Earlier this month, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released the notification for the National Eligibility Test 2017. Then, on August 11, 2017, the Board started the online registration on cbsenet.nic.in. The UGC NET is due to be held on November 05, 2017, and will be conducted in 91 cities across the country. To appear for the examination, the candidates have to mandatory submit the application form and the fee. However, the aspirants were taken aback when they became aware of the high rise in the fee amount.
The application fee has been increased by approximately 66%. The elevation has been implemented for the all the categories. However, the decision majorly stuck the General Category candidates. Earlier, the unreserved category candidates were required to pay Rs. 600 in order to apply. However, now they need to pay Rs. 1000. The candidates belonging to OBC-NCL category had to pay Rs. 300 but to apply for UGC NET November 2017, the candidates need to remit Rs. 500. The fee amount for the SC/ST candidates has been upgraded from Rs. 150 to 250.
Last time when the application fee of NET was increased, the expansion was of 33 to 36%. The fee amount for the General Category increased from Rs. 450 to Rs. 600, for OBC Category the raise was of Rs. 75 because fee just went from Rs. 225 to Rs. 300 and the SC/ST candidates were supposed to pay Rs. 150, instead of Rs. 110.
Hence, the fee inflate is almost double to what it was last time. Despite the unexpected increase in the CBSE UGC NET fee amount, the number of applicants is not expected to slope down. Every year, more than 2 lakh candidates appear for the examination and out of these, only 15% of the topper in each category were termed qualified. However, University Grant Commission has recently amended the qualifying eligibility and now overall 6% top candidates will be entitled qualified.
However, the candidates will be placed among the top 6% on the basis of the merit, which will be prepared on the basis of the minimum qualifying marks. For the Assistant Professor, the General category candidates will have to secure 40% marks in Paper I, II, and II. The candidates belonging to OBC, SC, and ST category need to score more than 35% marks, in all three subjects. For the selection of candidates for JRF and category and subject wise distribution of slots for Assistant Professor, the Board will imply the same formula and it is shown in the image below.
It should be noted that CBSE will only conduct NET Nov 2017. The responsibility to issue the eligibility certificates is with the UGC. The Commission will issue it within 6 months from the announcement of the result. The candidates will have to contact UGC and submit the required documents to acquire their eligibility certificate. Getting the certificate does not mean that the candidates will be recruited. Instead, it will only indicate that the candidate is now eligibility be an Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellow.