Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) cancelled the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) second paper at two centres in Lucknow after bundles of question papers were found wet, thus affecting around 1,000 candidates. The new dates for the exam will be announced through SMS or email shortly, said officials.
On Sunday, UGC NET was held at 37 centres in Lucknow. In two centres— Study Hall School, Gomtinagar and HS Memorial Senior Secondary School, Indiranagar— over 600 question papers were found wet and in a poor condition.
The scene at these two centres turned ugly when candidates were not given the question papers even after the time for second paper was over. The agitating students said that shortly before the second paper was to begin at 11.15, there was an announcement that there is some delay in the second paper.
“We thought there would be a five to ten minute delay, but when the clocked ticked 12, we went restless. After enquiring, we got to know that our question papers and OMR sheets were being dried up under the fan,” said Satyendra Mishra, an aspirant at the Study Hall centre.
Candidates alleged that the school authorities at Study Hall locked the main gate so that the candidates couldn’t go out. “This was such a joke. There was no sense of responsibility shown by the school authorities in conducting a national-level exam,” said another candidate.
The agitating candidates not only created ruckus but also demanded cancellation of both second and third paper in all centres. Seeing the situation go out of control, CBSE officials were called in. At 1.45 pm, CBSE regional coordinator Jawaid Alam Khan reached Study Hall and assured candidates in written that their second paper will be held again. Subsequently, candidates agreed to appear for the third paper scheduled from 2pm to 4.30 pm.
“Several bundles were completely wet, unreadable and useless,” said an official requesting anonymity.
Speaking to TOI, Khan said, “The question papers were in a bad condition. As soon as the two exam centres reported the matter, I contacted CBSE assistant secretary Vijay Singh Yadav, and briefed him. We then visited one of the centres and managed to hold the third test.”
The matter has also been reported to the CBSE which will conduct an inquiry to find out the exact reason for papers getting wet. Prima-facie, it looked like the trunks which contained question papers were kept in the basement of the bank. The papers in the trunk got wet due to waterlogging after heavy rains lashed city on Thursday.
Ruckus at NET exam as late candidates are kept out, Nagpur
The National Eligibility Test (NET), a mandatory requirement for those seeking employment in colleges as lecturers, was held on Sunday. This important test is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC). Nagpur was one of the 89 cities across the country where NET was conducted.
Not all who registered for the exam in Nagpur were able to appear though, which caused some ruckus at a centre. A few candidates told TOI that they were not allowed inside the exam hall even though they were “just a bit late”. One female candidate from Wardha said, “The exam was to start at 9.30am and I reached at 9.35am. The auto driver took a lot of time to reach the centre and also my train from Wardha was a bit late. They should have let us in rather than waste our entire year.” As per the NET website and a notification issued just a week ago, students have to report well in advance for the exam.
There were three papers with different marks and time duration. The first exam was of 100 marks in which 60 questions (50 mandatory) were to be solved in 45 minutes. In the second session/exam there were 50 questions which were to be solved in the same time frame and carried 100 marks. The third paper was the longest and had 75 questions worth 150 marks to be solved in 2.5 hours.
NET is held to determine eligibility for college and university level lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for entrants in the teaching profession and research. The candidates who qualify are eligible to pursue research in subject of their specialization in a related subject and are also eligible for post of assistant professor. The JRF awardees have the opportunity to pursue whole time research work in government universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations.
NET admit card given on exam day, Mumbai
The University Grants Commission — National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) held on Sunday, June 28 across the country proved to be a nightmare for thousands of candidates as many of them got their admit cards only Sunday morning. To make matters worst, many were assigned centres far from homes.
According to a candidate who is a resident of Kandivali due to some technical problem, many were unable to download the admit card until Sunday morning. “The admit card also had details of the exam centre allotted and hence I had to rush to Thane where I was assigned the centre. It would not have been possible for me to make it to the exam centre at the stipulated start time of 9 am had it not been for my family who drove me there. However, I came to know later that many aspirants had reached late,” said the candidate who appeared for sociology subject.
When asked about the problem, Dr D Harichandan former co-ordinator for NET in Mumbai, said that as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was conducting the exam he was unaware of the problems being faced by the candidates. “Till the NET was being conducted by UGC, there were fixed co-ordinators for all cities; however it seems that no city co-ordinators have been appointed by CBSE,” said Dr Harichandan.
This is the second exam that has been conducted by the CBSE, the previous one being in December 2014. The exam consisted of three papers for candidates to qualify for the joint research fellowship and assistant professorship.
According to another candidate who managed to reach the center around 9.30 am while the exam schedule had asked candidates to visit exam centres a day before, it was not possible as he was able to download the admit card only Sunday morning. Many candidates who reached after the latest entry time of 9.30 am were not allowed in said another candidate.
CBSE officials were unavailable for comment on the incident.