Recently I received many requests asking for UGC NET. I also had this in my ‘to write’ list for a long time. I hope this will many students to understand the difference between GATE and NET. On the same time they can take advantage of these exams if possible.
Basically National Eligibility Test (NET) is same as GATE, but for Science and Humanities students for research and teaching possibilities. It is conducted by National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC). On the basis of the results one stand eligible for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).
With the expansion and interdisciplinary research few engineering streams also covered in the span of science, especially computer engineering. Now the test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science. NET is conducted twice in a year generally in the months of June and December.
NET qualified candidates get INR 8000/- for first two years and next three years INR 9000/- . This scholarship is given for research by UGC. This also includes a Contingency grant of INR 10000/- for first two years and 20500/- for remaining period. For more details do pay visit to UGC NET.
Now let’s get into the question is it an alternative for GATE or not. The answer is yes and no. If you are only looking for M.Tech admissions the answer is no and if you are looking for a research position then yes. NET will help you to apply almost all institutes and research centers like CSIR, TIFR, and other institutes apart from IITs and NITs.
If you are eyeing for a research position then I recommend you to look into all competitive exams that can fetch you a scholarship for conducting research. There are many other agencies and industries that give scholarships for research. Do have a look into few good places to do PhD in India for institutes and other details.
Hope this post helped you to understand what is NET exams is and how we can take it a as alternative to GATE exam. Also, I am looking forward to write about research and its futures prospects in India and abroad, but need to make few decisions about publishing.
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