National Eligibility Test

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.

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The 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 University Grants Commission.

For candidates who desire to pursue research, the Junior Research Fellowship is available for five years subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. University Grants Commission has allocated a number of fellowships to the universities for the candidates who qualify the test for Junior Research Fellowship. The JRFs are awarded to the meritorious candidates from among the candidates qualifiying for eligibility for lectureship in the National Eligibility Test. JRFs are available only to the candidates who opt for it in their application forms.

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UGC NET Exam Pattern

The online exam consists of 2 papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both the papers will consist of only objective type questions. There will be a break of 30 minutes between them.

  • No. of Papers: Two papers.
  • No. of Questions: Total 150 questions will be asked in NET (Paper 1: 50 Question and Paper 2: 100 Questions). All questions are compulsory to attempt.
  • Subjects: Paper I will consist General Aptitude Questions and Paper 2 will have questions related to the subject selected by candidates.
  • Medium of Paper: Hindi and English are the only options to attempt UGC NET. Choice for paper medium can be exercised at the time of filling the form.
  • Negative Marking: NTA will not be not following negative marking scheme in UGC NET.
  • Online i.e. Computer Based Mode.
  • Each candidate will be allocated their own desktop with pre-installed software especially formed for the examination.
Questions Details
  • The questions in both the paper will be objective in nature.
  • This means, all the questions in UGC NET will be of MCQs, having 4 choices.
  • The duration of Paper 1 is 60 minutes and Paper 2 is 120 minutes.
Total Questions | Sections
  • Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will have 100 questions in total.
  • No restriction to move to and fro among the sections.
  • All the questions are compulsory to attempt
Exam Marking Scheme
  • A uniform marking system is followed in the exam i.e. for Paper 1 and 2, each correct answer carries + 2 marks.
  • As per the revised exam pattern of UGC NET Exam, there is no negative marking for any unanswered or incorrect answer.

In UGC NET Paper I:

  • The questions will be generic in nature, 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.

In UGC NET Paper II:

  • This will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.
  • All the questions of Paper II will be compulsory.