From this yr onwards, college students within the third yr of undergraduate programme can seem for GATE versus earlier guidelines which allowed solely closing yr college students to take the examination. However, the revised criterion shouldn’t be new as the identical existed until 2010, however was discontinued from 2011 onwards.
Revision of eligibility criterion
Deepankar Choudhury, professor of Civil Engineering at IIT Bombay and GATE 2021 organising chairman, says that the eligibility criterion was modified in 2011 owing to infrastructural challenges. Back then, the examination was carried out in pen-and-paper mode and it was troublesome to make preparations for an enormous variety of candidates.
“The examination is now carried out in on-line mode in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Hence, there are not any infrastructural challenges. Besides, amid the coronavirus outbreak, closing yr exams in lots of universities haven’t been carried out but and college students are involved in regards to the job prospects. The relaxed eligibility criterion might present extra alternatives to assist such college students,” he provides.
Combination of two papers
Apart from the introduction of Humanities and Social Sciences, which Choudhary says, will enhance analysis alternatives for Arts graduates, the candidates might be able to seem for 2 allied papers in GATE 2021. The examination has a prescribed set of mixtures that the scholars can go for.
“Physics college students usually membership their analysis with electronics engineering due to the overlapping of matters. Hence, permitting college students to look for 2 papers will assist them comply with their pursuits, swap topics if they want and improve competitors in all the topics, which is able to filter out the very best candidates,” Choudhary provides.
Around 10 lakh college students seem for GATE yearly. With the change in eligibility criterion, GATE 2021 might obtain extra purposes than earlier years, says Choudhury.
Inclusion of Humanities topic
While a sound GATE rating doesn’t assure admission in any of the IITs or IISc, it makes college students eligible for a lot of scholarships provided by MHRD. “Though there are restricted alternatives for Social Science graduates and different allied fields, the educational boundaries are blurring in analysis. Introduction of Humanities is not going to solely make Arts graduate eligible for a number of scholarships and fellowships due to a sound GATE rating, however it would additionally put emphasis on interdisciplinary analysis,” says Choudhury.