Want to teach? Then get ready to take a test!

Last Updated 20 October 2010, 10:33 IST

Some individuals sign up for a postgraduate course with the intention of making a career as lecturers. Teaching in a college/ university as a lecturer/ professor has become an attractive career option, partly because of good salaries. To be recruited as a lecturer, a candidate must pass the National Eligibility Test (NET) and State Eligibility Test (SET).
However, those with  a PhD need not give NET/SET.  NET will be conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) twice a year — in June and December.
Since June 2010, there isn’t negative marking for Papers I and II.

Those who pass NET are eligible to apply for the post of lecturers in all Indian universities, institutes and colleges. Those who pass SET are eligible to apply for the post of a lecturer only to universities and colleges belonging to the state from where they have passed the examination.

Candidates who qualify for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Examination are also eligible for the post of lecturers. In addition, they are also eligible to receive Fellowships (UGC/CSIR) under various schemes. The validity of the offer is two years.

Block the following dates:

NET examination: 26-12-2010. The last date to submit applications online is October 25, 2010. Application forms must be submitted to the selected test centre by November 1, 2010.


Qualification: Master’s degree with 55 per cent marks. Students appearing for the final year exam are also eligible to apply. Five per cent of the seats will be reserved for  SC/ ST/ PH/ VH candidates.

Age limit: For lectureship, there is no upper age limit but for Junior Research Fellowship, candidates must be 28 years old or less.

A relaxation of up to five years is given to candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PH/ VH categories and to women applicants.

Choice of subject: Candidates may only apply for the subject that they had chosen at the postgraduate level.

Test pattern

The test will consist of three papers in two separate sessions.
Paper-I will be of a general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any of the fifty (50) questions. The duration is 75 minutes.

Paper-II shall consist of questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each of these papers will consist of a test booklet containing 50 compulsory objective type questions of two marks each.

The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I and Paper-II on an Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet provided along with the test booklet.

Paper-III will have only descriptive questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Subject-wise syllabus can be downloaded from the website.

Note: A candidate who does not appear for Paper-I will not be permitted to appear for Paper-II and Paper-III.

Application process

Submission of the application by the candidate for the online NET examination must be made at www.ugcnetonline.in or  www.ugc.ac.in

Submission process

*Download the bank challan  from the UGC website. 

Deposit the requisite test fee of  Rs 450 at any of the State Bank of India branches along with  bank charges (commission) of Rs 20. Fee submitted through any other mode like money order, demand draft or IPO will be rejected.

Before submission of the application online, the candidate must have:

*Scanned passport size photograph in JPEG format.

*Copy of the Bank Challan (fee receipt).

*Name and code number of the test centre where the candidate is going to appear.

*Choice of subject and the code.

Fill all the information  required and submit the same online.

*After the successful submission, candidates should take a printout of the online application form (two copies), attendance slip (one copy) and admission card (one copy) on A-4 size papers.

*After submission of the application, note down the roll number for future reference.

*Candidates must affix their recent passport-size photographs at the places indicated — on the printout of the online application form and sign across the photograph after it is affixed so that a part of the signature spreads over the form. This should be duly attested by the Head, University Department/ Principal of the College/ or a Class-I Gazetted Officer.

*All documents mentioned below must be submitted at the test centre.

*High School/ Matriculation Certificate with date of birth.

*Master’s degree/ Provisional Certificate.

*Consolidated marksheet of Master’s degree course.

*Caste Certificate (in case of SC/ ST/ OBC candidates)

*Certificate of physical disability (if applicable)

Note: All certificates have to be attested by a gazetted officer.

*The envelope containing the application form should be marked ‘UGC National Eligibility Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Lecturership, December 2010’.

*Application with the relevant documents should reach the registrar of the university (UGC Test Centre) before November 1, 2010.

*Previous test papers can be downloaded from the UGC website.

Following are the test centres in Karnataka with code numbers.

*Bangalore University, Bangalore - 560 056 (06).
*Gulbarga University, Gulbarga - 585 106 (24)
*Karnatak University, Dharwad - 580 003 (30).
*Mangalore University, Mangalore - 574 199 (38).
*University of Mysore, Crawford Hall, Mysore - 570005 (74)

Candidates will be issued the admission card by the respective test centres after the allotment of the test venue.  Change of centre will not be allowed.

(Published 20 October 2010, 10:30 IST)

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