UGC NET EXAM 2018: Exam pattern changed, upper age limit for JRF increased

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New Delhi:

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made changes to the exam pattern and age limit for candidates appearing in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), UGC-NET, 2018.

The information about the changes was informed to Lok Sabha on Monday. The first two papers will continue to be objective type with multiple choice questions.

Paper-I:

The first paper i.e General Awareness will consist of 50 mandatory questions of two marks each. The choice of 10 questions in Paper-I has been done away with. The duration of Paper-I has been reduced from the present 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour. The paper will be of 100 marks.

Paper-II and Paper-III merged: 

Paper-II and Paper-III are both of the same discipline have been merged together to be termed as Paper-II containing 100 compulsory objective type questions of two marks each from the subject selected by the candidate, with two hours duration.

Age Limit:

# The upper age limit for appearing in Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) has been raised by two years, i.e. from the existing upper age limit of 28 years to 30 years.

# There is five years relaxation in age for candidates belonging to Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe/ Persons with Disabilities/ Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) categories and for women candidates.

# The changes approved by the Commission have been intimated to the CBSE. UGC has informed that UGC-NET examination will be conducted twice a year.

This information was given by the Minister of State for HRD, Dr Satya Pal Singh, on Monday in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question said that the changes approved by the Commission have been intimated to CBSE on 1st January, 2018.

UGC has informed that UGC-NET examination will be conducted twice a year.

In this effect, CBSE has already issued notification on January 8, 2018 stating that it will conduct the next UGC NET 2018 for Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor on July 8, 2018. As per the revised scheme, the test will consist of two papers.

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