GATE 2022: Candidates demand postponement of exam due to surge in COVID cases; all you need to know

Exam dates, hall tickets, and other eligibility requirements can be found on the official website, which can be accessed at

With less than one month until the start of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2022, a number of candidates are calling for the exam to be postponed due to the COVID-19 situation currently prevailing in the country.
According to the Press Trust of India, over 23,000 candidates who are scheduled to appear for GATE 2022 have signed a petition requesting that the exam be postponed in light of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic that has swept through the country. According to NDTV, the hashtag #PostponeGATE2022 has also been trending recently on Twitter as a result of the decision.
The third COVID-19 wave is expected to peak in February and end in April, according to an NDTV report citing several studies, including one conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, on the outbreak. The topic of deferring the GATE exam was brought up by a large number of GATE candidates on social media, who expressed concern about the increase in cases and rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Several applicants gave examples of other exams that had been postponed due to the pandemic.

The fact that many competitive exams are being postponed while universities and colleges are still closed as a result of the pandemic was also brought up by others. Thousands of candidates’ health, they claimed, would be put at risk if the government went ahead with the GATE exam as currently planned.

According to news reports, at least 8 lakh applicants are expected to register for the GATE 2022 exam this year.

It will be held on February 5, 6, 12, and 13 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. Exam dates, hall tickets, and other eligibility requirements can be found on the official website, which can be accessed at

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GATE 2022 will be conducted entirely on computers. Two three-hour sessions will be held, the first from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and the second from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The exam will be administered in two parts, each lasting three hours each.

For interested candidates this year, the institute has introduced two new papers, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NM) and Geomatics Engineering (GE), both of which are new to the institute.

Candidates should keep checking the GATE 2022 official website for updates on course structure, exam syllabus, and other relevant information.

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