UGC NET mandatory for Admission to PhD, M.Phil Program

UGC NET Manodary for institutes to admit PhD, M.Phil candidates – From now onwards, it will be mandatory for all educational institutes of India to admit the candidates on the basis of their score in UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) which will be followed by an interview round. Currently the University Grants Commission (UGC) is in process to make it mandatory for all higher educational institutes to grant admissions in these two courses on the basis of these two steps. 


Once these revised rules are enforced in institutes all over the country, those who want admission into these courses will have to clear both entrance test and interview. Several reputed institutes are known to admit candidates who have qualified NET exam directly on the basis of interview performance. As per the earlier rules, universities were free to decide their respective terms and conditions in order to grant admission. 


UGC has proposed the change in previous regulation related to these course’s admission so that the admission tests could be standardised by the institutes. In another regulation revised by UGC formulated under Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M Phil/PhD Degrees, a panel has suggested an entrance test for those who want admission into PhD and MPhil courses. 


See: PHD Admission


Until now the institutes granted admission into these courses on the basis of a candidate’s performance in an interview. As of now, the panel has left it on the States to decide whether they want to conduct their own entrances or want Union govt to conduct it. This entrance will test several skills of candidates such as analytical skills, reasoning and comprehension, research aptitude and reasoning skills. 


The panel stated that a candidate will need to score a minimum of 50% in order to qualify for this exam. Around 50% questions will be subject-specific and rest 50% will test the candidate’s research aptitude skills. Those who belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe (SC/ ST) Other Backward Classes (OBC) under non-creamy layer or are differently abled will further get a relaxation of 5%. 


See: M.Phil Admission