The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) on December 28, 2014 (Sunday), on behalf of the University Grants Commission. The UGC NET is conducting for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for Assistant Professor, in Indian universities and colleges.
The applications will be available from October 15, 2014 on the official website (cbsenet.nic.in). The application will be submitted online online and the last date for submitting applications for NET will be November 15, 2014. CBSE will be conducting the UGC NET in 79 subjects at 87 selected NET Coordinating Institutions spread across the country.
The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR Eligibility for Assistant Professor only will depend on the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF.
Until now, University Grants Commission had been holding the National Eligibility Test (NET) twice each year for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both in Indian universities and colleges.
CBSE has been conducting the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination and All India Pre-Medical Test annually in the past and have the infrastructure to deal with a nationwide examination. UGC will share its resource persons with CBSE in order to set the question papers in 79 subjects. Although CBSE has prior expertise in conducting examination but this will be the first test that it will be conducting for post graduation students, it has so far been conducting the paper only for secondary and school-leaving students.
Teachers have expressed their grave apprehensions over a school board conducting the UGC NET, a test for teacher recruitment in higher educational institutions.