As per official information from the conducting body i.e. CBSE or Central Board of Secondary Education, the National Eligibility Test, also known as the UGC NET 2017 exam has been scheduled to take place on 5th November 2017. As per previous information, the UGC NET was supposed to take place on November 19. However, it has been preponed by a fortnight now. The complete brochure and notification for UGC NET will be released on 24th July 2017.
Once the notification is out, the interested candidates will be able to apply from 1st August 2017 onwards. The application window will be open online until 30th August 2017. The last date to pay the application fee will, however, be 31st August 2017.
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CBSE has been given the duty to conduct the NET exam on behalf of UGC or the University Grants Commission. Usually, the exam is conducted twice in a year in the months of January and July. However, it was being contemplated that from now on it will be conducted only once a year as, among the number of applicants, only 17% of them appear for the exam, out of which only 4% qualify. Hence the exam has been scheduled for the month of November. Many students were agitated with the decision and even carried out protests outside the UGC offer demanding it to roll back the decision. Additionally, the number of NET qualifications are also likely to be capped at six percent.
On successful qualifying in the NET exam, candidates become eligible for Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) in order to pursue research in the subject of their choice and interest. Also, these candidates also become eligible to apply for posts of assistant professors in colleges or universities.