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UGC NET JRF 2022 Complete Information

Topics Covered: UGC NET 2022 Exam, Phase II Exam Postponed, Updated Exam Dates, Latest Notification Released, Job Profile, Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Preparation Tips, Mock Tests & Books, Free Study Material, Admit Card, Previous Year Question Papers, Cut Off (JRF & AP), NTA UGC NET Exam Dates Announced, Exam Analysis, Result.

In a world of UPSC and Bank Exams, it is UGC NET, which is arguable the country’s premier-most examination.

UGC NET, i.e., National Eligibility Test (NTA), is conducted every year by National Testing Agency, to determine the potential candidates for the esteemed Junior Research Fellowship and the post of Assistant Professors in central universities and colleges.

The exam though is complex and category oriented, yet it is aspired by more than a million candidates every year.

And, having gone through the aspirant phase and tasted success in this exam, I know what UGC NET demands and what it will take for an aspirant to prepare for the exam efficiently.

However, there is no brief way to explain the entire process of the exam, moreover, introducing you to the whole spectrum of UGC NET at once will be detrimental to your progress. Hence, I will bring forward every aspect of the exam in a step-by-step manner.

So, if you are one of the aspirants, or are unsure and seeking details about the examination, then you are at the right place.

Heads Up! The following information is crucial for you to inculcate. Get ready for a pleasant drive, known as the UGC NET.

Before I move forward with the blog, let me give you a brief information about UGC NET 2022 Notification.

UGC NET Notification 2022 was released on 30th April, 2022. Keeping the previous year’s trend alive, the 2022 process will also be a unified edition, viz. The December 2021 and June 2022 cycles are merged.

About the exam dates, the examination will take place in phases.

According to the initial notice the Phase 1 dates are 9th, 11th, 12th, July 2022 and the Phase II was scheduled for 12th, 13th, 14th August 2022.

The Phase I culminated successfully on the planned dates, however, as per the notice dated 8th August 2022, the Phase II stands postponed.

The Phase II will now take place between 20th to 22nd September 2022.

As for exam dates, that’s not it. In the notice dated, 16th September 2022, NTA UGC intimated about the next branch of the exam, I.e., Phase III.

The Phase III will proceed from September 23rd, 2022 and will continue till October 14th 2022.

For Commerce & Management students, the schedule of the exam is as follows.

  • Commerce: 29th September 2022
  • Management: 30th September 2022

The Admit Card of Commerce and Management subjects have been activated on the official website of NTA UGC on  26th and 27th September 2022 repectively.

With the exam dates known, it can be concluded that UGC NET 2022 is partially over. Thus, at this stage I would suggest you to keep yourself updated and accordingly proceed.

Now, if you are curious about the general know-how of the exam, then for your reference, I’ve compiled the basic information about the exam, below. Read carefully, and get hold of the overall examination process of UGC NET.

Table of Content – UGC NET JRF Complete Info

UGC NET Exam 2022 Basic Information
UGC NET 2022 Phase I Exam Dates 09th, 11th & 12th July 2022
UGC NET 2022 Phase II Exam Dates 20th to 22nd September 2022
UGC NET 2022 Phase III Exam Dates 23rd September to 14th October 2022
Exam Name National Eligibility Test also known as UGC NET
Administering Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Award on Qualifying Exam Certificate of Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor
Mode of Conduct Online Examination
Application Fees General- Rs. 1100/-
OBC/ EWS- Rs. 550/-
SC/ST/Transgender - Rs 275/-
Selection Process 1 Exam Comprising Paper 1 and Paper 2
Year Started 1989-90
Frequency of Exam Twice a Year
Exam Purpose Determining Eligibility for Posts of Assistant Professors and Junior Research Fellowship
Score Validity 3 years for JRF
Lifetime for AP
Exam Duration 180 Minutes
Score Range 0-100 for Paper 1
0-200 for Paper 2
No. Of Applicants (2021) 12,67,000
No. Of Test-takers (2021) 6,71,288
UGC NET 2022 Notification April 30, 2022
UGC Official Website www.ugcnet.nta.nic.in

NTA UGC NET 2022 Exam Overview

The National Eligibility Test (NET) commonly referred to as UGC NET or NTA UGC NET Exam, started in the year 1989-90, is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for 81 different subjects. 

First, let me start by introducing the organisation. 

UGC (University Grants Commission) was established in 1956 as a statutory body by the Indian Government. Its objectives were to coordinate, determine and maintain the standards of higher education. 

While, NTA (an Indian Government Agency) was established in November 2017 to conduct entrance examinations for institutes of higher education, nationwide. 

The NTA NET exam was earlier conducted by the CBSE but from December 2018 onwards it is being conducted by the NTA. It is conducted typically twice a year (June & December Cycles) and more than 5 lakh students appear for the exam each cycle. 

The exam’s purpose is basically to determine whether you are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor (AP) &/or receive the Junior Research Fellowship award (JRF). 

Now, to talk a little about the JRF. It is a letter awarded to those candidates that have secured marks greater/equal to the JRF cut-offs in their NTA NET for their respective subjects. The JRF letter is basically a bearer document through which you’ll be able to avail a scholarship while pursuing your M.Phil./Ph.D. 

With the introduction over, let’s quickly delve into the when and what of UGC NET 2022. The UGC NET 2021 took a major hit in its schedule, owing to the difficult pandemic situation. However, with normalcy restoring at a fine pace, the UGC NET 2022 exam process is likely to go smoothly. 

Although not as smoothly as it was expected. The UGC NET Notification 2022, which was released on April 30, 2022, had declared that the December 2021 and June 2022 exam processes will be combined.

UGC NET 2022 Latest Updates

In this section I will highlight the overall summary of UGC NET 2022.

  • 5th November 2022 – UGC NET 2022 result has been announced, along with the release of cut off marks and final answer key.
  • 27th September 2022 – The Admit Card of UGC NET 2022 Management has been released.
  • 26th September 2022 – The Admit Card of UGC NET 2022 Commerce has been released.
  • September 16th, 2022 – UGC announced the addition of Phase III in the exam process. The subjects of Commerce and Management will also be parts of this phase. Commerce exam will take place on 29th September 2022, and Management exam is scheduled to be held on 30th September 2022.
  • August 8th, 2022 – The Phase II exam postponed and it will now take place during September 20th to 30th 2022. Information regarding exam centers will come out on 11th September 2022 and the Admit card for the same will come out on 16th September 2022. Also, the Telugu and Marathi subjects’ exams will be held along Phase II.
  • July 8th, 2022 – Notice declaring postponement of Telugu and Marathi subject exams. Which were scheduled for 9th July 2022
  • July 7th, 2022 – Admit card for July exam dates released
  • July 4th, 2022 – Notice regarding change in exam schedule. 8th July 2022 removed from schedule
  • June 25th, 2022 – Exam dates were announced. The UGC Net 2022 initial exam date schedule: 08th, 9th, 11th, 12th, July 2022 and 12th, 13th, 14th August 2022
  • April 30th, 2022 – UGC NET December 2021 and June 2022 (Merged Cycle) Notification came out

Keep checking this space, more updates are yet to come.

Now go through the entire blog to get detailed knowledge about every aspect of the UGC NET 2022 Examination.

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

NTA UGC NET Notification 2022

The UGC NET Notification 2022 was released on April 30, 2022. The form filling process was started on the same day and was scheduled to end on 20th May 2022. However, a further notification notified the extension of the last date.

In respect to that, the application form window closed on 30th May 2022.

Regarding the exam dates, on 25th June 2022, UGC released the much-awaited notice of UGC NET December 2021 and June 2022 (Merged Cycle) exam dates.

As per the notice, the UGC NET 2022 is scheduled to take place in two phases – Phase I & Phase II. The first one which was slated to be held on 9th, 11th, and 12th July 2022 has culminated successfully.

Initially, 8th July was also a part of the exam date schedule, but in a subsequent notice, dated July 4, 2022, UGC announced the exclusion of the date from the exam date set up.

The Admit card of first phase was released on July 07th, 2022.

As for Phase II, a notice dated 8th August 2022, declared that it has been postponed. The notification also mentioned the new time frame of the Phase II examination and the necessary information about its admit card.

With the latest updates about UGC NET 2022 been fed to you, let me again bring you back to the topic in focus.

While I’ve briefed you with the basic information, now take a careful look at the Detailed Notification of UGC NET 2022, to learn more about the exam aspects.

Now, Remember, such notifications, like the one whose link has been attached, are extremely detailed and are usually 70-80 pages long. Therefore, in this blog and my other UGC NET blogs, I have simplified all the information given in such notifications and conveyed the same in a clear and concise manner.

NTA UGC NET Exam Dates

The “UGC NET Exam Dates” is the most sought-after information by UGC NET aspirants. This perhaps solidifies the reason why the National Testing Agency (NTA) does not give premature details about the NTA NET exam dates, i.e., keeps it reserved and disseminates it in a separate notice after the release of the official notification only.

The official notification of UGC NET 2022 came out on 30th April 2022 & the UGC NET Exam Dates have been released on 25th June 2022. NTA initially decided to conduct the UGC NET 2022 in two phases, in the month of July & August. Subsequently, the following dates were confirmed: 09th, 11th & 12th in the month of July (Phase I) and 12th, 13th & 14th in the month of August (Phase II).

However, only the Phase I exam could go about successfully. As for Phase II, it has been postponed and rescheduled. The Phase II will now transpire from 20th to 22nd September 2022.

On September 16th 2022, NTA UGC announced further schedule and brought Phase III into existence.

The Phase III commenced on 23rd September and will culminated on 14th October 2022.

For Commerce and Management candidates the exam took place on 29th September 2022 and 30th September 2022 respectively.

The UGC NET 2022 Commerce Admit Card came out on 26th September 2022 and the Management Admit Card on 27th September 2022.

Following the successful completion of the exam, in due course I.e., on 5th November 2022, NTA UGC declared the result of UGC NET 2022. Along with the result, the Cut off marks and final answer key were also uploaded on the official website of UGC.

To give you a complete summary of UGC NET 2022, I’ve prepared a table below. Refer to it to get hold of all the dates of NET exam 2022.

UGC NET Dec 2021 & June 2022 Cycle & Exam Events Exam Dates
Commencement of UGC NET Online Application Form 30th April 2022
Last date to submit the Form 30th May 2022
Last date of Fee Submission 30th May 2022
Correction in Particulars of Application form 31st May 2022 to 1st June 2022
NTA UGC NET Admit Card (Hall Ticket) Date [Phase I] 07th July 2022
UGC NET Exam Dates – Phase I 09th, 11th & 12th July
NTA UGC NET Admit Card (Hall Ticket) Date [Phase II] 16th September 2022
UGC NET Exam Dates – Phase II 20th to 22nd September 2022
NTA UGC NET Admit Card (Hall Ticket) Date [Phase III] Commerce - 26th September 2022
Management - 27th September 2022
UGC NET Exam Dates – Phase III 23rd September to October 14th 2022
Availability of Answer Key 5th November 2022
Declaration of Result online 5th November 2022

*TBA – To Be Announced

The timings of the examination were:

  • First Shift: 09:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Second Shift: 03:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Note: Reach the examination hall at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam.

Let us now take a look at the UGC NET job profile.

UGC NET Job Profile

Now coming to the topic you’ve all been secretly waiting for.

When you choose an exam as difficult as the NTA UGC NET (even more when you’re targeting JRF), it’s obvious to say that you had a picture of your job in your head before applying for the exam.

But you might not be aware of the industry standards and that’s what I’ll be discussing in this section.

So, let me start by saying that if you manage to qualify for the NTA NET exam, your scope would lie mostly in jobs that are considered mostly academic and/or research-oriented in nature. Such jobs are usually found within the confines of universities and colleges.

Now according to your skillsets, you may have the opportunity to teach either of the following batch of students:

  • Undergraduate level students
  • Professional students
  • Post-doctorate fellows

Having said that, I’d also like to inform you that after qualifying for the NTA NET, you can also apply for jobs at several PSUs that accept the NET qualification score in their selection process.

You can read more details of the UGC NET Job Profile here.

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2022

Eligibility Criteria is a vast topic and has a lot of topics to be discussed.

Before we begin you should note that the UGC NET exam can only be taken by Indian nationals.

1) Age Eligibility

Your age should be less than 31 years on the first date of the month in which the UGC NET JRF Exam registration process would be concluded i.e., 01.06.2022 (This is applicable for the current examination only).

However, there is no Age Limit for Assistant Professorship (AP).

2) Educational Qualification for UGC NET (General)

You should have a Master’s Degree from a University/Institution recognized by UGC with a minimum of 55% marks (without rounding off). This will be 50% in the case of SC/ST/PWD/transgender candidates.

To know about the updated Eligibility Criteria in detail, read here the complete UGC NET 2022 Eligibility Criteria.

UGC NET Application Form 2022

Aren’t we all tired of listening to the same old stories from our parents about how they had to walk miles and miles to reach school and we’ve got everything easy in life?

While in the broad spectrum that might not be that accurate, but we sure have gotten things a little easier when compared to them.

Even though our job to fill the UGC NET Online application form is quite easy as compared to what they had to go through, it still can be a tricky job. I have tried to make it easier for you.

I have made a separate blog as to how to apply online for the UGC NET JRF exam without making any mistakes (our generation is a little messier too).

The blog linked above will also help you with other details like application fees, the number of applicants registered and appeared, and steps to utilise the correction window.

With that let me give you a brief update on the current examination cycle. The UGC NET Notification 2022 was released on April 30, 2022.

With its release, the Online Application Form procedure commenced on April 30, 2022, itself, and was supposed to end on 20th May 2022. But a subsequent notification directed the extension of the last date. The Application form link then closed on 30th May 2022.

UGC NET Syllabus 2022

UGC NET Notification 2022 is out and it has come up with a surprise change in the UGC NET Syllabus 2022.

I will brief you about the change, but first get hold of the patter and the major syllabus.

The UGC NET comprises of two papers, paper 1 and paper 2. Paper 1 will be a general paper and will be the same for all candidates and Paper 2 will be unique for every subject, meaning that paper 2 for each subject would differ from one another.

Paper 1 will have questions from general topics such as Research Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, Communication, People and Environment, Higher Education, Arithmetic Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Teaching Aptitude, ICT, and Indian Logic.

As for Paper 2, it shall have questions specific to the subject chosen by the candidate.

In the 2022 Notification, it has been announced that the Paper 2 will undergo significant change. There has been an augmentation in the subjects’ section of Paper 2, and the total number subjects has now reached the number 82 from 81.

UGC NET 2022 Syllabus for Paper 1 & 2 can be accessed through the link.

Ever since NTA has been handed over the responsibility to conduct the examination, the syllabus for NTA UGC NET JRF has changed.

Unfortunately for all of you planning to give the exam after the change, the papers conducted after 2018 have certainly been more challenging than before.

So, you better buckle up and be prepared for some hard-working days ahead.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022

According to the UGC NET Notification 2022, which came out on April 30th 2022, there is no change in the UGC NET Exam Pattern 2022.

What is the paper pattern in 2022? As I have mentioned above, The UGC NET exam comprises two papers. The first is a common/general paper, and the second is a subject-specific paper. I have explained it a bit more in the lines ahead.

However, both the papers are to be completed in a time duration of 3 hours, meaning that there is no break between the two papers. Therefore, it is up to the candidate to manage his time between the two papers accordingly.

Although, I would advise you to try and finish Paper 1 in a maximum time of 60 minutes, and use the remaining 120 minutes of the total time duration to solve paper 2. I say that because paper 1 has only 50 questions in it, while paper 2 has 100.

Anyhow, you should definitely attempt all the questions in the exam as there is no negative marking.

So, to reiterate, both the papers differ in their respective exam patterns:

  • Paper 1 – Same for all Subjects
  • Paper 2 – Subject Specific
UGC NET JRF Exam Pattern - Phase 1 & Phase 2

Both the papers are objective in character. I am sure the images above have given you a brief idea, know more about the UGC NET Paper 1 and Paper 2 Exam Pattern here.

UGC NET Preparation Tips

The overall level of the UGC NET 2022 exam is on a higher side when compared with other teaching examinations.

You should have a proper study program in place whilst preparing for this exam.

Also, with NTA coming into the scene, the examination is made even more conceptual. So, you should boost your preparation with our UGC NET Online Coaching.

Having an overall strategy and a sectional strategy for this exam will eventually help you to score better.

The image below provides a basic outlook for preparation, you can read more about the best preparation strategy and tips for the UGC NET exam here.

Preparation Tips for UGC NET JRF

UGC NET Mock Test & Books

Okay, so from the very start, let me inform you that reading from the right books would be essential for your preparation, also, along with reading from the right books you’d need to solve the various mock tests that are available for the NTA NET exam.

Now, when I say right books, I say it because I do not want you to waste your time reading from whichever random book you might happen to chance upon. There are several books in the market that shall help you prepare for the UGC NET in the most consolidated and efficient manner. I have suggested a list of the most relevant books here.

So, yeah that sorts the point about right books.

Talking about Mock tests next, you should know that your preparation strategy would be useless without mock tests. Basically, mock tests are the anchors on which your preparation would rely. They would help you to test yourself from time to time and reveal your weaknesses to you. That way you’d be able to work upon and eliminate them.

Now, to combine both the elements of this section, I’d say that the best preparation strategy for the UGC NET would be one where, preparing from the right books and solving mocks, go hand in hand.

Go ahead, try my personally designed free Mock Tests here.

UGC NET Free Study Material

I provide a lot of free study material for both UGC NET Paper 1 & Paper 2.

The intention is to help you in your preparation, to give you a good idea about the exam, and also to allow you the opportunity to judge my course content.

If you like the content provided in the free material (which I am sure you will) you should seriously consider the Online Coaching that I provide for UGC NET to guide you in your preparation.

You can access the Free Study Material through the links provided below:

UGC NET Paper 1 Free Material

UGC NET Paper 2 Free Material

UGC NET Admit Card 2022

Latest Update: UGC NET 2022 Management Admit Card has been released on 27th September 2022.

The admit card is an extremely important document that you’d have to carry to your exam hall, without which you wouldn’t be granted entry. That’s because it is taken to be the only document ratifying your eligibility to sit for the exam on the day of the same, by the NTA.

With that, let me come straight to the admit card update with respect To the UGC Net 2022.

Since the UGC NET December 2021 and June 2022 (Merged Cycles) is taking place in two phases viz, Phase I and Phase II, hence, the admit card will also be released in two parts.

The admit card of the Phase I, which transpired on 9th, 11th, and 12th, July, 2022, came out on July 7, 2022.

The Phase II will take place during 20th to 22nd September and the admit card of the concerned phase has been released on 16th September 2022.

However, the series did not reach a halt there as on 16th September 2022, NTA UGC introduced Phase III in the process. Phase III will begin on 23rd September 2022 and will end on 14th October 2022.

The Phase III Admit cards have been releasing in bits. Sequentially, the UGC NET 2022 Commerce Admit Card has been released on 26th September 2022. Following this the Management Admit Card came out on 27th September 2022.

That said, the admit card has important details about you such as your name and application number, your subject, date of exam, name and address of the exam centre, important instructions, and time & shift of exam.

Check all the important details related to the UGC NET Admit Card and the steps to download it.

UGC NET Previous Year Question Papers

It is essential to attempt UGC NET previous year question papers to be familiar with the type and level of the questions asked in the exam.

Thus, solving the previous years’ question papers would definitely increase your chances of clearing the exam.

Having said that the best way to use the previous years’ papers is to randomly solve one, before actually beginning your preparation. That way you will be able to understand your weak areas better.

Then you can start your prep with an extra emphasis on your weak points. After having done so, you can go on to solve another previous year paper to weed out further the weak spots in your prep and work on eliminating them.

Carry on with this process till you are confident that there aren’t any more weak spots left in your preparation.

Lastly, if you are lucky, you might just chance upon certain questions in your actual NTA NET exam, which you had already solved before in the previous year question papers.

In the blog linked below, we have provided past year papers with a detailed solution.

You can go through the Past Year Question Papers of NTA UGC NET (2009 – 2021).

UGC NET Cut Off 2022

The UGC NET Cut off 2022 has been released along with the declaration of final result, i.e., on 5th November 2022.

I’ve highlighted the latest UGC cut off in the table section below. However, before revealing the cut off let me give you some useful information about cut off.

The Cut off is a component that comes into existence only after the culmination of exam. The UGC NET 2022 Exam process has just started & the exam dates have been released by NTA recently but the exam is still scheduled to be conducted. Therefore, having a discussion on the UGC NET Cut off 2022 this early, would be trivial.

This will be useful after the exam have happened and we’d have UGC NET exam analysis in front of us. Till then, get idea about what degree of preparation you need, from the previous years’ cut off, provided below.

An idea of the cut off in addition to the difficulty level of the exam will help you set your target marks for the exam and also the minimum number of questions that must be correct.

Also, to give an idea of the NTA NET December 2021 and June 2022 (Merged Cycles) cutoff for the papers of Commerce and Management, I have listed the table 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 Exam Analysis

Now that you know an overview of almost everything there is to know about the UGC NET exam, from the exam pattern to the syllabus, from the application process to the preparation tips, it’s time to learn about how to analyse the previous year papers of NTA NET.

Now, you must be thinking, why does one need to analyze something that has already happened in the past?

Well, I say, to draw a projection of the future, exam analysis of the past is absolutely imperative. To put it in terms of the UGC NET exam analysis of the previous year exams is of paramount importance, if one is to be prepared for the upcoming exam.

Therefore, after preparing for the exam, and solving all the mock tests and previous year papers, do not forget to analyze the various aspects of the same.

For example, go through the previous year papers of the UGC NET to understand the types of questions that were asked, compare and get an idea about the difference in the difficulty levels of the various sections of the paper over the years, etc. Doing so will increase your preparedness and confidence.

To give you a gist of this, let me resort to telling you that the UGC NET Exam Analysis is an after-exam practice. This act is necessary as it gives present and potential candidates an idea about the NTA NET Exam level.

UGC NET Result

Latest update: The UGC NET 2022 Result which took place in three phases has been declared on 5th November 2022.

The UGC NET 2022 took place in varied phases, three to be precise, in the months of July, August and September. And in approximately 1.5 months after the culmination of the exam, it’s result has been declared on the official website of NTA UGC.

You may use my blog here to know more about the result and the steps to check it.

Before NTA announces the UGC NET result, it releases the provisional answer key and also opens a brief window with an option to challenge the answer key.

This year though certain changes have been made. This year the NTA UGC released the final answer key along with final result.

Know more about the answer key updates and the process to challenge them.


I hope by the end of this blog, you’ve probably got an overview of what the UGC NET JRF exam is all about. If you’re one of the determined kids, you must be having like a bunch of additional links opened on your browser that I have provided in this blog for detailed information.

Best of Luck!!
Keep Learning!!

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FAQs: UGC NET Complete Info

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    What is JRF in the UGC NET exam?

    The full form of JRF is Junior Research Fellowship. 

    Basically, the JRF holders are the creme de la creme of all those who qualify for the UGC NET exams, which constitutes a very less percentage of the total qualifiers. The JRF letter/e-Certificate signifies that a JRF holder can avail of the scholarship while pursuing M.Phil./Ph.D. 

    The intention behind the JRF is to inspire NET JRF qualified students to pursue M.Phil./Ph.D. in their area of interest. NTA declares two cut offs – one for clearing NET (which makes you eligible to apply for Assistant Professorship) and the other one (higher of the two) for JRF. The E-Certificate/score is valid for 3 years whereas the NET score is valid for the lifetime. 

    The JRFs are entitled to some special benefits that separate them from normal NET qualifiers. 

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    What is the stipend for JRF qualifiers? 

    If you are a JRF qualifier, you’ll be paid a stipend of around 31000 INR per month (for the first 2 years) and 35000 INR per month (thereafter for the validity of the tenure) if you pursue a Ph.D. or M.Phil. from a UGC NET approved university. Now, this amount is inclusive of the House Rent Allowance (HRA) which is different for different cities. Therefore, the stipend amounts also vary depending on the city from where you’ve chosen to do your Ph.D. 

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    Is UGC NET and JRF the same? 

    Let me say straight off the bat that the exam for qualifying both is the same. However, there are a few differences pertaining to the benefits and the cut off. Let me elaborate. 

    When the UGC NET JRF results are released, then there are two cut offs declared, one for the UGC NET and the other for the UGC NET JRF. The JRF cut off is slightly higher than the other cut off. Those who clear the JRF cut off become JRF qualifiers and those who manage to clear the UGC NET cut off but not the UGC NET JRF cut off become eligible for Assistant Professor. 

    The next difference is that the score of NET is valid for a lifetime whereas the score of JRF is valid only for 3 years. The JRF qualification entitles you to a host of other benefits which I have answered in the question pertaining to the ‘benefits of NET JRF’ in this blog. 

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    What are the benefits of NET JRF? 

    Being a NET JRF qualifier myself, I think I can answer this question better than most. 

    You see, the UGC NET exam gives you an opportunity to foray into the field of academics and research by making you eligible for a post of an assistant professor, or a Junior Research Fellow (JRF), or both. In the case of the assistant professor post, you only need to score above the cut offs in the exam to become eligible for it. 

    However, to be eligible for the JRF post, you’d need to clear the exam with high marks. Being a JRF will entitle you to a scholarship of 31000 INR per month for the first 2 years and 35000 INR per month for the remaining tenure after that. Sweet, isn’t it? So, I’d urge you to put in the extra effort, ace your UGC NET, and become a JRF. 

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    For how many subjects is the UGC NET Exam conducted? 

    The UGC NET exam is a series of exams conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for 82 different subjects including Management, Philosophy, Electronic Science, Yoga, and many others. Most of the subjects belong to non-science streams like Humanities, Management, Arts, etc. 

    Having said that I’d like to emphasize that the UGC NET exam is not a cakewalk. It will take meticulous preparation and effort on your part if you want to clear it in the subject of your choice. Having cleared the UGC NET JRF twice myself, I think I am qualified enough to make that claim. 

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    How many papers does one need to clear in order to qualify for the UGC NET Exam? 

    The UGC NET exam consists of Paper 1 and Paper 2, having a total of 150 questions, which you’d need to solve in 3 hours’ time (there is no scheduled break between the two papers). To clear the exam, you’d have to score above the UGC NET qualifying marks of both papers. If you belong to the general category, you’d need to score above 40% in both the papers. In case you are from the SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD/Transgender category, then you’d need to score above 35% for the same. 

    By the way, I have to say something that you might like. The UGC NET exam does not have negative marking. This should make you attempt every question to the best of your ability to try and score well above the cut offs. 

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    How many times is UGC NET conducted in a year? 

    The UGC NET is held twice every year i.e., once in June and once in December. 

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    What is the full form of UGC? 

    UGC stands for University Grant Commission. It was established on 28th December 1953 by the Government of India and became a statutory body under the UGC Act in 1956. 

    Its main objectives are coordination, determination, and maintenance of standards of university education in India. It is also tasked with providing recognition to universities framing regulations on minimum standards of education, disbursing grants to universities & colleges, monitoring development in the field of higher education, and advising central & state governments on measures for improvements of universities’ education. 

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    What is the full form of NET? 

    NET stands for National Eligibility Test which is conducted with the primary aim of determining the eligibility for the posts of Assistant Professor (AP) & Junior Research Fellowship Award (JRF) in universities and colleges in India. 

    You can read more about the NET exam here

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    Is UGC NET 2022 notification out? 

    Yes. The UGC NET Notification 2022 came out on 30th April, 2022.

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    What is the UGC NET exam date 2022? 

    The UGC NET 2022 will be conducted in the three Phases. The Phase I took place on 09th, 11th & 12th July and the Phase II will be held during 20th to 22nd September 2022. The Phase III will be conducted from 23rd September to 14th October 2022.   

  1. Zubaida

    Thanks alot for this blog. I want to prepare for NET and JRF but I was unable to collect alll the information regarding this exam.. Your blog cleared all my doubts…. And ur attached links are so helpful I was so afraid for the syllabus like which book I should go through and all other related queries….. Thanks alot……

    • admin

      Hi Zubaida,
      Happy to see your interest in the UGC NET JRF exam. I will be happy to help you. Kindly connect with me at 9999466225 for in depth guidance regarding UGC NET exams.

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