UGC NET Eligibility 2022: Qualification, Age Limit, Relaxation

UGC NET Eligibility 2022: Qualification, Age Limit, Relaxation

ByNikhil Verma  |  Updated on: May 25, 2022Get all information regarding UGC NET Eligibility 2022. Know here the UGC NET Qualification, NET JRF Age Limit, and Relaxation, Exemptions, and Number of Attempts for Exam.
Get all information regarding UGC NET Eligibility 2022. Know here the UGC NET Qualification, NET JRF Age Limit, and Relaxation, Exemptions, and Number of Attempts for Exam.
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It is important to know the UGC NET Eligibility 2022 before you think of filling out the application form. Lakhs of candidates apply for the exam out of which a lot of applications get rejected due to non-compliance with age limit & qualifications. Most of the applicants ignore minute details of UGC NET eligibility which cost them one attempt. It is vital to check all the details carefully.

Checking the UGC NET eligibility or net qualification for the exam is as important as preparing for the exam. Candidates can check the UGC NET eligibility criteria like age limit, qualification required exemptions, and subject criteria below. Check the JRF age limit for the net exam to get your application accepted during scrutiny.

UGC NET Eligibility 2022

UGC NET Eligibility holds an important place in the exam cycle. Candidates must note that there is a slight difference between the eligibility for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor. The UGC NET JRF age limit is 31 years whereas for the assistant professor there is no age limit. One can attempt the exam for an assistant professor one can.

To help candidates know all the important net criteria like qualification, age limit, relaxations, and exemptions are provided here. After checking the details here you need not go anywhere else for the UGC NET qualifications. Check out the details below to see if you are eligible for the net exam or to find out who can apply for the exam.

UGC NET Qualification 2022

Candidates must meet the UGC NET qualification before moving forward. The aspirant must have a post-graduate degree from any one of the universities or colleges that are recognized by the UGC or state government to be eligible for the exam. Candidates can check the category-wise net qualification required for the exam below: 

  • General/Unreserved/General-EWS Candidates must have scored a minimum of 55% marks in post-graduation (master’s degree) in the concerned subject or any equivalent exam from UGC recognized institute or university.
  • Candidates who belong to the Non-creamy layer, or, Scheduled Caste (SC), or, Scheduled Tribe (ST), or, Persons with disability (PwD) and who have scored a minimum of 50% marks in post-graduation (master’s degree) in the concerned subject or any equivalent exam from UGC recognized institute or university can appear for this exam.
  • Final year candidates who are pursuing their post-graduation course or who have appeared for the exam of their qualifying PG course & are awaiting the result are eligible to apply for this exam. However, only provisional allotment will be granted to such candidates and eligibility for Assistant Professor or the JRF will be granted to such candidates only when they have completed their post-graduation course with the required UGC NET eligibility criteria. The course must be completed within a time duration of 2 years from the NET result date.
  • Candidates Belonging to the Transgender category would be eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age, and qualifying criteria for NET (for both Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor) as available to SC/ST/PwD categories. The subject-wise cut-offs for this category should be the lowest among SC/ST/PwD/OBC–NCL categories in their relevant subject.
  • Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination has been completed by 19th September 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) are eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50% for General Candidates). Candidates who have qualified as CA or CS or ICWA can appear for the UGC NET exam.
  • UGC NET Eligibility Criteria based on Educational Qualification for Foreign Candidates having the following degree/certificates such as Post-graduate diploma, Certificate awarded by Indian University, Institute or foreign degree/diploma/certificate awarded by the foreign University ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree/ with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi.
  • UGC NET Eligibility Criteria based on Educational Qualification for National Fellowship, UGC has revised the National Fellowship criteria. SC students are applicable for National Fellowship based on the merit of each UGC-NET-JRF or CSIR-NET-JRF examination.

Candidates do not require to send any document in support of their net eligibility nor printout of their application form to the National Testing Agency/ UGC. But, the candidates, in their interest, must be sure about the NET criteria for the test. In case, any ineligibility is detected by the agency at any stage, their candidature shall be liable to stand to cancel and legal action can be taken as per the guidelines.

Candidates are directed to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. Candidates applying for the NET exam, and whose Post Graduation subject is not covered in the list of NET subjects, may appear in a related subject. It is one of the important net eligibility criteria.

UGC NET Age Limit 2022

Another important eligibility criterion is the UGC NET age limit. So, here are the latest age criteria based on the latest notification. Complete details about the age limit and relaxation for various categories are mentioned below.

UGC NET JRF Age Limit:

Candidates for the general category should not be more than 31 years of age to be eligible for the exam. However, age relaxation is provided to candidates belonging to the reserved category.

NET JRF Age Relaxation:

There is age relaxation applicable for the different categories as per the government of India norms. The candidates will get 5 years of relaxation who belong to OBC/ST/SC, etc communities. Check the details below.


Age Relaxation for JRF

OBC, SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories, women applicants

5 Years

Candidates having research experience in a relevant field related to their post-graduation

5 Years

Candidates with LLM Degree

3 Years

Armed Forces

5 Years

Note: According to the latest UGC NET eligibility criteria 2022, the total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any situation.

NET Assistant Professor Age Limit:

There is no upper age limit for applying for the post of the assistant professor as per UGC NET eligibility criteria. Anyone who can teach the students can appear for the assistant professor posts exam.

Also check, the UGC NET Salary Structure

UGC NET Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor)

The minimum UGC NET eligibility requirement for the recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities, Colleges, and Institutes will remain NET/ SET/ SLET. UGC regulations and amendments, as notified under the Gazette of India will determine the exemption from NET/ SET/ SLET exams.

Note: Candidates who cleared the UGC/ CSIR JRF examination before 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.

For SET Candidates

  • Candidates who have qualified States Eligibility Test (SET) which is accredited by UGC for Assistant Professor that was held before 1st June 2002, are also exempted from appearing in NET, and they are also 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 from where they have cleared their state exams.

Candidates must check the UGC NET syllabus if they are going to appear for this year's exam this will help them study in the right direction.

UGC NET Eligibility - Reservation Policy

The candidates who are checking UGC NET eligibility must check the reservation applicable to the exam. The commission implement the reservation policy stated by the Government of India rule. All the seats are reserved as per the percentage defined for each category in all the colleges/ universities. The reservation of seats is given below. 


Reservation of seats (In %)

Scheduled Castes (SC)


Scheduled Tribes (ST)




General EWS


Persons with Disability (PwD) with 40% or more disability


UGC NET Subject Eligibility

There is one more important net criterion i.e., subject eligibility. It is mostly ignored UGC NET eligibility where the choice of subject for Paper 2 is important. Candidates need to choose the subject that was part of their post-graduation course. Candidates who had checked the whole eligibility must start their UGC NET preparation now.

NTA may withhold your result if you choose to appear for a subject that was not related to your postgraduate degree. Choose the subject after due research and care. We will update the latest information on UGC NET Eligibility if there will be any changes by the commission or NTA.

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria FAQs

  • Candidates need to fulfill the UGC NET qualification & age limit to be eligible for the UGC NET Exam. The candidates need to have a master's degree in Humanities, commerce, or other subjects. For the Junior research fellowship, there is an age limit whereas for assistant professors there is no age limit.

  • As per the UGC NET qualification criteria candidates who have received at least 55% (without rounding off) in a Master's Degree OR equivalent examination in Humanities (including languages), Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science, etc. from universities/ institutions are eligible to fill UGC NET Forms.

  • The age limit for the UGC NET JRF exam is 31 years as on the cutoff dates decided by the commission. Age relaxation is also application for the JRF posts. The SC/ ST/ OBC has a relaxation of 5 years whereas for LLM & armed forces candidates the relaxation is 3 years. Candidates who are eligible must start their UGC NET preparation.

  • For Assistant Professor, there is no age limit. Candidates can appear for the exam at any age if they are capable to teach the students and help them choose a good career in life.

  • There is no restriction on the number of attempts for the UGC NET exam. Candidates can appear as many times as they wish till they are overage for JRF and for an assistant professor you can appear as many times as your wish.

  • No, graduates are not eligible for the UGC NET Exam. Candidates need to have a master's degree to fill out the online application. Candidates who have appeared for the final exam of their master's degree and waiting for the result are also eligible for the exam and can fill out the application form.

  • Candidates belonging to OBC Non-Creamy Layer/ Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Persons with Disability (PwD) category have to obtain at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in a Master’s degree or equivalent examination to be eligible for this exam.


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