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.
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-
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.
CBSE issued a notification on March 17, 2018 making Aadhar Number mandatory as proof of identity of Applicants for UGC NET 2018.
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.
Vide a Short Notification dated January 8, 2018, CBSE introduced major changes in the exam pattern for UGC NET 2018.
|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.