Latest changes introduced in UGC NET 2018

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Mar 28, 2018

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UGC NET 2018, to be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) at the behest of University Grants Commission (UGC) is scheduled for July 8.  The test is conducted for 84 subjects at 91 test locations in order to determine the eligibility of applicants for the position of Assistant Professorship and Junior Research Fellowship at Indian Universities and Colleges. Candidates who qualify the test will be considered for the position of Assistant Professor or the award of Junior Research Fellowship as per eligibility. Check UGC NET 2018 Eligibility

Candidates who qualify for Junior Research Fellowship will be able to pursue research in their post-graduation subject or a related subject at the universities, IITs and other national organizations. Such candidates will also be considered eligible for the post of Assistant Professor.

The application process for UGC NET 2018 is on until April 5. From this year onwards, the board has introduced three major changes in the eligibility conditions, documentation for proof of identity, and exam pattern of UGC NET.

Changes Introduced in UGC NET 2018

Some prominent changes have been introduced in the eligibility conditions for JRF aspirants. Also, major changes have been introduced in the exam pattern, there are only two sections in UGC NET 2018 now. The third section has been merged accordingly with the second section. Lastly and most importantly, as a document of identity proof, candidates will have to posses either Aadhaar Number, Aadhaar Enrollment Number or any of the following-

  • Ration Card
  • Passport
  • Bank Account No.
  • Valid Government ID such as Driving License/Voter ID etc.

Eligibility for JRF candidates

In the official notification for UGC NET 2018, CBSE has increased the upper age limit for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by two years to 30 years as on July 1, 2018.

  • The permissible age-limit for Junior Research Fellowship till the last held UGC NET was 28 years.
  • Maximum age relaxation for reserved category candidates (SC/ST/OBC) is unchanged at 5 years.
  • The Assistant Professor position still does not have an upper age-limit according to the recent changes.

Aadhaar Mandatory for UGC NET 2018

CBSE issued a notification on March 17, 2018 making Aadhar Number mandatory as proof of identity of Applicants for UGC NET 2018.

  • All candidates must fill in their Aadhar number while filling up the UGC NET Application Form and produce the card in original for verification purpose on the day of the exam.
  • Candidates who have not been issued an Aadhar Card yet, must apply for the same and provide the Aadhar Enrolment Number instead of the mandatory Aadhar Number. 
  • Applicants from Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya are exempt from providing their Aadhar Numbers.
  • Such candidates can use their Bank A/c numbers, passport number, ration card number or any other identification details issued by the government etc. as proof of identity.

The Aadhaar card details (name, DoB, gender) will be used to cross-check the details provided by the candidates in the UGC NET application Form. With the help of the Aadhar Card, it will also be easier to verify candidates’ identity at the test center and candidates too, will no longer have to carry multiple documents as identity and address proof when they are presenting the Aadhar Card as a testimonial.

Latest UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern

Vide a Short Notification dated January 8, 2018, CBSE introduced major changes in the exam pattern for UGC NET 2018.

  • From 2018 onwards, UGC NET will comprise only two papers of 150 objective-type questions to be completed in two separate sessions of a total 3-hour duration.
  • Paper 1 will have 50 compulsory questions based on teaching/research aptitude and the time allotted is 1 hour only.
  • Paper 2 will have100 compulsory questions based on the selected subject of the candidates that they need to complete in 2 hours.
  • All questions in both papers will carry 2 marks each.
  • There still isn’t any provision for negative marking in the exam.
  • In the earlier editions of UGC NET, the exam was split into 3 sessions of a total five and a half hours’ duration.

UGC NET Revised Exam Pattern Highlights

Mode of Exam Offline, Paper-based Test (OMR Response Sheets)
Medium of Exam English/Hindi
Number of Papers 2 – Paper I: 50 questions on General Awareness & Teaching/Research Aptitude Paper II: 100 Subject Related Questions
Type of Questions Objective Type
Time Allotted Paper I – 1 hour Paper II – 2 hour
Marking Scheme 2 marks for each correct answer; No provision for negative marking

According to some media reports, CBSE will be conducting UGC NET examination twice a year once again. However, such news has not been substantiated by the Board as yet. Aspirants are advised to follow the official website for any notifications in this context.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.