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NTA UGC Net Cut Off and Qualifying Criteria Percentage | 2021 EXAM

UGC Net Qualifying Criteria And Cut Off Percentages



The UGC-NET is held twice a year to select deserving individuals for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) positions in Indian government universities and colleges. The NTA conducts the UGC NET exam in June and December, but the UGC NET exam for the December cycle is held in May. The National Testing Agency will now conduct the examination (NTA).

Cut-off for the UGC-NET

The National Testing Agency (NTA) determines the UGC NET cut-off score in two methods. Candidates are initially shortlisted based on qualifying marks (category-wise). Then a merit list is created based on the scored marks. Only 6% of candidates will be accepted for Assistant/Associate Professorships based on the UGC NET cut-off December 2020 cycle.

The examination authority selects a specified number of candidates with a high rank in Assistant/Associate Professorship to be awarded JRF.

To be considered for a JRF or Assistant Professorship, candidates must achieve qualifying marks in both NTA UGC NET December 2020 cycle. 

  • In Paper, I and II, the UGC NET qualifying marks for General category applicants are 40%. 
  • The qualifying scores for reserved category candidates in Paper I and II are 35%. 
  • Only those applicants whose scores meet the UGC NET cut-off in both examinations will have their results processed.

No changes were there in the Cut-off marks and it will be calculated maintaining the normalization procedure:

  • For multi-shift papers, candidates’ raw marks from multiple shifts/sessions will be translated to an NTA Score (percentile).
  • If a subject test is administered in multiple shifts, the NTA Score will be determined based on the candidate’s raw marks. The NTA Score for the Raw Marks calculated for all shifts/sessions will be merged for further processing to determine allocation.

The candidates are required to obtain minimum marks separately in Paper-I and Paper-II as given below:

Category Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
Paper-I Paper-II
General 40 (40%) 40 (40%)
ST/SC/PWD/OBC 35 (35%) 35 (35%)

As per UGC, top 6% of the total candidates appeared in both the papers of UGC NET would be considered qualified for Assistant Professorship.

For awarding JRF, the authority selects a certain number of candidates having a high rank in the respective subjects and have applied for JRF.

The subject-wise cut-off score of UGC NET will be calculated after using the normalization procedure for exams held in multiple slots and sessions.

There is no change in process for deciding the cutoff and it will follow the same methodology.

Do you know what is the process of calculating the  NTA UGC NET cut off and minimum qualifying Criteria percentages…

The process goes through multiple steps comprises the following steps in general.

Check what is minimum NTA UGC NET Cut Off /Qualification marks to be obtained

Minimum marks to be obtained in NTA UGC NET for considering a candidate for the award of JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor is as follows:

National Testing Agency (NTA) releases the UGC NET cut off scores of individual subjects on its website.

To qualify NTA UGC NET Cut off, the candidates are required to obtain the following minimum marks in both Paper-I and Paper-II. UGC NET Cut off qualifying criteria Step-by-Step are here:

Check UGC NET  Exam Syllabus

CategoryMinimum Marks (%) for qualified
Paper IPaper II
General40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together
OBC (Non-creamy layer) PWD/ SC/ ST35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together

What’s your Aggregate Score

Amongst those candidates who have obtained Minimum marks a merit list will be prepared subject wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of two papers secured by such candidates.

Are you in Top 6 %

Top 6% candidates (for each subject and category), from the merit list mentioned above, will be declared NET qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only.

Will you be on JRF List

A separate merit list for the award of JRF will be prepared from amongst the NET qualified candidates figuring in the above merit list prepared.

It may be noted that the above qualifying criteria decided by UGC/NTA are final and binding.

Procedure and Criteria for declaration of result

Step 1: The number of qualifying candidates (Eligibility for Assistant Professor) must equal 6% of the total number of candidates who appeared in both NET examinations.

Step 2: The slots will be assigned to different categories following India’s reservation policy.

Step 3: To be considered for the positions of ‘JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor’ and ‘Assistant Professor,’ the candidate must have taken both papers and obtained at least 40% aggregate marks in both pieces for the General (Unreserved) / General-EWS category candidates and at least 35% aggregate marks in both forms for all candidates.

Step 4: The number of candidates who will be declared qualified in any subject for a given category is calculated using the following methodology:

Example: For the Scheduled Caste (SC) group, the number of candidates to be deemed qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor in the subject ‘Economics’ is:

Several applicants from the SC category who scored at least 35% on both papers for the SC category in the ‘Economics’ category (x) As a result of Step II, the total number of slots for the SC category has been calculated. A total number of applicants from the SC category received at least a 35% aggregate mark in both papers put together across all subjects. The qualifying cutoff for Eligibility for Assistant Professor in ‘Economics’ for the SC category will be determined by the combined percentage of the two papers corresponding to the number of slots determined. For all categories, a similar yardstick will be used to determine subject-specific qualifying cutoffs.

Step 5: The consideration zone for JRF will consist of all applicants who applied for ‘Eligibility for JRF & Eligibility for Assistant Professor both’ out of the total number of qualifying applicants calculated in Step 4.

Step 6: The total number of examination slots available for JRFs are divided into several categories according to India’s reservation policy. The following is the mechanism for allocating JRF spaces by subject and cum category:

For the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category, the number of candidates to be declared qualified for JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor in the subject ‘Economics’ is as follows:

Several candidates from the ST category applied for JRF and qualified for Assistant Professor Eligibility in “Economics” (x). The JRF slots available in the ST category (total) Total number of candidates from the ST category who applied for JRF and qualified for Assistant Professor Eligibility across all fields. The qualifying cutoff for JRF in ‘Economics’ for the ST category will be determined by the sum of the two paper scores corresponding to the number of JRF slots determined. For all courses and categories, the exact location approach is applied.

It should be noted that the UGC’s decision on the above qualifying conditions is final and binding. The examination results will be posted on the NTA website, ugcnet.nta.nic.in. The candidates will not be notified of their products individually.

Procedure for normalization

a) For multi-shift papers, candidates’ raw marks from multiple shifts/sessions will be transformed to an NTA Score (percentile).

b) The NTA Score adoption technique is provided on the NTA website under Normalization Process based on Percentile Score.

c) If a subject test is administered in multiple shifts, the NTA Score will be calculated based on the candidate’s raw marks. The NTA Score for the Raw Marks calculated for all shifts/sessions will be merged for further processing to determine allocation.

d) If the percentiles for the multi-shifts are dissimilar/uneven, the lowest percentile for that category will be the eligibility cutoff for all candidates (i.e., all shifts).

For example, suppose 40% of the marks in a two-shift examination equate to a Percentile score of 78 in Shift 1 and 79 in Shift 2. In that case, all individuals in the 78 percentiles (Percentile score of 100 to 78) in both shifts will be eligible for the General Category. The same idea applies if the examination is held in a more significant number of changes.

Are there any recent changes for NTA UGC NET Cut Off?

University Grants Commission wishes to clarify that earlier qualifying criterion for UGC-NET Exam involved qualifying top 15% of those candidates in each subject and category, who obtained the minimum required marks in both paper-I and paper-II according to the category of the candidates.

Subsequent to the orders of the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala, University Grants Commission had revised the procedure and criteria for qualifying candidates and as such it has been decided that more than 6% of the total candidates who appear in the UGC-NET examination will be declared qualified.

The qualifying percentage out of appeared candidates in the previous five  UGC NET examinations is given below:

Previous Examination and Qualifying percentage:

  • June 2015 UGC-NET: 4.83%
  • December 2015 UGC-NET: 4.96%
  • July 2016 UGC-NET: 4.08%
  • January 2017 UGC-NET:  3.99%
  • June 2018 UGC NET: 6.5%
  • June 2019: 8.86%
  • January 2020: 6%

Results re-evaluation/re-checking:

There will be no re-evaluation or re-verification of the results. There will be no correspondence in this regard.


  • The e-certificates of the qualifying candidates shall be available for downloading on the user profile created by the candidates while filling and submitting their online application forms.
  • The Commission shall not be responsible for any technical/typographical error of any kind for this notification. The decision of the Commission in all matters of dispute shall be final.
  • Those candidates who had not completed their Master’s degree examination at the time of UGC-NET should complete their qualifying examination with the stipulated percentage of marks within two years from the date of declaration of this result.
  • In the event of any information being found false or incorrect in the Application Form/OMR Sheet/Answer Script or detection of any ineligibility, the candidate is liable to be disqualified even after the declaration of this result.
  • UGC takes utmost care in the finalization of the result. However, if any error is detected at a later stage, UGC may rectify the result accordingly.
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