UGC NET exam pattern comprises information on mode of exam, test language, type of questions, marks allotted to each question or section, etc. This year, the NTA (National Testing Agency) will conduct the UGC NET 2021 exam. The first UGC NET exam will take place on 2nd May 2021.
This exam will be held in the CBT or Computer Based Test mode in more than 255 cities in India. As per the UGC NET exam pattern, the question paper shall contain 150 questions which have to be attempted in 180 minutes.
CSIR UGC NET 2021 is a national level exam, which is held twice every year (June and December) for the admission of eligible candidates for the positions of:
Buddy4Study has compiled all the information on the updated UGC NET exam pattern in this article.
Candidates who have registered and applied for the UGC NET exam should go through the exam pattern thoroughly before attempting the exam. 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|
|Types of Paper|| |
|Allotment of Marks|| |
Total Marks – 150
|Marking Scheme||+2 for Every Correct Answer |
No Negative Marking for Incorrect Answers or Unattempted Answers
|Age||Assistant Professors – No upper age limit |
JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) – Not more than 30 years as on 1st June (of the year of exam)
|Mock Test Preparation||https://www.nta.ac.in/Quiz|
Candidates appearing for the UGC NET exam 2021 must have complete information regarding the exam shift timings and reporting time. As per the UGC NET 2021 Notification, the exam will be conducted in two different shifts:
|UGC NET Exam Timing||Forenoon (FN) Shift 1||Afternoon (AN) Shift 2|
|Exam Time||9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon||3:00 PM to 6:00 PM|
|Reporting time||1.5 hour before the exam|
|7:30 AM||1:30 PM|
|Documents Checking Before Entering||30 minutes before the exam|
|Instructions by the Invigilators||8:45 AM to 8:55 AM||2:45 PM to 2:55 PM|
|Start of the Exam||9:00 AM||3:00 PM|
|End of the Exam||12:00 Noon||6:00 PM|
|Total Duration||3 hours|
Note: No break-time between Paper 1 and Paper 2
As per NTA’s official announcement and official UGC NET exam pattern, there will be 2 papers in the UGC NET exam. All candidates will receive common questions inUGC NET Paper 1. In the case of Paper 2, the questions will be subject-specific.
Paper 1 will have 50 questions, and Paper 2 will have 100 questions. Candidates will have the freedom to attempt or move onto the next question anytime they want. If they want, they can start with any question in Paper 1 and continue answering as per their ease. The same is also applicable for Paper 2.
However, candidates cannot switch between both papers. Once they complete Paper 1 in an hour, they can begin answering the questions in Paper 2.
The questions will be objective (MCQ) and will have 4 options. Among the 4, candidates will have to select one option that they consider as the most appropriate answer.
Candidates can know more about the UGC NET exam pattern in the table below, and check the sectional distribution of questions and marks to prepare accordingly for the exam.
UGC NET Exam Pattern – Distribution of Questions and Marks
|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|
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.
Coming back to the syllabus of UGC NET exam, Paper 1 is divided into 10 sections.
Based on the previous years’ UGC NET exam pattern and question papers, candidates can check the weightage of questions as per topics to prepare better for the upcoming CSIR UGC NET examination.
UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus
|Teaching Aptitude||Logical Reasoning|
|Research Aptitude||Data Interpretation|
|Comprehension||Information and Communication Technology (ICT)|
|Communication||People, Development and Environment|
|Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude||Higher Education System|
UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 – Section-wise Distribution of Questions in Paper 1
|Units||UGC NET Paper 1 – Subjects||Number of Questions||MaximumMarks Allotted|
|Unit 1||Teaching Aptitude||5||10|
|Unit 2||Research Aptitude||5||10|
|Unit 5||Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude||5||10|
|Unit 6||Logical Reasoning||5||10|
|Unit 7||Data Interpretation||5||10|
|Unit 8||Information and Communication Technology (ICT)||5||10|
|Unit 9||People, Development and Environment||5||10|
|Unit 10||Higher Education System||5||10|
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 Exam Pattern 2021 – Distribution of Questions in Paper 2
|Paper 2||Type of Questions||Number of Questions||Marks Allotted per Question||Total Marks|
|Selected Subject from the 81 Subject Options||Objective/Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ)||100||2||200|
Click to know the detailed UGC NET Syllabus pdf here.
Candidates will get 4 options for every question. For every correct answer, they will be awarded 2 marks. Besides, UGC NET does not follow the negative marking system.
UGC NET Marking Scheme
|Type of Answers||Marks Allotted|
|Unattempted question||No marks awarded or deducted|
|Wrong Answer||0 (No Negative Marking)|
Buddy4Study has compiled previous years’ question papers in the below table. Candidates can download these to understand the UGC NET exam pattern thoroughly and prepare for the upcoming examination accordingly.
UGC NET Solved Question Paper (2012 – 2019)
|UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (2019)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (December 2018)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (July 2018)|
|UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (November 2017)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (January 2017)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (June 2016)|
|UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (August 2016)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (December 2015)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (June 2015)|
|UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (December 2014)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (June 2014)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (December 2013)|
|UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (June 2013)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (December 2012)||UGC NET Solved Question Paper 1 (June 2012)|
Candidates must follow the online test instructions and guidelines set by the 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:
Candidates must check out these COVID-19 related guidelines and follow them at all the UGC NET exam centres:
Candidates need to prepare well from the topics highlighted as per the UGC NET syllabus to score well in the upcoming entrance test on 02nd May 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|
As per the UGC NET exam pattern, candidates will find questions asked in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) format.
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 UGC NET exam will be 3 hours.
No. UGC NET does not follow the negative marking system.
Yes. It is mandatory to take both the UGC NET Paper 1 & 2.
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 UGC NET syllabus article.
UGC NET entrance test is conducted twice every year, generally in the month of June and December.
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