Lakhs of students from every corner of the country apply for this national-level exam conducted by UGC every year. And this year also a total of 5,44,485 students participated in the examination. Out of these only, 6 percent of the students are awarded the title of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship. Due to the difficulty of this exam and a large number of applicants, it becomes very difficult to get into the merit list. Many students are unable to succeed even after repeated attempts, but Poonam is an example by passing this difficult exam on her first attempt.