NET Qualification Marks: To be Eligible for Assistant Professor


In this post, we will discuss NET qualification marks required to be eligible for the post of Assistant Professor. There are two types of minimum NET qualification marks candidates have to score.

Qualifying Marks

To apply for the CBSE NET exam, candidates have to score some minimum marks in their respective PG courses.
Apart from this, candidates have to score some minimum marks in Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 of CBSE NET exam.
After securing these two types of the minimum marks, a candidate becomes eligible for the post of Assistant Professors in various Universities and Colleges.

NET Qualification Marks in PG

First of all, the candidate must have some minimum marks in PG (Post-Graduation) Courses to apply for CBSE NET exam. The following minimum marks (%) category wise are given below in the table.

Minimum Qualification Marks
Category Marks %
General 55%
OBC (Non-Creamy layer) 50%
SC/ST/PWD 50%

Only those person can apply for NET exam who firstly score these minimum marks in their PG Courses. For General Category 55% marks and for other categories 50% marks are required in PG Courses.

CBSE NET Exam Qualifying Marks


The minimum marks required in CBSE  NET exam are given below category wise according to Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3. It may be helpful for you to plan your study schedule accordingly for the next NET exam.

Paper 1 Qualifying Marks

Paper 1 which is the first hurdle of the NET Exam contains maximum marks of 100. In Paper 1, CBSE NET qualifying marks for general category is 40 out of maximum 100 marks.

Paper 1 Qualifying Marks
Category Marks
General 40 (40%)
OBC (Non-Creamy layer) 35 (35%)
SC/ST/PWD 35 (35%)
Total 100

UGC NET qualifying marks for OBC/SC/ST/PWD is 35 which is 35% of the total.
Note: Paper 2 and Paper 3 will be checked only after securing Paper 1 Qualifying Marks.

Paper 2 Qualifying Marks

The Paper 2 which is different for everyone according to their subject will be of maximum 100 marks. In Paper 2, minimum marks required is as same as in Paper 1 which is given below in the table.

Paper 2 Qualifying Marks
Category Marks
General 40 (40%)
OBC (Non-Creamy layer) 35 (35%)
SC/ST/PWD 35 (35%)
Total 100

For General Category Qualifying marks is 40 and for OBC/SC/ST/PWD it is 35 both from out of 100.

Paper 3 Qualifying Marks

Paper 3 which is the last hurdle of CBSE NET exam contains maximum marks of 150. For General Category minimum marks required are 75 (50%) out of 150. For OBC/SC/ST /PWD minimum marks required is 60 (40%).

Paper 3 Qualifying Marks
Category Marks
General 75 (50%)
OBC (Non-Creamy layer) 60 (40%)
SC/ST/PWD 60 (40%)
Total 250

It doesn't mean a person who scores above qualifying marks will be qualified for the post of Assistant Professor. The person has to score above Cut Off Marks to be eligible for the further process.


After Qualifying Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3

After Qualifying Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3:
Subject wise lists are prepared by CBSE from the aggregate marks of Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3.

Top 6% candidates form each subject are eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in various colleges and Universities.

For the awards of Junior Research Fellowship, the separate subjects wise lists are prepared by CBSE of those candidates who opted JRF during filling of application form.

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