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September 20, 2019 • 5:25 pm

UGC NET 2018-2019 Major Events, News & Controversies Captured at Eduncle






UGC NET is a decades old National level exam, started in 1990s. It is conducted twice a year in India for Indian students only.


The objective of UGC NET is to determine the eligibility of master’s student for the post of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship.


Initially, it was conducted by CBSE on behalf of University Grants Commission, but December 2018 onward it will be conducted by NTA in online mode only. It’s a very prestigious exam, all the great lecturers and researchers today, have appeared for this exam before starting their career.


The Government of India has made it compulsory for all the future lecturers and researchers. Aspirants, who dream of becoming a lecturer or researcher, are now supposed to clear this exam. From very first year, UGC is trying to make this exam as flawless as possible and in order to do so there have been many changes in exam pattern. Due to which this exam has always been a subject of several controversies.


Since, you are thinking of opting for UGC NET you should always keep yourselves updated with all the UGC NET News and happenings.



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In this blog we are going to keep you updated with all the necessary information about UGC NET.


So, let’s dive in:



Latest News & Controversies in the World of UGC NET


This world of UGC NET full of news and controversies since the very first year. But in this blog, we will be sharing the latest UGC NET news and controversies only.


UGC NET June 2019 Certificate to be Released by NTA!


As per the sources, the National Testing Agency will release the UGC NET June 2019 Certificate. There is no such official announcement yet.

The candidates who appeared in this exam can expect the release of their certificates within a month.


NTA Alloted New Exam Centres to Srinagar Candidates


After accepting the Srinagar candidates' request of changing the exam centres from outside of Srinagar to Srinagar, National Testing Agency has alloted them new exam centres in Srinagar only. Such aspirants can download their new UGC NET Admit Card from the official website.


NTA NET Aspirants Expressed Antipathy for the Exam Centres outside Kashmir!


The UGC NET Exam has been scheduled to be held from 20th June 2019 to 28th June 2019.

NTA has decided to allocate the UGC NET Exam Centres for the aspirants outside the Kashmir.

The preferred examination centres of candidates have been changed to outside valley by NTA.

The suffering of missing the exams is continues for the Kashmiri aspirants.


No EWS Reservation for J&K UGC NET Candidates?


Though the Union Cabinet approved the proposal of J&K Government to issue ‘The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (10% reservation for EWS category) Ordinance, 2019’, still candidates of J&K are confused whether they should apply for UGC NET Exam under this new EWS category (Economically Weaker Section)?

As per the source’s information no such implementation of 10% EWS reservation has taken place yet in real sense in Jammu & Kashmir. Not a single candidate has got the EWS Certificate in J&K as it looks like the competent authorities themselves confused and are waiting for the further departmental guidelines in this regard.


NTA Introduced Minor Changes in UGC NET June 2019


Candidates who are going to appear in UGC NET June 2019 Exam must know about the minor changes in the exam that have been introduced by NTA recently.

Following are the changes made by NTA –


1. As per the latest announcement, the Economically Weaker Section candidates who are going to fill the UGC NET Application form now also able to mention their category in the registration form. This action has been taken regarding the implementation of reservation for admission in Central Educational Institutions.

2. The duration of UGC NET Exam has been modified. Now both the papers will be conducted in a single three-hour duration (No Break B/w Paper 1 & 2).

3. Now the UGC NET Exam will be conducted only for 81 subjects.


Candidate Missed Chance for JRF Due to Wrong Answer Released by NTA


The National Testing Agency finalised wrong answer key despite of acceptance of challenged answer key.


The Mishap came to fore when a candidate Subhash Chand Upadhyay complained about the inaccurate answer in UGC NET 2019 Exam.


This question was asked in the UGC NET Political Science paper.


Which of the following countries have dual citizenship-national citizenship and State citizenship?

The available options were – India and USA, India and Switzerland, Switzerland and USA, USA and UK.


Correct answer of this question as per the UGC NET Official Answer Key is “India and USA”.

Experts concluded that it was a wrong answer.


NTA Conducts the UGC NET Dec 2018 under Strict Security


NTA is conducting its first-ever exam – UGC NET from 18th Dec to 22nd Dec 2018.


This is considered to be the highest security exam ever so far in India.


At the exam centers of UGC NET, the aspirants experienced multiple layers of check points for entry at exam hall.


The exam was held at 598 Centers in 91 cities. On the other hand, 295 Cities & 24 States Coordinated for UGC NET Exam this year.


Exam centres were scrutinized through live CCTV cameras at multiple headquarters.


NTA also used over 4000 jammers to ensure evading any unfair means at various UGC NET Exam centers.



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Top Foreign University Ph.D. Holders Eligible for Direct Recruitment as Assistant Professor


Doctoral degree holders from top 500 foreign universities can now directly apply for Assistant Professor without applying for UGC NET.


The direct recruitment eligibility of international PhD holders is applicable for the disciplines of Arts, Commerce, Humanities, Education, Law, Social Sciences, Sciences, Languages, Library Science, Physical Education and Journalism and Mass Communication.


Kashmir Aspirants Upset Over Outstation UGC NET Centers


UGC NET aspirants from Kashmir are very much disappointed with officials due to the exam centers mentioned in their UGC NET admit card.


On downloading the admit card, aspirants found out that the centers allotted to them are not as per the choices they filled, instead they got the centers outside Jammu & Kashmir.


Students said that even after giving Baramulla and Srinagar as first preference and Jammu and Kathua as second, they didn’t get the desired center.


They have asked the Kashmir Governor to look into the matter so that the UGC NET Exam centers can be set up in the state itself.


Date Clashing - UGC NET & Panjab University Semester Exams


The semester exam dates of Panjab University are clashing with the dates of UGC NET, resulting lot of chaos among university students.


The All India Students’ Association (AISA) submitted a representation to the university authorities to postpone the semester exams.


The Chairperson of the Department of Punjabi, to whom the representation was submitted, said they will coordinate and will not let the students suffer by missing out on the major exams.




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NTA Replaced CBSE as Convener Body of UGC NET


From December 2018 onward UGC NET will be conducted by NTA instead of CBSE. This was announced by Mr. Prakash Javadekar, MHRD Union Minister.


NTA will conduct other exams as well like IIT JEE, NEET, GPAT and CMAT.


The National Testing Agency was approved by the Union Cabinet in November 2017 for conducting entrance examinations for higher educational Institutions.


We have given a detailed information regarding this on our other blog. Click here to know more!


Lecturers’ Salary Upgrade Under 7th Pay Commission


UGC Pay review committee has implemented the 7th Pay Commission for teachers.


Due to this approx. 7.58 lakh teachers and academic staff in 106 UGC funded universities/colleges and many govt, state and privately funded universities and colleges will be benefited.


"The measures proposed in the revised pay structure are expected to improve quality of higher education and also attract and retain talent," the government said.


This news is given in detail in our ‘UGC 7th Pay Commission’ blog. You can read more by clicking the link.



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Original Documents Not Mandatory for Admission


University Grants Commission announced that Higher Education Institutes cannot keep the original certificates of the applicants before the confirmed admission.


Also, the announcement stated that if a student decides to withdraw their application forms 15 days prior to the formally notified last date of admission, then the institution will have to refund the fees and can only charge up to Rs. 5000 as the processing fees.


Students will not have to submit any original academic and personal certificates like mark sheets, school leaving certificates, etc. at the time of submission of admission form.


They will get 90% refund in case if they withdraw their name 15 days prior, 80% within 15 days after the last date of admission. And will get 50%, in case they withdraw their name in between 16 to 30 days. Post 30 days, they will not be eligible for any refund.


Aadhaar Not Needed for UGC NET, NEET and CBSE


Supreme Court said that it is not compulsory for applicants to provide Aadhaar Card details while registering for national level exams, i.e., UGC NET, NEET and CBSE.


Previously, providing Aadhaar Card details were compulsory but now aspirants can provide other identity proofs like Bank Account Number/ Passport Number/ Ration Card/ Other Govt ID.


List Of 24 Fake Universities


No university can work without approval from UGC. Such universities without UGC approval, come under the category of UGC Fake Universities.


UGC has released a list of such 24 universities which are present in 8 major states of India. Out of these 24 Universities, a legal action has been take by UGC against 2 universities.


The 2 Universities are Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), Delhi & Bio-Chemic Education Grants Commission, Nadia, West Bengal.


And as for the remaining 22 universities, a show cause and warning notice has been released by UGC.


These fake universities have been penalized with the amount of 1 grand as well.


Record 55000 Clears UGC NET, Result Out in Just 3 Weeks


For the first time in history of UGC NET, approx. 55000 students cleared the July 2018 exam. Last year the number of candidates who cleared the exam was approx. 38,000.


And the results were out on 31st July 2018, i,e., in 3 weeks only. Before that, the board used to take approx. 3 months to release the UGC NET Results.


To be exact, 55,872 cleared the eligibility for assistant professor (NET+JRF) and 3,929 qualified for JRF.


In July, 11.48 lakh students registered for the exam, 8.59 lakh appeared for it, out of which around 6.5% could clear the exam. All these numbers were highest as compared to previous years.


But for December 2018, 9.5 lakh students have registered, by breaking all the records.


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New Test Practice Centers


Union MHRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated more than 3,400 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) across the country to facilitate the candidates appearing for the Higher Education competitive exams, so that they can practice and get familiar with the exam pattern set by newly established National Testing Agency.


These TPCs were inaugurated over Google Hangouts by the Minister.


These TPCs are spread across the 622 districts in the country. There are 2,72,348 computers in these 3,406 TPCs.


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UGC NET Certificate Validity


UGC NET released a notification saying that the validity of UGC NET certificate for JRF will be 3 years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award letter and not 2 years.


However, in case of candidates who have already joined M.Phil. / Ph.D., the date of commencement of Fellowship will be from the date of declaration of Result or joining date, whichever is later.


Odisha to Pay Research Incentive for Non - JRF Scholars from March


The state government will provide incentive for research in higher education institutes by March next year. Scholars & young member of faculty will get fellowship to carry out research through this.


According to this, the research fellowship will be given to the subject-wise top-ranking NET qualifying students who are not eligible for JRF, for doing research in state universities.


Get more details on NTA UGC NET JRF Scholarship here!


UGC gets Notice from DMC for not Allowing Women Wearing “Hijab”


Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) send a notice to UGC asking why an aspirant wearing a hijab was not allowed to appear in UGC NET Exam.


2 Muslim girl candidates were barred from attending UGC NET exam.


Delhi’s Jamia Muslim University student Umaiyah Khan, claimed that she was asked to take her hijab off at the exam center. Due to religious reasons she was unable to the do so. Even after showing the identity proof she was not allowed to sit for the exam.


Similar thing happened with another girl, Safina Khan, in Goa, where she was asked to remove her veil, and was not allowed to sit for the exam.



These are the UGC NET news and notifications released in the year of 2018-19.



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