National Testing Agency (NTA) CSIR UGC NET May 2021 for Junior Research Fellowship

National Testing Agency (NTA) CSIR UGC NET May 2021 for Junior Research Fellowship

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the Joint CSIR UGC NET for Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for Lecturership (LS)/ Assistant Professor on 2-17 May 2021.

National Testing Agency (NTA) CSIR UGC NET May 2021 for Junior Research Fellowship

The National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility of Assistant Professorship, Junior Research Fellowship, or both, for Indian Universities and Colleges.

Until June 2018, the NET was conducted by CBSE in 84 subjects at 91 cities across the country. Thereafter from December 2018 onwards, the UGC- NET is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

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General/Unreserved/General-EWS candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC (available on the website: in Humanities and Social Science (including languages), Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science, etc. are eligible for this Test.

List of subjects at Post Graduation level is attached as Annexure-IV. The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to Non-Creamy Layer/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Third gender category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

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.

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However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/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-NCL / SC / ST / PwD / Third gender category candidates).

Such candidates must complete their Master’s degree or equiv alent examination within two years from the date of NET result with the required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

Candidates belonging to the Third gender category are eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and Eligibility Criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories.

The subject-wise qualifying cut-offs for this category would be the lowest among those for SC / ST / PwD / OBC–NCL / General-EWS categories in the corresponding subject.

The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination have been completed by 19 September 1991 (irrespective of 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. The list of Post-Graduation courses and their codes is given at Annexure-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 NET subjects attached as Annexure-IV, may appear in a related subject.

Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form or Confirmation Page to NTA.

However, the candidates, in their own interest, must ensure themselves about their eligibility for the test.

In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the UGC/NTA at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.

NTA does not verify the information provided by the candidates during online registration and hence candidature will be purely provisional subject to the fulfillment of eligibility criteria.

Candidates with post-graduate diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University/ Institute or foreign degree/ diploma/ certificate awarded by the foreign University/ institute should in their own 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 (

Important dates

  • Online registration and submission of Application Form (complete in all respect) through NTA Website: 2 Feb to 2 March 2021.
  • Last date for successful transaction of Examination fee (through Credit Card/ Debit Card/Net Banking & Paytm Payment Modes till 11:50 pm): 03 March 2021 (till 11:50 pm)
  • Correction in the Particulars of Application Form online only: 05 March – 09 March 2021
  • Dates of Examination: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17 May 2021


  • Duration of the Exam: 180 minutes (03 hours) No break between Paper 1 & Paper 2
  • Schedule: First Shift: 09.00 am to 12.00 pm, Second Shift: 03.00 pm to 06.00 pm


  • Interested candidates can fill application form here.
  • Application fee:
    General/Unreserved Rs. 1000
    Gen-EWS*/ OBC-NCL** Rs. 500
    Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribes (ST) / Person with Disability (PwD)/ Third gender: Rs. 250

Exam Pattern

The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of objective type, multiple choice questions. There will be no break between papers.

  • Paper I (100 marks, 50 Questions): The questions in Paper I intends to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, reading comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.
  • Paper-II (200 marks, 100 Questions): This is based on the subject selected by the candidate and will assess domain knowledge.

Email: [email protected]
Phone No.: 0120-6895200

National Testing Agency (NTA) CSIR UGC NET May 2021 for Junior Research Fellowship

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