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NTA UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2021 for JRF & Professor

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

UGC NET 2021 Model Papers


National Testing Agency (NTA) selects candidates who fulfill UGC NET Eligibility criteria for the post of Assistant Professor and JRF (Junior Research Fellow) in reputed Indian universities and colleges.

As per the required UGC NET qualification:

Candidates possessing a postgraduate degree with 55% marks are eligible to apply for the exam. 

Candidates should not be more than 31 years of age for JRF. However, there is no age restriction to apply for the post of Assistant Professor.

If you are a NET aspirant, then you must check the complete UGC NET Eligibility 2021 for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship before applying for the exam.

In this article, you will find all the following information: -

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

UGC NET Educational Qualification

UGC NET Age Limit Criteria

Age Relaxation

What Subject should I select for UGC NET?

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility for B.Tech Candidates

Eligible Subjects for Art Students

Eligible Subjects for M.Sc. Students

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility for Commerce Students

Eligible Subjects for Diploma Graduates

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility for MBA Candidates

UGC NET Exam Eligibility FAQs



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NTA UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2021


The UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2021 includes age limit and educational qualification criteria. The eligibility for UGC NET JRF & Assistant professor is different and you have to specify this while filling the application form. Below are the details of the UGC NET Exam Eligibility criteria.



UGC NET Educational Qualification 


Educational qualification for assistant professor and JRF is the same. In order to appear for the UGC NET Exam you need to fulfill the below mentioned UGC NET Eligibility criteria for education :

55% aggregate marks (without rounding off) in master’s or equivalent degree from universities/institutions recognized by UGC - for General/General EWS category candidates

50% aggregate marks (without rounding off) in master’s or equivalent degree - for ST/SC/OBC/ PWD/Transgender candidates

PhD degree holders who have completed their master’s examination on or before 19th September 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) will be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks for appearing in the NTA NET. 


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Important Note –  


You can still apply for the UGC NET Exam in case the final exam results for your masters degree are awaited.

However, you will be only considered for the award of JRF and Lectureship when you pass the master’s degree with the required percentage within 2 years of UGC NET Result declaration. Otherwise, you will be exempted from it.

If you have completed your post-graduate degree/diploma/certificate from a foreign university/institute then you should ascertain the equivalence of the diploma/degree/certificate with a degree from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in New Delhi.

Candidates are neither required to send any certificate/document in support of their eligibility nor printout of their UGC NET Application Form to the NTA. However, candidates are required to mention their category in the form and bring relevant certificates at the time of admission/appointment.

If any ineligibility is found by NTA at any stage, the candidature of the student will be canceled, and they shall be liable for legal actions.

You can apply for the NTA NET Exam only for the subject in which you have completed your master’s degree/equivalent. But in case, the subject is not on the list, you may apply for the related subject. We have mentioned the list of subjects and courses that you can apply for in our UGC NET subjects blog.

Candidates belonging to the third gender category are eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and Eligibility Criteria for NET.



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NTA UGC NET Age Limit Criteria


UGC NET JRF Age Limit criteria are different from lectureship. Below is the UGC NET Exam age limit for JRF and Assistant professor:

For Junior Research Fellowship, you must not be above 31 years of age as on 1st day of the month in which the examination is concluded.

For Assistant Professor there are no upper age limit criteria.



Age Relaxation


University Grant Commission provides some relaxation in the upper age limit for UGC NET aspirants, such as:



Age Relaxation

OBC, ST, SC, PWD, Transgender and Women Applicants

5 years

Research Experience (only if the certificate is produced by an approved university or institute)

5 years

L.L.M. Degree

3 years

Armed Forces

5 years


If you fulfil all these NTA UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria for assistant professor/JRF, then you must download the following free study kit by experts. These sample notes and papers will help you take your preparation in the right direction.



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What Subject should I select for NTA UGC NET?


In this section, you will find the queries regarding the subjects for UGC NET Eligibility 2021.

Every year, many aspirants get confused about the subject eligibility for UGC NET 2021 which sometimes affects the application process. Check out these NTA NET subjects’ eligibility queries to know whether you can apply for the exam.



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Can B-Tech Graduates Apply for UGC NET Exam?


An engineering candidate must have completed or should be pursuing an M-Tech degree to appear for the UGC NET.

You can download the list of engineering courses along with their eligible UGC NET Subjects by clicking the below link

UGC NET Qualification - Eligible Subjects for B.Tech Graduates



Can an Art Student Apply for UGC NET?


You need to have a master’s degree in arts for being able to give the NET exam.

Here are all the art courses in which you can appear for the NTA UGC NET Exam. Kindly click the link below-

UGC NET Eligibility - Suitable Subjects for Arts



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Can an M.Sc. student appear for UGC NET Exam?


To check the details of UGC NET science subjects and courses, you must click the below-mentioned link.

UGC NET Qualification - Eligible Subjects for MSc



Is it possible to apply for UGC NET after doing a Master's in Commerce?


Below is the list of all the courses in commerce. Candidates can apply for different subjects of UGC NET according to these courses. Please click the link below.

UGC NET Eligibility - Suitable Subjects for Commerce



UGC NET Subjects for Various Diploma Courses


If you want to apply for the UGC NET Exam after qualifying for the diploma courses, below is the list of UGC NET subjects for which you can appear in the exam. Please click the link below.

Eligible UGC NET Subjects for Diploma



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How to Become Professor after doing an MBA?


The candidates with MBA degrees have wonderful opportunities to fulfill their dreams of becoming lecturers in India’s prestigious universities by qualifying for the National Eligibility Test conducted by NTA.

Check the list of all the latest management courses from which you can choose the suitable UGC NET Subjects. Refer to the link below.

UGC NET Qualification - Eligible Subjects for MBA


Once you check the UGC NET eligibility 2021 then you must check the other important steps of the process. Such as:

Important UGC NET Notifications

UGC NET Exam Pattern

UGC NET Syllabus



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Frequently Asked Questions by NET Aspirants 


Here in this section, you can check the most common questions that are related to the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2021. You can also check the NTA UGC NET FAQs if you have any queries regarding the UGC NET exam.



Question - Are B.Tech students eligible for UGC NET?

Answer – Yes, B.Tech students can appear for the UGC NET exam, if they are pursuing or have pursued with minimum qualification marks.



Question - How many attempts are there for the UGC NET exam?

Answer - There is no limit on number of attempts for the NET Exam. However, the age limit for JRF is 31 years, and for Assistant Professor there is no age limit. You can check the complete UGC NET JRF Eligibility here.



Question - Can a graduate apply for the UGC NET exam?

Answer– A graduate student cannot apply for the UGC NET exam. You need to have a postgraduate degree to be able to appear in the exam.



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

Answer– There is no age limit for the post of Assistant Professor in NTA NET. But, the UGC NET JRF Age limit is 31 years.



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Question - Is there any exemption available for the eligibility for the assistant professor?

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

Candidates who have qualified for the UGC/CSIR/JRF before 1989 are exempted from appearing in NET.



Question - Am I eligible for UGC NET Exam after PGDM/PGDMB Degree?

Answer– Yes, you can apply for the UGC NET exam after PGDM/PGDMB.



Question - Am I eligible for the UGC NET Exam after Charted Accountant (CA)/ Company Secretary (CS)?

Answer– Yes, as per the latest notification, NTA allows CA/CS students to apply for UGC NET exam.



Question - Has Eduncle recently conducted the Webinar for UGC NET Aspirants?

Answer– Yes, Eduncle has recently conducted a webinar on 10th February with Mahak Mahajan, UGC NET Expert. She shared her valuable tips to prepare for the UGC NET Exam. You can watch the webinar HERE.



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Showing 19 comments out of 689
  • Pinki
    I have completed MBA in finance. Please tell me can I apply for net in commerce?
  • Rikhu
    In the last exam I,e. June session 2020, I applied my application form for the exam but was unable to appear the exam. Will it be counted as an attempt? Since there are only 3 atte...
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    Hello Rikhu,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    As per NTA, there is no limit for the number of attempts in JRF. You can apply for the NET exam, up to the age limit of 28 years.
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  • Baindla bhargavi
    I am pursuing Mtech in Dairy microbiology,So I opted Home science as my subject in paper - 2, If I qualify in exam am I eligible for doing as assistant professor in Dairy microbiol...
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    Hello Baindla Bhargavi,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Recently NTA has mentioned the list of subjects in which you can apply for Assistant Professor. You can check our blog of...
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  • Manasa nadig
    Does my UG degree have any importance in applying for ugc net
    Hello Manasa,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    To apply for the UGC NET exam, the minimum qualification is a master's degree, so your UG degree doesn't have any importance for UG...
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  • Lekshmi
    Am I eligible for ugc net after completing msc cyberforensics?
    Hello Lekshmi,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    If your subject is matched in any UGC NET subject then you are eligible to apply for the exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Kritika
    am i eligible for Net subject social medicine and community health after completing MBA (Hospital Administration) ?
    Hello Kritika,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    If you satisfied the complete UGC NET Criteria, then you can pply for the exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Kritika
    hello, i have done MBA in Hospital Administration.Willing to crack net jrf but i dont know out of all net subjects which subject is suitable for me.plz give ur guidance i o...
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    Hello Kritika,
    Welcome to Eduncle!
    You should appear in social medicine and community health subject for UGC NET after completing MBA in Hospital Administration.
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  • Sukriti shalini
    How can i apply for NET after completing PGPM in HR?
    Hello Sukriti,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You can check our blog of UGC NET Application Form to know...
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  • Mounika
    Hello. As I completed MSc physics.can I eligible to apply UGC net in geography
    Hello Mounika,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    As per your qualification, you should apply for CSIR NET Physical Science exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Govinda pandey
    Hey team ! I have done graduation in history hons nd currently pursuing masters in Pol sci .I m confused whether I m Eligible for UGC net in Pol sci to become assistant professor i...
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    Hello Govinda,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible to appear in UGC NET Political Science Exam.
    Thank You!!
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