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UGC NET: Is It An Alternative To GATE?

Recently I received many requests asking for UGC NET. I also had this in my ‘to write’ list for a long time. I hope this will many students to understand the difference between GATE and NET. On the same time they can take advantage of these exams if possible.

Basically National Eligibility Test (NET) is same as GATE, but for Science and Humanities students for research and teaching possibilities. It is conducted by National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC). On the basis of the results one stand eligible for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

With the expansion and interdisciplinary research few engineering streams also covered in the span of science, especially computer engineering. Now the test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science. NET is conducted twice in a year generally in the months of June and December.

NET qualified candidates get INR 8000/- for first two years and next three years INR 9000/- . This scholarship is given for research by UGC. This also includes a Contingency grant of INR 10000/- for first two years and 20500/- for remaining period. For more details do pay visit to UGC NET.

Now let’s get into the question is it an alternative for GATE or not. The answer is yes and no. If you are only looking for M.Tech admissions the answer is no and if you are looking for a research position then yes. NET will help you to apply almost all institutes and research centers like CSIR, TIFR, and other institutes apart from IITs and NITs.

If you are eyeing for a research position then I recommend you to look into all competitive exams that can fetch you a scholarship for conducting research. There are many other agencies and industries that give scholarships for research. Do have a look into few good places to do PhD in India for institutes and other details.

Hope this post helped you to understand what is NET exams is and how we can take it a as alternative to GATE exam. Also, I am looking forward to write about research and its futures prospects in India and abroad, but need to make few decisions about publishing.

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  1. Pallavi M

    Hi Sir, I got qualified for NET JRF conducted in June 2019. With this qualification, i joined for PhD in Manipal University. Now how to apply for fellowship? I have downloaded annextures but should I download annextures under Science, Humanoties and Social Science? Please help me if you have any information. From last 3 and half months I’m trying everywhere to know the procedure to apply for fellowship.

  2. Pallavi M

    My name is Pallavi. I got qualified in UGC NET JRF june 2019. My qualification is B.E, M.Tech and joined for PhD in the month of September. Will i get fellowship.?

  3. M.A. H

    I have MSc. In petroleum engineering in Denmark, can i do or complet my PhD. In Indea ? I have not NET or GATE examen. Please replay as soon as possible.

  4. Ankita

    After mtech in signal processing and btech in electronics and communication should i apply for ugc NET or for CSIR Net

  5. keerthi

    Hi, I have completed my B.E in Electronics and communication engineering and M.E in communication systems..I want to apply for UGC NET exam.can you tell me which subject i have to opt for??

  6. Shiwangi

    Hello sir /mam, I m preparing for gate 2018. I have done 50℅ of my preparation & now I m thinking that why GATE ? I just wanna go in two professions – either teaching or Civil services( naib tehsildar).
    Is it a good idea to go for GATE? Will it help me to achieve a professor’s post or I m wasting my time ?
    ? . I need a good guidance ,plz help something. I feel like I m in the middle of ruining my future. I need a career counseling . I hope some help from u. ?

  7. bhagyashri

    After qualifying ugcnet JRF what is next procedure to get stipend ? Can we apply to any institute for JRF? Have to face interview for that?


    CSIR UGC-NET for science stream requires master degree and for Engenearing Science decipline require BE,BTech such other gradueate degrees
    The fellowship is for five years for 1st two years(JRF) it’s ammount is 25000+30% HRA per month + 20000 contingency grant per year
    for rest of the 3 year(SRF) it’s ammount is 28000+30% HRA per month + 20000 contingency grant per year


    Is a in applied chem. student bearing 58% mark in m,sc. is applicable for Ph.D if he qualified csir ugc net as jrf

  10. saurabh gupta

    I had completed my mca i want to appear ina ugc net exam i have a cnfusion what is criteria for a qualifing a ugc net.




    sir i finished my masters in mechanical engineering now i want write the NET exam, which one i have to write is it CSIR NET or UGC NET. for mechanical engineering students what is the syllabus, please send me the link

  13. Swathi

    Hi sir, I am preparing for NET electronics engineering. Is the GATE kind of preparation helpful for this exam? Can I use my GATE notes for NET preparation?

  14. Narayana

    Sir i am gate2016 qulified. Pls tell i am eligible or not phd maths in HCU university.

  15. pinkey

    can ugc net qualified person do phd from distance or not regular &they got fellow ship for phd or not pls suggest me

  16. Nitin


    I have done MTech in Microwave. Looking for phd in Engineering..Also i have qualified UGC NET in Electronic science and have not qualified GATE. In which Institutes i can appply esp. NITs..and other good institutes except IITs


      Same doubt. Do u know if we can do PhD in ECE Dept using UGC net jrf?

  17. Deepasundar

    If anybody have their passion to be Robotic Engineer, B.E in Mechatronics is the best option.

  18. shiv

    i have done maths with 54% marks in distance education. can i take admission in in any university in india?

  19. kavya rastogi

    I have a dout I want to know the difference between the csir net exam and ugc net exam.i m doing mca and I mfinal year student.


    i m be mechanical engineer can i apply for net exm?

  21. Anurag

    I’m so passionate for research. Can I become scientist/ JRF ? 1. Age-24 2. caragory-obc 3. This year qualified GATE (ECE) 4. 5th stanard failed 1 time, 10th standard 58%, 12th std 63%, dropped a year for IIT/ NIT a private college I got, B.E. – 65%. 5. Dropped a year for GATE, only cutoff I could creared.

  22. Sumitha

    What if i have completed my mtech, and i am interested in teaching, will clearing this exam help me in getting better opportunities?

  23. chaitanya

    sir,are there any psu’s offering jobs based on the qualifying status of csir-net exam

  24. moulya

    sir is net exam conducted by ugc different from csir?

  25. hali

    I have Completed My B-tech In Electronics & Communication Engineering. If I qualified for lectureship in Engineering science NET exam can I apply for Assistant professor post in Engineering colleges without M-tech. pls clarify me

  26. beeresha

    where i get UGC electronics study material ,,, if you know please give me the link ,,,,,

  27. vijay

    is thre any opartunity for p.hd through GATE qualified after M.Sc

  28. vijay

    Hellow sir/madam,
    i have got p.hd admission (after complition of myM.Sc(Organic chem)) in osmania uni.and i am GATE qulified but i dont have any fellwoship if you know any fellowship opartunity for GATE qualified please snd amail to my email

  29. vipin

    i am complete btech in computer science and engg. Can i am apply ugc net exam.

  30. bhawna

    This year I do clear MCA .I will give exam of net if I do clear net exam then I can do PHD if I want do other so which type course it do provide and for me what sutable.

  31. bhawna

    This year I passed MCA so I want give exam of net if I will do clear net so after I can do PHD and otherwise what I can do.

    1. sudhanshu


      After qualifying NET (JRF) you can apply for PhD. You can also apply for the post of lecturer / assistant professor in any university.

  32. sunny

    i m doing m.c.a. correspondence. can i apply for net and gate xams?


    respected sir,
    I’ve completed BE in environmental engineering from Gujarat and I want to appear NET please give me suggestion for which paper should I prepare or explain NET examination structure.

  34. Muneer.K

    Can I write NET in computer science after doing B.Tech and M.Tech in Computer science and engineering? Will I be eligible for lectureship in arts/science and engineering colleges if I qualify NET? Please reply me sir.

    1. V Premchand

      I too have same doubt

  35. sreekanth

    Hi, Inspire n Ignite

    We are thankful for providing detailed information on GATE. Can you help for PHD students too by providing detailed information like preparation guide, Study material, how to crack exam etc on UGC-NET.

  36. peeyush

    sie i am in ece branch can i eligible for ugc csir net 2012 and date of form fill up approx.

  37. Hemant

    What can we do after clearing NET?

  38. Pratik

    From this December (2012) onwards, B. tech students are eligible to give NET exam. This move was taken by CSIR-UGC to encourage B tech students to pursue PhD. See notice here-

  39. Education

    Is it good way or alternate to GATE?

  40. Vaibhav Srivastav

    I am pursuing MCA final Semester. And I am preparing to crack UGC-NET. After qualifying UGC NET, what we need to do?

  41. Sriram Kasyap

    hi lokesh..its right time to take a good decision…! if you want to become robotics engineer…you have to study Btech or B.E. electronics & communication engineering..!! for pursuing engineering you need to study mathematics and computers in your +2….good luck kid..hope you become another great ROBOTICS Engineer!!! :)work hard!

  42. sachin

    sir, m getting DTU n NIT, which one should i preferred? And m live in delhi ,plz plz plz plz plz plz plz reply me

  43. rajesh pandianm


    A basic doubt.

    UGC NET is only for people who have completed their master degree and not BE/BTECH/UG student///

    I am afraid if my understanding is correct or not

    1. Dr Aditi

      Yes, you are correct in your learnings respected sir. UGC NET/SET only recognizes post-graduate degree holders eligible to sit for their annual tests which are conducted twice a year. Thank you.

  44. Yogesh

    Sir thanks for the post…i am waiting for your next post on research and its futures prospects in India and abroad.

  45. sibnath halder

    i am student of b-tch (ECE).am i eligible for net exam

    1. Dr Aditi

      No !!! You have to be a post-graduate first with a minimum of 55% and if you belong to the reserved category of SC/ST then obtaining 50% percent minimum is necessitated. However , if you wish you can also apply for UGC-NET/SLET examination while you are appearing for your masters degree. If you are successful in cracking NET or SLET exam during that time your eligibility would be reckoned as provisional unless you pass your masters with a minimum of 55% if you belong to unreserved category or 50% if you belong to SC/ST aanlogous reserved category.

  46. Janani

    Are M.Sc Candidates who qualify GATE eligible to get scholarship for pursuing PhD apart from IISc or IIT? As many persons say GATE qualified candidates will receive scholarship only from professors having funded projects and not from MHRD. Even many institutes ask only for CSIR qualified candidates and not GATE. but some institutes admit Btech or Mtech candidates qualified in GATE and not M.Sc. Some institutes just cancel the entrance test alone for GATE qualified candidtes. Please advice.

    1. Lokesh

      Hi im finished 10th std in tamil nadu im centum in science. i choosed group 1B{csc}… I wish to study plz tell me which course is best for my future and my aim is robotics this correct..!!!

  47. saiful

    NET qualified candidates get INR 8000/- for first two years and next three years INR 9000/- . This scholarship is given for research by UGC. This also includes a Contingency grant of INR 10000/- for first two years and 20500/- for remaining period. For more details do pay visit to UGC NET.

    Though the ugc/csir web site are not updated but the fellowship are now INR 16,000 /-& INR 18,000/- that I know……..during my Ph.D last stage (2009-10), it was INR 14,000/- and INR 16,000/-

  48. Hemant

    It was good article but i have one doubt, I have heard that master degree is pre-requisite for UGC NET. If it is true than we have to do Mtech or any other master degree.
    Can you please also provide the list of exams or industries which provide scholarship for conducting research?

  49. Anuraj

    I would like to ask is possible to give UGC NET after

    1. Ab

      No,Because for UCG Net master degree with 55% marks for gen&OBC and 50% for SC/ST candidate.

    2. arun kumar

      yes you can sit for jrf only after compliting your b. tech see the csir eligibility criteria.
      but you can’t get net.

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