The University Grants Commission sponsored JRF, or Junior Research Fellowships are one of the greatest research schemes offered by the government of India. To award JRF’s to eligible candidates, UGC conducts the NET examination throughout the country. The NET or National Eligibility Test for JRF is conducted bi-yearly in June and in December.
The NET exam for awarding JRFs to deserving candidates was earlier under the control of CBSE commission; now the UGC has taken over the entire responsibility. The NET exam is a benchmark where candidates shall be assessed thoroughly for their skills and an innate interest in the respective research field.
The government offers to encourage Mphil and PhD holders in the country to contribute towards the nations’ science and development activities. In this regard, the JRF provides adequate scope and unlimited opportunities for selected fellows to pursue advanced scientific research in the field of languages/humanities/ social sciences and sciences.
Through this article, we shall provide complete coverage on Junior research fellowships [JRF] including important dates, eligibility criteria, application process carried out, documentation process, steps of selection, procedure for renewal, rewards and benefits of fellowship, terms and conditions, results, FAQs and contact details.
Junior Research Fellowship 2020 – Overview
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Junior Research Fellowship – Key Dates
This section explains the important dates associated with NET. This is the exam conducted for awarding JRF to selected candidates. The key dates are as follows:
- Formal announcement of applications – 16th March 2020
- Deadline to submit applications – 16th April 2020.
Junior Research Fellowship – Eligibility Criteria
JRF is awarded to candidates who intend to do Mphil or PhD courses to pursue advanced research in their specific areas of interest. For this purpose, candidates have to clear the NET exams with a good score successfully. Also, candidates should have sought admission into an institute that allows them to pursue research through JRF. Given below are detailed eligibility criteria for interested candidates:
- Candidate should be a master degree holder with a minimum score of 55%.
- Candidate should have pursued masters in one of these areas – humanities/ social sciences/ sciences/ languages/ computer science/ computer applications/ electronics etc.
- Candidate should have pursued masters’ course from UGC recognized universities only.
- Sc/ST/PWD/OBC candidates and transgender communities enjoy the relaxation of 5% in minimum score required.
- Candidates pursuing their final year of masters’ degree are also eligible.
- Candidate should be able to complete the masters’ course within two years of applying to NET-JRF exam.
- PhD holders also enjoy 5% relaxation in minimum marks required.
- Maximum age to apply for JRF is 30 years. Reserved candidates enjoy 5% relaxation in age limit.
- Candidates with a previous track record of exceptional research can get additional relaxation of 5 years in the specified age limit.
- Candidates who are LLM degree holders enjoy three years relaxation in age limit specification.
Junior Research Fellowship Application Process – How to Apply?
JRF is awarded to candidates who successfully clear the NET exam with merit scores. The NET exam is conducted two times in a year – in June and in December. The following process explains the steps to get admission into full-time Mphil or PhD course and thereby claim the JRF allowance:
- Visit the official portal of National Testing Agency [NTA], a web initiative by the MHRD, the government of India.
- Scroll to ‘Quick links’ and select ‘UGC NET’.
- Enter requisite details in the application form displayed.
- The application number displayed should be noted down for future references.
- Candidates need to scan and upload recent passport size photo and signature of the candidate.
- Candidates need to perform online exam payment through the SBI_MOPS gateway. Preserve payment proof for future needs.
- Wait for the confirmation page to be displayed.
- Right after this application process is completed; lookout for advertisements calling out for admissions into Mphil or PhD programs.
- Select the right institute and course.
- Once a candidate gets enrolled, he automatically receives the JRF grant amount.
Key Documents Required For Junior Research Fellowship
For securing a junior research fellowship, the marks acquired in the NET exam plays the deciding factor. Hence, the application sent to NTA by the candidate does not require any documents or certificates of the candidate. Candidates should not upload or send via post any related documents in this regard.
Junior Research Fellowship – Selection Process
The selection for JRF is done through the NET exam conducted twice a year. UGC conducts the exam and the specific pattern and format are explained in the steps below:
- A computer based test or simply CBT – an online mode test is conducted for candidates.
- The exam consists of two papers – paper 1 and paper 2.
- The exam consists of a total of 150 questions. 50 questions are covered in paper 1, while 100 questions are covered in paper 2.
- All questions in paper 1 and paper 2 are compulsory.
- 100 marks of paper 1 and 200 marks of paper 2 are reserved for the objective type or MCQ’s.
- Paper 1 concern with general studies, logical reasoning, general awareness and similar sections. Questions based on the candidate’s aptitude and skills in teaching are also present.
- For paper 2, the candidate has to choose a subject area of his own choice.
Junior Research Fellowship – Renewal Process
According to the official stipulations laid down under UGC norms, the grant of JRF is for a fixed duration of two years. The validity of the JRF cannot be extended further under any special requests or circumstances.
Junior Research Fellowship – Rewards and Benefits
Once a candidate successfully clears the NET exam and seeks admission into a Mphil or PhD program, he automatically gets enrolled for JRF. The duration of JRF is for two years. On the further assessment of the candidate’s progress in his research work, he shall be deemed fit to receive a higher grant in the form of SRF or senior research fellowship. SRF is for 3 years. JRF and SRF combined are for the tenure of 5 years. Here in this section, we list down important benefits of the JRF scheme:
- Monthly grant of INR 12,000 for two years.
- Contingency grant for candidates conducting research in humanities and social sciences – INR 10,000 per annum [ for 2 years]
- Contingency grant for candidates conducting research in sciences – INR 12,000 per annum [ for 2 years]
- INR 3000 per annum per student is provided as departmental assistance to the institution where the candidate chooses to study and do research.
- INR 2000 per month as escort grant for physically disabled and blind candidates.
- HRA as per government norms.
Junior Research Fellowship – Terms and Conditions
Here are some of the important terms and conditions that all candidates appearing for the NET exam to get JRF grant should abide by:
- Candidates only need to send an online application form. There is no need to send a print or hard copy again by postal means.
- No applications should be accompanied by documents or mark sheets or certificates.
- All qualifications acquired by the candidate should meet standards equivalent to a master degree recognized by the government of India [ association of Indian universities, New Delhi]
- Candidates who send multiple applications shall be rejected outright without any further notice.
- The exam ID card/ admit card for writing NET shall be available on the official portal of NTA. Candidates can download it from the online portal.
- 40% in paper 1 and 40% in paper 2 of is the minimum qualifying score required in NET exam.
- The funding of JRF is counted for 2 years right from the date of dispatch of JRF official letter to the candidate.
Junior Research Fellowship Results
The results of the NET exam can be found on the official portal of UGC – ugcnet.nta.nic.in. Following are the steps to be followed to check results:
- Go to the homepage of the official website of UGC, as stated above.
- Click on result tab indicating – ‘UGC NET June 2020’.
- The display page requires following details from candidates – application number, password, date of birth, captcha code as given in the image.
- After entering the above details, click on the submit button.
- The scorecard for UGC NET June 2020 shall be displayed.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the tenure for which JRF is offered?
JRF is offered for a duration of 2 years only.
- What is the financial assistance provided under the JRF scheme?
The selected fellows receive a financial grant of INR 28000 among other benefits.
- What is the basic application procedure to be followed?
An online application needs to be sent through the official portal of NTA.
- What are the key dates to be remembered?
Applications are called in twice a year, in June and in December.
- What are the minimum qualifying marks to be attained in the NET?
40% score for General merit category and 35% for other reserved classes is compulsory.
The UGC can be contacted for any doubts or clarifications that candidates may have; the following are the concerned details: UGC, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi – 110002
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