In accordance with the guidelines of the U.G.C., the Government of Maharashtra, Higher & technical education & employment department by their resolution No. UGC-1391/2066/VS-4, date: July 14, 1994, have nominated the University of Pune as the State Agency for conducting the State Eligibility Test (SET).
The U.G.C. has accredited the Maharashtra SET examinations being held by the University of Pune as the State Agency of the Government of Maharashtra and at the Government of Goa.
Unlike the NET/UGC-CSIR combined to test the candidates who qualify for the Maharashtra SET are only eligible for being selected as Assistant Professor and not for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).
As per UGC guidelines, after June 2002, SET qualified candidates shall be eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the Universities/Colleges belonging to the same state whose SET Examination they have cleared.
Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test for Assistant Professor will be conducted in 2 papers.
Candidates should have to appear for Both papers. The final result will be based on marks obtained in both papers.
The examination will be conducted as on Multiple Choice Question (MCQS) mode on Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet.
The Examination will be conducted in Both English and Tamil language. Each question carries 2 marks and candidates should have to attend all the questions in the booklet.
No negative marks will be allotted. This table gives more clarification about TNSET Exam Pattern.
Government of India Notification dated 22nd July 1988 regarding revised pay scales stated that only those candidates who, besides fulfilling the minimum academic qualifications prescribed for the post of Assistant Professor / Lecturer, have qualified in a comprehensive test, to be specifically conducted for the purpose, will be eligible for appointment of Assistant Professor / Lecturer.
UGC has recommended the introduction of test at entry level (Assistant Professor / Lecturer) in consultation with academicians and State education secretaries.
Accordingly, the UGC conducted the test for Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for Assistant Professor / Lectureship on 24thDecember 1989 and 29thApril 1990 in the subjects falling under Humanities and Social Science including languages.
The CSIR conducted the Joint UGC-CSIR test for JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor / Lectureship on 31st December 1989.
Simultaneously, the UGC asked the State Government and Union Territories about their option to conduct their own test or alternatively, adopt UGC and UGC/CSIR test.
In the event that they opt to conduct their own test equivalent to UGC and UGC/CSIR tests, such tests shall require accreditation by the UGC.
The Commission at its meeting held on 25th May 1990 decided to constitute a UGC Committee on accreditation of test to be conducted by State Committee and Union Territories. This committee is designated as U-CAT.`
The test conducted by UGC and UGC/CSIR is referred as the National Eligibility Test (NET) while the equivalent test conducted by the State government is called State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) or State Eligibility Test (SET).
Gujarat Government decided, in principle, to conduct SET vide Government of Gujarat Education Department Resolution No MIS-1092-New Item-10-dated 31/8/98.