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Post by anandkrishna on Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:45 pm

This is the reply for the arguments made in favour of those who is waiting for Supreme Court order for getting the certificate of UGC NET June 2012 exam. These arguments were published in blogs as well as facebook groups related with June issue. As usual no healthy comments were made, only cheers, good and thanks as comments which is not helpful in further discussions. So I submit the reply below for your kind consideration.

Your argument No 1

1.UGC must maintain one fixed qualifying criteria because NET is one eligibility testing exam not a competitive exam. In SSC , PUC, Degree passing marks are fixed , it will not vary with number of passing students, it is not like that if peoples score good marks hence this time ssc passing is 70% minimum. If depending on peoples score ugc change passing marks then what ugc do if all score 100%. Is it possible to keep 101% as cut of marks? It must give equal priority to all subjects; it must select equal number of candidates from all subjects for LECT and JRF because growth of country depends on growth of all subjects not on few selected subjects.


NET is an eligibility test. UGC has maintained fixed qualifying criteria at subject level. There is no fixed procedure stated anywhere in norms to conduct an eligibility test. That is, in any rules there is not stated the procedures that to be followed while conducting an eligibility test.  PG and degree or even 10th standard exam may be eligibility test and conducted by putting minimum criteria as for pass just they are following the custom procedure derived out of educational research that in any normal exam, the 50% of total appeared candidates normally will get 40% of total marks. But it has no legal binding or an agency conducting an eligibility exam could not be compelled that “you should follow this procedure”- It is just a customary practice and not legally responsible to follow the same. The agency conducting test (whether it is eligibility or competitive) can decide the procedure of conducting the exam. It means an eligibility test can be conducted by following the rules of a recruitment/competitive test. The filtration process of selecting only the top 15% of candidates from those who secured minimum marks in each paper specified for the respective category is suitable only to a competitive test, but presently applied in NET exam. It is noted that the top 15% criteria is being approved in June 2013 by about 9 lac candidates even including the petitioners for June 2012.

The question what will do if all get 100% and if such happened can 101%? , is absurd because it is only imaginary and practically never occur.
]Then it is stated that equal number of candidates must be selected from all subject so as to maintain growth of country. It is wrong. In subjects like German (code 44) and Spanish (code 40), the total number of candidates appearing is below 100. If all of them are allowed pass means 100 candidates only should be made passed in every subject. For Commerce (code 7) appears a total of nearly one lac candidates. If every subject should be equal rule is followed then in German 100 out of 100 will be passed and in Commerce 100 out of 1 00 000 will be passed so that winning percentage in German is 100% and 0.1% in commerce? Actually it is inequality and badly effect growth of country

Your argument No 2
2. It must give equal priority to all subjects; it must select equal number of candidates from all subjects for LECT and JRF because growth of country depends on growth of all fields not on few selected subjects. UGC must concentrate towards the problem where students are not getting sufficient teaching staffs in few subjects, also in some college because staff running college is becoming very difficult.
                For first part, refer to answer for the above question 1.The problem of not getting sufficient staff for some subjects and enough or more staff in some other subject has derived not by June 2012. It happened due to the old method of conducting descriptive exam, in which scoring 40% in Paper III in some subjects were easy and some others it was difficult. The procedure had been followed from origin of NET to December 2011. Academic world pointed out this problem and so UGC made reforms and made all papers objective to solve the said problem. So from June 2012 onwards, this problem is solved and for June 2012, the top 7% of all appeared in exam, subject to minimum, made passed and top15% from minimum from December 2012 onwards. This can be illustrated as follows

SubjectNo.of candidates in December 2011No.of 45% scored in descriptive paper III (and passed)% of pass
Commerce80 00020 00025%
English20 0002001%

No.of candidates in June 2012No.of passed% of pass
80 00056007%
20 00014007%

No.of candidates in December 2012No.of passed% of pass
80 00052006.5%
20 0001300 6.5%

The above table is an approximate in number of candidates, but it shows accurately how in some subjects there is large number of staff available and how in someother subjects it became short. It was due to taking wrong method of taking all of who get a fixed percentage passed. So to maintain equality in each subject to ratio of total appeared for that subject, there will be different cut off.
 Your argument No3
3. In question paper if students get wrong questions then it is mistake of ugc not students. Hence ugc must award full marks for wrong questions. If all questions are wrong and ugc award no marks then how it is possible to students to score marks. Ugc must accept its mistakes and award full marks to wrong questions.
                Refer minutes in official site, candidates have been awarded fullmarks for wrong/questions. The argument that what will do if all questions are wrong is just imaginary and even a fool can understand it will not happen in any exam.
Your argument No 4
4. Because all subjects are different and level of difficulty is also different. We can’t compare two subjects using common cut off hence UGC must and should use subject wise cut off. If UGC use minimum common marks then no need of using subject wise cut off but if UGC want to use different cut off, higher than minimum cut off then it must calculate different cut off for different subjects. We can’t say science students that because arts student score more than 90% you score 90% because everyone knows the difficulty level of subjects are different.
                This is supporting the argument of taking different cut off. When a common minimum is taken, you can see the problem referred in table, a lot of passed in some subjects and rare in some other occur which will lead to problem you stated in your argument 1 and 2


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Post by anandkrishna on Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:59 pm

Your argument No 5
5. It must bring transparency by following correct order of examination process first displaying provisional key answers and collect objections, Then display final key answers, display candidates marks, display cut off marks and cut off calculated procedure, display provisional candidate list and collect objections, display final result. Otherwise candidates enter confusing state and due to confusion if something happens to candidates how is responsible for that?
                For transparency, the objective mode of evaluation is brought from June 2012 and even the carbon copy of OMR is provided to candidates. The provisional answer keys are published and feed back is collected. During the complaint reporting, not rely the guide you referred which may provide wrong answer, submit the complaint with established publishers and books of famous authors (preferably books having ISBN mark at cover of book
One of the major problems, especially when discussed in facebook, is the perception of individuals. While reading questions and having an individual answered it as right choice with his utmost belief, he/she will stick on it. Following is an example. In December 2012, the question number 20 of General paper in W series with reference to table is as follows:

Government Expenditures on Social Services
(As percent of total expenditure)

. 2009-10
Social Services

20. In which year, the expenditures on the social services have increased at the highest rate?
(A) 2007-08                                                                (B) 2008-09
(C) 2009-10                                                                (D) 2010-11
The answer made by many of the candidates for this question was choice D 2010-11. The provisional and final answer keys the answer was B. Facebook users blamed that UGC even lacks simple mathematics and for UGC 12.94 is greater than 14.02. Thousands of feedback came to correct the answer. But the given answer was right
In question the highest rate was asked. Rate is calculated by
Previous year’s figure X 100
Current year’s figure

= 100
(12.94/11.06)X 100 = 116(13.06/12.94)X100=
* There is no previous year
This no need calculation but the deviation in increase proves the rate is increased in 2008-09 which is B choice and is correct. Most of complaints have came from such ignorance and has been accounted to UGC’s fault.
Once provisional key published and feedback and complaints received, there is no need of publishing final answer key and attending the complaints again oncemore before result. It should be published with result. If all complaints are admitted then a question will have four answers A B C and D. And it will be a never ending process like doubts of students. Suppose you have clearly explained the procedure for making a cup of tea and instructed students to go lab for making it, they all will come. But if you say “any doubts” then one student will stand up and ask “sir….. first we put sugar or tea dust? “ Then there will be a storm of doubts and you can never enter in to the lab.
One more other thing related with this, usually June 2012 petitioners  refers December 2011 exam and argues, there were no change from minimum and like June 2012, the cutoff was not increased like 65% and so on. ( UGC has lessened- it is also a change-the criteria by 5% in December 2011).Like June 2011 descriptive, UGC announced the result and only later published the criteria when mark sheet was uploaded. So that was the procedure of UGC. In june 2012 it was first total objective exam, ugc announced the result and decided to publish the criteria with mark sheet uploading. The continuous calls and confusion came and to reduce the same, they  made a note on the final criteria just after result- So it was for avoiding or minimizing confusion.
Your argument No 6
6. UGC can fix criteria but can't decide cut-off because NET is just an eligibility test. UGC will not be giving us jobs. It'll be the colleges & universities, that will select us & that too after following proper selection procedures. If they found us inefficient, they will not select us. Why UGC is making NET a double filtration process?
                This is against your own argument no 4. You say there needs different cut off for different subjects as difficulty level of subjects are not same.
Teaching is a highly compatible and quality needed profession and UGC is responsible to take measures for keeping quality. So double filtration for NET and triple filtration for JRF


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