Career Scope After Qualifying for UGC NET Exam
One may wonder what’s next once they qualify after sitting for the UGC NET Exam. The most commonly asked question regarding qualifying for the exams is the career scope going forward.
That’s only normal because most people learn to get jobs or advance their careers if they already have one. It is no secret that the UGC NET mainly revolves around research and lecturing.
It allows you to join the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or become an assistant lecturer.
What’s next after passing the JRF Exam?
This article is all about the career scope after qualifying for the UGC NET exam. So, without further ado, let’s get started and see what your future looks like upon qualifying.
Career Opportunities after Qualifying for the UGC NET JRF Exam
It is no secret that the JRF is all about research. Upon qualifying for the JRF exam, you are at liberty to embark on the research and discover various future things.
You get to choose a university or college among the many NET coordinating learning institutions to pursue the research.
Below is a summary of career options to choose from.
The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) scheme of the University Grants Commission (UGC) is open to candidates who qualify in the National Eligibility Testing (NET) of the UGC and the UGC-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) joint test.
The objective of the JRF scheme is to provide opportunities to NET-qualified candidates to undertake advanced studies and research leading to M.Phil/Ph.D.
for JRF Eligibility are Candidates who have qualified in NET or the UGC-CSIR joint test. However, the selection for the JRF is made by the universities/institutions/colleges.
Upon choosing a college or university for further studies in research, that marks the beginning of a promising career path.
For instance, if working as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF), you can get promoted to Senior Research Fellow (SRF). Other promotions include Project Fellow (PF) to Senior Project Fellow (SPF), Project Assistant or Associate (PA) to Senior Project Assistant or Associate (SPA), Author to Senior Author, and Project Manager to Project Head.
|Junior Research Fellow (JRF)||Senior Research Fellow (SRF)|
|Project Fellow (PF)||Senior Project Fellow (SPF)|
|Project Assistant (PA)||Senior Project Assistant (SPA)|
|Project Manager||Project Head|
There is a lot to achieve after passing the JRF Exam and qualifying for the fellowship.
Upon passing the JRF Exam, qualifying for the fellowship, and enrolling in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, there is a lot to expect.
House Rent Allowance –
No separate/fixed medical assistance is provided. However, the fellow may avail of the medical facilities available in the institution/university/college.
The main reason why people sit for the UGC NET exams is to qualify for the lecturer or assistant professor position. Upon qualifying, this is what to expect:
Becoming an assistant professor is an excellent opportunity to pursuing even better careers in the future. You stand a chance to serve in other job posts and even earn yourself promotions in the future. Let’s dive into the jobs and their respective promotions.
As a junior Assistant Professor, you can get a promotion to an Assistant Professor. Others include Assistant Professor to Senior Assistant Professor, Senior Assistant Professor to Assistant Professor (Selection Grade), Assistant Professor (Selection Grade) to Associate Professor, Associate Professor to Professor, and Professor to General Head or Manager.
|S. No.||Offered Positions||Position after Promotion|
|1.||Junior Assistant Professor||Assistant Professor|
|2.||Assistant Professor||Senior Assistant Professor|
|3.||Senior Assistant Professor||Assistant Professor (Selection Grade)|
|4.||Assistant Professor (Selection Grade)||Associate Professor|
|6.||Professor||Head of Department (HOD)|
Upon passing your JRF exam or the assistant professor, you no longer have to pursue a lectureship. After all, some Public Sector Undertakings (PSU’s) are willing to hire candidates who have qualified for the UGC NET Exam.
They employ executives in corporate communications, management, finance, human resource, and Research & Development.
Some of the PSU’s one can work with include: (Open Link )
You can also consider these job profiles upon passing your JRF exam or qualifying for the assistant professor:
Let’s Look at some data based on UGC NET JOB Portal to see how competitive for you to get the JRF and opportunity for an Assitant lectureship.
[Please note – Below graphs are based on data shown on UGC NET Job Portal, i.e considered only those who has registered on the portal.]
#1. Top 20 Subject Wise Subject wise list for NET Qualified Candidates – You can see here that commerce and management subjects are most popular and contain higher no of qualified students followed by computer science and education.
#2. Top 20 Subject wise list for NET-JRF Qualified Candidates – You can see that JFR counts are in line with the NET qualified students shown above. Commerce and management subject is most popular for NET Exam.
Things are now plentiful, thanks to the official UGC NET Job Portal. It is a place to find all the jobs discussed above. If you want to recruit, you get to post the job over there, not forgetting to check out the academic profiles and resumes of the relevant and interested parties. On the other hand, students search for the jobs that suit them best. Follow these steps to use the portal for jobs.
As long as you qualified for the UGC NET Exam, you can rest assured that the future of your career is bright. For instance, presenting that certificate is enough to earn you a job in renowned learning institutions and organizations.
It is important to note that JRF is a scholarship program. It allows you to pursue a PhD in the relevant subject, but you also get to pocket a monthly stipend while at it. Equally important, it gives you a great opportunity to get other jobs related to research.
After you qualify for the JRF exam, a job isn’t a guarantee. However, qualifiers can rest assured that they will get a 2-year research scholarship. Alternatively, they can enrol in a PhD program which increases their chances of getting great jobs in the future.
Upon qualifying after the JRF exam, you can expect a monthly stipend of Rs. 31000 for at least two years. On the other hand, assistant professors receive Rs. 41000 every month. The salary increases as you get various promotions which is easy and possible with the UGC NET certificate.
Passing the JRF exam and qualifying for the program offers you many job opportunities, especially in the years to come. The same case applies to the assistant professor posts. Therefore, consider doing the UGC NET exam even if you are yet to do so.