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NTA UGC NET Qualifying Criteria 2021 - Latest Changes

NTA UGC NET Qualifying Criteria

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The National Testing Agency has set some UGC NET qualifying criteria for the candidates who want to appear for the 2021 Exam.

The aspirants pursue this exam to get Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship in top universities and colleges across India.


Below we have shared the complete details regarding the UGC NET Selection Criteria 2021: -

UGC NET Selection Process 2021

Appear for the Exam

Qualify for the Exam

UGC NET Selection Criteria for JRF & Lectureship

Role of Normalization (NTA UGC NET Qualifying Marks)

NTA Previous Norms vs Latest UGC NET Qualifying Criteria

Changes in the UGC NET Qualifying Criteria

UGC NET Selection Process Frequently Asked Questions



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UGC NET Selection Procedure


There are certain UGC NET qualifying criteria that NTA follows to select the deserving candidates. Here you can check the complete UGC NET selection procedure.



Step 1 – Appear for the Exam


The first step of the UGC NET Selection Process 2021 is to appear in the exam. For this, you must check the first level of UGC NET selection criteria, i.e., educational eligibility: -

Master’s degree from a recognized university.

Minimum 55% marks in master’s degree (for general/general EWS category).

Minimum 50% marks in master’s degree (for ST/SC/OBC/ PWD/Transgender category).

There are many other UGC NET qualifying criteria defined by NTA. You can check the complete NTA NET Eligibility to know whether you are eligible for the exam.

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Step 2 – Qualify for the Exam


To qualify for UGC NET JRF and Lectureship, there are certain qualifying marks for UGC NET that you must score. 

Refer to the following to know the minimum marks % for the NET exam:

Aggregate UGC NET qualifying marks for general category (both papers) - 40% marks.

UGC NET Qualifying marks for OBC and other reserved categories - 35% marks

You must score these minimum UGC NET passing marks, so reach the next step of the NET exam selection process.



Step 3 – UGC NET Selection Process 2021 for JRF & Lectureship


University Grant Commission has decided some specific post-exam UGC NET qualifying criteria to select the aspirants for the award of Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship. You can check them below: -



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UGC NET Selection Criteria for Lectureship


As per the latest NTA notification , only 6% of the appeared candidates will qualify the exam and become eligible for Assistant Professor.

There is a category-wise reservation policy applied to these 6% qualified candidates for the final UGC NET selection process.

The subject wise merit list and UGC NET qualifying criteria for UGC NET Lectureship as per the category will be prepared using the following formula:


Example of UGC NET Exam Qualifying Criteria (Lectureship):


No. of Qualified Candidates (General Category) for Lectureship in English Subject=

No. of candidates (general category) who secure at least 40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken for ‘English’ (x) Total no. of slots available under general category (÷) Total number of candidates (general category) over all subjects who secure at least 40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together.


The UGC NET qualification marks and the cut-off for assistant professors in ‘English’ will be calculated based on the aggregate percentage of the two papers corresponding to the available slots.



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UGC NET Selection Criteria 2021 for JRF


For the Junior Research Fellowship, only 1% of the appeared candidates will be eligible for the UGC NET Certificate.

The qualified candidates for JRF will be selected based on the following formula:


Example of JRF Qualifying Criteria for UGC NET 2021:


No. of Qualified Candidates (General Category) for JRF & Lectureship both in English Subject=

No. of candidates (general category) who opted JRF and have qualified for assistant professor in English subject (x) Total no. of slots available for JRF (general category) (÷) Total number of candidates (general category) over all subjects who opted for JRF and qualified for assistant professor.


The UGC NET qualifying marks and the cut-off for JRF in ‘English’ (for the general category) will be determined based on the aggregate percentage of the two paper scores corresponding to the available JRF slots.



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Important Note About Qualifying Quiteria for UGC NET 2021 – 


Similar formula will be used for OBC/SC/ST/Transgender categories for all the subjects.

The total slots shall be allocated to different categories as per the Government’s Reservation Policy.

National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the UGC NET Exam in multiple shifts/sessions. The raw score of candidates in all the shifts will be calculated with the help of the normalization procedure which is called the NTA Score (Percentile).



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Role of Normalization in Selection- (NTA Score)


The use of the UGC NET Normalization Procedure is for ensuring that aspirants are neither benefitted nor disadvantaged due to the dissimilar difficulty level of papers.

This normalization procedure is established to set a standard UGC NET selection process. NTA will use the percentile equivalence for normalization across sections.

For multi-shifts in any subject, normalization will be corresponding to the raw marks obtained by a candidate. The calculated NTA score using the raw marks for all the shifts/sessions will be merged for further processing.

According to the UGC NET Normalization Process, the minimum score of all the shifts will be the eligibility cut-off for that category (each subject).



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NTA Previous Norms v/s Latest UGC NET Selection Procedure


As per the previous UGC NET selection procedure and criteria norms for the declaration of UGC NET Result, the top 15% of candidates will be declared as qualified for assistant professor. 


These candidates must belong to the four reservation categories (OBC, SC, ST, PWD, Transgenders).

These candidates must be on the merit list with prescribed minimum marks.

The merit lists of the candidate with minimum UGC NET qualifying marks are prepared on the basis of subject and category.

Now, as per the new UGC NET Exam Qualifying Criteria, only 6% of candidates will be declared as qualified.

For eg: if 6 lakh candidates appear in the UGC NET exam then 6% i.e. 36000 slots will be provided to the qualified candidates for different categories.



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Why was the UGC NET Qualifying Criteria Changed?


The decision to change the UGC NET Selection Process was taken after a petition was filed by Nair Service Society with the Kerala High Court.

According to the HC order in January 2017, the UGC NET selection procedure of giving relaxation on passing marks in UGC NET to reserved categories was considered unconstitutional and unfavorable for the general candidates.

As per the petition filed, the High Court had argued that because of the minimum UGC NET qualifying marks prescribed, there are more qualified candidates with minimum NET Cut off from reserved categories than general candidates. 

And thus, the decision to change the UGC NET Qualifying Criteria was taken.



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UGC NET Selection Procedure Frequently Asked Questions


Here are the frequently asked questions regarding UGC NET selection criteria, if you have any doubts then you must read them. 

Also, we have covered all the UGC NET exam-related queries in our UGC NET FAQ blog, you can refer to it for any information.



Q1. What is the passing criteria for UGC NET? 

Ans. If you belong to the general category, you must have a minimum of 40% marks in both papers. And the NTA UGC NET qualifying marks for OBC and other reserved categories are 35%. 



Q2. Does gap affect PSU selection through UGC NET? 

Ans. No, the career gap will not affect the PSU selection process through UGC NET. PSUs only consider UGC NET qualification marks when hiring candidates. 



Q3. Is there any interview for NTA UGC NET after qualifying? 

Ans. There are no interviews for the selected candidates after qualifying the exam as per the UGC NET selection criteria. Candidates can download the e-certificate and apply for jobs. 



Q4. How is UGC NET qualifying criteria different from JRF? 

Ans. If you opt for UGC NET exam only while filling the application form, then you will be considered eligible for the post of Assistant Professor. Whereas for a research field you must choose the JRF option. 

The cut-off marks for both the exams are also different. 



Q5. Can I choose any college after qualifying UGC NET JRF? 

Ans. After qualifying the exam through the UGC NET selection process, you can pursue research in your respective field from the universities or colleges which are registered under NET Coordinating Institutes.



Q6. Can I reappear for NET JRF after qualifying? 

Ans. According to the UGC NET Exam Qualifying Criteria, you can give the JRF exam again in order to increase qualifying marks for UGC NET.

Note: You must follow the age limit criteria of 31 years. 



Hope the above-provided information has helped you understand the UGC NET Selection Process 2021. 

If you have any queries regarding the criteria, then share it in the comment section below. We will provide you the best possible answer to your queries as soon as possible.

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  • Bhanu pratap
    Dear sir or mam, Paper 1st for UGC Net/Jrf is only to qualify or not? If we talk about final merit for Net/Jrf so is it true that final cut off or merit will be on the basis of onl...
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    Hello Bhanu,
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    final merit for Net/Jrf will be based on both paper 1 & 2. You need to qualify for UGC NET Exam.
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  • Chaitali
    what is the cut off to clear net and jrf management in terms of marks
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  • Agnes
    Any changes made in ugcnet as per the changes in national education policy?
    Hello Agnes,
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    There are no changes made as per the new education policy. The NET exam is conducted by NTA twice year, but due to COVID-19, the exam ...
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  • Komal bhati
    thanks for the information
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    how to prepare paper 1 because I am concentrating in paper 2
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    I got 44% marks in economics obc ncl whether i vl b qualified or not
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    Sir, My query is that if i have applied for "JRF and Assistant Professor" both and i have only qualified the marks for Assistant Professor only. So, am i qualified for Assistant ...
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