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March 27, 2021 • 3:40 pm

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


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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 NTA UGC NET JRF Scholarship, we have catered to every single detail in this blog.


Let’s begin knowing the UGC NET in a better way.




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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.



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


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.


The University Grants Commission offers scholarships to those talented candidates who qualify the NTA 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 3 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 NTA 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 National Testing Academy (NTA) 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 NTA 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?


UGC allocates a number of fellowships to the universities that lie under the 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 – UGC NET Eligibility.



UGC NET JRF 2021 Scholarship Details | Tenure, Amount and other Allowances


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


Tenure of fellowship - Initially for 3 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 31,000 (for initial 2 years) and INR 35,000 (for remaining tenure).


The UGC has revised the rates of Fellowship amount under the UGC Scheme for JRF/SRF in Science, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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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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 – 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.


Check out the changed UGC NET Qualifying Criteria in detail.


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


The Commission provides a minimum of 3200 fellowships in each UGC-NET exam.

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



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Career Scope after Qualifying UGC NET JRF 2021


The 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 the 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, which is regularly updated as and when job opportunities in various sectors arise.


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This blog covers the details about the UGC NET JRF Scholarships. If you have any query regarding the above information, you can notify us by leaving your comment in the comment box given below.




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  • Suresh durgadsheemi
    what about June 2012 UGC net results verdict at that time my score 182/350
  • Patel manali jitendrabhai
    The candidate must join the fellowship within 6 months from date of issue of the award letter. can you explain this.. I have cleared my JRF. If i do nt get admission within six m...
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    Hello Manali,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The JRF letter has the validity of 3 years and must join any university/college for the JRF within 3 years. After the JRF letter bec...
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  • Nandanan
    sir i am qualified for UGC NET JRF . can i get my stipend in any institutes under affiliated to a university or i have to get admission only in university?
  • 8968024145
    hllo sir how much salary i earned if i have cleared my ph.d in political sci.
    Hello ,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The starting avg salary of an assistant professor is around 35000-50000 which varies according to the universities or institutes.
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  • Sushma chauhan
    Hello, sir, I am a person with a disability and clear my NET and I got admission in MPhil, sir I want to know that there is any scholarship for me..... If yes then when will open t...
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  • Santosh
    sir..i have done btech with{ computer science and tech }branch..can i eligible for JRF and also tell me which subject in i can fill the form...can i fill with management ..also t...
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    Hello Santosh,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You can apply for the UGC NET in Computer Science. First, you have to enrol yourself in the master’s degree to fulfil the required e...
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  • Lokesh prajapat
    Sir, I have qualified UGC NET from Commerce in June 2019. May I get scholarship or may I have any other options to Apply for JRF, If yes, then where should I apply for JRF in Comm...
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  • Madhuri
    sir, i have done mba finance am i eligible to jrf
    Hello Madhuri,
    Greeting from Eduncle!
    Yes, you can apply for UGC NET JRF.
    Thank You!!
  • Madhuri
    how i can apply jrf after applying ugc net could u please explain step by step process
    Hello Madhuri,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You can check step by step procedure to Ap...
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  • Sastry
    Can someone get the stipend of University and MHRD scholarship of at a time during PhD?
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