Introduction to SET State Level Eligibility Test Commission

National Eligibility Test die not cover all the regional subjects. At that time candidates demanded test in their own mother tongue. State and territories government suggested State Eligibility Test (SET) for lectureship only.

On 25th May 1990 at the meeting, commission had decided to constitute UGC Committee on Accreditation of Test (U-CAT) and its main function was:

  • Prepare guidelines for how to conduct test.

  • Certification of tests conducted by agencies other than UGC/CSIR.

  • Monitoring of tests conducted by other agencies and suggesting follow-up measures.

  • Extend guidance and help to State level agencies in the organization of the tests.

States were given guideline to conducting State Eligibility Test (SET) for Lectureship only such as test design, course content, and organization of the test etc. according to the U-CAT recommendation.

If State Governments wishes to conduct own STATE ELIGIBILITY TEST (SET) then they have to obtain accreditation from University Grants Commission (UGC). This state level Test is based on the pattern of the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by UGC and UGC/CSIR for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences subjects respectively.

NET Bureau is responsible not only for conducting the NET but also to authorize state identified agencies, which conducts, SET examination. The assessment of SET is done based on performance of state agency, which is hired by the state government, and the Certification of Accreditation is given to the state for only a specified period.

State Agency may be a University, or an examination body or a reputed agency, which is doing recruitment of teachers for higher education.

Currently following states are conducting their own SET:

  1. Maharashtra & Goa

  2. Tamil Nadu (under consideration as on 14-07-2005)

  3. Madhya Pradesh

  4. Andhra Pradesh

  5. Himachal Pradesh

  6. Jammu & Kashmir

  7. Rajasthan

  8. West Bengal

  9. NE-SLET (Which includes all North Eastern states and Sikkim)

  10. Karnataka (Under consideration as on 14-07-2005)

Performance of the SET Examination is measure by Accreditation Committee, which is hired by Commission. To make any decision about any state, the commission accesses the report of the Committee.

Scope of NET & SLET

Eligibility for Lectureship

NET qualified candidates are eligible for lectureship across all Indian universities/Institutes/colleges Indian nationals. On the other hand, SET qualified candidates are only eligible to apply for the post of lecturer to those university and collages, which are covered under the state government. However, prior to 1st June 2002, SET qualified candidates were eligible to apply for the post of lectureship at any college or university across the India.

Junior Research Fellowship

The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of UGC/CSIR NET qualified candidates are eligible for the post of lectureship and for Fellowships (UGC/CSIR). Subject is based on candidate’s placement whether it is in the universities or IITs or other national organizations.

The offer is valid for two years with effect from the date of issue of JRF award letter (previously it was one year but from 1st April 2005 it was raised to two years). In case, the candidates has already joined M.Phil. /Ph.D., then the fellowship will be counted from the date of declaration of NET examination result or date of their joining, whichever is later.