CA, CS and ICWA qualification will now be considered equivalent to PG Degree for appearing in the UGC NET exam. Check the official circular of the UGC below.


University Grant Commission (UGC) has decided that the qualification of Chartered Accountant (CA), Company Secretary (CS) and Cost and Works Accountants (ICWA) will now be considered equivalent to Post Graduation (PG) Degree for appearing in the UGC NET exam.

In its official circular dated March 15, 2021, the UGC stated that it took this decision after receiving requests from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the Institute of Companies Secretaries of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

UGC Circular regarding CA/CS/ICWA qualification as equivalent to PG Degree
Have a look at the official circular of the UGC in this regard below:

Impact of this decision on UGC NET Exam
The decision of the UGC eases the eligibility criteria for the candidates to appear for the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) examination to gain eligibility for recruitment to the posts of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

From now onward, candidates who have been qualified as CA or CS or ICWA can appear for the UGC NET exam to pursue higher studies. This decision will open further opportunities for CA/CS/ICWA professionals across the globe.

UGC NET 2021 exam updates

The UGC NET 2021 exam process is currently underway. The application process has concluded successfully. Candidates who have applied for the UGC NET need to appear for the exam. The UGC NET 2021 exam will be held on May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 17, 2021. The National Testing Agency (NTA) will soon release the UGC NET admit card 2021 on the official website-

Check UGC NET Admit Card details:

UGC NET Syllabus 2021

UGC NET syllabus 2021 will be released by National Testing Agency (NTA) along with the release of the notification. Since UGC NET syllabus for both paper-I and -II was revised by NTA in June 2019, no changes are likely to be made to this year's NET syllabus.

Given below is the complete UGC NET syllabus so that candidates can start their preparation for the exam well in advance. However, before going through the syllabus it is important that candidates are well-versed with the UGC NET exam pattern.

Check out the Complete Details of UGC NET Syllabus

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Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 4 years of experience in the field of Education.