UGC NET Age Limit for Assistant Professor
UGC NET Age Limit - National Testing Agency (NTA) has determined the age limit of UGC NET for all aspiring candidates. The UGC NET age limit has been determined on the basis of the categories of the candidates. It is important for the candidates to meet the age criteria before appearing for the UGC NET exam. Candidates meeting the age limit will only be able to fill the UGC NET application form. Before filling the form, candidates must go through the UGC NET eligibility criteria to know about the age limit in detail. As per UGC NET age limit, candidates must not be more than 30 years of age for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). However, there is no upper age limit of UGC NET determined for Assistant Professors. The authorities have also given certain age relaxations in the upper age limit for UGC NET for the reserved category candidates. To know more about the UGC NET age limit, go through the article below.
UGC NET exam is conducted to determine the eligibility of the candidates as Assistant Professors and to award JRF. The test is held twice a year - June and December. However, this year the UGC NET 2020 exam has been delayed due to COVID-19 outbreak and the new dates will be announced soon. Candidates can fill the application form till May 31. As per UGC NET exam pattern, the test will be held for two papers - paper I and II of 100 and 200 marks respectively. The test will be held at various UGC NET exam centres across the country.
UGC NET 2020 Dates
The table below contains the UGC NET exam dates and various other important dates:
UGC NET Important Dates 2020
UGC NET 2020 June Session
UGC NET 2020 December Session (Tentative)
UGC NET application form releases
March 16, 2020
September 9, 2020
Last date to fill the online application form
May 31, 2020 (Extended)
October 9, 2020
UGC NET exam dates 2020
June 15 to 20, 2020
December 2 to 6, 2020
Announcement of result
July 5, 2020
December 31, 2020
UGC NET Age Limit
The authorities have determined the age limit of UGC NET for the following
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
NTA UGC NET Age Limit For JRF
As per the age limit of UGC NET, a candidate must not be more than 30 years of age as on June 1, 2020. It is important for the candidates appearing for the JRF to have met the age criteria. Not meeting the UGC NET age limit might cancel the candidature at a later stage.
Age Limit of UGC NET For Assistant Professors
There is no upper age limit determined by the authorities for candidates appearing for Assistant Professors. Candidates of any age limit can appear for the test.
UGC NET Age Relaxation
The authorities have given certain age relationships in the upper age limit of the candidates belonging to the reserved categories. The reserved categories include Scheduled caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe )ST), Physically Weaker Division (PWD), and Transgenders. Along with them, the age relaxation will also be given to candidates pursuing L.L.M degree, Research candidates (only on producing the certificate issued by appropriate authority), and Ex-Armyman. The table below contains the UGC NET relaxed age limit.
Age Relaxation For UGC NET - Category wise
Candidates pursuing L.L.M degree
SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Female/Transgender
Research candidates (only on producing the certificate issued by appropriate authority)
Whom to consider under PWD Categories?
Blindness and low vision
Deaf and hard of hearing
Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UGC NET Age Limit for Assistant Professor
Question: Can I apply for UGC NET if I am a graduate only?
No, you must have a master’s degree from the recognized university.
Question: How many attempts are there for appearing in the UGC NET?
No such limit has been determined on the basis of the number of attempts made for the UGC NET. However, for JRF you can appear only till 30 years of age. No age limit for those appearing for Assistant Professors.
Question: For how long is the UGC NET score for JRF valid?
The scores for JRF will be valid for three years from the date of the issuance of the eligibility certificate.
Question: Can I take the UGC NET exam in any subject?
No, candidates must take the UGC NET exam in the relevant stream of their masters.
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Questions related to UGC NET
How can i prepare for UGC NET mass communication?
As far as preparation is concerned one must be aware of the syllabus Following are the units according to the latest syllabus.
Unit 1 – Introduction to Journalism and Mass Communication
Unit 2 – Communication for Development and Social Change
Unit 3 – Reporting and Editing
Unit 4 – Advertising and Marketing Communication
Unit 5 – Public Relations and Corporate Communication
Unit 6 – Media Laws and Ethics
Unit 7- Media Management and Production
Unit 8 – ICT and Media
Unit 9 – Film and Visual Communication
Unit 10 – Communication Research
Further a candidate must be aware of the latest Exam pattern and stay updated with the latest notifications and news for the exam.
Mass communication is the subject where a candidate needs to emphasis on reading, writing, hearing & speaking.
Along with this candidate must hear to latest news channels and all India radio bulletin updates.
Previous year papers and mock test papers help a lot in the preparation. It also requires comprehension and analytical skill. So, candidate needs to brush up these topics as well.
Apart from this right use of English language and grammar is also needed. Try to practice writing short notes on the current important issues.
hlo sir.my age is 31 year. but in NTA ugc net fr JRF age limit is 30 year in general category.but in OBC it is 35 year yr for jrf ,5 year relaxation fr them.i belong to jammu n kashmir and i have now RBA certificate.on the basis of Rba can i apply fr JRF ? i dnt hve OBC certificate.plz answr soon
SEE age relaxation for jrf position in different category is as follows
- OBC Non Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) - A relaxation of up to 5 years
- SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and to women- age relaxation of 5 years
- candidates with research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, Relaxation will also be provided to the ,upto maximum of 5 years, candidates need to submit certification from appropriate authority.
- candidates with L.L.M. degree with get age relaxation of 3 years.
- 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
for rba CERTIFICATE holders there is no separate relaxation and category applied in ugc net as per last notifications.
What is UGC NET exam ? What is SET exam?
The NET or National Eligibility Test is an examination held to grant eligibility for the post of assistant professors. For private universities, professors might not need NET qualifications but for government colleges, a NET qualification is essential
The SET or State Eligibility Test is similar to NET in pretty much all aspects other than the fact that SET is reserved for that particular State only as compared to NET which applies to the entire country.
To read more about UGC-NET examination for the year 2020, click on the link below:-
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When will NTA schedule exams like UGC NET, CSIR, DU, JNU exams ?
We are discussing with the organisations for whom we conduct the test. So discussions are on and very shortly we'll be able to come up with the dates but these dates are going to be after the July dates only.
Director General, NTA
Will I require the EWS certificate at the time of ugc net result declariton or at the time of phd admission?
The candidate who came under EWS category as per the Certificate issued by the Competent Authority will show his/her certificate at the time of admission/ appointment.