NTA UGC NET examination in December: Apply by October 9
The National Testing Agency (NTA), established by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as an independent/autonomous, self-reliant and self-sustained premier testing organization, will conduct the next UGC-NET examination between 2nd and 6th December 2019, for the award of Junior Research Fellowship and for determining the eligibility for Assistant Professor.
The eligibility for ‘Assistant Professor’ or for ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ will depend on the performance of the candidate in both the papers of UGC-NET in aggregate.
Those who qualify for the award of JRF are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for full time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them. They will be eligible to receive fellowship of UGC under various schemes, subject to their finding placement in universities/IITs/Institutions. The validity period of the offer will be three years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award Letter. However, for those candidates who have already joined M. Phil. / Ph.D., the date of commencement of Fellowship shall be from the date of declaration of NET result or date of their joining, whichever is later.
Those qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will be governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/State governments, as the case may be. They will not be considered for the award of JRF.
Applicant should select in the Application Form whether they are applying for ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor’.
NET Papers: List of 81 subject papers in which NET will be conducted is given as Annexure-III of the Information Bulletin available at https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/. Applicants may appear in the subject of their Post Graduation only. The list of subjects at Post Graduation level is given as Annexure IV and V of the Information Bulletin. Those, whose Post Graduation subject is not covered in the list of NET subjects, may appear in a related subject.
NET Structure: The Test that will be conducted as Computer Based Test (CBT) only. The examination of 3 hours duration will have two papers; carrying 50 (Paper-I) and 100 marks (Paper-II) respectively, with Objective type multiple choice questions. There will not be any break between the 2 papers. The Test will be held in 2 shifts, between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Questions in Paper-I will assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, reading comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Paper II will be based on the subject selected by the candidate and will assess domain knowledge. All questions in both papers are compulsory. Each correct response will fetch 2 marks. There is no negative marking for incorrect response.
Updated syllabi for all NET subjects can be downloaded from https://www.ugcnetonline.in/syllabus-new.php.
Eligibility: Applicant should have a Master’s Degree or should have passed an equivalent examination in Humanities and Social Science (including languages), Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science etc. securing (without rounding off) 55% marks in case of General/Unreserved/General-EWS categories and 50% marks in case of OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories.
Those pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course; those who have appeared for their qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited; those whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally. They shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/eligibility for Assistant Professor only after they pass their Master’s Degree or equivalent examination with the prescribed marks. Such candidates must complete their Master degree or equivalent examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination has been completed by 19 September 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.
Age Limit and Relaxation: For JRF, applicant should not be more than 30 years as on 01.12.2019. A relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to those belonging to OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates with research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority. Three years relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates with L.L.M. degree. A relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces upto the first day of the month in which the concerned UGC-NET is to be held. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.
There is no upper age limit in applying for UGC-NET for Assistant Professor.
Exemption (Eligibility 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 to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
For SET Candidates: Those who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st December 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, and are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st December 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.
Application: Applications are to be submitted online at https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/ by 11.50 pm on 9th October, 2019. List of Cities for Centres of UGC-NET December, 2019 is given in the Information Bulletin.
Application Fee: Application fee is Rs. 1000/- for General/Unreserved; Rs. 500/- for Gen-EWS/ OBC-NCL and Rs. 250/- for SC/ST/PwD/ Transgender applicants. The Application Fees can be paid up to 11.50 pm on 10 October, 2019 using Credit Card/Debit Card/Net-Banking/Paytm.
Applicants are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form or Confirmation Page to NTA.
Correction in particulars of Application Form can be made on website only, during 18th October to 25th October 2019. Admit Cards can be downloaded from NTA website from 9th November, 2019.
Results are likely to be declared on NTA website by 31st December 2019.
For details, visit https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/