NET questions shift from Aptitude and Research to Current Affairs


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If you haven’t been following the latest developments and projects launched by the Central government carefully, your chances of qualifying the first paper of National Eligibility Test (NET) for assistant professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) are somewhat low. Close to 21,000 students appeared for the NET exam conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC) in three shifts at 39 centres in Lucknow on Sunday.

Springing a surprise for aspirants, NET’s paper-I was dominated by current affairs instead of teaching aptitude and questions based on research as was the case in June and December last year.

Desh Deepak, a candidate who took the exam for the third time, said answer to questions like— ‘As part of the National Climate Change policy, Indian government is planning to raise the installed capacity of renewable energy by the year 2030 to how many gigawatt (GW)?’— would not have been possible had he not followed the latest developments closely. “There were quite a number of questions that tested the general awareness of the candidates. For instance, six questions were asked based on the decadal population data and electrical power production in our country,” said Deepak.

Neelu Sharma, another candidate who appeared for the second time said, “Questions to assess candidates’ teaching and research aptitude were comparatively lesser this time. Instead, a lot of questions were on functioning of Lok Sabha and from the Constitution.”


Besides, a large number of candidates who took the test in Hindi said the test booklets were difficult to understand. “The use of Hindi in the questions was as the language is used for official purposes. We ended up taking more time in understanding questions than answering them,” said Nagendra, another NET aspirant.

News Courtesy: The Times of India

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