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NET JRF (National Eligibility Test for Junior Research Fellowship) is one of the most popular schemes started by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Earlier conducted by the CBSE, NET JRF is now conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) on behalf of UGC twice in a year, i.e., during the months of June and December/January. This exam determines the candidates’ eligibility for the award of Junior Research Fellowship. It encourages postgraduate students to undertake advanced studies and research work leading to M.Phil/PhD Degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences including Languages and Sciences. Here in this article, we have covered the scope of NET JRF. The eligibility conditions required to get admitted into M.Phil/PhD programme, the rewards offered to students under JRF, the tenure of the fellowship, application procedure and more are described in the detail.

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S.No. Particulars Details
1. Tenure of JRF 2 years
2. Financial assistance The fellows receive a monthly fellowship amount of up to INR 28,000 along with contingency grant, HRA and escort/reader assistance.
3. Eligibility
  • To get admitted/registered in M.Phil/PhD, a candidate needs to qualify NET JRF. And, the eligibility conditions for appearing for NET JRF exam are as follows:
  • The applicants who have obtained master’s degree or equivalent with 55% marks are eligible for NET JRF. The candidates belonging to reserved categories are eligible for 5% relaxation in the marks.
  • The upper age limit is 30 years for the award of JRF (NET), which is relaxed up to 5 years for SC/ST/PWD/female candidates and 3 years for OBC category candidates.
4. Application procedure Online application through the official website of NTA (National Testing Agency)
5. Key dates* Application announced twice a year, during the month of June and December
* The key dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change as per the discretion of exam conductor.

NET JRF – Financial Assistance

The candidates who get admitted in the M.Phil./PhD degree courses after qualifying UGC NET become eligible to receive financial assistance under JRF scheme for 2 years. After the completion of two years as a Junior Research Fellow, the candidate’s research work is evaluated by experts. Upon satisfactory results, the fellow’s tenure is extended for a further period of 3 years under the increased emoluments of the Senior Research Fellow (SRF). Therefore, the total period of Fellowship, which includes JRF & SRF, is 5 years with no provision of further extension. Find below the complete details about the assistance provided to fellows under UGC NET JRF.
  • Fellows working as Junior Research Fellows (JRF) receive INR 25,000 per month for initial 2 years.
  • As Senior Research Fellows, the candidates receive INR 28,000 per month for the remaining 3 years.
  • The candidates pursuing M.Phil./PhD in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences receive a contingency grant of INR 10,000 per annum for initial two years and INR 20,500 per annum for remaining 3 years.
  • The candidates pursuing M.Phil./PhD in the field of Science get a contingency grant of INR 12,000 per annum for initial two years and INR 25,000 per annum for remaining tenure.
  • Additionally, the physically handicapped and blind candidates become eligible to receive escort/reader assistance grant of INR 2000 per month.
  • The candidates also get Housing Rent Allowance (HRA) as per the categorisation of cities by the Government of India.

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