September 27, 2021

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GATE 2022: Gateway to better opportunities

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The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2022 registrations are on, with exams scheduled to be held on February 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2022. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, which is the organising institute for the exam, will be conducting GATE 2022 as a computer-based test (CBT) for 29 papers. Two new papers, Geomatics Engineering (GE) and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NM) have been introduced in GATE 2022 to the existing list of GATE 2022 subjects.

“These two subjects in Engineering are recent thrust areas having a lot of scope for further advanced research and job opportunities in India. Hence, the new papers GE and NM, will be helpful for carrying out PG/PhD studies and employment opportunities for the candidates in India,” says Deepankar Choudhury, Chair Professor and head of Civil Engineering Department of IIT Bombay and former organising chairperson of GATE 2021 who led the committee that formulated and proposed the inclusion of the two papers in GATE 2022.

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New centres

While GATE 2022 will follow the same Covid safety guidelines like GATE 2021, as per the decision taken during the 47th National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE 2021 meeting held on 22nd May 2021, a committee was constituted to look at the possibilities for adding some more centres in small towns. “The committee suggested addition of a few more cities covering various rural areas across India for GATE 2022 exams depending on the availability of infrastructure, which may help candidates for better/easy mobility during the pandemic,” Choudhury adds.
The consequent increase in the number of centres for GATE 2022, says Krishnashree Achuthan, dean (PG Programs), Amrita University, will ensure more GATE applications as proximity is a major factor for many students who are writing the exam, considering more than 60% of India’s population still live in the villages.
Never too early to start


To remove age and eligibility barriers, the GATE guidelines state that a candidate who is currently studying in the third or higher years of any undergraduate degree programme or has already completed any government-approved degree programme in engineering/ technology/ architecture/ science/ commerce/ arts is eligible to appear for the GATE 2022 examination. Emphasising that this option is best suited for outstanding students, Choudhury says, “They can score reasonably good marks in GATE exam in the third year itself, then at the end of their study in the fourth year, their admission for higher studies in various prestigious institutes like the IITs/IISc will already be ensured, since the results of the GATE exam remains valid for three years. It will also minimise their tensions about the future to a great extent. This scheme of allowing third year students to take the GATE exam was restarted in 2021 after a long gap of several years, and will continue in GATE 2022 as well.”

“Since GATE exams test the fundamentals, hence, third and fourth year students should be able to attempt the questions. And if they do not qualify the exam, such candidates get additional chances to attempt GATE without wasting a year (should they not qualify in their first attempt),” Achuthan says. She adds that the exams help students reflect their basic knowledge and its applications about the subject/s they have chosen.

Two Paper Combination
As per notifications, a GATE candidate will be allowed to appear either in one or up to two papers of the GATE 2022 examination. However, a candidate is only allowed to select the second paper from the pre-defined Two Paper Combination list. Choudhury says that in addition to the main subject/area chosen by the students, in future they may try to expand their area of study in different/allied fields. “By giving them the opportunity to appear for the second paper in the allied area, the scope for pursuing interdisciplinary research and higher studies will widen.” This Two Paper scheme was first introduced in GATE 2021, and based on the positive feedback from candidates, has now been expanded further to continue with few more Two Paper combinations in GATE 2022.

IIT candidates


Commenting on the varying levels of interest among IITians taking the GATE exams, Choudhury says that a small fraction of IITians do appear for the GATE exams, and they are mainly the new IIT graduates. Many IIT students pursuing Dual Degree (BTech+MTech) programmes in the old IITs, do appear for GATE to qualify for the Ministry of Education (MoE) Scholarship, which is given only to GATE qualified candidates.

Career prospects


Candidates who qualify GATE, can apply for direct recruitment to Group A level posts in 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 score; or they can find jobs in the PSUs. “But majority of the qualified candidates in GATE go for higher studies. Only a few fractions of GATE qualified candidates join jobs based on GATE results,” Choudhury says.
In the post-Covid era, this trend may, however, change as students are actively looking to be employed to support their families, Achutan says. “They may pursue higher education provided they have the confidence to find better opportunities in the middle (as internships) or end of MTech programmes (by way of placements),” she adds.
Applicants with BDS and BPharm degrees can also apply for GATE 2022, a concept that was initiated during GATE 2021. “In the present era of Science and Engineering, the boundaries of research have expanded to make them truly interdisciplinary. Hence, a graduate from any discipline will get a chance to even change the area of research/higher education after qualifying for the GATE exam, which is also in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The concept was started in GATE 2021 to encourage a holistic interdisciplinary education system to expose the students to diverse influences,” Choudhury sums up.

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