National Eligibility Test (NET) is a competitive exam conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for Assistant Professors or both Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor in Indian colleges and universities. Before you apply for the UGC NET exam and submit the UGC NET Online application form, candidates appearing for the exam must know the NET exam eligibility criteria.
Conditions for NET Exam Eligibility
- To apply for the UGC NET exam candidates need to score at least 55% from a recognized university/college in their Master’s degree exams (in departments such as Social Science, Humanities, Education, Computer Science, Electronic Science, etc.). It should be noted that candidates belonging to categories ST/SC/PWD/OBC requires a minimum of 50% to apply for the UGC NET exam.
- Candidates appearing for their final examination or appeared and waiting for their Master’s degree final year exam results can also apply for the UGC NET exam. Such candidates will be provisionally admitted and will be considered eligible for JRF or Assistant Professor eligibility only after they will pass their Master’s degree final year exam.
- The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s degree exam had been completed on 19th September 1991 (regardless of the date of result declaration) are eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (that is, from 55% to 50%) to appear in UGC NET exam.
- It is advisable for the candidates who appear on the subject of their Master’s degree course only. Candidates need not send any documents or certificates in support of their eligibility to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Age Limit & Relaxation
1) Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
The upper age limit for appearing in JRF has been raised by two years, i.e. the existing upper age limit of 28 years to 30 years. A 5 years relaxation is given to ST/SC/PWD/OBC and women applicants.
Applicants who are having research experience limited to the period spent on research in the relevant subject or a Master’s degree are also given relaxation.
Candidates holding a degree in LLB are given a relaxation of 3 years.
2) Assistant Professors
According to the official website of CBSE NET no upper age limit is provided for the post of Associate Professors.
3) Exemption (For the post of Assistant Professor)
Applicants who have or are being awarded Ph.D. according to the UGC Regulations, 2009 are exempted from the requirement to meet the minimum NET exam eligibility criteria.
Applicants who have already cleared UGC or CSIR JRF exam before the year 1989 are also exempted from the UGC NET exam.
The applicants, who have cleared the Exam State’s Eligibility Test (SET) before 1st June 2002 are exempted from the UGC NET exam.