UGC NET FAQ

What is UGC NET?

UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test) is conducted for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor Both, in Indian Universities and Colleges.

What is UGC NET exam?

On behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor Both, in Indian Universities and Colleges. The award of JRF and or Eligibility for Assistant Professor depends on the aggregrate performance of the candidate in Paper-I and paper-II of UGC-NET. The candidates qualifying only for Assistant Professor are not to be considered for the award of JRF. Candidates who qualify the test for eligibility for Assistant Professor are governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments, as the case may be. UGC-NET is conducted twice a year. In June 2020, the examination is scheduled between 15 June and 20 June 2020.

How to prepare for UGC NET?

first of all , You should Know about the Exam Pattern
Paper 1: This paper intends to assess the candidate’s research/teaching aptitude. It will also be designed to assess your comprehension skills, reasoning ability, and basic general awareness of politics, geography and other related fields. All the questions of Paper–I will be mandatory.
Paper 2:This paper intends to assess the knowledge of the subject chosen by the candidate. All the questions of Paper–II will be mandatory.
 see the entire syllabus
time Allocation and time management through the practice of previous years questions paper, here is the link for practicing previous year questions paper, https://edutestonline.com/ugc-net-previous-question-papers-with-answer-key/
Refer UGC NET Books , hier can you find the best books for UGC NET Paper 1,
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What is the pattern of UGC NET exam?


(i)                  Mode of Examination: The Examination shall be conducted as Computer Based Test (CBT) only. Wherever Online Examination has been used elsewhere in this booklet, it means CBT.
(ii)                Pattern: The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of objective type questions. There will be no break between papers.
 Paper I
The questions will be generic in nature, intending to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.
 All the questions will be compulsory.
Number of Questions MCQ 50
Marks 100
 Paper II
This will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.
For each correct response the candidate will get 2 marks. There are no negative marks for incorrect response. No marks will be given for unanswered/Marked for Review questions.
Number of Questions MCQ 100
Total duration 03 hours without any break.
Marks 200


what is Junior Research Fellowship or JRF?

The candidates who qualify for the award of JRF are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for full time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them.Junior Research Fellowship: Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will be eligible to receive fellowship of UGC under various schemes, subject to their finding placement in universities/IITs/Institutions. The validity period of the offer will be three years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award Letter. However, for those candidates who have already joined M. Phil. / Ph.D., the date of commencement of Fellowship shall be from the date of declaration of NET result or date of their joining, whichever is later

what is the age limit for JRF?

JRF: Not more than 30 years as on 01.06.2019.
A relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to  the  candidates  belonging  to  OBC  (Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on website: www.ncbc.nic.in) SC/ST/PwD/
Transgender categories and to women applicants.  Relaxation  will also be  provided to the candidates with research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on

what is the age limit for UGC NET exam?

There is no upper age limit for applying for Assistant Professor.

who has the Exemption for UGC NET (Eligibility for Assistant Professor)?

NET/SET/SLET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. In this regard, exemption f rom NET/SET/SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.

The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR/ JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.

For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for Assistant Professor held  prior  to  1st  June  2002,  are  exempted  from appearing in NET, and are eligible to  apply  for  Assistant  Professor  anywhere  in India.  For  SET  held  from 1st  June  2002   onwards,the   qualified   candidates are  eligible to  apply  for  the  post of  Assistant   Professor   only   in  the   universities/colleges situated in the State from where they have cleared their SET.

How to apply for UGC NET (Application Procedure)?

To avoid any kind of inconvenience or last minute rush or unforeseen difficulties, candidates are advised to submit Online Application Form without waiting for the last date. NTA will not be responsible for network problems or any other problem of this nature in submission of online application during the last day.

Particulars to be filled in the Online Application Form:

Before beginning the process of filling the Online Application Form, please keep the following information ready with you:

Copy of Board/ University Certificate for Candidate’s Name, Mother’s Name, Father’s Name and Date of Birth
Aadhaar Card
Type of Identification – Bank A/c Number/ Passport Number/ Ration Card/ Other Govt ID
Qualifying Degree Certificate or last semester marks sheet
Your Mailing Address as well as Permanent Address with Pin Code (Refer Annexure- II for State Code)
Four cities for Centres of your choice (Refer Annexure-I for Codes)
Code of NET Subject(Refer Annexure-III for Code)
Code of subject at Post Graduation level (Refer Annexure-IV for Code)
Category Certificate, if applicable
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Certificate, if applicable
Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate, if applicable
e-mail address and Mobile Number of candidate
Scanned images in JPG/JPEG format only:
Candidate’s Photograph
File size must be between 10 kb to 200 kb.
Candidate’s Signature in running hand
File size must be between 4 kb to 30 kb.

Part I: Registration Page
Fill in the basic information and note down the system generated Application No.

Candidate’s Name/ Mother’s Name/ Father’s Name:
Provide Candidate’s Name, Mother’s Name, Father’s Name as given in the Secondary School Examination or equivalent Board/ University Certificate in capital letters

Date of Birth: dd/mm/yyyy
Provide Candidate’s date of birth as recorded in Secondary School Examination or equivalent Board/ University certificate.

Mobile Number and e-mail Address :
Candidates must provide own Mobile Number and e-mail address.
Note: Only one e-mail address and one Mobile Number are valid for one application
PART II: Fill in the complete Application Form
Fill in the complete Application Form Note:
Other Backward Classes (OBC)- Non Creamy Layer as per the central list of Other Backward Classes available on National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), Government of India website (www.ncbc.nic.in). Thus, the candidates falling in this list may mention OBC in the Category Column. State list OBC Candidates who are not in OBC-NCL (Central List) must choose General.
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) – As per the OM No. 20013/01/2018-BC-II dated January 17, 2019 issued by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the OM No. 12-4/2019-U1 dated 17.01.2019 as well as the Letters No 35- 2/2019-T.S.I dated 21.01.2019, 01.02.2019, 04.02.2019 and 15.02.2019 of MHRD Department of Higher Education regarding implementation of reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) for admission in Central Educational Institutions.

Provide complete postal address with PIN Code (Mailing Address as well as Permanent Address) for further correspondence. PIN code of Correspondence
PART III: Uploading of scanned images
Candidate’s Photograph: to be uploaded
The photograph must be taken on or after 01.03.2019 indicating clearly the name of candidate along with the date of taking the photograph. Photograph should not be with cap or goggles.
Spectacles are allowed if being used regularly.
Polaroid and Computer generated photos are not acceptable.
Applications not complying with these instructions or with unclear photographs are liable to be rejected.
Candidates may please note that if it is found that photograph uploaded is fabricated i.e. de-shaped or seems to be hand-made or computer made, the form of the candidate will be rejected and the same would be considered as using unfairmeans and the candidate would be dealt with accordingly.
Application without photograph shall be rejected. The photograph need not be attested. Candidates are advised to take 6 to 8 passport size coloured photographs with white background.

Note: Passport size photograph is to be used for uploading on Online Application Form and also for pasting on Attendance Sheet at the examination centre.

The candidate should scan his/her passport size photograph for uploading. File size must be between 10 kb to 200 kb.
Candidate’s Signature : to be uploaded

The candidates are required to upload the full signature in running hand writing in the appropriate box given in the Online Application Form. Writing full name in the Box in Capital letters would not be accepted as signature and the Application Form would be rejected. Further, unsigned Online Application Forms will also be rejected.

The candidate should put his full signature on white paper with Black Ink pen and scan for uploading.
File size must be between 4 kb to 30 kb.

Note: Candidate must ensure that the uploaded images are clear and proper.