Record books might be re-written in GATE 2021, with the oldest and youngest candidates in the examination’s history signing up.
Every year, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) sees candidates of all ages appear for the exam. GATE is an important requirement for admission to masters’ courses in several engineering and science institutions, apart from government scholarships and placements in public sector undertakings.
The age spectrum of candidates appearing for GATE 2021 could quite possibly be the widest, as an 88-year-old civil engineer from Uttar Pradesh, and a 15-year-old undergraduate engineering student from Rajasthan have registered for the tests, to be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay between February 5 and February 14, 2021.
They could likely set a record when they appear for the exam, becoming the oldest and youngest examinees in GATE’s history.
However, this won’t be the only factor in making GATE 2021 historic, as this is the first year when the exam has been opened to students from commerce and arts streams, unlike previous years when it was just limited to science students. This decision has already encouraged over 14000 candidates from the two streams to register for the exam, with the number of total applicants standing at 8.8 lakh.
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