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Cut off

UGC NET June 2020 cutoff will be released by National Testing Agency (NTA) along with the declaration of the UGC NET result. UGC NET cutoff is basically the minimum marks that candidates need to secure in order to qualify the exam.

UGC NET cutoff 2020 will be released separately for ‘Assistant Professor Only’ and ‘Assistant Professor & Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)’ for each subject and category in pdf format.

Criteria to Determine UGC NET Cutoff

The number of candidates qualified in any subject for a category is derived as per the methodology prescribed by NTA. Candidates who secure UGC NET cut off marks derived from the aggregate percentage of the two papers will be shortlisted and as per their rank in merit list they will be considered eligible for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) programs or both in Indian universities and colleges.

The criteria for determining UGC NET cutoffs for each subject is as mentioned in the steps below:


Step 1: The number of candidates qualified in UGC NET is equal to six per cent (6%) of the candidates appearing in both papers of the exam.

Step 2: Total slots are allocated to candidates belonging to different categories as per the reservation policy of Government of India.

Step 3: In order to be considered for the award of JRF and/or eligibility for Assistant Professor, candidates need to score the minimum marks as mentioned below:

Category Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
Paper-I Paper-II
General 40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together
Other Backward Class-Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together

Step 4: The number of candidates declared UGC NET qualified in any subject for a particular category is derived as per the methodology given below:

Example: Number of candidates to be declared qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor in the subject ‘Commerce’ for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category Number of candidates belonging to SC category who secure atleast 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for SC category for ‘Commerce’ (x) Total slots derived for SC category as per Step II (÷) Total number of candidates belonging to SC category over all subjects who secure at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together

The aggregate percentage secured by candidates in the two papers corresponding to the number of slots shall determine the qualifying cut-off for eligibility for Assistant Professor in Commerce for the SC category. Similarly, cutoffs shall be decided for all subjects and categories.

Step 5: All candidates (who had applied for both Assistant Professor and JRF) out of the total number of qualified candidates derived in Step IV, shall be considered for JRF.

Step 6: Total number of slots available for awarding JRF is allocated among different categories as per the reservation policy of Government of India. The procedure for subject-wise cum category-wise allocation of JRF slots is mentioned below:.

Example: Number of candidates to be declared qualified for JRF & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in the subject ‘Commerce’ for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category Number of candidates belonging to ST category who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in the subject ‘Commerce’ (x) Total JRF slots available for ST category (÷) Total number of candidates belonging to ST category over all subjects who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor

The aggregate percentage secured by candidates in both the papers corresponding to the number of JRF slots shall determine the qualifying cut-off for JRF in Commerce for the ST category. Similarly, cutoffs shall be decided for all subjects and categories.

UGC NET Cut Off : Normalization process based on percentile score

The examination authority to adopt normalization procedure based on percentile score to derive UGC NET cut off score. This is to ensure that candidates are neither benefited nor disadvantaged due to the difficulty level of the examination as it is conducted multiple dates and two sessions per day wherein different sets of questions per session with different difficulty levels were provided in the exam.

The percentile score calculated for UGC NET cut off to be the normalized score for the examination (instead of the raw marks of the candidate) and to be used for preparation of the merit lists. The UGC NET cut off score 2019 based on percentile to be calculated up to 7 decimal places to avoid bunching effect and reduce ties.

Usually, the UGC NET cut off will be released by NTA along with declaration of result. The cutoff score will be released separately for JRF and Assistant Professor for each subject and category.