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UGC Revokes Increase In Cut Off Marks For Clearing NET

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UGC Revokes New Cut Off Criteria For Clearing NETFollowing a Supreme Court order passed on Friday 21 December, University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced withdrawal of its decision to increase the cut-off marks for clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET). The announcement has come as great relief to thousands of NET aspirants.

Conducted by National Educational Testing Bureau of UGC, NET determines the eligibility for lectureship and for awarding junior research fellowship to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.

The UGC had increased the eligibility score by 15% without notice arbitrarily, which the candidates knew about only when the UGC announced it a day after announcing the results on September 18 for the exam conducted in June 2012.

As per the initial notification, candidates belonging to the SC/ST sections needed 35, 35, and 60 marks respectively for qualifying papers 1, 2 and 3. The marks to be obtained by the OBCs were set as 35, 35, and 68 and for those belonging to the general category it was 40, 40, and 75. But, when the results were announced, candidates who would’ve been eligible as per the initial criteria failed to qualify.

On Friday, the SC issued an order saying that the UGC’s decision was invalid as it did not follow the exam policy in announcing the changes in cut-offs and that, too, in such a short period of time.

The SC decision is valid for all candidates who sat for the June 2012 examinations. The old cut-offs will be considered and new results will be announced shortly.

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