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UGC NET JRF 2022 Eligibility Criteria, Job Profile & Salary

Topics Covered: UGC NET JRF 2022 Eligibility Criteria, Educational Qualifications, Age limit & Relaxations, Subject Eligibility, Number of Attempts, 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.

On the page, you would find all the vital information related to the UGC NET eligibility criteria, age limit and relaxations related to it, number of attempts, job profile and salary.

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, Result, Job Profile & Salary

UGC NET 2022 Eligibility Criteria

The UGC NET Eligibility Criteria, as per the 2022 official notification, for ‘Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ posts comprised 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, 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 2022 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 master’s 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.

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 2022 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 it comes to UGC, Students aiming to crack the JRF (Junior Research Fellowship), should not be more than 31 years as on the 1st June 2022 (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. If you are eligible and serious about appearing for the exam, you should definitely check out the syllabus for Paper 1 & Paper 2 along with Exam pattern and Eligibility.

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

UGC NET 2022 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 2022 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.

Preparation Kit for UGC NET JRF Exams
Preparation Kit for UGC NET JRF Exams

UGC NET Admit Card

Admit card is the most important document, along with a few others, you need to carry with you if you want to sit for the examination.

To know the details like release dates of UGC NET admit card, steps to download it, what to do in case you forget your application number or password, what are the details mentioned in the admit card, things you need to and shouldn’t carry with you to the exam center, etc. you can go through my page on UGC NET Admit Card.


Talking about the UGC NET results, the UGC NET announces the results within a month after the completion of the exam cycle. It is declared in the format of a scorecard. When it comes to the latest update about UGC NET Result, then it is ought to know that the 2021 cycle was completed with the flash of its result on 19th February 2022.

While the UGC NET 2022 exam process is yet to start, therefore, the question regarding its result date is out of the conversation. However, if you interested in knowing the general information regarding the UGC NET Result, then pay a visit to the page which is specifically addresses the:

UGC NET Results in detail.

In the article you shall find everything you need to know about the UGC NET results, e-certificates and the UGC NET answer key.

Now 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.

Note: While clearing JRF is an immense subject of pride, qualifying only NET is not a short feat either and does not make much of a difference. The only difference between these two are that in JRF you get monetary scholarship.

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 – https://www.ugc.ac.in/jobportal/).

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

Salary Expectations for UGC NET JRF Jobs

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.

While these are the major heads under which the salary can be defined. However, when it comes to the query I.e., What is the salary of UGC NET qualified lecturer?

There are many dimensions to this question, but if you are looking for one figure then a qualified lecturer can expect a minimum CTC of 11.88 lakhs.

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!!

CEO of Anujjindal.in

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.

FAQs: UGC NET JRF 2022 Eligibility Criteria, Job Profile & Salary

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    Who can apply for the UGC NET Exam 2022? 

    According to the UGC NET Eligibility, a minimum aggregate of 55% marks in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from a UGC approved university is needed to apply. In case you belong to any of the reserved categories, then you need only 50% as your aggregate marks. Candidates who are pursuing Post-Graduation can also give UGC NET Exam. 

    Get more details about Educational Qualifying Criteria

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    What is the maximum age limit for NET JRF exam? 

    There is no age limit for NET but to be eligible for Junior Research Fellow (JRF) the candidate should not be more than 31 years. 

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    What subject should I select (am I eligible for) in UGC NET? 

    This is a very commonly asked question on the internet, so I’ll be as clear as possible while answering it. You see the UGC NET subject that you’ll select will have to be the one that you have done your graduation and post-graduation in. You cannot apply for a UGC NET exam of any other subject. 
    However, in case the subject that you had done your post-graduation in, isn’t listed as one of the official UGC NET subjects, then you may apply for the subject on the UGC NET list, nearest to the one you have post-graduated in. 

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    Can I apply for NET in two different subjects? 

    Choosing to appear for the UGC NET in two different subjects is a brave thought my friend, and I would like to tell you that it’s entirely possible to do so. However unlikely it might sound, there are people that appear for the NET in two different subjects and are also able to ace in them both. 

    If you are one of them and really want to appear for the same, make sure that you have the required master’s degrees or their equivalents with a minimum passing marks of 55% in both subjects. Also, make sure that the subjects are listed under the UGC NET subjects list. 

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    How many attempts are allowed for the UGC NET Exam? 

    There is no restriction on the number of attempts when it comes to the UGC NET exam. 

    However, as covered earlier in the blog, when we talked about the age restrictions for the UGC NET JRF, i.e., Junior Research Fellowship, you should not be over 31 years. 

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    Can I apply for the UGC NET exam while pursuing my Master's?

    This question that you asked me is a very important one and is also a very common one at that. Therefore, let me be as clear as possible. You can very well apply for the UGC NET exam, even if you are in the first year of your master’s course. However, such candidates must complete their master’s degree within 2 years from the date of the NET result with the required marks. There’s a reason why this is allowed. Let me elaborate. 
    In case you are able to clear the UGC NET exam, the JRF qualifying certificate that you’d receive would be valid for the next three years. This means that even after you graduate out after the second year of your master’s course, you’d still have at least an extra year left in the validity of your JRF qualification certificate, using which you can apply for jobs. 

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    Is a master's from IGNOU eligible for the NET exam? 

    Since, IGNOU is a UGC approved university, therefore, yes, if you have a master’s degree from IGNOU, then you are eligible for NET exam. 

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    Can a non-collegiate apply for the UGC NET? 

    No. If you are a non-collegiate, then you will unfortunately not be allowed to apply for the UGC NET exam. Additionally, finishing college till your bachelor’s degree will also not be enough for you to be eligible for the UGC NET exam. 

    To appear for the UGC NET exam, you’d have to be a post-graduate degree holder from a UGC approved university. However, there are still other eligibility criteria that you can read here. 

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    What is the age limit to apply for the NTA UGC Exam? 

    There is no age limit if you wish to apply for the UGC NET exam with the intention of becoming an Assistant Professor (AP). However, to be eligible for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) program, you shouldn’t be older than 31 years as on 01st June 2022. Know more about the Age Limit and the Relaxation available to different categories of candidates.

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    Is a Ph.D. mandatory to become an Assistant Professor? 

    Yes. As per the latest draft (2021) of the UGC Regulations, the Ph.D. Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for appointment as well as the promotion and for the direct recruitment to the post of Associate Professors. 

    However, for certain fields, the UGC is planning to open a window for direct recruitment of Professors of Practice and Associate Professor of Practice, without the mandatory requirement of a Ph.D. degree or the need to have qualified the NET exam. 

    Click Here to find the genuine source of the speculated change. 

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    What is the Reservation Policy of the Government of India? 

    UGC NET follows the reservation policy of the Government of India. Thus, the reservation of seats in the central universities and institutions which are deemed to be universities is provided in the table below: 

    Reservation Policy for UGC NET
  1. Roshan

    I have done graduation from history and presently pursuing masters degree in hindi literature from ignou.

    Can I apply for hindi in ugc net exam. Will there be any problem in future

    • admin

      Hi Rohan, yes you can go for UGC NET Exam in Hindi subject.

  2. Harshita Srivastava

    Dear Sir,
    Greetings.I must thank you for your blog ,it was very informative.
    I wanted to clarify a doubt though- If I am *currently pursuing* M.com. from IGNOU, am I eligible for the UGC NET exam? I mean to ask that those who are currently pursuing from regular Universities as well as the ones pursuing from IGNOU, both are eligible to give the exam while still pursuing PG?

    • admin

      Hi Harshita, you must understand that candidates who are in the final year of post graduation can apply for UGC NET Examination. So, if you're in the final year of your M.Com., you can definitely appear for UGC NET Examination.

  3. Vidyanshu Singh

    Hello sir…your blog is very informative… My age is 35..Sir I am b.tech. graduate and M.A. political science ( Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tondon Open University)… Can I apply for NET exam..? I am confused with my subject to choose.. please help…

    • admin

      Hello Vidyanshu,
      Kindly connect with me at 9999466225 for in depth guidance regarding UGC NET JRF.

      • Shruti

        Can mba students give ugc net in economics subject?

        • admin

          Hi Shruti,
          No, you can only choose Management. However, if your specialization is in Human Resource (HR), then there is a provision in that case, you can fill HR as your choice of subject.

  4. Ambreen Naz

    Hello sir

    Sir mene history se graduation kiya h aur abhi ignou se masters kr rhi history me final year h
    Meri umar 32 saal kuch months h
    To kya me net jrf ke liye apply kr skti hu
    Aur ab iske forms kb aainge
    Please sir help me

    • admin

      Hi Ambreen,
      Women candidates have relaxation of 5 years in UCG NET JRF i.e till 35 years. You can give December attempt. Give me a call at 9999466225 for better guidance.

  5. saurabh chaudhary

    i am doing my MA from subharati University. could you please make sure that i will be eligible to apply in JRF?

    • admin

      Hello Saurabh,
      Please, enquire in your university if they provide you with the JRF Fellowship.

  6. snober

    i applied in net exam under reserved category but my category certificate was underprocess .after decleration of result my score was excatly same as the cutt-off of open merit.after some time i got my category certificate from authorities.i am in afix whether my net certificate is valid or not

    • admin

      Hi Snober,
      The Category certificate does not hold much value when you appear in UGC NET JRF. However, in case of job application you would be required to present your category certificate.

  7. Meenakshi Meenakshi

    Hi ,I am very confuse actually I did b.com and now I am pursuing ma in education from ignou can I apply for jrf net exam?

    • admin

      Hi Meenakshi,
      Happy to see that you are preparing for UGC NET JRF. Please, enquire in your university if they provide you with the JRF Fellowship.

  8. Md Tarique Anwar

    Dear sir
    I done BA at History
    But MA at English
    I want to know which paper
    I appli for net jrf.

    • admin

      Hello Md Tarique,
      Happy to see that you are preparing for UGC NET JRF. I advise you to prepare for the English paper since you have done your MA in it and have an upperhand.

  9. Anuriya

    I have done BCom in graduation now persuing masters in psychology

    Can I go with psychology subjects only for ugc net??

    • admin

      Hi Anuriya,

      Yes you can. UGC Net allows aspirants from all walks of life to enter the field of research and teaching. And Psychology is one of them.

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