GATE 2020 and CDS exam dates clash, schedule change unlikely

GATE 2020 and CDS exam dates clash, schedule change unlikely
sansar.chhikara | Dec 2, 2019 - 2:19 p.m. IST
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New Delhi, December 2: Aspirants of GATE 2020 and CDS will be in a choose-one-lose-one situation as the exam dates of both the exams are bound to clash. The announcement of exam schedules of GATE 2020 and CDS has left students confused with both the exams scheduled to be conducted on February 2. Given the fact that a lot of students who have passed their undergraduate engineering or are in their last year of graduation apply for both these exams, this has become a tricky situation for students.

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What the authorities have to say?

Careers360 got in touch with the authorities for a comment on the situation, and the Chairman’s office GATE, IIT Delhi confirmed that there will be no changes in the exam schedule from their end as the schedule has already been released and there is no room for any last minute changes. As of now it has been left upon students to choose which exam they wish to appear until there is some new announcement from authorities addressing the issue.

As per the GATE 2020 schedule AR, BM, BT, CH, MA, MN, ST, XE, XL, AE, AG, EC and GG papers will be conducted on February 2 in two sessions. On the other hand, CDS 01 exam is also scheduled to be conducted on the same date i.e. February 02, 2020. According to official statistics, total 8,60,112 students have applied for GATE 2020 and among which a total of 1,71,432 students have applied for Mechanical Engineering paper alone. Talking about CDS, every year around 2.5 to 3 lakhs students apply for the exam, however, the statistics for the current year haven’t been officially released.

Taking the large scale of these exams into consideration, it is pretty evident that a lot of students will be in a big dilemma while choosing from both the exams. GATE 2020 is going to be conducted on February 1, 2, 8 and 9 for admission into M.Tech courses at IITs. Also, a lot of PSU’s use GATE scores for recruitment of candidates. On the other hand, CDS is conducted every year for entry into the different branches of Indian armed forces as officers. This year the authorities have listed out total 418 vacancies that will have to be filled through CDS. Given what is at stake, it is definitely going to be a really tough choice for students who have applied for both the entrance tests.

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