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There is a simple difference between these two exams.
Candidates who clear UGC NET will be applicable for various Indian Universities, Institutes, and colleges for lectureship. Aspirants who clear SET exam will be eligible only for particular state universities and colleges.
You can try for both the exams as the syllabus for these two is approximately the same.
Qualifying UGC NET will give you more career opportunities than SET.
I hope it helps!
National Eligibility Test (NET)
NTA conducts the UGC NET Exam to select the eligible candidates for Lectureship and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship.
It’s a national level eligibility test to select the deserving candidates only.
UGC NET is conducted for all the aspirants from Science, Arts, Humanities, Commerce & etc.
State Eligibility Test (SET)
State Eligibility Test is organised on the state level to all those aspirants who wish to become Assistant Professor. Candidates can also be awarded for Junior Research Fellowship through SET Exam.
Difference b/w NET & SET
The Major Difference in UGC NET & Set is, if you qualify for the SET Examination, then you are only eligible for a job as an assistant professor in a particular state. You will not be able to become a lecturer outside the state.
I hope this will help you to understand the difference!!!
NET is the abbreviation form of the National Eligibility Test.
NET conducted by the University Grant Commission (UGC). This exam is written in order to enable a candidate to apply for a lectureship or for joining the research fellowship in colleges.
Generally, the passing percentage of the students for this exam (About 5% only) is very minimal because of the high standards. If a candidate wishes to take up teaching as a profession in colleges and universities that have a post-graduate degree or a doctoral degree then he/she must pass the National Eligibility Test.
The UGC conducts the UGC NET exam every year in the months of June and December. In order to be qualified to apply for a lectureship or Junior Research Fellowship, one must pass this exam.
Check out the last year NTA UGC NET Exam Result 2020
The UGC NET exams are carried out in a variety of topics like Physical Science, Life sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, and Earth Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Sciences jointly by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the UGC. The NET exam is conducted for many papers which include Humanities (which also consists of languages), Computer Science and Applications, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Electronic Science, and Forensic Science.
SET is the abbreviation form of the State Eligibility Test.
Bypassing the SET exam, the lectureship is granted on that particular state only. The exam pattern of the State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) is based on National Eligibility Test conducted by the University Grant Commission (UGC). The papers include subjects like social sciences, science subjects, and humanities correspondingly.
The aspirants who are appearing for the SLET test get to answer the paper in their respective mother tongue or in English. Some of the states that conduct the SLET are Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa, and the northeastern states of India including Sikkim…
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