UGC NET 2018, to be organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) at the behest of University Grants Commission (UGC) is scheduled for July 8. Aspirants who qualify the test will be considered for the position of Assistant Professor or the award of Junior Research Fellowship as per eligibility. The test is organized for 84 subjects at 91 test locations in order to determine the eligibility of participants for the position of Assistant Professorship and Junior Research Fellowship at Indian Universities and Colleges. Check UGC NET 2018 Eligibility
Aspirants who qualify for Junior Research Fellowship will be able to pursue research in their post-graduation subject or a concerned subject at the universities, IITs and other national organizations. Such aspirants will also be considered applicable for the post of Assistant Professor.
The application procedure for UGC NET 2018 is on until April 5. From this year onwards, the board has introduced three major changes in the eligibility conditions, documentation for proof of identity, and exam format of UGC NET.
Some prominent changes have been introduced in the eligibility conditions for JRF candidates. Also, major changes have been introduced in the exam format, there are only two sections in UGC NET 2018 now. The third section has been merged accordingly with the second section. Lastly and most importantly, as a document of identity proof, aspirants will have to possess either Aadhaar Number, Aadhaar Enrollment Number or any of the following-
In the official notification for UGC NET 2018, CBSE has increased the upper age limit for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by two years to 30 years as on July 1, 2018.
CBSE issued a notification on March 17, 2018 making Aadhar Number compulsory as proof of identity of Participants for UGC NET 2018.
The Aadhaar card details (name, DoB, gender) will be used to cross-check the details offered by the aspirants in the UGC NET Application Form. With the help of the Aadhar Card, it will also be easier to verify aspirants’ identity at the test center and aspirants too will no longer have to carry multiple documents as identity and address proof when they are presenting the Aadhar Card as a testimonial.
Vide a Short Notification dated January 8, 2018, CBSE introduced major changes in the exam format for UGC NET 2018.
|Method of Exam||Offline, Paper-based Test (OMR Answer Sheets)|
|The medium of Exam||English/Hindi|
|Number of Papers||2 – Paper I: 50 questions on General Awareness & Teaching/Research Aptitude Paper II: 100 Subject Concerned Questions|
|Type of Questions||Objective Type|
|Time Allotted||Paper I – 1-hour Paper II – 2 hour|
|Marking Scheme||2 marks for each accurate response; No provision for negative marking|
According to some media reports, CBSE will be organizing UGC NET examination twice a year once again. However, such news has not been substantiated by the Board as yet. Candidates are advised to follow the official website for any notifications in this context.