NET examination is conducted twice every year, one in June and the other in December. The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts joint CSIR UGC Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for lectureship for candidates having master’s degree in humanities.


The candidates are having the opportunity for both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and lectureship or for the lectureship only.


NET is basically conducted all over the country. There is another examination which is conducted solely by the individual states and that examination is popularly known as SET (State Eligibility Test). The syllabus is same for NET & SET.


Eligibility: Candidates who have scored 55% marks (50% for SC / ST) in the Master’s Degree Examination are eligible to appear for the examination.


Age Limit: The upper age limit for the Junior Research Fellow (JRF) is 28 years. There is no upper age limit for lectureship.


The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of only objective type questions

Session Paper Marks Number of Questions Duration
First I 100 50 questions all are compulsory 1 Hour
Second II 200 100 questions all are compulsory 2 Hour

Paper-I shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions each carrying 2 marks. The
questions which will be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of
the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent
thinking and general awareness of the candidate.


Paper-II shall consist of 100 objective type compulsory questions each carrying 2 marks which
will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.