New Delhi: After various complaints by students across the country of glitches on the University Grants Commission (UGC) website, the higher education body has decided to extend the last date for the submission of the National Eligibility Test (NET) application to May 10, 2012. The first-ever fully objective-type NET is scheduled to be held on June 24.
A notice on the UGC website says: "Due to unprecedented increase in the number of candidates willing to apply during the last days of online registration for the ensuing NET examination scheduled to be held on 24th June, 2012, it has been observed that the students are facing difficulty in submitting online application. In order to overcome this problem and keeping in view the paucity of time, UGC has decided that such candidates, who have paid the prescribed fee through Bank Challan by May 2, 2012 and are not able to submit their application online, may now apply in offline mode. They are, therefore, advised to download the Application Form (to be filled in duplicate), Admission Card and Attendance Slip from www.ugcnetonline.in and also from www.ugc.ac.in."
The last date for submitting the hard copies of duly filled in applications along with original fee receipt and attested copies of category certificate(s) has now been extended up to May 10, 2012. However, all the candidates who have already registered themselves in online mode and have submitted the hard copies of the application to the chosen centre need not apply again.
The UGC-NET will consist of three objective-type papers. Paper I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. 60 multiple choice questions of two marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any 50.
Paper II shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate whereas Paper III will have 75 such questions. Each question in both the papers will carry 2 marks.
Candidates who were awarded their PhD degrees by September 19, 1991 are also eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks for appearing in the NET exam.
To help the candidates prepare for the exam, the UGC website (www.ugc.ac.in) also has question papers from earlier NET. The link for the previous question papers is http://www.ugcnetonline.in/previous_question_papers.php.