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Single and double packet bids on GeM Portal

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In the world of government procurement, the GeM (Government e-Marketplace) Portal has revolutionized businesses' interaction with public entities. As a seller on the GeM platform, it is a necessity to understand the different types of bids to effectively participate in the procurement process.

In this blog post, we will explore two common types of bids on the GeM portal: Single Packet and Two Packet bids. By gaining a clear understanding of these bid types, you can navigate the bidding process with confidence and increase your chances of success.

Types of bids on GeM

Let's discuss both types of bids in detail.

Single packet bids

As the name suggests, it is a single system bid in which all bidders who submitted bids are evaluated based on the ranking at the time the bids are opened. All vendors' names will appear in the comparative statement, but their bids may or may not be technically suitable. The envelopes will be opened at the date and time specified in the bidding document.

Key Points

  1. Buyer can choose the Single packet bid at bid creation.
  2. Bids to RA are not available in single packet bids
  3. Schedule-wise evaluation is not available; therefore, the total value will be used by default
  4. The buyer will use this for the limited categories available in the GeM marketplace as decided by the category managers.
  5. In single packet bids, the constitution of a tender committee is not allowed, and the evaluation process is to be done by the buyer only.
  6. A Forced RA will be prompted for Multiple L1 cases.
  7. In the case of services, the user can choose the RunL1 Selection option and the bidder will have 72 hours to accept the offer.
  8. It is not mandatory for the user to evaluate all bids in the single packet bid process. Instead, the user can evaluate the minimum number of bids as per the Splitting or MSE/MII Purchase Preference (if applicable).

Two-packet bid

Most GeM bids are evaluated through a two stage process (double packet bid) by buyers. Whereby the buyer assigns a technical committee for technical evaluation.

A technical member then evaluates technical bids submitted by bidders and marks them either technically suitable or unsuitable. Buyers make decisions and mark bidders as qualified or disqualified based on recommendations received from the tender committee.

Once the technical evaluation is complete, the buyer can open the financials of the bid.

Benefits and Considerations

Both Single Packet and Two Packet bids have their own benefits and considerations.

Single packet bids offer a simplified process, reducing the administrative burden of preparing and submitting multiple packets.

However, Two Packet bids provide a more structured evaluation process, allowing evaluators to focus on technical aspects before considering financial aspects.

It is essential for sellers to carefully review the bid documents to determine the specific requirements for each bid type and prepare their submissions accordingly. This includes ensuring compliance with technical specifications, submitting accurate financial information, and adhering to the specified submission guidelines.


Understanding the differences between Single Packet and Two Packet bids on the GeM portal is crucial for sellers looking to participate in government procurement.

By familiarizing yourself with these bid types, you can navigate the bidding process more effectively, improve your chances of success, and enhance your overall experience on the GeM platform.

Remember to thoroughly review the bid documents, prepare your submissions diligently, and adhere to the guidelines provided to optimize your bidding process and increase your competitiveness.

Empower your business on the GeM portal by understanding the nuances of Single Packet and Two Packet bids. Streamline your bidding process, demonstrate your capabilities effectively, and seize new opportunities for growth and success.


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