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Objective type of third paper of National Eligibility Test (NET) of UGC from June 2012 onwards, new minimum qualifying marks system in the NET, new pattern of NET exam

University Grant Commission (UGC) in its meeting on 22nd December, 2011 has decided to conduct objective type of test for the third paper in the NET like it is conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for science subjects. So all three papers of NET will have objective-type questions from June 2012 onwards.
UGC NET moderation committee cited delay in declaration of result and transparency among others in the whole matter for the reason behind this big change.

New marking system of NET:
General category- Minimum 40-40 marks in first paper and second paper and 100 marks (50%) in total.
And minimum 100 (50%) marks in third paper.

OBC category- Minimum 35-35 marks in first paper and second paper and 90 marks (45%) in total.
And minimum 90(45%) marks in third paper. Earlier it was 80 marks.

SC/ST, PH category- Minimum 35-35 marks in first and second paper and 80 marks (40%) in total.
And minimum 80(40%) marks in third paper.

Note- please check the official gazette link later.

These changes will have long term impact on the NET, one of the prestigious exams in India. Some points may be worth noting:

1-There would be increase in the number of candidates appearing in the exam.

2-This might slightly increase the chance factor of selection in the exam.

3-Persons with thorough and deep knowledge but lacking the power of expression or presentation will have the benefit.

4-Candidates might not be practicing too much of writing for the exam.

5-But how can the qualities of expression and presentation of any topic or subject matter in few words or in form of essays would be adjudged? After all it is also one of the necessary qualities we expect in a highly educated person of any society.

6-A paper, whether of say qualifying nature, which can measure such qualities should be there? What you suggest.

However it will be on the paper setter how they do justice with the level and integrity of the NET exam to select the best.

Views expressed above are personal.

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