Discrepancy in Eligibility Criteria For UGC NET Exam Annoy Aspirants

Discrepancy in the minimum qualification for OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates in National Eligibility Test (NET) notification issued on Monday by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the notification issued earlier by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has annoyed aspiring candidates and activists.

While the notification issued by the CSIR earlier this year said that candidates from general and OBC (non-creamy layer) categories should have at least 55 per cent in their postgraduate degrees, the CBSE notification issued now said that OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates should have only 50 per cent – on a par with SC/ST candidates.

NET, which has to be cleared by candidates to become eligible for Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and appointment as teaching staff in Indian universities, is conducted by the CSIR for five subjects falling under the faculty of Science and Technology.

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On the other hand, the CBSE has been given the responsibility by University Grants Commission (UGC) to conduct NET for 83 other subjects.

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The notifications have been issued by the CSIR and the CBSE for conducting the exams on 19 June and 10 July respectively.

Some stakeholders say that the difference between both NETs will lead to confusion and unnecessary litigations at a later stage. They allege that keeping 50 per cent as eligibility for NET contradicts the UGC regulations for appointments.

“The eligibility criteria for appointment as Assistant Professors as per UGC Regulations formulated in 2010 clearly says it is 55 per cent for OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates. Then why is the eligibility for appearing in NET alone is 50 per cent?” questioned A.R. Nagarajan, secretary of NET/SLET Association.

News Courtesy: The Hindu (link)

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