Dehradun: Here’s a piece of good news for National Eligibility Test (NET) aspirants. The exams which are scheduled to take place in June will be conducted on the lines of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). As per the new guidelines, the third paper, which earlier used to be descriptive, will now be objective like the first two papers.

For this, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has set new minimum qualifying marks. As per the new parameters, the general category NET aspirants will have to secure 40 marks each in first two papers, i.e., more than 50 percent marks combining both the papers. Whereas 50 percent marks in third paper are compulsory to qualify.

The minimum marks for SC/ST/OBC candidates have been reduced in first two papers. OBC candidates will be eligible for lectureship only if they secure 45 percent marks (35 each in Paper I and II) and 45 percent in Paper III.

Besides, handicap students SC/ST candidates also can qualify for NET only after getting 40 percent marks in Paper I and II. They will have to secure 40 percent in Paper III also. While OBC students need to secure 45 percent in Paper III.
In the 482nd meeting of the UGC, the NET Moderation Committee recommended to convert the

third paper into objective style instead of sticking to descriptive pattern. The Committee stated that current method of evaluating the third paper delays the overall results.

After several rounds of discussions on the matter, the UGC approved the proposal. With the introduction of new format, transparency and timely declaration of results will be maintained.
Notably, every year seven to eight lakh candidates appear for the NET exams held twice in a year, June and December.