UGC NET Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021: Qualification, Age Limit,

UGC NET Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021: After the release of the UGC NET 2020 final result UGC NET 2020 process has been completed. Now candidates may start their preparation for the next UGC NET 2021 June exam.

If you are planning to apply for the UGC NET June 2021 exam then the first and the most important thing is to check that you are fulfilling all the UGC NET exam Eligibility Criteria 2021 to become eligible for appearing in the UGC NET exam.

To simplify things we have mentioned the complete UGC NET eligibility criteria on this page. Please go through each part of the eligibility criteria before filling the UGC NET application form online.

ugc net exam eligibility criteria

UGC NET June 2020 official notification was released on 16th March 2020[1]. All details about the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria also made available by the UGC along with the official notification.

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UGC NET Eligibility Criteria consists the following information.

  • UGC NET Exam Qualification
  • UGC NET exam Age Limit
  • Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor)

UGC NET Exam Qualification

  • General and General-EWS category candidates who have completed their post-graduation in the subjects specifies by the National Testing Agency in the official notification are eligible to apply. Post-graduation must be completed from any government recognized university or institution.
  • Candidates must secure a minimum of 55% marks in post-graduation if they want to apply for the UGC NET exam 2021. Reserved categories such as Candidates belonging to the Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy Layer), Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Persons with Disability (PwD), and Transgender category candidates will get a relaxation of 5% in their post-graduation and they are eligible if they secured a minimum of 50% marks in their qualifying exam.
  • Candidates who are still studying in their final year of the post-graduation course and who are still waiting for their final result of post-graduation may also apply for the UGC NET exam. However, they will have to share proof of the post-graduation qualifying exam later. These candidates will get 2 years of time to clear their final year exam and provide any proof for the final exam. Until then their selection will be provisional and can be rejected by the UGC if candidates fail to qualify for the final year exam.
  • The reserved category candidates such as transgender, ST, SC, OBC, PwD will get some extra benefits mentioned below
    • Relaxation in the examination fee
    • Relaxation in the Cut Off marks in the corresponding subject
    • Relaxation in the Age limit (For JRF)
    • Percentage marks in the qualifying exam

Find other details about the NTA UGC NET 2021 exam at the linked article.

UGC NET exam Age Limit 2021

UGC NET Age limit 2021 criteria are different for JRF and Assistant Professor. For the Assistant Professor post, there are no maximum UGC NET Age limit criteria defined by the UGC. For JRF the UGC NET Age limit criteria are maximum of 30 years as of 01.06.2020. Please find below the details.

PostUGC NET Age Limit 2021
JRF30 Years
Assistant ProfessorNo Age Limit

Age Relaxation for JRF:

Age relaxation will be given according to the below given criteria.

CategoryAge Relaxation
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)5 Years
SC/ST/PwD5 Years
Transgender5 Years
candidates having experience in any kind of research work (Depends on the duration of the research)5 years
Candidates having an LLM Degree3 Years
candidates belong to the Ex-Servicemen category5 Years

List of subjects at post-graduation level and their codes

Candidates can check the post-graduation subjects and their codes given below. This list is also available in the Annexure-IV of the UGC NET official notification [2].

Post-graduation SubjectCodePost-graduation SubjectCode
Economics801law851
Political Science802library and Information Science852
Philosophy803Buddhist853
Psychology804Comparative Study of Religions854
Sociology805Mass Communication and Journalism855
History806Performing Arts- Dance/ Drama/ Theatre856
Anthropology807Museology & Conservation857
Commerce808Archaeology858
Education809Criminology859
Social Work810Tribal and Regional language/ literature860
Defence and Strategic Studies811Folk Literature861
Home Science812Comparative literature862
Public Administration813Sanskrit Traditional Subjects863
Population Studies814Jyotisha864
Music815SidhantaJyotisha865
Management816NavyaVyakarna866
Maithili817Vyakama867
Bengali818Mimamsa868
Hindi819NavyaNyaya869
Kannada820Sankhya Yoga870
Malayalam821TulanatmakaDarsana871
Oriya822Shukla Yojurveda872
Sculpture823Madhv Vedanta873
Sanskrit824Dharma Sastra874
Tamil825Sa hitya875
Telugu826Puranaitihasa876
Urdu827Agama877
Arabic828Women Studies878
English829Visual Art879
linguistics830Drawing & Painting880
Chinese831Computer Science and Applications881
Dogri832Konkani882
Nepali833Kashmiri883
Manipuri834Pali884
Assamese835Forensic Science885
Gujarati836Social Medicine & Community Health886
Marathi837Geography887
French838History of Art888
Spanish839Applied Art889
Russian840Graphics890
Persian841Electronic Science89:01:00
Rajasthani842Environmental Sciences892
German843International and Area Studies893
Japanese844Prakrit894
Adult Education/ Continuing Education845Human Rights and Duties895
Andragogy I Non  Formal Education846Tourism Administration and Management896
Physical Education847Punjabi897
Arab Culture and Islamic Studies848Advaita Vedanta898
Indian Culture849Bodo899
labour Welfare/ Personnel Management/
Industrial Relations/
labour and Social Welfare/
Human Resource Management
850Santali900

References:

1 Information Bulletin for UGC NET June 2020, National Testing Agency, Mar. 16, 2020. Accessed on: Jan. 14, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/WebInfo/Handler/FileHandler.ashx?i=File&ii=308&iii=Y
2 Information Bulletin for UGC NET June 2020, National Testing Agency, Mar. 16, 2020. Accessed on: Jan. 14, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/WebInfo/Handler/FileHandler.ashx?i=File&ii=308&iii=Y

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