UGC NET Examination 2018 Analysis
UGC NET Examination 2018 – The National Testing Agency (NTA) successfully kick-started the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) 2018 from December 19. Previously, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) used to hold the NET Examination. From this year onwards, the NTA is organising the examination, which is a computer-based test. This year, more than 1.8 lakh candidates had registered for the NET examination, according to the Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar.
Lauding the NTA for the smooth conduct of the first UGC-NET Examination on December 19 through his Twitter message, stating that India had forayed into the new online transparent examination system, the NET Examination was held in two shifts on day one. As per the Minister, the examination of NET was held at a total of 738 centres across the country for which 1, 83,803 candidates had registered. The examination was conducted for over two days now and each day had a couple of shifts to accommodate a large number of candidates. On day one first shift, a total of 91, 279 candidates were scheduled to sit for examinations across 366 centres pan India, while on the second shift saw 92, 524 candidates expected to appear for the examination across 372 centres. On an average, a total of 65.3% candidates appeared in the examination on the first day, and 72.8% candidates sat for the examination on the second day, Javadekar said.
Javadekar Tweeted: “Congratulations National Testing Agency for completing UGC-NET Examination successfully. India enters new online transparent examination system. #TransformingIndia #TransformingEducation #NewIndia @PIB_India @MIB_India @UGC_India.”
Earlier, the CBSE was conducting the UGC NET Examinations. This is the first time that the NTA is holding the UGC-NET examination. The examination pattern is the same as that of CBSE’s, but the first ever NET conducted by NTA is online. The NTA was set up to make the examination system in India more ‘transparent and secure’, the statement issued by the MHRD said.
The NTA has been formed as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organisation to hold entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions and to assess the competence of candidates for admissions and recruitment has always been the challenge regarding matching with research-based international standards, efficiency, transparency and error-free delivery. The NTA is entrusted to address all such issues using best in every field, from test preparation, to test distribution and to test marking.
NTA was set up with the following objectives:
- To conduct efficient, transparent and international standards tests to assess the competency of candidates for admission and recruitment purposes
- To undertake research on educational, professional and testing systems to identify gaps in the knowledge systems and take steps for bridging them
- To identify experts and institutions in setting examination questions
- To produce and disseminate information and research on education and professional development standards