The University Grants Commission (UGC) has withdrawn
its decision to increase the cut-off marks for clearing NET (National
Eligibility Test), following Supreme Court’s decision declaring the order
The SC has issued an order after a petition was
filed before it, challenging the NET qualifying norms declared by UGC after the
result was announced. The SC in its judgment has said that the UGC’s decision
was invalid, as it did not follow the exam policy in announcing the changes in
cut-offs and that too in such a short period of time.
The recent judgment has come as a breather for
thousands of candidates, who appeared for NET exams in June, 2012. The UGC increased the cut off marks by 15 per
cent for candidates to become eligible for lectureship; candidates came to know about it after
the result was announced.
As per the earlier UGC notification, candidates
belonging to the General category had to score 40, 40, and 75 marks
respectively to qualify in papers 1, 2 and 3. While for candidates belonging to
OBC category had to score 35, 35, and 68 and for the SC/ST candidates 35, 35,
and 60 was the qualifying marks. When the result of June, 2012 exam was
announced, candidates getting above mentioned marks would have qualified, but,
immediately after the announcement of result UGC came up with new notification increasing the passing percentage
of each category by 15 per cent.
After this, the student community approached SC and
filed an affidavit against UGC for change in norms after the examination was
conducted and result was announced.
“The SC decision is valid for all candidates who sat
for the June, 2012 examination. The old cut-offs will be considered and new
results will be announced,” informed an official of University of Pune that
conducts the NET exam, reported Times of India.
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