The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research. The Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science.

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the UGC-CSIR NET for other Science subjects, namely, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences jointly with the UGC. The tests are conducted twice in a year generally in the months of June and December. For candidates who desire to pursue research, the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is available for five years subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. UGC has allocated a number of fellowships to the universities for the candidates who qualify the test for JRF. The JRFs are awarded to the meritorious candidates from among the candidates qualifying for eligibility for lectureship in the NET. JRFs are available only to the candidates who opt for it in their application forms.

The test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. The Government of India, through its notification dated 22nd July, 1988 entrusted the task of conducting the eligibility test for lectureship to UGC. Consequently, UGC conducted the first National Eligibility Test, common to both eligibility for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship in two parts, that is, in December 1989 and in March , 1990.

NET Schedule

UGC conducts NET twice a year, i.e., in the months of June and December. The notifications announcing the June and December examinations are published in the months of March and September respectively in the weekly journal of nation-wide circulation, viz, Employment News.

NET Results Declaration Schedule

The result of June, UGC-NET is declared generally in the month of October. Similarly December, UGC-NET result is usually declared in the month of April. The UGC-NET results published in the Employment News are also available on UGC website www.ugc.ac.in

NET for Science Subjects

The NET in Major Science Subjects, viz., Chemical Sciences; Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences is conducted jointly with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. The concerned notifications are issued separately by CSIR.

Submission of the Application Forms for Appearing in The UGC-NET

The procedure for applying for UGC-NET is described in detail in the notification for the relevant examination. The notification is published in the Employment News generally in the months of March and September and is also uploaded on the UGC website www.ugc.ac.in


The UGC has the unique function as only grant-giving agency in the country which has been entrusted with two duties of providing funds and coordination, maintenance, determination of standards.

The UGC's mandate:
  • To uphold and coordinate university education.
  • To determine and maintain standards of teaching, examination and research in universities.
  • To outline regulations on minimum standards of education.
  • To check developments in the field of college and university education; distribute grants to the universities and colleges.
  • To provide for an important link between the Union and state governments.
  • To Advise the Central and State governments on the measures for improvement of university education.



The Test consists of three papers. All the three papers have objective type questions and will be held in two separate sessions as under:

Session Paper Marks Number of Question Duration
First I 100 60 out of which 50 question to be attempted 1¼ Hours
(09.30 A.M. to 10.45 A.M.)
First II 100 50 questions all are compulsory 1¼ Hours
(10.45 A.M. to 12.00 NOON)
Second III 150 75 questions all are compulsory 2½ Hours
(01.30 P.M. to 4.00 P.M.)

Paper-I is general and common to all, proposed to check the teaching/research aptitude, reasoning ability, knowledge of environment and information and communication technology, governance, comprehension, creative thinking and general awareness of the candidate. There are (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each, out of which the candidate would be required to attempt any fifty (50) as only first 50 questions are checked.

Paper-II is of 50 objective compulsory questions depends upon the subject chosen by the candidate. Each question is of 2 marks.

Paper-III is of 75 objective compulsory questions from the subject chosen by the candidate. Each question is of 2 marks. All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III are compulsory, comprising entire syllabus (including all electives). The candidate will have to mark the answers for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III on the OMR sheet provided along with the Test Booklet.

How to Clear UGC NET exam?


1) Please go through the question paper of last few years. This gives you an insight into what type of questions is asked in the examination. Try to access your understanding of the questions asked in the past. You can try to solve the questions with the help of a book as well. This would ensure that you will end up solving around 100 odd questions of your subjects. Many important sections of your subject would get covered this way.

2) Follow the syllabus of your subject. Read all the topics in detail. It is better to avoid selective reading. When you read the subject in full, the possibility that any of the questions will be missed by you gets reduced substantially.

4) For the first paper, try to be very analytical while answering these questions.

5) The general knowledge for the subject can't be studied separately. Whatever knowledge that you have gathered till now will alone help you.

UGC NET is not easy to crack; hence you need to be very systematic while approaching the examination.

DO’s and Don’ts

KEEP all the documents: Admit Card, Photo-Id Proof etc. Are the things one should take care of? In UGC NET Test Center, All these documents should be checked in advance before the not on the day of examination. Keep pen and other this will reduce needless tension on the day of exam.

Go before reporting time: One should reach UGC NET Test Center well in time. Timely advent at Test Center removes half of your anxiety.

Stress Management and time management: Managing nervousness at UGC NET Test Center is very important. Keep your mind refresh UNTIL THE EXAMINATION STARTS.

Do check the guidelines: There are guidelines of UGC NET that are given on UGC Website. www.ugc.ac.in

Follow above guidelines. If someone is having any doubt, support of the invigilators must be taken and his/her instructions must be taken into consideration. Disobedience of UGC rules may lead to cessation of your application. OMR Sheet: The OMR sheet is to be handled with care. Do not fold and roll the

OMR sheets. Do not use whitener or eraser otherwise you will be disqualified.

Words of prudence: AVOID carrying books, mobiles and gadgets of any kind into the examination centre. Do not involve cheating or copying as well as exchange of the answer sheets otherwise you will be disqualified.

Systematic approach: Systematically read and assess the question paper and attempt the questions that are easy to answer and straightforward for you. Do not spend excess time on any single question.

For our students who face some problems in one concept or the other, we have Doubt Sessions that provide clarity on the tricky portions of proper UGC NET syllabus. These Doubt Sessions can address and provide clarity on each and every part or unit of the syllabus that has been covered in the preceding UGC NET classes. Our students, who were not able to attend regular UGC NET classes due to some reason, our doubt sessions serve as an effective method of covering up the missed classes in quick time.


We conduct discussion session and doubt sessions where students can clarify their related doubts as well. This session helps students to brush up their previous knowledge. Apart from this, students also learn better time management and stress management.


This will comprise of following steps:

Step I: The candidates have to obtain following minimum marks separately in all the papers as given below:

  Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
GENERAL 40 (40%) 40 (40%) 75 (50 %)
OBC(Non-creamy layer) 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 67.5 (45 %) rounded off to 68
PWD/SC/ST 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 60 (40 %)

Step II: Those who have cleared step I, a merit list will be prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers.

Step III: Top 15% candidates (for each subject and category), from the merit list, will be declared UGC NET qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only.

Step IV: A separate merit list for the award of JRF will be prepared from amongst UGC NET qualified candidates.

For Persons with Disability (Visually Challenged) thirty minutes additional time shall be provided separately for paper-I and Paper-II. For paper-III, 45 minutes extra time shall be provided. The services of a scribe who would be a graduate in a subject other than that of the candidate will also be provided. Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates who are not able to write in their own hand-writing can also avail these services by making prior request. The Scribe is only given for candidates with disability of 40% or more.

Syllabus of Test: Syllabi for all UGC NET subje Syllabi for all UGC NET subjects can be downloaded from the UGC Website www.ugc.ac.in.


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