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Career After UGC NET & JRF Exam: Stipend, Salary Structure And Other Allowance

UGC NET Exam 2022 result has been released, candidate are searching for job opportunities. NTA has released UGC NET cut off and results on official website. All the aspiring candidate wants to know about career perspectives after clearing UGC NET Exam, Salary, Fellowship programs, Benefits and many more. UGC NET exam is eligibility examination to teach in colleges which held 2 times in year. Here we are going to know more about Career After UGC NET and their Stipend, Salary Structure And Other Allowance

What is UGC NET?

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test or UGC NET is a national eligibility test for the post of Assistant Professor and/or JRF (Junior Research Fellow).

UGC NET Job Profile

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is a national-level exam which has been conducted to determine eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’. National Testing Agency (NTA) has been conducting the UGC NET exam. UGC NET qualified candidate can apply for Assistant professor Post in colleges UGC NET JRF qualified candidate can apply for Ph.D and also gest fellowship from universities.

Emoluments for UGC NET JRF/SRF/RA:

Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and Senior Research Fellow (SRF)

Designation Duration
Qualification Existing Emoluments

(Per month)

Revised Emoluments

(Per month)

Junior Research Fellow (JRF) 2 Years Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science Rs. 25,000/- Rs. 31,000/-
Graduate/ Post Graduate  Degree  in Professional Course selected through UGC NET  Exam, GATE Exam, or other National-Level Exams Conducted by MHRD & it Agencies  & Institutes Such as UGC, IIT, IISc, IISER, IIIT etc.
Senior Research Fellow (SRF) 3 Years Qualification prescribed for JRF along with two years of research experience. Rs. 28,000/- Rs. 35,000/-

Contingency Rate for the JRFs and SRFs:

The Enhanced Contingency Rates
Contingency A Rs.10,000/-p.a. for initial two years Humanities & Social Sciences
Rs.20,500/-p.a. for remaining tenure
Contingency B Rs.12,000/-p.a. for initial two years Science
 Rs.25,000/-p.a for remaining tenure
Escort/ Reader Assistance Rs. 2,000/-p.m In case of physically handicapped  & blind  candidates

UGC NET Revised Emoluments

Important Note:

An external assessment will be conducted by the Institute where the fellow is pursuing their PhD is mandatory after the completion of two years. After a  successful assessment the fellow will be awarded with an upgradation from JRF to SRF. The benefit of fellowship  during SRF will continue after  the completion of mandatory Annual Satisfactory Assessment.

Research Associates

Qualification : Ph.D/MD/MS/MDS or equivalent degree or having completed 3 years of research  teaching and design and development experience after  M.Sc/ M.Pharma/ ME/ M Tech with at least  one research paper  in Science Citation  Indexed  (SCI) Journal.

Depending on the qualification and experience, the emolument of the Research Associate any fall into the 3 pay levels mentioned below:

Category Existing Emoluments (Per month) Revised Emoluments (Per month)
Research Associates-I Rs. 36,000/- Rs. 47,000/-
Research Associates-II Rs. 38,000/- Rs. 49,000/-
Research Associates-III Rs. 40,000/- Rs. 54,000/-


Service Conditions for UGC NET JRF/SRF/RA


DA or Dearness Allowance is a fixed percentage of salary, provided to government employees. Its objective is to keep up with the inflation for employees. JRFs, SRF, and RAs are also entitled to DA.

House Rent Allowance:

The research fellows are provided with hostel accommodation wherever it is available. Point to be noted, research fellows residing in the hostels are not given any HRA. In case of, no hostel accommodation available in the hostel, research fellows are entitled to the HRA as per the Central Government norms based on their location/city.

Medical Benefits:

Medical Allowance is provided to the research associates and research fellows as applicable in the institute they are associated with.

Leave and other entitlements:

The JRFs and SRFs are entitled to casual leaves; however, research associate leaves are determined by the host institute. With due approval from the host institutes, the fellows are allowed to participate in  scientific events/ workshops held in India and Abroad will be considered as “on duty”. Participation in aforementioned travels to scientific events/ workshops are the same as earlier in 2nd AC by Rail. As per the government guidelines, maternity leaves will be issued to female candidates in all categories.

Bonus and Leave Travel  Concession:

These allowances will not be available for the JRFs/SFRs/RAs.

Retirement  Benefits:

There is no retirement benefit available for the JRFs/SFRs/RAs.

Scoop of UGC NET JRF Qualified:

The most lucrative benefit of qualifying UGC NET JRF is that the candidates become eligible for attractive salary packages when they apply for the Post of Assistant Professor. They become eligible to apply in various Government and Private Colleges/Universities/ Institutions. Following are the various other benefits of UGC NET JRF Qualified:

UGC NET JRF: Stipend

UGC NET JRF qualified candidates are awarded a certificate and opportunity to join premier Universities in India to pursue their Ph.D. candidates are also eligible for stipend as mentioned above. The job packages after completion of their higher studies is also good.

UGC NET JRF: Promotion

After the successful completion of UGC NET JRF candidates are eligible for not just the job opportunities but their chances of getting future promotion also increases substantially. The candidates enjoy better promotion chances in Private jobs as well.


The completion of UGC NET JRF opens opportunities in various PSU jobs as well. The candidates are eligible to apply for various lucrative jobs in Public Sector Undertakings.

Career After UGC NET Exam : FAQ

Q. Can I become a Professor after clearing NET?

Ans. Candidate can check in details regarding this , Click HERE

Q. Are NET and JRF the same?

Ans. To know more about NET and JRF , Click Here

Q. Is UGC NET Necessary For PhD?

Ans. Let know about PHD eligibility criteria here : Click Here

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