Of the 2 lakh students who graduate from Tamil Nadu’s various engineering institutions almost half make their appearance every year in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for their post-graduation. But only few turn out to be successful and this year was not an exception as well. Only 4,869 out of whopping 80,903 candidates (merely 6%) go through the test and got qualified for the postgraduate courses.
Among the 29 states and seven Union Territories, Tamil Nadu has registered the lowest success rate due to the limited exposure of the Tamil Nadu candidates, caused by their consistent opposition over competitive examination for admissions in professional courses.
Through the GATE scores the candidates get admissions in government aided and financially assisted institutes over the country for doctoral research. The GATE is conducted jointly by IISc, Bangalore and the Seven IITS on behalf of the Union HRD ministry. Theses scores are taken into account for admission in various postgraduate education programmes like Masers in Engineering and Masters in Technology to name a few.
Tamil Nadu has seen quite a lot of participation in the GATE examination but in terms of success the state has found the bottom place instead. According to a information released by IIT-Kharagpur, economically backward states like Bihar, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh recorded success rates more than 20% and the national average has stood at 16.84%. Delhi made it to the top in the list of successful candidates with 31.47% candidates getting through. In states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, where most of the engineering institutions are present, the average success rate has been limited to 11%. Tamil Nadu has performed poorly with IIT-JEE (Advanced) results as well with only 602 of the 2,857 candidates getting through in this year’s exam. Experts blame state’s regressive policy of barring entrance exams for professional courses to be the cause of this failure among the students.