Frequently Asked Questions

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has entrusted the responsibility of conducting UGC-NET to the NTA. UGC-NET is a test being conducted to determine the eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Assistant Professor & Junior Research fellowship both in college and university.

The benefits of qualifying UGC NET are:

  • Getting JRF Fellowship
  • Becoming a Research Scholar
  • Becoming Assistant Professor
  • Promotion in the existing job
  • Opportunities in PSUs

NTA has been established as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examination for fellowship in college & University. UGC NET is a test being conducted to determine the eligibility for ‘Assistant Professor only’ OR ‘Assistant Professor & Junior Research Fellowship both’.

The below table will give brief detail of the Age Limit for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Posts as per the latest official Notification:

Posts Age Limit (As on June 01 2021)
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) 30 years
Assistant Professor No upper age limit

Answer: Yes, there is relaxation on Upper Age Limit for the below categories of the candidates:

S.NO Category Age Limit Relaxation
1 Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe 5 years
(35 years as on June 01, 2021)
2 Other Backward Classes (OBC)
3 Women
4 Women
5 Women
6 Candidates having research experience Period spent on research – Maximum 5 years
7 Candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree 3 years
8 Candidates who have served in the armed forces 5 years

Candidates who are pursuing their master’s degree or equivalent courses or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying master’s degree (Final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examination have been delayed can appear in the UGC NET June 2020 Examination.

Category Percentage Criteria
General/ EWS (Including candidates waiting for their PG Final Year result or going to be appeared in the exam) ST/ SC/ OBC/ PWD/ Transgender (Including candidates waiting for their PG Final Year result or going to be appeared in the exam)
55% aggregate in Master’s Degree or Equivalent Degree 50% aggregate in Master’s Degree or Equivalent Degree
Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September, 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) 50% aggregate in Master’s Degree or Equivalent Degree

A candidate can fill the application form in only one subject. You can choose out of subjects given in the Information Bulletin (ANNEXURE-III). However, filling in the Multiple Forms will cancellation of application form.

This will be computer based test and will be conducted through online mode.

We have listed down the Exam Pattern for NTA UGC NET Exam:

NTA UGC NET June 2020 Exam Pattern
Session Paper Number of Questions (All are compulsory) Marks Duration
Single (No break between Paper 1 & Paper 2) I 50 1000 1 Hour
II 100 200 2 Hours
Total 150 300 3Hours
NTA UGC NET June 2020 Part-I Exam Pattern
Part Sections (Objective Multiple Choice Questions) Questions Marks
I Teaching Aptitude 5 10
II Research Aptitude 5 10
III Reading Comprehension 5 10
IV Communication 5 10
V Reasoning (including Maths) 5 10
VI Logical Reasoning 5 10
VII Data Interpretation 5 10
VIII Information & Communication Technology (ICT) 5 10
IX People & Environment 5 10
X Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration 5 10
Total 50 100
NTA UGC NET June 2020 Part-II Exam Pattern
Part-II Type of Questions No. of Questions Mark for 1 Question Total Marks
Selected Subject Objective Multiple Choice Questions 100 2 200

There is no Negative Marking in UGC NETExam.

No, there will be no sectional cut-off in the exam.

The NTA will hold the UGC NET Exam twice a year. The first is going to be held in June and the second is going to be held in December.

The medium should be filled while applying online however in CBT. You can also choose the medium during the examination.

NTA will identify schools and colleges with internet and computer facilities. The same will be designated as Test Practice Centers (TPCs) for facilitating free practice sessions on every Saturday and Sunday for UGC NET aspirants. An NTA App is also available.

The candidates have to select any four cities of their choice for examination of NET. The efforts will be made to allot the city of examination to the candidates in order of the choice opted by them in their application form. However, this is not a guarantee.

There is no facility for the candidates to choose the examination dates and shifts as the Selection of examination dates/shifts will be allotted by the NTA as per the availability in the four cities that you have opted for.

Yes, sometimes questions from the previous years’ papers are repeated.

No, candidates should take the subject of their post-graduation or any other related subject for the exam.

Both the CSIR NET and UGC NET are conducted for candidates who seek for the position of Assistant Professor/Research Fellow in Indian Universities. However, CSIR NET is conducted for graduate and post-graduate students in the Science stream while UGC NET is conducted for post-graduate students in Humanities/Social Sciences/Computer Science and Application, Electronic Science etc.

The candidate is required to bring following at the examination centre (Also read the Information Bulletin carefully):-

  • • Admit Card along with passport size photograph affixed on it.
  • • One passport size photograph to be affixed on attendance sheet. Candidates are advised not to bring any other item at the examination centres. There will not be any arrangement for safe keeping of any material at the centre. Neither NTA nor centre will be responsible for any loss, delay etc.

No candidate will be allowed to leave the examination hall/room before the test concludes.

Admit cards will not be sent to candidates. These will be uploaded on website. Candidates need to download the Admit Card from the website only.

The result of UGC NET will be uploaded on the website www.nta.ac.in/ www.ntanet.nic.in, as per schedule.

For Junior Research Fellowship: The validity period of the offer is three years w.e.f the date of issue of JRF Award letter. However, in case the candidate who has 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.

NTA helps the UGC in the online conduct of the NET Examination, declaration of result and issuance of UGC NET E-certificate. NTA has started issuing e-certificate to qualified candidates on behalf of UGC from June 2019 Exams. Candidates who have cleared the UGC Exam can download the NET E-Certficate& JRF Award Letter from the link.