The Indian UGC NET may be administered to candidates who score 55 percent or higher on a master's degree final exam taken at a university recognized by the UGC, in the following subjects: humanities, including languages; social sciences; forensic science; computer science and applications; environmental sciences and electronic science. Candidates from educationally, socially or financially disadvantaged backgrounds must score 50 percent or higher on a master's degree final exam.
In addition, students who have taken their master's degree final exam but have not yet received the results, or who have not yet taken the exam because the exam has been delayed but are scheduled to do so, are eligible to take the UGC NET, with the provision that they must take the exam and receive the appropriate score within two years of getting their NET results or be disqualified. Candidates who have earned a Ph.D. must have scored at least 50 percent on their Master's degree final exam.
The UGC NET, or University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test, is administered twice a year to determine eligibility to teach and lecture at the university level and to award a five year research fellowship. The UGC NET ensures minimum standards for teaching at the college level.