In the major announcement made in the Rajya Sabha in the ongoing monsoon session 2017, Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey said that Central Board of Secondary Education will continue to conduct the National Eligibility Test for post graduate students to make them eligible for assistant professorship or junior research fellowship in universities. The NET is held twice a year–July and December–for the grant of junior research fellowship and eligibility for assistant professorship in universities and colleges.
As per directions of the Ministry of HRD, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the National Eligibility Test (NET) examination. There is no proposal under consideration at present to entrust responsibility of conducting the exam through any other mechanism
The CBSE had last year approached the HRD Ministry expressing its inability to conduct the exam due to capacity crunch as it was overburdened with other tests such as the JEE-Main and the NEET, for under-graduate engineering and medical courses. The UGC had, in April, cleared the uncertainty over the exam saying it would be conducted by the CBSE, following which the July exam was pushed to November this year.
This year changes have been introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the qualifying criteria of the UGC NET (National Eligibility Test).
As per the earlier qualifying criteria for UGC-NET Exam involved qualifying top 15% of those candidates in each subject and category, who obtained the minimum required marks in paper-I, paper-II and paper-III according to the category of the candidates.
Subsequent to the orders of the High Court of Kerala, University Grants Commission had revised the procedure and criteria of qualifying candidates and as such it has been decided that 6% of the total candidates who appear in the UGC-NET examination will be declared qualified.
CBSE May Hold NET Exam Just Once A Year Due To Poor Response To The Test
From the sources it has been revealed that Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to conduct the National Eligibility Test (NET) annually rather than twice in a year. But UGC has put an end to the speculation by informing that CBSE will continue to conduct the exam, even though the board had earlier expressed its inability to do so.
Looking at the poor response to the test — 6.5 lakh students register for the exam on an average and approximately 1.5 lakh take it, with a passing percentage of only 3.9% — the CBSE suggested conducting the exam just once.