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Saturday, November 7, 2009

UGC-NET:Basic

National Eligibility Test (NET) basically attempts to determine eligibility for lectureship and the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure quality teaching and research. While the National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts test in humanities, arts, languages, commerce, and computer science, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) does the same in science. JRF, along with the test to determine awardees, was launched way back in 1984. The first NET was conducted in 1989, two decades ago.

DATES TO REMEMBER NOW
Date of examination: 27.12.2009
Date of UGC NET Notification : 24.10.2009
Date of close of sale of application form through banks and online submission: 06.11.2009

AM I ELIGIBLE TO ATTEMPT NET?
If you have scored 55% or equivalent in your postgraduate degree from a university recognized by the UGC and belong to the general category, yes. In the case of SC, ST, PH and VH candidates, the ceiling is 50% or equivalent.
CAN STUDENTS APPLY?
If you have already appeared for the exam or are going to do so, you definitely give a go. But remember, you have to fulfill the requisite criterion within two years from the date of the NET result to receive the certificate. If that does not happen, you are disqualified even if you have actually scored enough for a pass.
ARE THERE EXEMPTIONS?
Of course there are. But always remember this is a slippery zone as rules keep on changing, often without notice. For the time, those with an M. Phi or Ph.D from a recognized university can jump the fence though those with M.Phil. are eligible to teach only at the undergraduate level.
If you have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for lectureship held prior to 1st June 2002, you are exempted. For SET held from 1st June 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of lecturer only in the universities/ colleges belonging to the state from where they have cleared their SET.

AM I IN THE RIGHT AGE BAND?
If you are eyeing on JRF, you should not exceed 28 as on 01.12.2009; in the case of SC/ST/OBC/PH/VH categories and to women applicants, there is a relaxation of five years. Similarly relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority. Three years’ relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree. Though you can avail of relaxation on different categories, the total period should not exceed five years under any circumstances.
In the case of lectureship there is no age ceiling.

HOW DOES A QUESTION PAPER LOOK LIKE?
The test has two broad divisions. Paper I is general with fifty questions evenly divided among teaching, research aptitude, reading comprehension, communication, reasoning, logical reasoning, data interpretation, ICT, people & environment and education. Paper II is based on optional subjects with the same number of questions. Both sections contain only objective type questions.
Part III is descriptive, again based on optional disciplines. It contains a wide range of questions and calls for skills like reading comprehension, analysis, brevity and accuracy.
Please go through the following section to get an overall view of the components of the first paper.


PAPER-I
SUBJECT: GENERAL PAPER ON TEACHING AND RESEARCH APTITUDE
The main objective is to assess the teaching and research capabilities of thecandidates. Therefore, the test is aimed at assessing the teaching andgenera1 research aptitude as well as their awareness. They are expected topossess and exhibit cognitive abilities. Cognitive abilities includecomprehension, analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure ofarguments and deductive and inductive reasoning. The candidates are alsoexpected to have a general awareness and knowledge of sources ofinformation. They should be aware of interaction between people,environment and natural resources and their impact on quality of life.The details are given in the following sections:
NOTE:
i) Each section gets equal weight age: five questions and 10 marks from eachsection.
ii) Whenever pictorial questions are set for the sighted candidates apassage followed by equal number of questions should be set for thevisually handicapped candidates.

I. Teaching Aptitude
Teaching: Nature, objectives, characteristics and basic requirements;
Learner's characteristics;
Factors affecting teaching;
Methods of teaching;
Teaching aids;
Evaluation systems.
II Research Aptitude
Research: Meaning, characteristics and types;
Steps of research;
Methods of research;
Research Ethics;
Paper, article, workshop, seminar, conference and symposium;
Thesis writing: its characteristics and format.
III. Reading Comprehension
A passage to be set with questions to be answered.
IV. Communication
Communication: Nature, characteristics, types, barriers and effective classroom communication.
V. Reasoning (Including Mathematical)
Number series; letter series; codes;
Relationships; classification.
VI. Logical Reasoning
Understanding the structure of arguments;
Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning;
Verbal analogies: Word analogy- Applied analogy;
Verbal classification;
Reasoning Logical Diagrams : Simple diagrammatic relationship, multi diagrammatic
relationship;
Venn diagram; Analytical Reasoning.
VII. Data Interpretation
Sources, acquisition and interpretation of data;.
Quantitative and qualitative data;
Graphical representation and mapping of data.
VIII. Information and Communication Technology (lCT)
ICT: meaning, advantages, disadvantages and uses;
General abbreviations and terminology;
Basics of internet and e-mailing.
IX. People and Environment
People and environment interaction;
Sources of pollution;
Pollutants and their impact on human life, exploitation of natural and energy resources;
Natural hazards and mitigation
x. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity And Administration
Structure of the institutions for higher learning and research in India;
formal and distance education; professional/technical and general education;
Value education:
Governance, polity and administration; concept, institutions and their interactions.

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