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

Every year, numerous students pursuing higher education aspire to apply for a PhD admission in India. PhD (Doctor in Philosophy) is a doctorate degree, offered by various universities in India and abroad for students interested in pursuing research work in their concerned subjects. While understanding the nuances of applying for a PhD program, many students face confusion regarding its eligibility criteria. One such question they face is “Is UGC NET necessary for PhD?”. To answer this question, first, we have to discuss the eligibility criteria and understand what exactly UGC NET or PhD is? Read on to know more.

Latest Update on PhD requirement for Recruitment of Assistant Professors

As per new norms directed by the University Grant Commissions (UGC), the mandatory requirement of PhD degree for the recruitment of Assistant Professor has been postponed till 2023. Based on this update, aspirants applying for the post of Assistant Professor does not need a PhD for the time being. Candidates can apply for the post based on their UGC NET scores till 2023. This comes as a relief for the candidates whose research work came to a complete standstill due to COVID- 19 crises for almost one and a half years. The students who could not complete their PhD due to the pandemic asked the government to relax the eligibility norms for them this year.

Check Latest Eligibility UGC Notification Regarding UGC Assistant Professor 2021

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, collate the information gathered, extract a conclusion and finally submit 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.

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 50% 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.

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Is UGC NET Necessary for PhD?

Now coming back to the question, “Is UGC NET Necessary for PhD?” The answer is No. Candidates can pursue a PhD without appearing for UGC NET or JRF. Candidates can apply to the individual Universities conducting direct entrance exams for their respective PhD programs. 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.

Conclusion

For students not appearing for UGC NET and still wants to pursue a PhD, the good news is that they can pursue their PhD without qualifying in UGC NET. candidates do not necessarily need a UGC NET scorecard to appear for entrance exams conducted by various Universities for their PhD programs. UGC NET score card is definitely an advantage as mentioned above, but it is not an absolute requirement.

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FAQ

Q. Is PhD compulsory for Assistant Professor from 2021?

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 2021, 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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