UGC Allows Direct PhD Admission for 4-Year Undergraduates with 75% Marks

UGC announces major change: 4-year undergrads with 75% can directly pursue PhD and appear for NET, expanding access to higher education and research.

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UGC Allows Direct PhD Admission for 4-Year Undergraduates with 75% Marks

UGC Allows Direct PhD Admission for 4-Year Undergraduates with 75% Marks

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced a significant change in the eligibility criteria for pursuing a PhD and appearing for the National Eligibility Test (NET). Starting from the academic session 2024-2025, students with a four-year undergraduate degree and a minimum of 75% aggregate marks can now directly pursue a PhD in any subject and appear for the NET, regardless of their bachelor's discipline.

UGC Chairman Jagadesh Kumar stated, "Candidates with a 4-year bachelor's degree can apply for the UGC-NET in the subject they want to pursue a PhD in, and those who qualify will be eligible for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and admission to the PhD program." This new policy is a departure from the previous requirement of a master's degree with at least 55% marks to be eligible for the NET exam.

Why this matters: This change aims to simplify the process for students interested in pursuing higher education and broaden access to doctoral studies and research opportunities. It represents a notable shift in the eligibility criteria for these exams, offering increased opportunities for eligible candidates.

The UGC has also provided a 5% relaxation in the minimum marks requirement for candidates belonging to certain categories, such as SC, ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), differently-abled, economically weaker sections, and other categories as per UGC decisions.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will soon invite applications for the UGC-NET in June 2024, which will be conducted in a computer-based test (CBT) mode. The application process for the June 2024 UGC-NET exam began on April 21, 2024, and will end on May 10, 2024.

The NET scores will also be used for PhD admissions starting from the 2024-2025 academic session, eliminating the need for separate entrance tests conducted by individual universities and higher education institutions.

The UGC chairman emphasized that this change aims to provide more opportunities for students with four-year undergraduate degrees to pursue higher education and research. Kumar further stated that such candidates can appear for the NET exam in the subject they want to pursue their PhD in, even if it is different from their bachelor's degree.

Key Takeaways

  • UGC allows 4-year bachelor's degree holders with 75% marks to directly pursue PhD and appear for NET.
  • NET scores to be used for PhD admissions, eliminating need for separate entrance tests by universities.
  • 5% relaxation in minimum marks for candidates from SC, ST, OBC, differently-abled, and economically weaker sections.
  • NET application process for June 2024 exam begins on April 21, 2024, and ends on May 10, 2024.
  • This change aims to provide more opportunities for students with 4-year undergraduate degrees to pursue higher education and research.