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What Is UGC NET?

UGC NET is also called the National Eligibility Test. Students aspiring to become professors or assistant professors in colleges and universities of India pursue UGC NET. This exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency. It has 2 papers, and a total duration of 3 hours is given to the candidates to take up the test. The exam is a complete computer-based test and holds no negative marking for candidates. 

UGC NET Exam 2020:

In this exam, the eligibility of the Indian Nationals is tested. It decides whether or not students are eligible to become an Assistant Professor (AP) or if they are eligible for getting into Junior Fellowship Program in various Indian universities. 

The exam is taken by aspiring Assistant Professors and Junior Fellowship Research enthusiasts. The JRFs get funding for their own research after they qualify UGC NET. One can also go for lectureship after qualifying for the exam. 

Due to the pandemic, the exam which was supposed to be commenced in June has been postponed to September. 

Till June 2018, NET was conducted by CBSE in 84 subjects and 91 cities across India. Since that time, it has been conducted every year by the NTA. After giving the exam, the candidates who are selected for the JRF program won't be selected for AP and vice versa. 

UGC NET Exam 2020 Highlights

Full Name of Exam
University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test
Short Name
Level of Exam
National Level
Conducting Body of Exam
Courses Offered
Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lectureship (LS)
Mode of Exam
Online/ Computer Based
Maximum Marks
300 (Paper 1 = 100 marks + Paper 2 = 200 marks)
180 minutes

For PG level, 55% aggregate is required

(For OBC-NCL/ SC/ ST/ Transgender- 50%)

Upper Age Limit
30 years for JRF

Strategy to Crack UGC NET Examination

The application process in the UGC involves basic steps: Registering, Applying online, uploading documents, and paying the fee. Students must keep the documents handy, as those will be required for submission. Without documents, the application won't move forward.

UGC Exam is a computer-based exam and has two papers in total. All the questions are objective-based questions and hold no negative marking. The syllabus is mentioned below in detail. UGC NET admit card contains the student's roll number, centre, the timing of the exam, date, etc. Without the admit card, the candidate cannot give the examination.

Candidates will be notified about results and counselling dates on the official website only. Keep a print out of the result for future references. It is very important to read last year's papers and do an analysis of the same. It gives ideas about how the current year's paper is going to be designed. There are many ways to manage time effectively while preparing for UGC NET.

UGC NET Exam Date:

The UGC NET, this year, will be held on 16th September or 18th September. The final date is yet to be announced by the exam conducting body. The exam is for 180 minutes/3 hours. Note that no break is provided between the two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. 

UGC NET 2020 Application Process:

The application process for UGC NET can be simply divided into three steps.

  • Registration: Registration is the first and the most basic step in the entire application process, wherein the candidates have to enter their own name and the name of their guardian. The name should be written in capital letters and must be exactly the same as the name written in the Certificate of Secondary Examination.
    In the same step, one has to fill in the details like date of birth and the contact details. The contact details must include their email address and phone number. 

  • Online Application: Filling the online application form is the next step. The OBC list, which is displayed by the Central Government, must be checked throughout while filling the online application form. The candidates who don't find their names on that list must mention themselves as belonging to the General Category in front of their names.
    Mention the current place of residence and pin code correctly. In total, 4 centres are allotted, out of which the candidate has to select one. After selecting the centre, the candidate must select a subject from the list of various subjects on the NET list and proceed. The subject and centre, by no means, will be changed by the NTA. 

  • Uploading of Documents: One should ensure to upload the documents in the required format only. For example, the required format for uploading the candidate's passport size image is 10 kb to 200 kb. The required format for uploading the candidate's signature would be 4 kb to 30 kb. Usage of only black ink is allowed on the white sheet for signature scanning and uploading process.
  • Payment of fee: One can pay for the form by any of the following methods like Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking, UPI, Paytm. 

UGC NET Apply Online:

In order to apply for the UGC NET exam, it is important to log in to the UGC NET website. The candidate login is available on the official website of the UGC NET portal. UGC NET Online process can be very easily comprehended by the students. Every detail is mentioned on the main page. 

UGC NET Application Form:

UGC NET Form is an application form and has to be filled by students mandatorily in order to complete the registration process. UGC NET form is available online, and the candidate's basic, personal, and contact details have to be filled. While filling the form, the candidates must mention whether they are applying for Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship. 

UGC NET Official Website:

UGC NET's official website contains all the information about upcoming important dates and all other updates. The Result/Scorecard is also available on the website. One can find a lot of mock tests on the website.

UGC NET Registration:

The official website of UGC has a Candidate Registration Form. In order to complete the registration form, one will need to have certain documents handy. The documents required to complete the UGC NET Registration are mentioned below.

Documents Required in the Application Process:

  1. University/ Board certificate for the candidate's name, his/ her mother's name, father's name, and DoB.
  2. Mobile Number and Email ID of the candidate 
  3. Scanned Pictures (JPEG format)
  4. Adhaar card
  5. NET Subject code
  6. Mailing and permanent address
  7. Medical certificates of candidates with disabilities
  8. Category/ reservation certificate 
  9. Ration card details, passport, and govt documents
  10. Qualifying Degree certificate of candidate/ semester mark sheet
  11. Certificate if one is EWS
  12. Postgraduate level subject code

Points to keep in mind while applying for UGC NET 2020:

  1. It's important for one to keep in mind that one candidate can submit only one application.
  2. The candidates who don't follow the instructions carefully can be disqualified. One can find all the instructions on the Bulletin board of NTA
  3. It's important to keep a receipt of the fee paid by one
  4. One can edit the application form multiple times before submissions finally. If one submits the form and still requires changes, one will only be able to do that during the correction window. After that period, NTA doesn't entertain any further changes in the form.
  5. One should keep all the dates in mind. The application and confirmation page will be deactivated once the schedule is over.
  6. One should not carry anything inside the examination hall like a purse, geometry box, paper, stationery, etc.

UGC NET Age Limit:

One must be of 28 years of age to be able to apply to UGC NET. 


CSIR stands for the 'Council of Scientific & Industrial Research'. CSIR NET subjects include Chemical Sciences, Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences. It is a different exam and not the same as UGC NET.

Difference Between UGC NET and CSIR UGC NET

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern: 

The aggregate marks of Paper 1 and Paper 2 collectively decide whether the candidate will be able to make it to the post of Assistant Professor or JRF. 


Exam Type
Total Papers
Paper type
Objective-Based questions

Total 3 hours  (Paper 1: 1 hour

Paper 2: 2 hours)

Total Number of Questions

Paper 1: 50 Questions

Paper 2: 100 Questions

Total Marks

Paper 1: 100

Paper 2: 200


+2 for the  correct answer

No deductions for wrong answer (no negative marking)

UGC NET Subjects:

UGC NET has about 95 subjects. Some of the subjects are:

  1. Economics
  2. Political Science
  3. Social Work
  4. Home Science
  5. Anthropology
  6. Sociology

UGC NET Syllabus:

UGC NET Paper 1 syllabus:

UGC NET paper 1 checks the research skills and teaching capabilities of the candidate. A total number of ten sessions fall in the UGC NET syllabus of this paper.

People & Environment 
Research Aptitude 
Higher Education System: Governance, Polity, and Administration
Teaching Aptitude
Information & Communication Technology
Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning

UGC NET Paper 2 syllabus:

Paper 2 is chosen by the student from the list of many subjects from the UGC NET list. Please note only a few of the subjects are mentioned here from the list of UGC Net subject list. The UGC NET syllabus for each of those 84 subjects is different. Therefore, students preparing for the UGC NET exam must be aware of the UGC NET syllabus of their particular subject.

Public Administration
Labour Welfare
Visual Arts
Women Studies
Rabindra Sangeet
Tourism Administration and Management
Indian culture

UGC NET Admit Card:

The UGC NET admit card's release date is on 1st September 2020. Students can download admit cards 15 days before the exam. UGC Net Exam is conducted at 264 different centres in India. Out of these 264 centres, candidates get to choose 4 exam centres, as per their location or address of stay. 

NTA always makes sure that the candidate gets the location chosen by them only. Once a candidate is allotted a centre, it doesn't change. The seats in the UGC NET exam centre are allotted on the basis of the availability of the seats. 

The admit card has their roll number, centre, the timing of the exam, date, etc. The student will find all the details on the admit card. In order to appear for the UGC NET exam, having a UGC NET Admit card is of utmost importance, without which the candidate won't be allowed to give the exam.

Some important instructions pertaining to UGC NET admit card:

  1. Verify and cross-check all the details with the admit card after downloading it.
  2. Since the admit card is only available online, do get a print of it after receiving it online. Get it printed on an A4 sheet and then take it to the UGC NET exam centre
  3. Keep the UGC Net hall ticket in very good condition. 
  4. Carry ID proof with the admit card
  5. Refrain from throwing the admit card away after the exam. It would be required at every step. Keep it for the safer side.

UGC NET 2020 Counselling:

UGC NET counselling is released by UGC. The candidates get notified about the counselling schedule on the official website. Candidates are advised to keep these documents for counselling sessions:

  1. Counselling Letter (Photocopy & Original)
  2. Admit Card (Original & Photocopy)
  3. Caste Certificates & Other Documents all signed by the Authorized Authorities
  4. Payment Details
  5. Provisional & Original Degree Certificate
  6. Hall Ticket/ Scorecard
  7. Candidate's Medical Documents.
  8. Xth & XIIth Certificates (Original & Photocopy)
  9. Passport Size Photographs (Black and White)

UGC NET Results:

The result of UGC Net is always highlighted on the official website. The results of UGC NET Result NTA will never be sent to the candidate on their mail or by post. The NTA UGC NET Exam Result can be downloaded easily, and the candidates are advised to download the UGC NET result and save them as pdf or take out a print out of those UGC NET results for future purposes. 

Easy Steps to Download UGC NET 2020 Exam Result:

  1. Visit UGC NET's official website 
  2. Click on the UGC NET 2020 Result Link
  3. Log in by entering the Registration Number and password. 
  4. Immediately, the result card will be shown on the screen 
  5. Take a printout of the result card for future reference.

Paper Analysis:

The paper analysis of the paper 1 is as follows:

  • In Paper 1, Reading Comprehension, Teaching Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning are the easiest sections.
  • Data Interpretation, Mathematics, and Communication are the moderate ones.
  • The most difficult sections in Paper 1 are Governance & Current Affairs, Research Aptitude, ICT, and People & Environment

Tips to Crack any Competitive Exams

Exam Preparation Tips:

  • Preparing for any exam requires a strategy. One must strategize based on factors like time, syllabus, etc. 
  • Exam preparation tips can be different for different people as per their routine and lifestyle. If there is a lot of time left for the exam, then one must at least spend 8 to 10 hours studying. Make sure to take breaks in between and refrain from sitting for continuous hours. For some, ten minutes of power nap works very well.
  • For long term preparations, waking up at 5 am every day works the best. If one is a morning person, they can go ahead and study the concepts easily early in the morning. 
  • A lot of mock tests are available everywhere on the internet. Even the official website of the UGC NET offers mock tests. One just has to sign in with the details and take up calculated mock tests for UGC NET.
  • The candidate can use flashcards. Flashcards enhance memory retention. Pasting the concepts or formulas on walls can also help one remember them.

Selecting good books for preparation:

  1. Opt only for famous authors or publishing houses that are reputed. The books by renowned authors can be trusted and are a credible source for information.
  2. Compare multiple books and verify the information with mentors or UGC NET experts.
  3. The books that renowned coaching centres recommend can also be picked and studied. Such books often have previous papers attached to them.
  4. Always keep in mind to check the date and year of publication of the book. Always go for the updated and latest books.

Here is a list of few good books that can help one prepare better for the UGC NET Exam:

UGC NET Paper 1 Books:

  1. UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude by Arihant Experts
  2. UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) 14 Years' Solved Papers Teaching and Research Aptitude Paper-I
  3. CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research Aptitude-JRF and Assistant Professor Exam Guide (for Paper-I) (CBSE UGC (NET) JRF & Asstt. Professor Exam) by Dr. M.S. Ansari & RPH Editorial Board
  4. UGC-NET (Paper-I) 50 Practice Papers (Solved) by Ramesh Publishing House
  5. CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF - Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madaan
  6. UGC NET/SET Paper 1 by McGraw Hill Education
  7. Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper I by M. Gagan and Sajit Kumar

Books for Paper 2:

  1. For Political Science, one can go for Trueman's UGC NET Political Science by KA Babu and Sajit Kumar
  2. For Philosophy- Trueman's UGC NET Philosophy by A.M. Tripathi 
  3. For Psychology- Trueman's UGC NET Psychology by Akhilesh Mani
  4. For Sociology- Trueman's UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain
  5. For Electronic Science- CBSE UGC NET/SET ELECTRONIC SCIENCE by Sunil Kushwaha (Author)
  6. For Hindi- Trueman's UGC NET Hindi Literature (Hindi Sahitya) by Boards of Authors
  7. For Education: Trueman's UGC NET Education by GaganManocha

UGC NET Mock Test: 

If one is looking forward to giving UGC NET 2020, they must surely be taking up the mock tests to know where they stand. Mock tests let one know where they are lacking and what their weak areas are; hence, solving mock tests will enhance the performance during the main exam. Mock tests help the candidates in understanding the exam patterns and section-wise weightage. It also helps the candidates to increase their speed. They learn how to manage time effectively. The candidate gets the idea and the gist of how the paper is going to be about. They will feel more confident and less anxious.

Steps to register for mock tests:

  1. Step 1: Go to the official website of the National Testing Agency
  2. Step 2: Click on a link named 'Student Registration (Mock Test)'
  3. Step 3: It will take the candidate to a new page, where they will have to log in to the Online Mock test page. It can be done via the phone number/ Facebook account/ google account. 
  4. Step 4: A registration form must be filled. In the same form, the candidate will be asked to fill in the following details:
    1. Personal Details (Name, Gender, DoB, Father's Name, Photo ID proof, Passport size photographs)
    2. Academic Details (Name of school/ institution that one are attending/ enrollment number)
    3. Contact Details (Phone no., email id, residing address)
    4. Exam details (exam types and no. of attempts taken)
  5. Step 5: Click on 'Submit'.

Tips and Tricks for Reading Comprehension in Competitive Exams

UGC NET 2020 Age Limit:

The candidates appearing for UGC NET, with the aim of becoming an Assistant Professor, do not have to worry about the age limit. But the students aiming for a Junior Fellowship Program, after taking up UGC NET, have a limitation when it comes to their age. They can't apply if they are 31 years of age or above.

UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria:

There are many who aspire to give UGC NET and follow a career path in the field of lectureship, assistant professorship, or junior fellowship program. 

  1. Students must have secured a minimum of 55% marks in one of the 100 subjects listed on UGC Net's website.
  2. SC/ ST/ PwD/ OBC sections must have secured at least 50% marks in their Master's degree.
  3. The people who have a Ph.D. degree in hand and have also completed their Master's degree will be eligible too.
  4. Candidates aspiring for the Junior Fellowship Research program must be 30 years of age or less in order to be eligible for the exam
  5. For candidates aspiring to become AP, there is no upper age limit for them


  1. What are the future career prospects after UGC NET?

    - After pursuing UGC NET, one can be the following:

            - Reader
            - Head of Department
            - Assistant Professor
            - Professor

  2. What are the new dates of UGC NET?
    - The new dates for UGC NET are 16th September to 18th September and 21st September to 25th September. The admit cards are available from September 1st.

  3. What is the minimum eligibility criteria for appearing in the UGC NET Exam?
    - Students who have secured a minimum of 55% marks in one of the 100 subjects listed on UGC NET's website are eligible to apply. SC/ ST/ PwD/ OBC sections who have secured at least 50% marks in their Master's degree are also eligible to apply and give the UGC NET exam.

  4. Are there exemptions for Assistant Profesor's eligibility?

    Yes, there are certain exemptions. The following are the exemptions for better understanding:
              For NET/ SET/ SLET applicants:

    • The ones who have been awarded a Ph.D. degree, in accordance with UGC 
    • Candidates who had passed UGC/CSIR, before 1989 only, are also exempted from appearing in NET.
      For SET candidates:
    • SET is accredited by UGC. The candidates who have already cleared the SET for Assistant Professor, before 2002 only, are also exempted from giving the NET exam. But they are eligible for becoming an Assistant Professor anywhere in the country.
  5. Is the Aadhaar document a mandatory document for the UGC NET Exam?
    - No, it's not a mandatory requirement at all. One can also provide other government IDs like passport numbers, etc.

  6. Will the NTA UGC NET Exam be conducted online or offline?
    - It's a computer-based test conducted only in online mode.

  7. Is there any negative marking in the UGC NET exam?
    - There is no Negative Marking in the exam.

  8. Is there any sectional cut off in the NTA UGC NET exam?
    - No, there is not any sectional cut off for this exam.

  9. What documents do I need while applying for the UGC NET exam?
    - These are the following documents one would be required for applying to the UGC NET exam:

  • University/ Board certificate for the candidate's name, his/ her mother's name, father's name, and DoB.
  • Mobile Number and Email ID of the candidate 
  • Scanned Pictures (JPEG format)
  • Adhaar card
  • NET Subject code
  • Mailing and permanent address
  • Medical certificates of candidates with disabilities
  • Category/ reservation certificate 
  • Ration card details, passport, and govt. documents
  • Qualifying Degree certificate of candidate/ semester mark sheet
  • Certificate if one is EWS
  • Postgraduate level subject code

Important Dates
Start Date
End Date

UGC NET Application Form Registration Dates

16th March 2020

30th June 2020

Availability of Admit Card

1st September 2020

1st September 2020

UGC NET Exam Date

16th September 2020

18th September 2020

UGC NET Exam Date

21st September 2020

25th September 2020

Fee Details
  • General/ Unreserved - 800
  • OCB/ EWS - 400
  • SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender - 200
Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria of JRF differs from the eligibility criteria of Assistant Professorship. 

General Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The aspirants must have got a minimum of 55% in their Master's program. They must have done a Master's from a known university/ institute. 
  2. The Masters must have been pursued only in the subjects mentioned on the UGC NET list on their website. They have about 100 subjects mentioned in there.
  3. Students from SC/ ST/ OBC/ PwD must have got at least 50% to apply for UGC NET
  4. The final year students can also apply, given the condition that they complete their postgraduate studies before the announcement of the UGC result

JRF Eligibility:

  1. JRF aspirants must not be more than 30 years.
  2. For the women or the aspirants belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PwD, the conducting body has given some relaxation
  3. Candidates holding Research experience are given relaxation for their research on the subject they chose during their postgraduate study. 

Assistant Professor Eligibility:

  1. For AP, there is a fixed upper age limit. 
  2. Ph.D. holders or Ph.D. pursuing candidates do not have to think about minimum eligibility criteria

Also, Check JEE Main Examination

Age limit
  • One must be of 28 years of age to be able to apply to UGC NET. 

ID proof details
  • Any of these authorized IDs would work: PAN/ DL/ Passport/ Voter ID/ Aadhaar/ Ration Card
  • PwD Certificate

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