UGC awards relaxation to candidates of reserved categories seeking admission in MPhil/PhD
New Delhi, Feb 12: In the backdrop of the continuing protest and hunger strike at JNU against its 2016 admission notification for MPhil/PhD courses at central universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has now announced some relaxation at the preliminary qualifying stage for candidates of reserved categories like SC, ST and OBC.
The JNU administration on Saturday uploaded a Clarification from UGC reg MPhil/PhD procedure on its website.
As per the document, at the preliminary stage out of the 3-stage admission process for MPhil and PhD, reserve categories students will get some relaxation. The preliminary stage is qualifying stage where a student has to earn 50% marks to enter the second stage (Descriptive Written test) and third stage (Viva-voce).
"Preliminary Test will be qualifying in nature and General Category candidates will require 50 percent marks to move to the Part B/C. SC/ST/PwD candidates will get 30 percent relaxation over the qualifying marks (i.e. 35%) and OBC candidates will get 10 percent relaxation over the qualifying marks (i.e. 45%)," said UGC in the clarification.
"Weightage of marks in Part B (descriptive written type) will be 80 percent and Part C (Viva-voce) will be 20 percent," it added.
Around one dozen students are on hunger strike at JNU against the UGC notification.