Introduction to MAHARASHTRA SET

University of Pune conducts the State Eligibility test for Assistant Professor [ A.P. ] post.

The exam is conducted twice a year in June/July and December/January.

The SET exam is conducted in languages, management, social science subjects and Engineering graduation or post graduation isn’t included in this.

How to Prepare with

Paper I: General Aptitude and Teaching research


This paper doesn’t have any negative markings for wrong answer. The question are on teaching and research, pedagogy, general knowledge based questions. They can be answered if you know about points like:

  • Research – What is research ? Steps in Research.
  • Communication
  • Teaching – learning process
  • Teaching aids
  • Evaluation systems
  • Thesis writing, dissertation.

Other topics and suitable links:


English link
Numerical aptitude link
Data interpretation link
Comprehension link
Environment link

Subject Specific:

The questions are MCQ’s with no negative marking for wrong answers. The basic material for study can be seen from below links. However the level of questions is of post graduate nature and hence the below material can’t be the only source of information.


History link
Public Administration link
Geography link
Political Science link

Introduction to MAHARASHTRA-SET


University Grants Commission has allowed state governments to conduct the State eligibility exam for appointment to Assistant Professorship in State colleges.


University of Pune conducts SET exam in Maharashtra. Candidates who clear SET are eligible for Assistant Professorship only in that respective state. They are not eligible for Junior research Fellowship.




SET is conducted for following subjects only:


Marathi, Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Urdu


History, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Defence & strategic Studies, Home Science, Library & Information Science, Journalism and Mass Communication, Social Work,


Public Administration,


Mathematical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physics, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Geography, Computer Science & Application, Electronic Science, Forensic Science, Commerce, Law,


Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management), Education & Physical Education.




Number of Question
I 100 60  out  of  which  50
question to be attempted
1 hour 15 min
II 100 50 compulsory questions 1 hour 15 min
III 150 75 compulsory questions 2 hours 30 mins

Paper I: Teaching and research aptitude [Objective]

Paper II: Subject specific [Objective]

Paper III: Subject specific [Objective]


Note: No negative marking for wrong answers


Passing Marks


Paper I
Paper II
Paper III
General 40% 40% 50%
OBC/SC/ST/PWD 35% 35% 40%

A merit list will be prepared of those who have obtained minimum marks as above. Then the top 15% of those shall be eligible for Assistant Professors.


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