The application forms for the 2021 Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) will open on September 14 and the registration process will be finished on September 30, but applicants will apply until October 7 but with a late fee charge. IIT-Bombay conducts the exam this year and interested candidates will have to apply on gate.iitb.ac.in.
In 2019, the amount of GATE 2020 applicants had reached a five year low. IITs had later reported a fee hike for MTech degree programs to discourage “non-serious candidates.” The verdict eventually was rollbacked. IITs had cited MTech ‘s enormous drop-out ratio as learners go for government jobs. All of these aspects could also affect the 2021 GATE.
This year the test structure has modified as well as the syllabus has been revamped. The entire test will be in a computer-based format. The test will take place for 27 subjects. The two new introductions are environmental and engineering sciences, and humanities and social sciences. Students in the humanities and social sciences can opt for examinations in economics, English, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
Although GATE does not have an upper age limit, the qualifying requirements have also been relaxed. Unlike fourth-year graduation students, those enrolled in the third year of an undergraduate course or having finished a three-year degree may also qualify from this year on. This may be incorporated because most classes in the humanities are of three years while the length of the engineering degree is four years.
The exam is scheduled to be held from February 5-7 and the February 12-15 and the result is scheduled to be announced on March 21, as per the official notice. The IIT-Bombay also mentioned, “The health and safety of the candidates are of utmost priority. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the dates mentioned here are subject to change. In rare cases, it may be necessary to postpone the GATE 2021 examination because of situations beyond the control of the GATE committee. All updates will be available on this website.”
Further, “due to COVID-19 related international travel restrictions, examinations at the International Centres may be dropped, if the situation is not conductive by end of November 2020,” the official notice read.
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