Wednesday 25 April 2012

National Eligibility Test (NET) - June 2012

Important Dates
  • Application Submission End Date : Monday; Apr. 30, 2012
  • Last date for receiving the documents at the test center : Monday; May 07, 2012
  • Examination Date : Sunday; June 24, 2012
National Eligibility Test
The National Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, has invited applications for its National Eligibility Test, popularly known as NET in arts and humanities subjects to be held on December 24 for determining the eligibility for the award for lectureship in Indian universities and colleges.

The University Grants Commission announces holding of the National Eligibility Test (NET) on 24 June, 2012 (Sunday) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Eligibility for Lectureship in Indian universities and colleges. UGC will conduct NET in 78 subjects at 74 selected University Centres spread across the country.

The UGC will conduct NET in 78 arts and humanities subjects (including 'Bodo' as new subject) at 74 University Centres across the country. The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) examination are eligible to pursue research leading to Ph.D. One can apply either for JRF or lectureship or for both.

The test will be conducted in 78 subjects including Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Commerce, Education, Social Work, Defence and Strategic Studies, Home Science, Public Administration, Population Studies, Music, Management, Physical Education, Arab culture and islamic studies, Indian Culture, Labour Welfare / Personnel Management / Industrial Relations / Labour and Social Welfare / Human Resource Management, Law, Library and Information Science, Mass Communication and Journalism, Performing Arts - Dance / Drama / Theatre, Museology & Conservation, Archaeology, Criminology, Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha / Sidhanta Jyotisha / Navya Vyakarna / Vyakarna / Mimamsa / Navya Nyaya / Sankhya Yoga / Tulanatmaka Darsana / Shukla Yajurveda / Madhva Vedanta / Dharma Sastra / Sahitya / Purana - itihasa / Agama / Advaita Vedanta), Women Studies, Visual Arts (including Drawing & Painting / Sculpture / Graphics / Applied Art / History of Art), Geography.

Eligibility :
1) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test. The Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Physically Handicapped (PH)/Visually Handicapped (VH) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

2) Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited OR candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this Test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/Lectureship eligibility only after they have passed their Master’s degree examination or equivalent with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of SC/ST/PH/VH category candidates). Such candidates must complete their P.G. degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

3) The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September, 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e., from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.

4) Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. The candidates whose post-graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects in item No. 9, may appear in a related subject.
Age Limit

Not more than 28 years as on 01.06.2012. A relaxation upto 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PH/VH categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority. Three years’ relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.
There is no upper age limit for lectureship.


The test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will be of objective type. There is no negative marking.
Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Consist of 60 multiple choice questions of two marks each of which candidates have to answer any 50.

Paper-II shall consist of questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Consist of 50 compulsory objective type questions of two marks each.
Paper-III will consist of 75 questions of 2 marks each based on the subject selected by the candidate, all of which are compulsory

Application fess is Rs. 450 for general candidates, for OBC candidates Rs. 225, for SC/ ST candidates Rs. 110. Online application details

i) The candidates are required to download the Bank Challan Performa from the UGC website OR take photocopy from the UGC-NET Notification published in the Employment News and then deposit the requisite test fee in any branch of State Bank of India along with the bank charges (commission) of Rs.20/-
ii) Before applying Online, the candidates must possess the following : (i) Scanned passport (pp) size photograph in JPEG format of less than 300 kb, (ii) Copy of Bank Challan (fee receipt)

iii) Candidate seeking admission to the Test must apply online ( OR through a link available on the UGC website:
iv) After successful submission, the candidate should take printout of online Application Form (two copies), Attendance Slip (one copy) and Admission Card (one copy) on separate A-4 size papers.

v) SC/ST/PH/VH candidates and candidates belonging to OBC (non-creamy layer) (as per the Central list of OBC available on website : must enclose the attested copy of certificate for the same.
vi) Candidates seeking age relaxation must enclose the certificate of educational qualification/research experience entitling the candidates for age relaxation.

vii) The Application (consisting of two copies of printout of online application form, one copy of Attendance Slip and one copy of Admission Card) along with required documents must reach the Registrar of the University (UGC Test Centre).
viii) Application received after 07.05.2012 at the Test Centre will be rejected.
ix) Before applying Online candidates are advised to go through detailed notification available on UGC website and also to be shortly published in the Employment News. Please note that Fee submitted through any other mode like Money Order, Demand Draft, IPO etc. will be summarily rejected

xi) The candidates must affix their recent identical passport size photographs, at the places indicated, on the printout of Online Application Form and must sign across the photograph after it is affixed so that a part of the signature spreads over the Application Form beyond the photograph. Besides, it should be duly attested by the Head of the University Department/Principal of the College/Class-I Gazetted Officer.

xii) In order to avoid last minute rush, the candidates are advised to apply early enough. UGC will not be responsible for network problems or any other problem of this nature.
More details can be available from the UGC website

Best Wishes,
Farzad Damania
Career Counsellor, Trainer

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