As Supreme Court orders declaring the decision of UGC to higher the cutoff this year invalid. The UGC (University Grants Commission) has withdrawn the decision to increase the pass marks for the NET (National Eligibility Test). It's a move that collectively relieved thousands of students.

Based on a petition filed in front of the SC, challenging the recent changes in the NET scores after the Results were announced, the Supreme Court issued its order. The SC has termed the UGCís new norms as invalid as it failed to adhere to policy when announcing the changes and did not give students adequate notice.

Students, who took the exams in June 2012, were informed that the exam cutoff had been increased by 15 percent in order for candidates to obtain lectureships. This new development was announced after the exam Results were declared. As per the earlier norms, General Category candidates had to score 40, 45 and 75 respectively to qualify in the first, second and third papers. OBC (Other Backward Classes) candidates had to obtain 25, 35 and 68 and SC/ ST (Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes) candidates 35, 35 and 60. Students with these marks would have qualified the exam before June, 2012. However, immediately after the Results were announced, the UGC hiked the cutoff by 15 percent in each category.

The UGC was heavily criticized for these changes. As per a source, not a lot of thought has gone into the changes in the cutoffs. The syllabus for both paper two and three is the same, and then UGC did not consider changing the syllabus when they switched the paper format from descriptive to objective. Many have seen it as an attempt to dilute the paperís efficiency.

The student community then approached the Supreme Court by filing an affidavit against the UGC for changing norms post the exam Results. Based on the SC decision, the old scores will be valid for students who appeared for the June, 2012 installment of the exam.

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