UGC-NET Eligibility Update: Students with 4-Year Degrees Can Now Pursue PhD Programs

As per the latest report, Students with 4 years of degree now sit in NET and pursue the PhD. The chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Jagadesh Kumar stated that a candidate or student who has passed a four-year undergraduate degree is now eligible to sit in the NET exam and can pursue the PhD. To apply for the PhD and qualify, candidates required a minimum of 75 percent marks or equivalent grades in their 4-year undergraduate course. Previously, the minimum percentage mark was 55 for a master’s degree.

Students can appear in exams with the subject they want to get a PhD.  As said the minimum mark required is 75 percent, but there is a relaxation of five percent marks for the special category like SC, ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), differently-abled, economically weaker sections and other categories. This is an official update from the chairman of UGC. 

The University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) is a national-level exam conducted to hire the right candidate for the Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Indian universities and colleges. It is administered by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Students can apply for several subjects as per their field for the PhD like humanities, social sciences, commerce, computer science, and applications, among others. After conducting the exam, the student is eligible to apply for Assistant Professor positions in universities and colleges across India or pursue research with a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in their chosen subject area. The UGC-NET application process will be started on Saturday, 10 May. If you are interested in completing your PhD in your respective field through UGC-NET, then mark this date.

UGC-NET Eligibility Update: Students with 4-Year Degrees Can Now Pursue PhD Programs




How To Apply For UGC-NET?

Applying for the UGC-NET (University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test) involves several steps, like checking eligibility, registration, filling out the application process and many more. Here is an overview to apply for the UGC-NET Exam for PhD.


Check Eligibility Criteria:

Before applying for the UGC-NET Exam, it is important to check that you are eligible for it. If you hold a four-year undergraduate degree with 70-75 percent, then you are eligible for it. Make sure Eligibility criteria may also vary depending on factors such as age, educational qualification, and subject specialisation. 


UGC-NET Exam Registration:

The UGC-NET Exam registration will begin on the 10th of May, you can register yourself on this day. Follow these steps for your registration.

  • Visit the official website of the National Testing Agency (NTA) or the UGC-NET portal.
  • On the homepage, navigate to the notification stating the “Apply Online” link for the UGC-NET exam.
  • Now register yourself as a new user. Enter your name, email address, mobile number and date of birth.
  • After entering all the details, create the password.
  • Choose a security question and answer for account recovery purposes.
  • After successful registration, log in using the generated credentials.
  • Make sure to save the credential to use it later.


UGC-NET Exam Application Form:

When the application form begins,  you can apply for it online.

  • Login to your account with your credentials on the official website of the National Testing Agency (NTA) or the UGC-NET portal.
  • Carefully read the instructions provided and fill in the required details such as personal information, educational qualifications, subject preferences, etc.
  • Cross-check all the details carefully and upload the required document. Make sure to upload in the required format.
  • Also, upload scanned copies of passport-sized photographs and signatures as per the specified format and size requirements.
  • Review the filled application form carefully before proceeding to the next page.


Preview and Edit Application Form:-

  • If you want to change any detail in the application form, then you can do it. After filling out the application form, candidates can preview the information entered. Review the page, and make any necessary edits or corrections if required.
  • Ensure that all information provided is accurate and matches the supporting documents.


Pay Application Fee

  • Now proceed to the payment section after carefully review the application form
  • You can select the preferred payment mode like online or offline to pay the UGC-NET application fee
  • For online mode, you can pay through a credit/debit card, net banking, UPI, etc.
  • For offline mode, generate the e-challan and make the payment in your designated bank branch.
  • After successful payment, an application fee receipt will be generated.


Print Confirmation Page

  • After completing the payment, make sure to download and print the confirmation page.
  • This confirmation page is proof of your application submission to the UGC-NET
  • You can use this information for future use.



UGC-NET Exam Preparation For PHD

After filling out the UGC-NET application form, you can start your preparation. Here are some suggestions for your journey towards a Ph.D. Here are some guidelines-

  • Understand Syllabus: Understand your Syllabus according to your decided PhD subject. The syllabus going to be vast. Understand the whole syllabus thoroughly.
  • Create a study plan: Now prepare your study schedule that allocates sufficient time for each topic or subject area. Focus on each topic and revision and practice session.
  • Use Reliable Study Material: Gather high-quality material such as textbooks, reference books, online resources, and previous years’ question papers. Make sure that all the study material aligns with the UGC-NET syllabus.
  • Practice Regularly: Practice yourself by solving the mock papers, previous years’ question papers and sample papers as per the exam pattern, question types, and time management. It is important to do regular practice to improve the speed, accuracy, and confidence levels. Your confidence is the key to clear the exam.
  • Stay Updated: Keep yourself updated with the current affairs, latest updates and recent developments in your subject area. You can also follow the journals, magazines, and online platforms to stay informed.
  • Stay Positive & Healthy: Just working hard is not enough. Your health is also important. Stay motivated, maintain a positive attitude as well as  Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate sleep.



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