New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and eligibility for lecturership under social science, management, economics, commerce and various other subjects were conducted on Sunday at different centers across the country.

The exams were conducted between 9 am and 4 pm peacefully with first and second paper in forenoon session and third paper in afternoon session.

The UGC- NET exams are condcuted twice every year, in June and December. The exams are conducted to determine candidate’s eligibility for lecturership and for the award of JRF. This time, UGC had conducted NET in 78 subjects at 74 universities spread across the country.

There were three objective-type papers. Out of 60 multiple choice questions of two marks each in Paper I, candidates were asked to solve any 50. All questions were of general nature, intended to evaluate the teaching and research aptitude of the aspirants. In Paper II, there were 50 objective type compulsory questions of two marks each based on the subject selected by the candidate. There were 75 such questions in Paper III. This was the first time that objective type NET exam were conducted. According to new exam pattern, there will be no negative marking.

"It was good. My subject was Economics. The first paper (mathematics and reasoning) and second paper were good but the third and last was tough. All questions in the third paper were objectives," said Sudha Akhauri, a resident of Hardwar who came to Delhi on Sunday morning to write the exams conducted at Government Boys Higher Secondary School No. 3, Palam.

The candidates who qualify for the award of JRF will be eligible to pursue research in the subject of their PG or in a related subject. They will be eligible for lecturership. The universities, institutions, IITs and others can also select the JRF awardees. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for lectureship will not be considered for award of JRF.

According to UGC officials, the number of candidates has increased three-fold this time as compared to the last test held in December.

The result of the UGC-NET June 24th, 2012 exam will be made available on the UGC websites and in the month of October.

(Abhinav Ranjan/JPN)

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