UGC NET Eligibility 2022: JRF Age Limit, Qualification

UGC NET Eligibility 2022: JRF Age Limit, Qualification

ByNikhil Verma  |  Updated on: Sep 5, 2022
Know the UGC NET Eligibility 2022 for JRF and Assistant professor/Lecturership. Find all about the eligibility criteria that include the UGC NET age limit for JRF, educational qualification for the exam, relaxation applicable and attempts.
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UGC NET eligibility is the primary criteria that must be satisfied by the candidates to take the exam. The requirements include the JRF age limit, qualification, and attempts. University Grants Commission has set the minimum criteria for the national eligibility test for junior research fellows and assistant processors/lecturerships. Interested candidates must check the updated UGC NET eligibility criteria and know whether they are eligible or not.

Candidates must abide by the UGC NET eligibility before filling in the application form. Many candidates were declared disqualified because they didn't meet the essential criteria. Aspirants must have a master's degree from a recognized university or college in the interested discipline. Check the detailed UGC NET eligibility below before starting their preparation.

UGC NET Eligibility 2022

NTA released UGC NET Eligibility in the notification on the website. Candidates must note that the age limit is the main difference between Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor/lecturer. The UGC NET JRF age limit is 31 years, whereas there is no age limit for the assistant professor. It is vital to check all the details carefully. Most applicants ignore minute information about UGC NET eligibility which costs them one attempt.

To download the certificate, candidates must ensure their UGC NET eligibility, including qualification, age limit, relaxations, and exemptions, are provided here. After checking the details, you need not go elsewhere 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 UGC NET exam.

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UGC NET Age Limit 2022

Another essential 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:

Age relaxation is applicable for the different categories 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.

NET Assistant Professor Age Limit:

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

UGC NET Qualification 2022

Candidates must meet the UGC NET qualification before moving forward. To be eligible for the exam, the aspirant must have a post-graduate degree from any one of the universities or colleges recognized by the UGC or state government. 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 are not required to send any document in support of their net eligibility or print out their application form to the National Testing Agency/ UGC. But, in their interest, the candidates must be sure about the NET criteria for the test. If the agency detects any ineligibility at any stage, their candidature shall be liable to stand to cancel, and legal action can be taken per the guidelines.

Candidates are directed to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. Candidates applying for the NET exam 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 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. As notified under the Gazette of India, UGC regulations and amendments will determine the exemption from NET/ SET/ SLET exams.

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

For SET Candidates

  • Candidates who have qualified States Eligibility Test (SET), which UGC accredits for Assistant Professors before 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET. 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 implements the reservation policy stated by the Government of India rule. All the seats are reserved per the percentage defined for each category in all the colleges/ universities. The reservation of seats is given below. 

CategoryReservation of seats (In %)
Scheduled Castes (SC)15
Scheduled Tribes (ST)7.5
General EWS10
Persons with Disability (PwD) with 40% or more disability4

UGC NET Subject Eligibility

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

NTA may withhold your result if you choose to appear for a subject unrelated to your postgraduate degree. Choose the subject after due research and care. We will update the latest information on UGC NET Eligibility if there are any changes by the commission or NTA.

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UGC NET Eligibility FAQs

  • UGC NET Eligibility states that candidates must have a master's degree or equivalent with 55% marks from any UGC recognised university and college in Humanities, commerce, science, or other subjects. The age limit for a Junior research fellowship is 31 years, and there is no age limit for an assistant professor/lectureship.

  • 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.

  • Yes, the final year candidates, or those waiting for the final result, can appear for the UGC NET exam. To download the UGC NET certificate, candidates must upload the final result of the qualifying exam. Otherwise, their candidature would be cancelled.

  • No, B.Ed is only required for college teachers. If you have cleared the UGC NET exam, there is no need for B.Ed for assistant professor/lectureship posts.

  • Yes master's degree from IGNOU is eligible for the UGC NET exam. Candidates must have 55% marks in the master's degree.


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