Fearing irregularities, Centre cancels UGC-NET exam held in June

Fresh schedule for the exam will be announced soon, even though the education ministry is handing over the suspected foul play in UGC-NET exam to the CBI for a thorough investigation


New Delhi: The UGC-NET examination, which was held on June 18 in over 300 centres across the country, has been cancelled. The Central government has announced to cancel the examination, on the basis of hints it received about integrity of the exam being compromised.

“To ensure the highest level of transparency and sanctity of the examination process, the Union ministry of education, Government of India, has decided that the UGC-NET June 2024 Examination be cancelled,” the education ministry said in a statement.

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“A fresh examination shall be conducted, for which information shall be shared separately. Simultaneously, the matter is being handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for thorough investigation in the matter,” the ministry added.

The UGC-NET exam is held twice every year to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for the post of ‘assistant professor’ as well as ‘junior research fellowship and assistant professor’ in Indian universities and colleges. It is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in computer-based test (CBT) mode.

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UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar had said that around 81% of over 11.21 lakh registered candidates had appeared for the NET exam in 317 cities of the country. To regularize the UGC-NET examination cycle, the NTA with the concurrence of UGC is conducting UGC NET June 2023 in 83 subjects, at selected cities across the country.

Awarding of junior research fellowship (JRF) and/ or eligibility for assistant professorship depends on the aggregate performance of the candidate in paper-I and paper-II of UGC-NET.

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Cancellation of the UGC-NET exam was announced amid controversy around the NEET exam, which is facing allegations of irregularities. On the NEET-UG exam, the education ministry said, “In the matter pertaining to the NEET (UG) Examination-2024, the issue related to grace marks has already been fully addressed.”

As regards certain irregularities alleged in the conduct of the examination in Patna, a detailed report has been sought from the Economic Offences Unit, Bihar Police. Government will take further action, on receipt of this report. “Government is committed to ensure the sanctity of examinations and protect the interest of students. It is reiterated that any individual/organization found to be involved in this matter will face strictest action,” the ministry added.

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