UGC to Change Eligibility Criteria for NET

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The University Grants Commission is going to modify the eligibility criteria of National Eligibility Test to ensure a “level playing field” for general category candidates and decision on this regard was taken at a meeting of the higher education regulator.

  • NET is a national level exam conducted by CBSE for scrutinizing the expertise knowledge required for holding the position of Lecturers/professors/associates/research fellows at Indian varsities & colleges.
  • As decided by UGC 6 % of the appearing candidates of NET are qualified for the entry level position of assistant professor and the reservation policy will be applied to this 6 % .

Existing Rules

  • According to the existing rules of UGC top 15 % candidates from each of the four reserved categories on the merit list will be declared qualified for the post of assistant professor but for reserved categories qualified marks is lower.
  • As per the current UGC norms procedure and criteria of NET results, the merit list of eligible candidates prepared subject-wise and reserved category-wise (other backward classes, disabled persons, SCs and STs) depends on the candidates aggregate marks of three papers and then top 15 % candidates of categories are qualified for assistant professors.

Reason for Change

  • this decision is taken after a Kerala HC order in January 2017, writ petition filed by the Nair Service Society, who has defined relaxation criteria of UGC-NET for reserved categories illegal and unfair for general candidates.
  • Due to lower minimum marks set for reserved categories candidate, more candidates from these categories qualified for assistant professorship.

New Policy

  • UGC will constitute committee as an order of HC to mine NET exam data trends for the past 20 years before recommending a new formula and according to this committee average 5.5 - 6 % candidates of all categories will qualify in the NET.
New Policy
  • No more than 6 % candidates will declared qualified the NET which means if 600,000 candidates appear in UGC-NET than 36,000 (6 % of 600,000) will be qualified and eligible for an assistant professor.
  • According to the current reservation policy, 27 % for OBCs, 15 % for SC, 7.5 % for ST and 3 % for disabilities are reserved so as per new policy for all these candidate՚s method for allocation will be the same (at primary phase for the UGC JRF only) .

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