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Covid sways GATE aspirants’ zone pick | India News

MUMBAI: Even as the IIT-Bombay zone has the highest numbers of aspirants for the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) at close to 1.8 lakh like every year, the Covid-19 pandemic has displaced the order in which candidates from other regions in the country have applied.
IISc-Bangalore and IIT-Delhi zones, which were usually the second and third preferred choice of aspirants till last year, have been pushed to the fourth and fifth place, respectively. These zones have seen a 10-16% drop in applicants. IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Madras have now moved to the second and third position.
GATE is a qualifying exam for those seeking admissions to masters and PhD programmes in science & technology and placements in public sector undertakings. Around 8.8 lakh students have applied for GATE 2021.
IIT-Guwahati zone, though not among the top preferences, has seen a 26% rise in applicants, followed by IIT-Kanpur with 14% rise in applicants while IIT-Kharagpur has seen a 10% increase. Among other regions, IIT-Bombay zone has seen a marginal drop, whereas the Madras zone has seen a marginal increase.
Professor Deepankar Choudhury from IIT-Bombay, the organising chairman for GATE 2021, said this seemed to be a more realistic demography of GATE aspirants. “Many candidates tend to change cities for better education, coaching and job opportunities. Some who are already employed outside their hometown usually apply from there,” he said.
He said places such as Delhi and Hyderabad are a few known coaching hubs for GATE aspirants. “During the pandemic, students who returned to their hometowns from these cities may have led to the impact on applications from IIT-Delhi and IISc-Bangalore zones,” he added. GATE committee will permit candidates to modify their choice of exam cities between October 28 to November 13.



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