The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research. The Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the UGC-CSIR NET for other Science subjects, namely, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences jointly with the UGC. The tests are conducted twice in a year generally in the months of June and December. For candidates who desire to pursue research, the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is available for five years subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. UGC has allocated a number of fellowships to the universities for the candidates who qualify the test for JRF. The JRFs are awarded to the meritorious candidates from among the candidates qualifiying for eligibility for lectureship in the NET. JRFs are available only to the candidates who opt for it in their application forms.
The test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. The Government of India, through its notification dated 22nd July, 1988 entrusted the task of conducting the eligibility test for lectureship to UGC. Consequently, UGC conducted the first National Eligibility Test, common to both eligibility for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship in two parts, that is, in December 1989 and in March , 1990.
1.What is UGC NET/JRF Exam?
2.Who can apply?
3.Age limit and fees?
4.Exam structure, passing marks, cutoff marks
5.Strategy, Studyplan, Booklist Answerkey with explanation
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What is UGC NET/JRF Exam?
Each year, twice UGC conducts the exams of JRF/NET. It’s an eligibility test for those who want to become
- Junior research fellows (= can do research with monthly stipend ₹ 25,000/- per month approx.)
- Assistant professors (=can do job with starting salary ₹ 76,000 per month approx.)
- however certain universities require both NET certificate as well as Ph.D completion for appointment)
Who can apply?
Those who completed or soon to complete Masters (Post graduation) with minimum:
- 55% for unreserved category
- 50% for SC, ST, OBC and PH
Age limit and fees?
|Asst. professor||No age limit||No age limit||No age limit|
|Fees||Rs.600/-||Rs. 300/-||Rs. 150/-|
Applications are filled up online. Exam is conducted offline (pen and paper based test)
- There is no interview
- There is no descriptive paper
- Only three MCQ papers on same day
|Paper||Syllabus||Total no. of MCQs||Total Marks||Min. Passing marks for General||Min. passing marks for SC, ST, PH||Negative marking?|
||60 (you’ve to tick only 50)||100||40||35||
|Optional Subject selected by you e.g. philosophy, political science etc.||50 (All compulsory)||100||40||35||no|
|Optional Subject selected by you e.g. philosophy, political science etc.||75 (all compulsory)||150||75||60||no|
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