PhD Admission through Net Entrance Exam : UGC New Changes

PhD Admission through Net Entrance Exam

New Delhi: PhD Admission through Net Entrance Exam as per UGC New Policy – The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the higher education institutions (HEIs) to use the National Eligibility Test (NET) scores for admissions to PhD programmes from the upcoming academic session 2024-25, in place of separate entrance examinations conducted by them.

The decision was taken by the higher education regulator in its 578th meeting held on March 13 on the basis of the recommendations of an expert committee constituted by it to review the provisions of the NET to help students with one national entrance for PhD admissions as envisioned by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

According to a public notification issued by the UGC, from June 2024 onwards, NET candidates will be declared eligible in three categories including eligible for admission to PhD with JRF and appointment as assistant professor; eligible for PhD admission without JRF and appointment as assistant professor; and eligible for admission to PhD only and not for the award of JRF or appointment as assistant professor.

The UGC conducts NET exam through the National Testing Agency (NTA) twice a year, in June and December, to award Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and as eligibility for appointment as Assistant Professor for those with a Master’s degree. While the majority of the Universities conduct their own entrance examinations for PhD admissions, some conduct it with the help of NTA.

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“The result of NET will be declared in percentile along with the marks obtained by a candidate to utilize the marks for admission to PhD programmes…The PhD admission will be based on the combined merit ol NET marks and the marks obtained in the interview/viva voce,” the Commission said.

PhD Admission through Net Entrance Exam

As per existing PhD admission norms, 70% weightage will be given to the test scores and 30% to interview or viva voce, the commission said, adding that the marks obtained by the students will remain valid for admissions for one year.

UGC chairperson M Jagadish Kumar called it an important step in streamlining the admissions process and enhancing accessibility for aspiring doctoral candidates. “By leveraging the NET, which is conducted biannually, universities can offer greater flexibility to students, allowing them to utilize their scores from either session to apply for PhD programs across various institutions,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the NTA is working on launching the NET application process for the June 2024 session sometime next week, the chairperson said.

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