New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is expected to announce in the next couple of days the notification for conducting the next National Eligibility Test (NET) in July month 2017. Last time, CBSE conducted NET in 22 January 2017 in 84 subjects at 90 selected NET Examination Cities spread across the country.
Once the official notification is released by the CBSE, information bulletin and other information will be uploaded on the official website cbse.nic.in. The UGC-NET exam is conducted twice in a year: December-January and June-July. Last time the CBSE released the official notification for NET-January 2017 in the second week of October 2016.
On behalf of UGC, the CBSE conducts NET for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian Universities and Colleges. The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for whole time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF.
UGC-NET is considered as one of the toughest examinations among national tests. For each exam, nearly 6-7 lakh candidates register to appear the test. As per the UGC annual report, in June NET 2014 and Dec NET 2014, 5.39 lakh and 6.20 lakh candidates appeared for eligibility for Assistant Professor, respectively. On the other hand, nearly 3.71 lakh and 4.23 lakh candidates appeared for Junior Research Fellowship for June UGC-NET 2014 and DEC-NET 2014, respectively.