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UGC NET Subject & Category Wise Cut Off

Topics Covered: UGC NET 2023 Cut Off, 2023 Cut Off Dates, Factors Determining Cut Off, How to Download Cut Off,  Cut Off Calculation Procedure, Methodology to Calculate JRF & AP Cut Offs, Normalisation Process and Previous Year Cut Offs

The UGC NET is an examination which is held twice in a year to recruit candidates for the post of an assistant professor or grant Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for those who meet the desired cutoff.  

For announcing the final list of the selected candidates, cutoff plays a crucial role and is a major deciding factor in the selection procedure for any exam. The case for UGC NET is no different!   

As the cutoff list for the two posts is prepared and released separately, even a slight difference in marks can be game changer for candidates in their final selection for UGC NET.   

Therefore, the aspirants are often advised to analyse the trend in cutoffs during past few years and target of scoring marks above the expected cutoff in the exam to be safer side of the competition.    

Announced at the final stage of the exam process, i.e., alongside or even after the declaration of the final result, the UGC NET cutoff is perhaps the most anticipated factor in the exam process.   

With such huge competition every year for UGC NET examination, the cutoff when released is surely a game changer for many!  

To help you know more about the topic, I will be discussing everything in detail related to the UGC NET Cut off 2023 itself and subject – wise cutoff 

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Table of Content – UGC NET Cut Off

UGC NET Cut Off

The UGC NET final answer key, cut off and results are released by NTA on its official website approximately on the same day or one after the other for a particular UGC NET cycle.

Let me explain it in a bit more detail. After all the UGC NET exams of a particular cycle are conducted, the results are announced in a few weeks’ time. That is the time when the UGC NET cut offs are usually also released.

Now, it should be noted that the cut off lists for the posts of ‘Assistant Professor’ and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)’ are released separately. Meaning that through these two different lists, a candidate will be able to understand if the scores he secures is equivalent to the UGC NET qualifying marks for the JRF, or that for the post of Assistant Professor.

UGC NET December 2023 Cut Off Dates

To carefully examine the dates for UGC NET December 2023 cutoff, you can check the same in table that I have provided below:

UGC NET December 2023 Exam Events Exam Dates
Commencement of UGC NET Online Application Form 30th September 2023
Last date to submit the Form 31st October 2023 (upto 05:00 P.M)
Downloading of NTA UGC NET Admit Card Phase I 04th December 2023
UGC NET Exam Dates Phase I 06th December to 08th December 2023
Downloading of NTA UGC NET Admit Card Phase II 08th December 2023
UGC NET Exam Dates Phase II 11th December to 14th December 2023
Availability of Provisional Answer Key 03rd January 2024
Provisional Answer Key Challenge 03rd January to 05th January 2024 (upto 11:50 P.M)
Availability of Final Answer Key 19th January 2024
Declaration of Result online 19th January 2024
Cutoff Release 19th January 2024

* TBA=”To be announced”

UGC NET December 2023 cut off 

Latest Update: – The cutoff for UGC NET December 2023 has been released on 19th January 2024 on the official website for the exam which was conducted from 06th December 2023 to 14th December 2023.  

As per the schedule, the UGC NET cutoff has been released along with the exam result.     

The UGC NET December 2023 exam for Commerce subject was held on 7th December 2023.   

While the exam for UGC NET Management subject commenced on 13th December 2023.  

With any announcement regarding the December 2023 cutoffs for UGC NET Commerce and Management subjects, the candidates shall be notified in this section.   

Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Percentile Total Cutoff Percentile Total
Commerce Unreserved 160 1053 184 84
EWS 148 262 174 21
OBC (NCL) 142 909 170 61
SC 136 268 162 23
ST 134 118 152 10
Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Marks Total Cutoff Marks Total
Management Unreserved 170 668 194 40
EWS 158 103 184 9
OBC (NCL) 154 371 184 23
SC 148 162 176 11
ST 148 71 164 5

UGC NET Minimum Qualifying Marks 2023

While UGC NET cutoff marks are released with the UGC NET result on the official website, the candidates must score certain minimum marks in order to qualify the exam.

In reference to this, the candidates are expected are attain the UGC NET minimum qualifying marks issued by the NTA for various subjects.

As mentioned above, two separate lists of cutoff marks for the post of “Assistant Professor only” and “Assistant Professor & Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)” is released.

According to the UGC NET passing marks 2023, the candidates belonging to the General category are required to score the minimum qualifying marks of 40% in both Paper 1 and Paper 2.

While the reserved category candidates (SC/ST/PWD/ Transgenders) must score minimum 35% in both papers. 

How to Download UGC NET cut off?

To access the UGC NET Cut off you have to follow the given steps. 

Step 1: Visit the official website – ugcnet.nta.ac.in

Step 2: Click on the link available for UGC NET cut off on the homepage under the latest information section.  

Step 3: The UGC NET cut off PDF will be displayed on the screen.  

Step 4: Download the PDF and save it for further use. 

Factors Determining UGC NET Cut off

There is no specific answer to how many factors affect the cut off. But according to me and exam practitioners from all over the country, there are a limited factors that affect UGC NET Cut off and that can help in analysis of UGC NET cut off.

Some of the known ones are:

  • Number of candidates that have appeared in the exam
  • Difficulty level of the exam
  • Total number of seats for which the exam is taken
  • Cut off trends of previous year
  • While these are identified factors, still no one can predict an accurate cut off.

UGC NET Cut Off: Calculation Procedure

To help you understand better about the calculation procedure for UGC NET cutoff, I have provided the steps to explain how the cut offs for the post of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor (AP) are determined in a simplified manner:

Step 1: As per the official notification for the UGC NET December 2021 and June 2022 (Merged cycle), only 6% of the total candidates who will appear for the UGC NET exam will qualify (total slots or Eligible for Assistant Professor). 

Step 2: The total slots will then be allocated to different categories based on the GoI’s reservation policy. 

Step 3: In addition to this, a candidate must have appeared in both papers and secured a minimum of 40% aggregate marks for General and a minimum of 35% aggregate marks for the reserved categories to be considered for either of the posts (‘JRF & AP’ and ‘AP’). 

Also, to be noted is that, the UGC NET is conducted for 83 subjects and the Cut off score contrasts from subject to subject. 

Step 4: The number of students qualified in any subject for each category is determined according to the methodology endorsed by NTA. I have tried to simplify it below with the help of an example.

UGC NET Subject – Wise Previous year Cutoff

To obtain a broad overview of the cutoffs released by NTA for various subjects, you can check the cutoffs declared for 83 UGC NET subjects as PDF links which I have provided in the table below. 

Along with checking the previous year cutoffs, you can also check UGC NET previous year’s questions to assess the difficulty level of the exams.

Year/Cycle Subjects & Shifts
UGC NET December 2023 Download PDF
UGC NET June 2023 Download PDF
UGC NET December 2022 Download PDF
UGC NET December 2021 - June 2022 Download PDF
UGC NET December 2020 - June 2021 Download PDF
UGC NET June 2020 Download PDF
UGC NET Toppers
Toppers of UGC NET JRF Exams

UGC NET Commerce & Management Previous Year Cut Offs

To obtain a broad overview of the cutoffs released by NTA for various subjects, you can check the cutoffs declared for 83 UGC NET subjects as PDF links which I have provided in the table below. 

Along with checking the previous year cutoffs, you can also check UGC NET previous year’s questions to assess the difficulty level of the exams.

UGC NET June Cut Off 2023

The NTA released the official category- wise cutoff marks for UGC NET June 2023 on 25th July 2023.  

If you have Commerce and Management as your subjects for Paper 2, then you can check the category – wise UGC NET June 2023 cut off for the subjects of Commerce and Management in the table provided below:

Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Percentile Total Cutoff Percentile Total
Commerce Unreserved 98.122 892 99.786 100
EWS 94.361 248 99.374 30
OBC (NCL) 92.275 689 98.792 73
SC 86.825 233 97.624 25
ST 83.010 112 96.696 15
Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Marks Total Cutoff Marks Total
Management Unreserved 164 307 184 27
EWS 150 61 170 5
OBC (NCL) 148 196 168 90
SC 142 109 160 16
ST 140 37 162 4

With the details regarding UGC NET Commerce cutoff 2023 and Management cutoff 2023 mentioned in the table above, you will gain an overall idea of the exam’s difficulty level.

UGC NET December Cut Off 2022

The NTA released the category-wise cutoff marks of UGC NET December 2022 on 13th April 2023.  

You can go through the category-wise UGC NET December 2022 Cut Offs for the subjects of Commerce and Management provided below:

Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Percentile Total Cutoff Percentile Total
Commerce Unreserved 98.159 990 99.685 189
EWS 95.3034 274 99.069 53
OBC (NCL) 92.5036 816 98.390 135
SC 87.162 270 95.763 50
ST 84.744 107 94.708 20
Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Marks Total Cutoff Marks Total
Management Unreserved 164 259 180 43
EWS 148 51 170 11
OBC (NCL) 144 182 164 29
SC 136 83 154 15
ST 134 80 152 5

UGC NET Cutoff December 2021 – June 2022 (Merged Cycle)

You can find the category-wise UGC NET Cutoffs for the subjects of Commerce, and Management below:

Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Percentile Total Cutoff Percentile Total
Commerce Unreserved 98.159 990 99.685 189
EWS 95.3034 274 99.069 53
OBC (NCL) 92.5036 816 98.390 135
SC 87.162 270 95.763 50
ST 84.744 107 94.708 20
Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Marks Total Cutoff Marks Total
Management Unreserved 164 259 180 43
EWS 148 51 170 11
OBC (NCL) 144 182 164 29
SC 136 83 154 15
ST 134 80 152 5

UGC NET Cut Off June 2021 & December 2020 (Merged Cycle)

You can check the category-wise merged cycles of UGC NET June 2021 and December 2020 cutoffs for the subjects of Commerce, and Management below:

Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Percentile Total Cutoff Percentile Total
Commerce Unreserved 97.29 2230 99.458 421
EWS 93.052 549 98.614 116
OBC (NCL) 90.479 1560 97.597 310
SC 82.787 570 95.033 98
ST 81.229 228 94.442 37
Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Marks Total Cutoff Marks Total
Management Unreserved 160 719 176 94
EWS 148 108 168 13
OBC (NCL) 144 446 164 62
SC 138 188 158 30
ST 136 68 152 8

UGC NET Cutoff June 2020

You can find the category-wise UGC NET June 2020 Cutoffs for the subjects of Commerce, and Management below:

Subject Category Assistant Professor JRF & Assistant Professor
Cutoff Marks % Total Cutoff Marks % Total
Commerce Unreserved 95.639 3256 99.355 461
EWS 85.214 918 98.539 76
OBC (NCL) 88.320 1347 96.790 336
SC 72.684 1007 92.095 139
ST 67.711 362 89.649 57
Management Unreserved 56.67 950 64.67 57
EWS 52.67 128 61.33 9
OBC (NCL) 52.00 457 59.33 49
SC 50.00 216 58.00 16
ST 48.67 82 56.67 7

With extensive information given on cutoff for Commerce subject and UGC NET Management cutoff, you will find it easier to assess the exam’s difficulty level and prepare accordingly.  

Before we come to the conclusion, I hope you have gone through the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria in detail. If you have not, you should definitely check that out first.

Conclusion

We have come to the end of the section. I hope you find the comprehensive information helpful in your understanding of the exam. We have discussed everything in detail regarding the UGC NET cutoff, subject – wise cutoffs and cutoffs for Commerce & Management subjects. I shall now take your leave and wish you the best in exam preparation!  
Best of Luck!!

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About Anuj Jindal

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Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Education.

FAQs: UGC NET Cutoff

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    How UGC decides the NET JRF Cutoff? 

    Ok, the process employed by the UGC to decide the NET JRF cutoffs is a bit complicated. Let’s use a scenario to understand this. For instance, I have given below the process of finding out the JRF cut off for economics for the ST category:  

    • [Number of ST category candidates that have opted for JRF and have also qualified NET in the subject of economics] X [Total number of JRF seats reserved for ST category] ÷ [Total ST category candidates from all subjects that have opted for JRF post and also have cleared the NET exam.]  
    • The Aggregate scores of paper 1 and paper 2 combined, computed with respect to the number of JRF seats allocated for people from the ST category, will help derive the cut off marks for the JRF for the ST category in “economics”.
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    How to Calculate Cut Off Marks for UGC NET? 

    As I have mentioned above, the organization of NTA uses a unique approach to calculate the UGC NET Cut Off. A complex process gets underway every year at the time of calculation of cut off. Please refer to the aforementioned section- UGC NET Cut Off: Calculation Procedure, to know the detailed information regarding the calculation of cut off. 

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    Is there any subject wise cutoff for UGC NET? 

    Yes, the UGC NET exams have subject wise cut offs. As the UCG NET exams are conducted for a total of 83 subjects, therefore, each subject has its own respective cut off mark.

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    How to calculate percentile in UGC NET?

    The percentile score ranges from 0-100, and it is calculated taking in account the performance of all the candidates. Higher the rank you score, more percentile you will get. Click here to know every aspect of how UGC NET percentile is calculated. 

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    Does UGC releases normalised Cutoff?
    Yes, depending on the difficulty level of the exam and the total number of shifts conducted for the UGC NET exam, the NTA conducts a normalization process for releasing the UGC NET cutoff. 

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    Has the UGC NET December 2023 cutoff released?
    The cutoff for UGC NET December 2023 (Paper 1 and 2) which commenced from 6th December till 14th December 2023 has been releases on 19th January 2024. 

     

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    What is the UGC NET cutoff for Commerce and Management 2023?
    The UGC NET cutoff June 2023 for Commerce and Management released or unreserved category is as follows: 

    • For Commerce subject, the cutoff for the “Assistant Professor” post is 98.12 and for “Assistant Professor & JRF” is 99.78  
    • In Management subject, the cutoff marks for the post of Assistant Professor is 164 whereas for “Assistant Professor & JRF” is 184. 
    • To know more about UGC NET cutoff announced for other categories, you can refer to the page above.

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    What is the minimum qualifying marks for UGC NET
    The candidates must score minimum qualifying marks to clear the UGC NET exam. The minimum qualifying percentage required for General Category is 40%, whereas for the candidates from reserved category are needed to score 35%.

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    How can I calculate UGC NET cutoff for “Assistant Professor” post?
    The formula used by NTA to calculate UGC NET cutoff can be explained using the following example (Subject – Commerce & Category – General):

    • The no. of candidates from General category who secure at least 40%* aggregate marks in both the papers for General category for ‘Commerce’ (x) Total slots derived for General category (÷) Total no. of candidates from General category overall subjects who secure at least 40%* aggregate marks in both the papers. 
    • This formula above gives us the total number of qualifying candidates.  
    • Then, the NTA utilizes the aggregate percentage of the two papers in relation to the no. of candidates arrived at (utilizing the above formula) to determine the cut off eligibility for AP post.

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    How to do calculation for UGC NET cutoff for “AP & JRF” post?
    The calculation process for UGC NET cutoff can be explained by with the help of an example (Subject – Economics & Category – ST) by using the method for the subject-wise cum class-wise distribution of JRF posts down below: 

    • The Number of candidates belonging to ST category who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor both in the subject ‘Economics’ (x) Total JRF slots available for ST category (÷) Total number of candidates belonging to ST category overall subjects who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor. 
    • The aggregate of the two paper scores compared to the numbers of JRF openings calculated above will decide the passing Cutoff for JRF in ‘Economics’ for the ST classification

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    What are factors responsible for the UGC NET normalization process?
    The method of normalization for UGC NET is applied by NTA for the following factors:

    • As the exam is held on multiple dates with two shifts per day wherein different sets of question papers per shift are provided, the process of normalization is applied to neutralize the difficulty level.   
    • The percentile score thus obtained is used to determine the UGC NET Cut off and for the preparation of the merit list.  
    • The Cut off dependent on the percentile score is determined up to 7 decimal spots to abstain from batching impact and decrease ties.

6 Comments
  1. Anupriya

    Sir, UGC NET ki cutoff kitni rehti hai?

    Reply
    • admin

      Hello Anupriya,
      The candidates from General category need to score 40% in Paper 1 and Paper 2 to qualify the exam. However separate cutoff lists are released for the post of Assistant Professor and JRF depending on the subject.

      Reply
  2. Aman Jain

    UGC NEt Paper 2 Management me is baar kitni expected Cutoff jaa sakti hai? Please reply?

    Reply
    • admin

      Hello Aman,
      To have an overall idea of the expected cutoff for UGC NET Paper 2 Management, you can check the cutoff in Management subject released over past few years provided above.

      Reply
  3. Abcd

    Sir I have got 208 out of 300 marks in commerce ugc net exam.will I be able to get jrf this time according to your analysis

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Chitra,
      The chances are very high for you to get JRF.

      Reply
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