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    How to become an Asst. Professor through NET (National Eligibility Test)

    Planning to take up a career as an Assistant Professor after postgraduation? Our experts will provide the right career path to becoming an Asst. Professor through NET (National Eligibility Test).

    I am pursuing M.A. in English. I want to become an Assistant Professor. What should I do? Please guide me and give me details about the National Eligibility Test (NET) to take up a teaching post as an Asst. Prof.
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  • There are two ways t go for a teaching post in colleges and Universities.
    The first way is to get qualified in the PG course in the concerned subject. Then getting qualified in the NET examination. The details of the examination you will get from the following article which is published in ISC article section.
    How to apply for NET Examination conducted by CSIR
    The second method is to complete your PhD so that you can get the teaching post without getting qualified in the NET examination
    You can try and see which is the best option for you. All the best to you,

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  • 1. As you are a student of English, you have to appear in UGC-NET presently being conducted by CBSE.
    2. The examination is held twice in every year.
    3. The eligibility condition is 55% is the Master's degree for the General Category candidates.
    4. Those students who are in the final year and those who are awaiting result can also apply in the NET.
    5. Two separate merit lists are prepared, one for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and another for lectureship.
    6. There is upper age restriction for JRF candidates (35 years for General category candidates) but there is no age restriction for lectureship.
    7. There are three objective type papers in NET. One in General Studies and the second and third one are on the subject of the candidates.
    8. If a student qualifies the first paper, only then his/her second paper is checked. If he/she qualifies the second one, the third paper is evaluated.
    9. Aggregate is calculated in respect of those candidates who qualify all three papers and then two separate merit lists are prepared for JRF and lectureship.
    10. For further information, please check and

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  • Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the National Eligibility Test on behalf of the UGC, hence also known as CBSE NET.

    For this year, the tests are planned on 8th July 2018 but the last date for enrollment was closed on 12th April. You can plan to take it next year if you are in the final year also, wherein you are selected would be provisional pending submission of completion of MA and the marks being at least 55%. This is relaxed to 50% for reservation category.

    This will enable you to junior research fellowship and eligibility for AP in colleges and universities. You can choose AP eligibility only or both.There are around 91 centers in the country. The format for 2018 would include

    PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN PATTERN 2018. The pattern of the exam has been modified from three papers to two papers this year. But the patter of the paper/content is the same.

    Paper -I: 100 marks (general-50(2 marks each)objective type questions), Paper-II: this is 200 marks papers (this is the old 2 & 3 and will have 100 questions) - English/ subject related objective questions. To be considered for the next round you need a 40% aggregate in the above. All questions are compulsory.

    For English syllabus ( and more information ( you can visit the sites. There are many NET preparation sites and material available on and offline mode (, you can start preparing. There is also an UGC NET preparation app 2018, you can try it.

    This site has the solved questions papers of NET English, you can get an idea of the questions and level of difficulty (

  • To become a professor or lecturer in colleges or universities you should have post graduation degree. You need 55% in your master's and 50% for reserved category. Qualifiy NET exam is necessary for lecturer or professor. Your post graduation subject should be same as NET exam subject. Age limit for UGC/JRF is 28 years for general category, 3 years relaxation for OBC category and 5 years relaxation for ST/SC. There is not any upper age limit for Lecturership. Number of attempts for exams is not fixed for lecturership.

    Test consist of three papers : paper first is compulsory for everyone. Paper second and third are selective. Depend upon eligibility of the candidates. Number of question is 60 and 50 questions is to be attempted. Maximum marks is hundred. All the best prepare well for your exam.

  • As you are studying M.A in English and you want to become an assistant professor, so you must clear the NET(National Eligibility Test).
    Central board of secondary education(CBSE) conducts NET exam twice every year on behalf of University Grants Commission to select the candidates for JRF and Lectureship in Indian universities and colleges.
    And the minimum educational qualification required to apply for NET exam is master degree or post graduation with minimum 55% of marks for General and OBC categories & 50% of marks for SC, ST and PWD candidates. So, you must secure minimum percentage of marks in your M.A to get qualified to apply for NET exam.
    And there is age limit to apply for this NET exam. For Junior Research Fellowship, maximum age limit is 28 years and age relaxation of 5 years for remaining categories. And for this JRF, an amount of Rs.25,000/- will be provided by both CSIR and UGC.
    And for Lectureship, there is no maximum age limit.
    And examination fee is Rs.1000/- for General category, Rs.500/- for OBC candidates and Rs.250/- for SC, ST and PWD candidates.

  • You can appear in NET once you secure 55% in your Post Graduation. This is the prestigious exam for selection to the post of Junior Research Fellow or Lecturer.

    Due to a large number of qualified people in our country, there is a great rush for this most coveted exam. One can seriously prepare for it to get through and in this context referring to earlier years question papers will be helpful.

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  • Since you are persuing M.A in English and want to be an associate professor later on , you need to follow either of the routs so as to be successful in your ambition. The first one is to qualify the NET test being conducted by CBSE Board twice every years on behalf of University Grant Commission to select the eligible candidates. The other eligibility criterias are the age and the minimum age is 28 for general - category where as for OBC and SC/ST the same is 31 and 33 years. You need to secure at least 55 percent of marks so that you may appear for the NET test and a relaxation of percentage of marks to the extent of 5 percent is offered to SC/ ST and OBC candidates.
    Candidates are tested in the three papers the first being for the aptitude test and General awareness and the rest two papers are meant for the evaluation of your understanding and concept of your subject - paper chosen in your M.A stage.
    The other rout to achieve the same would be to procure a doctorate degree under the guidance of an eminent professor and your thesis must be original one and must contain a valuable thesis. Later you will be conferred a Ph. D degree from the university.
    This rout may take additional time because of involvement in the Research calling for reference of lot of text books and journals to extract the matters in relation to thesis.

  • You have two options - Cracking NET (National Eligibility Test) and Doing PhD in the subject of your interest - to become a lecturer or assistant professional in a college or university. For the National Eligibility Test, you must score more than 55% marks in your post-graduation course. You can do M.Phill in your subject.
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