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NET Examinees to Approach High Court Over Change in Passing Criteria

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NET Candidates to Move HC For Change in CriteriaAggrieved candidates of National Eligibility Test (NET) who appeared in the examination held in June 2012 and declared unsuccessful in the result declared on 18th September have decided to approach the High Court.

According to those candidates they had ‘achieved’ the minimum eligibility criteria as per the notification published by University Grants Commission (UGC) before the examination. However, later on after the examination, an undated notification put on the website of UGC had this criteria abruptly changed according to which the candidates have not been able to clear the exam.

A notification issued before the June exam said candidates will have to score a minimum percentage in all three papers. For paper-1 and 2, the minimum was set at 40% for general category while the reserved category candidates were allowed a 5% relief. For paper 3, the minimum was set at 50% for general category, 45% for OBC and 40% for other reserved categories.

An undated notification, but the most recent on UGC site, says that candidates now need an aggregate of 65% in all three papers (60% for OBC and 55% for others) to be eligible for lectureship.

The affected candidates have decided to move the high court against this abrupt change in the minimum eligibility after the examination and they have appealed to all the affected candidates from different parts of the country to come together by sending an email to net.nagpur@gmail.com to fight unitedly against meted inflicted on them by UGC.

The NET is conducted by the UGC for junior research fellowships and lectureships. Candidates who clear NET in the latter category are eligibly for employment in any university in the country. On June 2012, the NET was conducted in a new format with the paper being in the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) format.

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