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August 29, 2020 • 3:46 pm

NTA UGC NET Qualifying Criteria 2020 - Latest Changes

NTA UGC NET Qualifying Criteria


NTA conducts UGC NET for the aspirants pursuing Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship in various universities and colleges across India.

The National Testing Agency has provided some UGC NET qualifying criteria for the candidates who are going to appear for the 2020 Exam.

Below we have shared the complete details regarding the UGC NET Selection Criteria 2020. Here, you will find the following details: -

UGC NET Selection Process 2020

Appear for the Exam

Qualify for the Exam

UGC NET Selection Criteria for JRF & Lectureship

Role of Normalization

UGC NET Previous Norms vs Latest Qualifying Criteria

Reason Behind Change in the UGC NET Qualifying Criteria



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UGC NET Selection Procedure


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



Step 1 – Appear for the Exam


The first step of the UGC NET 2020 Selection Process is to check the educational qualification. To appear for the exam, you must have 55% marks in master’s degree (for General/General EWS category) or 50% (for ST/SC/OBC/ PWD/Transgender category). There are many other criteria defined by NTA to appear in the exam. You can check the complete UGC NET Eligibility to know whether you are eligible to apply or not.

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Step 2 – Qualify for the Exam


To qualify for UGC NET JRF and Lectureship, you must have a minimum 40% aggregate marks in both the papers combined for the general category (minimum 35% marks for reserved category candidates).



Step 3 – UGC NET Selection Process 2020 for JRF & Lectureship


NTA has decided some percentage criteria to select the aspirants for the award of Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship. You can check them below: -


UGC NET Selection Criteria for Lectureship


As per the latest notification of NTA, only 6% of the candidates appearing for the NET will qualify the exam and become eligible the entry-level post of Assistant Professor. There is a category wise reservation policy that will be applied to these 6% qualified candidates for final selection.

The subject wise merit list of qualified candidates for UGC NET Lectureship, based on the category, will be prepared using the following formula:




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 qualifying cut-off for assistant professor in ‘English’ will be calculated based on the aggregate percentage of the two papers corresponding to the no. of available slots (for general category).



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UGC NET Selection Criteria 2020 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:




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 qualifying cut-off for JRF in ‘English’ (for general category) will be determined based on the aggregate percentage of the two paper scores corresponding to the no. of available JRF slots.



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Important Note – 


The 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).



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 an established practice for comparing aspirants scores across multi-session papers. 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.

In the UGC NET Normalization Process, the lowest score will be the eligibility cut-off for that category all shifts in that subject.



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Previous Norms v/s Latest UGC NET Selection Procedure


As per the previous UGC Norms regarding the procedure and criteria for declaration of UGC NET Result, the top 15% candidates, from each of the four reservation category (OBC, SC, ST, PWD, Transgenders), in the merit list with prescribed minimum marks were declared as qualified for assistant professor.

The merit list of the candidates who have secured minimum marks was prepared on the basis of subject and category.

Now, as per the new notification, only 6% of candidates will be declared as qualified.

This means that if suppose 6 lakh candidates appear in the UGC NET exam then 6% of 6 lakh i.e. 36000 slots will be provided to the qualifying candidates for different categories.


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Why was the decision to change the Qualifying Criteria undertaken?


The decision to change the UGC NET 2020 Selection Process came 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 Criteria of giving relaxation marks to reserved categories were considered as unconstitutional and unfavorable for the general candidates.

As per the petition filed, the High Court had argued that because of the UGC NET qualifying minimum marks prescribed to the reserved category candidates, there are more candidates qualified with minimum marks from these categories as compared to the number of general candidates. And thus, the decision to change the UGC NET Qualifying Criteria was taken.



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  • Harsha
    if i am scoring between 190-200 what are the chances of me clearing net in the subject english?
    Hello Shilpa,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Yes, you have fair chances to qualify the exam then.   Good Luck!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
    Okhay, but what the basic cut off marks for English like for last year. I am not able to understand it from the list
    Hello Shilpa,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Please check the expected cutoff marks for English in the following blog -
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    the cut off are quite difficult to decipher , i was actually asking about the qualification marks for general in english. thank you for helping and solving doubts, really appreciat...
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    Hello Shilpa,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Thanks for the kind words and appreciation! We value your generous feedback. For more such updates, Kindly stay tuned with Edunc...
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    Sir, I do not understand that 6% criteria. Whether it is the 6% of all appeared candidates or the candidates appeared in General Category, SC category, OBC category, ST Category ...
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    Hello Joy,   Greetings from Eduncle!   As per the latest qualifying criteria, the top 6% candidates including all categories will only be eligible for UGC NET Assistant P...
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  • Anekpal Singh
    What is the entry level post of Assistant Professor? Please tell me in detail 6% out of total appearing will be qualified NET or after this i.e. Merit list will be made from 6% ...
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    Hello Anekpal, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your query with us! The Assistant Professor is itself an entry level post offered after UGC NET Exam. As per your anoth...
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    Aiswarya K
    Hi Im in general category candidate. Im going to appear Net exam. In the revised rule, howmany mark I need to get for qualifying Net?
    Hello Aishwarya,   Greetings from Eduncle!   To become a NET qualifier, you must beat the cutoff marks for your category and opted subject. The cutoff varies every ye...
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    Does it means once i have scored 50% agg. in paper 1& 2 that's all? Will be qualified then or this is primary requirement after which i have to be in 6% as well?
    Hello Sumit,   Greetings from Eduncle!   No actually 50% is the eligibility criteria for UGC NET. As far as, the qualifying criteria is concerned, it is different for eac...
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  • Rohit
    In UGC NET Cutoff for Management for SC for Assistant Professor Only, the cut off is 49.14 and total is 208. Could you tell me what is this "TOTAL". Is it the total number of stude...
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    Hello Rohit,   Greetings from Eduncle!   The term 'total' is used for total marks obtained by the student in the exam. Hope your query is cleared now.   Thanks for a...
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    In the same row i could see 15 in total column for another category...I m sure this "15" cannot be the marks scored
    Hello Rohit,   Greetings from Eduncle!   There might be some typing error. Please share the screenshot with us so that we can rectify it.   Thanks for asking your qu...
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  • Anjali mishra Mishra
    can you plz clear my doughts I m anjali mishra category gen if i had score 40% its means i m not qualify for net exam how much score get to clear net and jrf
    Hello Anjali,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Please click on the following link to check out the
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    V k
    The candidates are required to obtain the following minimum marks separately in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III. Step 1 Gen cat. Papar 1st 40% 2nd 40% 3rd 50% Step-2: ...
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  • Priyaranjan Saha
    I don't understand if overall 6℅ will be selected then , category wise constitutional reservation system where maintain?? Please answer me
    Priyaranjan Saha
    Please send my quiry in email
    Hello Priyaranjan,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Yes! To end up the category wise reservation system & provide each candidate similar opportunity to showcase his/her talent...
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  • Kowsi
    top 6% candidate selection are based on individual cut-off or aggregate marks?
    Hello Kowsi,   Greetings from Eduncle!   The 6% criteria is for those candidates who scores more than the Assistant Professor Cutoff. You can check the official cutoff on...
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  • Anumita
    Hello sir/ma'am, I needed to ask that I have secured only 47% in my graduation and right now m pursuing masters... Will I be eligible for giving net/jrf??
    Hello Anumita,   Greetings from Eduncle!   If you are in the final year of your post-graduation degree, only then you can apply, else not.   Thanks for asking your q...
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  • Harsha
    I am getting 182 in ugc English, what is the chance of me clearing the net exam. Please reply ASAP.
    Hello Rashi,   Greetings from Eduncle!   The UGC NET Results have already been ...
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  • Fareed ahmed
    Hello sir. I want to know that if top 6% candidates will be qualify NET. Cut points for reserved category and opens will be same or different.
    Hello Fareed,   Greetings from Eduncle!   The cutoff points are expected to be remained as same for all categories.   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Satabdi
    Hellow sir, I got 182 in the subject education. I applied for Lecturership and jrf. I am from SC category. Is there any chance to qualify net. Kindly don't reply as it is based...
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    Hello Satabdi,   Greetings from Eduncle!   The UGC NET Results have already bee...
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