Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will organize the GATE 2022 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering). This year, GATE 2021 was organized by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. IIT Bombay further transferred the responsibility to IIT Kharagpur for the following year.
Handing over the chairmanship of NCB-GATE 2022, the director of Bombay, Subhasis Chaudhary, passed on the responsibility to the director of IIT KGP, Virendra Singh Tewari.
A total of 8,82,684 candidates had applied for GATE 2021 this year. This was slightly higher than 8.59 lakh applications last year. For the newly introduced Humanities subject, a total of 14,196 students had applied. The humanities subjects exceeded the count of nine existing subjects out of 27 papers. Most opted for paper remains mechanical engineering whereas the least opted one was Statistics.
Most applicants, around 8364 were females for humanities subjects marking a rise in the female applicants. For GATE 2021, a total of 2,88,379 female students had applied which indicates a rise of 10,000 from the previous year.
The eligibility, earlier, was limited to graduates or fourth-year students only. But in the last year, relaxing the criteria, IIT-Bombay allowed third-year students to take the exam as well. Whereas in this year, there has been a relaxation again in the eligibility criteria.
The organizing chairman of GATE 2021, Deepankar Choudhury, said that due to the pandemic several university exams could not take place and in the others, results were delayed due to pandemic.
Among the batch of 2020, there is a lot of confusion about, if they are now in the fourth year or the third year as final exam results are not out yet. The relaxation in the eligibility criteria might lessen their worries.