NET (National Eligibility Test) Exam


The National Eligibility Test (NET) is a test to determine eligibility for college and university level lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals. The purpose of this test is to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in teaching professions and research.  On behalf of UGC, the Central Board of Secondary Education holds National Eligibility Test (NET) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian universities and colleges.

University Grants Commission (UGC) announced in 2013 that the candidates who clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) successfully would be eligible for lucrative jobs in the public sector undertakings 
(PSUs). PSUs can utilize UGC-NET scores for the recruitment process of the posts of executives in their organizations in disciplines like science (R&D), management, corporate communications, human resources, finance, etc

Age Limit:

1. Junior Research Fellowship: The age of the candidate should be less than 28 years. A 5 years relaxation is provided  to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on the website: ) SC/ST/PWD 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 the production of a certificate from appropriate authority. Three years relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree.

2. Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.

List of subjects for NET exam are:
Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Commerce, Education, Social Work, Defence and Strategic studies, Home Science, Public 
Administraation, Population studies, Hindustani Music, Management, Maithili, Hindi and all other Indian languages, French, Russian, Persian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Adult Education, Physical 
Education, Indian culture, Labour welfare, Law, Library science, Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies, Comparative Study of Religions, Mass Comm and Journalism, Dance, Museology & Conservation, Archaeology, criminology, Tribal and Regional Language/Literature, Folk Literature, Comparative Literature, Sanskrit Traditional Subjects, women studies, Visual Art, Geography, Social Medicine & Community Health, Forensic Science, Computer science, Electronic sceicne, environment science, Internation and area studies, Human Rights and duties, Tourism, Bodo, Drama/theatre

For any details like, exam dates, result or to download the form visit NET website


1. Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks in master degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC are eligible for this Test. The OBC belonging to non-creamy layer/Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PWD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks are eligible for this test.
2. 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. But these 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.
3. The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master's level examination had been completed by 19 Sep. 1991, shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5%



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