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UGC NET Eligibility: Criteria, Age Limit, and Relaxation Complete Overview

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UGC NET Exam Latest Notification, Eligibility Conditions Described by NTA UGC NET

(i) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science, etc. are eligible for this Test. The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST) / persons with disability (PWD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

(ii) Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of Junior Research Fellowship/Eligibility for Assistant professor only after they have passed their Master’s Degree examination OR equivalent with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC (Non- creamy layer) / SC / ST / PwD (persons with disability) category candidates. Such candidates must complete their P.G degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with the required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

(iii) The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.

(iv) Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. The candidates, whose post-graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects, may appear in a related subject.

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(i) Junior Research Fellowship: Not more than 30 years as on month of examination. A relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on the website: www.ncbc.nic.in ) SC / ST / PWD categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on the production of a certificate from the appropriate authority. Three years of relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing an L.L.M. Degree. A relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces up to the first day of the month in which the concerned UGC-NET is to be held. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.

(ii) Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.


(i) NET/SET/SLET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities / Colleges / Institutions. In this regard, exemption from NET / SET / SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.

(ii) The candidates who have passed the UGC / CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.

(iii) For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st Dec 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st Dec 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the universities / colleges situated in the state from where they have cleared their SET.


The Test will consist of two papers. All the two papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be held in two separate sessions as under:


The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been established by Ministry of Human Resource Development as an independent autonomous, self-reliant and self-sustained premier testing organization; and the conduct of the UGC-NET examination has been entrusted to the NTA by Government of India.

The NTA will conduct the next UGC-NET for ‘only Assistant Professor’ or for ‘both Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’

The test will consist of two papers as given below:

PaperMarksNumber of questions (All are compulsory)Duration/ First shiftDuration/ Second shift
I100501 hour (9.30 am to 10.30 am) 1ST1 hour (2.30 pm to 3.30 pm) 1ST
II2001002 hours (10.30 am to 12.30 pm) 1ST2 hours (3.30 pm to 5.30 pm) 1ST

The Test will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only.

The candidates who desire to appear in the test may see the detailed Information Bulletin for UGC-NET which will be available on the website www.nta.ac.in and www.ntanet.nic.in

The candidates are required to apply online for UGC NET Exams.

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