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

UGC NET 2023 December Cycle has been released on official website. All the interested candidates will be going to search for job opportunities after UGC NET 2023 qualified. 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 an eligibility examination to teach in colleges as Assistant Professor or JRF. Here we are going to know more about Career After UGC NET and their Stipend, Salary Structure And Other Allowance.

UGC NET Selection Process 2023

UGC Hiked JRF Stipend

University Grant Commission has released the official notice regarding JRF Stipend hiked. UGC has hiked stipend of JRF, SRF and Research Associate Fellowship Amount which are applicable from 1 January 2023. Candidate who are doing fellowship i.e. Savitribai Jyotirao Phule Fellowship, D.S Kothari Post Doctoral Fellowship and Post Doctoral Fellowship for Women, SC/ST and having JRF, SRF , they can check the below article to know more about UGC Hike.

UGC Hiked JRF Stipend Official Notice

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 examination has been oragnised by NTA for 83 subjects in all over India.  The exam is conducted twice a year in online mode and consists of two papers: Paper-I and Paper-II.

Paper-I is common for all candidates and tests their teaching and research aptitude, while Paper-II is subject-specific and tests the candidate’s knowledge in their chosen subject. Candidates who qualify the exam are eligible for recruitment as Assistant Professors in universities and colleges across India and can also apply for the JRF scheme of the UGC.

Difference between ICAR NET vs CSIR NET vs UGC NET vs SET

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.

Can I become a Professor after clearing NET?

Emoluments for UGC NET JRF/SRF/RA

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

The emolument amount for JRF and SRF with their duration, qualification has been mentioned below.

Designation Duration
Qualification Emoluments 
Junior Research Fellow (JRF) 2 Years Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science, Humanities and Social Science Rs. 37,000/-
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. 42,000/-

Assistant Professor Vs Associate Professor

Contingency Rate for the JRFs and SRFs

The contingency Rate for JRF and SRF for Humanities, Science and Social science students has been mentioned below.

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

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 Emoluments (Per month)
Research Associates-I Rs. 58,000/-
Research Associates-II Rs. 61,000/-
Research Associates-III Rs. 67,000/-

How to Become a Professor in India

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.

What Is The Starting Salary Of UGC NET Qualified?

Scope 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 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. UGC has hiked the JRF SRF stipend which ahs been mentioned in below article.

UGC NET Salary 2023

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.

Does PSUs hire through UGC NET Exam?


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What is the salary of an Assistant Professor in India?

The salary of an Assistant Professor in India varies depending on the institution and their experience. On average, an Assistant Professor's starting salary is around Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month.

What are the other allowances that JRF qualified candidates are eligible for?

JRF qualified candidates are eligible for a House Rent Allowance (HRA) and a Contingency Grant, which can be used for expenses related to research and travel.

Are there any scholarship opportunities for NET qualified candidates?

Yes, there are various scholarship opportunities available for NET qualified candidates, such as the Maulana Azad National Fellowship, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, and more.

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