UGC NET 2020 Cut-Off, Merit list and Qualifying Criteria

Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is all set to administer the UGC NET 2020 exam from 15th to 20th June (as per the official schedule) to determine the eligibility of candidates for the post of Assistant Professor and the award of Junior Research Fellowship. Candidates with a post-graduate degree in Humanities (including languages), and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible to appear for the test.

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UGC NET Cut-Off Marks 2020

After the exam is over, NTA will release the UGC NET cut off 2020 along with the results. The cut off will be released on the official website ( by 5th July 2020. To know more about UGC NET cut off marks and how to calculate scores, click here.

Deciding Factors for Cut-Off

NTA releases separate cut-offs for all subjects and categories for both AP and JRF. The board calculates the UGC NET cut-off for different subjects after considering the following factors:

  • Total number of candidates appearing in the exam
  • Availability of seats
  • The ratio of candidates to seats
  • Level of difficulty
  • Marking criteria          
  • Reservation policies

The exam conducting authority, the National Testing Agency finalises the cut-off score for each subject. Candidates will be considered qualified for UGC NET exam if they score equal to or more than the minimum cut-off decided by NTA.

Subject-wise and category-wise cut-off lists (for General, OBC, SC, ST, and PwD) are released for UGC NET exam. Separate lists are released for the post of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship. Here is the complete information on minimum qualifying marks and how the number of qualified candidates calculated.

Minimum Qualifying Marks

Candidates are required to appear in both the papers in order to be considered for the merit list. They also have to secure the minimum qualifying marks to be selected for the list of qualified candidates. The qualifying marks vary as per different categories as under:


Paper I (Maximum Marks 100)

Paper II (Maximum Marks 200)

General (Unreserved)

40 (40%)

40 (40%)

OBC Non-creamy layer, PWD/SC/ST and Transgenders

35 (35%)

35 (35%)

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Note: It is mandatory for candidates to score minimum marks separately in each paper (I & II) to qualify for merit list.

UGC NET Merit List 2020:

The candidates who score the above-mentioned minimum qualifying marks in each paper are considered for the merit list (subject-wise and category-wise). As per the recent changes made in the selection criteria (to be applicable from UGC NET 2018 exam), the number of candidates who qualify for the eligibility for assistant professor should be equal to 6% of the total number of candidates who have appeared for the exam (both papers.)

As per the official notification, the following yardstick is used to calculate the number of qualified candidates in any subject for Assistant Professor post:

Economics subject is taken here for example:

“Number of candidates belonging to SC category who secure at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for SC category for ‘Economics’ (×) Total slots derived for SC category as per Step II (÷)Total number of candidates belonging to SC category over all subjects who secure at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together.”

A separate merit list is prepared for UGC NET JRF qualified candidates. The upper age limit for the award of JRF is 30 years. As per the reservation policy of the Government of India, the total number of slots for JRF is divided among different categories. Here is the procedure for subject-wise cum category-wise allocation of JRF slots:

“Number of candidates belonging to ST category who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor in ‘Economics’ (say) (×) Total JRF slots available for ST category (÷)Total number of candidates belonging to ST category over all subjects who have opted for JRF and have qualified for Eligibility for Assistant Professor.”

Candidates can check the cut-off and merit list online at the official UGC NET website through their registered account.

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Please tell me Top Marks in UGC NET (Social Work)

Eeshu, January 14, 2019

Hi, I want to know criteria for admission in phd

Philomen Joel A.M, January 6, 2019

Dear Sirs, My name is PHILOMEN JOEL A.M. Application number 180520306205. My percentile score is 64.0068 and my cut off is 61.33. But it states that I have not cleared JRF and assistant professor. Can you please explain the reason behind this?

Ashi, January 5, 2019


RAHUL SOM, January 8, 2019

its 40% mark