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The University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship and Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research in several subjects of Humanities (including Indian and some foreign languages), Social Sciences, Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science, Forensic Science and Environmental Sciences.
The examination for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is being conducted since 1984 and for eligibility for Lectureship since 1989 in accordance with the Government of India notification dated 22 July, 1988.
Paper-III, which is subject specific, was being conducted through the descriptive mode till December 2011. The UGC switched over to the objective mode from June 2012 onwards.
On behalf of the UGC, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian universities and colleges.
CBSE conducts NET in 83 subjects at 89 selected NET Examination Cities spread across the country.
Every year, NET is conducted in June and December.
CSIR UGC NET
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the UGC-CSIR NET for Science subjects: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences jointly with the UGC.
State Eligibility Tests
In accordance with the mandate of the Government of India through its notification in 1988, UGC, on request of State Governments, proposed to have State Level Eligibility Test (SLET), now known as State Eligibility Test (SET) duly accredited by UGC for a fixed term.
The pattern of SET is same as that of NET conducted by the UGC.