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    Is it necessary to study 2 graduations and 2 post graduations to apply for NET exam?

    Want to know about the eligibility criteria with regard to qualification to appear for NET? Check this page to get the doubt clarified.

    I completed bcom and after that doing ma English and ma public administration simultaneously through distance mode. I wanted to apply for NET in both of them (English and pa). That's reason I am doing both pgs. But someone told me that there must be matching in graduation and post graduation and I need to study B.A in English and politics to apply for NET exam. My graduation subjects and post graduation subjects are completely different. That means I couldn't apply in both of them. I think I am wasting my years. What should I do?
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    NET is curently conducted by CBSC
    As per CBSC website
    Here is the eligiblity of NET Exams which show you have to Clear Master degree or appreaing in final exam of master degree


    Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master's Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC (list attached page No. 21 to 43) in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. (list of subjects of post graduation attached at page No. 18 to 19) are eligible for this Test. The Other Backward Classes(OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST) / persons with disability(PWD) 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 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 Junior Research Fellowship/eligibility for Assistant professor only after they have passed their Master's Degree examination OR equivalent with at least 55% marks(50% marks in case of OBC(Non- creamy layer)/SC/ST/PWD(persons with disability) 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.


    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.


    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.14 (on page 11-13), 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 (Confirmation Page) to CBSE. However 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 UGC/CBSE at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.


    Candidates having 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. (

  • As far as the NET is considered you can appear for the subject in which you have post graduation degree. There is no mention that you should do Graduation also on the subject. The eligibility talks about only post-graduation. You should get minimum 55% marks in the qualifying examination. If you did double post graduation you can apply for both the courses. But they have a given a list of subjects for whom this examination is conducted. If your post-graduation subjects are on that list you can go ahead.

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  • So far as National Eligibility Test (NET) is concerned, the eligibility condition is Masters degree with 55% marks for General Category candidates. If you want to appear in NET in two subjects, Post Graduation degrees in those two subjects in which you are planning to appear in NET are required. There is no requirement of Graduation in two subjects.
    If you have requisite marks in Post-Graduation in two subjects, you can appear in NET in those two subjects.

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  • The eligibility for NET exam is a Masters degree. For general candidates 55% marks in Masters degree is the requirement while for SC/ST candidates it is 50%. Those who have completed their PhD can also apply for NET even if they are having only 50% or more in their Masters degree.

    Generally people do Masters in one of those subjects in which they are good in graduation. Still if one pursues a different subject in Masters degree program there is no problem as far as applying in NET is concerned.

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  • When applying for NET exam, Candidates need to choose their post-graduation subject from the list of subjects provided. Even if the subject is not in the list, candidates can appear in the related subject. In your case, both english and public administration is eligible irrespective of the subject in bachelor's degree. You cannot apply for both the subjects, opt the subject in which you have more knowledge and confidence. Apart from this, candidates should have secured 55% marks from the university approved by UGC. As you said you are pursuing the PG course, you can apply for the exam but you will be eligible for Assistant professor or Junior research fellowship on the completion of PG and if you have secured 55% marks and the NET marks will be valid for 2 years.

  • You can apply for NET if you have a master's degree or equivalent from a university recognized by UGC in each of the subject of your choice. Candidates who have appeared or who are in final year will be appearing for master's exam can also appear. If you do not have the degree in hand, you will be considered as provisional and should complete the degree exam within two years of the date of NET exam with the 55% marks. In case you fail, then the NET will be disqualified. So, you don't need a BA now.

    Both the subjects that you have mentioned are listed in the NET subject list.
    No: 14 Public Administration
    No: 30 English

  • Hi Friend
    NET examination is conducted by UGC and the eligibility to apply for this exam is 55% of marks in post graduation and for OBC,SC,ST,PWD candidates 50% of marks in post graduation required.And also final year studying master degree students can also apply for this exam.
    And the exam is conducted for Junior Research fellowship and Assistant professor posts.Age limit to apply for JRF is 28 years and for Assistant professor there is no upper age limit.
    And there is 5 years age relaxation for OBC,SC,ST,PWD and Women candidates.

  • While applying for NET, you should consider a particular stream in which you have made up your mind to appear for the NET examination. It should be either English or Public - administration and be clear that you would not be allowed to appear in both the papers for your ensuing NET examination.
    The subjects chosen in the graduating level should not necessarily be persued in the post graduation stage and hence your streams would not create any impediments. You must note down the eligibility criteria for the eligibility of NET test.
    For the general category, one must secure 55 percent marks where as for SC/ST/ OBC, it has been fixed 50 percent marks obtained in Post - graduation. An aspirant having secured a doctorate degree is exempted from such securing of marks for the post of Lecturership. However, for the post of Junior Research Fellowshp, maximum age of eligibility is 28 years.

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