WHAT IS NET & JRF?
The National Eligibility Test (NET), also known as UGC NET or NTA-UGC-NET is the examination for determining the eligibility for the post of assistant professor and/or Junior Research Fellowship award in Indian universities and colleges. The examination is conducted by the National Testing Agency on behalf of the University Grants Commission.
There are two papers in the NET exam, one is General for all, including Teaching aptitude, Research Aptitude, Mathematical Reasoning, etc. And the second paper is specialized for each, according to their post-graduation subjects like Commerce, Economics, Psychology, etc
The award of JRF and or Eligibility for Assistant Professor depends on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-I and paper-II of UGC-NET. The candidates qualifying only for Assistant Professor are not to be considered for the award of JRF. Candidates who qualify the test for eligibility for Assistant Professors are governed by the rules and regulations for the recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments, as the case may be. UGC-NET is conducted twice a year.
The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) scheme of the University Grants Commission (UGC) is open to candidates who qualify in the National Eligibility Test-Junior Research Fellowship(NET-JRF) of the UGC and the UGC-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (UGC-CSIR) joint test.
WHO ALL ARE ELIGIBLE?
The eligibility conditions for appearing for the NET JRF exam are as follows:
- The applicants who have obtained a master’s degree or equivalent with 55% marks are eligible for NET/ JRF. The candidates belonging to reserved categories are eligible for 5% relaxation in the marks.
- There is no age limit for awarding NET, But the upper age limit is 30 years for the award of JRF (NET), which is relaxed up to 5 years for SC/ST/PWD/female candidates and 3 years for OBC category candidates.
To become an assistant professor. To be eligible to apply for assistant professor faculty positions in colleges and universities, you should qualify NET.
To get a Junior Research Fellowship. Under the JRF scheme, candidates get assistance as they undertake advanced studies and research leading to MPhil and Ph.D. The fellowship is Rs 31,000/month for the initial two years.
To lead up to senior research fellowship (SRF). After the initial tenure of two years is over, the fellow’s work is assessed. If work is satisfactory, then the fellow gets an extension of three years and enhanced the assistance of senior research fellowship of Rs 35000 per month.
To get a job in PSU. In the recent past, the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have started utilizing the UGC NET score for recruitment. This year, ONGC has already announced Recruitment of Executives at E1 level through University Grant Commission-National Eligibility Test (NET) – June 2019.
To guide others. Considering that a million candidates appear in the exam, and now PSUs will also hire through it, the demand for teachers to guide these aspirants are also rising. A UGC NET qualified candidate can become a mentor in online or offline classes for NTA UGC NET aspirants.
Other than these, the following are also some benefits of qualifying NET/JRF
- Get Eligible for doing Ph.D. in Premier institutes like IITs
- JRF qualifiers shall be exempted from appearing in the Entrance Test for the Ph. D. programs.
- Work in Top Laboratories
- Join Top Universities as an Assistant Professor
- Promoting Existing Job/Research Work
- Higher Preference in Any Job Opportunity
- Opportunities to Join PSUs
- Chance to Become a Subject Expert
- Become an Author & Publish Your Book
- Confidence to Establish Your Own Laboratory.
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