The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) on July 8. This year, the exam was held across 91 cities in the country in 84 different subjects and a total of 11,48,235 candidates registered for NET. The number increased compared to the previous examinations. Soon, after the exams were over, many students took to Twitter to complain about the lack of time they faced during UGC NET 2018 due to lengthy paper I.
Amidst severe rainfall in Mumbai, the exams were conducted at all the centres smoothly. Both CBSE and the schools were worried about some centres located in areas prone to waterlogging. However, the NET aspirants faced lack of time at the exam centres while answering Paper I. The first paper was a general paper, and as per students reaction, it appears that the questions were easy but lengthy at the same time.
Students request to increase the time duration in UGC NET Paper I.
Thank you sir.
— Avaneet Singh (@avaneetofficial) July 9, 2018
Few recommended extending the time to at least 15 minutes more.
— Tapeshwar Bhardwaj (@imtaps) July 8, 2018
Revisit the decision and increase the time limit in Paper I.
Sir and Mam, i have appeared in the UGC NET JULY 2018 exam today and reducing the time in 1st paper was made a chaos among students to complete the whole paper.
— Revantchoudhary (@revantsau) July 8, 2018
There have been significant changes in the UGC NET 2018 exams. First, this year, there were two objective type papers; Paper I of General Nature and Paper II from the subject opted by candidates among 84 subjects. Earlier there used to be three papers with Paper II and III from the subject selected by the aspirants. Second, the duration of Paper I was reduced from 1 and a half hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes to solve 50 questions in paper I. For Paper II students were given 2 hours to answer the questions.
With the revised policy, the National Testing Agency will be conducting the UGC NET. As the exams are over, students wait eagerly for the answer keys. Taking a look at the past instances, it is speculated that the CBSE will release the response sheets (OMR) and the answer keys of all the papers on cbsenet.nic.in in August 2018. About 2,082 exam centres hosted the UGC NET 2018 exams this year.