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Is PhD Mandatory For Assistant Professor? Check Revised Guidelines

Each year, numerous students aspire to secure the position of Assistant Professor in colleges and universities, marking the initial step into the teaching profession within academic institutions. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently introduced updated guidelines and eligibility criteria for individuals interested in pursuing Assistant Professor roles in colleges and universities. Below, you will find the revised UGC Guidelines, which pertain specifically to candidates who have obtained UGC NET qualifications and hold Ph.D. degrees

Revised UGC Guidelines for Assistant Professor Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the position of Assistant Professor has been revised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). According to the updated statement, candidates holding a Ph.D. qualification are now eligible for direct recruitment as Assistant Professors. The UGC NET Chairman, M Jagadesh Kumar, initially communicated via a tweet referring to the UGC Gazette Notification, stating that the Ph.D. qualification for the appointment of Assistant Professor would be optional starting from 01 July 2023.

In alignment with the revised UGC statement, the minimum qualification for applying to Assistant Professor Recruitment is NET/SET/SLET. Additionally, candidates with a Ph.D. qualification will also be considered eligible for direct recruitment to the post of Assistant Professor across all Higher Education Institutions, without the necessity of qualifying NET/SET/SLET. Further details are provided below.

UGC Revised Eligibility for Assistant Professors in Universities and Colleges

What is PhD?

A Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) is the highest academic degree awarded by universities and educational institutions in many countries. It is typically earned by individuals who have demonstrated a significant level of expertise in a specific field of study through original research. To obtain a Ph.D., individuals must complete several years of rigorous study and research beyond the undergraduate and master’s degree levels.

What is UGC NET JRF?

UGC NET is an eligibility test for candidates who want to job as an assistant professor. UGC NET JRF qualified candidate can apply for Ph.D and also gest fellowship from universities. It will give candidate original contribution of their knowledge, technologies, and methodologies to engage in the research field.

UGC Approve NET Score for PhD Admission 2024

What is the Difference between PhD and UGC NET JRF?

Both are eligibility criteria for applying for the Assistant Professor post. As UGC NET qualified candidates, they can apply and be eligible for assistant professorship both in colleges and universities. As per update, PhD Degree is not mandatory to become an assistant professor. As only PhD, not UGC NET qualified candidates, candidates will become eligible for assistant professorship. If any candidate is qualified for both i.e PhD and UGC NET, they are eligible for Assistant Professor or Associate Professor post. Candidates will get promotion in their post early with both qualified degrees.

Is PhD necessary after UGC NET Qualified?

UGC NET is minimum criteria for applying for Assistant Professorship in colleges/universities. No, a Ph.D. is not necessary after qualifying the UGC NET exam. The UGC NET qualification itself is a recognized eligibility criteria for the appointment of Assistant Professors in universities and colleges in India. However, having a Ph.D. degree can provide additional advantages in terms of career opportunities, research positions, and higher academic positions. It demonstrates advanced expertise and research capabilities in a specific field.

How to do PhD with or without NET ?

UGC NET is not necessary to do Ph.D. Candidate can do Ph.D. without qualifying UGC NET. They can apply for Ph.D by giving a direct University entrance Test for Ph.D. admission. Candidates will get a scholarship in a Ph.D course if they take admission in Ph.D by qualifying UGC NET JRF. As per UGC NET JRF qualifies, the candidate will get a scholarship till 5 yr of Ph.D. They will get considered for Assistant Professor or Associate Professor post in Universities/Colleges.

Job Opportunities for PhD Qualified

Ph.D qualified candidates mostly apply for Assistant professorship posts in colleges or universities. Candidate have many other options apart from teaching, Ph.D. qualified candidates can go for research field. Candidate can become a research assistant in any project which will be related to his Ph.D. degree. After that candidate can get promotions as a Senior Research Assistant in College or University. Ph.D. qualified candidates can apply for Research companies or research profiles.

Is PhD mandatory for Assistant Professorship?

UGC NET is minimum criteria for applying for Assistant Professorship in colleges/universities. As per UGC NET Latest notification 2023, Ph.D. holders will also be eligible for applying Assistant professor Post in all Higher Education Institutions. NET, SET and SLET Exam has become minimum eligibility criteria for candidate who wants to join Assistant professor. All the Candidates with UGC NET qualified are eligible for an assistant professor job  as it is still the minimum eligibility criteria. Ph.D. Holders will also be eligible for all subjects to apply for Assistant professor Post.


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Can I become a Assistant Professor after clearing NET?

Yes, you can become a Assistant Professor after clearing NET

Are NET and JRF the same?

UGC NET & JRF are same exams. The only difference is that you need more marks for JRF as compared to NET. Top 6% of students who qualify NET exam gets JRF. NTA Conducts the UGC NET exam twice a year.

Is UGC NET Necessary For PhD?

Candidate who wants to do PhD for further education or wants to choose their carrer as Research Scholar, UGC NET qualifying is mandatory eligibility criteria

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