Learn what is UGC NET JRF


NET is an acronym for National Eligibility Test. National Eligibility Test is conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC) and is a gateway toward the career as a Lecturer or Assistant Professor in various colleges, universities and other educational institutions. NET (National Eligibility Test) is conducted twice a year. UGC grants Junior Research Fellowship to the NET passed out candidates who are interested in research work in various Universities and Colleges.


Those who qualify are categorized in two sections.

  • NET Lecturer


Those whose rank is higher gets the NET-JRF after which one can apply in various institutions for admission to Ph.D. programmes. NET is only a qualifying exam. It does not ensure one's admission in any university. For that one has to face the interview board. NET Lecturers are eligible to apply for the post of lecturers in colleges.


A bit of history

As per the guidelines of Central Government, UGC for the first time introduced the Junior Research Fellowship program as a basic qualification to conduct researches in Universities and Institutions in the year 1984. In 1988 Central Government made its mandate to clear the National Eligibility Test for Lectureship, and in 1989 NET(National Eligibility Test) was conducted for the first time. The National Educational Testing Bureau of UGC is supervises the NET.
Throughout the Country UGC NET is conducted in 84 Test centers in 94 Subjects.



Any Post Graduate candidate with minimum 55% of Marks can appear for the UGC NET exam. The minimum score for SC/ST/PH candidates is 50% Marks. Candidates who are currently pursuing their final year PG can also appear for NET. Ph.D. holders will be given exemption of 5% of Marks. The candidate should not have crossed the Age limit of 28 years by the date of the Notification. There is No age limit for the Post of Lectureship.

The test is conducted for determining the eligibility of the Indian National candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) NET and for determining eligibility for appointment of Lecturers (NET) in certain subject areas in various Colleges and Universities across India.


Benefits of UGC NET JRF Exam

  • After Qualifying National Eligibility Test(NET) enables a person to be eligible to apply for the position of Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Universities and Colleges located anywhere across India.
  • Qualifying National Eligibility Test also makes one eligible for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)) but the maximum age limit to apply for fellowship is 28 years.
  • One may take the test only in the subject in which they have pursued their masters degree program. For example, if one has done Masters in Commerce, he/she will have to take the test in Commerce and will be considered for the position of lecturer in the same discipline in Universities and Colleges of India after qualifying the test.


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  • One of the most respected job as builder of the nation.
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