Admission in PhD Courses Gets Tougher | Here is the Reason Why

Admission in PhD will now get tougher as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has uploaded a new set of regulations for enrolling students for the program. The new regulations of UGC have been set in a way by segregating enrollment into three different categories. Also for admissions in the PhD courses, National Eligibility Test (NET) or State Eligibility Test (SET) or SLET are set as mandatory criteria.

UGC criteria for PhD admissions

As per the new regulations drafted by UGC, enrollment in the PhD courses will only be done category wise.

Category I: This is the category for those universities that are having the accreditation by NAAC with 3.5 scores and above or have been ranked amongst the top 50 government institutions of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for consecutive two years.

Category II: Any university that has the NAAC accreditation with a 3.01 to 3.49 score or has been ranked amongst 51 to 100 government colleges of NIRF for two consecutive years.

Category III: Under this category, only those students can enrol in the PhD courses who have cleared their either National Eligibility Test (NET) or States Eligibility Test (SET) or SLET. Universities that doesn’t fall under the category I and II will be considered in the third category.

The new regulations have been drafted by UGC now and it has been sent to all stakeholders for their feedbacks and amendments regarding the proposed regulations by the end of June. Other than these, the new;y drafted guidelines also have regulations on the norms and procedure to hire foreign faculty, linking autonomy with ranking or coming up with new campuses anywhere across India.

What are all eligibility test to be qualified for PhD admissions

Now, when UGC is setting guidelines for the admissions in the PhD courses, various national and state level eligibility tests are also being made mandatory. UGC NET is National Eligibility Test takes to determine the eligibility of the candidate for the college and university-level lectureship other than Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) while SET is a state-level test accredited by UGC for eligibility of assistant professors.

Let’s see when these new guidelines for the admission in PhD courses get finalised to be implemented across all educational institutes in India. But for sure will make the enrollment tougher for the candidates.


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