Every year, huge number of candidates appear for the NET (National Eligibility Test). The test is conducted for determining the eligibility for college and university level lectureship and for awarding the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to Indian nationals for pursuing their Ph.D or research.
Both these tests are held two times a year, mostly in June and December. But there are many candidates who are confused between UGC-CBSE NET and CSIR-UGC NET. Although the purpose of conducting both these exams is the same, there is a difference in the subjects involved.
CSIR and UGC are two different governmental departments and both conduct their respective NET entrance exam. The former is conducted for the Science stream, whereas the latter is conducted for all the other streams.
Let's understand the difference between the two, in a detailed manner:
UGC (University Grants Commission) is a statutory organisation, which was established by the Union government in 1956. Its main objective is to provide recognition to the Indian universities, and provide funds to such recognised universities and colleges.
CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) now conducts this exam, on behalf of UGC for the post of Lecturer and for providing the JRF for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and in research.
The exam is conducted in streams such as Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce, etc.
Eligibility for UGC NET
The interested candidates must have completed their post graduation or Ph.Ds in the relevant subjects with not less than 55 percent marks.
Paper pattern of UGC- CBSE NET
The paper will be divided into three parts:
Paper I: The questions will be general in nature. The duration of the paper will be one hour 15 minutes. It will comprise of 60 questions, out of which the candidates are required to attempt 50 questions. It will carry a total of 100 marks.
Paper II: The questions will be asked from the subject opted by the candidate. The duration of the paper will be one hour 15 minutes. It will consist of 50 questions, all of which are compulsory. It will carry a total of 100 marks.
Paper III: The questions will be asked from the subject opted by the candidate. The duration of the paper will be two hours and 30 minutes. It will comprise of 70 questions, all of which are compulsory. It will carry a total of 150 marks.
CSIR - UGC NET
CSIR stands for Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). It is a premier national R&D organisation and is among the world's largest publicly funded R&D organisation. CSIR conducts the Joint CSIR UGC NET, which is a national level entrance examination in the field of Science including Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Sciences.
Eligibility for CSIR NET
The interested candidates must have acquired their Masters' degree in Science stream. They should have scored 55 percent and above in the eligibility exam and should have done the course from a certified university.
Junior Research Fellowship or JRF is a fellowship of Rs 25000 per month, which is offered by both CSIR and UGC to the eligible and selected candidates through written exams, held twice a year. The fellowship is given to students to pursue their doctoral studies.
Paper pattern of CSIR - UGC NET
The exam is conducted for the following subjects:
- Chemical Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Mathematical Sciences
- Physical Sciences
The duration of the exam will be three hours.
This time, the CBSE is all set to conduct the National Eligibility Test (NET) on December 27 for the second time in the year.