UGC NET 2023 – Admit Card, Exam Date, Selection Process and Syllabus

The NTA or National Testing Agency conducts UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test) all over India to recruit candidates in Indian universities and colleges for the positions of:

  • Assistant Professor (Only), or
  • Both Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)

Every year, around 10 lakh candidates register for this examination to pursue a career as a researcher or a lecturer in different professional fields.

Until June 2018, the UGC NET exams were conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education). However, as per the announcement made by the HRD Ministry, NTA has taken up the responsibility to conduct the UGC NET exam from December 2018.

NTA handles all the exam-related activities such as generating admit cards before the exam, deciding venues and providing candidates all the technical, operational and various other support during UGC NET.  UGC NET 2021 will be held in the CBT or Computer Based Test mode in more than 255 cities in India.

Important Updates – UGC NET 2021-22

  • The NTA activated the UGC NET application form 2022 link along with the release of notification on 30 April 2022.
  • The deadline to apply for UGC-NET December 2021 and June 2022 (merged cycle) has now been extended to 30th May 2022. Candidates can apply by visiting
  • The UGC NET 2022 exam will be held in two shifts – from 9 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm in CBT mode.

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UGC NET – Key Highlights

It is essential for candidates who have registered and applied for the UGC NET exam to prepare for the exam with the right strategy. Here are a few key points that they should keep in mind:

UGC NET Key Highlights

Particulars Details
Exam name University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET)
Exam Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Official Website 
Duration of Exam 3 hours or 180 minutes
Examination Mode CBT/ Computer Based Test (Online)
Medium of Exam English or Hindi
Type of Questions Objective/Multiple-Choice (MCQ)
Number of Questions 150
Type of Papers/Questions
  • Paper 1 – Common questions for all candidates
  • Paper 2 – Subject-specific questions
Allotment of Marks
  • Paper 1 – 50 marks
  • Paper 2 – 100 marks

Total Marks – 150

Marking Scheme +2 for Every Correct AnswerNo Negative Marking for Incorrect Answers or Unattempted Answers
Posts available
  • JRF (Junior Research Fellowship)
  • Assistant Professor
Age Criteria
  • Assistant Professors – No upper age limit
  • JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) – Not more than 30 years as on 1st June (of the year of the exam)
Mock Test Preparation

UGC NET – Important Dates and Events

NTA has announced a few important events and their dates for the upcoming UGC NET 2022 June and 2021 December (merged cycle) exam.

UGC NET Exam Dates 2021-22 

Events Dates
UGC NET Notification 2022 Release Date 30th April 2022
Correction of Application Form 21st May 2022 to 23rd May 2022
UGC NET Application Form Submission 30th May 2022
Last date for Application Fee Payment 30th May 2022
UGC NET Admit Card Release Yet to be Announced
UGC NET Exam Dates June 2022*

*The exact dates will be notified in due time

UGC NET – Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to apply for the UGC NET exam 2021-22 have to fulfil the predetermined eligibility criteria to register and sit for the exam. The below table will highlight the eligibility criteria for UGC NET 2021-22 in terms of educational qualification and age.

Educational Qualifications for UGC NET

Category Minimum Percentage Requirement
For ST/SC/OBC/ PWD Candidates 50% aggregate in the Master’s Degree
For General Category Candidates 55% aggregate in Master’s Degree or Equivalent Degree
PhD degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed (irrespective of result declaration date) Relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks for appearing in NET 

50% aggregate in Master’s Degree or Equivalent Degree

Final year Master’s Degree student or passed out student awaiting result Eligible

Age Limit for UGC NET 

Posts Age Limit as calculated till 1st June 2020
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) 30 years
Assistant Professor No upper age limit

UGC NET Age Relaxation

Category Eligibility Requirement
Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe 5 years’ age relaxation from the general age eligibility

(35 years as calculated till 1st June 2021)

Other Backward Classes (OBC)
Persons with disabilities (PwD)
Candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree 3 years’ age relaxation from the general age eligibility (33 years)
Candidates having Research Experience Period spent on research – Maximum 5 years (35 years)
Candidates who have served in the Armed Forces 5 years’ age relaxation from the general age eligibility

(35 years as calculated till 1st June 2021)

UGC NET Subject-Wise Exam Dates Out

NTA will release the shift-wise timings and UGC NET exam dates along with the subjects of the UGC NET exam 2021-22 in due time. 

Date Time Subject Code Subject Name

















  • Maithili
  • Kannada
  • Sanskrit
  • Chinese
  • Dogri
  • Manipuri
  • Gujarati
  • Spanish
  • Persian
  • Rajasthani
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non-Formal Education.
  • Indian Culture
  • Comparative Study of Religions
  • Konkani
  • Prakrit
  • Sindhi
11 23 









  • Defence and Strategic Studies
  • Oriya
  • Tamil
  • Arabic
  • Linguistics
  • Nepali
  • Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
  • Buddhist, Jain, Gandhian and Peace Studies
  • Mass Communication and Journalism
  • Pali







  • Psychology
  • French (French Version)
  • Museology & Conservation
  • Criminology
  • Folk Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Forensic Science
  • Tourism Administration and Management




  • Philosophy
  • Archaeology
  • Library and Information Science
  • Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies.
  • Human Rights and Duties
  • Physical Education
  • Law




  • Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre
  • Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa
  • Women Studies
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Santali
  • Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)
  • Economics / Rural Economics /Cooperation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics
  • English
  • Sociology 
  • Computer Science and Applications
  • History
  • Political Science 
  • Commerce
  • Education 
  • Geography






  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • Assamese 
  • Marathi
  • Russian



  • Bengali 
  • Social Medicine & Community Health
  • Kashmiri 
  • Bodo 
  • Hindi





  • Population Studies
  • Music
  • Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
  • Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)
  • Electronic Science




  • Anthropology
  • Social Work
  • Home Science
  • Public Administration
  • Yoga

UGC NET – Application Form

UGC NET 2021-22 application process comprises online registration, application and fee payment procedure. The foremost thing candidates need to do is register themselves for the exam. They need to visit the official UGC NET website, register themselves, fill up the application form and submit it to pay the application fee.

Candidates can find below the detailed steps to fill the UGC NET application form correctly.

Step 1 – UGC NET Registration

1. Visit the NTA Official Website 

2. Click on the ‘Fill Online Application Form’ tab

UGC NET - Fill Online Application Form

3. As a new user, click the ‘New Registration’ tab

UGC NET - New Registration

4. You will be redirected to the UGC NET 2021-22 Application Form window

5. Enter the details asked in the form such as:

Personal Details

Candidate’s name Mother’s name Identification number
Father’s name Date of birth Gender

Contact Details

Address District Country
Locality State/UT Email address
City/Town/Village Pin code Mobile number

Choose Password

Password (to be chosen) Security question (to be chosen)
Security answer Security Pin (as shown on the screen)

6. Click on ‘Submit’

7. A new window will open confirming the details again

8. Click on ‘Yes’

9. Finally, click on ‘Submit’ to complete the registration form

UGC NET - Submit

10. A new window will open displaying the unique Application Number. This number will help the candidate to log in to the UGC NET website and complete the online application process. 

UGC NET - unique Application Number

Step 2 – Filling UGC NET Application Form

1. Log into the website using the received application number and password 

2. Click on the Complete Application Form

3. Fill the remaining details in the online application form

Personal Details

Candidate’s name Nationality Single girl child option
PwD category option Date of birth Gender
Category Minority community option Diabetic option
The Subject name in the postgraduation exam

Education Details

Post-graduation pass status Post-graduation board/university name
Post-graduation course/stream name Post-graduation year of passing/appearing
Post-graduation qualifying exam from (India or outside India) Post-graduation result mode
Post-graduation qualifying exam state Post-graduation marks details

Apply For

Post name (Assistant Professor or JRF) Four choices of exam centre (in order of priority) Subject opted for UGC NET (Checklist of subjects in UGC NET Syllabus)

Research/MPhil/PhD/Ex-Service Details

Research specialisation, if any Whether MPhil passed/appearing Whether an ex-serviceman?
Whether you possess research experience in the subject of post-graduation Whether PhD passes/appearing

Doctorate Details

Whether already a doctorate student?

4. Click on ‘Submit’

5. A new window will open confirming the details again

6. Click on ‘Yes’

7. Finally, click on ‘Submit’ to complete the UGC NET application form

Step 3 – Upload Images and Signature

After completion of Step 2, the page will be automatically redirected to the ‘Photo and Signature Upload’ section of the UGC NET Online Form. Candidates need to upload their recent passport-size photograph and scanned signature as per the specifications mentioned below:

UGC NET Application – Specifications for Uploading Photograph and Signature

  • The photograph should be passport-sized
  • It should be in JPG or JPEG format 
  • Its size dimension should be of 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm
  • Digital file size must be between 10 KB to 20 KB
  • The photograph can be coloured or B/W and clicked on a white/light colour background with 50% full-face view looking at the camera directly
  • The signature should be scanned
  • It should be a full signature in running letters
  • Candidate has to sign on white paper with a black ink pen 
  • The scanned file should be in JPG or JPEG format scanned 
  • File size should be between 4 KB to 30 KB
  • Its size dimension should be of 3.5 cm X 1.5 cm

Important Points to Remember:

  1. The photograph should not be taken wearing sunglasses or cap 
  2. Polaroid and Computer-generated photographs are not acceptable
  3. Photos of candidates wearing spectacles are allowed if they use it regularly
  4. Unclear photographs are liable to be rejected
  5. Forehead, eyes, nose and chin should be visible and the print should be of clear contrast
  6. Photograph needs to be taken on or after  1st March of the year of examination
  7. The photograph must have the name of the candidate along with the date of taking the photograph mentioned on the photo
  8. Self-composed portraits or photos taken using mobile may result in rejection of the application
  9. Main features of the face should not be covered by cloth, hair or shadow
  10. Candidates are advised to take 6 to 8 passport size coloured photographs with white background

Step 4 – Application Fee Payment Process

1. Once Step 3 is complete, you will be directed to the fee payment page

2. Choose the payment mode. Pay the UGC NET application fee through any one of the available online payment modes. 

  • Debit card
  • Credit card
  • Net banking
  • UPI

(Accepted Payment Gateway – SBI/HDFC/Syndicate/ICICI/Paytm)

UGC NET Application Fee Structure

Category UGC NET Application Fee (in Rs)
SC/ST/PwD/Transgender INR 275
General under the category EWS/OBC-NCL INR 550
General INR 1100

Note: GST/ Processing charges & GST to be paid by the candidates

Step 5 – Download the Confirmation Page

A confirmation page will be generated after the application fee is successfully paid. Candidates need to take at least four printouts of the confirmation page and keep it for future reference.

UGC NET Application Form – Documents to be uploaded 

  1. Board/University certificate
  2. Qualifying degree certificate
  3. Person with Disability (PwD) certificate (if applicable)
  4. Permanent and correspondence address with pin code
  5. A valid email ID and mobile number
  6. Code of NET subject for which the candidate plans to take the exam (available in information brochure)
  7. Four exam cities in order of preference
  8. Code of post-graduation course (available in information brochure)
  9. Ration card/Passport number/Aadhaar card number/Voter ID card number/other Government ID
  10. Economically Weaker Section (EWS) certificate (if applicable)
  11. Category certificate (if applicable)
  12. Scanned images of photo and signature in JPG format (file size of photo: 10 KB to 200 KB, the file size of signature: 4 KBto 30 KB)

UGC NET – Application Form Correction Window

In case candidate/s had made any minor mistake or wish to edit any submitted detail after the final submission of the UGC NET application form, they can only do it when the correction window is active.

Steps to Edit/Rectify Details in Application Form 

  1. Visit the official website of UGC NET 2022
  2. Click on the ‘Application Form Correction’
  3. Enter the login details like Registration Number, Password and Security Pin to log in
  4. Click on the link/tab available for application form correction
  5. Read the instructions and click on ‘I Agree’ checkbox
  6. Click on ‘Proceed for Application’ button
  7. Choose the field in which you require to make changes.
  8. Check the changes made carefully to avoid any error and then submit it
  9. Click on Submit button
  10. Review the corrections made and click on the checkboxes given at the bottom of the page
  11. Click on Final Submit button
  12. Take a printout of the revised Confirmation Page

What changes can be made during the application correction process? 

Candidates can only make changes in the list of particulars highlighted below:

  1. Personal details
  2. The choice of exam centre
  3. Educational details
  4. Scanned photo and signature

UGC NET – Admit Card

The UGC NET admit cards are released in instalments. For the exam to be conducted around June, the admit cards will release soon on the official websiteAs the UGC NET admit card 2021-22 download link is not out, candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to download their admit cards when the link becomes active:

1. Visit the official website of UGC NET

2. Click on Download Admit Card tab

3. Enter the below-mentioned details:

  • Application number
  • Date of birth 
  • Security pin as visible on the screen

4. Click on the Submit button.

5. View, download and print the UGC NET admit card.

Check Direct Admit Card Downloading Link.

UGC NET – Guidelines for Exam Day

Candidates must follow the online test instructions and guidelines set by UGC NET authority. The test instructions will help the candidates to attempt the computer-based exam without any hassles. Given below is a list of online test instructions set by the IGNOU panel that candidates need to abide by:

  1. The candidate/s must report at the examination centre at least an hour and a half (1.5 hours) before the allotted exam time
  2. Candidates arriving at the examination centre after 8:45 AM in First Shift and after 2:45 PM in Second Shift will not be allowed to sit for the examination
  3. The candidate/s must compulsorily bring the admit card (hard copy). The test centre officials will verify it and then allow the candidate to sit for the examination.
  4. The candidate must show, on-demand, the Admit Card downloaded/printed from the NTA’s website
  5. Admit cards must be in good condition. Dismantled, disfigured or mutilated admit cards compromising the details of the candidate will not be accepted
  6. A seat with Roll Number will be allotted to each candidate. They should find and sit on their allocated seats only
  7. No baggage is allowed inside the examination hall
  8. Candidates will only be allowed to carry a photo ID proof and hard copy of admit card inside the examination hall
  9. Candidates will not be allowed to carry mathematical/log tables, electronic watches, calculator, slide rules, pager, pen,  bits of papers and cell phone inside the examination hall

UGC NET – Precautionary COVID-19 Guidelines 

Candidates must check out these precautionary COVID-19 related guidelines and follow them at all the UGC NET exam centres:

  • The body temperature of candidates will be checked using thermo guns
  • A student with a body temperature above 99.4°F or 37.4°C will be taken to a separate room where they have to give the test alone.
  • Social distancing will be maintained strictly at the exam centres. Candidates will have to maintain at least 6 feet or 2-metre distance from other candidates.
  • Exam authority will ensure that monitor, keyboard, mouse, webcam, desk, chair, etc. are thoroughly sanitised.
  • A significant gap will be present between two seats inside the exam hall.
  • Hand sanitizers will be present at the entrance door and various places inside the exam centre for both candidates and the staff.
  • Invigilators will distribute rough sheets to candidates wearing gloves.
  • UGC NET admit cards of the candidates will be scanned through barcode readers, present at the entry.
  • To avoid crowing, exam room numbers will not be displayed outside the centre.
  • Exam centres will keep stock of fresh masks to ensure hygiene and stop unfair means during the exam.
  • Candidates violating COVID-19 directives/advisories will not be allowed to sit for the exam
  • Candidates will be allowed to leave the test centre one at a time to avoid the rush and maintain social distancing.

UGC NET – Exam Centres

UGC NET 2021-22 exam is likely to be conducted in 541 exam centres across India. The exam centre allotted to each candidate will be printed on their respective admit cards. Please note that the candidates cannot make the changes once the preferred centres are submitted by them during the application process.

UGC NET Exam Centres

Exam State Exam City Exam City Code
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar/ Naharlagun AL01
Assam Dibrugarh AM01
Guwahati AM02
Jorhat AM03
Silchar AM04
Tezpur AM05
Andaman And Nicobar Port Blair AN01
Andhra Pradesh Anantapur AP01
Bhimavaram AP03
Chirala AP04
Chittoor AP05
Eluru AP06
Guntur AP07
Kadapa AP08
Kakinada AP09
Kurnool AP10
Nellore AP11
Ongole AP12
Rajahmundry AP13
Srikakulam AP14
Tirupathi AP16
Vijayawada AP17
Visakhapatnam AP18
Vizianagaram AP19
Narasaraopet AP20
Proddatur AP21
Surampalem AP23
Bihar Bhagalpur BR02
Darbhanga BR04
Gaya BR05
Muzaffarpur BR06
Patna BR07
Purnea BR08
Arrah BR09
Chhattisgarh Bhilai Nagar/ Durg CG01
Bilaspur CG02
Raipur CG03
Chandigarh Chandigarh/ Mohali CH01
Daman & Diu Daman DD01
Diu DD02
Delhi Delhi/ New Delhi DL01
Dadra & Nagar Haveli Dadra & Nagar Haveli DN01
Gujarat Ahmedabad/ Gandhinagar GJ01
Anand GJ02
Bhavnagar GJ03
Jamnagar GJ06
Junagadh GJ07
Mehsana GJ08
Rajkot GJ10
Surat GJ11
Vadodara GJ12
Valsad/ Vapi GJ13
Himatnagar GJ14
Goa Panaji/Madgaon GO01
Himachal Pradesh Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh) HP01
Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh) HP03
Kangra/ Palampur HP04
Shimla HP06
Solan HP07
Mandi HP08
Una HP09
Kullu HP10
Haryana Ambala HR01
Faridabad HR03
Gurugram HR04
Hissar HR05
Karnal HR06
Kurukshetra HR07
Panipat HR08
Sonipat HR09
Yamuna Nagar HR10
Jharkhand Bokaro Steel City JH01
Dhanbad JH02
Jamshedpur JH03
Ranchi JH04
Hazaribagh JH05
Jammu And Kashmir Baramulla JK01
Jammu JK02
Samba JK03
Srinagar (J & K) JK04
Karnataka Belagavi (Belgaum) KK02
Bellary KK03
Bengaluru KK04
Bidar KK05
Davanagere KK06
Gulbarga KK08
Hassan KK09
Dharwad/ Hubballi (Hubli) KK10
Mangaluru (Mangalore) KK12
Mysuru (Mysore) KK14
Shivamogga (Shimoga) KK15
Tumakuru KK16
Udupi/Manipal KK17
Mandya KK18
Kerala Ernakulam/ Angamaly/ Moovattupuzha KL04
Idukki KL05
Kannur KL07
Kasaragod KL08
Kollam KL09
Kottayam KL11
Kozhikode KL12
Malappuram KL13
Palakkad KL15
Pathanamthitta KL16
Thiruvananthapuram KL17
Thrissur KL18
Lakshadweep Kavaratti LD01
Ladakh Leh LL01
Meghalaya Shillong MG01
Manipur Imphal MN01
Madhya Pradesh Balaghat MP01
Betul MP02
Bhopal MP03
Chhindwara MP05
Gwalior MP06
Indore MP07
Jabalpur MP08
Rewa MP11
Sagar MP12
Satna MP13
Ujjain MP15
Maharashtra Ahmednagar MR01
Akola MR02
Amravati MR03
Aurangabad (Maharashtra) MR04
Chandrapur MR09
Dhule MR10
Jalgaon MR13
Kolhapur MR14
Latur MR15
Mumbai/ Navi Mumbai MR16
Nagpur MR17
Nanded MR18
Nashik MR19
Pune MR22
Raigad MR23
Ratnagiri MR24
Sangli MR25
Satara MR26
Solapur MR27
Thane MR28
Wardha MR29
Mizoram Aizawl MZ01
Nagaland Dimapur NL01
Kohima NL02
Odisha Balasore OR02
Berhampur-Ganjam OR03
Bhubaneswar OR04
Cuttack OR05
Dhenkanal OR06
Rourkela OR08
Sambalpur OR09
Punjab Amritsar PB01
Bhatinda PB02
Jalandhar PB04
Ludhiana PB05
Pathankot PB07
Patiala/ Fatehgarh Sahib PB08
Sangrur PB11
Puducherry Puducherry PO01
Rajasthan Ajmer RJ01
Alwar RJ02
Bikaner RJ05
Jaipur RJ06
Jodhpur RJ07
Kota RJ08
Sikar RJ09
Sriganganagar RJ10
Udaipur RJ11
Sikkim Gangtok SM01
Tripura Agartala TA01
Telangana Hyderabad/ Secunderabad/ Ranga Reddy TL01
Telangana Karimnagar TL02
Khammam TL03
Mahbubnagar TL04
Nalgonda TL05
Warangal TL07
Tamil Nadu Chennai TN01
Coimbatore TN02
Cuddalore TN03
Kanchipuram TN05
Kanyakumari/ Nagercoil TN06
Madurai TN08
Namakkal TN10
Salem TN11
Thanjavur TN12
Thoothukudi TN13
Tiruchirappalli TN14
Tirunelveli TN15
Tiruvallur TN16
Vellore TN18
Virudhunagar TN20
Uttarakhand Dehradun UK01
Haldwani UK02
Haridwar UK03
Nainital UK04
Pantnagar UK05
Roorkee UK06
Uttar Pradesh Agra UP01
Aligarh UP02
Allahabad UP03
Bareilly UP04
Faizabad UP06
Ghaziabad UP07
Gorakhpur UP08
Noida/ Greater Noida UP09
Jhansi UP10
Kanpur UP11
Lucknow UP12
Mathura UP13
Meerut UP14
Moradabad UP15
Muzaffarnagar UP16
Sitapur UP17
Varanasi UP18
West Bengal Asansol WB01
Burdwan (Bardhaman) WB02
Durgapur WB04
Hooghly WB06
Howrah WB07
Kalyani WB08
Kolkata WB10
Siliguri WB11

UGC NET – Exam Pattern

To recruit the candidates applying for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Assistant Professor only posts, UGC NET 2022 will be conducted in online mode. 

Candidates who have registered and applied for the exam should go through the exam pattern thoroughly and practice well with the help of online mock tests before attempting the exam. Here are a few key points that they should keep in mind.

1. UGC NET will be conducted in CBT mode 

2. The format of questions asked in the exam will be MCQ (multiple choice questions)

3. All questions will have 4 options

4. Candidates will be able to move between questions as NTA has not imposed any restriction to answer questions as per section numbers

5. There is no negative marking in UGC NET exam

6. The UGC NET exam will be conducted in 3 hours or 180 minutes – 

  • Forenoon (Shift 1) – 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Afternoon (Shift 2) – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • There will be no break time between Paper 1 and Paper 2

UGC NET Exam Pattern 

UGC NET Paper Maximum Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper 1 50 100 1 Hour
Paper 2 100 200 2 hours
Total 150 (MCQs) 300 3 Hours

UGC NET Marking Scheme

Type of Answers Marks Allotted
Correct Answer +2
Unattempted question No marks awarded or deducted
Wrong Answer 0 (No Negative Marking)

UGC NET – Syllabus

NTA has released the UGC NET syllabus along with the official UGC NTA notification pdf. Candidates can find the syllabus of both Paper 1 and Paper 2 by visiting the official website or by clicking on the given link. 

UGC NET Paper 1 is compulsory and common for all candidates. The UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 1 includes 10 units. Each unit comprises 5 questions. Hence, Paper 1 will have a total of 50 questions worth 100 marks.

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus 

Teaching Aptitude Research Aptitude
Comprehension Communication
Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
People, Development and Environment Higher Education System

In case of Paper 2, candidates are required to select any one subject amongst the 81 subjects and have to sit for its exam in Paper 2.

UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus

General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I) Linguistics Women Studies Prakrit Arabic
Economics / Rural Economics /Cooperation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics Management (including Business Administration Management/Marketing/ Marketing Management/Industrial Relations and Personnel Management / Personnel Management/Financial Management/Co-operative Management) Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama) Human Rights and Duties English
Political Science French (French Version) Criminology Tourism Administration and Management Chinese
Philosophy Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non-Formal Education Tribal and Regional Language/Literature Yoga Dogri
Psychology Physical Education Folk Literature Sindhi Nepali
Sociology Arab Culture and Islamic Studies Comparative Literature Maithili Manipuri
History Indian Culture Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art) Bengali Assamese
Anthropology Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies Hindi Gujarati
Commerce Law Social Medicine & Community Health Kannada Marathi
Education Library and Information Science Forensic Science Malayalam Spanish
Social Work Buddhist, Jain, Gandhian and Peace Studies Pali Oriya Russian
Defence and Strategic Studies Comparative Study of Religions Konkani Punjabi Persian
Home Science Mass Communication and Journalism Computer Science and Applications Sanskrit Rajasthani
Public Administration Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre Electronic Science Tamil German
Population Studies Museology & Conservation Environmental Sciences Telugu Japanese
Music Archaeology Geography Urdu Kashmiri
Bodo Santali

UGC NET – Recommended Books

Candidates need to prepare well for the topics highlighted as per the UGC NET syllabus to score well in the upcoming entrance test. Buddy4Study advises candidates to prepare well for their upcoming exam with the help of the below-mentioned books that are recommended by candidates who cracked the exam successfully in the previous years.

Book Names Publisher Author
NTA-UGC-NET (Paper-I) Exam Guide: with Previous Years’ (Solved) Papers Ramesh Publishing House Dr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial Board
UGC NET/ SET Paper 1 McGraw Hill Education
CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude Pearson Education KVS Madaan
UGC NET/ JRF/ SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude Arihant Publication Arihant Express
Trueman’s UGC NET/ SLET General Paper I Danika Publishing Company M. Gagan (Author), Sajit Kumar

UGC NET – Answer Key

UGC NET and NTA will release the preliminary answer key on the official UGC NTA website after the exams are conducted. Candidates can download the answer key, which will be available in PDF format. They can calculate their probable scores with the help of the answer key and response sheet, much before the results are declared.

Candidates who have taken the test can raise objections against the preliminary answer key if they find any discrepancy or error in one or more answers. Candidates will have to pay Rs. 1000 per question as an objection fee to file their objection/s. After the exam authority evaluates and rectifies the errors in the prelim answer key (if the objections are found genuine), the rectified final answer key shall be released. Candidates whose objections are found genuine will be refunded the objection fee. Candidates cannot raise objections against the answers published in the final answer key.

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UGC NET – Result

The schedule for UGC NET result declaration remains unannounced. Once the exams are conducted, and the notification for the results is out, candidates can check their results online by using their registration number and date of birth on the official UGC NET or NTA website.

Candidates must download a copy of their result and verify the details highlighted below:

  • Name (Spelling)
  • Roll number 
  • Application number
  • Parents name
  • Category
  • Marks obtained in both paper
  • Percentage of marks obtained
  • Percentile score
  • Applied for the post

UGC NET – Career Opportunities & Promotions

Depending on the performance of the selected candidates, they are promoted to the next level. Candidates will find the promotion policy highlighted below:

Positions Position after Promotion
JRF (Junior Research Fellow) SRF (Senior Research Fellow)
PA (Project Assistant/Associate) SPA (Senior Project Assistant/Associate)
Project Manager Project Head
PF (Project Fellow) SPF (Senior Project Fellow)
Author Senior Author

UGC NET Registration Trends (2018 & 2020)

Candidates will find below the accurate number of registered and appeared aspirants for UGC NET 2018 to 2020 exams:

UGC NET Registration Trends
UGC NET Registration Trends


In which format are the questions asked in the UGC NET 2021-22 exam?

As per the UGC NET exam pattern, candidates will find questions asked in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) format.

What is the duration of the UGC NET exam?

According to the UGC NET exam pattern, the duration to complete Paper 1 is 1 hour. Candidates will be given 2 hours to complete Paper 2. This will be a continuous exam with no breaks between both the papers and hence, the total duration of the exam will be 3 hours.

What is the minimum educational eligibility criteria to apply for the UGC NET exam?

Candidates must have passed their master’s with an aggregate score of at least 55%.

When will I get my NTA UGC NET admit card?

UGC NET admit cards will be out in due time. Once the admit card portal is open, candidates can download their respective admit cards from the official website of the NTA UGC NET by following the detailed steps mentioned in the article above.

What is the age limit for UGC NET?

There is no upper age limit to apply for the post of Assistant Professor. However, candidates applying for the JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) post should not be more than 30 years of age. Candidates are also provided with age relaxation benefits, which is highlighted in the article above.

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