UGC NET December 2020: Application Form(Released), Exam Date(Announced)
Updated On - February 11 2021 by Anusha Pachauri
UGC NET 2020 December exam will be held on 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17 May 2021 through online CBT mode. The candidates can apply from 02 February to 02 March 2021. UGC NET is a national level entrance test which will be organized by NTA. Through UGC NET exam, the eligibility will be determined for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) & Assistant Professor and for Assistant Professor only. Candidates who will successfully qualify the test will be considered for recruitment as Assistant Professor or JRF in Indian Universities and Colleges. In this article, we have provided complete details related to UGC NET 2021 application form, exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, etc.
Candidates who are seeking to apply for UGC NET Dec 2020 can apply from 02 February 2021 up to 02 March 2021.
UGC National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) exam dates have been announced.
NTA will conduct the exam on 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17 May 2021.
UGC NET December 2020 Dates
UGC-NET is conducted twice a year. Candidates can take a look at all the important dates of UGC NET below.
UGC NET 2020 December Dates
Start of the application form
02 February 2021
Last date to apply
02 March 2021
Last date for successful transaction of Examination fee (through Credit Card/ Debit Card/Net Banking & Paytm Payment Modes till 11:50 pm)
03 March 2021
Correction in Particulars of Application Form
05 - 09 March 2021
Downloading admit card
UGC NET Exam Dates 2020
02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17 May 2021
Release of answer key
Provisional Answer Key (26 Subjects)
Declaration of result
UGC NET December 2020 Application Form
UGC NET 2020 Postponed for the December cycle, now UGC NET application will be available from 02 February 2021 till 02 March 2021. The complete details ofUGC NET Application Form 2020 are given below:
Before applying for UGC NET, candidates must go through complete information bulletin and details of the application process. Also, students must be ready with all the documents required at the time of registration.
Candidates had to ensure that the e-mail address and Mobile Number provided in the Online Application Form is theirs as all information/communication was to be sent by NTA through the e-mail address or SMS on the given Mobile Number only.
Applicants must note that the no change in the online application form will be accepted via fax/application or an email, etc.
Steps to fill UGC NET 2020 Online Application
The following online steps will guide the aspiring candidates to understand the procedure of application form and fill the form:
Step 1: Fill in the Online Application Form and note down the system generated Application No.
Step 2: Enter all the details asked in the UGC NET 2020 application form.
Step 3: Upload scanned images of photographs and signature in JPG/JPEG format.
Step 4: Pay the application fee using SBI/HDFC/Syndicate/ICICI Payment Gateway and keep proof of fee paid.
Step 5: Print at least four copies of Confirmation Page after successful remittance of fee.
UGC NET 2020 December Application Fee
Candidate can check the below-given table to find out the application fee structure as per categories defined:
Mode of Payment: Application Fee had to be paid through either of the following modes: Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking/UPI.
NTA does not accept any other mode of payment i.e. Demand Draft /Cheque/Cash/IPO/Money Order etc.
After successful payment, the candidate will be able to print the Confirmation Page.
NOTE: Request for refund of fee once remitted by the candidate will not be entertained by NTA under any circumstances
UGC NET 2020 Application Correction
UGC NET application correction window will be opened for the candidates who want to edit their application form. The correction window will open from April 2021. Students will be able to make correction only through online mode on the website. The complete details related to editable and non-editable fields will be available on the website. Also, students will be informed about the correction window through mail and SMS. No modification will be allowed after the last date of correction.
Candidates must have a minimum of 55% marks in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC whereas, the Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to Non-Creamy Layer/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Transgender category candidates must have at least 50% marks in their Master’s Degree for NET eligibility.
Candidates who are currently pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their final year exam of Master’s degree and waiting for their result or candidates whose qualifying examination has been delayed will also be eligible for the exam.
Candidates who belong to the transgender category would be eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and qualifying criteria for NET as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories.
Age limit and Relaxation for UGC NET
(i) UGC NET JRF:
Not more than 31 years as on 01 March 2021.
A relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and 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 the production of a certificate from the appropriate authority.
Candidates with L.L.M. Degree will get three years of relaxation in age.
Candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces up to the first day of the month in which the concerned UGC-NET is to be held will also get a relaxation of up to 5 years.
(ii) Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for applying for Assistant Professor.
Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor)
Applicants must have cleared either NET/SET/SLET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/Institutions. However, in this regard, exemption from NET/SET/SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.
Candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR/JRF examination before 1991 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) for Assistant Professor held before 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, and are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India.
The Admit Card would be issued provisionally to the candidates of December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) of UGC NET, subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria
The Admit Card will be available through online mode only.
Candidates must carry their admit card along with any of the photo id proof (Aadhar Card, Driving License, and Voter Card, etc.) with them on the exam day.
Furthermore, the candidates must keep their admit card safely for further procedure of admission as they will not be issued any duplicate admit card.
No Admit Card shall be issued to the candidates whose applications are found to be incomplete for any reasons (including indistinct/doubtful photographs/unsigned Applications) or who do not fulfil the eligibility criteria for the examination.
In case a candidate is unable to download the hall ticket, he/she may approach the Help Line of NTA between 09:30 am to 5:30 pm or write to NTA at: [email protected]
The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of objective type questions. There will be no break between papers.
There will be an online Computer Based Test (CBT).
UGC NET Paper Pattern
No. of Questions
The questions will be generic, 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.
180 minutes (three hours) without any break.
All the questions will be compulsory.
This will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.
NOTE:Marking Scheme - For each correct response the candidate will get 2 marks. There will not be any negative marking for an incorrect response. No marks will be given for unanswered/Marked for Review questions.
UGC NET December 2020 Syllabus
The syllabus of UGC NET 2020 will give an idea about the subject and can help with the preparation. Candidates will be provided with the syllabus of the respective subject they have opted for the entrance exam based on their post-graduation specialization. UGC NET December 2020 paper syllabus for 101 subjects can be downloaded in both English and Hindi medium as per the convenience.
UGC NET 2020 Preparation Tips
Before start preparing for the exam, candidates can refer to the UGC NET 2020 preparation tips given below to score good marks in the exam:
Candidates must check the syllabus, exam format and marking scheme of UGC NET before starting their exam preparation.
Candidates must start their preparation early so that they can get enough time for the revision.
Prepare notes and go through these notes every day to refresh your memory and remember the studied topics.
Candidates should fix their weekly targets and try to achieve them and calculate their success weekly and try to improve themselves every week.
Candidates must solve all the question paper of previous years and also the sample question papers. This would help the candidate to have an idea about the pattern of examination.
Applicants should refer to the standard books for study material and also follow the textbook reading methodology-OK4R
Reading the topic totally
Guidelines on the Exam Day of UGC NET 2020
Candidates who are issued with UGC NET 2021 Admit Card will have to follow the following instructions on the day of examination.
Candidates must appear for the test at the allotted exam centre only.
Inattention to, COVID-19 pandemic, candidates are advised to wear masks and maintain social distancing at the exam centre.
Entry to the exam centre is closed 1 hour before the exam while entry to the exam hall is closed 30 minutes before the exam. Candidates must report to the centre at least 02 hours before the exam commences.
Candidates must bring the admit card for the UGC NET 2021 exam hall in the printed format.
In addition to the admit card, one must also carry one identical passport-sized photograph for pasting in the attendance sheet.
Candidates must also carry a photo identity card for the verification of identity.
One must not carry any baggage inside the exam hall.
Candidates are not allowed to leave their seats once the exam starts until the entire duration of the exam is completed.
Rough sheets must be handed over to the invigilator before leaving the exam hall.
Candidates are not allowed to carry any eatables or other beverages inside the exam hall.
One must refrain from using unfair means strictly during the exam
UGC NET December 2020 Answer Key
The National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the UGC NET 2020 Answer Key in July 2021 after the completion of NET Exams. Check further details below:
National Eligibility Test Answer Key will be available in online mode.
NTA will release the provisional answer key for each paper separately.
The response key/answer key contain the correct answers to the questions asked in the papers.
Candidates can challenge the answer key by submitting the fee of Rs. 1000/- for each question.
UGC NET December 2020 Result
Candidates can check UGC NET 2020 Result that will be declared in the month of July 2020.The result will be prepared based on the final answer key.
UGC NET scorecard can be downloaded by entering the roll number, application number and date of birth.
Details like name, category, total marks, scores obtained in each paper.
The result will be available only through online mode on the website. No candidate will be intimated about result individually.
Students will be able to know their marks through the website which will be published by NTA after one week of the announcement of the result
No mark sheet will be issued by NTA authority for the candidates.
The national testing agency (NTA) will release the e-certificates for UGC NET and Joint CSIR UGC NET online.
Candidate can download the E-certificate using Application Number or Roll Number of UGC-NET December 2020 and Date of Birth.
For any query related to JRF Award Letters/NET E-Certificates, e-mail to [email protected].
Official Website for NTA certificates i.e. https://ecertificate.nta.ac.in/
UGC NET December 2020 Cut Offs
After the commencement of the examination, NTA releases cut off marks for each post – ‘Assistant Professor or JRF and Assitant Professor’. Cut off marks are released for each subject and each category of UGC NET 2021. Given below are the minimum qualifying marks required to clear Paper 1 and Paper 2.
UGC NET Category Wise Cutoff
Paper and Cut Off marks
OBC-NCL / PWD / SC / ST
UGC NET 2020 Dec Cycle Selection Process
The Top 6% of the total students who will qualify the exam (both Paper 1 and 2) will be only considered qualified. Candidates will be given admission for the post of JRF or Assistant professor into various Indian institutes and universities based on cut off secured as per the category. For the post of Assistant Professor, top 15% qualified candidates from each category will get selected and considered eligible.
UGC NET December 2020 Exam Centres
Candidates can check the list of cities for test for NTA UGC NET 2021 for July session below:
To determine the eligibility of the candidates for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship), Assistant professor, Assistant Professor positions.
Stay connected for UGC National Eligibility Test 2021 conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA).
About National Testing Agency
Until 2018 the test was conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education but now December 2018 onwards, National Testing Agency is conducting it successfully. It is a National Agency approved by the Union Council of Ministers established in November 2017. The main aim of NTA is to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions. Other than JEE MAIN, NTA also conducts various exams like National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate, Common Management Admission Test and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test.
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) - UGC
The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is a scheme of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Candidates who qualify in the National Eligibility Test-Junior Research Fellowship(NET-JRF) of the UGC and the UGC-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (UGC-CSIR) joint test are eligible for this fellowship.
The award of JRF and or Eligibility for Assistant Professor depends on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-I and paper-II of UGC-NET.
UGC NET Important Dates
UGC NET 2020 Form Date
02 Feb - 02 Mar 2021
UGC NET 2020 Exam Date
02 May, 03 May 2021
National Eligibility Test Exam Pattern
Question Paper Type :
Multiple Choice Questions
Instructions:Paper 1 consists of 50 questions carrying 2 marks each
Question Paper Type :
Multiple Choice Questions
Instructions:Paper 2 consists of 100 questions carrying 2 marks each and total time for both Papers I and Paper II is 3 hours
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