NET: National Eligibility Test


1. About UGC: The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is a statutory organisation set up by the Union government in 1956. Its main aim and objective is coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of university education in India. It provides recognition to universities in India, and disburses funds to such recognized universities and colleges. Prof. Ved Prakash, a noted academician and education administrator, is the incumbent Chairman of UGC, India. Its headquarters are in New Delhi, and six regional centres in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore.

2. About CBSE: The Central Board of Secondary Education (abbreviated as CBSE) is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government of India. CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas, all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools and most of the schools approved by central government of India. MGM Model School is CBSE certified. In December 2014 and June 2015, the UGC NET Examination was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

3. About UGC NET / SET / SLET Examination: The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) used to conduct National Eligibility Test (NET) Examination every year in the month of June and December for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.

The NET examination is conducted to award Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and determine the Eligibility for Assistant Professor / Lecturer for recruitment in the Universities and Colleges across India. The Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science. The UGC NET exam consists of three papers- Paper I, Paper II and Paper III. The Paper I is general or compulsory for all. Paper I can have the Test Booklet Code (Set or Series) W, X, Y or Z. The Subject Code in the UGC NET for this paper is: 00.


The State Eligibility Test (SET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) Examination is also conducted in some states under the auspicious guideline of UGC.



The University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) examination is conducted for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian universities and colleges. The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR Eligibility for Assistant Professor only will depend on the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF.

The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for whole time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them. The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR Eligibility for Assistant Professor only will depend on the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF.


Candidates qualifying for the award of Junior Research fellowship will be eligible to receive fellowship of UGC under various schemes, subject to their finding placement in universities/IITs/institutions. The validity period of the offer is two years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award Letter. However, in case the candidates who have already joined M. Phil./ Ph.D., the date of commencement of fellowship shall be from the date of declaration of NET result or date of their joining, whichever is later.