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The number of NET aspirants is less than last year. The earlier test was held in December 2012 and 17,200 applied for it. This time, total candidates registered for the test are 15,554. This means that the figure of aspirants has gone down by 1,646, because of new qualifying criteria. Earlier, one should have obtained 40 per cent each in Paper I and II and 50 per cent (general category) to qualify NET, now one needs to secure place in the list of top 15 per cent candidates to qualify it.
As many as 15,554 candidates will take to National Eligibility Test (NET) 2013 to be conducted by the University Grants Commission in the city on June 30.
The process of filling online application forms ended in April and the last date for submission of online application forms was May 6. The students will take to the test in 51 subjects within jurisdiction of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.
The highest number of candidates (1561) are attempting the eligibility test in English literature followed by Education (1372) and Marathi (1319).
NET coordinator Dr Hameed Khan said that those candidates who filled online application forms but did not submit its hard copies with their centres will also be allowed to take the test.
"Such students will have to bring admit cards and a hardcopy online application form with them while coming to appear for the test. They will also have to bring at least one photo ID (PAN card, Voters ID Card or Aadhar Card) at the centre," he said.