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How to prepare for the NET exam?


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RE: How to prepare for the NET exam?

Avadhut Desai
Avadhut Desai
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Appearing for the SET/NET/JRF exams requires one to have completed post-graduate studies from a recognized university. So, have you completed your post-graduate degree course? If not then still you will be benefitted knowing the details beforehand about these national level eligibility test.

NET is a National Eligibility Test which is conducted at the national level by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) on behalf of the UGC (University Grant Commission). Thus UGC is a final authority and is responsible for all matters including guidelines related to the NET whereas CBSE only conducts the exam on behalf of UGC. The NET exam is held twice a year for which you can see the notification on the website of the CBSE and UGC or in the national daily newspapers. The NET is designed primarily for the purpose of selection of the post-graduate candidates for the Assistant Professorship in Universities/Colleges/Institutions and the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). After clearing the NET, you become eligible for a lectureship at all India level and can join universities/institutions for research purpose. Many PSUs these days offering their jobs on the basis of the score in NET exam. Thus, you can think of the NET for getting into the good and stable career life.

Eligibility for Appearing in the NET:

  • A candidate who has done post-graduate level study/Master Degree OR any equivalent course as specified by the AIU (Association of Indian Universities) from a recognized university will be eligible for the NET
  • The candidates should have minimum 55% marks (without rounding off) at post graduate level to be eligible for NET (OBC/SC/ST/PWD-Persons with Disability candidates have exemption of 5% and they are required to have 50% marks in their Master/equivalent recognized course)
  • The candidates who are pursuing their final year of Master/PG or have papered in the final year exam or whose examination is delayed can appear for NET provisionally as after passing their Master with required level of score, they will be awarded the JRF/Assistant professorship.
  • The Ph.D. holder candidates who have done their Master before 19th September 1991will have 5% relaxation in eligibility requirement, i.e. they need to have 50% marks in their master to become eligible for appearing in the NET.
  • The candidates required to appear for the test for their post graduate level subject only.
  • The OBC/SC/ST/PWD candidates are required to submit the proof of their category to avail the relaxation/reservation.
  • Foreign Degree/Diploma holders must ascertain their equivalency with Master from Indian Universities. These can be ascertained from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF exam before 1989 are exempted from appearing for the NET.
  • These all conditions are subject to change and you need to read the notification carefully.

Dear aspirant, we discussed the eligibility for NET and you may proceed further if you are fulfilling the eligibility criteria as stated above. You have the opportunity to appear for the coming NET exam. The picture is clear now, you can decide to appear for the NET as yet you can apply for the exam. For other such related information and career queries, speak to the Experts at CareerGuide. Wish you all the best!

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