CBSE UGC NET Qualifying Criteria 2017 – Latest Changes

CBSE UGC NET Qualifying Criteria 2017 - Latest Changes



CBSE conducts National Eligibility Test for inviting applicants for pursuing Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship in universities and colleges across India.



To appear for the Exam, the candidates must know about the CBSE UGC Eligibility Criteria, to check whether they are eligible to apply for the exam or not.



The University Grant Commission is likely to change UGC NET Selection Criteria for the candidates who are going to appear for the UGC NET Exam 2017.



Below we have shared the complete details regarding the changed selection criteria. Let’s have a look at the details.




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Key Changes in the UGC NET Qualifying Criteria



With the ongoing debate on the reservation, the UGC has decided to change the selection criteria for the candidates appearing for the Net Exam.



UGC has decided that 6% of the candidates appearing for the NET Exam will be declared as qualifying to be eligible for the entry level post of Assistant Professor and the Reservation Policy as per the category will be applied to this 6% qualified candidates.



As per the estimates by UGC data trends of last two decades, around 68% to 92% candidates qualifying UGC NET Exam are from the reserved category.




Current Norms v/s the Latest Change in UGC NET Qualifying Criteria



As per the current UGC norms regarding the procedure and criteria for declaration of UGC NET Results, the top 15% candidates from each of the four reservation category (OBC, SC, ST, PWD) on the merit list with prescribed minimum marks will be declared as qualified for Assistant Professor.


The Merit List of the candidates who have secured minimum marks would be prepared subject wise and category wise.



Now, as per the new notification, only 6% of candidates of previously 15% will be now declared as qualified.



This means that if suppose 6 Lakh candidates appear in UGC NET Exam then 6% of 6 lakh i.e. 36000 slots will be provided for the qualifying candidates for different categories as per the new policy.




Why was the decision to change Qualifying Criteria undertaken?



The decision to change the selection criteria of UGC NET Exam came after a petition was filed by Nair Service Society with the Kerala High Court.


According to the HC order in January 2017, the selection criteria of giving relaxation marks to reserved categories was considered as unconstitutional and as a move which is unfavorable for the general candidates.


As per the petition filed, the High Court had argued that because of the UGC NET Qualifying minimum marks prescribed to the reserved categories candidates, there are more candidates qualified with minimum marks from these categories as compared to the number of general candidates qualified for the exam.


As per the current Reservation Policy, the reservation provided for the four categories are mentioned below.




S. No. Categories Reservation Provided
1. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 27%
2. Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
3. Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5%
4. Person with Disabilities (PWD) 3%



There would be no change in the method of allocation of these candidates and the various disciplines for UGC Junior Research Fellowships.




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This move is surely going to affect the percentage of candidates who qualify for the NET JRFs and Lectureships. Let’s wait for the official announcement from CBSE to further bring the rules into practice.


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4 thoughts on “CBSE UGC NET Qualifying Criteria 2017 – Latest Changes

  1. Anekpal Singh

    What is the entry level post of Assistant Professor? Please tell me in detail

    6% out of total appearing will be qualified NET or after this i.e. Merit list will be made from 6% qualifying candidates not please let me know.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Anekpal,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      The Assistant Professor is itself an entry level post offered after UGC NET Exam. As per your another query, the 6% of appearing Candidates will be qualified for UGC NET Exam based on their categories.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  2. Manzoor Ahmad

    How the UGC/CBSE will calculate the number of qualified candidates per subject category wise. As before it was 15% of qualifying candidates per subject category wise separately.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Manzoor,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      As per the UGC NET Selection Criteria, previously 15% of appearing candidates used to qualify the exam but not only 6% of appearing candidates will be declared as qualified as per the reservation category for the entry level post of Assistant Professor.

      Please feel free to ask more queries.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

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