GATE 2020 conducted by IIT Delhi with Biomedical Engineering New Subject

According to the rotational pattern followed by the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), the 2020 exam will be conducted by IIT-Delhi. The applications for 2020 exams are expected to begin from September onwards.

This year, Biomedical Engineering has been introduced as one of the core Engineering subjects. This will open the gates for students aspiring to make a foray in the field. 

In GATE 2019, candidates could appear for only one of the 24 subjects in areas such as Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology, Agricultural Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, to name a few, for admission to the IITs, NITs and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs). "With the introduction of Biomedical Engineering, the number of subjects at GATE will increase to 25," says GATE chairman BR Chahar. 

While around 9.29 lakh candidates had appeared for the exam in 2019, they were a tad higher in 2018 where the figures were up by 63,000. 

"Since MTech is not a necessary prerequisite for PhD programmes these days, many of our students directly opt for PhD programme under the Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme where they are also entitled to scholarship worth Rs 70,000/month for the first two years. Around 4% of our students seek overseas opportunities while a certain percentage enrol for MBAs or join private organisations such as Microsoft, Google etc through campus placements. Since PSUs (which use GATE scores for selecting graduate engineers at entry-level positions) do not conduct campus placements, only a small percentage of IITians seek job opportunities in these sectors. GATE has therefore emerged as an upgradation for non-IITians," says V Ramgopal Rao, IIT Delhi director.

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