All the candidates who have been anticipating the UGC NET Online Registration to begin from today are informed that the commencement has been transposed from August 1 to 11, 2017. CBSE announced the delay on the official website, cbsenet.nic.in. As per the notice, the online application process for UGC NET 2017 will continue till September 11, 2017. The new deadline to submit the application fee is September 12, 2017.

From this year onwards, CBSE has decided to use Aadhaar authentication for all the applicants applying for UGC NET 2017. Without the Aadhaar Number, the candidates will not be able to apply. Those who do not possess an Aadhaar Card, will be required to apply by submitting the Aadhaar Enrollment Number. However, the candidates from Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, and Assam are exempted from the obligation and may apply through any government approved identity card, like Passport, Driving Licence, Voter ID Card, etc.

The application form of National Eligibility Test can only be filled online, from cbsenet.nic.in. All the candidates must keep their documents in order so that delay in the filing the applications can be avoided. The amount of application fee is also to be submitted mandatory. The amount of application fee has not been announced yet. However, it is expected to be around Rs. 600 for General Category candidates, Rs. 300 for OBC Category, and Rs. 150 for SC/ST/PwD Category.

Moreover, candidates can keep their photograph and signature images scanned beforehand. Candidates should also decide which payment method they are going to use. It is expected that there will be multiple options for the candidates to choose from. The dates for downloading the provisional admit card will be announced after the applications are received.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has annunciated through its official website that the official notice will be posted on the 4th August 2017 which was earlier 24th July 2017. Candidates will be able to avail the detailed information from the information brochure. In addition to this change, the exam date has also been pre-poned from 19th November to 05th November.

The frequent changes in the schedule is definitely going to perplex the students who are planning to appear for the Entrance Test this year. The students are already dissatisfied by the decision to conduct UGC NET exam only once a year opposite to its earlier practice of conducting it twice a year. The move has left candidates flabbergasted. The idea of conducting the UGC NET once in a year was accepted by HRD Ministry earlier in June this year.

CBSE conducts the NET (National Eligibility Test) on behalf of UGC. Qualifying the test, determines the eligibility of Indian nationals to apply for the post of Assistant Professor/ Junior Research Fellowship in Institutions all over India. Only the top 06% of the candidates who qualify NET will be considered eligible for the award of JRF.

The eligibility criteria to appear for UGC NET is expected to remain the same i.e. at least 55% in Postgraduate for General and 50% for Reserved category candidates. UGC NET holds immense importance not just because it qualifies a candidate for assistant professorship but has also become a prerequisite for enrolment to a PhD program.

A candidates can then proceed to apply for the post according to the recruitment policies of the University/ Institution. The role of CBSE is only upto conducting NET Examination and declaration of result. The candidates who qualify the test are issued e-certificates by UGC- NET Bureau.

Last year, a total of 22,381 candidates had qualified NET. Out of this, around 3,650 qualified for JRF and Assistant Professorship. In General category there were around 6,433 candidates, In SC category- there were around 3,206 candidates, In OBC- there were around 11,250 candidates and In ST category- there were around 1,339 candidates.

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