The UGC NET and KSET are two separate exams, so it’s only logical to think that their syllabus would be too. Although both examinations provide the same job role, the assistant professor or lecturer posts are different. One is conducted on a national level, and the other is on a state level. The UGC NET is not the only NET, and just like KSET is not the only SET exam. NET stands for National Eligibility Test, and SET stands for State Eligibility Test. 

There is an ICAR NET exam, a CSIR NETexam, and many others. The ICAR NET exam stands for the Indian Council of Agriculture and Research. The same goes for SET. There’s KSET, which stands for Karnataka SET exam, and then WB SET, which stands for West Bengal SET exam, and the same goes for all other states.

Today, we will show you some of the differences between the UGC NET exam and the KSET exam pattern, their eligibility, and their syllabus. With that said, let’s begin with their exam pattern.

Differences Between the UGC NET and the KSET Exam Pattern

Check the differences between the exam pattern of UGC NET and KSET in the table below. This will provide you clearity about the exams.

UGC NET has two papers, and both of them have to be completed in 3 hours.KSET also has two papers, but depending on the state authority, both the exams could be held in one stretch or through two different sessions depending on the state authority. Even if the exams are conducted in two separate sessions, they will have to be conducted on the same day.
Paper I carries 100 marks while Paper II carries 200, making a total of 300.Each question carries 2 marks, and there are 150 questions in total. So, the total count is 300.

Differences Between the UGC NET and the KSET Exam Eligibility

The main difference between the exams is eligibility. Check both exam eligibility below.

If you belong to an unreserved category, you will need to have at least a 55% score in your post-graduation from any university recognized by UGC. But for reserved categories, even 50% of the score will suffice.There are no such limitations in KSET. Any candidate with a master’s or an equivalent degree from any university recognized by the UGC can appear for the KSET exam.
For a research fellowship, you cannot be older than 30 years old at the time of your examination. However, there are no such restrictions for Lectureship.There is no age restriction on the KSET exam.

Differences Between the UGC NET and the KSET Exam Syllabus

Check the important difference between the UGC NET and KSET syllabus for the preparation.

Being a national-level examination, NET is conducted on a broader scale. But out of all the candidates who appear for the examination, only 5% of people actually pass the examination.It is on a smaller scale as it is a state-level examination and the number of candidates clearing out of the examination is higher than that of NET.
It is conducted twice every year.It is conducted only once every year.
If you are qualified, you could appeal for a teaching role in any college or university in the country.Qualified candidates can only apply to colleges and universities owned by the state for the position of teaching.

As you can see, there is no significant difference between UGC NET and KSET apart from the fact that one is a national-level examination and the other is a state-level examination.