UGC NET JRF 2021 Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card & Job Profile

Topics Covered: UGC NET JRF 2021 Eligibility Criteria, Educational Qualifications, Age limit & Relaxations,  Subject Eligibility, Number of Attempts, UGC NET Admit Card (Out), Steps to Download Admit Card, Things to check in Admit Card, Admit Card – Important Dates, Error Correction, Admit Card – Documents to Carry, Job Profile, Job Opportunities, Job Portal, Working Hours & Salary Expectations

Lakhs of students appear for UGC NET every year and aspire to crack it.

Now, to appear for the UGC NET, you need to make sure that you fit the eligibility criteria that are set for the same. So, if you also intend to appear for the exam do check the eligibility criteria section on this page.

If you fulfill the eligibility criteria you should go ahead and apply for the exam. Once you are done with the application, next comes the admit card.

On the page, you would find all the vital information related to the UGC NET admit card such as the date of release for 2021, how to download it, the key guidelines or points that you’d have to keep in mind regarding, Things to check on the admit card, documents to carry with it to the exam center and procedure for correction of any error in it.

It is important to note, by qualifying for the UGC NET exam, a candidate becomes eligible to teach in colleges, universities, or educational institutions, as a professor or an academician.

Moreover, if they are able to qualify with exceptionally good scores, they also qualify for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

A JRF candidate becomes eligible to receive handsome monthly stipends to conduct research and complete their Ph.D. while also teach at the same time.

Well, you can read about the UGC NET Job profile in detail, further down in this very article.

Table of Content – UGC NET JRF Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card, Exam Result, Job Profile & Salary

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The UGC NET Eligibility Criteria, as per the 2021 official notification, for ‘Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ posts comprises of the following:

  • Educational Qualification
  • Age Limit & Relaxations
  • Nationality – Must be an Indian National

It is important to note that if you fail to abide by the UGC NET eligibility criteria for 2021 you can be disqualified later from the examination.

UGC NET Eligiblity Criteria
Educational Qualifications Masters Degree or equavalent with minimum 55% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwD/Transgender candidates)
Age Limit 31 years for JRF
No age limit for AP
Number of Attempts No limit on attempts for JRF & AP
Nationality Indian
Subject Eligibility Subject of your Post-Graduation

UGC NET 2021 Educational Qualification Criteria

According to the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria, a candidate needs a minimum of 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC.

However, the candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC (non-creamy layer)/ PWD/ Transgender category need a minimum of 50% marks in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination.

Note: PG diploma/certificate holders from Indian universities or foreign degree/diploma/certificate holders from foreign universities/institutes should ascertain equivalence of their diploma/degree/certificate with a masters degree of recognised Indian universities from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

5% relaxation in aggregate marks is also provided to Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination has been completed by 19 September 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) for appearing in NET.

Now other than the students who have already appeared and cleared their master’s exams, you would also be allowed to give the exam if you fall under any of the following categories:

  • 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.
  • In case you have a CA/CS/ICWA qualification, in which case your qualification will be considered equivalent to a PG degree, allowing you to appear for the UGC NET exam.

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

You will be considered eligible only when you pass your master’s exam with the required percentage as per the UGC NET Qualification Criteria for 2021.

Well, you didn’t think you could just pass the 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 would be disqualified.

UGC NET 2021 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. 

As per the latest update, students aiming to crack the JRF (Junior Research Fellowship), should not be more than 31 years as on the 1st October 2021 (This age limit only applies to the current cycle of the examination).

While there is no age limit for the candidates applying for the post of Assistant Professor. 

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

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 (PWD) 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

I hope this section has cleared all your concerns regarding the UGC NET JRF Eligibility for 2021. If you are eligible and serious about appearing for the exam, you should definitely check out the syllabus for Paper 1 & Paper 2 in my blog here.

Check the best books for UGC NET Paper 1 & Paper 2.

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Exemptions (for Assistant Professor)

  • NET/SET/SLET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. In this regard, exemption from NET/SET/SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.
  • The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR/ JRF examination prior 9 to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
  • For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, and are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st June 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the universities/colleges situated in the State from where they have cleared their SET.

UGC NET 2021 Subject Eligibility

Another important issue related to the eligibility section is the knowledge about the subject that you should choose to appear for in the UGC NET exam.

With that said you need to make sure that the subject that you choose for the UGC NET exam matches the subject that you have done your post-graduation in.

If you don’t do so, there’s an extremely high probability that the NTA might withhold your results, and you wouldn’t want that, would you?

Let me elaborate with an actual real-life example of a few of my students.

Some of my students that were from commerce and management post-graduate backgrounds decided to choose the subject of their UGC NET June 2020 exams interchangeably, i.e., the M.Com. students chose the management paper, and the MBA guys chose to take the Commerce paper.

They did so because the syllabus for both commerce and management are pretty similar, at least 60-70% similar.

However, when it was time for the results to be declared, the results of the aforementioned students were withheld by the NTA. The reason, as the authority stated, was that the students’ UGC NET subject did not match with the one they had their PG degrees in.

Only in the case that your subject of post-graduation doesn’t match any UGC subject, you may choose a related subject to appear for in the exam.

So, yeah. Make sure that you choose your UGC NET subject carefully. List of Net Subjects and their Codes in which an applicant can take the exam.

The video shared below should help you with ‘How to choose your subject?’ or ‘Which subject to choose for your UGC NET exam?’. I have explained this information & few other points in detail.

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card 

The admit card for the UGC NET Exam (i.e. December 2020 Cycle + June 2021 Cycle merged) is usually released a fortnight to 10 days before the date of the exams. 

That said, the admit cards for the 2021 UGC NET Exam (i.e., December 2020 Cycle + June 2021 Cycle merged) began to be released from 13th November 2021 onwards. 

Moreover, you should note that the UGC NET 2021 admit cards were released in phases. The first phase of admit cards, i.e., of most of the exams were released on 13, 16 & 25 November 2021. 

Then the Phase 2 admit cards for exams such as Bengali, Kannada, Hindi, Sanskrit & Home Sciences, were released, on 21st December 2021.  

Note: The admit card for Phase 2 Kannada paper was still not released on 21st December 2021. Although NTA has released an official notification 2nd January 2022 stating that the Kannada exam will be held on 4th January 2022 and the admit card for the same was also released on 4th January 2022. 

After that, the Phase 3 admit cards were released on 29th Dec 2021 for the 4 subjects (Social Work; Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/IR/Labour and Social welfare/HRM; Odia, Telugu) of Phase 1 (which could not be conducted due to cyclone Jawad) and 2 subjects (Geography & Sociology) of Phase 2. 

Talking about Admit Card for UGC NET 2021, in this section, we will cover: How to download admit card, things to check on it, key points related to it, Admit Card important dates & admit card error correction procedure. 

You can download it right away by following the “Steps to Download” provided below. 

Now, accessing the UGC NET Hall ticket 2021, as the admit cards are also sometimes known, won’t be as hard as it used to be when you were in college. 

Nowadays, you can just download your hall ticket online. 

Before moving to steps to download admit card, let us see the dates to download admit card and the UGC NET Exam dates. 

Exam Events Important Dates
Phase 1 | Phase 2 | Phase 3 UGC NET Admit Card Release Dates 13, 16 & 25 November 2021, 21 & 29 December 2021 and 4 January 2022
NTA UGC NET Exam Dates 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29,30 November 2021, & 01, 03, 04, 05, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30 December 2021 [(Postponed in a few cities of Odisha & Andhra Pradesh) 4 & 5 Jan 2022]

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card – Steps to Download

The admit cards for the UGC NET 2021 Phase 1, 2, and 3 exams have been released on 13, 16 & 25 November 2021, 21 & 29 December 2021, and 4th January 2022. 

So here are the steps you’ll have to follow to download Hall Ticket for the UGC NET Examination once it is available:

Step 1: Visit the official website:

Step 2: Check for the link ‘UGC NET Admit Card download’ and click on it (the link would be visible only once the admit card released).

Step 3: You will be redirected to the candidates’ sign-in page.

Step 4: Enter the application number, password, and security pin to log in.

Step 5: Once logged in, you can download the same and take a printout for future reference.

Step 6: You can download/ print your admit card or hall ticket now from the option available on the screen.

What to do if you forget the Application Number or Password?

If you forget your login credentials, needed to download hall ticket, such as ‘Application No.’ or ‘Password’, you can retrieve them using the process provided below.

Steps to retrieve Application Number

You should first check your SMS/ Email for the ‘Application Number’ which was sent to you while applying online. If you do not find it there, follow the steps given below to retrieve your UGC NET Application Number.

  • Step 1: Open the Login Window and click on the ‘Forgot Application Number’ link.
  • Step 2: Enter ‘Candidate’s Name’, ‘Fathers Name’, ‘Mothers Name’, ‘Date of Birth’, and ‘Security Pin’.
  • Step 3: Click on the button ‘Get Application Number’. Clicking the button will show you your UGC NET Application Number on the screen.

Steps to retrieve Password

  • Step 1: Open the Login Window and click on the ‘Forgot Password’ link.
  • Step 2: Choose from the options available to reset the password such as using ‘Security Question & Answer’ or ‘Verification Code through SMS’ or ‘Reset link through Email’
  • Step 3: Enter the ‘Application Number’, ‘Date of Birth’, and ‘Security Pin’.
  • Step 4: Click on Submit. Next, you can reset your password and set a new one.

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card – Key Guidelines

  • Make sure that you download your NTA UGC NET Admit Card right away, and do not postpone it, avoid any network or server-related issues later.
  • Read all the “important things to check” as mentioned in the section below.
  • Make sure to carry all the relevant documents to the exam hall as provided in the “documents to carry” section below.
  • You are not allowed to make changes in any manner to your Admit Card, or hall ticket, as it’s also called. However, if there is an error, you can get it corrected by reaching out to NTA as mentioned in the section below.
  • It’s advisable to visit your exam center’s location prior to the day of the exam. This will help you familiarise yourself with the location and avoid any unwanted delay on the day of the exam.
  • Note down the date and time of your exam carefully so as to reach there on time. According to the exam rules, you’d need to report at the UGC NET exam center 2 and a half hours before the exam time and cooperate with the security checks done by the administration.
  • You won’t be allowed to carry any personal articles like mobiles, electronic devices, and other materials to the exam center.
  • You’d be provided with a pencil/pen and black paper sheets for rough work in the examination room.

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card – Things to Check

There are several details mentioned on your respective Admit Cards that you must go through and/or verify. They have been listed below:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Father’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Roll Number
  • Application Number
  • Category
  • Person with Disability (PwD)
  • Photograph & Signature
  • Reporting Time & Gate Closing Time
  • Subject
  • Name & Address of Examination Venue
  • Date of Exam
  • Time & Shift of Test
  • Important Instructions for Candidates

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card – Error Correction Procedure

There might be chances that you are unable to download the admit card or find a discrepancy in the admit card that you have downloaded pertaining to your preferences and/or the information that you had provided.

If that is the case, then you can get the error rectified by calling on the NTA’s helpline numbers mentioned below in the table. You can call on these numbers on any of the working days between the times of 09:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Helpline Numbers & Email IDs'
NTA Telephone Number 0120-6895200
NTA Email ID
Test Practice Centre (TPC)

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card – Documents to Carry (Exam Day Guidelines) 

There are several documents, in addition to your admit card, to carry to the exam center on the day of the examination.

I have listed down the necessary documents to be carried to the examination hall:

  • Printed copy of UGC NET Admit Card
  • Passport Size Photograph (same as the one printed on your NTA UGC NET Admit Card). You would need to paste the photo on the attendance sheet at the exam centre.
  • A Photo ID Proof (options for valid ID proofs are Driving License/Voter ID/PAN Card/Passport/Aadhaar Card/Ration Card/Aadhaar Enrolment No)
  • Keep a Xerox copy of your identity proof along with you for the exam.
  • PwD Certificate (If Applicable)

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card – Things not to carry (Exam Day Guidelines)

There are several things that you are not allowed to carry to the exam center on the day of the examination. 

I have listed down the necessary things that you shouldn’t carry to the examination hall or you will end up finding places nearby to put those things.  

  • You shouldn’t carry a bag to the examination center as you will not be allowed to take it inside. You cannot keep it with the guard of the examination center either as NTA is not responsible for any belongings stolen or lost at the premises.  
  • You are not allowed to carry Calculators, Docu Pen, Slide Rules, Log Tables and Electronic Watches, any printed or written material, bits of papers, mobile phone, Bluetooth devices, pager or any other electronic gadget/ device.  
  •  You are not allowed to leave the Examination Room until the full duration of the paper is over.  
  • Eating, drinking & smoking are not allowed inside the examination room.  
  • If you are suffering from diabetes, you are allowed to carry sugar tablets/ fruits and trasparent water bottle into the examination hall. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to carry packed foods like chocolate/ candy/sandwich etc.  


Talking about the UGC NET results, they are announced within a month after the completion of the exam cycle. The result is declared in the format of a scorecard.

As far as the Result of the December 2020 & June 2021 Merged Cycle go, it is still awaited and will be updated on my results blog link provided below as soon as it is declared. 

However, to give you an idea about the timeline, the June 2020 Cycle of the exam was conducted from late September 2020 to early November 2020, and the results for the same had been declared on the 30th of November. 

So, to stay updated about the 2021 UGC NET Exam Cycle and to know about the UGC NET result in detail, you can check the linked article. In that article, you shall find everything you need to know about the UGC NET results, e-certificates, and the UGC NET answer key. 

Now that we’ve talked about the results, let us talk about what comes after your UGC NET results. Yes, 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 aim, 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.

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

  • Types of Job Opportunities
  • PSUs Recruiting JRF Holders
  • Working Hours
  • Salary Expectations

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 are eligible to be an assistant professor in any private or government university. However, as per the UGC regulations, from July 2021 you would require a Ph.D. to become an Assistant Professor. 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 JRF scorecard serves as a gateway to many Public Sector Jobs.

UGC NET JRF Job Opportunities: 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 Academic Job Portal

To help you with the job search, UGC has come out with the ‘Academic Job Portal’ on the official UGC NET website (link –

The announcement about the creation of this job portal was made by the UGC through a notification/letter they had released on the 16th of June 2021. The notification states clearly, the function of the aforementioned Job portal.

Professor Rajneesh Jain, Secretary & CVO, UGC, in the notification linked above requested the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities in India to upload job vacancies on the said Academic Job Portal.

He also said that the Academic Job portal will provide a platform for all the NET qualified candidates to display their respective academic profiles.

This would, in turn, help them come to the attention of prospective employers and job givers on the same portal, easing the process of acquiring jobs, for the candidates, and the subsequent hiring, for the employers.

The portal provides two different interfaces – one for the candidates to register, create their profile & search for jobs, and the other for the employees to register, post jobs & search for candidates.

This announcement has, in general, been welcomed by the majority of the candidates and I sincerely hope that it yields the desired results.

UGC NET JRF Job Profile: Working Hours

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

UGC NET Salaries by Organisation Setups

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

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

  • Private Universities: UGC Norms for Assistant Professor Salary in Private Universities ranges from Rs.30,000-Rs.70,000 per month.
  • Government Universities: UGC Norms for Assistant Professor Salary in Government Universities ranges from Rs.55,000 – Rs.1,05,000 per month.
  • Public Sector Undertaking (PSU): The salary provided to a UGC NET qualified candidate by Public sector firms also depends upon the organization but the basic pay can vary from Rs.60,000 – Rs.1,80,000.

I hope, by now, 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. I hope you found all the information listed here, regarding the UGC NET JRF exam, valuable.

Best of Luck!!
Keep Learning!!

Founder & CEO of

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 5 years of experience in the field of Education.

  1. I want know about JRF COURSE how I can prepared from where my contact no is 9105957786

  2. So if I do a Ph.D. (Law), then am I required to clear NET?

    • Hello Anil,
      You are not required but you should for a better prospects

  3. Applicants are advised to review all the information specified in the admit card and contact the conducting authority if there is an error in the UGC NET 2021 admit card to prevent any problems on the UGC NET 2021 examination day. If there is any discrepancy in the UGC NET admit card, then in such a case, the candidate must contact the NTA helpline numbers which are 8076535482 and 7703859909.

  4. Even if I clear NET for AP, do I have to be a PhD holder also to get an AP job?

    • Hi,
      According to the new norm, the Ph.D. degree is not required till 2023 while hiring qualified candidates will continue on the basis of the (UGC NET) score.

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