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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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Showing 16 comments out of 514
  • Vivek Mishra
    If PhD under ugc regulation 2009, should they use PhD plus NET point's also, during applying for ASSISTANT PROFESSOR recruitment?
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  • Angshuman Kondinnya
    Hello, My name is Angshuman and i have completed PGDM in 2017. My age is 30 years 11 months. Can i apply for both JRF and Assistant Professor?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Angshuman,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    To apply for Assistant Professor and JRF both, the maximum age limit is 30 years. You can check the age relaxation norms from the above blog to confirm your eligibility for the exam.
    Thank You!
  • Misha Singh
    After passing M.A. And qualified for assistant professor then what the process to get a permanent appoint in universities and colleges? Please suggest me!
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  • Anu Srivastava
    Hello sir... i recently get enrolled for pg ( Please suggest me whether m eligible to appear in ugc net exam december 2019 or not.
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Anu,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    To be eligible for UGC NET exam, you must have completed the post graduation degree. so need to complete the PG first.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • G Kavya
    Iam 33years old now do iam eligible for jrf . NTA net is conducted twice in a year or not.plz reply mr
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Kavya,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You are not eligible for NET JRF but can apply for NET Lectureship only. There is no age limit for NET lectureship.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Gaurab Dutta
    Hi Sir, Is AIU equivalence to MBA certificate a prerequisite criteria for UGC NET; for a Post Graduate Diploma from University of Delhi?
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  • Rachna
    Hello sir i want ugc net english question paper june 2019
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Rachna,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You can get the UGC NET JUNE 2019 English Question Papers from UGC NET Question Paper.
    Thank You.
  • Sankar
    Hi, I am planning to do masters or pgd in data science as a part time course. I find 1 year as well as 2 year courses. Will a 1 year course will be eligible for UGC NET Assisstant Professor? will this 1 year course affect my career as a Professor?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Sankar,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    There is no negative effect of 1 year or 2 year course. But Master's is more beneficial than PGD course.
    Thank You.
  • Rahul
    Sir, my PG is from economics (M.A) but i has passed NET & JRF from commerce...... Is my result valid or not???
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  • Alam
    Can a media governance post graduate apply for ugc Net in performing arts. Please explain in detail
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Alam,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    According to NTA guidelines, aspirants can apply for the exam with their post-graduation subject or related to that. As per your subject, you can appear for the Mass Communication and Journalism. Make sure you also meet all the required criteria for exam.
    Thank You.
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