The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to establish eligibility for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to maintain minimum standards for the candidate. The test is held twice in a year in the months of June and December. For candidates who are inclined to pursue research, the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is available, after fulfilling certain conditions. UGC has provided a number of fellowships to the universities for the aspirants who qualify the test for JRF. The JRFs are awarded to the candidates who get merit in the test and fulfill certain criteria from among the candidates for eligibility for lectureship in the NET. JRFs are available only to the candidates who fill it in their form.

The test for Junior Research Fellowship started from 1984. The Government of India issued its notification on 22nd July, 1988 and assigned the task of conducting the eligibility test for lectureship to UGC. UGC conducted the first NET, both for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship in two parts i.e. in December 1989 and in March, 199



  • Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test. The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer / Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST) / Persons with disability (PWD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.
  • Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited ORcandidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this Test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of Junior Research Fellowship/eligibility for Assistant Professor only after they have passed their Master’s degree examination or equivalent with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC (Non-creamy layer)/ SC/ ST/ PWD (Persons with disability) category candidates). Such candidates must complete their P.G. degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
  • The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September, 1991 (irrespective of 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.
  • Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only.
  • Candidates belonging to OBC (Non-creamy layer)/SC/ST/PWD category are required to submit attested copy of the category Certificate along with online printout of their Application Forms (obtained while applying on-line). Other candidates are not required to submit any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility along with printout of their Application Form. Therefore, the candidates, in their own interest, must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the Test. In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the UGC/CBSE at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.



UGC conducts NET twice a year i.e., in the months of June and December. The notifications for the June and December exams are published in the months of March and the October in journal or newspaper of nation-wide circulation. Now onwards CBSE will conduct this exam of NET.



The Test consists of three papers. All the three papers have objective type questions and will be held in two separate sessions as under:

Session Paper Marks Number of Question Duration
First I 100 60 out of which 50 question to be attempted 1¼ Hours(09.30 A.M. to 10.45 A.M.)
First II 100 50 questions all are compulsory 1¼ Hours(10.45 A.M. to 12.00 NOON)
Second III 150 75 questions all are compulsory 2½ Hours(01.30 P.M. to 4.00 P.M.)

Paper-I is general and common to all, proposed to check the teaching/research aptitude, reasoning ability, knowledge of environment and information and communication technology, governance, comprehension, creative thinking and general awareness of the candidate. There are (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each, out of which the candidate would be required to attempt any fifty (50) as only first 50 questions are checked.

Paper-II is of 50 objective compulsory questions depends upon the subject chosen by the candidate. Each question is of 2 marks.

Paper-III is of 75 objective compulsory questions from the subject chosen by the candidate. Each question is of 2 marks.

All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III are compulsory, comprising entire syllabus (including all electives). The candidate will have to mark the answers for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III on the OMR sheet provided along with the Test Booklet.


CATEGORY Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
GENERAL 40 (40%) 40 (40%) 75 (50 %)
OBC(Non-creamy layer) 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 67.5 (45 %) rounded off to 68
PWD/SC/ST 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 60 (40 %)


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