NTA (National Testing Agency) was established in 2019 to conduct various entrance examinations for admission in higher educational organizations. In 2021, NTA will conduct various competitive exams such as JNU-CET, UGC NET, CMAT, JEE Mains, and NCHM. Initially, NEET, UGC NET, and JEE MAINS were conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education).

Exams that NTA conducts for Teachers- UGC NET

UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test) is a test conducted for teachers for the following posts:

●   Assistant Professor

●   Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor in Indian colleges and universities

Till 2018, CBSE conducted UGC NET on behalf of UGC. Though, from December 2018, NTA started to conduct UGC NET exams. The NTA NET Exam is necessary for teachers to be eligible for posts in college institutions and universities. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the NTA NET exam.

UGC NET Highlights

Exam Name

UGC NET

Conducted by

NTA-National Test Agency

Exam Mode

Online

Exam duration

3 hours

Posts offered

Assistant Professor or both Both Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor

Official Website

https://ugcnet.NTA.nic.in

UGC NET Eligibility

The essential criteria that candidates need to fulfill to be eligible for UGC NET:

●   Candidates must have secured at least 55 % marks in their post-graduation. A relaxation of 5% is given to the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category, Scheduled Caste (SC) category, Transgenders, Persons with disability (PWD) category, and other backward classes.

●   Candidates should be not less than 31 years of age to be eligible for the post of JRF (Junior Research Fellowship).

●   A relaxation of 5 years is given to the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWB/OBC and transgenders.

●   A relaxation of 3 years is given to candidates holding an LLM degree.

●   There are no age restrictions for the post of Assistant Professor.

●   Aspirants who have cleared the SET- State Eligibility Test on or before JUNE 1, 2002, are free from taking UGC NET exams.

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria-Reservation Policy

The government decides the reservation policy of UGC NET. The seats for the candidates are reserved in many institutions and central universities. The reservation of seats is as follows:

●   A total of 15% of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled caste (SC) category.

●   A total of 7.5 % of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category.

●   A total of 27 % of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) and Other Backward Classes (OBC).

●   A total of 10% of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to General-Economically Weaker Sections (General- EWS).

●   4% of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the Persons with disabilities (PhD) category.

NTA- UGC NET Scope

UGC NET's scope is as vast as one can imagine. After successfully clearing the NTA exam for teachers, the candidates will open doors to many opportunities. Not only in the field of teaching but also in PSUs.

Scope after qualifying the NTA exam for teachers- JRF (Junior Research Fellowship)

●   After you qualify for JRF, you will be eligible to pursue research in the respective post-graduate subject.

●   Candidates can enroll in Ph.D. courses offered by various colleges and universities.

●   Candidates will have dual benefits after qualifying for JRF- a Doctorate Degree and stipend like a regular job.

The promotion after qualifying JRF:

Positions

Promotion

PF -Project Fellow

SPF - Senior Project Fellow

JRF- Junior Research Fellow

SRF- Senior Research Fellow

Author

Senior Author

PA-Project Assistant

SPA- Senior Project Assistant

Scope after Qualifying for the post of Assistant Professor

●   After qualifying for the UGC NET exam for the post of Assistant Professor, candidates can teach people like professional students, undergraduates, and postdoctoral fellows.

●   Aspirants can easily apply for the post of Assistant Professor in college institutions and universities.

●   Candidates can expect a salary ranging between 25k and 40k per month.

●   Candidates can also join coaching institutions to train people to clear the UGC NET exam.

The promotion after qualifying NTA NET exam for teachers:

  1. Junior Assistant Professor
  2. Assistant Professor
  3. Senior Assistant Professor
  4. Selection Grade- Assistant Professor
  5. Associate Professor
  6. Professor
  7. General Manager

UGC NET Selection Process 2021

The NTA- UGC NET official notification gives information regarding the exam dates, exam pattern, eligibility criteria, and syllabus. The UGC NET selection process is as follows:

●   Fill up the application form

Aspirants need to fill up the application form for UGC NET by visiting the official website of NTA-National Testing Agency. There is also an application fee to submit the form.

●   Download the admit card

After registering for UGC NET, NTA releases the admit card for the respective candidates a week before the main exam. Candidates can download their admit cards online by logging into their accounts. However, they need to carry admit cards along with them on the day of the examination.

●   Appear for the Exam

Aspirants have to appear for the UGC NET exam. The mode of the exam will be online. The exam includes two papers each of objective-type questions. The candidates have to complete the exam in 3 hours.

●   Check the result

NTA releases the result on its official website. Therefore, candidates who have appeared for the exam have to check the result to know whether they have passed or failed the UGC NET exam.

UGC NET EXAM highlights

The NTA-NET exam consists of two papers-I and II:

Particulars

NTA NET EXAM-I

Mode of Exam

Online

Duration

180 minutes

Total No. Of Questions

50

Questions type

Objective-type questions

Language

Hindi and English

Total Marks

100

Marking

Two marks for the correct answer

Zero marks for the wrong answer

Particulars

NTA NET EXAM - II

Mode of Exam

Online

Duration

3 Hours

Total No. Of Questions

100

Total Marks

200

Wrapping - Up

NTA exams for teachers provide a great opportunity for teachers to give a boost to their careers. The UGC NET exam allows teachers to join top universities as Assistant Professor. Notably, the post of Assistant Professor is a respectable position for one to achieve. After qualifying for the NTA NET exam, teachers will get decent packages and promotions. Moreover, a UGC NET qualified person can become a mentor in online/offline classes for students. With the right preparation and hard work, candidates can clear the UFC NET exam and reach a high level in their careers.

Start preparing for the UGC NET exam today!