How to file GSTR-1 on GST portal

Published On: May 17, 2023Last Updated: May 17, 20234.4 min read

GSTR-1 is an important return that all registered taxpayers under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime have to file. It contains details of outward supplies made by registered taxpayers. If you’re wondering how to file this GST return filing, this comprehensive guide will walk you through the process, ensuring a smooth filing experience.

Process to file GSTR-1 on the GST portal

Step 1: Log in to the GST Portal

To begin, log in to the GST portal using your credentials. Once logged in, navigate to “Services” and click on “Returns” from the drop-down menu. Then select “Returns Dashboard.”

Returns Dashboard o0n GST portal

Step 2: Select the Financial Year and Filing Period

On the Returns Dashboard page, select the relevant financial year, Quarter and the month for which you want to file the return. Click on “Search” to proceed.

Financial Year, quarter and and Filing Period for GSTR-1

Step 3: Prepare the Return Online

On the GSTR-1 return page, you have the option to prepare the return either online or offline. For this guide, we will be focusing on preparing it online. Click on “Prepare Online” to proceed.

Prepare GSTR-1 online

Step 4: Fill in the Details of Outward Supplies

You will be redirected to the “Details of Outward Supplies of Goods or Services” page.

Details of Outward Supplies of Goods or Services page

Step 5: Add or Delete Invoices or Details (E-invoicing eligible entities only)

If you are an e-invoicing eligible entity, you will be able tio click on the various tiles on that page that have the summaries of all the invoices entered to add or edit the details 

Add of edit details for GSTR-1

To add or delete invoices or details:

  • Click on the relevant tile
Add or deleted data for GSTR-1
  • Click on Add record
Add or delete invoices or details in GSTR-1 form
  • Add or delete invoices or details as needed, click “Save” and then “Back”
Add or delete invoices or details for GSTR-1

Step 6: Make Amendments to Existing Invoices

You can also make amendments to existing invoices by clicking on the relevant tile and providing the revised details. 

To make amendments to existing invoices:

  • Click on the relevant tile
Amend data for GSTR-1
  • Select the financial year from the drop-down list and and click on the “Amend Record” button. 
Select financial year and period for amending gstr-1 data
  • Then enter the invoice number or credit/debit note number which you want to amend and all the relevant details
Amending gstr-1 data
  • Click on the Save button.
Amending gstr-1 data
  • Click on the “Back” button. You also have the option to further edit or delete the entry made.
Amending gstr-1 data

Step 7: Generate GSTR-1 Summary

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Generate GSTR-1 Summary” to include auto-populated details pending for action by recipients. The summary will be automatically generated at intervals of 30 minutes.

Generating GSTR-1 data

Step 8: Preview and Review the Draft Summary

After generating the GSTR-1 summary, click on the ‘Proceed to file/Summary’ button for a GSTR-1 draft summary. It is recommended that you review the summary of entries made in the various sections before submitting the GSTR-1.

Preview GSTR-1

Step 9: Submit the GSTR-1 Return

Once you have reviewed the GSTR-1 return and are ready to submit it, click on the “File Statement” button.

Submit GSTR-1

Step 10: File the GSTR-1 Return

Delect the acknowledgement checkbox confirming that you have reviewed the details and that the information furnished is correct and select your name from the drop-down. Once you select the acknowledgement checkbox, you will be able to click the file buttons. Choose the appropriate button.

File GTSR-1

Step 11: File Return

Once the return is submitted, click on the “File Return” button. Choose either “File with DSC” or “File with EVC,” depending on whether you are filing with a digital signature (DSC) or an electronic verification code (EVC).

  • If you are filing with a DSC Select the appropriate digital signature from the available options.
  • If you are filing with an EVC enter the OTP sent to the mobile number and email address of the authorized signatory.
File GSTR-1 with EVC

Step 12: Confirmation of Successful Filing

Upon successful filing, a success message will be displayed, along with the Application Reference Number (ARN). Make note of the ARN for future reference.

GSTR-1 successfully filed

Congratulations! You have successfully filed your GSTR-1 return.

Note: You need to file GSTR-3B first to file GSTR-1.


Filing your GSTR-1 return accurately and on time is crucial for compliance with GST regulations. By following the step-by-step process outlined in this guide, you can successfully file your GSTR-1 return and fulfill your tax obligations.

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