Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey announced on the floor of the Rajya Sabha that Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will continue to conduct the National Eligibility Test (NET) exam for candidates having post graduate qualification to make them eligible for an assistant professorship or junior research fellowship in various universities in India.
NET is held two times in a year, July and December.
Mahendra Nath Pandey said, “As per directions of the Ministry of HRD, the CBSE has been conducting NET examination and there is no proposal at present to entrust the responsibility of conducting the exam through any other mechanism.”
The minister also confirmed that CBSE is proposing to conduct NET exam only once in a year as there is a poor response to the test. Last year itself, CBSE had approached the HRD Ministry and expressed its inability to conduct the exam due to capacity crunch and that it was overburdened with other tests like JEE-Main and NEET.
However, in April this year, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is said to have cleared the uncertainty over NET saying the text will be held by the CBSE. As such, the July exam was pushed to November this year.