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UGC NET Cut Off – How to Check, Expected, Previous Years’ Cutoffs

by Poulomy Dutta Pakrasi

UGC NET cut off is the minimum marks or rank that an aspirant must secure to qualify the exam and get recruited either as Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellow (JRF). National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the UGC NET cutoffs for both ‘Assistant Professor Only’ and ‘Both Assistant Professor & Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)’ positions separately.

The cut-off list will be available on the official NTA UGC NET website in PDF format. Upon its release, candidates can download the cut off list and check the opening and closing ranks within which recruitment/selection is being offered by various participating institutes.

The UGC NET cutoff marks will be released both in the subject and category-wise format. In this article, Buddy4Study team has compiled the previous years’ UGC NET cutoff marks along with the expected cut-offs for the year 2020.  

Candidates seeking more information on NTA UGC NET cutoff must go through this article thoroughly.

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UGC NET Cut Off – Important Dates

NTA or National Testing Agency will release the UGC NET cutoff marks for the year 2020 once all the exams are complete. The exam authority will release this year’s cutoff on the official NTA UGC NET website.

UGC NET Cut Off Schedule 2020

Occurring Events Dates
UGC NET Exam 24th September 2020 (conducted)

25th September 2020 (conducted)

29th September 2020 (conducted)

30th September 2020 (conducted)

1st October 2020 (conducted)

7th October 2020

9th October 2020

17th October 2020

21st October 2020

22nd October 2020

23rd October 2020

5th November 2020

UGC NET Result To be Announced
UGC NET Cut Off To be Announced

Factors Determining UGC NET Cut off

Several factors determine the UGC NET cutoff and candidates must know about them. A list of all such factors is given below.

  1. Number of candidates who have appeared for the exam
  2. Difficulty level of the paper
  3. Number of candidates who passed the exam
  4. Reservation policy
  5. Marking scheme
  6. Availability of seats

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UGC NET Cut Off – Rules and Regulations

There are several criteria or rules which the UGC follows while determining the cutoff marks. Candidates can keep the following points in mind to determine the expected UGC NET cut off marks.

  1. Only 6% of the qualifying candidates will be selected for the post of Assistant Professor and JRF
  2. Total number of slots allocated to different category candidates (other than General) will be based on the reservation policy of the Indian Government
  3. Candidates should acquire the minimum marks set as the cut off for UGC NET to be eligible for Assistant Professor 
Example: Number of candidates to be declared qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor in the subject ‘Anthropology’ for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category Number of candidates belonging to SC category securing at least 35% aggregate marks in Paper 1 & 2 for SC category for ‘Anthropology’ (x) Total slots derived for SC category as per Step 2 (÷) Total number of candidates belonging to SC category overall subjects who secure at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together
  1. The aggregate percentage of Paper 1 & 2 corresponding to the number of slots shall determine the qualifying cut-off for Eligibility for Assistant Professor
  2. All the candidates (who have applied for both Assistant Professor and JRF positions) out of the total qualified candidates derived in Point 3, shall be considered for JRF
  3. The total number of JRF positions are allocated among different categories as per the reservation policy of the 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 as well as  eligible for Assistant Professor position in the subject ‘Anthropology’ for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category Number of candidates belonging to ST category who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Assistant Professor in the subject ‘Anthropology’ (x) Total JRF slots available for ST category (÷) Total number of candidates belonging to ST category overall subjects who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Assistant Professor

UGC NET – Section wise Qualifying Marks 

UGC NET qualifying marks are the minimum (requirement) marks that the candidates need to secure in the entrance examination to be considered qualified to participate in the further selection process. 

Candidates need to score the minimum marks as highlighted below to be considered eligible for the Assistant Professor or JRF.

Minimum marks requirement to clear UGC NET – Section-wise

Category Paper 1 (Maximum marks: 100) Paper 2 (Maximum marks: 120)
Percentage Marks  Percentage Marks 
General 40% 40 marks 40% 80 marks
OBC (NCL)/PWD/ST/SC 35% 35 marks 35% 70 marks

UGC NET  – Category wise Qualifying marks

Candidates have to qualify in both the papers of NTA UGC NET to get shortlisted for Junior Research Fellowship or Assistant Professorship. The overall UGC NET qualifying percentage for General category candidates is 40% (Paper 1 and 2), whereas, for reserved category candidates, 35% is the qualifying percentage. 

UGC NET Cut Off – Merit List

  1. After the UGC NET cut off marks are released by NTA, the merit list is prepared. 
  2. This merit list contains the names of shortlisted candidates who have cleared the minimum cut off marks. 
  3. When this list is created, it is prepared separately for the positions of JRFs and Assistant Professors.
  4. Only the top 6% of candidates from the merit list will be eligible for the position of JRF or Assistant Professor.

How to Check UGC NET Cut Off?

Once the UGC NET 2020 exam is conducted successfully, the National Testing Agency will publish the cut off marks via online mode. Candidates need to follow these basic steps to check their scores/marks: 

1. Visit the official UGC NET website 

2. After the Homepage opens, click the link available for UGC NET cut off (June 2020)

3. Enter the following details in the login page:

  • Application number
  • Password/date of birth

4. Security pin as shown in the image

5. Click on the Submit button.

6. Download the UGC NET cutoff PDF and save it for future reference.

Check out a sample of UGC NET cut off list below – 

Sample of UGC NET cut off list
Expected UGC NET Cut Off for 2020

Team Buddy4Study has dedicated hours to accumulate and create a category-wise expected UGC NET cut off marks for both unreserved and reserved categories candidates based on the marks of UGC NET cut off 2019 December session.

Expected UGC NET Cut off 2020 for General Category Candidates

Subject Cut Off for Assistant Professor (in Percentage) Cut off for JRF & Assistant Professor (in Percentage)
Social Work 57.33 64.67
Education 58 66.67
Commerce 55.33 62.67
Anthropology 60 70
Sociology 60 68.67
Political Science 58.67 68
Psychology 56 64.67
Philosophy 64 74.67
Management 54 61.33
History 55.33 62.67
Economics 62.67 72

Expected UGC NET Cut off 2020 for Scheduled Cast (SC) Category Candidates

Subject Cut Off for Assistant Professor (in Percentage) Cut off for JRF & Assistant Professor (in Percentage)
Social Work 48 57.33
Education 49.33 58.67
Commerce 48 56
Anthropology 51.33 65.33
Sociology 50.67 61.33
Political Science 48.67 58.67
Psychology 47.33 57.33
Philosophy 55.33 64.67
Management 47.33 54
History 48 56.67
Economics 49.33 61.33

Expected UGC NET Cut off 2020 for Scheduled Tribe (ST) Category Candidates

Subject Cut Off for Assistant Professor (in Percentage) Cut off for JRF & Assistant Professor (in Percentage)
Social Work 47.33 55.33
Education 50 58.67
Commerce 47.33 54.67
Anthropology 50.67 59.33
Sociology 52 61.33
Political Science 48.67 59.33
Psychology 46 56
Philosophy 50.67 62.67
Management 46 52
History 47.33 56
Economics 48.67 60.67

Expected UGC NET Cut off 2020 for OBC Category Candidates

Subject Cut Off for Assistant Professor (in Percentage) Cut off for JRF & Assistant Professor (in Percentage)
Social Work 52 62
Education 58 32.67
Commerce 50.67 58.67
Anthropology 54.67 64.67
Sociology 54.67 64.67
Political Science 53.33 64
Psychology 50 60.67
Philosophy 58 70
Management 48.67 57.33
History 51.33 59.33
Economics 54.67 68

UGC NET Cut Off – Previous Years’ Cutoffs

To know the cutoff estimate and trend in 2020, candidates must check the previous  years’ cut off marks. We have mentioned the cutoff marks of 2018 and 2019 for both Assistant Professor and JRF posts in the table below:

UGC NET Cut Off 2019

UGC NET Cut off – June 2019

UGC NET Subjects JRF and Assistant Professor Only Assistant Professor
Economics 74.67 65.33
Political Science 66.00 56.67
Philosophy 74.00 64.00
Psychology 65.33 57.33
Sociology 71.33 62.00
History 62.00 54.67
Anthropology 68.67 60.67
Commerce 68.00 60.00
Education 60.00 52.67
Social Work 62.67 55.33
Defence and Strategic Studies 74.67 64.67
Home Science 65.33 56.67
Public Administration 65.33 58.00
Population Studies 69.33 62.67
Music 74.00 63.33
Management 68.00 60.00
Maithili 79.33 73.33
Bengali 59.33 52.67
Hindi 60.00 53.33
Kannada 58.67 52.67
Malayalam 60.67 54.00
Odia 66.67 57.33
Punjabi 62.00 54.67
Sanskrit 72.67 63.33
Tamil 56.67 50.00
Telugu 62.00 52.67
Urdu 65.33 56.67
Arabic 72.00 62.67
English 66.00 58.00
Linguistics 75.33 66.00
Chinese 56.67 56.67
Dogri 60.00 59.33
Nepali 43.33 45.33
Manipuri 54.67 54.67
Assamese 70.00 62.00
Gujarati 54.67 50.67
Marathi 57.33 48.67
French 69.33 62.67
Spanish 66.67 65.33
Russian 64.00 60.00
Persian 74.00 65.33
Rajasthani 68.67 62.67
German 68.00 64.67
Japanese 62.00 62.00
Adult Education 76.67 70.67
Physical Education 62.67 52.67
Arab Culture and Islamic Studies 76.00 68.00
Indian Culture 62.67 56.67
Labour Welfare 70.00 61.33
Law 64.00 58.00
Library and Information Science 64.67 56.00
Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies 78.00 64.00
Comparative Study of Religion 70.67 63.33
Mass Communication and Journalism 65.33 58.00
Performing Art ‐ Dance/Drama 71.33 64.00
Museology and Conservation 70.67 65.33
Archaeology 70.00 62.67
Criminology 77.33 72.67
Tribal and Regional Language 61.33 53.33
Folk Literature 57.33 54.67
Comparative Literature 68.00 63.33
Sanskrit Traditional Subjects 72.00 60.67
Women Studies 72.00 65.33
Visual Art 64.67 57.33
Geography 68.00 60.00
Social Medicine & Community 70.00 61.33
Forensic Science 68.00 60.67
Pali 70.67 62.67
Kashmiri 58.00 53.33
Konkani 50.67 50.67
Computer Science and Applications 62.67 54.67
Electronic Science 66.00 59.33
Environmental Sciences 65.33 56.00
International and Area Studies 74.00 69.33
Prakrit 73.33 73.33
Human Rights and Duties 78.67 64.00
Tourism Administration and Management 62.00 55.33
Bodo 60.00 54.67
Santali 55.33 49.33
Yoga 71.33 62.00
Sindhi 60.00 72.67

Check Detailed UGC NET Cut Off June 2019 Here

Check Detailed UGC NET Cut Off December 2019 Here

UGC NET 2018 Cut Off

UGC NET Cut off for English 

Subject & Paper Code Category
30. English General SC ST OBC (NCL)
Assistant Professor 52.67 44 44 46.67
JRF 60 52 50.67 54.67

UGC NET Cut off  for Commerce

Subject & Paper Code Category
30. English General SC ST OBC (NCL)
Assistant Professor 54.67 47.33 46 49.33
JRF 62 54.67 54 58

UGC NET Cut off for Political Science

Subject & Paper Code Category
2. Political Science General SC ST OBC (NCL)
Assistant Professor 53.33 47.33 46.67 50.67
JRF 63.33 55.33 55.33 60

UGC NET Cut off for Economics

Subject & Paper Code Category
1. Economics General SC ST OBC (NCL)
Assistant Professor 57.33 46 44 50
JRF 67.33 56.67 53.33 61.33

UGC NET Cut off for Sociology

Subject & Paper Code Category
5. Sociology General SC ST OBC (NCL)
Assistant Professor 59.33 49.33 49.33 53.33
JRF 66.67 60 59 64

UGC NET Cut off for History

Subject & Paper Code Category
6. History General SC ST OBC (NCL)
Assistant Professor 50 43.33 42.67 46
JRF 56 50 48.67 53.33

UGC NET Cut off for Psychology

Subject & Paper Code Category
4. Psychology General SC ST OBC (NCL)
Assistant Professor 56 47.33 46 50.67
JRF 62.67 57.33 56 58.67

UGC NET Cut off for Anthropology

Subject & Paper Code Category
7. Anthropology General SC ST OBC (NCL)
Assistant Professor 64 55.33 52.67 59.33
JRF 72 69.33 62 69.33

Candidates can check or download the more previous years’ cut-offs from below list:

Check Detailed UGC NET Cut Off June 2018 Here

Check Detailed UGC NET Cut Off December 2018 Here

UGC NET Cut Off January 2017

UGC NET Cut Off July 2017

UGC NET Cut Off July 2016

UGC NET Counselling 2020

University Grants Commission will release the UGC NET 2020 counselling schedule via online mode. The authority, in due time, will notify about the commencement of the UGC NET counselling process. The counselling process will be conducted face to face and candidates have to attend the counselling procedure in person to get admission. 

If the candidates are selected in the counselling process, the exam authority will send them the call letters to be present in the counselling round. They have to follow the steps mentioned below to appear for and complete the CSIR UGC NET counselling process:

  • If shortlisted in the merit list, they will be called out for counselling process
  • They have to arrive at the counselling centre for verification along with the required documents 
  • Candidates will be granted admission in various programs based on their eligibility criteria

Documents Required during UGC NET Counselling

Candidates must carry both the original and copies of the documents listed below:

  1. Mark sheet and Passing certificates of Class 10 and 12 
  2. UGC NET Admit card
  3. Degree and provisional certificate
  4. Category certificate (if applicable)
  5. Scorecard/Rank card
  6. Counselling letter
  7. Medical documents
  8. Passport size photographs

UGC NET Cut off – FAQs

Where will the NTA UGC NET cutoff be announced?

UGC NET cutoff will be announced on the official TSCHE website.

Who releases UGC NET cutoffs?

The UGC NET cutoff is released by National Testing Agency (NTA).

Is the UGC NET cutoff same every year?

No. UGC NET cutoff varies as per the difficulty level of the exam and the number of appeared candidates.

Is the UGC NET cutoff same for 'Assistant Professor Only' and 'JRF and Assistant Professor'?

No. NTA releases the UGC NET cutoff separately for 'Assistant Professor Only' and 'JRF and Assistant Professor.'

What are the minimum qualifying marks for the exam?

The UGC NET minimum qualifying marks for reserved category candidates is 35%, while for unreserved category candidates, it is 40%.

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