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Is UGC NET Necessary For PhD? Check More Details for PhD Eligibility

Is UGC NET Necessary For PhD? – This is big question for any UGC NET aspiring candidates. Candidate who wants to do PhD for further education or wants to choose their career as Research Scholar, UGC NET qualifying is mandatory eligibility criteria. While understanding the nuances of applying for a PhD program, students face confusion regarding its eligibility criteria.

UGC NET exam held every year at various centre in all over India by NTA. UGC NET 2023 Notification has been out, candidate who wants to take admission in PhD has started to prepare for the examination. As UGC NET Examination will be going to held from 21st February to 10th March 2023.

Any UGC NET JRF qualified candidate will be eligible to pursue higher education aspire to apply for a PhD admission in India.UGC has also revised the rule of admission for the Ph.D. programs in India. Thus, in this article, we discuss the revised rule of Ph.D. admissions, eligibility criteria understand what exactly UGC NET or PhD is? Read on to know more.

UGC NET Notification

Latest Update on Revised Rules of Ph.D. Admissions

University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that the Ph.D admission rules has been revised along with various other details regarding the procedure, duration and standard of Ph.D. program. UGC has released University Grant Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of PhD Degree) Regulations, 2022 mentioning all the relevant information in detail related to PhD course.

UGC has mandate the entrance test for admission apart from the qualification. All the aspiring candidate have to give National Eligibility Test (NET) or National Entrance Test or an Entrance test conducted at the level of individual universities. These changes are being introduced to meet the recommendation of the National Education Policy 2020. The central universities will reserve 60 % seats for UGC NET JRF qualified candidates and 40 % seats for university test qualified for Ph.D admission.

UGC Regulations 2023 Guidelines for PhD Admissions

Ph.D requirement for Assistant Professors Recruitment

As per new norms directed by the University Grant Commissions (UGC), Candidate who holds Phd Degree are eligible to apply for Direct Recruitment of Assistant professor. Candidates can apply for the post based on their UGC NET scores as minimum eligibility criteria. This comes as a relief for the candidates whose research work , Assistant professor Recruitment as comes opening path for their career.

Check the Latest Eligibility UGC Notification Regarding UGC Assistant Professor 

What is a PhD?

A PhD is a globally recognized academic qualification/ degree awarded to students/ candidates who successfully complete and submit their dissertation or thesis. The thesis or dissertation is based on extensive and original research work in the field of their choice or expertise. Usually, it takes up to 5 years to complete the research work, collates the information gathered, extracts a conclusion and finally submits the thesis. This degree is granted by the Universities after extensive scrutiny of the candidate’s research work.

What is UGC NET?

UGC NET or University Grant Commission National Eligibility Test is a national level eligibility test conducted to select candidates for the post of Assistant Professor and for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). After successfully passing the UGC NET, Candidates are eligible for applying for various Assistant Professor jobs in various Universities and Colleges. Candidates qualifying for JRF get a stipend and other facilities granted by the UGC for pursuing their PhD. After their PhD, they can apply for Assistant Professor Job.

UGC NET Notification

Eligibility Criteria for a PhD?

Following are some of the eligibility criteria students need to know about before applying for a PhD:

  • A Master’s Degree in respective subjects with 55% marks from a recognised University is a general qualifying criterion for PhD programs across India.
  • Many Universities ask for a UGC NET certificate as a basic requisite for a PhD.
  • Some universities conduct entrance exams to select candidates for PhD programs. Universities that conduct entrance exams do not ask for a UGC NET certificate as a mandatory requirement.
  • PhD in specialized fields like engineering and technology requires a valid Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) mandatorily.

Check Revised PHD Eligibility Criteria

Is UGC NET Necessary for PhD?

Now coming back to the question, “Is UGC NET Necessary for PhD?”  As per the new rule Affliated University has required to fill 60% of the PhD seats through the National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) qualified students. The rest of the 40% seats will be filled through the entrance test conducted by the universities/ colleges. However, it is always advisable to qualify UGC NET or JRF for better opportunities for jobs and promotions in the future.

Qualifying a national level eligibility test like UGC NET allows the recruiters or universities to understand your standing and merit on a national level. Secondly, qualifying for JRF helps the candidates financially. PhD courses are expensive and under JRF, candidates get a stipend and some other facilities like HRA, etc.


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Q. Is PhD compulsory for Assistant Professor from 2022?

A. No, PhD is Not Mandatory for Assistant Professor till June 2023

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for Assistant Professor as per UGC?

A. According to the UGC Regulation 2022, the Minimum Eligibility Criteria for the Assistant Professor, JRF or equivalent Posts in the UGC approved Universities are as follows: SET/SLET Qualified NET Certificates and a Master's Degree. Minimum 55% marks in Post-Graduation for the recruitment of Teachers Or PhD.

Q. Is NET exam compulsory for Assistant Professor?

A. Yes, it's mandatory and compulsory if you want to be an Assistant Professor/Lecturer across India. According to the UGC rule, only the UGC NET/CSIR NET/ICAR NET Exam is the gateway or entry for becoming Assistant Professor. Ph.D. candidates are not exempted from appearing in UGC NET.


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