UGC-NET December 2023 dates declared; Schedule, Timings, Latest Updates & Highlights

UGC NET Exam Dates -The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced the dates of UGC-NET December 2021 and June 2022 merged cycles. UGC Chairman, M Jagadesh Kumar took to Twitter stating that the exam will begin on 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th July and 12th, 13th, and 14th August 2022. 

UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test ) is a national-level exam, which is conducted twice every year to recruit candidates for the positions of:

  • Only Assistant Professor, OR
  • Both Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Indian universities and colleges

However, this time, the UGC NET exam for the June 2022 cycle was postponed because of the postponement of the December 2021 cycle (due to the increase of the COVID-19 cases). In order to not adversely affect any of the students, NTA decided to combine both the December 2021 cycle and June 2022 cycle.

As of now, the UGC Chairman had announced that the next UGC-NET will be tentatively conducted either in the 1st or 2nd  week of June 2022. The detailed date sheet has not been announced yet, but will soon be updated on the official NTA website —

Candidates must read this article further to gain information on the recent updates related to UGC NET exam dates 2022.

UGC NET Status and Important Updates

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  • UGC NTA NET exams will be conducted on 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th July and 12th, 13th, and 14th August 2022. Candidates will know all the UGC NET exam dates in the below article.
  • UGC had also decided to extend the validity of the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) award letter for a year.
  • The e- certificate for assistant professors will now have lifetime validity.
  • Subject-wise UGC NET exam dates 2021 are out. Read the article to know more.
  • UGC NET 2022 exam will be conducted in 541 exam centre cities across the country
  • UGC NET exam will be conducted in English and Hindi

UGC NET Exam Dates 2022 – Schedule

The new UGC NET revised exam dates (December 2021 and June 2022 Session) was released by NTA on 25th June 2022. As per the latest notification, NTA UGC NET exam will be conducted from 8th July 2022. NTA has also informed that the UGC NET exam 2022 will be conducted in the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode (online).

Candidates can find important events and their respective dates associated with the UGC NET exam in the table below:

UGC NET Exam Dates 2022

Events Dates
Release of exam dates for UGC-NET December 2021 and June 2022 merged cycles 25th June 2022
Start date of Registration Process for UGC NET 30th April 2022
Last date for Application Fee Payment 30th May 2022 (till 11:50 PM)
Final submission of UGC NET Application Form 30th May 2022
Online Form Correction Window 31st May to 1st June 2022
Intimation of Cities of exam centres

To be announced

UGC NET Admit Card Release 2 weeks before the exam
UGC NET Exam Dates 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th July and 12th, 13th, and 14th August 2022

UGC NET Exam Timings

As per the latest announcement, the UGC NET exam will take place in 2 shifts:

Time Slots for UGC NET Papers

UGC NET (Paper 1 & 2) Forenoon (FN) Shift 1 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


(No breaks between Paper 1 and Paper 2)

Afternoon (A) Shift 2 – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM


(No breaks between Paper 1 and Paper 2)

UGC NET Exam Dates – Subject- & Shift-Wise Timings

NTA has not yet released the shift-wise timings and UGC NET exam dates with the subjects of the UGC NET exam 2021. The table given below highlights the subject and shift-wise timings for previous sessions. 

Date Time Subject Code Subject Name
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 18



















  • 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 PM 11 











  • 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
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 4









  • Psychology
  • French (French Version)
  • Museology & Conservation
  • Criminology
  • Folk Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Forensic Science
  • Tourism Administration and Management
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM 3






  • 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
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 47



  • Physical Education
  • Law
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM 65






  • 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
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 17
  • 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 PM 1
  • Economics / Rural Economics /Cooperation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 30
  • English
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 5
  • Sociology 
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM 87
  • Computer Science and Applications
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 6
  • History
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM 2
  • Political Science 
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 8
  • Commerce
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 9
  • Education 
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM 80
  • Geography
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 22








  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • Assamese 
  • Marathi
  • Russian
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM 19





  • Bengali 
  • Social Medicine & Community Health
  • Kashmiri 
  • Bodo 
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 20
  • Hindi
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM
  09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 15






  • 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 PM 7






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

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who applied for the UGC NET exam 2021 have to fulfil the predetermined eligibility criteria to get registered and sit for the exam. The below table will highlight the eligibility criteria for UGC NET 2022 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 2021
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) 30 years
Assistant Professor No upper age limit

Age Relaxation in UGC NET

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 Exam Dates – Submission of Application Form

The online application form submission process for UGC NET 2022 started on 30th April 2022. Candidates were able to apply for the UGC NET application forms till 30th May 2022. The final submission of their application form and the application fee payment slot was open until 30th May 2022 (till 11:50 PM – fee payment). 

Candidates were able to submit their application forms via online mode by accessing the official UGC NET website ( Candidates have to follow four simple steps to complete the application form submission process.

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UGC NET Application Fee

Candidates need to pay the registration/application fee for UGC NET to apply for the examination. Before making a payment, the candidates should carefully read the eligibility criteria. Candidates must note that the application fee amount is non-refundable.

Before filling up the form, the candidate is advised to make a duplicate copy and fill it up first. Any mistakes or fields left out accidentally may lead to the rejection of the application form.

The fee structure for UGC NET as per candidate categories is as follows:

UGC NET 2021 Application Fee Structure

Category Fee
SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender Rs. 250/-
OBC (Non- Creamy Layer)/ EWS Rs. 500/-
GENERAL Rs. 1000/-

Note: GST/Processing charges are to be paid by the candidate, as applicable

UGC NET Exam Dates – FAQs

When will the UGC NET 2022 exam be conducted?

The UGC NET exam dates 2022 are - 08, 09, 11, 12 July 2022 and 12, 13, 14 August 2022.

For how many subjects is the UGC NET Paper 2 exam conducted?

The UGC NET Paper 2 exam is conducted for a total of 81 subjects. Candidates can select their preferred subject from these 81 subject options.

What is the age limit to apply for the UGC NET exam?

Candidates applying for the post of JRF should not be more than 30 years. There is no age limit to apply for the post of Assistant Professor.

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?

For now, the UGC NET admit cards have not yet been announced. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website of the NTA UGC NET.


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