UGC NET is a decades-old national-level exam, started in the 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 students for the post of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship.
Initially, it was conducted by CBSE on behalf of the University Grants Commission, but from December 2018 it is being 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 the exam compulsory for all 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 the 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.
In this blog, we are going to keep you updated with all the necessary and latest news about UGC NET.
The world of UGC NET is 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.
National Testing Agency has opened the UGC NET Application Form on 2nd February 2021. Candidates can fill the form till 2nd March 2021.
As per the latest news, the National Testing Agency has released the UGC NET Notification 2021 for Dec 2020 cycle on 2nd February. candidates can check the complete detail of the exam from the above link.
As per the latest news, the National Testing Agency has released the UGC NET Certificate for June 2020 on 11th December 2020. The candidates who qualified in this exam now can download their certificates from the official website.
The UGC NET Answer Keys were released on 30th November 2020. You can check the complete exam notification here.
NTA has released the UGC NET Admit Card 2020 on 19th September 2020. Candidates who are going to appear in this examination now can download their admit card from the official website.
NTA has revised the UGC NET Exam Date 2020 on its official website. According to this notification, now the exam will be conducted from 24th September 2020 to 13th November 2020.
The correction process has been closed by NTA on 2nd September 2020. The forms were released again on 1st September 2020 for those candidates who made any mistake in the form. You can check the complete detail of UGC NET correction window here.
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.
From December 2018 onward UGC NET Exam is going to 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.
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.
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 students decide 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.
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.
No university can work without approval from UGC. Such universities without UGC approval, come under the category of UGC Fake Universities.
UGC had released a list of such 24 universities which are present in 8 major states of India. Out of these 24 Universities, legal action had been taken by UGC against 2 universities, 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 was released by UGC. These fake universities had been penalized with the amount of 1 grand as well.
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.
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.
Here, we have compiled the questions that are frequently asked by students, if you also have a query then you must read the following question. Also, we have covered all the UGC NET exam related queries of aspirants in our UGC NET FAQ blog, you can refer to it for any UGC NET information.
Q1. When is the UGC NET e-certificate released?
Ans. E-certificate for Lectureship and JRF is released by NTA within 10-15 days after the announcement of results. For 2020, the certificate as been released on 11th December 2020. Now, you can download the UGC NET E-Certificate from the official NTA website.
Q2. When is the result announced for UGC NET?
Ans. Generally, the results for UGC NET are announced within 15-20 days form the completion of exam. You must keep yourself updated with the latest UGC NET Notification for results and similar announcements.
Q3. Does NTA provide free Mock test papers?
Ans. Yes, the online mock test papers are provided free of cost on the official NTA website. You can either download the mock tests or practice online on the website itself.
Eduncle provides free UGC NET Mock Test papers, designed by experts, to help you with a better exam preparation.
Q4. Do we need to pay any fees at the Test Practice Centres for practicing Mock Tests?
Ans. No, the access to Test Practicing Centre is completely free and you can practice as many mock tests there, without any cost.
Q5. Has Eduncle recently conducted the Webinar for UGC NET Aspirants?
Ans. Yes, Eduncle has recently conducted a webinar on 10th February with Mahak Mahajan, UGC NET Expert. She shared her valuable tips to prepare for the UGC NET Exam. You can watch the webinar HERE.
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