UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2019
Updated on Jan 23, 2019 - 7 p.m. IST by Bachan Thakur

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. June Session exam will be conducted on June 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2019

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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 from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), NewDelhi (

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. Candidates filling the form successfully will only be issued admit card of UGC NET 2019.

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I have qualify UGC NET JRF in 2019 from EWS category...I want to know If my EWS category certificate will be required at the time of applying for my JRF amount...

Akram Khan 17th Feb, 2020


First of all congratulations for qualifying the UGC NET JRF  exam. If you have applied through EWS category then for the qualifying certificate you are required to give the EWS certificate. JRF stipend is provided only  after you enroll for the Ph.D course.

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what was the cut-off marks in ugc net exam in physics last year 2019?

Mayank Chowdhary 14th Feb, 2020

There are no cutoff marks for a particular subject in NEET examinations. You just need to pass the overall cutoff score out of 720 to get eligible for applying into various medical courses. The neet 2019 eligibility cutoff was 134 marks for the general category and 107 marks for the reserved category.

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if i applied in ews category for ugc net 2019 however cleared unreserved cutoff. what will my category then. Do i need ews certificate to validate mu ugc net result.

Sharon Rose Student Expert 13th Feb, 2020


Whether or not you have cleared general category cut off you need to provide valid EWS category certificate during the document verification.The details which you have given while filling the application form are considered to be true and merit list is prepared based on category.So need to provide EWS certificate to claim your reservation otherwise your candidature will be cancelled.


I am MA in political science..can I appear for Ugc Net Exam in public administration

Archita Aggarwal 7th Feb, 2020

Hii Nasrin

Since you have done MA in Political Science, you can appear for UGC EXAM but you won't be able appear for UGX NET EXAM. If you have cleared the NET, National Eligibility Test then you can appear for this exam. This course needs NET cleared before to go ahead with this course. If you have cleared SET OR JRF then you don't need to go for NET Exam but if not then first you will have to clear NET to appear for this exam.

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what is the difference between CSIR NET and UGC NET?

Rose Mary George 5th Feb, 2020


UGC NET Exam is conducted for almost all subjects of every stream while CSIR NET exam is organized only for the science stream subjects. This is the major difference between both exams. CSIR NET Exam has only one paper of 3 hours while UGC NET has two papers with the time duration of 3 hours.

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