With the declaration of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, GATE 2014 results it has become evident that that the number of candidates appearing for the examination is on a decrease. The alarming facts were brought forth on the declaration of the much awaited result.
The number of candidates who appeared for the GATE 2014 examination was less than 10 per cent to that of the previous year. The number of students that appeared for the paper last year was 9, 84,855. Although there is report of as many as 8.89 lakh candidates checking their result, the number of students who qualified the examination was only 1, 49,694. Out of these 85,063 were from the General Category, 42,287 from OBS, 17,085 were from SC, 4,224 from ST and the rest 1,035 from Persons with Disability.
There has also been a decrease in the number of female candidates this year. Primarily, because of the fact that last year the application fees had been waived off in 2013, whereas, this year an amount of Rs 750/- had to paid. Only a staggering amount of 31, 431 female candidates (from all categories) have qualified this year.
Being the year of firsts for GATE examination, this year was the first time that the candidates had to appear for all 22 papers of the examination in computer based mode.
2, 16,367 candidates appeared for the electronics and communications engineering paper this year for which the general cut off was 25.56. The second highest turnout was for the mechanical engineering paper at 1, 85,578. The general cut off was 28.86 for this paper. As many as 1, 55,190 candidates took the computer science and engineering paper and the cut off was 25. Another 1,41,799 candidates took the electrical engineering test, with a cut off of 25 points, while 90,872 candidates wrote the civil engineering test, for which the cut off was set at 26.57 points.
GATE scores are used for admissions to various post graduate programmes in IITs, NITs and other engineering colleges in India.
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