National Eligibility Test

The National Educational Testing Bureau of UGC conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) twice in a year generally in the months of June and December, to determine eligibility for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.

National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted in two clauses; first is UGC NET and other one is Joint UGC-CSIR NET. UGC NET is conducted by National Educational Testing Bureau of UGC, in subjects; Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science. And Joint UGC-CSIR NET is conducted by The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for other Science subjects, namely, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences jointly with UGC.

The meritorious candidates from among the candidates qualify NET are awarded for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) that is available for five years. The test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. UGC conducted the first National Eligibility Test, common to both eligibility for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship in two parts, that is, in December, 1989 and in March, 1990.

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