PotsponeGATE2022: With less than a month until the start of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2022, several candidates are requesting the postponement of the exam due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country.
According to the PTI, more than 23,000 candidates, who are due to appear for GATE 2022, have signed a petition asking for the exam to be postponed due to the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The #PostponeGATE2022 hashtag has also been trending recently on Twitter, according to NDTV.
According to a report by NDTV, several studies on the third wave of COVID-19, including one carried out by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, indicate that the third wave of the pandemic is expected to peak in February and end in April.
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Many GATE candidates have taken to social media to raise the topic of the exam being postponed due to the rising number of cases and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
This year, at least 8 lakh candidates are expected to show up for GATE 2022, according to news reports.
The exam will be organized by IIT-Kharagpur on 5, 6, 12, and 13 February this year. The detailed exam schedule, hall tickets and other eligibility requirements can be viewed on the official website at http://www.iitkgp.ac.in/.
GATE 2022 will be held in fully computerized mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam will take place in two sessions of three hours each, with the first session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the second from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Two new papers, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NM) and Geomatics Engineering (GE), have been introduced by the institute for interested applicants this year.
For more details about the course structure, exam schedule and other details, applicants can continue to visit the official website of GATE 2022.
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