UGC NET JRF Scholarship, Scope and Exam details [Read to Know]

UGC NET JRF Scholarship


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In this growing era, the decision for choosing a research career in the educational field is indeed admirable. By qualifying the UGC NET JRF Exam, you will get an academic research position in reputed universities or research institutes.


To quench your thirst for knowing everything about UGC NET JRF Scholarship, we have catered every single detail in this blog.


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Before telling you about the UGC NET JRF Fellowship, we would like to start with the basic introduction to the Research Fellow post.


A Research Fellow can be an independent researcher or can perform work under the supervision of a chief researcher. The position can differ for different institutions, but it would include certain teaching accountabilities.


Now let’s begin with understanding the National Eligibility Test.




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What is National Eligibility Test? Read to find the details!



National Eligibility Test

To determine eligibility for lectureship and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship, the National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test for Indian candidates.


‘The National Eligibility Test is the gateway for the talented and eligible postgraduates to reach their dream of becoming an assistant professor or research fellow in any reputed Indian University.’





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What is JRF Scholarship? Know in detail!


UGC NET JRF ScholarshipThe University Grants Commission offers scholarships to those talented candidates who qualify the CBSE UGC NET Exam with a meritorious score. Those candidates can take complete advantage of the award of Junior Research Fellowship.


The main objective of UGC JRF Fellowship is to provide opportunities to deserving candidates to undertake advanced studies and research, leading to M.Phil./Ph.D. Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences including Languages and Sciences.



If you want to do Ph.D. after your Masters, you need to be either NET or JRF qualified. Most of the colleges require it for granting you the admission. In case of taking admission both NET E-certificate and JRF Letter have the validity of 2 years from the issued date.



#Note - The JRF can be awarded to only those who have opted it while filling UGC NET Online Application Forms.



As per the UGC norms, only the candidates who qualify CBSE UGC NET Exam can be eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship. However, these are qualifying tests only and do not bestow a fellowship upon the candidate.



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What is the Difference Between NET and JRF?



Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University Grants Commission (UGC) jointly conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship and to endow Junior Research Fellowships (JRF).


The difference between NET and JRF is that NET is Entrance Exam conducted by UGC whereas the JRF is a post which comes under NET Exam. That means, for JRF, you have to appear for UGC NET Exam.





JRF Eligibility – Who can take advantage of Scholarship?



JRF-EligibilityUGC allocates a number of fellowships to the universities that lie under University Grants Commission, and only these universities can choose the candidates which can be awarded UGC NET JRF Fellowships.


As per the NET JRF Eligibility Criteria, the Candidates who have qualified in NET can only be shortlisted for UGC Scholarship by universities/colleges.






To check the eligibility criteria to appear in the exam, you may visit – CBSE UGC NET Eligibility.




UGC NET JRF 2018 Scholarship Details | Tenure, Amount and other Allowances



Check out the NET JRF Scholarship amount, duration and other related details below. Please scroll down!

UGC JRF Scholarship Details


Tenure of fellowship - Initially for 2 years.


The duration can be extended further for a period of three years if the research work done by any candidate is found satisfactory by the concerned department of the University/College.



NET  JRF Scholarship Amount – INR 25,000 (for initial 2 years) and INR 28,000 (for remaining tenure).


Contingency for Humanities and Social Sciences - INR 10,000/- per annum for initial two years and INR 20,500/- per annum for remaining three years.


Contingency for Science - INR 12,000/- per annum for initial two years and INR 25,000/- per annum for remaining three years.


Escorts/Reader Assistance – INR 2,000/- per month in case of physically and visually challenged candidates.


HRA – As per University/Institute rules.




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Career Scope after Qualifying UGC NET JRF 2018 – Benefits of Clearing NET JRF 



Career Scope after UGC NETThe candidates who qualify the UGC NET JRF Test will be eligible to perform the lectureship or research work in any prestigious Indian University.


There are certain laboratories and institutes, which functions under University Grants Commission, they only accept the candidates who are having UGC NET JRF qualification.



And almost every month, many organizations and companies release various vacant posts (containing good salary packages), only for UGC NET qualified Junior Research Fellows. So this is a wonderful opportunity for all the selected candidates.



The NET JRF Exam conducted by UGC is surely a gateway to excellent job opportunities. As per the current situation, the Education industry jobs are considered as one of the most secured, reputed and well-paying jobs. So one should definitely appear in NET JRF Exam to actualize his/her dream of becoming a Research Fellow or teacher.



UGC has also started its job portal i.e., which is regularly updated as and when job opportunities in various sectors arise.


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Selection Criteria for Awarding Junior Research Fellowships



First of all, the candidates will have to qualify the UGC NET Exam by scoring minimum marks to be obtained for considering a candidate for the award of JRF. They are required to obtain minimum marks in Paper I, Paper-II.



Check out the cut off marks required to qualify the exam here – CBSE UGC NET Cut off Marks.



A merit list will be prepared for the qualified candidates. Amongst them, top 6% candidates will be awarded the Assistant Professor post which was 15% earlier.


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The remaining candidates who have opted for CBSE NET JRF as an option, while filling the NET JRF Form will be awarded based on the following criteria.



UGC JRF Scholarship Selection Criteria The Commission provides a minimum of 3200 fellowships in each UGC-NET exam.

  The allocation NET JRF slots among different subjects is done category wise.



As per the Government of India Reservation Policy, the reservation provided for following 4 categories are mentioned in the table below.



S.No. Categories Reservation
1. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 27%
2. Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
3. Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
4. Person with Disabilities (PWD) 3%



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The Category wise slots available for each category are as follows:



S.No. Categories Reservation No. of Seats
1. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 27% 864
2. Scheduled Caste (SC) 15% 480
3. Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5% 240
4. Person with Disabilities (PWD) 3% 960
5. General Category (Unreserved) 47.50% 1520
Total- 3200



The calculation is based on the number of candidates who have opted NET JRF and qualify for lectureship eligibility category wise in each subject to the total number of candidates qualified for lectureship who opted for JRF in that category overall subjects multiplied by the total number of fellowships to be awarded to that category.


The nearest whole number provides the number of slots in that category.


If the number of JRF slots obtained for any subject is less than 1, it will be taken as 1, however, for the fractions greater than 1, the figure will be rounded off to the nearest whole number.



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UGC NET JRF Syllabus- Essential thing to Prepare for UGC NET JRF 2018!



After knowing the details like eligibility, career scope, selection criteria of UGC NET JRF Exam, its time to start your preparation for the exam. The essential requirement to start your preparation is the knowledge of UGC NET JRF Syllabus.



The UGC NET JRF Syllabus consists of total 100 subjects. The detailed syllabus for all the subjects is provided at the above link. The candidates can download the UGC NET JRF Syllabus for all the subjects and start their preparation for the UGC NET JRF 2018.



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39 thoughts on “UGC NET JRF Scholarship, Scope and Exam details [Read to Know]

  1. Rajakumar

    Sir I completed IT. Am I eligible for computer science and application JRF. I am from engineering background. Can I able get JRF opportunities from universities if I clear JRF in computer science

  2. Rahul

    General Category (Unreserved) – 1520 Seats and required percentage 47.50%
    This information does not seem right. Please check this one. I’ve got 49% and have not got any seat.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hi Rahul,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      The data we have presented in our blog is to put an example of qualifying criteria for UGC NET JRF. To get the complete information about the UGC NET July 2016 qualifying criteria and cutoff marks, you can please visit the following link –

      Here, you can check the JRF cutoff and total for your concerned subject.

      Thanks and Regards,
      Eduncle Team

    • Raj

      47.5% seats for general candidates,
      Its not about marks, its about seats.

  3. vikas kuumar

    sir can i change my jrf schlorship from m.phil(only 3 month duration) of one university to phd of other?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Vikas,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Kindly provide more details regarding your doubt. It would help is in understanding your doubts clearly.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  4. Lyn

    Hello ! I had cleared my UGC NET with JRF and received my JRF award letter this week for the December 2015 exam. I am from the department of English Literature. Should I approach a guide from a college/university in person and get registered for my PhD under them or is there any other process to get enrolled in PhD under JRF.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Lyn,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      Congratulations! Lyn, on getting qualified for UGC NET JRF Scholarship.

      Yes you can hire a guide or mentor and work under his/her able guidance and pursue your PhD. You can perform your research fellowship for the same subject for which you need to pursue your PhD.

      All the Best for your future learning endeavours!

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  5. Shalu

    The pursuing post graduates students can also fill both NET & JRF papers? Now we will be having only one NET exam in a year so, when will be next scheduled exam?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Shalu,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      Yes, candidates in their last semester of the final year of their pursuing Masters Degree can also apply for UGC NET Exam in the Result Awaited category.

      Till now there has been no official notification regarding the conduct of UGC NET Exam once in a year. For this year the UGC NET Exam will be held on 19th November 2017.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  6. Swati Tyagi

    Sir .. please tell if a student get reeapear in examination ..then he will also eligible for net or not ?? If yes then to apply for net??

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Swati,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      Yes, he’d be eligible only if he has the valid degree with required scores.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  7. basanti naik

    i have cleared jrf in physical education, i am applying for ph.D in C.A.C.P.E this college is under pune university so my query is if i take admission in this college will UGC provide me jrf stipend money? as it is mentioned above that-
    There are certain laboratories and institutes, which functions under University Grants Commission, they only accept the candidates who are having UGC NET JRF qualification.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Basanti,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      If you get selected for JRF in this college through the UGC NET Certificate, then yes you can apply for stipend money.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  8. Ritu Hans

    I have qualified UGC-JRF in CSIR/UGCjoint test held on 18 Dec 2016,Ihave joined forM.Phil,will I get fellowship now?.If yes then what is the procedure for getting fellowship.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Ritu,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      You’ll have to apply for it. Please visit the official website of CSIR NET, if they have released any notification. If not, you can contact them directly.
      Still, if you need help, please keep visiting our blog for all the latest updates.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  9. Akshay

    Sir tell me about age limit of Fellowship?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Akshay,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      There’s no age limit to avail the UGC NET Fellowship. But if you want to appear in UGC NET JRF Exam, then make sure your age should not be more than 28 years. In case of OBC/ST/SC/PWD Candidates, there will be 5 year’s of relaxation.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  10. Ripon Handique

    Hello sir,
    I have qualified the UGC NET exam. If I clear the entrance exam of any university to pursue phd,will I be getting any monthly stipend?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Ripon,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      The monthly stipends are given to only those candidates who perform Junior Research Fellowship after qualifying UGC NET JRF Exam.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  11. sagar jadhav

    Is there is any interview to qualify for JRF in Commerce…

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Sagar,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      No, to qualify UGC NET Commerce, you’ll have to appear in a written exam. If you qualify this, you’ll be issued a certificate and this certificate will help you in taking admission in any university/college to perform JRF.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  12. Bp

    Respected sir/madam,
    What if someone has only cleared the cut off and has applied for both JRF and asst professor.

  13. ARIJIT

    sir m a ca student and m pursuing and interested for ugc net jrf..sir can i continue my ca at the tyme of jrf fellowship?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Arijit,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      If you’re in the final year of your M.Com. degree, then go for UGC NET Commerce and yes you can pursue but it might create problems for you. So set only one aim and stay determined for it.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  14. Charu

    Hello sir,
    I have qualified net exam in Jan 2018 for only assistant professor in commerce. Can I reappear the exam which will be held in June 2018 for jrf qualification also?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Charu,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      Yes, you can appear for it.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  15. khushbu

    if i cleared the JRF exam, can i get a job?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Khushbu,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      Yes, you can go for research field jobs. Here at this page of UGC NET Jobs & Recruitment 2018, we post latest notifications for the same. Kindly follow the page to receive regular updates.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  16. Mariano Fernandes

    As per sources, I’ve heard that it takes 2 years to get a seat for PhD after declaration of results. Is it true?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Mariano,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      You heard it wrong. The information is that the NET Qualified students are required to join PhD Course within 2 years of NET Result declaration date. Thereafter, their NET Certificate would not remain valid for PhD Admissions.
      There are a few assumptions that the limit of 2 years has been extended up to 3 years. As soon as any official notification will be released, we’ll update our blogs with the same information.
      Thanks for asking your query to us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  17. Joginder

    I am joginder. Can anyone tell how i can get my rank in ugc net exam November 2017

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Joginder,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      The exam convener authorities doesn’t declare any rank in UGC NET. They only declare students as qualified or not qualified.
      Thanks for asking your query to us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  18. Iram

    Hi sir ,
    I am going to apply for NET JRF in July 2018 for the first time in commerce ,
    Can you please tell me about the cut off marks that are required to clear this exam for both Paper 1 and paper 2 ?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Iram,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      You can check out the expected cutoff from here – CBSE NET Cutoff July 2018.
      Thanks for asking your query to us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  19. Sonia

    Hello sir,
    I got jrf letter in august 2017,can i get fellowship if i join m.phil/p.hd this year, if yes , then what would be the procedure.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Sonia,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      Yes, you can get the scholarship now. Here in the blog of UGC Scholarships, you can visit the official pages of the concerned scholarship and mark the latest dates for the same and then apply accordingly.
      Thanks for asking your query to us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

      • Prag

        Sir I have done masters in physiotherapy, and I would like to know the scope after clearing net/jrf for me. What would be my options?

        • Eduncle Team

          Hello Prag,
          Greetings from Eduncle!
          You can check out the career scope after UGC NET by clicking this link.
          Thanks for asking your query to us!
          Kind Regards,
          Eduncle Team

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