UGC NET Exam Dates – Schedule, Timings, Latest Updates & Highlights

UGC NET Exam Dates -The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced the UGC NET 2021 exam dates (December 2020 Cycle – May 2021 Session). The exam will commence from 02nd May 2021

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

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.

Candidates must read this article further to gain information on the recent updates related to UGC NET exam dates 2021.

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Important Updates

  • UGC NTA NET exams will be conducted on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th of May 2021.
  • UGC NET exams will begin from 2nd May 2021 and continue till 17th May 2021. Candidates will know all the UGC NET exam dates in the below article.
  • Subject-wise UGC NET exam dates 2021 are out. Read the article to know more.

UGC NET Exam Dates – Important Highlights

  1. UGC NET exam 2021 (May Session) will commence from 2nd May 2021.
  2. UGC NET 2021 exam will be conducted in 225 selected cities across the country
  3. UGC NET exams dates 2021 for May Session are 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th of May 2021.
  4. UGC NET exam will be conducted in English and Hindi

UGC NET Exam Dates 2021 – Schedule

The new UGC NET exam dates (December 2020 Cycle – May 2021 Session) was released by NTA on 02nd February 2021. As per the latest notification, NTA UGC NET exam will be conducted from 2nd May 2021. NTA has also informed that the UGC NET exam 2021 will be conducted in the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode (online).

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

UGC NET Exam Dates 2021

UGC NET Notification Release Date (December 2020 cycle) May 202102nd February 2021
Start date of Registration Process for UGC NET02nd February 2021
Last date for Application Fee Payment10th March 2021 (till 11:50 pm)
Final submission of UGC NET Application Form02nd March 2021 
Online Form Correction Window

12th March – 16th March 2021

UGC NET Admit Card Release15th April 2021
UGC NET Exam Dates2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th of May 2021

UGC NET Exam Timings

As per the latest announcement, 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. 

DateTimeSubject CodeSubject Name
 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon18



















  • 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 











  • 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 Noon4









  • Psychology
  • French (French Version)
  • Museology & Conservation
  • Criminology
  • Folk Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Forensic Science
  • Tourism Administration and Management
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM3






  • 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 Noon47



  • Physical Education
  • Law
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM65






  • 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 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
 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon30
  • English
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM
 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon5
  • Sociology 
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM87
  • Computer Science and Applications
 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon6
  • History
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM2
  • Political Science 
 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon8
  • Commerce
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM
 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon9
  • Education 
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM80
  • Geography
 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon22








  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • Assamese 
  • Marathi
  • Russian
03.00 PM to 06.00 PM19





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






  • 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 PM7






  • 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 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 2021
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)30 years
Assistant ProfessorNo upper age limit

Age Relaxation in UGC NET

CategoryEligibility Requirement
Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe5 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. 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 2021)

UGC NET Exam Dates – Submission of Application Form

The online application form submission process for UGC NET 2021 started on 02nd February 2021. Candidates can apply for the UGC NET application forms till 02nd March 2021. The final submission of their application form and the application fee payment slot will be open until 10th March 2021 (11.50 PM – fee payment). 

Candidates can 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

SC/ ST/ PwD/ TransgenderRs. 250/-
OBC (Non- Creamy Layer)/ EWSRs. 500/-
GENERALRs. 1000/-

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

UGC NET Exam Dates – FAQs

When will the UGC NET 2021 exam be conducted?

The UGC NET exam dates 2021 are - 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th of May 2021.

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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