Over 40 thousand candidates have submitted applications for the much-awaited Madhya Pradesh State Eligibility Test. The Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission is looking over the examination process and is expected to announce the exam date soon. The SET exam has been proposed to be conducted as a computer-based online exam.
As per the reports, the Commission has received around 40,500 applications for the SET exam. Maximum registrations have been received from Indore as above 11,000 applicants belong to the zone. Other major zones include Bhopal (9,300), Jabalpur (7,400) and Ujjain (3,700).
The MPPSC had released the advertisement (no. 08/Exam/2016) dated 13 December 2016 for holding the State Eligibility Test 2017. The application process was carried out from 15 December to 5 January, while the online correction window was closed on 7 January. Now as the application process has concluded, the aspirants are waiting for the Commission to announce the exam date. The aspirants will be notified by the Commission through registered email and mobile number, and the updates will also be posted at the official web portals: mppsc.nic.in and mppsc.com. The ExamsWatch team tried to connect with the SET Examination Controller, but he could not be reached for much information.
Though the SET exam will be held after a gap of 12 years in the State, the limited numbers of subjects included in the exam received flak from stakeholders. As per the guidelines laid by the University Grants Commission (UGC), only NET or SET/ SLET exam qualified candidates can be appointed as Assistant Professors in the universities and colleges. In this regard, the National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is conducted by the CBSE, while almost every state conducts its own SET or SLET exam, thus giving the aspirants two options to establish their eligibility.
UGC NET covers 84 subjects, however, as the MPPSC notified that it would conduct the SET exam for only 19 subjects, many aspirants registered complaints. Some said though there are around 70 subjects being taught in State Universities, the Commission is conducting the exam for only 19 subjects, this is unfair to the aspirants as well as universities as the vacancies could not be filled this way too. Last year, the recruitment process to fill 2,371 posts of Assistant Professors was notified, but it was later quashed as the aspirant were not eligible for the posts.
MPPSC will conduct MP SET Exam for these subjects: Chemical Sciences, Commerce, Defence & Strategic Studies, Economics, English, Geography, Hindi, History, Home Science, Law, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Music, Philosophy, Physical Sciences, Political Science, Sanskrit, Sociology, and Urdu.
MP SET exam will follow the UGC pattern as the candidates will be required to take three papers. The qualification criteria is also same, wherein the candidates are required to score minimum qualifying marks in each paper, while the top 15 percent candidates will be declared SET qualified.