UGC i.e. the University Grant Commission recently announced imperative guidelines for National Eligibility Test (NET) qualifiers. As per the new guidelines, candidates who already qualified in the December 18 or June 19 UGC NET examination and qualified for JRF under the UGC scheme but have not been able to complete their Master’s program, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be granted an extension.

 

Usually, the UGC NET is held twice a year. However, the December cycle for UGC NET 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic and scheduled between May 2, 2021, to May 17, 2021. As of now, the schedule for UGC NET 2021 examination has not been released. It will be released on the official website here-ugcnet.nta.nic.in.

 

Even if the candidates are eligible for the post of Assistant Professor, or Junior Research Fellowship, JRF, their admission will be considered provisional and will be made final only after candidates pass their Master’s degree, said the notification. 

 

Similarly candidates qualifying for the post of Assistant Professor or Lectureship and have not been able to complete the masters will be given an extension. 

 

Furthermore, it stated that candidates who are still pursuing their Master’s degree or any other equivalent course can still sit for UGC NET 2021. Candidates who have already appeared for the Master’s Examination and their results are delayed, can also sit for the examination.

 

UGC has mentioned that it has decided to extend its last date for Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – National Eligibility Test, University Grant Commission National Eligibility Test, keeping in mind the interest of the candidates. For more details on UGC NET, candidates should keep a check here and on the official website.