RPSC not conducting SET exam for third year in a row

Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC), for the third time in a row, will not be conducting State Eligibility Test (SET) in 2016 too, citing the UGC’s SET team’s failure to allow it for doing so.

The Rajasthan State Government’s failure in holding Rajasthan SET exam for Lectureship has left aspirants in a state of disarray. Scores of aspirants who are dreaming of being a Lecturer in the Colleges and Universities have suffered a major setback and are now banking on the National Eligibility Test (NET) by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

rpscRajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has been directed to conduct SET for lectureship in different colleges, universities and institutes in the state of Rajasthan. Recruitment to the post of Lecturer is made from SET qualified candidates by universities, colleges and recruitment agencies after they clear the RPSC College Lecturer Test.

The Department of Higher Education through the RPSC had conducted SET in 2013. SET has been organized almost every year until 2013. In 2013, University Grants Commission (UGC) sent a notice to Rajasthan State Government disallowing them to conduct the Rajasthan State Eligibility Test for Lectureship.

The State Government on behalf of the SET team wrote to the University Grants Commission (UGC) seeking the permission to conduct Rajasthan SET exam. Although UGC had replied to the letter in which SET Team, through the State Government, sought the information and permission, the SET team has not conducted any inspection and failed to make any move regarding the conduction of the exam.

SET team’s failure has struck as a major disappointment to the aspirants for three consecutive years. After 2014 and 2015, the SET exam is not going to be conducted in 2016 as well.  This leaves the aspirants with one option to be the lecturers that is the UGC NET or National Eligibility Test conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). UGC NET is believed to be tougher exam than SET as candidates from all over the country appear for NET making to harder and much more competitive.

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