National Testing Agency conducts UGC NET Exam twice every year. UGC NET eligibility criteria is determined by University Grants Commission. Candidates who are aspiring to appear for UGC NET exam should know all the details about the eligibility criteria and should ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria otherwise their candidature can be cancelled. UGC NET eligibility is defined under the categories of age limit and educational qualifications. In this article we have explained all the details regarding UGC NET eligibility criteria for the benefit of the candidates.
UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2021
UGC NET Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit
The age limits for Junior Research Fellow and Assistant Professor are different. The details are as follows:
- Junior Research Fellow: The candidate should not be more than 31 years of age.
- Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for the post of Assistant Professor.
There is age relaxation provided to candidates subject to certain conditions. The details are as follows:
|OBC-NC, SC, ST, PwD categories, Transgenders, and Women
|Candidates with research experience
||Age relaxation is equivalent to the number of years spent on research
||Upto 5 years
|Candidates with L.L.M. Degree
The age relaxation shall not exceed 5 years.
UGC NET Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualification
The details of educational qualifications are as follows:
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.
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 JRF/Assistant Professor eligibility 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.
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.
UGC NET Eligibility Criteria: Exemptions for Assistant Professor
NET/SLET/SET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/Institutions. Provided, however, that candidates, who are or have been awarded a Ph. D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2009, shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SLET/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.
The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st June 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.
UGC NET Eligibility Criteria FAQs
Q. What is the upper age limit to be eligible to appear for UGC NET Exam for Junior Research Fellow?
A. The upper age limit for Junior Research Fellow is 31 years of age.
Q. What is the upper age limit to be eligible to appear for UGC NET Exam for Assistant Professor?
A. There is no upper age limit for the post for Assistant Professor.
Q. Can candidates appear for UGC NET Exam in subjects other than the one they specialised in?
A. No, candidates are advised to appear in the same or related subject of their post-graduation only.