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
- 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
Table of Contents
- UGC NET – Key Highlights
- UGC NET – Important Dates and Events
- UGC NET – Eligibility Criteria
- UGC NET Subject-Wise Exam Dates Out
- UGC NET – Application Form
- UGC NET – Application Form Correction Window
- UGC NET – Admit Card
- UGC NET – Guidelines for Exam Day
- UGC NET – Mandatory COVID-19 Guidelines
- UGC NET – Exam Centres
- UGC NET – Exam Pattern
- UGC NET – Syllabus
- UGC NET – Recommended Books
- UGC NET – Answer Key
- UGC NET – Result
- UGC NET – Career Opportunities & Promotions
- UGC NET – FAQs
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
|Exam name||University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET)|
|Exam Conducting Body||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|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|
|Allotment of Marks|
Total Marks – 150
|Marking Scheme||+2 for Every Correct AnswerNo Negative Marking for Incorrect Answers or Unattempted Answers|
|Mock Test Preparation||https://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
|UGC NET Notification 2021 Release Date||2nd February 2021|
|UGC NET Application Form Submission||2nd February 2021 to 2nd March 2021|
|Last date for Application Fee Payment||3rd March 2021|
|UGC NET Admit Card Release||Yet to Announce|
|UGC NET Exam Dates||2nd, 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
|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
|Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe||5 years’ age relaxation from the general age eligibility|
(35 years as calculated till 1st June 2020)
|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 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.
|Date||Time||Subject Code||Subject Name|
|24.09.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||1821|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM||11 23 |
|25.09.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||439|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM||367|
|29.09.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||4758|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM||6573|
|30.09.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||17|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM||1|
|01.10.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||30|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM|
|07.10.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||5|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM||87|
|09.10.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||6|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM||2|
|17.10.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||8|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM|
|21.10.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||9|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM||80|
|22.10.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||2224|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM||1981|
|23.10.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||20|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM|
|05.11.2020||09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon||15|
|03.00 PM to 06.00 PM||710|
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
3. As a new user, click the ‘New Registration’ tab
4. You will be redirected to the UGC NET 2021 Application Form window
5. Enter the details asked in the form such as:
|Candidate’s name||Mother’s name||Identification number|
|Father’s name||Date of birth||Gender|
|City/Town/Village||Pin code||Mobile number|
|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
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.
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
|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 post-graduation exam|
|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|
|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 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|
|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
Important Points to Remember:
- The photograph should not be taken wearing sunglasses or cap
- Polaroid and Computer-generated photographs are not acceptable
- Photos of candidates wearing spectacles are allowed if they use it regularly
- Unclear photographs are liable to be rejected
- Forehead, eyes, nose and chin should be visible and the print should be of clear contrast
- Photograph needs to be taken on or after 1st March of the year of examination
- The photograph must have the name of the candidate along with the date of taking the photograph mentioned on the photo
- Self-composed portraits or photos taken using mobile may result in rejection of the application
- Main features of the face should not be covered by cloth, hair or shadow
- 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
(Accepted Payment Gateway – SBI/HDFC/Syndicate/ICICI/Paytm)
UGC NET Application Fee Structure
|Category||UGC NET Application Fee (in Rs)|
|General under the category EWS/OBC-NCL||Rs. 500|
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
- Board/University certificate
- Qualifying degree certificate
- Person with Disability (PwD) certificate (if applicable)
- Permanent and correspondence address with pin code
- A valid email ID and mobile number
- Code of NET subject for which the candidate plans to take the exam (available in information brochure)
- Four exam cities in order of preference
- Code of post-graduation course (available in information brochure)
- Ration card/Passport number/Aadhaar card number/Voter ID card number/other Government ID
- Economically Weaker Section (EWS) certificate (if applicable)
- Category certificate (if applicable)
- 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
- Visit the official website of UGC NET 2021
- Click on the ‘Application Form Correction’
- Enter the login details like Registration Number, Password and Security Pin to log in
- Click on the link/tab available for application form correction
- Read the instructions and click on ‘I Agree’ checkbox
- Click on ‘Proceed for Application’ button
- Choose the field in which you require to make changes.
- Check the changes made carefully to avoid any error and then submit it
- Click on Submit button
- Review the corrections made and click on the checkboxes given at the bottom of the page
- Click on Final Submit button
- 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:
- Personal details
- The choice for exam centre
- Educational details
- 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 website. As 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.
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:
- The candidate/s must report at the examination centre at least an hour and a half (1.5 hours) before the allotted exam time
- 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
- 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.
- The candidate must show, on-demand, the Admit Card downloaded/printed from the NTA’s website
- Admit cards must be in good condition. Dismantled, disfigured or mutilated admit cards compromising the details of the candidate will not be accepted
- A seat with Roll Number will be allotted to each candidate. They should find and sit on their allocated seats only
- No baggage is allowed inside the examination hall
- Candidates will only be allowed to carry a photo ID proof and hard copy of admit card inside the examination hall
- 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 State||Exam City||Exam City Code|
|Arunachal Pradesh||Itanagar/ Naharlagun||AL01|
|Andaman And Nicobar||Port Blair||AN01|
|Chhattisgarh||Bhilai Nagar/ Durg||CG01|
|Daman & Diu||Daman||DD01|
|Delhi||Delhi/ New Delhi||DL01|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||DN01|
|Himachal Pradesh||Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh)||HP01|
|Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh)||HP03|
|Jharkhand||Bokaro Steel City||JH01|
|Jammu And Kashmir||Baramulla||JK01|
|Srinagar (J & K)||JK04|
|Dharwad/ Hubballi (Hubli)||KK10|
|Kerala||Ernakulam/ Angamaly/ Moovattupuzha||KL04|
|Mumbai/ Navi Mumbai||MR16|
|Patiala/ Fatehgarh Sahib||PB08|
|Telangana||Hyderabad/ Secunderabad/ Ranga Reddy||TL01|
|Noida/ Greater Noida||UP09|
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 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|
|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|
|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|
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.
|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 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.
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
- 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)|
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 – 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.