EDUCATION
BOARD MAKES DRASTIC AMENDMENTS
UGC NET 2018 : Exam date announced, pattern changed
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UGC NET 2018 : Exam date announced, pattern changed



The wait of the students is finally over as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released the dates for the conduct of next UGC-NET 2018 for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) & Eligibility for Assistant Professor.

As per a notification issued by the CBSE in today's newspapers, the exam will be conducted on July 8, 2018 (Sunday). The notification also states important changes introduced in the paper and dates for form filling. 
 
The application form for UGC NET July 2018 will release on March 06, 2018. Candidates will be able to fill the application form online, from cbsenet.nic.in. The last date to apply is April 05, 2018, but the payment of fee can be done until April 06, 2018. To submit the application form successfully, the candidates will first have to fill details in it and upload the scanned image of photograph and signature on it.
 
Last year, Board introduced few changes in the pattern of the exam but this year it has made drastic amendments. As per the revised scheme, the test will consist of two papers as below:

Paper-I will be of 100 marks consisting of 50 compulsory questions each carrying two marks. The duration of the paper will be one hour from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. The questions will be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching or research attitude of the candidate. It will be primarily designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.
 
As per the notification, Paper II will again be of 100 marks consisting of 100 compulsory questions which will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. The duration of which will be two hours, from 11 am to 1 pm on the same day.
 
There is however a confusion related to paper II whether it will be of 100 or 200 marks, or will consist of 50 or 100 questions, or each question will carry 1 mark. This might get clear when the detailed notification is released by CBSE on February 01, 2018 on its official website cbsenet.nic.in.

Another important change in the process of the exam is that the age limit for JRF candidates has been increased. Earlier, candidates above the age of 28 could not apply for JRF but now the limit has been changed to 30 years. On the upper age limit, OBC / SC / ST / PWD candidates get relaxation of 5 years.
As far the Assitant Professorship is considered there is no age limit. However, all the candidates should have secured 55% marks in Master’s degree program, in which they must have studied the chosen subject. The degree program must have been passed from a recognized institute.
 

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