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UGC-NET 2024: Why did Education Ministry cancel the exam? Explained

To ensure transparency and sanctity of the examination process, the Ministry of Education has decided to cancel the NET UG 2024 exam. As per the new update, the exam will be conducted again.

Written By: Nidhi Mittal @nidhi_mittal09 New Delhi Updated on: June 20, 2024 13:33 IST
UGC NET 2024 new exam dates soon
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The Ministry of Education cancelled the CUET NET exam, a day after it was conducted. The decision was taken after reports emerged that the integrity of the exam may have been compromised. The decision follows a massive controversy surrounding the NEET entrance exam, which is currently under Supreme Court review.

Why UGC NET was cancelled?

The education ministry has decided to cancel the exam due to concerns over its integrity, based on certain inputs on the exam from the National Cyber Crime Threat Analytics Unit of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (14C), which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs. These inputs prima-facie indicate that the integrity of the aforesaid examination may have been compromised," a senior official said, as per news agency PTI. This comes amid the NEET exam controversy over grace marks and paper leaks. The education ministry assured that it would investigate the alleged irregularities in the NEET UG 2024 exam.

UGC NET 2024 exam new dates soon

The National Eligibility Test (NET) was conducted on June 18 in offline mode, using pen and paper format mode, wherein, approximately 81 per cent of candidates appeared for the exam conducted in 317 cities across the country. In a statement, the Ministry of Education said that a fresh schedule of the exam will be released separately. Simultaneously, the matter is being handed over to CBI for thorough investigation.

What is UGC NET?

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts UGC NET to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ as well as ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian Universities and Colleges.  The entrance exam is conducted twice every year (June and December). The eligibility for a research fellowship and assistant professor depends on the candidate's performance in paper 1 and paper 2. Those who qualify for Assistant Professorship are not eligible to be considered for the award of JRF.

Candidates who qualify for the eligibility test for Assistant Professorship are governed by the rules and regulations of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments, as the case may be for the recruitment of Assistant Professors.

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