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Have you ever thought why top studied students of post-graduation often try to clear these exams? National Eligibility Test and State Eligibility Test often abbreviated as NET and SET are nowadays students who would like to pursue a career in teaching or forgoing education. You might have seen many students preparing for that or you may be one among them who is planning to prepare for the above. Have you ever confused the difference between the two? Have you ever thought of what is a better choice for you? Well through this article let us discuss the differences between NET and SET and its benefits and tips and tricks to crack the same.
Understanding the NET
National Eligibility Test or is abbreviated as the NET which is conducted by 3 bodies namely University Grants Commission (UGC), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The joint CSIR UGC NET is conducted by the testing agency called National Testing Agency (NTA). The NET has been conducted to filter the students for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship (LS) /Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria laid down by UGC and CSIR and ICAR. The UGC, CSIR and ICAR have specified the subjects for which the NET exam is conducted. Usually, the top ranks in India for the NET exams will come under the JRF category. Others who have crossed the cut off marks will be eligible for the NET. NET has been made a mandatory qualification to be an Assistant Professor at any Indian universities and colleges. Joint CSIR UGC Net will be conducted twice every year.
Understanding the SET
SET on the other hand is the State Eligibility Test or State level Eligibility Test. It is also called as SLET also. It is conducted by each state of India. A SET qualifier will be able to become an assistant professor at the respective state. Even though it says the qualifications of the assistant professor all the states do not recognise the same. In Kerala it is recognised to have the eligibility to teach in the higher secondary schools only not in colleges. So, it depends upon each state and how the eligibility and benefits change. Anyways the SET won’t be used to qualify the eligibility to teach in any other colleges outside the state. SET will adhere to the respective states only. But the eligibility of the SET is under revision as the national policy is at the revamping of making NET as the only minimum qualification to teach in colleges.
NET Vs SET – Quick Comparison
|Abbreviated form National Eligibility Test||Abbreviated form of State Level Eligibility Test|
|Conducted by the UGC, CSIR, ICAR||Conducted by each of the state|
|NET is having the national validity||Having only the state validity|
|Enables one to attain Junior Research Fellowships||No such fellowships are associated|
|Net qualifier will be able to teach in any of the colleges and universities across India||Only the colleges and Universities in the state only|
|Uniform in every state||Varies in every state|
|NET will make one no need of SET||SET qualify does not make one not to qualify NET|
|Net acknowledges every state for college lecturing||Some states won’t allow SET to teach in colleges. They require NET only.|
Hope this article may be enlightening to all the post graduates out there who were in a dilemma regarding the confusion of differentiating NET v SET and those who also don’t know what NET and SET. Understanding the differences and purpose of NET and SET is the first step to study for the exams itself. Study for NET or SET with the resources and mentoring from Entri App and crack the exams with top ranks. Make your seat confirmed in the colleges not for studying but for teaching the upcoming generations the right path. Keep studying, keep winning.