UGC NET JRF Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card, Result & Job Profile

It was like finding a needle in a haystack but I did it, I found the one considerably good thing (amongst a huge pile of bad things), COVID-19 pandemic left for the students aspiring to crack the UGC NET exam this year.

The National Testing Agency has extended the date for submission of the online application form for the UGC NET JRF exam from 16.05.2020 to 31.05.2020 and has also postponed the examination (dates are yet to be declared) in lieu of the COVID-19 crisis.

By the end of this blog, you’ll have in-depth information about the following topics.


UGC NET JRF Eligibility Criteria 

Even when the date for the submission of the online application form and the examination being postponed, there’s still an eligibility criteria that you need to follow (we can’t get it all, now can we?) to be able to fill the application form.

So let’s talk about the UGC NET JRF eligibility criteria.

It is important to note that if you fail to abide by the UGC NET JRF eligibility criteria you can be disqualified later from the examination. 

These are the few things I’ll cover under the UGC NET JRF eligibility criteria-  

  • Education Qualification  
  • Age limit 
  • Number of attempts

UGC NET JRF Eligibility Criteria – Education Qualification (55% in Master’s Degree exam)  

You don’t need to be an ace performer all through your Master’s, to be eligible to give the UGC NET JRF exam (even though it doesn’t hurt to have great scores). 

The UGC NET Eligibility Criteria grants you a minimum of 55% marks or grade is required in your Master’s Degree from universities/institutions recognized by UGC.  

However, according to the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria,  an aggregate of 50% marks or grade is required for the candidates belonging to  Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) / Other Backward Classes (OBC) / Persons With Disability (PWD)/ Transgender category.  

Now other than the students who have already appeared and been ranked for their master’s exams, if you belong in any of these categories even you’ll be allowed to give the UGC NET JRF Paper: 

  • If you’re pursuing a master’s degree or equivalent course.
  • If you have already appeared for your qualifying master’s degree (final year) examination.
  • In case your qualifying examinations have been delayed (you fall in the lucky category, don’t you?). 

With everything in this world, there are always Terms and conditions.

Similarly, the above-mentioned categories of students are only admitted provisionally.

They are only considered eligible when you pass your master’s exam with the required percentage as per the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria.

Well, you didn’t think you could just pass the UGC NET exam and that’s about it?

You must complete your master’s exam within 2 years from the date of the NTA UGC NET exam result, otherwise, you’re disqualified.

UGC NET JRF Eligibility – Age Limit And Relaxations 

When they say age is a just number, well, they’re not lying but they’re not completely accurate.

There is no age to go after your dreams but the more you delay it the more sacrifices you have to make.  

When we’re talking about the UGC NET exam, there is no age limit for the candidates applying for the assistant professorship (NET).

But if you’re one of those students aiming to crack the JRF, i.e., Junior Research Fellow, your age should be no more than 30 years on the primary date of the month in which the UGC NET JRF Exam is to be held. 

However, there is a certain relaxation in years when we’re talking about candidates of the following category: 

S.No Category Relaxation (in years)
1. Scheduled Tribe/Scheduled Caste (ST/SC) By 5 years
2. Other Backward Classes (OBC) By 5 years
3. Persons With Disability By 5 years (GEN), 5 years (OBC), 5 years (SC/ST)
4. Transgender By 5 years
5. Women Applicants By 5 years
6. Research experience limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of Post Graduate Degree By maximum of 5 years
7. LLM Degree By 3 years
8. Armed Forces Services By maximum of 5 years

UGC NET JRF Eligibility – Number Of Attempts

No matter what you do in life, never give up on something you’re passionate about.

The UGC NET guidelines help you do just that over your journey of becoming an assistant professor. 

In other words, there is no restriction on the number of attempts when it comes to the UGC NET exam. 


However, as we covered earlier when we talked about the age restrictions for the UGC NET JRF, i.e., Junior Research fellowship, you should not be over 30 years. 

So as soon as you turn over 30, you’re no longer eligible to apply for JRF. Don’t be disheartened because you can still opt to give NET in any of your preferred subjects.

By this point in the blog, you’ve probably realized when and under what circumstances are you eligible to give the exam.

UGC NET JRF Admit Card  

Now that we’ve discussed the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria and the UGC NET Selection Criteria, let’s talk about UGC NET Admit Card: How to access it and download it.

Since the examination for 2020 is also postponed, the UGC NET JRF admit card download will also be only released after the entire process of the form submission is complete.  

Now, accessing the admit card for your UGC NET JRF exam isn’t as hard as it used to be when you were in college.

For starters, remember how we had to go through such a hard time collecting our admit cards from our professors if our attendance was short?

And if god forbid you’re one of those whose roll-call used to be at the end, you had to wait till all the other students signed for their admit cards before every semester exam.  

Well, things have certainly changed with the advent of the internet.

No more begging in front of professors and no more waiting in a huge line.

Even though you have to admit those things had their own charm. Now you can just download your admit card online.

Even though it looks trivial, I understand the importance of having everything related to a single topic in one place.

    UGC NET Admit Card: Steps to Download

    So here are the steps you’ll have to follow for the UGC NET Admit Card download for the UGC NET JRF Examination: 

    • Visit 
    • Check for the link ‘UGC NET Admit Card download’ and click on it.
    • You will be redirected to the candidates’ sign-in page.
    • Enter the application number, password, and security pin to login.
    • Once logged in, you can download the same and take a printout for future reference.
    • You can download/ print your admit card now from the option available on the screen.

      UGC NET JRF Admit Card – Let’s Brief it Up! 

      • Make sure that you download your NTA UGC NET admit card right away and do not postpone it for later, in order to avoid any network or server issues later.
      • Do not forget to go through the instructions provided along with the NTA UGC NET admit card. 
      • Make sure that you have a copy of the photograph, the same as the open printed on your NTA UGC NET admit card.
      • Keep a Xerox copy of your identity proof along with you for the exam. 
      • And lastly, make sure you read all these steps for UGC NET Admit card download accurately.

      UGC NET JRF Result 2020 

      The curiosity to know the past year’s results and then set a goal for yourself is something we all do.

      And why wouldn’t you be curious and excited to crack the exam yourself, UGC NET JRF job profile is a reputed one and is sought after due to its handsome NET JRF Holder salary.

      Probably that’s why UGC NET JRF June 2020 Result is something that will definitely excite you. This is also the reason that the competition is really tough for this exam.

      NTA UGC NET June 2020 Exam was conducted from September 2020 to November 2020.  Students can check the NTA UGC NET June 2020 result on the link provided below or NTA official website, Check Here.

      UGC NET JRF June 2020 Exam Result: Steps to Check your NTA UGC NET Exam Result 

      I am a very optimistic person and I know that you will clear this exam. So let me just tell you the steps to check your NTA UGC NET June 2020 Exam Result. 

      • Go through the link provided above or through the official website of NTA. Click on the Result tab. 
      • Enter your Application number, Date of Birth & Security Pin to view the result. 
      • The cutoff marks are released shortly after the result is released by NTA. I have mentioned the past year’s Cutoffs here. Don’t forget to go through them.  

      I hope you’re all clear on how to access the UGC NET Result for June 2020 Exam and similarly how to access the NTA UGC NET Exam Result when probably your results come out.

      Now let’s discuss some important dates in regard to the UGC NET JRF Exam 2020.

      This will help you give an idea as to when and how to build your own timetable.

      UGC NET JRF December 2019 Exam: Important Dates

      Events Dates (Announced)
      Issue of Detailed Notification 16th March 2020
      Commencement of Online Application Form 16th March 2020
      Correction in Particulars of Application form 15th July 2020
      Last date to submit the Form 15th July 2020
      Last date of Fee Submission 15th July 2020
      Exam Dates 24th September-13th November 2020
      Availability of Answer Key Announced on 30th November 2020
      Last date to submit an Objection Closed
      Declaration of Result 01st December 2020

      Now that we’ve baked the cake, let’s see how the cake is going to taste. Yes, you know it, I’m talking about the job opportunities and salary expectations after you’ve cleared the UGC NET JRF Exam. After all, that’s the end game, right?

      UGC NET JRF Job Profile

      Now that we’ve learned how to climb Everest, let’s discuss the blessings that come with it.

      Just because I used that metaphor doesn’t mean clearing the UGC NET exam is as hard as climbing the Everest guys. 

      IT’S HARDER (just kidding).

      No, but seriously when we were kids and our elders told us good work always pays off, they knew what they were talking about. It takes a lot to clear the exam but it’s not for nothing. 

      This section of the blog will give you an insight into the various job opportunities and career growth that you would get after clearing the examination.

      Let’s discuss the UGC NET JRF Job Profile, Salary, Perks, and Profiles that you get after clearing the NET JRF paper.

      These are the few things I’ll cover under the UGC NET JRF Job Profile –

      • Types of Job Opportunities
      • Work Profile 
      • NET JRF Holder Salary 

      UGC NET JRF Job Profile: Types Of Job Opportunities

      No degree or no qualification can ever refrain you from going after what you want even if that means that goal isn’t aligned with what you’ve studied in the past. 

      I’ve seen people with engineering degrees and job experience of 20 years going after their passion for becoming an actor, so it is impossible for me to write all the job opportunities for you out there because trust me, you can be whoever you want. 

      So let’s just say I am going to list the few that are aligned with the UGC NET JRF:

      1. Assistant Professor – The most obvious choice of maximum students after clearing the UGC NET exam is to fulfill their dream of becoming a college professor.

      After clearing NET, you can be an assistant professor in any private or government university. The Payscale obviously depends on the university you work with. 

      2. Researcher – Now if you’re one of those who always liked being the boss of your own work, being a researcher is right up your ally.

      Choose a topic that you’re absolutely passionate about and that has the scope of developing into a long-term project.

      You never know if you attain enough credibility in your project, you can find huge organizations that believe in your research and would provide you with enough resources and techniques to brush your skills.

      3. Public Sector Job (PSU) – Most of you are unaware of the fact that many UGC NET JRF holders can go for a Public Sector Job.

      The UGC NET JRF scorecard serves as a gateway to many Public Sector Jobs.

      UGC NET JRF Job: List of PSUs

      I am providing the list of all the Public Sector Organizations which recruit UGC NET JRF holders every 6 months:

      S.No. Name of the PSU
      1. Indian Oil Corporation Limited (OICL)
      2. Bharat Heavy Electronics Limited (BHEL)
      3. National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)
      4. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL)
      5. Naval Material Research Laboratory (NMRL) Ambernath
      6. Oil and Natural gas Corporation (ONGC)
      7. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
      8. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation limited (HPCL)
      9. Oil India Limited (OIL)

      UGC NET JRF Job Profile: Working hours Profile

      Working hours depend on the type of organization. The timings of a college professor depending on the shift.

      Morning shifts are from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. and Evening shifts are from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. The working time in any public sector company or any other organization would demand 8-12 hours of work.

      UGC NET JRF Job Profile: Salary Expectations

      Jobs after NET JRF are very liberal in paying Perks and Emoluments for even the smallest of expenses in Government organizations.

      The Pay-Scale of the UGC NET Assistant Professor Salary (NET/JRF Holder) depends upon the job you pursue. I have mentioned below the different kinds of job profiles.

      The UGC NET Qualified Salary depends upon the organization you work for.

        • A NET/JRF Holder who wants to pursue professorship in Private Universities would be rewarded with Rs.30000 – Rs.70000 Per Month. So, that means UGC Norms for Assistant Professor Salary in Private Universities is that they provide Assistant Professor Salary ranging from Rs.30000-Rs.70000.
        • A NET/JRF Holder who wants to pursue Professorship in Government Universities would be rewarded with Rs.55000 – Rs.105000 Per Month. So, that means UGC Norms for Assistant Professor Salary in Government Universities is that they provide UGC NET Assistant Professor Salary from Rs.55000 – Rs.1050000.
        • The UGC NET Qualified Salary Provided by Public sectors also depends upon the organization but the basic pay can vary from Rs.60000 – Rs.180000.

      This was all about the Salary of UGC NET Qualified Professionals. I hope you have got a good idea about the Salary of UGC NET Qualified Professional.


      If you’ve stuck around up until here, I think it’s safe to say you’re determined to crack this exam no matter what. With a clear head and a focused aim, you can not only achieve anything you set your foot on but also do it with flying colours. I tried to make this article informative and interesting for you because I understand studying and researching an exam can be very stressful. After reading this blog, you’ve basically done gathering all the information for NTA UGC NET Result, UGC NET Eligibility, and UGC NET Admit Card Download. I hope you found all the information regarding the UGC NET JRF exam that you were looking for.

      Best of Luck!!
      Keep Learning!!


      About Anuj Jindal

      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 4 years of experience in the field of Education.

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      FAQs: UGC NET JRF Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card, Result & Job Profile

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        Who can apply for the NET Exam 2020?

        To apply for NTA UGC NET 2020, students must have a post-graduation degree from a university recognized by UGC, with a minimum aggregate or percentage of 55% for general candidates and 50% in the case of reserved category candidates. Get complete details HERE.

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        When will the Official Notification of UGC NET 2020 June Exam be released?

        UGC NET 2020 exam will be held from September 24 onwards. The exam will end on November 5. 

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        Is there any negative marking in the UGC NET exam?

        A uniform marking scheme is followed in the exam i.e. for both Paper 1 and 2, each correct answer will fetch you 2 marks. As per the revised exam pattern of UGC NET examthere is no negative marking for incorrect answer.

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        Can I apply for UGC NET 2021 exam through offline mode?

        Application form will be released from third week of March for UGC NET 2021 June session. Candidates can fill their application form through online mode. Any offline mode will not be provided.

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        Is is necessary to upload thumb impression with the application form?

        While filling in the Online Application Form, you will be provided with a link to upload your photograph with signature, left thumb impression and handwritten declaration. Here is a link to apply online Check here.

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        Can I pay the application fee through any other mode like Money Order, Demand Draft, IPO, etc?

        Fee submitted by any other mode like Money Order /Demand Draft/IPO etc., will NOT be accepted. Fee once paid will NOT be refunded under any circumstances.

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        What subject should I select for UGC NET?

        You should choose the subject in which you have done your graduation and post-graduation because Paper 2 of the examination is totally a subject-oriented paper which you have chosen while filling up the application form of UGC NET. You can select any subject for UGC NET while applying for the examination.

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        How to change my UGC NET exam center?

        The correction can be made in particulars, choice of centre cities, photograph and signature in the online application on the official website

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        What are the maximum number of attempts in UGC NET exams?

        You ca give UGC NET exam as many times as you want. There is not maximum number of attempts in UGC NET. Only three attempts are allowed on JRF.

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        In which language will the UGC NET exam be held?

        UGC NET exam held in two languages. Both Hindi and English. You can opt for whatever suits you.

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        Can a non-collegiate apply for the UGC NET?

        noncollegiate cannot appear for UGC NET as the minimum qualification required is a master’s degree with 55% minimum aggregate.


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