New Delhi: Close to 13,000 candidates
have cleared the UGC-NET test held in December last year for
becoming eligible as lecturers and for the award of Junior
Research Fellowship (JRF).
According to the results declared yesterday, a total
of 12,927 candidates qualified in the test against 7,233
candidates who qualified in the previous examination in June
As many as 3,24,468 candidates registered online, out
of which 2,27,544 candidates appeared as compared to 1,89,863
candidates who appeared in the previous examination, said a
statement issued by UGC.
The statement said the increased pass percentage also
underscored the fact that there was an increasing interest
among students to built a career in teaching.
Out of the total of 12,927 qualified candidates, 3,238
have qualified for JRF.
The number of qualified candidates under OBC and
SC/ST categories is 33.06 per cent and 33.26 per cent for
lectureship and 33.20 per cent and 37.43 per cent for JRF
respectively, which is much higher than the statutory
provision of 27 per cent and 22.5 per cent for OBCs and SC/STs
respectively, the statement said.
The NET is conducted by the UGC to ensure that only
those candidates who have sound and all-round knowledge of
their subject and keen general awareness and learning ability
are identified to become college teachers in an attempt to
increase educational standards in higher education.