UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION
NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL TESTING (NET) BUREAU
UGC NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY TEST FOR JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AND ELIGIBILITY FOR LECTURESHIP – DECEMBER,2009
Last date for receipt of duly completed Application Forms at the respective Test Centres is
06-11-2009. Candidates should submit their Application Forms only to the Registrar of the
university from where they wish to appear in the Test as indicated in item 10 below. The
application must be strictly as per the prescribed format. APPLICATION SENT DIRECTLY
TO THE UGC OFFICE WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED.
1) The University Grants Commission announces holding of the National Eligibility
Test (NET) on 27th December, 2009 (Sunday) for determining the eligibility of
Indian nationals for the Award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and
eligibility for Lectureship in Indian universities and colleges. UGC will conduct
NET in 77 (seventy seven) subjects (listed under item no. 9) at 66 (sixty six) selected
University Centres (listed under Item no. 10) spread across the country.
The result of the UGC-NET held on 28th June, 2009 and the one to be held on 27th
December, 2009 will be made available on the UGC website : www.ugc.ac.in and
shall also be published in the Employment News as and when it is declared. The
candidates will not be individually intimated about their result.
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 Lectureship. 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 will depend on
the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET. However, the candidates
qualifying exclusively for Lectureship will not be considered for award of JRF.
Candidates appearing in NET should clearly specify in the prescribed Application
Form whether they are applying for both JRF & eligibility for Lectureship OR only
for eligibility for Lectureship. Candidates who qualify the Test for eligibility for
Lectureship will be governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Lecturers
of the concerned universities/ colleges/ state governments, as the case may be.
Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Visually Handicapped (VH)/Physically
Handicapped (PH) candidates will be given such special concessions as may be
decided by the Commission.
2) JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP :
Candidates qualifying for the award of Junior Research Fellowship will be eligible to
receive fellowship of UGC under various schemes, subject to finding their placement
in universities/ IITs/institution s. 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 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.
EXAM. DATE : 27-12-2009 CLOSING DATE : 06-11-2009
3) CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY :
i) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in
Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/ institutions
recognised by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences,
Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this
Test. The Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Physically Handicapped
(PH)/Visually Handicapped (VH) category candidates who have secured at least
50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination
are eligible for this Test.
ii) Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the 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.
However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered
eligible for award of JRF/Lectureship eligibility only after they have passed
their Master’s degree examination or equivalent with at least 55% marks (50% in
case of SC/ST/PH/VH category candidates). Such candidates must complete their
P.G. degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with
required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
iii) The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed
by 19th 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.
iv) 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
subjects in item No. 9, may appear in a related subject.
v) Candidates seeking concession in fee are required to submit attested copy of
their OBC/SC/ST/PH/ VH certificate along with their Application Forms.
Other candidates are not required to submit any certificates/ documents in support
of their eligibility alongwith the Application Form. Therefore, the candidates, in
their own interest, must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the Test. In
the event of any ineligibility being detected by the Commission at any stage, their
candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.
4) AGE LIMIT & RELAXATION :
i) Junior Research Fellowship : Not more than 28 years as on 01.12.2009. A
relaxation upto 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to
SC/ST/OBC/PH/ VH categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be
provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent
on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a
maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority.
Three years’ relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing
L.L.M. Degree. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five
years under any circumstances.
ii) Lectureship : No upper age limit.
5) EXEMPTION (ELIGIBILITY FOR LECTURESHIP) :
i) NET/SET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and
appointment of Lecturers in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions. Provided,
however, that candidates, who are or have been awarded Ph.D Degree in
compliance of the "University Grants Commission (minimum standards and
procedure for award of Ph.D. Degree), Regulation 2009, shall be exempted from
the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SET for recruitment
and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in
Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions. " The candidates who have passed the
UGC/CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in
ii) For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the State Eligibility Test
(SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Lectureship held prior to 1st June
2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for
Lectureship anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st June 2002 onwards, the
qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of lecturer only in the
universities/ colleges belonging to the state from where they have cleared their
SET. All SET qualified candidates are also eligible to appear in NET, if they so
6) EXAMINATION FEE AND MODE OF PAYMENT :
For General candidates, the examination fee is Rs.450/-; for Other Backward
Classes (OBC), the fee is Rs. 225/- and for SC/ST/PH/VH candidates, it is Rs.
110/-. The fee should be paid in the form of a single crossed demand draft from
any Government of India Bank/Scheduled Government Bank payable at their
Service Branch, New Delhi/Delhi only with six months’ validity drawn in favour
of the Secretary, U.G.C., New Delhi. Fee once paid, will not be refunded under
7) SCHEME AND DATE OF TEST :
(i) The Test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will be held on 27th
December, 2009 in two separate sessions as under :
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Session Paper Marks Duration
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First I 100 1¼ Hours (09.30 A.M. to 10.45 A.M.)
First II 100 1¼ Hours (10.45 A.M. to 12.00 NOON)
Second III 200 2½ Hours (01.30 P.M. to 04.00 P.M.)
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Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research
aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability,
comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. UGC
has decided to provide choice to the candidates from the December 2009 UGCNET
onwards. Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each will be
given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any fifty (50). In
the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty
questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated
Paper-II shall consist of short questions based on the subject selected by the
candidate. Each of these papers will consist of a Test Booklet containing 50
objective type questions of two marks each. The candidate will have to mark the
response for each question on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet provided
alongwith the Test Booklet. The detailed instructions for filling up the OMR
Sheet will be sent to the candidate along with the Admit Card.
Paper-III will consist of only descriptive questions from the subject selected by
the candidate. The candidate will be required to attempt questions in the space
provided in the Test Booklet. The format of Paper-III has been revised w.e.f.
June,2005 UGC-NET and is available on the UGC website www.ugc.ac.in.
Paper-III will be evaluated only for those candidates who are able to secure the
minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I and Paper-II, as per the table given in the
MINIMUM QUALIFYING MARKS CATEGORY PAPER – I PAPER – II PAPER - I + PAPER - II
GENERAL/OBC 40 40 100 (50 %)
PH/VH 35 35 90 (45 %)
SC/ST 35 35 80 (40 %)
The minimum qualifying criteria for award of JRF is as follows :
MINIMUM QUALIFYING MARKS CATEGORY PAPER – I PAPER– II PAPER-I + PAPER- II PAPER-III
GENERAL/OBC 40 40 100 (50 %) 100 (50 %)
PH/VH 35 35 90 (45 %) 90 (45 %)
SC/ST 35 35 80 (40 %) 80 (40 %)
However, the final qualifying criteria for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and
Eligibility for Lectureship shall be decided by UGC before declaration of result.
ii) Negative Marking in Paper-I & Paper-II : Negative marking at the rate of 25%
has been introduced from December 2009 UGC-NET onwards. For each incorrect
answer, 0.5 marks shall be deducted.
iii) For Visually Handicapped (VH) candidates thirty minutes’ extra time shall
be provided separately for paper-I and Paper-II. For paper-III, forty five
minutes’ extra time shall be provided. They will also be provided the services
of a scribe who would be a graduate in a subject other than that of the
candidate. Those Physically Handicapped (PH) candidates who are not in a
position to write in their own hand-writing can also avail these services by
making prior request (at least one week before the date of UGC-NET) in
writing to the centre Co-ordinator. Extra time and facility of scribe would not
be provided to other Physically Handicapped candidates.
iv) Syllabus of Test: Syllabi for all NET subjects can be downloaded from the
UGC Website www.ugc.ac.in and are also available in the libraries of all
Indian universities. UGC will not send the syllabus to individual candidates.
v) In Paper III, candidate has the option to answer either in Hindi or in
English in all subjects except the languages where the candidate is
required to write in the concerned language only. In case of Computer
Science & Applications, Electronic Science and Environmental Sciences, the
question papers will be in English only.
vi) In case of any discrepancy found in the English and Hindi versions, the
questions in English version shall be taken as final.
8) IMPORTANT :
i) The national level Test for determining the eligibility of candidates for the
award of Junior Research Fellowship/Lectures hip in science subjects
(Chemical Sciences; Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary Sciences; Life
Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Physical Sciences) is conducted jointly with
the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. The
candidates in science subjects, desirous of availing UGC-JRF or obtaining
eligibility for Lectureship in these subjects are advised to appear in the Joint
CSIR-UGC Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for
Lectureship conducted by CSIR.
ii) The UGC-NET for JRF/eligibility for Lectureship will be held at the
University Test Centres specified in the list under item No. 10. PLEASE
NOTE THAT CHANGE OF CENTRE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED UNDER
9) SUBJECTS :
The list of NET subjects along with their respective codes are as given below:
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Subject Name of the subject
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02 Political Science
10 Social Work
11 Defence and Strategic Studies
12 Home Science
14 Public Administration
15 Population Studies*
46 Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non
47 Physical Education
49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
50 Indian Culture
55 Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industri al Relations/
Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
59 Library and Information Science
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
62 Comparative Study of Religions
63 Mass Communication and Journalism
65 Performing Arts – Dance/Drama/ Theatre
66 Museology & Conservation
70 Tribal and Regional Language/Literature
71 Folk Literature
72 Comparative Literature
73 Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha/Sidhanta
Jyotisha/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimamsa/ Navya
Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsana/ Shukla
Yajurveda/ Madhva Vedanta/ Dharma Sastra/ Sahitya/
Purana-itihasa/ Agama/Advaita Vedanta)
74 Women Studies
79 Visual Arts (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture/
Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)
81 Social Medicine & Community Health
82 Forensic Science
87 Computer Science and Applications
88 Electronic Science
89 Environmental Sciences
90 International and Area Studies
92 Human Rights and Duties
93 Tourism Administration and Management
* The candidates with Master’s Degree in Geography (with
specialization in Population Studies) or Mathematics/ Statistics are
also eligible to appear in the subject "Population Studies"(Code
10) The Test Centres with their respective codes are given below. Application should be
addressed to the Registrar of the respective University Test Centres. However,
candidates desirous of appearing at the Centre Code No. 65 shall address their
Application Forms to the Principal of the college :
LIST OF NET CENTRES
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Centre Name of the Centre
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01 Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh – 202 002.
02 University of Allahabad, Allahabad – 211 002.
03 Andhra University, Visakhapatnam – 530 003.
04 Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Itanagar – 791 111.
05 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi – 221 005.
06 Bangalore University, Bangalore – 560 056.
07 M.P. Bhoj Open University, Raja Bhoj Marg, Bhopal – 462016.
08 Berhampur University, Berhampur – 760 007.
09 Bharathiar University, Coimbatore – 641 046.
10 Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli – 620 024.
11 University of Burdwan, Burdwan – 713 104.
12 University of Calcutta, Kolkata – 700 073.
13 University of Calicut, Kozhikode – 673 635.
14 Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut – 250 005.
15 Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur – 208 024.
16 Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi – 682 022.
17 Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi – 110 025.
18 Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya , Indore – 452 001.
19 Dr. B. S. A. Marathwada University, Aurangabad – 431 004.
20 Gauhati University, Guwahati – 781 014.
21 Goa University, Goa – 403 203.
22 Deendayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur–273 009.
23 Gujarat University, Ahmedabad – 380 009.
24 Gulbarga University, Gulbarga – 585 106.
25 Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar – 143 005.
26 Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla – 171 005.
27 University of Jammu, Jammu (Tawi) – 180 006.
28 Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur – 342 001.
29 Jiwaji University, Gwalior – 474 011.
30 Karnatak University, Dharwad – 580 003.
31 University of Kashmir, Srinagar – 190 006.
32 University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 034.
33 Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra – 132 119.
34 University of Lucknow, Lucknow – 226 007.
35 M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara – 390 002.
36 University of Madras, Chennai – 600 005.
37 Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai – 625 021.
38 Mangalore University, Mangalore – 574 199.
39 Manipur University, Imphal – 795 003.
40 Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur – 313 001.
41 University of Mumbai, Mumbai – 400 032.
42 Nagarjuna University, Guntur – 522 510.
43 Nagpur University, Nagpur – 440 001.
44 North Bengal University, Darjeeling – 734 430.
45 North Eastern Hill University, Shillong – 793 022.
46 Osmania University, Hyderabad – 500 007.
47 Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur – 492 010.
48 Panjab University, Chandigarh – 160 014.
49 Patna University, Patna – 800 005.
50 University of Pune, Pune – 411 007.
51 University of Rajasthan, Jaipur – 302 004.
52 Ranchi University, Ranchi – 834 008.
53 Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur – 482 001.
54 H.N. Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar-246 174
55 Sambalpur University, Sambalpur – 768 019.
56 Saurashtra University, Rajkot – 360 005.
57 Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati – 517 502.
58 Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur – 812 007.
59 Tripura University, Agartala – 799 004.
60 Utkal University, Bhubaneswar – 751 004.
61 Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Agra – 282 004.
62 Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer – 305 009.
63 Mizoram University, Mizoram, Post Box No.190, Aizawl –796012.
64 Nagaland University, P.B.341, Lumani, Kohima –797 001.
65 Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya, Andaman & Nicobar
Islands, Port Blair – 744 104.
66 Dr. Awadesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa – 486 003.
11) GUIDELINES FOR FILLING UP THE APPLICATION FORM
i) Candidate seeking admission to the Test must apply in the prescribed
Application Form in DUPLICATE as given in the Notification. Application
Form may be neatly typed or photocopied on white paper (A-4 size) on one
side of the paper only. The application not in the prescribed format will be
rejected. Request for Application Form from UGC will not be entertained.
ii) The Candidate should fill the Application Form legibly and carefully in their
own handwriting with ballpoint pen. TWO COPIES OF THE
APPLICATION FORM ALONGWITH ADMISSION CARD,
ATTENDANCE SLIP AND DEMAND DRAFT SHOULD BE SENT TO
THE REGISTRAR OF THE UNIVERSITY FROM WHERE THE
CANDIDATE HAS OPTED TO APPEAR FOR THE TEST.
APPLICATIONS ADDRESSED TO UGC OFFICE WILL NOT BE
The envelope containing the Application Form should be superscribed "UGC
NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY TEST FOR JUNIOR RESEARCH
FELLOWSHIP AND ELIGIBILITY FOR LECTURESHIP, DECEMBER,
iii) The candidates must affix their recent passport size photographs from the
same negative at the places indicated in the Application Form and must sign
across the photograph after it is affixed so that a part of the signature spreads
over the Application Form beyond the photograph. Besides, it should be duly
attested by the Head of the University Department/Principa l of the
College/Class- I Gazetted Officer.
iv) In Column-7, Write M for Male and F for Female.
v) In Column-8, Write GEN for General, SC for Scheduled Caste, ST for
Scheduled Tribe and OBC for Other Backward Classes.
vi) Fill up column 9 only if applicable. Write VH for Visually Handicapped and
PH for Physically Handicapped.
vii) Candidates who have appeared and are awaiting their result or shall be
appearing in the final year of Master’s degree examination should fill up the
Attestation Form given at the bottom of the Application Form and get it
attested by the Head of the Institution. They should also mention the
University Name to which the College/Institute is affiliated.
12) GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
i) The candidates must read the conditions of eligibility as given at item no. 3
carefully and must satisfy themselves regarding their eligibility for the Test
before submitting the Application Forms.
ii) Candidates will be issued the Admission Card by the respective Test Centres.
Candidates should note that their candidature is strictly provisional. The mere
fact that Admission Card has been issued to any candidate shall not imply that
the Commission has finally accepted his/her candidature.
iii) UGC may change the centre(s) or date of examination without assigning any
iv) Applications received after the last date will not be entertained.
v) No TA will be paid to the candidates.
vi) Canvassing in any form will disqualify the candidate.
vii) The decision of the Commission shall be final in all matters.
viii) All legal disputes pertaining to this Test shall fall within the jurisdiction of
Delhi Courts only.
ix) Candidates should correspond only with their respective Test centres for
Admission Card or any other relevant information. UGC will not entertain
any requests/queries in this regard.
x) The use of calculators or Log Tables is not permitted. Cellular phones, pagers
etc. are not allowed in the Examination Hall/Room.
xi) A candidate who does not appear in paper-I, will not be permitted to appear in
paper-II and paper-III.
xii) Candidates will not be allowed to write any question from the Test Booklet on
the Admission Card or on any other paper.
xiii) Those candidates who do not receive their Admission Card (Roll Number) for
appearing in the UGC-NET till 23rd December,2009, are advised to contact
the office of Registrar/Co- ordinator of their UGC-NET Centres from 24th to
26th December, 2009, with two identical passport-size photographs duly
attested by a gazetted officer. No Admission Card (Roll Number) will be
issued on the day of the Test (i.e. 27th December, 2009) under any
xiv) The descriptive papers, i.e., Paper-III of language subjects must be
answered in the concerned language only.
13) ENCLOSURES TO BE SENT WITH THE APPLICATION
Candidates should send the following documents with their application: -
i) A crossed Bank Draft towards examination fee payable to Secretary, University
Grants Commission, New Delhi. Candidates should mention their name, Subject
Code and Centre Code on the reverse of the Demand Draft.
ii) SC/ST/Visually Handicapped/ Physically Handicapped/ OBC certificates, in case
applicable, duly attested by a Gazetted Officer.
iii) Two self addressed unstamped envelopes of 10" X 4" size.
14) CHECK LIST
The candidates are advised to check the following points carefully before submission
of application: -
i) Whether they fulfil the eligibility conditions for the Test as prescribed under
the heading ‘CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY’ and ‘AGE LIMIT’.
ii) Whether they have filled all the columns of the Application Form correctly.
iii) Whether they have filled the name of the subject and centre as well as their
codes in columns 3 and 4 respectively.
iv) Whether they have filled their CATEGORY in Column 8 in words, viz.,
v) Whether VH/PH candidates have filled Column 9 correctly. Only VH/PH
candidates have to fill this column and the others have to leave it blank.
vi) Whether they have signed the Application Form and Attendance Slip.
15) The list of States along with their respective codes are given below:
Andhra Pradesh(01), Arunachal Pradesh(02), Assam(03), Bihar(04), Delhi(05),
Goa(06), Gujarat(07), Haryana(08), Himachal Pradesh(09), Jammu & Kashmir(10),
Karnataka(11) , Kerala(12), Madhya Pradesh(13), Maharashtra( 14), Manipur(15),
Meghalaya(16) , Mizoram(17), Nagaland(18) , Orissa(19), Punjab(20), Rajasthan(21) ,
Sikkim(22), Tamil Nadu(23), Tripura(24), Uttar Pradesh(25), West Bengal(26),
Andaman & Nicobar Islands(27), Dadra & Nagar Havelli(28), Daman & Diu(29),
Lakshadweep( 30), Pondicherry( 31), Chhattisgarh( 32), Jharkhand(33) , Uttarakhand( 34),