Vikash Sharma

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released an important notice for UGC NET December 2022 candidates applying for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). 

The NTA, at present, is in process of inviting online application forms for UGC NET December 2022. Earlier, several representations were received from the candidates to fix the last date for calculating the age limit to apply for JRF.

On January 2, 2023, the NET Bureau of UGC requested NTA to fix the upper age limit for applying for JRF as 01.12.2022 instead of 01.02.2023. Accordingly, the National Testing Agency has decided the last date for determining the upper age limit for applying JRF is 01.12.2022 for December 2022 UGC-NET. JRF: Not more than 30 years as on 01.12.2022.

"A relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC-NCL (as per the Central list of OBC) /SC/ST/PwD/Third gender categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates with research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant / related subject of postgraduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority, which should be a recognized Indian university / Institute of National Importance /foreign university which is duly approved / recognized / accredited in its own Country / Public Sector Undertaking of Government of India / State Government in India," read the notification.

The research should not have been carried out towards completion of graduation or post-graduation degree(s). Three years relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates with L.L.M. degree.

Moreover, a relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces upto 01.12.2022. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances, it added.

Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit in applying UGC-NET for the Assistant Professor positions.