University Grants Commission determines the eligibility criteria for candidates. UGC NET 2021 Eligibility criteria is different for JRF and Assistant Professorship. During the time of online application form filling, candidates have to specify in the application form whether they want to apply only for “Assistant Professor” or both “Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor”.
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Before applying for UGC NET 2021, candidates must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility for the test.
UGC NET 2021 eligibility criteria in terms of academic requirement, age limit, and reservation are explained below:
Candidates securing at least 55% marks in their Master’s Degree or equivalent from recognized universities in Humanities (including languages), Social Science, Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science, etc. are eligible for this test.
UGC NET 2021 Age Limit and Relaxation for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorship are given below:
NET/ SET/ SLET is the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professorship in Indian Universities and Colleges. However, certain exemptions from NET/ SET/ SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.
Ques. What is the minimum qualification for appearing in UGC NET 2021 for candidates of unreserved category?
Ans. 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 exam.
Ques. What is the minimum qualification for appearing in the National Eligibility Test for candidates of reserved category/ PWD candidates?
Ans. Candidates belonging to OBC non-creamy layer/ Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ persons with disability (PwD) category have to obtain at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination to be eligible for this exam.
Ques. Are candidates who have appeared in their qualifying exam but waiting for the result eligible for UGC NET 2021?
Ans. Yes, candidates who are waiting for the final result or whose exam is postponed or final year students are eligible for the exam. After the conclusion of the exam or during the time of admission candidates have to show the proof of their qualifying exam’s final result, not doing so could lead to the cancellation of their candidature.
Ques. Can applicants appear in a subject other than the one in which they specialized in post-graduation?
Ans. No, candidates are advised to appear in the same or related subject of their post-graduation only. The exam is conducted for 81 subjects or specializations. Candidates can check the list of the subjects and can apply according to that. Read UGC NET Syllabus
Ques. Are B.Tech graduates eligible for the UGC NET Exam?
Ans. B.Tech. graduates are eligible for CSIR NET and not UGC NET. They can apply only for JRF though and must have 55% minimum in their final results.
Ques. What is the age limit to apply for the NET exam?
Ans. There is no age limit for applying for NET exam if you are applying for assistant professor only. For JRF, the candidate can be maximum of 30 years. Check the entire eligibility criteria here.
Ques. Is an LLB pass-out student eligible for the UGC NET?
Ans. LLB pass-outs are not eligible for the UGC NET as LLB is a bachelor’s degree. The minimum qualification required is post-graduation in the subject for appearing in this exam.
Ques. How many attempts are there for UGC net and Jrf?
Ans. For JRF, the candidate can have 3 attempts. However there is no age or number of attempts limit for UGC NET assistant professor posts.
Ques. Is a master's from IGNOU eligible for the NET exam?
Ans. Yes, a master’s from IGNOU is also eligible for the NET exam provided they have 55% in their aggregate as this is a central government approved university.
Ques. Can an arts student apply for the JRF NET?
Ans. Yes, students belonging to any art stream for which JRF recruitment is done through NET can apply for the exam.
Ques. What is the difference between JRF and NET?
Ans. JRF is a Junior Research Fellowship which is awarded to research scholars who are recruited through the NET exam or National Eligibility Test.
Ques. Am I eligible for UGC even after getting a compartment?
Ans. No, you will not be eligible for UGC NET after getting a compartment as the minimum required marks to be considered is 55% aggregate at post-graduation level.
Ques. What subject should I select for UGC CBSE NET?
Ans. The subject you completed your post-graduation in is the one that should be selected for UGC CBSE NET.
Ques. How many times can we attempt the UGC NET exams?
Ans. There is no limit to the number of times you can attempt the UGC NET exam for assistant professor posting. But for JRF, you can attempt only three times.
Ques. What happens after you clear UGC NET & JRF?
Ans. Once you clear NET and JRF, you have 2 years validity of the score for applying to colleges for research fellowship. The score has lifelong validity if you want to apply as an assistant professor. When you have JRF ranking, you can directly apply for fellowship and research at colleges and do not have to sit for the written test.
Ques. Can science students appear in the CBSE UGC-NET?
Ans. No, science students cannot appear for CBSE UGC NET which is only for humanities subjects. For science students, there is a separate NET which is the CSIR NET. You can learn more about it here.
Ques. Is the CTET compulsory after the UGC NET exam?
Ans. CTET and NET are two different exams and mutually exclusive of each other. While CTET/TET is conducted for recruiting teachers for classes 1-8, NET is for recruiting assistant professors in college and JRF candidates. If you want to apply for school teacher jobs at government schools after qualifying Net, you have to appear for the CTET /TET exam too. Your NET score holds no value for school service recruitment. You can learn more about CTET here.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.