“The GATE committee is planning to increase the number of centres to reach out to more students from the rural belts since many of them are not much aware of GATE and the opportunities associated with it. Many candidates, especially the girls, often find it difficult to travel to the nearest big city. We are looking for measures to facilitate such candidates,” says PM Mohite, chairperson, GATE 2023 Organizing Committee, and professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur.
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GATE committee this year, is expecting a good response as normalcy has returned after over two years of the pandemic and most of the institutes have resumed physical classes. “We are trying to reach out to the students through posters being sent to colleges and timely updates through various media,” says Mohite.
Last year, about 8.5 lakh candidates including those for two paper combinations registered, while this year, GATE registrations are expected to cross the 10 lakhs mark.
The computer-based test to be conducted on February 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2023, will be held for 29 subjects, similar to last year, as no new subjects have been added. Talking about the choice of subjects in which a candidate is allowed to appear either in one or up to two papers of the GATE exams (wherein the second paper can be selected from the pre-defined two-paper combination list), the GATE chairperson says, “Today, many of the fields have become interdisciplinary. Considering this, the two paper combinations are given based on the interdisciplinary nature of some subjects. The candidates, therefore, have the flexibility to appear in up to two papers of their interests. This will increase their opportunities for admissions into the IITs, NITs with assistantships or scholarships, and for getting employment opportunities at the PSUs. The count of students taking the two papers examination is seen to increase in 2022 as compared to 2021. We are expecting a similar trend for GATE 2023 as well.”
GATE will also provide students an opportunity to change their respective disciplines due to the interdisciplinary nature of the upcoming fields. “Many interdisciplinary programmes and specialisations are being introduced in IITs, NITs and other universities. For example, at IIT Kanpur, programmes like Material Science, Nuclear Engineering & Technology, and Photonics Science and Engineering Programme are explicitly interdisciplinary. Moreover, the Aerospace Engineering departments at some IITs take students with GATE scores not only from Aerospace Engineering but also from Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, etc disciplines,” he adds. GATE has therefore become the deciding factor for admitting students to such diverse disciplines.
IITians evince interest
The chairperson further informs that there is a decent perceived interest among the students of IIT Kanpur towards GATE. “Many students even attempt this examination to test their understanding of the subject. But then, GATE also attracts quality students for courses such as MTech, MS by Research, direct PhD after bachelor’s degree in engineering disciplines, and PhD programmes in Science, Arts and Commerce streams. In certain engineering disciplines, students from science streams are also admitted in MTech, and MS by Research programmes,” he adds, underlining the fact that sincere efforts and a good grasp of the subjects in GATE can help students crack the exam.