New Delhi, 27 May 2021 – On Wednesday, 26th May 2021, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced that two new engineering papers were added to GATE 2022. With this, the total number of GATE papers will now be 29.
The two new engineering papers will be:
- Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
- Geomatics Engineering
The decision to include naval architecture and marine engineering papers in the GATE exam has been taken due to the continuous demand from the Shipping Ministry. Acknowledging this new development, the Organizing Chairman of GATE 2021, Prof. Deepankar Choudhury stated that Geomatics Engineering, which involves the collecting, monitoring, measuring, and archiving of geospatial data, has received the green signal and is in the process of getting added to the list in GATE 2022.
Last year, IIT Bombay had introduced two papers for GATE 2021, which were:
- Environmental Science
This way, the GATE exam presented opportunities for arts and commerce students for the first time ever. As a result, nearly 14,000 candidates ended up opting for the GATE 2021 exam from the arts and commerce background.
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GATE 2022 – IIT Kharagpur to Conduct the Exam
The 2022 edition of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2022 will be conducted by The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. While IIT Bombay has had the primary authority for conducting the GATE exam till now, on Saturday, 22nd May 2021, it handed over the responsibility of organizing GATE 2022 to IIT Kharagpur.
While handing over the responsibility, IIT Bombay stated, “We have successfully completed the GATE 2021 exam on schedule despite the ongoing pandemic.”
IIT Bombay handed over the responsibility of organizing GATE 2022 to IIT Kharagpur after successful completion of GATE 2021 on schedule in spite of the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/RpI0nwTrhz
— IIT Bombay (@iitbombay) May 23, 2021
From now on, IIT Kharagpur Director Professor Virendra Kumar Tewari is the Chairman of GATE 2022. Besides this, in the meeting of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE for the official handover of GATE duties, the organizing institutes approved the inclusion of 2 new papers in GATE 2022.
GATE 2022 – Addition of New Exam Centres
While numerous students were taking the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2021 in their hometowns due to the pandemic year, IIT Bombay had opened new exam centres in smaller towns. However, places like Akola, Shirdi, Dhule, and Latur never had centres before.
Prof. Deepankar Choudhury stated that these left-out cities were among the top 10 cities of percentage attendance of students who registered and sat for the GATE exam. After this analysis, the NCB-GATE has recommended setting up a committee, which would be headed under the chairmanship of Choudhury. This would help them explore the option of having more centres in smaller towns for the upcoming GATE 2022 examination.
Till then, students are advised to keep an eye on the official website of IIT Kharagpur for more details and the latest updates on GATE 2022.