UGC NET 2021 – 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.

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Important Updates – UGC NET 2021

  • UGC NET December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) information bulletin is out from 2nd February 2021. Candidates can avail it from www.nta.ac.in or http://ugcnet.nta.nic.in
  • As per the circular from NTA, UGC NET 2021 exam will be held on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th of May 2021.
  • Paper I will be of 100 marks, which will have 50 questions.
  • Paper-II will be of 200 marks and it will have 100 MCQ format questions.
  • The exam will be conducted in 2 shifts and the duration of the test will be 3 hours

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

ParticularsDetails
Exam nameUniversity Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET)
Exam Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Official Websitehttps://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/ 
Duration of Exam3 hours or 180 minutes
Examination ModeCBT/ Computer Based Test (Online)
Medium of ExamEnglish or Hindi
Type of QuestionsObjective/Multiple-Choice (MCQ)
Number of Questions150
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 Preparationhttps://www.nta.ac.in/Quiz

UGC NET – Important Dates and Events

NTA has announced a few important events and their dates for the upcoming UGC NET 2021 exam.

UGC NET Exam Dates 2021 

EventsDates
UGC NET Notification 2021 Release Date2nd February 2021
UGC NET Application Form Submission2nd February 2021 to 2nd March 2021
Last date for Application Fee Payment3rd March 2021
UGC NET Admit Card ReleaseYet to Announce
UGC NET Exam Dates2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th of May 2021

UGC NET – Eligibility Criteria

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

Educational Qualifications for UGC NET

CategoryMinimum Percentage Requirement
For ST/SC/OBC/ PWD Candidates50% aggregate in the Master’s Degree
For General Category Candidates55% 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 resultEligible

Age Limit for UGC NET 

PostsAge Limit as calculated till 1st June 2020
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)30 years
Assistant ProfessorNo upper age limit

UGC NET Age Relaxation

CategoryEligibility Requirement
Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe5 years’ age relaxation from the general age eligibility

(35 years as calculated till 1st June 2020)

Women
Other Backward Classes (OBC)
Transgender
Persons with disabilities (PwD)
Candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree3 years’ age relaxation from the general age eligibility (33 years)
Candidates having Research ExperiencePeriod spent on research – Maximum 5 years (35 years)
Candidates who have served in the Armed Forces5 years’ age relaxation from the general age eligibility

(35 years as calculated till 1st June 2020)

UGC NET Subject-Wise Exam Dates Out

NTA has released the shift-wise timings and UGC NET exam dates along with the subjects of the UGC NET exam 2021. 

DateTimeSubject CodeSubject Name
24.09.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon1821

25

32

33

35

37

40

42

43

44

45

46

50

62

85

91

101

  • 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
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM11 23 

26 

29 

31 

34 

49 

60 

63 

83

  • 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
25.09.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon439

66

68

71

72

82

93

  • Psychology
  • French (French Version)
  • Museology & Conservation
  • Criminology
  • Folk Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Forensic Science
  • Tourism Administration and Management
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM367

59

90

92

  • 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
29.09.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon4758
  • Physical Education
  • Law
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM6573

74

89

95

  • 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
30.09.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon17
  • Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM1
  • Economics / Rural Economics /Cooperation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics
01.10.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon30
  • English
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM
07.10.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon5
  • Sociology 
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM87
  • Computer Science and Applications
09.10.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon6
  • History
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM2
  • Political Science 
17.10.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon8
  • Commerce
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM
21.10.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon9
  • Education 
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM80
  • Geography
22.10.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon2224

27

28

36

38

41

  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • Assamese 
  • Marathi
  • Russian
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM1981

84

94

  • Bengali 
  • Social Medicine & Community Health
  • Kashmiri 
  • Bodo 
23.10.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon20
  • Hindi
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM
05.11.202009.00 AM to 12.00 Noon15

16

55

79

88

  • 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
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM710

12

14

100

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

UGC NET – Application Form

UGC NET 2021 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 paying 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 Application Form window

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

Personal Details

Candidate’s nameMother’s nameIdentification number
Father’s nameDate of birthGender

Contact Details

AddressDistrictCountry
LocalityState/UTEmail address
City/Town/VillagePin codeMobile number

Choose Password

Password (to be chosen)Security question (to be chosen)
Security answerSecurity 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 nameNationalitySingle girl child option
PwD category optionDate of birthGender
CategoryMinority community optionDiabetic option
The Subject name in post-graduation exam

Education Details

Post-graduation pass statusPost-graduation board/university name
Post-graduation course/stream namePost-graduation year of passing/appearing
Post-graduation qualifying exam from (India or outside India)Post-graduation result mode
Post-graduation qualifying exam statePost-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 anyWhether MPhil passed/appearingWhether an ex-serviceman?
Whether you possess research experience in the subject of post-graduationWhether 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

Photograph
  • 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
Signature
  • 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

CategoryUGC NET Application Fee (in Rs)
SC/ST/PwD/TransgenderRs. 250
General under the category EWS/OBC-NCLRs. 500
GeneralRs. 1000

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 2021
  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 for 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 from 2nd to 17th May, the admit cards were released soon on the official websiteAs the UGC NET admit card 2021 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 – Mandatory COVID-19 Guidelines 

Candidates must check out these 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 exam is likely to be conducted in 224 cities 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 StateExam CityExam City Code
Arunachal PradeshItanagar/ NaharlagunAL01
AssamDibrugarhAM01
GuwahatiAM02
JorhatAM03
SilcharAM04
TezpurAM05
Andaman And NicobarPort BlairAN01
Andhra PradeshAnantapurAP01
BhimavaramAP03
ChiralaAP04
ChittoorAP05
EluruAP06
GunturAP07
KadapaAP08
KakinadaAP09
KurnoolAP10
NelloreAP11
OngoleAP12
RajahmundryAP13
SrikakulamAP14
TirupathiAP16
VijayawadaAP17
VisakhapatnamAP18
VizianagaramAP19
NarasaraopetAP20
ProddaturAP21
SurampalemAP23
BiharBhagalpurBR02
DarbhangaBR04
GayaBR05
MuzaffarpurBR06
PatnaBR07
PurneaBR08
ArrahBR09
ChhattisgarhBhilai Nagar/ DurgCG01
BilaspurCG02
RaipurCG03
ChandigarhChandigarh/ MohaliCH01
Daman & DiuDamanDD01
DiuDD02
DelhiDelhi/ New DelhiDL01
Dadra & Nagar HaveliDadra & Nagar HaveliDN01
GujaratAhmedabad/ GandhinagarGJ01
AnandGJ02
BhavnagarGJ03
JamnagarGJ06
JunagadhGJ07
MehsanaGJ08
RajkotGJ10
SuratGJ11
VadodaraGJ12
Valsad/ VapiGJ13
HimatnagarGJ14
GoaPanaji/MadgaonGO01
Himachal PradeshBilaspur (Himachal Pradesh)HP01
Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh)HP03
Kangra/ PalampurHP04
ShimlaHP06
SolanHP07
MandiHP08
UnaHP09
KulluHP10
HaryanaAmbalaHR01
FaridabadHR03
GurugramHR04
HissarHR05
KarnalHR06
KurukshetraHR07
PanipatHR08
SonipatHR09
Yamuna NagarHR10
JharkhandBokaro Steel CityJH01
DhanbadJH02
JamshedpurJH03
RanchiJH04
HazaribaghJH05
Jammu And KashmirBaramullaJK01
JammuJK02
SambaJK03
Srinagar (J & K)JK04
KarnatakaBelagavi (Belgaum)KK02
BellaryKK03
BengaluruKK04
BidarKK05
DavanagereKK06
GulbargaKK08
HassanKK09
Dharwad/ Hubballi (Hubli)KK10
Mangaluru (Mangalore)KK12
Mysuru (Mysore)KK14
Shivamogga (Shimoga)KK15
TumakuruKK16
Udupi/ManipalKK17
MandyaKK18
KeralaErnakulam/ Angamaly/ MoovattupuzhaKL04
IdukkiKL05
KannurKL07
KasaragodKL08
KollamKL09
KottayamKL11
KozhikodeKL12
MalappuramKL13
PalakkadKL15
PathanamthittaKL16
ThiruvananthapuramKL17
ThrissurKL18
LakshadweepKavarattiLD01
LadakhLehLL01
MeghalayaShillongMG01
ManipurImphalMN01
Madhya PradeshBalaghatMP01
BetulMP02
BhopalMP03
ChhindwaraMP05
GwaliorMP06
IndoreMP07
JabalpurMP08
RewaMP11
SagarMP12
SatnaMP13
UjjainMP15
MaharashtraAhmednagarMR01
AkolaMR02
AmravatiMR03
Aurangabad (Maharashtra)MR04
ChandrapurMR09
DhuleMR10
JalgaonMR13
KolhapurMR14
LaturMR15
Mumbai/ Navi MumbaiMR16
NagpurMR17
NandedMR18
NashikMR19
PuneMR22
RaigadMR23
RatnagiriMR24
SangliMR25
SataraMR26
SolapurMR27
ThaneMR28
WardhaMR29
MizoramAizawlMZ01
NagalandDimapurNL01
KohimaNL02
OdishaBalasoreOR02
Berhampur-GanjamOR03
BhubaneswarOR04
CuttackOR05
DhenkanalOR06
RourkelaOR08
SambalpurOR09
PunjabAmritsarPB01
BhatindaPB02
JalandharPB04
LudhianaPB05
PathankotPB07
Patiala/ Fatehgarh SahibPB08
SangrurPB11
PuducherryPuducherryPO01
RajasthanAjmerRJ01
AlwarRJ02
BikanerRJ05
JaipurRJ06
JodhpurRJ07
KotaRJ08
SikarRJ09
SriganganagarRJ10
UdaipurRJ11
SikkimGangtokSM01
TripuraAgartalaTA01
TelanganaHyderabad/ Secunderabad/ Ranga ReddyTL01
TelanganaKarimnagarTL02
KhammamTL03
MahbubnagarTL04
NalgondaTL05
WarangalTL07
Tamil NaduChennaiTN01
CoimbatoreTN02
CuddaloreTN03
KanchipuramTN05
Kanyakumari/ NagercoilTN06
MaduraiTN08
NamakkalTN10
SalemTN11
ThanjavurTN12
ThoothukudiTN13
TiruchirappalliTN14
TirunelveliTN15
TiruvallurTN16
VelloreTN18
VirudhunagarTN20
UttarakhandDehradunUK01
HaldwaniUK02
HaridwarUK03
NainitalUK04
PantnagarUK05
RoorkeeUK06
Uttar PradeshAgraUP01
AligarhUP02
AllahabadUP03
BareillyUP04
FaizabadUP06
GhaziabadUP07
GorakhpurUP08
Noida/ Greater NoidaUP09
JhansiUP10
KanpurUP11
LucknowUP12
MathuraUP13
MeerutUP14
MoradabadUP15
MuzaffarnagarUP16
SitapurUP17
VaranasiUP18
West BengalAsansolWB01
Burdwan (Bardhaman)WB02
DurgapurWB04
HooghlyWB06
HowrahWB07
KalyaniWB08
KolkataWB10
SiliguriWB11

UGC NET – Exam Pattern

To recruit the candidates applying for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Assistant Professor only posts, UGC NET 2021 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 PaperMaximum QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Paper 1501001 Hour
Paper 21002002 hours
Total150 (MCQs)3003 Hours

UGC NET Marking Scheme

Type of AnswersMarks Allotted
Correct Answer+2
Unattempted questionNo marks awarded or deducted
Wrong Answer0 (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 AptitudeResearch Aptitude
ComprehensionCommunication
Mathematical Reasoning and AptitudeLogical Reasoning
Data InterpretationInformation and Communication Technology (ICT)
People, Development and EnvironmentHigher 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)LinguisticsWomen StudiesPrakritArabic
Economics / Rural Economics /Cooperation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business EconomicsManagement (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 DutiesEnglish
Political ScienceFrench (French Version)CriminologyTourism Administration and ManagementChinese
PhilosophyAdult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non-Formal EducationTribal and Regional Language/LiteratureYogaDogri
PsychologyPhysical EducationFolk LiteratureSindhiNepali
SociologyArab Culture and Islamic StudiesComparative LiteratureMaithiliManipuri
HistoryIndian CultureVisual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)BengaliAssamese
AnthropologyLabour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource ManagementPolitics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American StudiesHindiGujarati
CommerceLawSocial Medicine & Community HealthKannadaMarathi
EducationLibrary and Information ScienceForensic ScienceMalayalamSpanish
Social WorkBuddhist, Jain, Gandhian and Peace StudiesPaliOriyaRussian
Defence and Strategic StudiesComparative Study of ReligionsKonkaniPunjabiPersian
Home ScienceMass Communication and JournalismComputer Science and ApplicationsSanskritRajasthani
Public AdministrationPerforming Art – Dance/Drama/TheatreElectronic ScienceTamilGerman
Population StudiesMuseology & ConservationEnvironmental SciencesTeluguJapanese
MusicArchaeologyGeographyUrduKashmiri
BodoSantali

UGC NET – Recommended Books

Candidates need to prepare well from the topics highlighted as per the UGC NET syllabus to score well in the upcoming entrance test on 1May 2021.

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 NamesPublisherAuthor
NTA-UGC-NET (Paper-I) Exam Guide: with Previous Years’ (Solved) PapersRamesh Publishing HouseDr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial Board
UGC NET/ SET Paper 1McGraw Hill Education
CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research AptitudePearson EducationKVS Madaan
UGC NET/ JRF/ SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research AptitudeArihant PublicationArihant Express
Trueman’s UGC NET/ SLET General Paper IDanika Publishing CompanyM. 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 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 as the exam will get completed on 17th May 2021. 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:

PositionsPosition after Promotion
JRF (Junior Research Fellow)SRF (Senior Research Fellow)
PA (Project Assistant/Associate)SPA (Senior Project Assistant/Associate)
Project ManagerProject Head
PF (Project Fellow)SPF (Senior Project Fellow)
AuthorSenior Author

UGC NET Registration Trends (2018 & 2019)

Candidates will find below the accurate number of registered and appeared aspirants for UGC NET 2018 and 2019 exam:

UGC NET - UGC NET Registration Trends

UGC NET – FAQs

In which format are the questions asked in the UGC NET 2021 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 are out now. Candidates can download the admit card 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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