New Delhi: Confusion and anxiety rule the show for the candidates amid wild speculations in the media about the result of the National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) January 2017 as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is yet to release the official Answer Key and OMR Sheets as per the schedule announced by it earlier.
Adding to the pain of over seven lakh candidates from all across India who appeared for the National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) January 2017 the CBSE is maintaining total silence over the delay in releasing the Answer Key/OMR Sheet and declaring the result.
The CBSE in its Information Bulletin, still available on its website, had said that it will release online the Answer Key and OMR Sheets of the candidates on its website in the 2nd week of March.
The CBSE also said that the results will be declared only after the release of UGC NET 2017 Answer Key and the candidates given enough time to challenge them.
"The captured images of response sheets (OMR sheets) of the candidates appeared in NET Jan, 2017 and Answer Keys of all the papers will be displayed on the website www.cbsenet.nic.in during the 2nd week of March, 2017", the CBSE said.
According to the CBSE the candidates, who are not satisfied with the captured response, may challenge by filling online application form on the website www.cbsenet.nic.in by paying a sum of Rs.1000/- per question.
"The CBSE’s decision on the challenges shall be final and the result will be declared on the basis of Final Answer Keys", it said.
"The marks of all the candidates will be uploaded on CBSE website www.cbsenet.nic.in soon after declaration of result. Besides this, CBSE will not issue any marks sheet to qualified/non qualified candidates", the CBSE said in UGC NET 2017 Information Bulletin.
"In case the Answer Key(s) is/are found to be incorrect, the CBSE will process the result in the light of changed key (s)", it added.
Going through these clear cut statements by the CBSE it becomes clear that the UGC NET 2017 results would be declared only after the Answer Key/OMR Sheets are released online.
Furthermore, going by the past record, the CBSE had released the Answer Key of the UGC NET July 2016 in the month of September 2016 then the candidates were given time to challenge the Answer Keys. The result of UGC NET July 2016 was declared on November 21, 2016 - more than two and half months after the release of the Answer Key.
Hence it becomes amply clear that unless the CBSE releases the Answer Keys of the UGC NET January 2017 final results will not be declared. Moreover, if the Answer Keys are released in next few days or weeks, the result declaration might take more than two months, if past records are any indication.
The candidates should also note that the CBSE has a tradition of releasing official notifications well in advance about the exact date of result announcement or release of Answer Keys.
Hence it is advised to the candidates that they should relax and instead of going by the unsubstantiated reports about CBSE UGC NET 2017 results wait for the release of the Official Answer Keys.
The CBSE conducts UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) two times in a year to determine the eligibility of candidates for the posts Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).
Candidates who qualify for the JRF are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible to apply for the post of an assistant professor in Indian universities and colleges.
The award of JRF and eligibility for assistant professor’s post depends on the performance of the candidate in all the three papers of NET. However, candidates qualifying exclusively for an assistant professor are not considered for JRF.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the UGC NET 2017 on Sunday January 22 in 84 subjects in 90 cities across India. Candidates cracking the CBSE UGC NET will be eligible for various Post Graduation level courses including M.Phil and Ph.D being run by more than 740 universities and institutions in the country.
The UGC NET January 2017 had 03 papers/sessions. While First and Second papers was of 100 marks each, the Third paper was of 150 marks. Examination for all three papers were held on the same day i.e. Sunday January 22, 2017.
The First paper had 60 questions (50 questions to be attempted), and from 09:30 am to 10:45 am. The Second paper had 50 questions (all are compulsory) and held from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm. The Third paper, held from 02:00 pm to 04:30 pm on Sunday January 22, 2017, had 75 questions (all are compulsory).
Candidates who have scored at least 55% in their master’s degree are eligible for NET.