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June 08, 2024 • 18:09 pm

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2024 - Age Limit & Education Qualification

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2024

National Testing Agency (NTA) selects candidates who fulfil UGC NET Eligibility Criteria for 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 can apply for the exam. 

Candidates should not be more than 30 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, you must check the complete UGC NET Eligibility 2024 for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship before applying for the exam.

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


UGC NTA NET Eligibility Criteria  

UGC NET Educational Qualification

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UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2024


The UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2024 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 out the application form. Below are the details of the UGC NET Exam Eligibility criteria.

Candidates who have appeared for their qualifying master’s degree (Final year) examination and whose result is still awaited can appear in the UGC NET 2024 Examination as per UGC NET Education Eligibility.


Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/ institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science, etc. are eligible for this Test as per NTA NET Eligibility Criteria.


For Ph.D. degree holders: The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination has been completed by 19 September 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.



UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Overview


UGC NET 2024 Eligibility 
UGC NET Age Limit
  • 30 year for JRF
  • No Age Limit for Assistant Professor 
UGC NET Education Qualification  Master’s Degree or equivalent with minimum 55% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwD/Transgender candidates)
UGC NET Number of Attempts No limit on attempts for JRF & AP
UGC NET Nationality Eligibility Indian
Subject  The subject of your Post-Graduation


National Eligibility Test (NIIT) as an Entrance -Test for Admission to Ph.D.


From June 2024 onwards. therefore. the NIIT candidates will be declared eligible in three categories:

Category-1: Eligible for (i) admission to Ph.D.. with JRF and

(ii) appointment as Assistant Professor.

Catcgory-2: Eligible for (i) admission to PHD. without JRF and (ii) appointment as Assistant Professor.

Catcgory-3: Eligible for admission to PhD. program only and not for the award of the JRF or appointment as Assistant Professor.


Qualified For     Eligible for
    JRF Assistant Professor  Ph.D. admission 
Category-1 Award of JRF and appointment as Assistant Professor  Yes Yes  Yes 
category-2 Appointment as Assistant Professor and admission to Ph.D    No  Yes          Yes 
Category-3 Admission to Ph.D. only  No  No  Yes 



UGC NET Educational Qualification 


Educational qualification for assistant professors and JRF is the same. In order to appear for the UGC NET Exam 2024, you need to fulfil the below-mentioned UGC NET Education Qualification :

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

50% aggregate marks (without rounding off) in master’s or equivalent degree - for ST/SC/OBC-NCL/ 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 if the final exam results for your master's 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. In that case, 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 supporting their eligibility nor printout of their UGC NET Application Form 2024 to the NTA. However, candidates must 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 student's candidature will be cancelled, 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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UGC NET Age Limit 2024


Age Limit for JRF As Of (1/06/2024)


The applicants who are less than or equal to 30 years as of June 1, 2024, can apply for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). The candidates who fall under the category of SC/ST/OBC get relaxation according to UGC norms.


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 30 years of age as on the 1st day of the month when the examination is concluded.

For Assistant Professor, there are no upper age limit criteria.


UGC NET Age Relaxation 2024


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 an approved university or institute produces the certificate)

5 years

L.L.M. Degree

3 years

Armed Forces

5 years


If you fulfill all these NTA UGC NET 2024 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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UGC NET Eligibility For SC, ST, OBC and GEN(Reservation)


The reservation policy of the Government of India applies to UGC-NET as the NET Eligibility Criteria. According to this, in the Central Universities and Institutions that are deemed to be Universities, the reservation of seats shall be as follows as recommended by the NET Eligibility:

(i) 15% of the seats for Scheduled Castes (SC) candidates

(ii) 7.5% of the seats for Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates

(iii) 27% of the seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) candidates as per the Central List*

(iv) 10% of the seats for General – Economically Weaker Sections (General – EWS) candidates

(v) 05% of the seats in the mentioned categories for Persons with Disability (PwD) with 40% or more disabilities.


What Subject should I select for NTA UGC NET?


In this section, you will find the queries regarding the subjects for NET Eligibility 2024.

Every year, many aspirants get confused about the subject eligibility for UGC NET 2024 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 the 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 and 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?


It would help if you had a master’s degree in arts 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 a Professor after doing an MBA?


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


You must check the other important process steps once you check the NTA NET Eligibility 2024 Such as:

Important UGC NET Notifications

UGC NET Exam Pattern

UGC NET Syllabus

UGC NET Online Coaching & Course 

UGC NET Books 




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Frequently Asked Questions by NET Aspirants 


Here in this section, you can check the most common questions related to the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2024. 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 pursue or have pursued M.Tech with minimum qualification marks.



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

Answer - There is no limit on the number of attempts for the NET Exam. However, the age limit for JRF is 30 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 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 30 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 the UGC NET exam.



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  • Naiyer iqbal

    I'm Naiyer Iqbal. My Educational background is B.Tech ( Electrical & Electronics Engg. ) & Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Computing( NSQF-8, which is equivalent to the master's degree)[ duration of the course 08 Months ]from C- DAC, Pune. Am I eligible for UGC - NET for computer science?

  • Manochitra arunkumar

    Hi, I am Mano. I have completed M.Sc., M.Phil Computer science. is the NET right choice to go further. Need a counselling. Also need the exam application date, and other exam details.

  • Bhavika tolani

    Can i(qualified company secreatary) choose ugc net paper 2 subject of LAW after completion of graduation(bcom)?

  • Ringkhang bargoyary

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  • Nabanita sau

    Hello sir, i am a 1st year student of ug course of nutrition. I have not the subject chemistry as my generic. So if you kindly inform me that if I am able to complete my master degree and able to attempt the NET examination.

  • Shantanu bajpai7

    Can I apply in UGC NET Exam in political science after completed my LLM.


    ello Shantanu bajpai,
    Greetings from Eduncle! As per the NET eligibility criteria, you are eligible for the NET Exam in political science with aggregate 55% marks in LLM.
    Thank You!!

  • Pinki

    I have completed MBA in finance. Please tell me can I apply for net in commerce?


    Hello Pinky,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    If you have completed your MBA with a percentage as per the NTA eligibility criteria, you can easily apply for the NET Commerce exam.
    Thank You!!

  • 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 attempt for net jrf, I am worried I might hav lost the opportunity


    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.

  • 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 microbiology or eligible for only home science?


    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 UGC NET Subjects to know the complete details.
    Thank You!!


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