NET (National Eligibility Test)

NTA (National Testing Agency) Conducts, The National Eligibility Test (NET), also known as UGC NET or NTA-UGC-NET, is the test for determining the eligibility for the post of Assistant Professor and/or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) award in Indian universities and colleges.
The exam is biannually held in 3rd Week of June and 2nd Week of December conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency) on behalf of UGC. NTA UGC-NET exam is essentially required for pursuing higher order research in University departments/Institutes of National Importance/National Laboratories and Institutes of CSIR in various fields of Science & Technology. Those who qualify UGC-NET exam are awarded either a JRF or Lectureship on qualifying the NET exam.

Educational Qualification For NTA UGC NET

Here are some particular educational requirements that a candidate must fulfil in order to appear for the UGC NET Exam. Such as:

  • 1.   55% aggregate marks (without rounding off) in master’s degree or Equivalent Degree - For General/General EWS Category Candidates
  • 2.  50% aggregate marks (without rounding off) in master’s degree or Equivalent Degree - For ST/SC/OBC/ PWD/ Transgender Candidates
  • 3.   Ph.D. degree holders whose master’s level examination has been completed by 19th September 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks for appearing in NET.
Important Note –

Candidates pursuing a master’s degree or equivalent exam or the candidate who have appeared for the final year exam of their PG degree, but their results are still awaited can apply for the UGC NET Exam.
However, such students will not be considered for the Award of Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship. They are required to pass the master’s degree with required percentage criteria within 3 years of UGC NET Result declaration date. Else, they'll be disqualified.
Candidates with a post-graduate degree/diploma/certificate from a foreign university/institute should ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree/certificate with a degree from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in New Delhi in their own interest.

Age Limit for NTA UGC NET

To understand the age limit criteria of UGC National Eligibility Test 2020 in a better way, Learning Power has come up with the following visual description.

  •   The candidates who are applying for the Junior Research Fellowship Awards, must not be more than 30 years of age.
  •   There are no upper age limit criteria for the post of an Assistant Professor.
Age Relaxation

University Grant Commission provides some relaxation in upper age limit for NTA UGC NET aspirants. Like:

Category Age Relaxation
OBC, ST, SC, PWD, Transgender and Women Applicants. 5 years
Research Experience (only if the certificate is produced by appropriate university or institute) 5 years
L.L.M. Degree 3 years
Armed Forces 5 years
NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern

NTA UGC NET Exam will be conducted in online mode to determine the candidate’s eligibility for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Assistant Professor only posts in Indian Universities and Colleges. It will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT) consisting of two papers, i.e., Paper I and II conducted in a single session (No break between Paper 1 & Paper 2). Candidates are required to appear for both the papers in order to be eligible for JRF and Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor only.

Session Paper Number of Questions (All are compulsory) Marks Duration
Single (No break between Paper 1 & Paper 2) I 50 100 1 Hour
II 100 200 2 Hour
Total 150 300 3 Hour
  • In Paper-I, the questions will be generic in nature, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.
  • There will be no negative marking.
  • All Questions are compulsory
  • Both the papers will consist of only objective type questions (MCQs).
Benefits of Qualifying CSIR NET/JFR
  1. UGC NET-JRF qualification is now mandatory to Teach in any University/college in India.
  2. Students who qualify as JRF are also eligible for lectureship.
  3. JRF qualification is considered more prestigious than NET
  4. You are not required to give the written test when applying for M.Phil.
  5. You can apply for PhD, otherwise many universities don’t allow for PhD if you do not have JRF.
  6. If you do PhD or M.Phil. then you get a monthly stipend of around 25000–30000 with JRF.
  7. While you are pursuing M.Phil. you can also teach in a college with JRF.
Opportunities after qualifying NTA UGC NET Exam

For your bright future there are following opportunities -

  •   Become a Researcher
  •   Get a Doctorate Degree
  •   Get a Job in PSUs such as IOCL, BHEL, HPCL, NTPC etc.
  •   Become a Consultant
  •   Apply for the Government Jobs
  •   Become a Writer or Editor of Books
  •   Become a Trainer to Students
  •   Program Executive
  •   Transmission Executive
  •   Center Manager
  •   IP Lead
  •   Lab Trainer
  •   Guest Faculty
  •   Coaching Tutor – Online or Offline

Contact Us

Head Office


E2/259, 2nd Floor, Near Shastri Nagar Metro Station Gate No. 2 Shastri Nagar,
New Delhi - 110052

Branch Office


C-7/188, Sector-7, Near Rohini East Metro Station, Rohini, New Delhi, 110085