UGC NET stands for University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test.
This test is conducted for two times in a year in the months of June and December.
In general, the notification for June and December examinations are published in the months of March and September respectively.
UGC notifies about the examination in the weekly journal of the nation-wide circulation of the Employment News.
The National Educational Testing Bureau of the University Grants Commission conducts the National Eligibility Test for determining the eligibility for lectureship of applicants. Also, the test is conducted for determining the eligibility of candidates for award of Junior Research Fellowships for Indian nationals. This is done with a view to ensure the least standards for the applicants in teaching profession and research.
This test is conducted in humanities inclusive of languages, computer science and applications, environmental sciences, forensic sciences, social sciences, and electronic science.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research shortly called as CSIR conducts the UGC-CSIR NET test for other science subjects jointly with the University Grants Commission. The subjects include Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences, Mathematical sciences, chemical, physical and life sciences.
The Junior Research Fellowships awarded through these tests will last for five years subject to the meeting of certain conditions by candidates.
The university Grants Commission has so far allocated a number of fellowships to the universities for the candidates qualifying the test for Junior Research Fellows.
The JRFs are awarded to the meritorious candidates alone from those qualifying for lectureship in the NET. However, JRFs will be available only for candidates, who opt for the same at the time of applying.