In a New Development, UGC Allows Four-year UG Degree Students to Appear for NET for PhD

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In order to pursue a PhD, students must receive at least 75% of the possible points in their undergraduate degree, or the equivalent, according to UGC Chairman Jagadesh Kumar.
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Jagadesh Kumar announced that students with four-year undergraduate degrees can now apply directly for the NET and pursue a PhD.

In order to pursue a PhD program, students must earn at least 75% of their four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent grades, with or without a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).
A master’s degree with at least 55% of the possible points was previously required in order to be eligible for the National Eligibility Test (NET).

“The candidates with four-year undergraduate degrees can now directly pursue PhD and appear for NET. Such candidates are allowed to appear in a subject in which they want to pursue a PhD irrespective of the discipline in which they have obtained the four-year bachelor’s degree,” Kumar told the sources.

“The candidates having passed a four-year or eight-semester bachelor’s degree programme should have a minimum of 75 pc marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade on a point scale wherever the grading system is followed,” the UGC chairman said.

According to the UGC’s ruling, candidates from economically disadvantaged sections, SC, ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), differently abled candidates, and other categories may be granted a five percent relaxation in marks or their equivalent grade.

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