Thursday, April 24, 2014

UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) June 2014

UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) June 2014

The University Grants Commission will hold the next National Eligibility Test (NET) on 29th June 2014 (Sunday) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Eligibility for Assistant Professor in Indian Universities and colleges.

NET will be conducted in 79 subjects including Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Commerce, Education, Social Work, Defence and Strategic Studies, Home Science, Public Administration, Population Studies, Music, Managementetcat 86 selected NET Coordinating Institutions spread across the country. The full list of subjects is given at  and the list of Coordinating centres, at   

Those who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship 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 whole time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them. The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both or Eligibility for Assistant Professor only will depend on the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET.

However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF. Candidates appearing in NET should clearly specify in the prescribed Application Form whether they are applying for both JRF & Eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR only for Eligibility for Assistant Professor. Candidates who qualify the Test for eligibility 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.

Junior Research Fellowship: Those qualifying for the award of Junior Research Fellowship 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 is two years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award Letter. However, in case the 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.

Conditions of Eligibility: Applicant should have scored at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from Universities/ Institutions recognised by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. However, Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer / Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST) / Persons with disability (PWD) category candidates need only a minimum of 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination to be eligible for taking this Test.

Those who have appeared or will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose results are still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this Test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/Assistant Professor eligibility subject to completing their P.G. degree 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 had been completed by 19th September, 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.

Applicants are advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. Those applicants, whose post-graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects offered, may appear in a related subject.

Age Limit & Relaxation: For Junior Research Fellowship applicant should not be more than 28 years of age as on 01.06.2014. A relaxation upto 5 years is provided to OBC (NCL)/SC/ST/PWD categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to those having 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 possessing L.L.M. Degree. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.

For Assistant Professor, there is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.
Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor): NET/SLET/SET will continue to be the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/ Colleges/Institutions. Provided however, that candidates, who are or have been awarded a Ph. D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2009, shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SLET/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions. Those who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.

SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1stJune 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. For SET held from 1stJune 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.

Scheme and Date of Test: The Test will be held on 29th June, 2014 (Sunday) in two separate sessions and will have three papers. All the three papers will consist of only objective type questions. In session I to be held from 9.30 am to 12 noon, there will be two papers, each carrying 100 marks and each of 1¼ hours duration. Paper I to be held from 9.30 am to 10.45 am, will have 60 questions of which 50 have to be answered. Each carry 2 marks.In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.In Paper II, to be held from 10.45 am to 12 noon, there will be 50 questions, all of which are compulsory and each with 2 marks.In Session II, Paper III will be held from 1.30 pm to 4. Pm (two and a half hours) and it will have 150 marks with 75 questions, each with 2 marks, all of which are compulsory.

Paper-I will be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Paper-II will have questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Paper-III will have questions from the subject selected by the candidate. There are no negative marks for incorrect answers.

Paper-II and Paper-III will cover entire syllabus (including all electives, without options).Syllabi for all NET subjects can be downloaded from  and are also available in the libraries of all Indian Universities.

A candidate who does not appear in Paper-I, will not be permitted to appear in Paper-II and Paper-III. Candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of all papers on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet provided along with the Test Booklet.No candidate will be allowed to leave the examination hall/room before 11.30 a.m. in the 1st session and 3.30 p.m. in the second session.Use of calculators or Log Tables is not permitted. Mobile phones, pagers, electronic devices etc. are not allowed in the Examination Hall/Room.

For Persons with Disability (Visually Challenged candidates) compensatory time will be provided for completing the test. Details are given in the Notification at

Candidates have to return the original OMR Sheet of Paper I & II together and Paper-III to the Invigilator before leaving the examination hall/room. However, candidates are allowed to carry the Test Booklets of Paper-I, II and III along with duplicate copy (carbon less copy) of OMR Sheet on conclusion of examination.

Examination fee: Examination fee for General candidates is Rs.450/-; For Other Backward Classes (NCL), it is Rs. 225/- and for SC/ST/PWD candidates, it is Rs. 110/-. Fee has to be paid through the Challan that would be generated while applying online.

Application: Application for UGC-NET, June, 2014 has to be made online at or through a link available at applying Online, applicant must keep ready, the scanned passport size photograph of less than 300 kb in JPEG format.After applicants fill all the details for applying online, the computer will automatically generate the ‘Bank Challan’ of the applicant indicating his/her details. The last date for applying Online & generation of filled Bank Challan for fee is 5.5.2014.

A print out of this Bank Challanhas to be taken by the applicant for payment through cash, on the next working day after generating the challan, at any branch of SBI alongwith Bank chargesof Rs.40/-. The last date of submission of Fee through online generated Bank Challan, at any branch of SBI is 7.5.2014.

Two days after the payment of fee at SBI through filled Bank Challan, the candidate is required to check the status of fee payment at  and if the status is ‘OK’ the candidate will be able to take the printout of online Application Form (one copy), Attendance Slip (one copy) and Admission Card (one copy) on separate A-4 size papers. Last date of taking printout of Application Form, Attendance Slip and Admit Card from UGC website  is 10.05.2014.

Candidates must affix their recent identical passport size photographs, at the places indicated, on the printout of Online Application Form and Attendance Slip must sign across the photograph after it is affixed so that a part of the signature spreads over the Application Form and Attendance Slip beyond the photograph. Besides, it should be duly attested by the Head of the University Department/ Principal of the College/Class-I Gazetted Officer.

Applicant should attach the UGC copy of the Bank Challan with the printout of online Application Form. Those belonging to OBC (NCL) /SC/ST/PWD must enclose the attested copy of certificate for the same. Those seeking age relaxation must enclose the certificate of educational qualification/research experience entitling the candidates for age relaxation

The Application (consisting of one copy of printout of online application form and one copy of Attendance Slip) along with Bank Challan (in original) and other required documents as specified must reach the Registrar/Principal of the NET Coordinating Institution on or before 15.05.2014 in an envelope super-scribed ‘UGC National Eligibility Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Assistant Professor, June, 2014’.

Applicants should retain the print out of online Admission card with them and should bring it on the day of examination after affixing the identical passport size photograph. The photograph must be signed across by the candidate after affixing, so that a part of the signature spreads over the Admit Card. Besides, it should be duly attested by the Head of the University Department/ Principal of the College/ class-I Gazetted officer. No Admission Card will be issued by the respective NET Coordinating Institutions. Candidates are requested to ascertain their venue of the test/seating arrangement from the website of the respective NET Coordinating Institution and note it in their printout of online Admission Card at least 10 days before the Test (upto 19thJune, 2014). Candidates are required to bring a photo identity card also along with their printout of online Admission Card on the day of examination.

Results: A candidate has to first secure a minimum mark in each of the three papers to be considered for inclusion in the merit list for the award of JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor. The minimum marks needed for Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III for General candidates would be 40 marks (40%), 40 marks (40%) for Paper I and Paper II and 75 (50%) for Paper III. For OBC (Non-creamy layer)/ PWD/ SC/ ST, it would be 35 (35%), 35 (35%) and 60 (40 %)respectively for Papers I, II and III. These candidates will be eligible for the next stage of the process.

Amongst those candidates who have cleared the minimum mark stipulation, a merit list will be prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by such candidates. Top 15% candidates (for each subject and category), from the merit list mentioned, will be declared NET qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only.A separate merit list for the award of JRF will be prepared from amongst the NET qualified candidates.

The resultwill be made available at  and   as and when it is declared. The candidates will not be individually intimated about their result.The marks of all candidates will be uploaded at soon after declaration of result. Besides this, UGC will not issue any mark sheet to qualified/non-qualified candidates.

Those Candidates having any grievances with regard to answer key(s) even after declaration of result of NET June, 2014, may send a written request to the Head, UGC NET Bureau, South Campus University of Delhi, Benito Juarez Marg, New Delhi-110021 supporting his/her stand with standard books/literature along with a Demand Draft of Rs.5,000/- in favour of Secretary, UGC within one month from the date of declaration of result of NET June, 2014 examination. The request(s) so received will be placed before the Expert Committee(s) for re-examination of the answer key(s). In case the answer key(s) is/are found to be incorrect, the UGC will process the result in the light of changed key(s) and qualify the additional candidates for JRF and/or eligibility for Assistant Professor. However, the result of previously qualified candidates for JRF and/or eligibility for Assistant Professor shall remain unchanged.

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