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UGC NET- Basic Information

UGC-NET or NTA NET means University Grant Commission National Eligibility Test. NTA NET or UGC NET is conducted to select candidates for Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship or both for Indian Colleges & Universities.

Earlier, UGC used to conduct National Eligibility Test (NET). Afterward, the CBSE conducted the Net until June 2018. From December 2018 onwards, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is conducting UGC-NET. Generally, UGC Net is conducted twice a year. However, due to the pandemic of the Corona Virus, the schedule of the exams is affected.

Let us know all about UGC NET or NTA NET with the following points:

  1. National Testing Agency
  2. Eligibility Criteria of UGC NET
  3. Fee Details
  4. Nature of Examination
  5. Schedule of Examination
  6. Admit Card of UGC NET
  7. Useful Instructions
  8. Useful Websites for Related Information
  9. Conclusion

National Testing Agency (NTA)

The Govt. of India under its Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has established National Testing Agency. This autonomous organization was established under the Society Registration Act, 1860. The NTA is an independent, self-reliant & self-sustained premier testing organization.

Eligibility Criteria of UGC-NET

The following are the eligibility criteria for the candidates to appear in UGC-Net:

  • The candidates should have at least 55% marks (without roundoff) in Post-Graduation.
  • The reserved category candidates should have at least 50% marks (without roundoff) in Post-Graduation
  • For JRF, candidates should not be more than 30 years of age as on the dates described in the given notifications of the exam.
  • There are 5 years of age relaxation for reserved category candidates.
  • Candidates appearing in the final years of Post-graduation can also apply. Provided, they should be passed in the final year exam as per the eligibility criteria.

Fee Details

The fee to appear in UGC-NET is payable by the candidates. The fee details are as under:

  • General or Unreserved Candidates:         Rs 1000/-
  • Gen-EWS/OBS-NCL:                                  Rs 500/-
  • SC/St/PwD/Transgender:                         Rs 250/-

Nature of Examination

UGC-NET is conducted twice in a year. Let us find out the nature this examination. Short process of the Examination is as under:

1. Application Form: The first step is to fill up the application form to complete the UGC NET registration. This form is filled in Online mode on the official website.
2. Admit Card: The next process after filling online application form is to download the admit card. The candidates can download their UGC NET admit card by logging in to their registered accounts.
3. Examination: After the above two steps, the next step is to appear in the examination of 3 hours. While this examination consists of two papers- Paper I and Paper-II. These papers have which are objective types of questions.
4. Result declaration: The last process to declare the result of UGC NET. Actually, NTA declares the UGC NET result on its official website as per its prescribed schedule.

Mode of Exam

The examination of UGC-Net is conducted in online mode. A Computer Based Test (CBT) is used to conduct this examination.

Pattern of UGC NET

The pattern of the Test is Objective type, Multiple choice questions (MCQ). In fact, the Test consists of two papers.  The first paper has 50 questions & Second Paper has 100 questions. Each question is 2 marks.

There is no negative marking for incorrect responses. All the questions are compulsory which have to be done in maximum 3 hours (180 minutes). However, there is no break between the papers.


UGC website published & updated the list of all subjects & their codes. So, the candidate has to check his subjects before applying for the test. It is possible that the subjects of your Post-Graduate may not be the same in the list. But you have to check which subjects of the lists, your Post-Graduation subjects related to.

National Testing Agency (NTA) will not provide a copy of the syllabus to any candidate. You can download the updated syllabi for all NET subjects from the University Grant Commission website.

Schedule of Examination

Dates of the examination are usually between 15 to 20 June Or Dec of every year. The normal time schedule is as under:

First ShiftSecond ShiftActivities
09.30 am to 12.30 pm.02.30 pm to 05.30 pmTiming of Examination
03.00 HoursDuration of Examination
07.30 am to 08.30 am12.30 pm to 01.30 pmEntry in the Examination Centre
08.45 am to 09.00 am01.45 pm to 02.00 pmEntry in the Examination
09.15 am to 09.25 am02.15 pm to 02.25 pmInstruction by the invigilators
09.30 am02.30 pmTest Commences
12.30 pm05.30 pmTest ends

Admit Card of UGC-NET

The admit cards of UGC NET are likely to open to download a week before the examination date. So, the applied candidates will be able to download their admit cards from the official website. Literally, the procedure of downloading the admit cards is as under:

  • Go to the official website of NTA NET
  • Now Click on the ‘View Admit Cards’
  • Enter your Application No, Date of Birth with captcha Code.
  • Download the admit Card & Take the printout.

Generally, UGC NET issues the admit cards provisionally to the candidates. In case, the candidate is unable to download the admit cards, he should contact the helpline as advised in the notification. Infect, the candidates have to do the same action if the records of candidates are incorrect on the admit card.

Useful Instruction

There are important instructions printed on the Admit Cards. Therefore, the candidates should go through these instructions carefully before going to the examination center.

Documents Needed in Examination Center
  • Admit Card: The printout copy must be with the candidates during the examination. However, the candidates can download the printout copy of admit card from the NTA official website.
  • Passport Size Photograph: Candidates have to bring their own passport size photograph (the same as uploaded in the online application form). Actually, this photograph will be pasted on the attendance sheets in the Examination Centre.
  • ID Proof: Every candidate must have valid Identity Cards with him/her. It should be one of these- PAN card, Driving License, Passport, Voter ID, Adhaar Card (with the photograph), Adhaar enrolment No or Ration Card.
  • PwD Certificate: To claim the relaxation under PwD category, must have PwD certificate. Indeed, this certificate should be issued by a competent authority.
Don’t Carry in the Examination Centre

Candidates should not carry these items with them in the Examination Centre:

  • Baggage
  • Textual Materials, Calculators, Slide Rules, Log Table, Electronic watches, printed or written materials, bits paper, mobile phone, blue tooth device, pager or any other electronic gadgets or device.
  • Eatable items like tea, coffee, cold drinks & snacks, etc.


NTA NET examination is a very important examination for the students. To qualify this exam shows the efficiency & the subject expertise of the candidates. However, I presented short and to-the-point basic information about the NTA NET. I also recommend you to go through the concerned websites. Though, I am here to help you with such types of exams. So, feel free to share your query, experience, or doubts in the comment box below. I’ll love to discuss them in my upcoming blog posts and YouTube Videos.

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