The National Education testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) is conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine the eligibility for the lectureship and also for the award for the Junior research fellowship (JRF) for the Indian nationals to promote professionalism and ensure minimum standards for the new entrants in the teaching professions and research.
The test is conducted in the subjects of Humanities, social sciences, Forensic sciences, Environmental sciences, computer sciences, Applications and electronic sciences. The CSIR (the council of scientific and industrial research) conducts the UGC-CSIR NET for other science subjects namely Physical sciences, Chemical sciences, mathematical sciences, Life sciences, earth atmospheric oceans and planetary sciences jointly with the UGC. The tests are conducted twice in a year generally in the months of June and December.
JRF (Junior research fellowship)
The junior research fellowship (JRF) is for the candidates who are desirous of pursuing research can apply for which the JRF is available for five years subject to the fulfilment of certain rules, regulations and guidelines. The UGC has allocated a number of fellowships to the universities for the candidates who qualify the JRF –NET test.
Scope of NET and SLET
1. The candidates who have secured at least 55% marks in Master’s degree or the equivalent examination from the universities and institutions recognised by the UGC in Humanities and Social sciences.
2. The candidates who have appeared for the qualifying examination and whose results are awaited or delayed due to any reason can also apply for the examination.
3. The candidates are advised to appear for the eligibility test in their post-graduation subjects only.
4. The candidates belonging to the OBC/SC/ST/PWD category are required to bring in their print out along with the category certificates.
5. The PhD degree holders whose Master’s degree examination has been completed by the month of the September 19th, 2014 are eligible for the relaxation of 5% in the aggregate examination ( i.e. 55% to 50% in the aggregate marks)
NET schedule and dates of the examination
UGC conducts the NET twice a year during the months of June and December. The notifications announcing the June and December examinations are published in the months of March and September respectively in the weekly journal of the Employment news. The results of the UGC NET will be announced in the month of the October. The UGC-NET December results will be announced in the month of April. The results will be announced in the official website www.ugc.nic.in as well as in the Employment news.
The NET for the science subjects is separately conducted by the council of scientific and industrial research for which the notifications will be issued separately and candidates to regularly note the advertisement in the employment news.