Is the GATE compulsory for all the engineering branches from 2020 ?

A message on social media regarding the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) has triggered people to believe that the test will soon be mandatory for engineering students in the form of an exit exam for the academic year 2019-2020, in order to get their degrees.

The message is likely based on a New Indian Express report, published on 4 November, which claimed that the “GATE might be compulsory of engineering students as exit exam.

The AICTE notice by its Vice Chairman Prof M P Poonia reads, “AICTE has noted with concern that some newspapers have carried an item stating that AICTE is deciding to make GATE as the mandatory exit exam.”

Earlier, the Higher Education Secretary R. Subrahmanyam had also clarified that the news published that ‘GATE exam is being made compulsory for all engineering students’ is ‘incorrect’.

GATE is a national level entrance exam conducted by the IITs for all the students wishing to pursue M.Tech in IITs, NITs, GFTIs and major universities across the country. A number of Public Sector Units recruit candidates on the basis of their GATE scores.

On 20 November, the AICTE issued a notice rubbishing the report, stating that no decision had been taken regarding the GATE as a mandatory exit exam.

aicte notice
aicte notice

This is not the first time that reports of the GATE being made a mandatory exit exam have appeared. In 2017, a Hindustan Timesreport too had claimed the same, quoting a MHRD source stating that the move was being contemplated to make students more employable.

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