Reviewed by Anjaneyulu | Updated on Jul 26, 2021



The tender is an offer to perform some task or to supply goods at a fixed price. The contractors will be invited to submit sealed bids for construction or for the provision of specifically designed services or goods during a particular time frame in the initial step of this tender process.

Understanding a Tender

India's e-tender process is structured to ensure that the work to be performed for the government or a specific client is accomplished reasonably. For example, some places may have specific procurement policies that direct on how to make a decision, and which tender to accept.

An open tender is the main form of tender, followed by both the government and the private sector. The client advertises the tender offers in the local newspaper along with the critical information of the proposed works inviting interested contractors.

Tenders in India

There are various types of tenders, such as open tender, selective tender, serial tender, negotiated tender, and term tender.

1. Open Tender An open tender is the principal tender procedure employed by both the private and government sectors. In the local newspaper, the customer advertises the tender offer along with the key information of the proposed works and invites interested contractors.

2. Selective Tender Selective tendering is an alternative that has been developed to address the open tender procedure's limitation. This tender aims to increase the quality of bids received and ensures that contractors with the requisite expertise are given the opportunity and submit the bids needed.

3. Negotiation Tender This is widely used in the engineering and construction industry, which is the subject of pre-contract and post-contract negotiations.

4. Term Tender Term tender is normally used on projects which require enormous maintenance. The contractor would be asked to cover several specific buildings at multiple locations. This tender is also limited to a fixed time, and it may demand that the criterion be applied to the client's needs.

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