CBSE UGC NET once a year after July 2017 Exam, reports confirm UGC decision to suspend bi-annual examination.
CBSE UGC NET once a year after July 2017 Exam, reports confirm.
University Grants Commission has confirmed about CBSE UGC NET Exam 2017 to held on time like every year. One major change has been proposed to conduct UGC NET Exam once a year. Due to the overburden of other major competitive exam, CBSE will now conduct CBSE UGC NET Exam one time, which was earlier held bi-annually across all the examination centres. This decision has been taken keeping in view over growing concern and protest from various National Eligibility Test (NET) candidates outside UGC office. (ALSO READ: CBSE UGC NET July 2017 Exam Notification likely by May 10, reports)
CBSE may hold NET exam just once a year due to poor response to the test
TThe exam is held twice a year — January and July — for the grant of junior research fellowship and eligibility for assistant professorship in universities and colleges. The CBSE is likely to issue a notification in this regard.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to conduct the National Eligibility Test (NET) annually rather than twice in a year, sources said.
Putting an end to speculations over conducting NET, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said CBSE will continue to conduct the exam, even though the board had earlier expressed its inability to do so.
PTI quoted a source saying, “While conducting the exam once a year will make candidates more serious about it, resources can also be utilised judiciously as holding a national-level exam is a massive exercise. However, the idea is at a very nascent stage.”
The said source also added that CBSE is considering this since only 17% of candidates who register for the exam appear and only 4% clear the exam.
Sources said looking at the poor response to the test — 6.5 lakh students register for the exam on an average and approximately 1.5 lakh take it, with a passing percentage of only 3.9% — the CBSE suggested conducting the exam just once.
However, a final decision on the matter is yet to be taken. “CBSE has agreed to conduct the exam till the National Testing Service is formed, which will start conducting all competitive examinations. However, CBSE has conveyed to the UGC that the exam should be conducted once a year as a lot of time and energy is spent on organising it and few people take it,” said a source.
Qualification in NET is a must for recruitment of teachers at colleges and universities. The CBSE wrote to the human resource development ministry in September , complaining that asking it to conduct various examinations that are outside its purview was creating an “extraneous burden” on it.