The University Grants Commission (UGC) has withdrawn its decision to increase the cut-off marks for clearing NET (National Eligibility Test), following Supreme Courtâ€™s decision declaring the order invalid.
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 UGCâ€™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.
â€śThe 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,â€ť informed an official of University of Pune that conducts the NET exam, reported Times of India.
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