GATE 2021 Witnesses an Increase in Non-Engineers and Women Applicants

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering [GATE] 2021 has invited all the eligible non-engineer and younger aspirants this year to apply for the national level examination. The officials have witnessed a rise in the total number of GATE 2021 applicants. A total number of 882684 candidates have registered for the GATE 2021 examination, witnessed a slight increase compared to the last year’s 8.59 lakh applicants.

A total of 14196 candidates have registered for newly added Humanities subjects. This is more than the number of applications in 9 existing subjects out of a total of 27 papers. This year, statistics have become the least selected paper. On the other hand, the most preferred paper in the GATE 2021 applications in Mechanical Engineering.

Among the total number of applications received for Humanities subject, most of the applicants are females i.e., 8634. On the whole, the number of female candidates has witnessed a rise. This year, a total of 288379 female applicants have registered. Compared to the previous year, a rise of about 10000 applicants has registered this year.

IIT Bombay, the organizing institute of GATE 2021 this year has relaxed the eligibility conditions to permit 3rd-year candidates to take up the test. Previously, the eligibility was constrained to graduates and 4th-year students only. This year, a 15-year old boy from Rajasthan considered the youngest entry has registered for the GATE 2021 examination.

Professor Deepankar Choudhury, the conducting chairman of GATE 2021 said, ‘Due to the pandemic, several university exams could not take place and in the others, results were delayed. This led to a lot of confusion among the batch of 2020 who were not sure if they are now in the fourth year or the third year as final exam results are not out yet. By relaxing the eligibility criteria, we have tried to lessen their worries.’

IIT-Bombay also permitted the candidates from the Humanities background to register. Choudhury further said, ‘At the higher level of education, the boundaries between science and engineering education were already blurred and now with more interdisciplinary studies, boundaries between humanities and STEM are also being relaxed. There are students who pursue a combination of subjects for research, for instance, studying cognitive science with psychology.’

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