About UGC NET Exam

The National Eligibility Test is an exam conducted to determine the eligibility for university or college level lectureship and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals. Till recently The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC). National Eligibility Test which is also known as UGC NET exam is conducted twice every year to select eligible candidates for both Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or only Assistant Professor in Indian colleges and universities.

According to the latest reports UGC NET exam will be conducted by the (NTA) or National Testing Agency from December 2018 onwards.

It should be noted that the candidates who will qualify for the post Assistant professor will not be considered for the award of JRF. According to the official website of UGC NET, the candidates who appear for National Eligibility Test (NET) should specify in their application form whether they are only applying for Assistant Professor of both Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

Overview of UGC NET

Conducting Board: National Testing Agency (NTA)
E-certificates of Qualified Candidates issued by: UGC-NET Bureau
Number of Exam Centres: 91

The exam pattern of CBSE UGC NET is such that that the exam is conducted in 2 sessions where that candidate will need to appear for 2 different papers. The post of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is given to the eligible candidates on the basis of their performance in the three papers. Aspiring candidates should note that only 6% of applicants who clear the UGC NET exam become eligible for the Assistant Professor post. The reservation policy for ST, SC, PwD, and OBC candidates is applied to this 6%.

Important UGC NET Exam Date

Official notification 27th August 2018
Commencement of online application form 1st September 2018
Last date to submit online UGC NET exam applications 30th September 2018
Last date to submit UGC NET exam application fee 30th September 2018
Starting date for correction in particulars of NET exam application form October/November 2018
Availability of UGC NET admit card November 2018
UGC NET exam date December 2018
Release of UGC NET answer keys January 2018
Declaration of NET Result February 2018

UGC NET Exam Pattern

There are a total of 2 different papers (Paper I, and II) in UGC NET exam. Candidates have to apply for all the 2 papers to become eligible for being awarded Assistant professor or both JRF & Assistant Professor.

UGC NET Exam Pattern

Paper Session Number of Questions Duration Marks
I First 50 1 hour 100
II Second 100 2 hours 200
Total 150 (Questions to be attempted – All) 3 Hours 300

Marking scheme: 2 marks are allotted for each correct answer and there is no negative mark for an incorrect answer.

Eligibility Criteria for National Eligibility Test

Candidates should have at least 55% marks in their Master’s degree (in streams such as Computer Science & Applications, Social Science, Electronic Science, Humanities, etc.). They should have the degree from a university or college recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

UGC NET Exam Application Form

For UGC NET registration candidates will have to fill the NET exam application form which is available online on the official website of NTA or National Testing Agency.

The steps to fill the UGC NET exam application form is given below.

Step 1: Fill UGC NET Application Form

The details to fill in the application form are given below:

  • Exam related details
  • Personal information
  • Mailing address
  • Permanent address
  • Educational qualification
  • Password generation

Step 2: Upload Images and Signature

Step 3: Pay UGC NET Application Fee

Step 4: Download the Confirmation Page

UGC NET Exam Fee

After filling the UGC NET Application fee, candidates should proceed to submit the UGC NET Exam Fee.

Category CBSE UGC NET Exam Fee
SC/ ST/ PwD Rs 250
OBC Rs 500
General Rs 1,000

Mode of UGC NET Exam Fee: Bank Challan or Debit/ Credit Card

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