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Postgraduates from all fields can hold teaching jobs at the college/university level as professors and lecturers. They are employed by various government and private universities, as well as research institutes across the country. In addition to teaching, many professors also regularly engage in, and contribute to research developments in their field, by writing research papers.

Career Opportunities as a Professor

  • Professor
    A Permanent Professor in universities usually holds an open-ended position that covers teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities. Permanent Professorship are tenured positions. A candidate generally starts out as an Assistant Professor, who may be promoted based on his or her research record, to become a Senior Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Associate Professor (Sr) and Professor on the basis of Basic Pay and Grade Pay. The Promotional experience is different from Central Universities to State Universities and also it is vary for Open Positions and Promotional Positions.

How to Become a Professor

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
path 1
Pass 12th Class in Any StreamPursue Graduation for 3-4 years in any discipline Pursue Post Graduation for 2 years in any discipline/concerned discipline Pursue Ph.D for 3-5 years in the same discipline/Clear UGC or CSIR-UGC NET

Important Facts

  • Most colleges have an eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%. For Post Graduation program some colleges/universities do their own Entrance test and/or Interview for selection.

Important Entrance Exams

Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) December and june Subject-matter specific questions www. https
CSIR-UGC NET December and June Subject-matter specific questions

Work Description

  • Deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Develop and implement new methods of teaching to reflect changes in research
  • Set exam papers and mark/ score examinations
  • Support students through a pastoral or advisory role
  • Undertake personal research projects and actively contribute to the institution's research profile
  • Write research papers and prepare it for publication
  • Supervise students' research activities
  • Complete continuous professional development (CPD) and participate in staff training activities
  • Carry out administrative tasks related to the department, such as student admissions, induction programmes and involvement in committees and boards

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Professor

  • It is a highly respectable and stable profession.
  • Professionals receive decent monetary benefits and other perks.
  • Professionals get the ability to influence young minds.
  • The educational path for the career is long, as a Ph.D is generally needed.
  • Professionals have to constantly keep their knowledge updated and current.
  • The job can be monotonous and predictable for many.
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