What is UGC NET, why and for whom is this exam conducted? Who can take the NET exam? Know everything

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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What is UGC NET JRF Exam in Hindi: The UGC NET exam was conducted on June 18 and was cancelled on June 19. This is a big blow for the 11 lakh candidates who appeared in the exam. At the same time, amid the NEET scam, the news of the NET exam paper leak can prove to be very bad for NTA as well. Both these exams are national level and lakhs of students from all over the country appear in both. While NEET is a medical entrance exam, NET is the gateway to many jobs and career opportunities. Know everything about UGC NET JRF.

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What is UGC NET? What is JRF?

The full form of UGC is University Grants Commission. The full form of NET is National Eligibility Test. The full form of JRF is Junior Research Fellowship. The framework of UGC NET JRF exam is prepared by UGC. While the exam is conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency).

The UGC NET exam is conducted twice a year – June and December. There is only one exam for NET JRF. Only the cutoff is different. Those who qualify the NET and are in the top 6% merit list are eligible for Junior Research Fellowship.

What is UGC NET JRF for?

If you want to become an assistant professor or take admission in PhD, then it is necessary to pass the NET examination. NET qualified candidates are given preference in many government jobs and private jobs as well. At the same time, those who pass JRF get an opportunity to do research on the subject of their choice. The Government of India provides funds for this research. A hefty amount is given every month for 2 years. Many institutes release vacancies for JRF qualified.

What is UGC NET eligibility?

Now the question arises that what is the eligibility for UGC NET exam? If you want to give NET exam then you must have a master's degree i.e. post graduation degree. Even if you are in PG final year or semester, you can apply for NET exam. There is no age limit for this (UGC NET Age Limit).

If you want to appear for Junior Research Fellowship exam, then your maximum age can be 32 years (for general category). Other reserved categories including OBC, SC, ST get relaxation of 3 to 7 years.

How to appear for UGC NET exam?

If you want to appear in the UGC NET exam and fulfill the required eligibility then you have to fill its online form. The form for the NET exam to be held in June is filled in February-March and the application form for the NET exam to be held in December is filled in August-September. NTA releases the notification for the UGC NET exam. You can check complete information on ugcnet.nta.nic.in.

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