UGC NET Eligibility Criteria June 2024: Qualifying Criteria

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria June 2024: Qualifying Criteria UGC NET June 2024 is as follows:  

i) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test. The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability (PwD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria & Qualifying Criteria

ii) Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Master s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of Junior Research Fellowship/Eligibility for Assistant Professor

Only after they have passed their Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC falling in Non-Creamy layer/SC/ST/PwD (persons with disability)) category candidates. Such candidates must complete their Master’s degree or equivalent examination within two years from the date of NET result with the required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

iii) Another UGC NET eligibility criteria is that Candidates belonging to the third gender in other words transgender would be eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and qualifying criteria for NET (i.e. Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories. The subject wise cut-offs for this category should be the lowest among those for SC/ST/PwD/OBC NCL categories in the corresponding subject.

iv) The PhD degree holders whose Master s level examination had been completed by 19th September 1991(irrespective of the date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.

v) Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. The candidates, whose post-graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects, may appear in a related subject (Check the list). It is another important UGC NET Eligibility criterion.

vi) Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form (Confirmation Page) to CBSE. However the candidates, in their interest, must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the Test. In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the UGC/CBSE at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.

vii) According to UGC NET eligibility criteria Candidates having a post-graduate diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University/ Institute or foreign degree/diploma/certificate awarded by the foreign University/institute should in their interest, ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree/certificate with Master s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi (

Age Limit and Relaxation

Age limit and relaxation in UGC NET eligibility criteria are as follows:

i) Junior Research Fellowship – Not more than 30 years as of 01.07.2024. A relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on the production of a certificate from appropriate authority.

Three years of relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates in UGC NET eligibility criteria as of February 23, 2024, 6 possessing L.L.M. Degree. A relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces up to the first day of the month in which the concerned UGC-NET is to be held. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances. (Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on the website:

ii) Assistant Professor – There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.

Exemption ( UGC NET eligibility criteria for Assistant Professor)

The UGC NET eligibility criteria for the post of assistant professor is as follows:

i) NET/SET/SLET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. In this regard, exemption from NET/SET/SLET will be governed by UGC NET 2024 regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.

ii) Another UGC NET eligibility criteria is that the candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination before 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.

iii) For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held before 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in UGC NET 2024, being eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st June 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the universities/ colleges situated in the state from where they have cleared their SET.

Provisions for Persons with Disability (Including Visually Challenged Candidates) Having 40% or More Disability

Listed below are the provisions for disabled persons in the UGC NET eligibility criteria

i) Twenty minutes compensatory time shall be provided for Paper I and forty minutes for Paper II separately.

ii) The persons with a minimum of 40% Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates who are not in a position to write in their hand-writing can also avail these services of scribe by making prior requests (at least one week before the date of UGC-NET) in writing to the concerned Centre Superintendent. Compensatory time and facility of scribe would not be provided to other Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates.

iii) The candidate has the discretion of opting for his/her scribe or has to request the concerned Centre Superintendent for the same in writing at least one week in advance of the test. In such instances, the candidate is allowed to meet the scribe a day before the examination to verify whether the scribe is suitable or not. Those candidates who opt for their scribe have to produce the scribe before the concerned Centre Superintendent along with his/her certificates of educational qualifications at least one day before the test.

iv) There is no provision of Test Booklets in Braille for visually impaired candidates.

v) The candidates with disabilities should fill in the percentages and type of disability correctly in the online application form of NET June 2024. The type of disabilities are mentioned as below:

  • a) Blindness and low vision
  • b) Deaf and hard of hearing
  • c) Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
  • d) Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;
  • e) Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each disabilities.

vi) According to UGC NET eligibility criteria, An amount of Rs. 1000/- (Rs. One thousand only) will be paid to the scribe by the Centre Superintendent on the day of examination for all papers.