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July 5, 2019 • 3:39 pm

NTA UGC NET Exam Eligibility Dec 2019 | Must Know Facts






The UGC NET is the first step that needs to be taken for realizing one's dream of becoming a Lecturer or conduct research work for an esteemed organization.


The test is considered as one of the toughest exams in India as it identifies the most talented and brilliant candidates who can perform well in research work or assistant professorship.


To filter out the suitable applicants on the basis of their educational qualification and age limit or any other aspects, NET Coordinating Institute has set some guidelines, called as UGC NET Exam Eligibility.


The candidates who are willing to apply for the exam should be well aware of the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria.


Below you can locate complete details pertaining to the guidelines regarding UGC NET Exam Eligibility for JRF & Lecturers, which surely must be met by an aspirant willing to apply for NTA UGC NET 2019.



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NET Exam Eligibility Criteria | How much eligible are you?


The candidates who are aspiring for the NET Exam may appear in this competitive race, only if they fulfill all the UGC NET eligibility conditions given below-


It is essential for the aspirants to check all the UGC NET Notification to get the latest update for the eligibility criteria.



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Eligibility for NET Exam Dec 2019 | Check Out the Required Educational Qualification



UGC NET Exam Eligibility Educational Qualification



As per the above visual description of UGC NET eligibility criteria, the candidates who are applicable on following conditions may appear in the exam.


For General Category Candidates – 55% aggregate in Master’s Degree or Equivalent Degree

For ST/SC/OBC/ PWD/ Transgender Candidates - 50% aggregate in Master’s Degree

The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks for appearing in NET.

The students pursuing Master’s Degree or equivalent exam or the students who have appeared in the final year exam of their PG degree but their result is still awaited can apply for the UGC NET Exam.

However, such students will only be considered for the admission for the Award of Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor when they have passed their Master’s Degree with required percentage criteria within the 2 years of NET Result declaration date. Else, they'd be disqualified for UGC NET.



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Important Instructions


For Economically Weaker Section (EWS) candidates

According to NTA, the Economically Weaker Section candidates as per the Certificate issued by the Competent Authority who are going to fill the UGC NET Dec 2019 Application Form, required to mention their category in the registration form.

This action has been taken regarding the implementation of reservation for admission in Central Educational Institutions.

Candidates will not be required to upload the EWS Category Certificate but it is necessary to have this certificate at the time of admission/appointment.

Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form (Confirmation Page) to NTA. However the candidates, in their own interest, must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the Test.


#Note- In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the UGC/ NTA at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.



Candidates having post-graduate diploma/ certificate awarded by Indian University/ Institute or foreign degree/diploma/certificate awarded by the foreign University/Institute should in their own interest, ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree/certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi. (

The candidates can apply for UGC NET Exam only for the subject in which they have completed their Master’s Degree and in case the subject is not in the list they may apply for the related subject.

The candidates belonging to the OBC, ST/SC/ Transgender category or PWD, are required to submit attested copy of the category certificate along with the online print out of their application form.


The candidates must have passed their PG Degree from known Universities and Colleges.



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Age Limit Eligibility for UGC NET Exam | Know in detail


To understand the age limit criteria of UGC National Eligibility Test 2019 in a better way, Eduncle has come up with the visual description given below.


Check it out!


UGC NET Age Limit Criteria



As per the above illustration –


The upper age limit criteria is as follows:


The candidates who are applying for the award of Junior Research Fellowship must not age more than 30 years.

 There are no such upper age limit criteria for Assistant Professors.


Also check the Age Relaxation benefits:


 5 years’ age relaxation will be provided to candidates belonging to OBC, ST, SC, PWD, Transgender and Women Applicants.

 Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research on any subject of maximum 5 years, only if the certificate is produced by appropriate university or institute.

 3 Years Relaxation in Age will be provided to the candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree.



#Note - Total Relaxation in Age will not exceed five years under any circumstances.



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EXEMPTION (Eligibility for Assistant Professor) 


For NET/SLET/SET Candidates

The Candidates, who have been awarded a Ph.D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission Regulation Act 2009, shall be exempted from minimum eligibility condition of NET/SLET/SET for Assistant Professor or equivalent position in Universities and Colleges.
The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR/JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.


For SET Candidates

The candidates, who have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET for Assistant Professor anywhere in India.
For SET held from 1st June 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates 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.



After knowing the eligibility criteria, the candidates should make their next move towards getting the complete idea about Exam Syllabus and Paper Pattern.


Follow the links for detailed information –


 UGC NET Syllabus for Net Exam

 NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern


NTA NET Eligibility Criteria - Most Frequently Asked Questions by Aspirants1


Here in this section aspirants can check the top NTA NET FAQs with solutions related to the Eligibility Criteria. 


Question - What is the minimum qualification for appearing in UGC-NET Dec 2019 for candidates of an unreserved category?

Solution – Candidates who secured minimum 55% aggregate marks in master’s degree or an equivalent examination like Humanities, Social Science, Computer Science etc subjects can apply for UGC NET Exam. To get the full eligibility criteria, read the above information mentioned in this blog.


Question - Are B.Tech graduates eligible for the UGC NET Exam?

Solution – It’s better for B.Tech graduates to appear in CSIR NET Exam and not in UGC NET. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research conducts the CSIR NET Exam for the science stream aspirants only. B.Tech graduates can apply for CSIR NET JRF Exam.


Question - What is the age limit/relaxation criteria for the candidates appearing in UGC-NET Dec 2019?

Solution – There is no age limit for the post of Assistant Professor in NTA NET. But if you are applying for JRF, then the maximum age limit is 30 years. Above in this blog, we have described complete NTA NET Eligibility Criteria with the available relaxations.


Question - Is there any exemption available for the eligibility for Assistant Professor?

Solution – Qualifying in NET/SET/LSET is the minimum eligibility condition to be appointed as an Assistant Professor. Officials will notify you in regard exemption of these exams that will be governed by UGC Regulations.

Candidates who qualified the UGC/CSIR Exam prior to 1989 exempted from appearing in NET.


Question - Am i eligible for UGC NET Exam after PGDM Degree?

Solution – Yes, candidates who pursued Postgraduate Diploma in Management can apply for UGC NET Exam.



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We hope the above-provided information regarding UGC NET Exam Eligibility will be helpful for you to identify yourself eligible on the basis of educational qualification and age limit criteria.


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  • Fathima
    Iam a graduate in botany passed from Calicut university.And also took post graduation in English language from bharathiar university through distance I eligible for ugc net exam for English.?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Fathima
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible for UGC NET in English subject.
    Thank You!!
  • Divya Agarwal
    I am in final year of mcom in business management ...m I eligible for net ugc in management
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Divya,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible for the UGC NET Exam. But make sure you should meet all the other eligibility factors as well.
    Thank You!
  • Sana
    I am pursuing Chartered accountancy and I have appeared for final exam. If I qualify, will I be eligible to appear in UGC NET if I do not hold a graduation degree , since chartered accountants is deemed as post graduation degree ? Also what is the frequency of these exams in a year?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Sana,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    According to UGC guidelines, aspirants who have qualified the master's degree or enrolled in the post graduation are eligible for the exam. Chartered Accountancy is not a post graduation degree, so first you have to enroll in master's if you want to apply for exam. UGC NET Exam is conducted twice in a year in the month of June and December.
    Thank You.
  • Swaraj Rath
    i am pursuing my masters in industrial management and engineering am i eligible for ugc net
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Swaraj Rath,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible for UGC NET exam. Make sure you also meet all the required criteria for exam.
    Thank You.
  • Sameer Devnani
    Hi, I have complete PGDM from Apeejay School of Management. The university is not recognized by UGC but the PGDM program is AICTE approved. Am i eligible for NET?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Sameer,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You must have pursued postgraduation from UGC Approved University to become eligible for UGC NET Exam.
    Thank You!
  • Ravinder
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Ravinder,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You can get the UGC NET Answer Keys from the mentioned link.
    Thank You.
  • Vinay
    Hi, I have done my masters in computer science but I had a grace marks in one subject. Am I eligible for ugc net exam. Thanks
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Vinay,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible to appear in UGC NET Exam. Make sure that you have secured minimum aggregate marks in postgraduation to apply for NET.
    Thank You!
  • Kuralram
    Hii sir I completed in my PG degree in Botany. May I eligible for Nta Net Environmental Science??
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello KuralRam,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible for NTA NET Environmental Science exam. Make sure you also meet all the required criteria for exam.
    Thank You.
  • Pavithra
    Pavithra Hi sir I have completed my graduation BBA,and I Pursuing my MBA (HR) final year last semester. Am I eligible to apply for NET in Management for lectureship? And can you tell us what is the official link for this application? UGC .Thank you.
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Pavithra,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you can apply for HRM subject for UGC NET Exam. You can visit our UGC NET Application Form blog to check the complete registration procedure.
    Thank You!
  • Namitha
    Hello Sir. I am about to enroll for my post graduation and I'm presently an English graduate. I aim at becoming a lecturer in English and so I'm about to join for the same course for my masters. However, I have two options - either to take English Language and Literature or to take English with cultural studies. Which one will be better? As I'm planning to appear for UGC NET, I don't want to make a mistake. Kindly help me out!
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Namitha,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Both subjects are good to become an English Lecturer through UGC NET.
    Thank You!
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