GATE 2021: Newly Introduced Environmental Sciences and Humanities Attract More Applicants


The Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay (IIT B), which organizes the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2021), has noted a good number of applications for two newly introduced subjects, environmental sciences and engineering ( ES) and the humanities and social sciences (XH) in relation to some of the existing documents.

These two hot topics – ES (environmental science and engineering) and XH (human and social sciences), have been added to the list, bringing the total to 27 topics in GATE 2021.

Deepankar Choudhury, professor of civil engineering at IIT Bombay and organizing chair of GATE 2021, confirmed that GATE 2021 received a total of 14,804 and 14,196 applications for environmental sciences and humanities, respectively. This number is comparatively more than the nine existing subjects, including biomedical engineering, statistics, and textile and fiber engineering.


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The number of registrations has increased slightly compared to last year. GATE 2021 has received over 8 lakh applications for the exam.
“The institute received 8.83 lakh requests for GATE 2021 against 8.77 lakh registrations for GATE 2020”, informs Choudhury. Exam registrations closed on October 14, and exams are scheduled for February 5-7 and February 12-14, 2021.

Registration by subject
Biomedical engineering (BM), which was introduced last year, is among the three subjects that received the fewest applications.

Besides Biomedical Engineering, Textile Engineering and Fiber Science (TF), Statistics (ST) are two other subjects with the lowest enrollment. “A total of 1990 and 2026 applications were received for statistics and textile engineering and fibers, respectively. For BM, only 2292 candidates registered ”, specifies Choudhury.
“Few institutes in India offer biomedical engineering at the undergraduate level, which could be the reason for the limited number of applicants for this subject in GATE,” said the organizing chair.

“In addition, ecology and evolution, production and industrial engineering, agricultural engineering, petroleum engineering, metallurgical engineering, aerospace engineering are six subjects that have the lowest number of enrollments compared to new ones. new entrants in human sciences and environmental sciences and engineering, ”he adds.

Female candidates

This year, female registrations for GATE also increased from 10,000 to 2.9 lakh. “The addition of the humanities could be attributed to an increase in female applicants. Almost 60% of candidates in the humanities are represented by aspirants, ”he says. A total of 8,600 applications from women were received in the Humanities category.

Zone recording

The ongoing pandemic has led to the real demographic representation of exam candidates as some of the candidates have returned to their home countries due to the closure of educational institutions and work from home for some of the professionals in activity.

“The location of candidates has been readjusted, which has resulted in an increase in the number of candidates in the regions of Guwahati, Kanpur and Kharagpur,” he adds.

For GATE 2020, 52,553 candidates applied in the IIT Guwahati region while Kharagpur and Kanpur had 1,14,794 and 73,618 registrations respectively in 2020.

Zone registration digits

IIT Bombay 1.76 lakh
IIT Kharagpur 1.3 lakh
IIT Madras 1.28 lakh
IISc Bangalore 1.2 lakh
IIT Delhi 1.13 lakh
IIT Kanpur 87,025
IIT Guwahati 68,480
IIT Roorkee 59,905


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