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University of Calcutta - Research Eligibility Test (RET), Department of Geology

Department of Geology
Research Eligibility Test (RET)
Applications in plain paper are invited from eligible candidates for RET in Geology, CU as per the format given below (A recent signed passport-size photograph of the candidate to be affixed at the top right hand corner of the application):
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Research Eligibility Test (RET)
Department of Geology

1. Name of the Candidate:  
2. Address for Communication:  
3. Father's Name / Husband's Name:  
4. Contact Telephone Number (s):  
5. Landline:  
6. Mobile:  
7. E-mail:  
8. Date of Birth:  
9. Whether belong to SC/ST or other Reserved Category (specify):  
10. Name of the Last Examination Passed with the Year of Passing:  
  [Educational qualification supported by attested photocopies of testimonials (starting from B.Sc. level), mentioning name of the examination, subjects taken, name of the College/University from where passed, percentage of marks, class/grade point average(where available), year of passing]
11. Whether already qualified at national level tests like NET, GATE, SLET, or have obtained M.Phil, M.Tech etc.:  
  [Provide the name of above examination passed, year of passing, and photocopy of validity period of the score if applicable. Attach attested NET / GATE / SLET / M.Phil. / M.Tech. certificate / Diploma.]
12. Are you currently Employed? Yes/No:  
13. If employed, then provide name & address of the organization, and the present designation held:  
14. Department and Institution / University where the candidate desires to carry out his/her research:  
15. Title and abstract of candidate's M.Sc. / M.Sc. (Tech.) / M.Tech. / M.Phil. Thesis / Dissertation.:  
  [Separate enclosure(s) may be used and properly referred to for the abstract(s)]
16. Preferred discipline of proposed Ph.D. research (Sedimentology, Petrology, Structural Geology, etc) and broad theme of the proposed Ph.D. research (within 250 words):  

Signature of the Candidate:


[Application Fee: Each candidate should apply in the prescribed format by pay in a fee of Rs. 100/- at the cash counter of University of Calcutta. A photocopy of the challan of RET examination- fee deposited by the candidate must be attached to the application of the candidate for the RET].
Please Note:
  • Last date for submission of application by the candidates in plain paper (as per format obtainable in the Department of Geology, University of Calcutta/ or in CU website) to appear in the RET examination to the Head, Department of Geology, University of Calcutta: 29th March, 2019, 3:00 P.M.
  • Date of Commencement of RET (written part): 8th April, 2018 (12:00 Noon to 2:30 P.M.)
  • Declaration of Result (in the Notice Board, Department of Geology, University of Calcutta) showing the names of successful candidates in the written part of RET: 9th April, 2019 (after 5:30 P.M.)
  • Date of Commencement of RET (interview part): 10th April, 2019 (12:00 Noon onwards) for candidates declared successful in the RET (written part) and also for the candidates who have already cleared eligibility tests like NET, GATE, SLET etc., or, having M.Phil., or M.Tech.
  • Declaration of the name(s) of successful candidates in the RET will be displayed in the Notice Board of the Department of Geology, University of Calcutta after due approval of the result by the honorable Vice- Chancellor, C.U.
  • The present maximum intake for Ph.D. is 30 (under the supervision of existing faculty members of Department of Geology, University of Calcutta , and other eligible supervisors) (existing norms of reservation will be follow).
Important Points:
  • RET in Geology will comprise of written examination followed by an interview to be conducted by the Department of Geology, University of Calcutta as per existing CU norms.
  • RET written examination: Candidates who have already passed any national level tests like NET, GATE, SLET or, have obtained M.Phil, or M.Tech, with examination scores valid on the day of holding the RET written examination need not appear again for the written examination. However, those candidates must appear at the interview-part of RET.
    All the questions in the written examination of RET are compulsory. The Full marks of RET will be 50 (fifty).
  • The questions in the written test of RET will comprise two parts:
    Group-A (10 marks): one broad answer type of questions (answer to be given in approx. 250 words)
    Group-B (40 marks): twenty short answer type of questions (each question bears 2 marks)

    All candidates appearing at the RET written part will need to answer these questions. Questions will be set in such a way that the grasp of the candidates in different branches of Earth Sciences could be evaluated.
  • The syllabus for RET written examination will be based on the current M.Sc. (Applied Geology) syllabus of the University of Calcutta, and the current B.Sc. Geology (Honours) syllabus of the University of Calcutta.
  • RET interview: RET Interview will be conducted for the candidates declared successful in the written examination held during the same selection process and also for the candidates successful in the national level tests, or, having M.Phil. or M.Tech (see #2 above) with the result of such tests / degrees / diplomas valid on the day of the written-part of RET.
    Candidates will be interviewed by the members of faculty of the Department of Geology, University of Calcutta, and any other expert(s) invited by the Departmental Committee, to assess the candidate’s ability to perform research-work in the discipline opted by the candidate.
  • Selected candidate(s) will take up doctoral research projects under the guidance of willing supervisor(s) with research interest matching with that of the candidate(s) as mentioned in his/her application for RET. Suitable tagging of candidates with supervisors will be accomplished.
  • The eligibility for appearing at the RET examination is M.Sc. (Geology) or M (Applied Geology) as per existing rule of C.U.
  • The number of vacancy is 30 (reservation rules as per existing CU rules will applicable).
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