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UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2022 – Qualifications & Age Limit

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UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2022: National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the UGC NET application form for the post of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) on their official website on 30th April 2022. The UGC NET Application Window will remain open from 30th April to 20th May 2022.

NTA has determined the eligibility criteria for candidates who appear for the JRF and Assistant Professor Post. UGC NET 2022 Eligibility criteria are different for JRF and Assistant Professor Post. Before applying for UGC NET Exam, it is mandatory to go through the UGC NET Eligibility 2022 in detail to make sure you are not disqualified at further stages.

UGC NET 2022 Revised Age Relaxation Notice

In order to be eligible to appear for the examination, candidates must meet the required UGC NET eligibility criteria 2022 including the educational qualifications, age limit, reservation criteria, etc provided in this post.

UGC NET 2022 Notification

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2022

1. Candidates who have appeared for their qualifying master’s degree (Final year) examination and whose result is still awaited can appear in the UGC NET 2022 Examination.


Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/ institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science, etc. are eligible for this Test.

2. For PhD degree holders: The PhD degree holders whose Master’s level examination has been completed by 19 September 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET

3. For Transgender category: The transgender category would be eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age, and qualifying criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories. The subject-wise cut-offs for this category should be the lowest among those for SC/ST/PwD/OBC–NCL categories in the corresponding subject.

4.For Reserved Category: The Other Backward Classes(OBC)/ Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PwD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this test.

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UGC NET Eligibility and Age Limit 2022

The candidates should check out the UGC NET Age Limit to ensure they are eligible for the UGC NET Exam 2022.

  • No maximum age limit is prescribed for Lectureship or Asst. Professorship.
  • Revised Age Limit for For Junior Research Fellowship-

Age Relaxation

In UGC NET Examination, the age relaxation has been given to various categories which are mentioned below:

S. No. Category Age Limit Relaxation
1 Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe 5 years
2 Other Backward Classes (OBC -NCL)
3 Women
4 Persons with disabilities (PwD)
5 Transgender
6 Candidates having research experience A period spent on research – Maximum 5 years
7 Candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree 3 years
8 Candidates who have served in the armed forces 5 years

UGC NET Exemptions For Assistant Professor

1.NET/SET/SLET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for the recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. In this regard, exemption from NET/SET/SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.

2. The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR/ JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET

3. For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, and are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India.

4. Those who have cleared State(s) Eligibility Test from 1st June 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the universities/colleges situated in the State from where they have cleared their SET.

5. PhD degrees holder in accordance with GC Regulations, 2009 are exempted from the requirement of meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for UGC NET.

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2022 & Reservation

The reservation policy of the Government of India is applicable to UGC-NET. According to this, in the Central Universities and Institutions that are deemed to be Universities, the reservation of seats shall be as follows:

(i) 15% of the seats for Scheduled Castes (SC) candidates
(ii) 7.5% of the seats for Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates
(iii) 27% of the seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) candidates as per the Central List*
(iv) 10% of the seats for General – Economically Weaker Sections (General – EWS) candidates
(v) 04% of the seats in the mentioned categories for Persons with Disability (PwD) with 40% or more disability.
(vi) # Reservation for Kashmiri Migrant (subject to notification from Ministry of Education for Academic Session 2021-22).

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2022: FAQs

Q. What is the minimum age limit for a UGC NET Assistant professor?
Ans. There is no upper age limit in applying for UGC-NET for Assistant Professor

Q. When will be the exam conducted?
A. The UGC- NET 2022 Exam date has been scheduled for the month of June 2022. .

Q. What will be the Timing of the Examination?
Ans. The examination will be held in two shifts i.e. First Shift: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm Second Shift: 3.00 pm to 06.00 pm

Q. Is there a criterion for negative marking?
Ans. There are no negative marks for incorrect responses.

Q: Is UGC NET conducted online?
Ans: Yes, ever since NTA has started conducting the exam, UGC NET is conducted in online mode as a computer-based test (CBT) only.

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