As Canadian national applying for a visa for India, I have a problem. I wish to visit in India, but I want to make the application now since I will get very busy in coming months. If I apply now, I will be granted a 6 month visa effective immediately and will expire before my journey date. In the application, is there a way to mention that I do not want visa effective immediately?
No, the Toronto consulate's FAQ specificially addresses this:
I will travel at a much later date. Can my visa be issued to coincide with the date of travel?
No. Post - dated visas are not issued. The validity of the visa begins from the date of issue.