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UGC NET Vs JRF: What Is The Difference Between UGC NET & JRF?

What is UGC NET?

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is a national-level exam conducted in order to determine the qualified candidates for Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor post in Indian universities and colleges. National Testing Agency (NTA) has going to conduct the UGC NET exam.

UGC NET & JRF 2023: Overview

UGC NET & JRF Exam are the same exams conducted by NTA. The only difference is that you need more marks for JRF as compared to NET. UGC NET 2023 is out on the official website, candidate wants to know more about UGC NET. The details has been mentioned in below table.

S.No. Particulars Details
1. Tenure of JRF 3 years
3. Eligibility
  • To get registered in M.Phil/PhD, a candidate needs to qualify for UGC NET &  JRF. And, the eligibility conditions for appearing for the UGC  NET  JRF exam are as follows:
  • The applicants who have obtained a master’s degree or equivalent with 55% marks are eligible for UGC NET & JRF. The candidates belonging to reserved categories are eligible for 5% relaxation in the marks.
  • The upper age limit is 30 years for the award of JRF (NET), which is relaxed up to 5 years for SC/ST/PWD/female candidates and 3 years for OBC category candidates.
4. UGC NET Online Application procedure  UGC NET Official Notification 

UGC NET vs JRF

UGC NET and JRF is one of the most popular exams started by the University Grants Commission (UGC). UGC NET & JRF exam is now conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) twice a year, i.e., during the months of June and December/January. If you qualify for the UGC NET Exam then you are eligible for Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor post in Indian universities and colleges. When you qualify JRF Exam which is generally 5%-7% more than the UGC NET Cut off.

The candidates who qualify for the award of JRF are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs, and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for full-time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them.

UGC NET Eligibility 2023

The basic criteria that candidates must fulfill to meet UGC NET eligibility 2023 are:

  • Candidates should secure at least 55 percent aggregate marks in post-graduation
  • Candidates should not be more than 31 years of age in order to be eligible for JRF [Only for this Exam]
  • There is no age restriction to apply for the post of Assistant Professor
  • A relaxation of five percent in educational qualification is given to reserved category candidates
  • A relaxation of five years in age criteria is given to reserved category candidates
  • Candidates who have cleared State Eligibility Test (SET) before June 1, 2002, are exempted from taking the UGC NET exam

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2023

UGC NET & JRF CutOff Marks 2023

In order to be considered for the award of JRF and/or eligibility for Assistant Professor, candidates need to score the minimum marks as discussed below:

Category Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
Paper-I Paper-II
General 40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together
Other Backward Class-Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together
  • The number of candidates who declared UGC NET qualified in any subject for a particular category is derived as per the methodology given below:
Example: Number of candidates to be declared qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor in the subject ‘Economics’ for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category Number of candidates belonging to SC category who secure at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for SC category for ‘Economics’ (x) Total slots derived for SC category as per Step II (÷) Total number of candidates belonging to SC category overall subjects who secure at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together

The aggregate percentage secured by candidates in the two papers corresponding to the number of slots shall determine the qualifying cut-off for eligibility for Assistant Professor in Economics for the SC category. Similarly, cutoffs shall be decided for all subjects and categories.

  • All candidates (who had applied for both Assistant Professor and JRF) out of the total number of qualified candidates derived in Step IV, shall be considered for JRF
  • A total number of slots available for awarding JRF is allocated among different categories as per the reservation policy of the  Government of India. The procedure for subject-wise cum category-wise allocation of JRF slots is mentioned below:
Example: Number of candidates to be declared qualified for JRF & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in the subject ‘Economics’ for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category Number of candidates belonging to ST category who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in the subject ‘Economics’ (x) Total JRF slots available for ST category (÷) Total number of candidates belonging to ST category overall subjects who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor

The aggregate percentage secured by candidates in both the papers corresponding to the number of JRF slots shall determine the qualifying cut-off for JRF in Economics for the ST category. Similarly, cutoffs shall be decided for all subjects and categories.

 

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FAQs

Q: Is UGC NET conducted online?

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

Q. How many times is the UGC NET exam conducted in a year?

A. The UGC NET exam is usually conducted twice a year. Now NTA has released the UGC NET for December 2023

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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