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Sonal Gaur
Becoming an Assistant Professor in India
Are you zealous about teaching? Does educating people interest you? Do you want to interact with students and educate them about the domains of psychology? If yes, then lectureship is for you! This article will guide you through the journey of becoming an assistant professor in any University of India.

Who is an assistant professor?

An assistant professor is a primary level teaching position in a university, above which are associate professors and professors. If one aspires to become a professor, it begins with being an assistant professor or an Ad-hoc (temporary) assistant professor.

An assistant professor has to fulfill responsibilities such as teaching and guiding the students, attending the departmental meetings, using their experience and expertise in serving their profession and university as well as supporting their colleagues academically.

Qualifications required


For becoming an assistant professor of psychology, one must fulfill the following eligibility criteria :
  • Bachelor's degree in psychology or non-psychology subjects;
  • Master's in psychology or sub-psychology fields with a minimum of 55% (50% for SC/ST/OBC category) marks from a UGC recognised university;
  • UGC-NET (National Eligibility Test) /JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) qualified to apply for the post across the country or SLET (State Level Eligibility Test) which is restricted to the state itself;
  • One must also possess a Ph.D. in the respective field according to the new education policy or at least the thesis must be submitted.

Selection procedure


To secure the position of an assistant professor of psychology, one has to go through the following procedure:
  • Academic Performance Index (API) in which the academic performance of the candidate based on the percentage of Bachelor's, Master's, M.Phil (optional), Ph.D., NET/JRF along with other certifications is evaluated.
API should come around 65 points or above; sometimes candidates with less API are also accepted depending upon the applications received by the University.
  • Selected candidates are then called for an interview and after clearing the interview one is hired as an assistant professor.
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National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET)


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UGC-NET is a national level examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) to assess and reward a candidate with the eligibility for the post of assistant professor and/or Junior Research Fellowship. It is held twice a year.

Candidates who have completed a Master's or are pursuing can apply for this exam. It consists of two papers. Paper 1 is research-based and paper 2 is based on the selected subject.
To know more about NET/JRF, read our blog- UGC NET JRF Psychology Preparation.

Besides academics, one should be hardworking, skilled, knowledgeable, patient and also have a heart for teaching students. The profession is demanding yet noble. The respect and status you get are worth all the hardships you've put in.

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