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BOARD MAKES DRASTIC AMENDMENTS
UGC NET 2018 : Exam date announced, pattern changed
22.01.18 - TEAM PT
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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SHOCKING FINDINGS
40% of India’s rural youth can’t tell time, 36% don’t know India’s capital: ASER survey
16.01.18 - TEAM PT
40% of India’s rural youth can’t tell time, 36% don’t know India’s capital: ASER survey



India continued to fare poorly in the well-regarded Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) that measures overall learning level among Indian school students.

The number of students in rural India who have studied up to Class 8 has doubled in the past 10 years, but the skills they acquired have been "worryingly low”, found the survey. 

The report, ‘Beyond Basics: A survey of Rural Indian Youth’, by NGO Pratham was released on Tuesday. It found that 86 per cent of India’s youth, between the ages of 14 and 18, are enrolled in formal education.

The survey for the ASER for rural India in 2017 was carried out in 28 districts spread across 24 states. 
 
Alarmingly, the report says one-fourth of the country’s youngsters in the 14-18 age group cannot read their own language fluently, while 57% of them struggle to solve a simple sum of division.
 
Shown a map of India, 14% couldn’t identify it, 36% couldn’t name the country’s capital and 21% could not answer the state they live in, findings that expose the pathetic state of education in rural India.
 
Not just this. The survey says most of them cannot even tell the time correctly. "For the easy task (hour), 83% got it correct. But for the slightly harder task (hour and minutes) a little less than 60% got it right," it says. 76% of surveyed youth could not count money correctly.

"This scenario is pretty staggering and makes you think what’s going on and what should be done?” chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian said, referring to the survey’s finding that about 40% youth having no role-models for the profession they aspire to join.

"The learning outcomes of boys and girls are similar but in the age group of 14-18, the wedge is opening up between boys and girls. It’s important to address it ,” he added.
 
There is hardly any difference between boys’ and girls’ enrolment at age 14 but at age 18, at least 32% females are not enrolled as compared to 28% males.
 
A substantial proportion of youth in the 14-18 age group are working (42 per cent), regardless of whether they are enrolled in formal education or not. Of those who work, 79 per cent work in agriculture - almost all on their own family's farm. Close to 120 million youth are in the 14-18 age group today, according to the report.
 
"Unless we ensure that our young people reach adulthood with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to help themselves, their families, and their communities move forward, India's much awaited 'demographic dividend' will not materialize. Our interactions with youth in this age group suggest that as a country we urgently need to attend to their needs. ASER 2017 is an attempt to shine a spotlight on this situation and hopefully start a nation-wide discussion about the way forward," NGO Pratham said.
 
Since 2006, the ASER has reported on the children’s schooling status and their ability to do basic reading and arithmetic tasks; it focused on 5-16 age group. In 2017, ASER focused on an older age group, youth who are 14 to 18 years old and have moved just beyond the elementary school age.




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