Every year CSIR and CBSE hold the NET exam for candidates interested in pursuing a career in academia. This exam involves two certifications – NET-AP and NET-JRF. JRF is an acronym for Junior Research Fellowship.
NET-AP makes you eligible for lectureship, whereas NET-JRF makes you eligible for exemption from research entrance exams and guaranteed financial support throughout your PhD (max five years).
Don’t get confused between both certifications; you must appear for a single exam. The only difference is that NET-JRF has a higher cut off than NET-AP. For example, when I cleared NET-JRF in Computer Science, the cut off was 54% for NET-AP and 61% for NET-JRF.
- You must be 28 or less when appearing for JRF. There’s five-year age relaxation for SC/ST/OBC/PWD/ Women candidates, i.e. till 33.
- You must enrol in a research program (M.Phil/PhD) within two years of clearing JRF, or it will get lapsed. You won’t get the stipend otherwise.
- The rate of fellowship stands at Rs. 25,000 per month for the first two years of fellowship. HRA and Contingency Allowance are not included.
- After two years, you can apply for up-gradation from JRF to SRF, Senior Research Fellowship. An external professor will evaluate your progress and publications and then decide whether you deserve an upgrade or not. After the up-gradation, the fellowship will be hiked to Rs. 28,000 per month.
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