GATE 2022: Gateway to better opportunities

Registration is underway for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2022, which is scheduled to be held on February 5, 6, 12 and February 13, 2022. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, which is the organizing institute for it. The exam will conduct GATE 2022 as a Computer Based Test (CBT) for 29 papers. In the existing list of GATE 2022 subjects, two new papers, Geomatics Engineering (GE) and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NM) have been introduced in GATE 2022.

“These two disciplines are recent important areas in engineering with great scope for further advanced research and job opportunities in India. Hence, the new papers will be helpful in bridging PG/PhD studies and employment opportunities for candidates in GE and NM, India,” says Dipankar Choudhary, chair professor and head of civil engineering department of IIT Bombay and former organizing chairman of GATE. Huh. 2021 who headed the committee that included and proposed two papers in GATE 2022.

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new centers

While GATE 2022 will follow the same COVID safety guidelines as GATE 2021, as per the decision taken during the 47th National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE 2021 meeting held on 22nd May 2021, one has to look at the possibilities of adding some The committee was constituted. More centers in smaller cities. Choudhary says, “The committee suggested adding a few more cities covering different rural areas across India for the GATE 2022 examinations based on the availability of infrastructure, for better/easier mobility of the candidates during the pandemic. can help.”

The consequent increase in the number of centers for GATE 2022 will ensure more GATE applications as proximity is a major factor for many students writing the exam, considering more than 60%, says Krishnasree Achuthan, Dean (PG Program), Amrita University. The population of India still lives in villages.


never too early to start


In order to remove the age and eligibility constraints, the GATE guidelines state that a candidate who is currently studying in the third or higher years of any undergraduate degree program or is already pursuing Engineering/Technology/Architecture/ Has completed any degree program approved by the government in Science / Commerce /. Arts is eligible to appear for GATE 2022 exam. Emphasizing that this option is best suited for outstanding students, Choudhary says, “They can score fairly well in the GATE exam in the third year itself, then at the end of their studies in the fourth year, from various prestigious Their admission for higher studies in institutes like IIT/IISc will be ensured in advance, as the results of GATE exam are valid for three years. This will also reduce their stress about future to a great extent. This scheme of allowing students to take the GATE exam was reintroduced in 2021 after a long gap of several years, and will continue in GATE 2022 as well.”

“Since the GATE exam tests the fundamentals, therefore, third and fourth year students should be able to attempt the questions. And if they do not qualify the exam, such candidates get an extra chance to attempt GATE (should they not qualify in their first attempt) without wasting a year,” says Achuthan. She says that the exam helps students to reflect on their basic knowledge about the subject they have chosen and its applications.

two paper combination


As per the notification, a GATE candidate will be allowed to appear in one or two papers of GATE 2022 exam. However, a candidate is allowed to select another paper only from the pre-determined two paper combination list. Choudhary says that apart from the core subject/field chosen by the students, in future they can try to expand their field of study to various/allied areas. “By giving them the opportunity to appear for the second paper in the relevant field, the scope for pursuing interdisciplinary research and higher studies will increase.” This two paper scheme was first introduced in GATE 2021, and based on positive feedback from candidates, it has now been further expanded to continue with some more two paper combinations in GATE 2022.

IIT aspirant


Commenting on the different levels of interest among IITians taking the GATE exam, Choudhary says that a small fraction of IITians appear for the GATE exam, and they are mainly fresh IIT graduates. Many IIT students pursuing dual degree (BTech + MTech) programs in older IITs appear for GATE to qualify for the Ministry of Education (MoE) scholarship, which is offered only to GATE qualified candidates.

career prospects

GATE Qualified candidates are eligible for direct recruitment to Group A level posts in the Central Government as Senior Field Officer (Tele), Senior Research Officer (Crypto) and Senior Research Officer (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat on the basis of their GATE. can apply for. Score; Or they can get job in PSU. “But most of the qualified candidates in GATE go for higher studies. Only a fraction of GATE qualified candidates join jobs on the basis of GATE results,” says Chaudhary.

However, in the post-Covid era, this trend may change, as students are actively looking to be employed to support their families, Achuthan says. “They can pursue higher education provided they have the confidence to find better opportunities in between (in the form of internship) or at the end of MTech programs (through placements),” she adds.

Applicants with BDS and BPharm degrees can also apply for GATE 2022, a concept that was introduced during GATE 2021. “In the present age of science and engineering, the boundaries of research have been expanded to make them truly interdisciplinary. Hence, graduates from any discipline will get a chance to change the field of research/higher education after qualifying for GATE exam, which is also in line with the new National Policy on Education (NEP) 2020. The concept was introduced in GATE. 2021 to encourage a holistic interdisciplinary education system to expose students to diverse impacts,” Choudhury said.

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