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UGC NET: Eligibility Criteria & Age Limit

By Mabel Tony Published on: October 19, 2020
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The eligibility criteria for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or only Assistant Professor including the age limit, relaxation in the upper age limit and educational qualification required to qualify for NTA UGC NET Examination is discussed in this article.

UGC NET Eligibility 2020 - Educational Qualification

UGC NET 2020 Exam is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) to determine the candidate’s eligibility for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or for Assistant Professor only posts in Indian Universities and Colleges. Educational qualification that candidates need to obtain in order to be eligible for the exam is as follows:


* The transgender category would be eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age & qualifying criteria for NET(i.e, JRF & Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories. The subject wise cut-offs for this category should be lowest among those for SC/ST/PwD/OBC-NCL categories in the corresponding subject.

** 50% marks in case of OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender category candidates.
The candidates must complete their Masters degree or equivalent examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

*** Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examinations have been completed by 19th September 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result).

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Important Points for UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Some of the important points that candidates need to note regarding UGC NET eligibility criteria are:

Exemption- Eligibility for Assistant Professor

NET/SET/SLET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions.

For NET/SLET/SET candidates:

For SET candidates:

UGC NET 2020 - Age Limit and Relaxation

UGC NET 2020 Age Limit and Relaxation for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorship are given below:

Age Limit

Age Limit Relaxation

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