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What are major changes in NET 2018?

UGC NET 2018:

The UGC NET would be conducted by Central Board of Secondary Examination(CBSE)  ON 8 July 2018 on Sunday. In a short notification the board recalled for the revision of the exam pattern and eligibility criteria. Candidates who clear the paper of junior research fellowship or can be considered for the post of the assistant professor. A detailed notification will be published on the website of on February 1. Registration for the regarding National Eligibility Test 2018 will begun from March 6 and will be till April 5.

The Central Board of Secondary Education on behalf of UGC conducts exam every year for determining the eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian Universities and the colleges. CBSE conducts NET in 84 subjects at 91 selected NET Examination cities spread across the country.

The Major Changes in the Course are

  • There will be two papers now, instead of three
  • Paper 1 is a general Aptitude Test to access the candidates teaching and research aptitude. Th eone hour paper from 9:30am to 10:30 am, will be of 100 marks, with 50 questions of two mark each.
  • Paper 2 will test candidates on the subject they have choosen. It will be of 200 marks and carry 100 objective type compulsory questions each of two marks. The duration of this paper will be two hours from 11 am to 1 pm.
  • The age limit of JRF has been increased from 28 years to 30 years.

How to Apply

  • A detailed notification will be available on February
  • Candidates can apply on line for UGC NET from 6 March
  • Last applying date will be 5 April
  • Fee can be paid up to April 6

Current Norms v/s the Latest changes in UGC NET Selection procedure

As per the current UGC norms regarding the procedure and criteria for declaration of UGC NET results the top 15% candidates from each of the four reservation category on the merit list with prescribed minimum marks will be declared as qualified Assistant Professor. The merit list of the candidates who have secured minimum marks would be prepared subject   category wise. Now as per the notification only 6% candidates of previously 15% will now be declared as qualified. This means if suppose 6 lakhs candidates appear for the paper of UGC NET Exam 2018 then 6% of 6 lakhs that is 36000 slots will be provided for qualifying candidates for different categories as per the new policy.

Why was the decision taken to bring changes?

The decision to change the selection criteria of of UGC NET 2018 came after the petition was filed by Nair Service Society with kerela High Court. According to the HC order in January 2017, the selection criteria of giving relaxation marks to reserves category was considered as unconstitutional and as a move which is unfavorable for general candidates. As per the petition filed the High Court had argued that becaus eof UGC NET qualifying minimum marks prescribed to reserved categories candidates, there are more candidates qualified with minimum marks from these categories as compared to general candidates qualified for the exam.

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