Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) successfully conducted UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) on November 5th, 2017. Approximately 9.30 lakh candidates registered for the exam. CBSE administered UGC NET 2017 exam at over one thousand centres in 91 NET exam cities spread across the country. As per the statement released by CBSE, approximately 4,09,439 male 5,19,557 female candidates and 3 transgenders registered for the exam. More than 75 percent candidates appeared in the exam.
The National Eligibility Test covers total 84 subjects and was conducted as three separate papers. Paper 1 consisted of 50 questions, each having 2 marks and was conducted from 9.30 am to 10.45 am. The questions were to test the reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidates. Paper 2 consisted of 50 questions based on the subject chosen by the applicants. The paper was conducted from 11.15 am to 12.30 pm. Paper 3 consisted of 75 subject-specific questions and was conducted from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. The candidates were required to mark the answers of all three papers in OMR sheet.
To help differently-abled candidates, 25 minutes additional time was provided for Paper–I and Paper–II while 50 minutes additional time was provided during paper III to such candidates. The examination was conducted under the supervision of the Chairperson, Anita Karwal, Secretary, Anurag Tripathi and other senior officers of CBSE.
This year, the qualification criteria were changed by UGC for NET exam. The minimum qualifying marks (aggregate) are 40% for General and 35% for others in all 3 papers taken together.
Top 6 percent of the candidates appeared in all three papers will be declared NET qualified by CBSE.
The Board had deployed 2091 observers and scores of invigilators. Now that the exam is over, CBSE will release the OMR sheet and answer keys. After the release, candidates will be given time to raise the objections, if any. After paying fees, the Board will cross-check the information.
The answer keys of the exam are not expected to be released anytime before January 2017, per previous trends.