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Difference Between UGC NET JRF and UGC NET Lectureship

UGC NET Exam is conducted to recruit candidates for the posts of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lectureship. University Grants Commission conducts this exam twice a year in June and December. It is for the students from arts, humanities, and language students.  

The exam is conducted for two different positions at once. No separate exam is conducted for JRF and assistant professor.  

In this exam, the candidates are selected differently for both positions.  

Read the complete blog to know all the similarities and differences between UGC NTA NET JRF and UGC NTA NET Lectureship.  

Similarities Between UGC NTA NET JRF and Lectureship

UGC conducts the NTA NET exam for both positions at once: JRF and Assistant Professor. Both positions have some similarities, such as- 

  • The candidates who have a post-graduation degree can apply for this exam.  
  • The exam is held for 82 subjects in total. The candidates can appear for the subject they have a master’s degree in.  
  • Since the exam is held for both positions together, the exam pattern and syllabus are the same. 
Marking in the Exam UGC NTA NET Total Marks Number of Questions Duration 
Paper-I 100 50 3 Hours (180 minutes) Without any break. (Shift 1: 9.00 AM – 12.00 PM; Shift 2: 3.00 PM – 6.00 PM) 
Paper-II 200 100 
Total 300 150 
  • Indeed, Candidates who qualify the NET exam will be provided with an e-certificate which will be valid for a lifetime. And through this e-certificate, candidates can get jobs in any part of India in universities, colleges, or any government sector.  

To know the job options, you will get after clearing the NET Exam, visit Career Scope after UGC NET

Also Read: Best Study Motivation Tips For Competitive Exam Preparation

Differences Between UGC NTA JRF and Lectureship

Despite some similarities, there are many differences between two positions. The exam officials ensure that they select only the best candidates for both positions, so they have set some criteria in terms of age.  

For the post of JRF, there is an age limit of 31 years (To know the relaxation criteria in age limit, visit UGC NET Exam Eligibility).  

While on the other hand, there is no age limit for the post of assistant professor.  

Other than this, many differences between NET JRF and NET Lectureship are:  

UGC NET JRF UGC NET Lectureship 
The UGC NTA NET JRF exam is for the Junior Research Fellowship Program, i.e., to recruit candidates in Ph.D. programs.  The UGC NTA NET Lectureship exam is to recruit candidates as assistant professors in universities all over India.  
Candidates get a scholarship amount along with continuing their studies.  It is a job opportunity. There is no scholarship & fellowship available for this post. 
It is in the research department.  It is the teaching department.  
Candidates who qualify for JRF are considered qualified for both JRF and Assistant professor.  Candidates only qualify for the post of assistant professor.  
After JRF, you will get career options as JRF, SRF, Project Fellow, Project Associate/Manager, Author, etc. After qualifying NET exam for assistant professor, job options you will get are: Program Executive, Lab Trainer, Private Tutor, Transmission Executive, Consultant, etc.  
After clearing UGC NTA NET JRF, you will get award of NET Junior Research Fellowship.  After clearing UGC NTA NET Assistant Professor, you will get a NET lectureship certificate.  

Another and the very most important difference is in the cut-off.  

The candidates are selected for the positions by the cut-off. The candidates who score more than the cut-off marks in the exam are selected.  

And the cut-off marks are announced differently for both JRF and Assistant professors.  

To Conclude

Even though the exam for both positions of JRF and assistant professor is conducted together, but the candidates are selected for both positions separately.  

The main difference between the NET JRF and NET lectureship is that the JRF is for the Ph.D. program for which scholarship is provided. While the assistant professor is a job opportunity.  

Although, after qualifying for JRF, a candidate is considered qualified for both JRF and assistant professor.  

In this blog, we have mentioned some of the similarities and differences between UGC NET JRF and UGC NET Lectureship.  

Hope the above information will be useful for you.  

Thank You! 

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