NTA UGC NET & JRF Exam 2023, also known as the National Eligibility Test, is a national level examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for determining the eligibility for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor positions in Indian universities and colleges.
The exam is conducted twice a year, usually in June and December. The exam consists of two papers: Paper I and Paper II. Paper I is a general paper on teaching and research aptitude, while Paper II is subject-specific. Candidates have to score a minimum of 40% marks in Paper I and 50% marks in Paper II to be considered for eligibility.
To appear for the exam, candidates must hold a Master’s degree from a recognized university with at least 55% marks. Candidates belonging to reserved categories may have a relaxation of 5% marks. Candidates may also have to meet certain age criteria to be eligible for JRF.
The application process for the exam usually begins a few months before the exam date and candidates have to register and submit the application form online on the official website of NTA UGC NET. Candidates have to pay a non-refundable application fee to complete the process.
The exam is conducted in computer-based mode and the questions are multiple-choice in nature. The duration of the exam is 3 hours and the marks are distributed as follows: Paper I (200 marks) and Paper II (200 marks). The total marks of the exam are 400.
NTA UGC NET & JRF Exam 2023 is a valuable examination for those who are seeking a career in teaching or research. It is considered to be one of the most challenging exams in India, hence it is important to start preparing well in advance and focus on your strengths and weaknesses.
history of the UGC NET Exam
The National Eligibility Test (NET) is a test conducted to determine eligibility for college and university level lectureship and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research. The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is an Indian government agency that was established in November 2017 to conduct entrance exams for higher educational institutions.
Before NTA, the NET exam was conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which had started the test in 1984. The UGC NET was conducted twice a year, in June and December, and was considered as the minimum qualification for the appointment of assistant professors in Indian universities and colleges. The JRF, on the other hand, is awarded to candidates who score above a certain cut-off in the NET exam and are interested in pursuing research in their chosen field.
In 2019 the Examination Name changed from UGC-NET to NTA-UGC-NET, and it was announced that the examination will be conducted four times a year in online mode. Also, the format of the examination and the syllabus has been updated and revised as per the requirements of the academic curricula of the past 10 years.