Changes in Eligibility criteria of UGC NET (National Eligibility Test) from 2017

Amendments have been introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the eligibility criteria of the UGC NET (National Eligibility Test).

The test, which determines the eligibility of candidates for assistant professor or junior research fellowship in Indian universities and colleges, will take place on November 19 this year.

What are the changes?

i) Candidates in the Reserved Category, who earlier qualified with 15%, will now be considered at 6%.

ii) Changes are expected in the rule which gives preference to Reserved Category candidates in the minimum cut-off list over the Unreserved Category.

Details of the exam are expected to be declared on the official website by July 24, 2017.

Learn about How to Prepare for UGC NET?

The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for whole time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them. The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR Eligibility for Assistant Professor only will depend on the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF.

UGC NET contains 3 objective type papers which are conducted on the same day in 3 slots. Paper I is a Common paper for all the subjects, Paper II and III are subject specific. Paper I contains 60 questions only 50 are mandatory. Paper II contains 50 questions all are mandatory and Paper III contains 75 questions all are mandatory. Paper II and III covers most of the topics studied in your Graduate and Post Graduate level and hence when you plan to appear for this exam then you should be ready to read all the subjects you may have studied in your post graduation and some in your undergraduate course.

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