GATE Exam 2022: Nearly 23,000 Appearing Candidates Seek Exam Postponement Amid Upticking Covid Cases
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GATE Exam 2022: As the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic seems to be gaining momentum across the country, various states have put institutional and other academic activities on hold in the offline mode. In the thick of the prevailing situation, students slated to appear for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) have signed an online petition on the portal that seeks postponement of the GATE Exam 2022 due to soaring Covid-19 cases. Notably, the GATE Exam 2022 is scheduled to be held from February 4 till February 13, 2022.

The online petition seeking the shelving of the GATE Exam reads, "With the arrival of the third wave, the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in several states and cities. A number of studies, including the one conducted by IIT Kanpur have predicted that the third wave is going to be at its peak in the early week of February 2022 and will come to a halt by April. Thus, the peak of Covid-19 cases is highly prone to be clashing with the usual exam dates on which the GATE exam has been scheduled for."

It further stated that if the GATE exam is not deferred, the candidates appearing for the examination are at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19 ailment and could act as Covid super-spreaders, thereby posing a threat to themselves as well as others.

The candidates have demanded the postponement of exams in view of the examinees' safety, especially during this time when the highly transmissible Omicron variant is wreaking havoc in the country. The link to the petition is mentioned below.

Here is the direct link to the petition

About GATE Exam 2022:

GATE is an examination that assesses the comprehensive understanding of several undergraduate subjects in Engineering and Science, of the students desirous of gaining admission to masters programme as well as other students who are seeking recruitment in Public Sector Companies.

The GATE exam 2022 is being conducted by IIT Kharagpur, which is scheduled from February 4 to 13, 2022. GATE 2022 Results would be declared on March 17, as declared by IIT Kharagpur.