What is JRF and Assistant Professor

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The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been entrusted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the task of conducting UGC-NET, which is a Test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ as well as ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian Universities and Colleges.

The UGC-NET is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode w.e.f. December 2018 onwards.

Awarding of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and/ or Eligibility for Assistant Professorship depends on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-I and Paper-II of UGC-NET. The candidates qualifying only for Assistant Professorship are not eligible to be considered for the award of JRF. Candidates who qualify the eligibility test for Assistant Professorship are governed by the rules and regulations of the concerned Universities/Colleges/State Governments, as the case may be for recruitment of Assistant Professor.

UGC-NET is conducted twice every year (June & December). Due to the outbreak of COVID- 19 pandemic in 2020 & 2021, the cycles of UGC NET were merged and conducted together.

In order to regularize the UGC-NET examination cycle, the National Testing Agency (NTA), with the concurrence of UGC is conducting UGC NET December 2022 in the month of February & March 2023 in 83 subjects, at selected cities across the country.

Going a step further and to regularise the exam cycle, the NTA has released exam dates for the later half of the year and the exam will be held from 13th to 22nd June 2023.

As NTA gears up to conduct the exam in a proper manner, students also need to prepare themselves for the exam in a dedicated manner. A question that boggles the mind of a candidate is the work profile, nature of job and responsibilities of a Junior Research Fellow (JRF).

Our UGC NET team is the best in the business and almost all of them have already been selected as JRF. So, in your preparation journey we will be the best guide for you and our experienced team will prove to be a vital cog in your preparation journey.

What is JRF and Assistant Professor?

Even though UGC NET and JRF are the same exams, the only difference is that you need more marks for JRF as compared to NET. Only 6% of those who qualify NET exam are able to get selected as JRF. The age limit for becoming JRF is 30 years.

The JRF cut off is usually 5% to 7% more than the cut off of NET and after clearing the UGC NET exam as JRF you will get a fellowship from government while you do your PhD which is of the order of approx.. 25000 per month.

You can become assistant professor after clearing NET as well as JRF. The only difference between these two is that in JRF you get monetary scholarship and in lectureship, you are not eligible for scholarship. To summarize it all, you can do PhD with scholarship after clearing JRF.

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