UGC NET latest news & rules| Relaxations & Exemptions

NET eligibility is no longer compulsoryAccording to UGC rules, clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) was mandatory to become eligible for appointment as assistant professors in Indian colleges and universities.

But, now Ministry of Human Resource Development made an opinion, and following that opinion University Grant Commission (UGC) amended its regulation on faculty recruitment and relaxed the minimum eligibility conditions for appointment of assistant professors.

It was announced that scholars who completed a PhD or registered for one before 2009 would be eligible for lectureship without clearing the NET. The decision will help to create larger opportunities in the field of teaching.

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The HRD Minister Mrs. Smriti Irani said that there has been a long-standing challenge faced by researchers/aspiring teachers and this is the reason UGC has taken this decision.

The students who have a postgraduate degree or an MPhil had to clear the NET/SET (State-Level Eligibility Test) to be eligible to apply for lectureship in Indian colleges or universities, in order to get appointed as teachers in colleges and universities. But the UGC’s decision to declare NET exam inessential would come as a relief to thousands of students having PG or MPhil.

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There are also some conditions to be exempted from the NET exam and also some relaxed norms under this amended rule.


Certain conditions are as follows: -

The candidate’s PhD degree should be awarded in regular mode.

The research thesis should have been evaluated by at least two external examiners.

The candidate should have appeared for viva-voce.

Candidates have published at least two papers based on the Ph.D. thesis in research journals.


Some Relaxed Norms are: -

Female and differently-abled research scholars’ will be allowed eight years instead of the current six years to complete their Ph.D degrees.

These candidates will get three years instead of two to complete M.Phil degrees.

Women candidates will also be provided maternity, child care leave for up to 240 days once in the entire duration of their M.Phil or Ph.D degrees.


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