National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted by UGC (University Grants Commission) and CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) twice every year in the months of June and December. Like other times, CSIR-UGC has recently announced the dates of the NET exam and the purpose of this blog post and the next five others would be to familiarize you with what is NET, Schedule of NET, how to apply for NET and how to prepare for NET, so that you have a panoramic view of the whole exam even before you start preparation.
This particular post focuses on introduction of NET…
What is UGC-NET and CSIR-UGC NET? A brief history..
In early eighties, it was increasingly felt by public and leading educationists alike that quality of education system in India had deteriorated as a large number of people who had neither the competence nor the aptitude for teaching made an easy entry into the teaching profession. The cause for this was identified to be the absence of a Benchmark Qualifying test for entering into teaching profession.
Therefore, the Government on India, through a notification on 22nd July, 1988 entrusted the task of conducting the eligibility test for Lectureship
to UGC. UGC was already conducting an examination for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) since 1984. As a result of this 1988 notification; UGC is conducting the National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET)
for Lectureship as well as with CSIR (CSIR-UGC NET) for both Lectureships as well as for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) since 1989.
What is the difference between UGC-NET and CSIR-UGC NET?
(or simply called as NET) is held for 93 applied science/non-science subjects.
On qualifying in this test, you become eligible to apply for the post of lecturer
in all Indian universities/Institutes/colleges. UGC issues the notification for NET as well as conducts the exam.
While CSIR-UGC NET is held for pure-Science subjects (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences) & Engineering Science. On qualifying in this test, you become eligible to apply for the post of lecturer in all Indian universities/Institutes/colleges as well as to receive Fellowships (UGC/CSIR) under various schemes subject to you finding placement in the universities/IITs/other national organizations. CSIR issues the notification for CSIR-UGC NET as well as conducts it.
Why should you appear in NET exams?
Effective from 14th June, 2006, if you want to join the teaching profession as a lecturer in any of the UGC sponsored universities/Institutes/colleges, it is a must for you to qualify in the NET exam
except if you are a Ph.D. degree holder (for PG level and UG level teaching) or a M.Phil degree holder (for UG level teaching only). Click here
to read the UGC notification in this regard.
Also, CSIR-UGC NET qualification enables you to receive Fellowships as given above.
Hope above introductory information gives you a good idea on the NET as an exam. You may also like to go through following blog post on CSIR NET:
CSIR NET Syllabus & Sample papers
: This article gives you the syllabus and sample papers for all CSIR NET subjects: Chemical Sciences; Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences.
In my next few blog posts, I would enlighten you on the Schedule of NET, how to apply for NET and how to prepare for the same. Just keep visiting this blog….