University Grants Commission (UGC) has on Tuesday decided to conduct National Eligibility Test (NET) for university-level teaching and junior research fellowships through the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The decision has been under consideration for over a year now and finally taken at the meeting of University Grants Commission held on Tuesday.
If all goes as per schedule, the next NET examination in December will be held under CBSE’s watch. For CBSE, this will be the first as the Board has till now conducted examinations only for secondary and school-leaving students. The minimum qualification for NET is post-graduation. The UGC will share its resourced people with CBSE to set the question papers in 80 subjects.
CBSE has the infrastructure and had developed the expertise from conducting school-leaving examinations, All-India Engineering Entrance Examination and All India Pre-Medical Test annually.
The NET examination is conducted in 80 subjects and the questions are matched for the post-graduate student. As many as 20,000 applicants appear for the examination, which is conducted twice a year in June and December. The NET, which was introduced by a government notification in 1988, was instituted to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research works.