Over 30,000 apply for 1,242 assistant professorships in Karnataka

More than 30,000 eligible candidates applied for 1,242 assistant professorships. The Department of College Education had issued a notification to fill vacancies for assistant professors in government university colleges in October 2021.

As per the notification, the entrance exams for the recruitment of assistant professor positions were scheduled for December 2021. The exams were postponed as Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), the nodal agency in charge of conducting the exam, was busy assigning places to various professionals. Classes.

According to KEA sources, the highest number of applications were received for the Kannada and History subjects. “We cannot give an exact breakdown of applications received by subject, but the maximum number of applications was received for History and Kannada subjects,” a KEA official said.

The number of applicants could have increased further had it not been for the mandatory NET/KSET or PhD rule.

Indeed, 3,900 assistant professor positions are vacant. But the college education department only received approval for 1,242 finance department positions this year.

Out of 1,242 positions, 145 have been left vacant since 2015 due to lack of availability of eligible candidates and the remaining 1,097 positions are sanctioned for the current year.

The recruitment covers 25 subjects, including economics (72 vacancies), Kannada (105), history (108), political science (96), commerce (171), physics (74), chemistry (82), Botany (51) and English (34) among others.

The 5% of sanctioned positions will be filled by the Department’s Group “C” cadre.

In the written test, it is mandatory for the applicants to pass the Kannada and English language exams to get the eligibility. “This compulsory paper process in Kannada and English will filter more applicants,” say the aspirants.

Additionally, applicants will be asked to write descriptive responses in both Kannada and English. The other subjects will only have multiple-choice questions and there will be a negative mark (-ve) for wrong answers.

Nominations will be made on the basis of the candidates’ performance in the written test. The salary range will be according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) between Rs 57,700 and Rs 1,82,400.

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