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GATE Results linked difficulty level of papers

GATE 2021: Despite the flexibility in norms, the total qualifiers in GATE 2021 fell to 17.8%, down from 18.8% last year. To begin with, all GATE 2021 test papers were objective style, with a few Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and/or Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions thrown in for good measure. Although only one or two subject papers were permitted, the two paper combinations could be selected from a list. In Economics/English/Linguistics/Philosophy/Psychology/Sociology, two new subject papers, ES (Environmental Science and Engineering) and XH (Humanities and Social Sciences), were added, bringing the total number of subject papers to 27. For the first time, third-year students were allowed to take the exam, and out of the nearly 1 lakh applicants, about 10,000 qualified.

“The flexibility in norms that allows a greater number of aspirants to appear for the exam does not translate into more exam-ready and high-quality candidates,” says Deepankar Choudhury, GATE 2021 organizing chairperson and institute chair professor, IIT-Bombay. The proportion of qualifiers does not necessarily increase when the total number of aspirants rises.”

Qualifiers in their third year have an advantage: Choudhury explains that third-year students who qualified for GATE 2021 can use their score to complete their UG degrees the following year since their score is valid for three years (in this case, till March 2024). It can either be a practice test to help them boost their score next year, or it can be used as a qualifying score for HEI entry. “According to the number of qualifiers, about 10.6% of third-year students passed the test. If the third-year aspect is eliminated, the proportion of non-third-year candidates eligible for the exam has risen, taking the total number of qualifiers in 2021 to over 20%.”

It should be noted that approximately 7,11,542 candidates applied for GATE 2021, with 1,26,813 candidates passing the exam. In comparison to 2020, a total of 8,58,890 candidates registered for the GATE 2020 exam, with 6,85088 candidates taking the test and 18.8% of candidates being deemed eligible.

Performance vs. Difficulty: Choudhury, who was taking the exam for the first time, fared better than many other qualifiers, with 23.35 percent qualifying from XH-C6 (Sociology), the highest in the stream, followed by XH-C5 (Psychology), which had 21.38 percent qualifying candidates, and XH-C3 (Linguistics), which had 20 percent qualifying candidates.

“The number of qualifiers varies by subject, with ST (Statistics) having the lowest percentage at 8.42 percent. This indicates that it was the most difficult paper of all the subjects, as opposed to GG (Geophysics), which had the highest number of eligible candidates (29.54%). Due to a relatively difficult article, ES (Environmental Science and Engineering) had a reasonably good percentage of qualifying candidates at 20.82 percent,” Choudhury says.

The percentage of qualifiers in GATE 2020 was lowest in the BM (Biomedical Engineering) report, at 3.25 percent, followed by the MA (Math) paper, at 5.26 percent. “The percentage of qualifiers in these two papers has increased to 22.04 percent and 19 percent, respectively, indicating a substantial improvement in GATE 2021, where the lowest percentage of eligible candidates in the ST (Statistics) paper is still higher than the MA (Math) and BM (Biomedical Engineering) papers last year,” Choudhury says.

The effect of COVID on candidates: Overall, the pandemic had no significant effect on candidate results, and attendance figures were comparable to previous years. "COVID also allowed a certain percentage of students to participate in self-study without distractions, while others had to contend with a lack of financial and digital resources, which might have impacted their scores a few notches," Choudhury adds.

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