The eligibility criteria for UGC NET is listed below:

Degree and Marks:

At least a Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test.

SC / ST / PH / VH: 50% marks (without rounding off)

Others: 55% marks (without rounding off)

Note for Final Year Students:

Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited OR candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this Test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/Lectureship eligibility only after they have passed their Master’s degree examination or equivalent with stipulated marks. Such candidates must complete their P.G. degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

Note for Ph.D Holders:

The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by September 19, 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks for appearing in NET.

Age Limit:

Junior Research Fellowship (as on December 01, 2010):

Maximum 28 years


There is no upper age limit for applying for lectureship eligibility.

Age Relaxation:

A relaxation upto 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PH/VH categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority. Three years’ relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.

Exemption from NET (Lectureship):

NET/SET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Lecturers in Universities/Colleges/Institutions. Provided, however, that candidates, who are or have been awarded Ph.D. Degree in compliance of the “University Grants Commission (minimum standards and procedure for award of Ph.D. Degree), Regulation 2009, shall be exempt from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/Colleges/Institutions.” The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.

The candidates who have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Lectureship held prior to June 01, 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for Lectureship anywhere in India. For SET held from June 01, 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of lecturer only in the universities/ colleges belonging to the state from where they have cleared their SET.

8 Thoughts to “UGC NET Eligibility”

  1. Sman kumar jha

    sir, i have done M.ed,i want to give net exam on the basis of M.ED degree. i have not completed my post graduation.pls give me information that i can give net exam or not.


    i am so happyto seen your web disgine for convenient to handling.
    thanking you UGC

  3. Shrish Shankhdhar

    "Such candidates must complete their P.G. degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks"

    This information is not appears in the official website of UGC. I want to only conform. Because I appear in Post Degree in this year and also preparing to Net.

    Thanks for such informative article.

  4. Namitha

    I would like to know the syllabus of Economics JRF exam

  5. KANAK

    im accuiring m.a 1styear plz give suggestion.mi sit on the net.

  6. Rajeev Kr Kushwaha

    I would like to know the syllabus of Physics(Electronics)JRF exam

  7. M.S.Shekhar

    is vinayak mission university, salem is ugc granted university?


    Sir,I have just completed my M.A. degree examination in Hindi, but there was not Hindi subject(general)except compulsory Hindi(50 Marks)in my B.A.,so can I have the eligibility for appearing this UGC NET EXAMINATION...?

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