The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has expressed an incapability to hold the NET for now, due to work overload. The Human Resource Development Ministry recently got a letter from CBSE, mentioning CBSE’s work overload and its inability to conduct NET in June.The National Eligibility Test (NET) was previously conducted on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) by CBSE in December.
Previously, the HRD Ministry had transferred the responsibility to CBSE for carrying out the test. This was due to UGC’s failure to conduct hassle-free tests. CBSE was able to conduct last year’s exam smoothly, after the transfer of responsibility. This was the first time that the board held the exam.
Ministry sources have claimed that CBSE has lost confidence after its ex-chairman, Vineet Joshi left in November. The UGC sources have also said that the commission will conduct NET exams if there is no alternative.
CBSE is responsible for publishing the results for Class XII, and X exams, JEE-Main, as well as the entrance test for admission for NITs and IITs. It is also responsible for the All-India test for admission into medical colleges as well as conducting Classes 10th and 12th Board examinations for its associate schools, Pre-Medical entrance exam, Joint Engineering Entrance (main) and Central Teacher’s Eligibility test. Due to this, conducting NET in June might be a tough task.
The NET exam is held twice a year, in the months of December and June. The exam screens candidates for Assistant Professors and Junior Research Fellowships.