Which job profile is better: Assistant Professor or JRF

Which job profile is better: Assistant Professor or JRF


UGC NET Overview

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 candidate might be wondering what would be a good profile for him/her – Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellow.

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What to choose Assistant Professor or JRF?

Clearing UGC NET with good marks opens many avenues for a person on the professional front. One can choose from multiple options of which becoming a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) or Assistant Professor are the most lucrative.

Pros and Cons of becoming a Junior Research Fellow:

Becoming a JRF after clearing UGC NET provides an excellent opportunity for a candidate to pursue a career in the field of Research and Development. He/ She will be able to contribute in his field of expertise by doing cutting edge research utilising the funds provided by the government. If one has inclination towards research and is interested in finding new things in his field, then this work profile is for you. The work profile requires a curious and inquisitive mind. The only drawback is that the JRF research fellowship that you will be entitled to will be provided to you for a specific amount of time.

Pros and Cons of becoming an Assistant Professor:

Becoming an Assistant Professor after clearing UGC NET is also a good career avenue available to those who qualify UGC NET. It provides an opportunity for the candidate to become an assistant professor in many reputed universities across India. The candidate will be able to earn a handsome salary and can make a career in education field. As an assistant professor you will be able to share your knowledge with the young minds and able to mould their minds as well as prepare them for the challenges they may face in their professional career. This work profile requires deep knowledge of the subject along with patience and ability to connect with the learners. The only drawback is that you may sometime feel frustrated among the novices that will surround you and may find the work profile a bit monotonous.

To summarize, it totally depends in the candidate and what kind of mindset he/ she possesses. Every person wants different things in life and depending on one’s personality traits as well as life goals, he /she needs to choose the work profile. But first prepare well and score your best in the exam. For more such updates stay tuned to this space.

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