for eFiling on the eTendering Portal?
DSC of Class 3 category issued by a licensed Certifying Authority
(CA) needs to be obtained for efiling on the eTendering Portal.
6. What is the cost of obtaining a Digital Signature Certificate?
The cost of obtaining a digital signature certificate may vary as
there are many entities issuing DSCs and their charges may differ.
The approximate cost could vary between Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3000
depending on the number of years for which it is issued.
9. How much time do CAs take to issue a DSC?
The time taken by Certifying Authorities to issue a DSC may vary
from three to seven days.
10. What is the validity period of a Digital Signature Certificate?
The Certifying Authorities are authorized to issue a Digital
Signature Certificate with a validity of one or two years. The
maximum period for which the DSC is issued is only two years.
On the expiry of the term, the Digital Signature Certificate can
be revalidated by paying the fees again.
11. What is the legal status of a Digital Signature?
Digital Signatures are legally admissible in a Court of Law, as
provided under the provisions of IT.
12. Is a company required to obtain a Digital Signature Certificate
in its own name for eTendering
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is not required by Companies
but by individuals. For example the Director or the Authorized
signatory signing on behalf of the Company requires a DSC.
13. Can I do e-filing of documents if I do not possess a
No. It is mandatory to have a valid digital signature
certificate for e-filing the forms on eTendering portal.
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Department of Electronics &
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Ministry of Communications &
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A-Block, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi - 110 003 India
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Head Office:
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