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UGC NET News & Controversy

UGC NET Model Paper


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 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 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 and latest news about UGC NET.



NTA UGC NET Latest News & Controversies


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.



UGC NET 2020 Admit Card Released by NTA


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.



UGC NET 2020 Exam Date Announced by NTA


NTA has postponed 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 5th November 2020.



UGC NET Correction Forms 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.



NTA Closes the UGC NET 2020 Applications


National Testing Agency had extended the last date of submitting the UGC NET Application Form multiple times due to the hardship faced by students and their parents because of COVID-19 spread.

The application window for UGC NET 2020 was closed on 30th June 2020.



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UGC NET Dec 2019 Certificate Released by NTA


As per the sources, the National Testing Agency has released the UGC NET Dec 2019 certificate. The candidates who appeared in this exam now can download their certificates from the official website.



Top Foreign University PhD 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.



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NTA Replaced CBSE as Convener Body of UGC NET


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.


We have given 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 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.



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 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.



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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.



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Hope this blog gave you the information you were looking for about the UGC NET latest news and controversy. In case we have missed any news, or you have any query regarding UGC NET, you can write to us in the comment section below.


We are always here to listen to your feedback and improve ourselves.


For more UGC NET news and information stay tuned.


All the best!





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  • Preeti
    how to prepare in hr subject
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    Helo sir , am bcom final yr student how I prepare for my exams ND in which should strt my preparation
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  • Sonali paul
    if I choose paper code 55 for ugc net as second paper can I do my research work on any topic on human resource management
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