"It is notified that CBSE will conduct the next UGC-NET for Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor on 05th November, 2017 (Sunday). The candidates who desire to appear in the test may see the detailed notification available on the website http://cbsenet.nic.in from 24th July, 2017," said a short notification published on the CBSE NET official website.
UGC NET examination process witnessed several controversies this year starting with the delay of the declaration of January exam results to not conducting the exams on July as it was done in previous year. Students bodies and aspirants alleged that the CBSE has scrapped the July session of the exam to cut down the frequency of the exam.
Several student organisations conducted protests in front of UGC head office in Delhi demanding the release of the UGC NET notification for its July session.
UGC NET Qualifying Criteria
UGC recently clarified that earlier qualifying criteria for UGC-NET Exam involved qualifying top 15% of those candidates in each subject and category, who obtained the minimum required marks in paper-I, paper-II & paper-III according to the category of the candidates.
"Subsequent to the orders of the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala, University Grants Commission had revised the procedure and criteria of qualifying candidates and as such it has been decided that 6% of the total candidates who appear in the UGC-NET examination will be declared qualified," said a press release from UGC.
Quoting previous years' numbers of qualified candidates (June 2015 - 4.83%, December 2015 - 4.96%, July 2016 - 4.08% and January 2017- 3.99%), the higher education authority maintained that "as such the number of candidates who would qualify in the future NET Examinations is likely to increase" with qualifying 6% of the total candidates who appear in the exam.
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"Although the UGC claims that the reservation criteria will be implemented within this 6% of students who qualify but that will also result in a sharp decrease in the total number of students who qualify NET. This effectively means that the total number of students qualifying NET exam every year will come down to 3% as compared to the current bi-annual mode," Students Federation of India (SFI) responded to this in a statement.
"There are thousands of teaching posts vacant in higher educational institutions of the country, with drastic reduction in numbers qualifying NET, this is an attack on employment of thousands students who are potential candidates for these teaching posts," added SFI statement.
CBSE will continue to conduct UGC NET
Last week, Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey told Rajya Sabha that CBSE will continue to conduct the NET for post graduate students to make them eligible for assistant professorship or junior research fellowship in universities.
"As per directions of the Ministry of HRD, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) examination. There is no proposal under consideration at present to entrust responsibility of conducting the exam through any other mechanism," he said in a written response.
The CBSE had last year approached the HRD Ministry expressing its inability to conduct the exam due to capacity crunch as it was overburdened with other tests such as the JEE-MAIN and the NEET, for under-graduate engineering and medical courses.
The UGC had, in April, cleared the uncertainty over the exam saying it would be conducted by the CBSE, following which the July exam was pushed to November this year, reported PTI.
CBSE UGC NET November 2017 Exam: Important Dates
Publication of UGC NET Notification: July 24, 2017
Online Application Starts: August 1, 2017
Online Application Ends: August 30, 2017
Last date for payment of fee: August 31, 2017
CBSE UGC NET exam: November 5, 2017
(With Inputs from PTI)
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