The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the largest exam-conducting body, is now
in charge of National Eligibility Test (NET).
The CBSE that already conducts Classes 10th & 12th Board examinations for its associate
schools, pre-medical entrance exam, joint engineering entrance (main) and central teacher's
eligibility test will now become the biggest exam-conducting body worldwide.
The number of CBSE applicants is set to cross 65 lakh in a year.
While University Grants Commission (UGC) failed to carry out the test hassle-free, with the
HRD ministry's permission, the responsibility got transferred to the CBSE to carry out the test.
NET is conducted twice a year for grant of junior research fellowship and eligibility for assistant
professor in institutes of higher learning.
In a year, the CBSE has been conducting diverse qualifying, eligibility and entrance exams for
over 63 lakh students. With NET, its number is expected to go beyond 65 lakh.
UGC conducted National Eligibility Test on June 29 this year where over 33,000 candidates
appeared for the examination. The number of examinees this year was up by 25 per cent from
that of the test carried out in December 2013. Source: Agency.