JKSET 2021- Eligibility, Cut-off, Exam Pattern, Counselling, Selection Process

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Apr 15, 2021

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Jammu and Kashmir State Eligibility Test (JKSET) is a state-level examination conducted by the University of Kashmir. It is conducted once every year to recruit suitable candidates for the designation of Lecturers and Assistant Professors. This examination is conducted for a total of 37 diverse subjects.

SET stands for State Eligibility Test which is conducted by the various States of India to test the competency of various applicants.

  • It is intended to enable opportunities as assistant professors and Junior research fellows in Government-run colleges wherein they can work as faculty members.
  • One important point to keep in mind is that an aspirant clearing a particular SET is eligible for fellowship in that particular State only. Applying in other states would require either NET or SET of that particular State.
  • States that conduct their particular SET exam are:
    • Jammu & Kashmir.
    • Maharashtra and Goa.
    • Tamil Nadu.
    • Andra Pradesh.
    • Madhya Pradesh.
    • Himachal Pradesh.
    • West Bengal.
    • Rajasthan.
    • Karnataka.
    • North-Eastern States and Sikkim (NE-SLET)

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JKSET Eligibility Criteria

JKSET 2020 Eligibility criteria

Before applying for the JKSET 2020, the candidate must carefully align with the eligibility criteria to avoid the rejection of their applications.

The Eligibility norms for JKSET 2020 are:

  • The candidate must have accomplished the UGC examination from a recognized University.
  • The candidate belonging to General Category must possess a Master’s degree with a minimum aggregate of 55 percentile marks while for a candidate of Reserved Category, a relaxation of 5% is given.
  • Candidates who have previously cleared either of SLET/NET/CSIR JRF/ UGC exams need not appear for the JKSET 2020.
  • This exam is not limited to the Jammu and Kashmir residents only. Candidates from any scope of the country can apply.
  • There is no upper age limit placed for this examination.
  • Candidates should apply for that particular subject that they pursued during their Post-Graduation.
  • Candidates in the final year of their Master’s degree are also eligible to apply.
Reservation of Seats JKSET

Reservation of Seats for JKSET 2020

The reservation of seats for various categories has been listed below for JKSET-2020. Candidates must apply by their respective categories.

Name of The Category Reservation
General 67
SC 6
Children of Gujar & Bakerwals(CGB) 8
Differently-abled (PWD) – not less than 40% disability 2
Weak & Under Privileged Class/Social Caste (WUP) 3
Residents of Actual Line of Control (ALC) 2
Residents of Backward Area (RBA) 12
JKSET Application Form

JKSET 2020 Application Form

The candidates filling the JKSET form should keep in mind, the following points:

  • The candidates must visit the site of the University of Kashmir for regular updates about important notices.
  • While filling the application form, candidates are required to have an email address and a mobile number. Personal and professional details should be accurate.
  • They should have scanned images of their signature and a passport-sized photograph as they would be required to upload them while filling out the application form.
  • While opting for the subject in the application form, candidates should opt for that particular subject that they are pursuing a Master’s Degree in and choose the exam center best suited for their convenience.
  • Failure in the submission of application fees would result in rejection of the application.
  • The images to be uploaded should be of either JPG/JPEG/PNG format with a maximum size of 500kb.
  • The application fees of JKSET 2020 are as follows:
Category Fees
General category Rs. 1000/-
RBA (Residents of Backward Area)/ ALC (Resident of Area Adjoining to Actual Line of Control ) Category Rs. 800/-
WUP Category Rs. 700/-
SC/ST/CGB/PWD Category Rs. 650/-

JKSET 2020 Subjects

The annual exam conducted by The University of Kashmir is offered for a total of 37 subjects. These subjects are:

Chemical Sciences Arab Culture & Islamic Studies Dogri
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Arabic Economics
Life Sciences Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian, & Peace Studies Education
Mathematical Sciences Commerce Electronic Science
Physical Sciences Computer Science & Applications English
Environmental Sciences Sanskrit Music
Geography Punjabi Mass Communication & Journalism
Hindi Psychology Management
Urdu Political Science Linguistics
Sociology Physical Education Library & Information Science
Social Work Philosophy Law
Sanskrit Persian Home Science
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JKSET Exam Pattern

JKSET 2020 Exam Pattern

  • English is the medium of language in which an exam is conducted.
  • JK SET comprises three papers namely- Paper I, Paper-II, and Paper III.
  • All the questions in the exam are multiple-choice based questions.
  • The questions in each paper carry 2 marks.
  • The duration and quantity of questions in each paper are mentioned below:
Paper Number of Questions Total Marks Duration
Paper-I 60 100 1 Hour 15 minutes
Paper-II 50 100 1 Hour 15 minutes
Paper-III 75 150 2 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Paper I consists of 60 questions out of which 50 are to be attempted.
  • Paper-II 7 III consists of 50 & 75 questions respectively, all of which are compulsory.
  • There is no negative marking for any of the questions in the Papers.
  • The mode of conduction for JKSET is offline only.
  • The syllabus for each paper varies for the particular subject that the candidate opts for.
  • For comprehensive information about the syllabus for any particular subject, visit the University’s official website.
  • In all, there are 37 subjects and 1 general paper to choose from. The questions are entirely based upon the relevance of the subject.

JKSET 2020- Cut-off for different categories

  • For candidates belonging to General Category, the minimum marks required for considering him/her for eligibility for Assistant Professor are 40% in each of Paper-I, Paper-II, and Paper-III.
  • For candidates belonging to ST/OBC/SC/PWD Category, the minimum marks required for considering him/her for eligibility for Assistant Professor are 35% in each of Paper-I, Paper-II, and Paper-III. This is due to a relaxation of 5% provided for these categories.
JKSET Preparation Tips

JKSET 2020 Preparation Tips

A structured approach is necessary to prepare for such a crucial examination. Following are some of the tips that should be of aid while preparing for JKSET 2020-

  • Formulate a comprehensive study pattern and follow it strictly.
  • While covering a particular topic, write shorthand notes about important points for future reference.
  • For better and retentive understanding, revision of every aspect should be done regularly.
  • Solve previous year papers with their respective time limits to derive your efficiency.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle as a sound mind resides in a sound body.
  • Follow the recent trends and updates in the subjects as they might be more likely to be asked in the exam.
JKSET Selection Process

JKSET 2020 Selection Process

The selection of ideal candidates through JKSET involves the following steps:

  • JK SET application form: The candidates are primarily required to fill the application form of JKSET available on the University’s official website.
  • JK SET Admit Card: The candidates successfully filling the application form will be assigned an admit card which can be downloaded from the official site.
  • JK SET Exam: Candidates are required to appear for the JKSET examination at their allotted exam center. The SET consists of three papers, all of which are mandatory to be successfully cleared to be eligible for the desired designation.
  • JK SET Result: The results of the JKSET annual exam are declared on the official website of the exam. Candidates who accomplish all three Papers are officially eligible for applying for the designation of Assistant Professor in colleges and universities of Jammu & Kashmir.

JKSET 2020 Counseling

  • Once the results of JKSET are declared, the candidates securing the examination are eligible to appear for the counseling.
  • Candidates should carry all the necessary documents like educational degrees, address proof, valid ID proof, etc. which will be required as a part of the document verification process.
  • Candidates are mandated to be present at the dates assigned to them for counseling.
  • Failing to do so would result in rejection on the merit list.
  • The counseling dates will be updated on the official website.

JKSET Important Dates (Tentative)

Event Date
Notification on Official website Yet to be announced
Application Release Yet to be announced
Last date of Application Yet to be announced
Last date for Approval of Category Yet to be announced
JK SET 2020 Exam date Yet to be announced
JK SET 2020 answer key on the official website Yet to be announced

The official website is yet to provide any update on any of the above-mentioned events, the delay in the progress might be due to Covi-19 breakout.

JKSET Contact Details

  • The Official postal address for JK SET is- J&K SET Agency, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, Srinagar(India)- pin-190006
  • The email address and contact details for JK SET are-
  • Phone details- 0194-2272170,2420405,2420570,2420078


Ques. Are SET and NET similar?

Ans. No, both of them are different as NET(National Eligibility Test) is conducted to offer lectureship posts in any university or college across the country. Besides this, candidates wanting to pursue the research field are required to appear for this particular exam. A Junior Research Fellowship is provided to candidates securing the exam.

On the other hand SET(State Eligibility Test) makes you eligible for the post of lecturer in that particular state only for which the SET has opted.

Ques. Is the JK SET exam conducted online too?

Ans. No, JKSET is only a pen-paper based online examination and is not conducted online.

Ques. Is there a limit to the number of attempts for JK SET?

Ans. There is no official limit to the number of attempts for this examination.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


khuda baksh
Please comment me the starting and end dates of jkset 2021. Please please
abdul nazir

Hi Khuda Baksh, JKSET is conducted once a year and for 2021 registration dates are over. the exam will be tentatively conducted in March 2021. For upcoming notification, visit the official webiste or click JKSET 2021 for more details.

zahida banoo
Is 1 year llm student is eligible for this exam

Hello Zahida,

Unfortunately, a first-year Master’s student can not apply for JKSET. The candidates have to have a masters degree before applying. For more details, visit- JK SET Eligibility.

zahida banoo
Is 1 year llm student is eligible for this exam.

Hi Zahida

Greetings of the day

You can visit on our official website JK SET Eligibility to know the wholw eligibility criteria of the exam and whether you are eligible to apply for the exam.