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 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.
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.
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.
Expected Dates of UGC NET 2019
UGC NET 2019 exam is expected to be conducted in the month of July 2019. The expected release of official notification is in the month if February 2019.
For more details check UGC NET Notification.
NTA Declares UGC NET Dec 2018 Result!
The National Testing Agency released UGC NET Result for the exam conducted in December 2018. Candidates who appeared in this examination now can check their Results.
As per the official data, total 956837 candidates registered for UGC NET Dec 2018 exam out of them 681930 candidates appeared for both the Papers.
According to UGC NET Result, 44001 candidates qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor while 3883 qualified for JRF & Assistant Professor both.
NTA released UGC NET Dec 2018 Answer Keys
NTA has released UGC NET Dec 2018 answer keys on Saturday, 29th Dec 2018. Candidates can download the answer keys from the official website itself.
Candidates can challenge the official answer till 01 January 2019, 5:00 P.M. only. Any claim after that will not be accepted.
Download the UGC NET Dec 2018 Answer Keys from here.
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.
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.
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.
9.5 Lakh Students Registered For December 2018 UGC NET
Acc. to the Times of India, approx. 9.5 lakh students have registered for UGC NET December 2018.
This exam will be conducted by NTA and will be Computer based for the first time.
There are approx. 55.2% female and 1.6% PwD aspirants for UGC NET December 2018.
The exam will be conducted from 18 December to 22 December 2018, with total 3830 slots in 595 centres in 235 cities/towns. Earlier there were only 91 cities/towns which used to serve as center for UGC NET.
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.
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.
Along with this, Eduncle has also broken all the records by grabbing 127 and more selections in UGC NET this year. Read what toppers have to say about their journey and their experience along with Eduncle’s Success Story!
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.
Find more details about Free Coaching & Mock Test by NTA here!
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 NET Aspirants’ Requests to Shift Their Exam Centre from Jammu
UGC NET aspirants from Kashmir have asked to change their exam center to Kashmir. Around 400 students both male and female have been assigned exam centers in Jammu & Samba.
So far, they have not received any reply from the officials.
MANF Scholarship 2019: Minority Scholarship Criteria revised
UGC is inviting applications for minority scholarship under Maulana Azad National Fellowship programme 2019. The selection criteria have been revised. This scholarship will be rewarded to 1000 candidates. The last date to apply for the scholarship was December 31, 2018.
Earlier scholarship notification had mentioned UGC NET and CSIR NET December 2017 and June 2018 as qualifying criteria. The new notification, however, does not mention it.
Read official notification 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.
UGC NET Dec 2018 Student Responses Along with Question Papers Are Out Already
NTA has already released the UGC NET Dec 2018 question papers along with the responses recorded by candidates. Candidate just have to log in to the official website.
The question paper and answer sheets will remain available till 01 January 2019, 5 PM, hence candidates are advised to save them for future reference.
These are the UGC NET news and notifications released in the year of 2018.
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