UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2019
Bachan Thakur, 23 Jan 2019, #UGC NET

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the eligibility criteria of UGC NET 2019 along with the notification for the exam. UGC NET eligibility criteria is a set of conditions which aspirants must meet if they wish to appear in the examination. UGC NET 2019 eligibility criteria include requirements based on age, educational qualification, number of attempts, etc. It’s very important for aspiring candidates to check the eligibility of UGC NET 2019 before they register for it. In case, candidates do not check the UGC NET eligibility criteria 2019, there may be chances of cancellation of the candidature of the candidates at any stage. 

UGC NET 2019 is slated to be held for awarding Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for the eligibility of being an Assistant Professor. The exam will be held twice in 2019 – June and December, in online mode, by NTA. 

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2019 – Educational Qualification


Open category/Unreserved category candidates need to have secured minimum 55% marks in Masters or equivalent.

  •  OBC/ST/SC/PWD/Transgender candidates should have scored at least 50% marks in Masters or equivalent exam.

  •  Candidates in their final year of masters degree can also take UGC NET 2019 exam, however, such candidates have to complete their degree with required qualifying marks within 2 years.

  •  Ph.D. degree holders with their masters completed by September 19, 1992 can avail a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks. This means that such candidates must have secured at least 50% marks in masters.

  •  Candidates with post-graduate diploma/certificate by Indian University/Institute or foreign degree/diploma/certificate by the foreign University/Institute have to ensure that their diploma/degree/certificate is equivalent to master’s degree recognized by Indian universities. 

Subject Relevance (Masters) for Appearing in UGC NET 2019 

Candidates have to take UGC NET 2019 in the subject of their Post Graduation only. In case the Post Graduation subject is not covered in the list of UGC NET subjects, then candidates may take the related subject.

UGC NET Eligibility 2019 – Age Criteria for JRF

Candidates should not be more than 30 years as on December 1, 2019.

UGC NET Eligibility – Age Criteria for Assistant Professor

NTA has not mentioned any upper age limit for the post of Assistant Professor. 

Apart from this, different category candidates can avail different age relaxations as per their respective category. Check details here. 

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2019 – Age Relaxation


Age Relaxation

SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Female/Transgender

5 years


5 years

Candidates pursuing L.L.M degree

3 years

Research candidates (only on producing the certificate issued by appropriate authority)

5 years

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor)

(I) NET/SET/SLET is the minimum eligibility condition for the appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions, however, the exemption (from appearing in NET/SET/SLET) will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.

(ii) Candidates having passed UGC/CSIR JRF exam before 1990 also need not to appear (exempted) in UGC NET exam.

(iii) Candidates having cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) for Assistant Professor conducted before June 1, 2003, also need not to appear (exempted) in UGC NET. Such candidates are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. Qualified candidates of SET held from June 1, 2002 onwards are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor only in the universities/colleges situated in the state, from where the candidates have qualified their SET.

UGC NET Application Form 2019

The application form of UGC NET 2019 for June session has been released on March 1. Candidates can register for the exam in online mode till March 30. Aspiring candidates are advised to go through the eligibility criteria of UGC NET 2019 before filling UGC NET application form 2019. 

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