UGC NET Eligibility

UGC NET Eligibility

UGC NET Eligibility: Educational Eligibility

  1. Candidates having a place with the Unreserved/Unreserved-Economically Weaker Section class who have a minimum of 55% marks (without any rounding off) in Master’s Degree or identical assessment from colleges/establishments perceived by UGC are qualified.
  2. The candidates from Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to NCL/ST/SC/PwD/Transgender category with at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible. 
  3. Candidates pursuing a Master’s degree or equivalent course OR candidates who have appeared for the final year examination of their Master’s degree and whose result is still awaited OR candidates whose final year examination of their Master’s degree have been delayed are eligible. Now, in this case, however, such candidates are admitted provisionally first and will be awarded NET/JRF certificate only after they qualify their Master’s Degree or equivalent examination with a minimum of 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender category candidates). Such candidates must complete their Master’s degree or equivalent examination within two years from the date of their NET result with required marks, if they fail to do so they will be disqualified. 
  4. Candidates belonging to the Transgender category can draw the same relaxations as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories in terms of application fee, age limit, and qualifying criteria. The subject wise cut-offs for the Transgender category are the lowest among those for SC/ST/PwD/OBC–NCL categories in the corresponding subject. 
  5. Candidates who have a Ph.D. degree and have completed their Master’s by 19 September 1991 (irrespective of the date of the declaration of result) are provided a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET. 

UGC NET Eligibility: Age Limit and Relaxation 

  1. JRF: Candidate should not be more than 30 years as on 01.06.2020. There are a few relaxations as well.
    1. Candidates (including women applicants) belonging to OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories are provided a relaxation of up to 5 years.
    2. Candidates who have research experience get a relaxation limited to the period they have spent on the research, but this relaxation is subject to a maximum of 5 years, only if you provide a certificate from the appropriate authority. 
    3. Candidates with L.L.M. degree are provided with 3 years of relaxation in age.
    4. Candidates who have served in the armed forces are provided with a relaxation of up to 5 years which is subject to the length of service in the armed forces up to the first day of the month in which the UGC NET examination is to be held. 
    5. Under any circumstances, the total relaxation of the above-ground(s) shall not exceed five years. 
  2. Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for candidates to apply for UGC NET (Assistant Professor). 

Reservation Policy 

UGC NET Examination also falls under the Reservation Policy of the Government of India. According to this, in the Central Universities and Institutions which are deemed to be Universities, 

  • 10% of the seats are reserved for the category General- 6 Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS), 
  • The Scheduled Caste (SC) category is reserved with 15% of the seats, 
  • The Scheduled Tribe (ST) category is reserved with 7.5% of the seats and
  • OBC-NCL category is reserved with 27% of the seats.

There will be a 4% reservation for PwD candidates belonging to any category as defined in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act,2016). 

According to Section 2(r) of the RPwD Act, 2016, Persons with benchmark disability means a person who has a specified disability, not less than forty percent (40%), where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms. Also, a person with a disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority, he/she will be provided with reservation.

 The disabilities specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016 are known as “Specified Disability”. The categories of disabilities are: 

  1. Low vision and Blindness
  2. Hard of hearing and Deaf
  3. Locomotor disability including dwarfism, leprosy cured, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and acid attack victims,
  4. Autism, intellectual disability, specified learning disability, and mental illness, and 
  5. Multiple disabilities from among the ones mentioned under statements (i) to (iv)
  6. Other ‘specified disabilities’ which are incorporated in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. 

The facility of Scribe/Reader/Lab Assistant should be allowed to any person with a benchmark disability.

The facility of scribe/reader/lab assistant shall be given, if desired by the person, in case of persons with benchmark disabilities who come in the category of Blindness, Locomotor disability (both arms affected- BA) and Cerebral Palsy.

If a candidate falls in any other category of benchmark disabilities (other than the ones which are provided above), the provision of scribe/reader/lab assistant will only be allowed if the candidate provides a certificate from the Civil Surgeon Medical Superintendent/Chief Medical Officer, stating that the concerned person has a physical limitation to write and scribe is essential to write the examination on his behalf.

The certificate also allows the candidate to opt for their own scribe/reader given that the qualification of the scribe is one step below the qualification of the candidate taking the examination. The candidate with bench-mark disabilities opting for their own scribe/reader is required to submit the details of their scribe as per Proforma at Annexure XIII. 

Candidates who are availing the facility of scribe/reader/lab assistant are provided with a compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour for the duration of the examination.

Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor) 

  1. The minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions is NET/SET/SLET. In this case, exemption from NET/SET/SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time. 
  2. The candidates who have cleared the UGC/CSIR/JRF examination before 1989 are also exempted from NET. 
  3. The candidates who have qualified the States Eligibility Test (SET) before 1st June 2002, are exempted from NET, can apply for Assistant Professor all over India. The candidates who have qualified SET held on/after 1st June 2002 onwards 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. Read More

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