(Getting Started) UGC NET JRF Exam 2014 - What You Need to Know

Getting Started for UGC-NET Exam( Paper I)- Frequently Asked Questions


The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession (both in Indian colleges and universities) and research. Candidates appearing in the UGC Exam must first clarify whether they are applying for both or just for the eligibility of Assistant Professor.

Difference between UGC-NET and CSIR Examination

The UGC-NET Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science. UGC conducts NET in 79 different subjects (Santali is the latest addition) at over 80 designated NET Coordinating Institutions spread throughout the country. The results are usually declared one month after the exam via official websites www.ugc.ac.in  and www.ugcnetonline.in.

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the UGC-CSIR NET for other Science subjects, namely, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences jointly with the UGC.

The tests are conducted twice in a year generally in the months of June and December.

Difference between NET and JRF

Eligibility for Lectureship

  • Clearing of NET confers eligibility for lectureship upon Indian nationals, i.e. the NET qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of lecturer in all Indian universities/Institutes/colleges.

Junior Research Fellowship

  • The candidates who qualify the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Examination of UGC/CSIR NET are also eligible for the post of lectureship. In addition they are also eligible to receive Fellowships (UGC/CSIR) under various schemes subject to the candidates finding their placement in the universities/IITs/other national organizations. The validity of the offer is two years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF award letter. The validity period of the offer has been raised from one year to two years for JRF Award Letters issued on or after 1st April, 2005. However, in case the candidates have already joined M.Phil. /Ph.D., the date of commencement of fellowship will be from the date of declaration of NET examination result or date of their joining, whichever is later.

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