Even if the oldest examinee in the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineers (GATE) 2021 is 88 years old, qualified civil engineer, JEE Advanced 2020 toppers seem to have given civil engineering the short shrift. Going by recent preferences of the toppers in the first round of seat allocation, the majority of the top 500 candidates in the open category in the Common Rank List (CRL) have opted for Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) programme while vying for nine of 23 top IITs. What may come as a surprise is that civil engineering (CE) is among the less preferred choices, this when, IT companies tend to recruit not just fresh computer science graduates, but even those from the ceramic engineering streams.
It will be difficult to attribute any single reason to the current trend, says V Ramgopal Rao, director IIT Delhi. “Both civil engineering and computer science engineering are equally good