GATE 2017 Result was announced on March 26 with the score card available for download from March 27 onwards till May 5. The pass percentage has shown not much improvement compared to last year while the number of applications have seen a drop. The GATE organizing chairman G.J Chakrapani felt that the numbers are not as high as they should be and pondered over the various causes while releasing the figures and statistics for the GATE 2017 result on March 28. Take a look at the statistics over the years
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Statistics of GATE Result over the years
As seen from the given figures, only 16.40% candidates qualified which is almost the same as last year. The number of applicants registering or appearing for GATE over the years, show a steady decline. This is a cause of worry as it raises questions on whether the exam is too tough or candidates are not competent enough or worse there is no interest to pursue further studies by a majority of the candidates.
As can be seen, GATE 2017 saw just 7,87,148 students appearing for the exam. What is a cause of worry is the figure of only 1,29,149 students qualifying in the exam inclusive of all categories of students. According to Prof Chakrapani, this trend is just not a good sign even if it’s a fact. He felt that the policy makers may be able to give the reason behind it. He felt that the reasons could vary from students not being serious enough to prepare well or not being taught well in their colleges.
He elaborated that the examiners had tried their best to ensure that the maximum number of candidates could secure pass marks. He felt that the paper was set in a manner that qualifying should have been easy. The paper was set with a blend of tough questions and easy ones that students should have been easily able to answer. The fact that they didn’t, raises a lot of questions about the standard of education or the disinterest levels of the students. The qualifying marks are just 25 marks. With about 50% questions being set to an easy standard, candidates not being able to answer them causes serious concern.
Prof Chakrapani was of the view that GATE is a very student friendly exam contrary to the popular perception that is a very tough exam. Efforts are being made by the IITs to ensure that all test takers can access as much as information about the exam.
GATE is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, HRD ministry. Conducted in 23 papers, it tests the comprehensive understanding of engineering and science students at the undergraduate level for admissions to the M.Tech and Ph.D programmes at the IITs and IISc, Bangalore. A large number of PSUs also recruit through GATE scores.