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National Eligibility Test

Computer Based Test

UGC NET Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 1,000
  • Number Of Attempts:2
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body:National Testing Agency (NTA)

UGC NET December 2021 (Postponed): Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Dates

Updated On - May 31 2021 by Swagota Nandi

NTA has announced the UGC NET 2021 exam hs been postponed because of an increasing number of COVID cases in the country. New dates will announce at least 15 days before the exam. UGC NET 2021 was to 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 09 March 2021. UGC NET i.e. UGC National Eligibility Test is a national level entrance test that will be organized by NTA. It is conducted twice in a year. Through the 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 for 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.

UGC NET 2021 Exam Status

Candidates can check the information related to UGC NET 2021 from the given below table:

ParticularStatus
Exam StatusNTA has postponed the UGC NET exam due to ongoing Covid situation

Latest Update:

  • Due to the current COVID-19 situation, NTA has decided to postponed the UGC NET 2021 December entrance exam.
  • NTA was conduct the UGC NET 2021 on 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17 May 2021.
  • UGC NET 2021 Application Correction window has open from 12 March 2021 till 16 March 2021.

UGC NET 2021 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
EventsDecember 2020
Start of the application form02 February 2021
Last date to apply09 March 2021
Correction in Particulars of Application Form12-16 March 2021
Downloading admit cardApril 2021  Delayed
UGC NET Exam Dates 2020 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17 May 2021 Postponed
Release of answer keyJune 2021 Delayed
Provisional Answer Key (26 Subjects)June 2021 Delayed
Declaration of resultJune 2021 Delayed

UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates can check the details regarding UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern that are provided below:

  • 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
 Paper
 Marks
 No. of Questions
 MCQ
 Total duration

I

100

50

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.
 

II

200

100

This will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.

TOTAL
300
150

 

 

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 2021 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 2021 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
  1. Overview
  2. Key ideas
  3. Reading the topic totally
  4. Recall
  5. Reflect
  6. Review

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card

The candidates can download the UGC NET 2020 Admit Card from the official website of NTA and the candidates need to download the same.
  • 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]

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 2021 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 2021 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.

E-Certificates

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 2021 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 marksGeneralOBC-NCL / PWD / SC / ST
Paper I40 (40%)35 (35%)
Paper II40 (40%)35 (35%)

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 2021 Exam Centres

Candidates can check the list of cities for test for NTA UGC NET 2021 for July session below:

UGC NET Exam Centres
S.No.StateCity
1Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar

Naharlagun

2AssamDibrugarh
Guwahati
Jorhat
Silchar
Tezpur
3Andaman and NicobarPort Blair
4Andhra PradeshAnantapur
Surampalem 
Bhimavaram
Chirala
Chittoor
Eluru
Guntur
Kadapa
Kakinada
Kurnool
Nellore
Ongole
Rajahmundry
Srikakulam
Tirupati
Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam
Vizianagaram
Narasaraopet 
Proddatur
5Bihar Bhagalpur
Arrah
Darbhanga
Gaya
Muzaffarpur
Patna
Purnea
6ChandigarhChandigarh
7ChattisgarhBilaspur
Durg
Bhilai Nagar
Raipur
8Daman & DiuDaman
9Dadra and Nagar HaveliDadra and Nagar Haveli
10DelhiDelhi
11GoaPanaji
12GujaratAhmedabad
Anand
Bhavnagar
Ghandhinagar
Himatnagar
Jamnagar
Junagadh
Mehsana
Rajkot
Surat
Valsad
Vadodara
13HaryanaAmbala
Faridabad
Gurugram
Hissar
Karnal
Kurukshetra
Sonepat
Panipat
Yamuna Nagar
14Himachal PradeshBilaspur
Hamirpur
Palampur
Shimla 
Solan
Mandi
Una
Kullu
15JharkhandBokaro Steel City
Dhanbad
Hazaribagh
Jamshedpur
Ranchi
16Jammu & KashmirBaramulla
Jammu
Samba
Srinagar
17KarnatakaBelgaum
Bellary
Bengaluru
Bidar
Davangere
Gulbarga
Hassan
Hubli
Mangaluru
Mysore
Shivamoga
Tumakuru
Udupi
Mandya
18KeralaPalakkad
Pathanamthitta
Thiruvananthapuram
Thrissur
Alappuzha
Angamaly
Idukki
Kannur
Kasaragod
Kollam
Kottayam
Kozhikode
Malappuram
19LakshadweepKavaratti
20Madhya PradeshBalaghat
Betul
Bhopal
Chhindwara
Gwalior
Indore
Jabalpur
Rewa
Sagar
Shahdol
Ujjain
21MaharashtraAhmednagar
Akola
Amravati
Aurangabad
Chandrapur
Dhule
Jalgaon
Kolhapur
Latur
Mumbai
Nagpur
Nanded
Nasik
Navi Mumbai
Pune
Raigad
Ratnagiri
Sangli
Satara
Solapur
Thane
Wardha
22ManipurImphal
23MeghalayaShillong
24MizoramAizawl
25NagalandDimapur
Kohima
26OdishaBalasore
Berhampur-Ganjam 
Bhubaneshwar
Cuttack
Dhenkanal
Rourkela
Sambalpur
27PuducherryPuducherry
28PunjabAmritsar
Bhatinda
Fatehgarh Sahib
Jalandhar
Ludhiana
Pathankot
Patiala
Sangrur
29RajasthanAjmer
Alwar
Bikaner
Jaipur
Jodhpur
Kota
Sikar
Udaipur
Sriganganagar
30SikkimGangtok
31Tamil NaduChennai
Coimbatore
Cuddalore
Kanchipuram
Kanyakumari
Madurai
Namakkal
Salem
Thanjavur
Thoothukudi
Tiruchirappalli
Tirunelveli
Tiruvallur
Vellore
Virudhunagar
32TelanganaHyderabad
Karimnagar
Khammam
Mahbubnagar
Nalgonda
Warangal
33TripuraAgartala
34UttarakhandDehradun
Haldwani
Haridwar
Nainital
Pantnagar
Roorkee
35Uttar PradeshAgra
Aligarh
Allahabad
Bareilly
Faizabad
Ghaziabad
Gorakhpur
Noida
Jhansi
Kanpur
Lucknow
Mathura
Meerut
Moradabad
Muzaffarnagar
Sitapur
Varanasi
36West BengalAsansol
Burdwan
Darjeeling
Durgapur
Hooghly
Howrah
Kalyani
Kolkata
Siliguri
37LadakhLeh

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UGC NET 2021 Application Form

UGC NET 2020 Postponed for the December cycle, now UGC NET application will be available from 02 February 2021 till 09 March 2021. The complete details of UGC 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.
  • UGC NET application form is available on the NTA official website (National Testing Agency).
  • Candidates can submit only one application.
  • 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 2021 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 2021 Application Fee

Candidate can check the below-given table to find out the application fee structure as per categories defined:

UGC NET 2021 Registration Fee
Category
Amount 

General/Unreserved

Rs. 1000/-

Other Backward Classes (OBC)- (NCL - Non-Creamy Layer)/Economically Weaker Section (EWS)

Rs. 500/-

SC/ST/PwD/Transgender

Rs. 250/-

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 2021 Application Correction

UGC NET application correction window was active till 16 March for the candidates who want to edit their application form. The correction window will was opened on 12 March 2021. Students were 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.

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must fulfil the UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria given below to appear for the exam:
  • 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.

UGC NET 2021 Highlighs

Check the below-given details to know about UGC National Eligibility Test 2021:

Name of the exam

UGC NET 2020 (National Eligibility Test)

Exam conducting body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Level

Nation Level entrance exam

UGC NET Official website

Application Form

Apply Now

Exam Mode

Online (Computer Based Test)

Exam purpose

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. 

 

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UGC NET Important Dates

TitleDates
UGC NET 2020 Exam Date02 May, 03 May 2021
UGC NET 2020 Form Date02 Feb - 09 Mar 2021
Application Correction12 Mar - 16 Mar 2021

National Eligibility Test Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:

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Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:

No

Instructions:Paper 1 consists of 50 questions carrying 2 marks each

Paper 2
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:

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Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:

No

S.No
Subjects
Questions
Marks
Total
1------------

Instructions:Paper 2 consists of 100 questions carrying 2 marks each and total time for both Papers I and Paper II is 3 hours

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it possible to get job in PSU's after clearing NET Exams?

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In general PSU recruit through GATE exam - https://appsgate.iitb.ac.in/

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Is Exam Date extended for Upcoming 2020 Net Exam ? is there any changes is NET Exam syllabus ?

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Please check updated syllabus released by NET Syllabus - https://www.ugcnetonline.in/syllabus-new.php

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