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UGC introduces NET scores for PhD admissions 

March 28, 2024

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked higher education institutions (HEIs) to use the National Eligibility Test (NET) scores for admissions to PhD programmes from the upcoming academic session 2024-25.

This new parameter for admissions would be in place of separate entrance examinations conducted by various universities and institutes across the country.

According to an official communication by the UGC, the decision was taken by the higher education regulator in its 578th meeting held on March 13.

The decision has been based on the recommendations of an expert committee constituted by it to review the provisions of the NET to help students with one national entrance for PhD admissions as envisioned by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020

The UGC conducts biannual NET exam through the National Testing Agency (NTA), in June and December, to award Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and as eligibility for appointment as Assistant Professor for those with a Master’s degree. Most private varsities have been conducting exams of their own so far.

From June 2024 onwards, NET candidates will be declared eligible in three categories:

Category-1: Eligible for (i) admission to PhD with JRF and (ii) appointment as Assistant Professor.

Category-2: Eligible for (i) admission to PhD without JRF and (ii) appointment as Assistant Professor.

Category-3: Eligible for admission to PhD programme only and for the award of JRF or appointment as Assistant Professor.

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