UGC NET Eligibility 2022: Age Limit, Qualification, Subject

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test 2022 ( UGC NET )

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Rupali Pruthi
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Updated on May 24, 2022 13:21 IST

UGC NET eligibility criteria 2022 is shared here for JRF and Assistant Professor post. Check here the UGC NET eligibility 2022 including the educational qualifications, age limit and relaxation norms before filling the UGC NET application form 2022.

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UGC NET Eligibility 2022 for JRF & Lecturership

UGC NET eligibility criteria 2022 is one of the most important pieces of information that candidates should be aware of before applying online for the exam. UGC NET 2022 notification has been released by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Interested candidates need to apply online for the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) exam by visiting the official website. Before filling up the application form, candidates should make sure that they fulfil the latest UGC NET eligibility criteria 2022 for JRF and Assistant Professor posts. Candidates who fail to meet the UGC NET eligibility will be disqualified by the NTA at a later stage of the examination.

For the ease of candidates, we have shared here the complete UGC NET eligibility 2022 in terms of educational qualification, age limit and relaxation norms for reserved category candidates such as SC, ST, OBC and PwD. Go through the eligibility details below before filling out the UGC NET application form 2022.

The last date to fill the UGC NET application form has been extended to May 30, 2022. Candidates can apply online from May 24 to 30, 2022. As per the latest statement, the UGC NET 2022 exam will be held in June 2022 for the December 2021 & June 2022 merged cycles.

UGC NET Eligibility 2022 – Educational Qualification

Candidates need to have the following educational qualification in order to be eligible to apply for the UGC NET exam:

  • Candidates should have secured at least 55 per cent marks in master’s degree exams. A relaxation of five per cent is given to candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Other Backward Class (OBC)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Transgender category. Therefore, candidates from reserved categories require only 50 per cent aggregate marks in their master’s degree exams.
  • Candidates should have completed their post-graduation from a UGC recognised college/university in relevant streams such as Humanities, Social Science, Electronic Science, Computer Science & Applications, etc
  • Candidates appearing in or awaiting results for their final year examination of master’s degree are also eligible to apply online for the UGC NET exam. However, such candidates are admitted provisionally and are considered eligible only when they pass their master’s exam with the required percentage. “Such candidates must complete their PG degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified”, informs the official website.
  • PhD degree holders whose master’s exams were completed on September 19, 1991 (regardless of the result declaration date) are eligible for a relaxation of five per cent marks in the aggregate i.e, only 50 per cent marks are required for such candidates.

Also Read: List of UGC NET subjects

UGC NET Age Limit 2022

The UGC NET age criteria that candidates need to meet in order to be eligible for the exam is as follows:

UGC NET Assistant Professor Age Limit 2022

There is no age limit to apply for the post of UGC NET Assistant Professor or Lecturership.

UGC NET JRF Age Limit 2022

Candidates applying for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) should not be more than 31 years of age as on first day of the month in which the UGC NET 2022 exam concludes, that is, June 1, 2022. This age limit is applicable for the current examination only.

UGC NET JRF Age Limit Relaxation 2022

Relaxation of JRF age criteria is given to SC, ST, OBC, PwD, women, and other category candidates. Have a look at the age relaxation for the reserved categories below. 

Category

Age Relaxation (in years)

SC/ST/OBC/PwD/Transgender

5

Females of all categories

5

Candidates having research experience

Limited to the period spent on research

(Maximum of 5 years)

Candidates holding LLM degree

3

Candidates in armed forces

(subject to the length of service in the armed forces)

5

Also Read: UGC NET normalisation of marks

UGC NET Eligibility 2022 – Exemptions

The exemptions in UGC NET eligibility criteria 2022 is applicable only for the candidates applying for the Assistant Professor post only. These exemptions are:

  • The awardee of PhD degrees in accordance with GC Regulations, 2009 are exempted from the requirement of meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for UGC NET
  • Candidates who have cleared UGC/CSIR JRF examination before 1989 are exempted from appearing for UGC NET 2022 exam
  • Those who have cleared State Eligibility Test (SET) such as MH SET, APSET, KSET, etc. before June 1, 2002, are exempted from appearing for UGC NET 2022 exam. Such candidates can apply for the post of Assistant Professor in colleges/ universities across India on the basis of their SET score.
  • Those who have cleared the State Eligibility Test after June 1, 2002, can apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in colleges/ universities that are located in the state from where they have cleared the SET exam.

Also Read: How to prepare for UGC NET 2022? 

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2022: Reservation Policy

The reservation policy applicable to UGC NET exam is as per the Government of India rule. Accordingly, the seats are reserved in the central universities and institutes which are deemed to be universities. The reservation of seats is given below.

Category Reservation of seats (In %)
Scheduled Castes (SC) 15
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5
Other Backward Classes (OBC) Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) 27
General-Economically Weaker Sections (General- EWS) 10
Persons with Disability (PwD) with 40% or more disability 4

Also Read: UGC NET exam centres 2022

UGC NET Subject Eligibility 2022

One of the most important eligibility criteria of the UGC NET 2022 exam is the selection of the appropriate subject while submitting the application form. The UGC NET 2022 exam comprises Paper 1 and Paper 2. While Paper 1, that is, 'General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude' is compulsory for all, candidates need to choose an appropriate subject for Paper 2. As per the official UGC NET notification 2022, candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their Post-Graduation only. However, there are some exceptions as mentioned below:

  • Candidates with a Master’s Degree in Geography (with specialisation in Population Studies) or Mathematics/ Statistics are also eligible to appear for 'Population Studies (Subject Code 015).
  • Candidates with a Master’s Degree in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences are eligible to appear for 'Women Studies' (Subject Code 074).

Important Points for UGC NET 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Some of the important points that candidates need to note regarding UGC NET eligibility criteria are:

  • Candidates are recommended to give the UGC NET 2022 exam in the subject of their post-graduation only
  • If the post-graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects given by UGC, candidates may appear in a related subject as per the official recommendation
  • Those holding a post-graduate diploma/certificate by an Indian university or degree/diploma/certificate by a foreign university must determine if their diploma/degree/certificate is equivalent to the master’s degree of recognised Indian universities.
  • The equivalence must be determined from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi

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UGC NET Eligibility 2022 FAQs

Q. Can graduates apply for the UGC NET exam?

A. No, graduates are not eligible to apply for the UGC NET exam. Only postgraduates can fill the UGC NET application form. However, if you are appearing in or awaiting results for the final year exams of MA degree, you can apply for the exam.

Q. Can the 12th pass apply for UGC NET?

A. No, Class 12 pass candidates are not eligible to apply for the UGC NET exam.

Q. What is UGC NET qualification?

A. Qualifying the UGC NET exam implies that the candidate has gained eligibility for only Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor posts in Indian universities and colleges.

Q. Is Masters necessary for UGC NET?

A. Yes, having a Masters degree is necessary for appearing for the UGC NET exam.

Q. Is BEd compulsory for the UGC NET exam?

A. No, BEd is not at all compulsory for the UGC NET exam. In order to appear for UGC NET, candidates need to clear their master's degree.

Q. What is the age limit for UGC NET?

A. The upper age limit for the UGC NET exam is different for Assistant Professor and JRF posts. The age limit for JRF is 31 years and there is no age limit for Assistant Professor.

Q. Is NET compulsory after PhD?

A. As per UGC Regulations, 2009, PhD degree holders are exempted from the requirement of meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for UGC NET.

Q. What is the minimum educational qualification required to apply for the UGC NET exam?

A. Candidates should secure at least 55 per cent marks in their master’s degree exams in order to apply for the UGC NET exam.

Q. How many attempts are there for the UGC NET exam?

A. There is no limit on the number of attempts for the UGC NET exam. Candidates can apply and appear for the exam as many times as they want, provided they meet the educational and age criteria for the exam.

Q. Is there any age relaxation for reserved category candidates in UGC NET exam?

A. Yes, a relaxation of five years in age criteria is given to candidates belonging to reserved categories such as SC, ST, OBC and PwD. Women candidates of all categories are also given age relaxation. This means that the upper age limit for SC/ST/OBC/PwD/Women candidates is 35 years if they apply for the role of JRF. There is no age restriction for any candidates applying for the role of Assistant Professor.

Q. Is there relaxation in minimum educational criteria required for UGC NET?

A. Yes, a relaxation of five per cent in the educational criteria is given to SC/ST/OBC/PwD candidates. Such candidates can apply for the UGC NET exam if they secure a minimum of 50 per cent marks in their master’s degree exams.

Q. I am appearing for my final year post-graduation exams. Can I apply for the UGC NET exam?

A. Yes, you can apply for the UGC NET exam provided you pass your master’s degree exams with at least 55 per cent (50 per cent for SC/ST/OBC/PwD) within two years from the date of declaration of UGC NET result .
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Comments

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Can a student from MBA in Media Business Management apply for UGC NET Management subject code 55?

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Anusha Mandloi

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

I think yes. You can apply for UGC NET in Management Subject as your Masters was in management only.

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Can a person apply for UGC NET in 2 subjects at a time? I have done Masters in 2 subjects.

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Mallika Ahuja

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

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Vinty Tanwar

Guide-Level 13

a month ago

Yes, you can appear in the National Eligibility Test (NET) in two different subjects.

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Am I eligible for UGC NET even if I had back in M.Com last semester or any negative impact on my appearance?

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

a month ago

Dear student it is my pleasure to help you and guide you
dear student if you have back in M.Com so you are not eligible for NET because for NET you must clear all subjects of your master's degree.

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My wife has done MS in public health dentistry. Is she eligible for the UGC NET exam?

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

a month ago

You can refer the latest UGC notification. There are 100+ subjects covered. One can choose the subject from the UGC subject list or subject most similar to listed subject. Yes, she can appear with subject like community health. Best wishes.

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If I'll do my M.Sc. in microbiology, then am I eligible for UGC NET?

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Vinay kr Pandey

Scholar-Level 16

a month ago

Dear aspirantIt's great connecting with you. You can definitely apply for the UGC NET if you have completed the Masters's programme with at least 55% marks. The candidate from the reserved CAT must have at least 50% marks. There is no age limit for the lectureship, but to apply for the JRF Fellow...Dear aspirant
It's great connecting with you. You can definitely apply for the UGC NET if you have completed the Masters's programme with at least 55% marks. The candidate from the reserved CAT must have at least 50% marks. There is no age limit for the lectureship, but to apply for the JRF Fellowship, the age limit is 30 years. If you found it useful then upvote or thumb up my answer. Good luck.

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I have done my M.Com via distance mode. Can I appear for UGC NET exam?

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pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

2 months ago

Yes you can give UGC NET subjected to the UGC DEB approval of your University.

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M.Sc. In Physics subject not found in the UGC NET list while applying what should I do?

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Vivek Kr.

Contributor-Level 9

2 months ago

The list of 101 subjects asked in NTA UGC NET Exam are:EconomicsPolitical SciencePhilosophyPsychology SociologyHistoryAnthropologyCommerceEducationSocial WorkDefense & Strategic StudiesHome SciencePublic AdministrationPopulation StudiesMusicManagementMaithiliBengaliHindiKannadaMalayalamOr...The list of 101 subjects asked in NTA UGC NET Exam are:
Economics
Political Science
Philosophy
Psychology
Sociology
History
Anthropology
Commerce
Education
Social Work
Defense & Strategic Studies
Home Science
Public Administration
Population Studies
Music
Management
Maithili
Bengali
Hindi
Kannada
Malayalam
Oriya
Punjabi
Sanskrit
Tamil
Telugu
Urdu
Arabic
English
Linguistics
Chinese
Dogri
Nepali
Manipur
Assamese
Gujarati
Marathi
French
Spanish
Russian
Persian
Rajasthan
German
Japanese
Adult Education
Physical Education
Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
Indian Culture
Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
Law
Library & Information Science
Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian, and Peace Studies
Comparative Study of Religions
Mass Communication & Journalism
Performing Art-Dance/Drama/Theatre
Museology & Conservation
Archaeology
Criminology
Tribal & Regional Language/Literature
Folk Literature
Comparative Literature
Sanskrit
Women Studies
Visual Arts
Geography
Social Medicine & Community Health
Forensic Science
Pali
Kashmir
Konkani
Computer Science & Applications
Electronic Science
Environmental Sciences
Politics including International Relations
Prakrit
Human Rights & Duties
Tourism Administration & Management
Bodo
Santali
Yoga
Sindhi
So, Physics is not available with this.

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I am a B.Tech graduate and have also done MA in history. Am I eligible for UGC NET exam with paper 2 history?

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Vinay kr Pandey

Scholar-Level 16

2 months ago

CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY-I) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Masters Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Scien...CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY-
I) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Masters 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 Masters degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.
ii) Candidates who have appeared or will be appearing at the qualifying Masters degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates 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 JRF/Assistant Professor eligibility only after they have passed their Masters 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.

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