The declaration of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE ) results has brought into notice a lot of alarming facts about the entrance exam.

This year the number of candidates who appeared for the test went down by 10 per cent. Last year, 9, 84, 855 candidates sat for the exam. It has shown a significant drop in the number of female candidates who appeared for the exam in the year 2014. According to newspaper reports, one reason being assumed for this drop could be the application fees. While, the female candidates did not have to pay an application fee in 2013, this year, they had to pay Rs 750/- as the fee.

This was the first batch that had to give all 22 papers of the exam in computer based mode. GATE scores are used for admissions to various post graduate programmes in IITs, NITs and other engineering colleges in India.
More than 8.89 lakh candidates checked their results and only 1, 49,694 candidates qualified the exam 85,063 are from General category, 42,287 are from OBC (NCL), 17,085 from SC, 4,224 from ST and 1,035 Persons with Disability. Only 31, 431 female candidates (from all categories) have qualified.
A total of 2,16,367 candidates appeared for the electronics and communications engineering paper this year, the general cut off for which was 25.56. The second highest turnout appeared for mechanical engineering paper amounting it to be 1, 85, 578. The general cut off for this paper was set at 28.86. The computer science and engineering paper was attempted by 1, 55, 190, and the cut off was set at 25. Also, 1,41,799 candidates appeared for the electrical engineering test, with a cut off of 25 points, while 90,872 candidates sat for the civil engineering test, for which the cut off was set at 26.57 points.