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Scheme / Nature of the Test

i) The Exam will consist of three papers. All the three papers will consist only objective type questions and will be held in two separate sessions as under:


Paper Marks Number of Question Duration
First I 100 60 out of which 50 question to be attempted 1 Hours (09.30 A.M. to 10.45 A.M.)
First II 100 50 questions all are compulsory 1 Hours (10.45 A.M. to 12.00 NOON)
Second III 150 75 questions all are compulsory 2 Hours (01.30 P.M. to 4.00 P.M.)
Paper-I General nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension ability, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any fifty (50). In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.

Paper-II Consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks and all questions are compulsory.

Paper-III Consist of 75 objective type compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options).

The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet provided along with the Test Booklet. For the rough work page will give at the end of Question Paper.

Procedure & CRriteria For Declaration of Result: This will comprise of following steps:

Step I: Minimum marks to be obtained in NET for considering a candidate for the award of JRF and eligibility for lectureship:
The candidates are required to obtain following minimum marks separately in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III as given below:
CATEGORY Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
GENERAL 40 (40%) 40 (40%) 75 (50 %)
OBC(Non-creamy layer) 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 67.5 (45 %) rounded off to 68
PWD/SC/ST 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 60 (40 %)
Step II: Amongst those candidates who have cleared step I, a merit list will be prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by such candidates.

Step III:Top 15% candidates (for each subject and category), from the merit list mentioned under step II, will be declared NET qualified for eligibility for lectureship only.
Step IV: A separate merit list for the award of JRF will be prepared from amongst the NET qualified candidates figuring in the merit list prepared under step III.

ii) For Persons with Disability (Visually Challenged candidates) thirty minutes extra time shall be provided separately for paper-I and Paper-II. For paper-III, forty five minutes extra time shall be provided. They will also be provided the services of a scribe who would be a graduate in a subject other than that of the candidate..

iii) Syllabus of Test: All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options). Syllabi for all NET subjects can be downloaded from the UGC Website and are also available in the libraries of all Indian Universities. UGC will not send the syllabus to individual candidates.

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