About the N E T

On behalf of UGC, the National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian Universities and Colleges.

Till recently, the CBSE conducted the NET in 84 subjects at 91 selected Cities of spread across the country.

From Dec 2018 onwards, the UGC- NET (for Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor both), will be conducted by the NTA.

  • National Testing Agency (NTA) has been established as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.
  • To assess competence of candidates for admissions and recruitment has always been a challenge in terms of matching with research based international standards, efficiency, transparency and error free delivery. The National Testing Agency is entrusted to address all such issues using best in every field, from test preparation, to test delivery and to test marking.

The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR Eligibility for Assistant Professor only depends on the performance of the candidate in both the papers of NET in aggregate. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor are not to be considered for award of JRF. Candidates who qualify the Test for eligibility for Assistant Professor are governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments, as the case may be.

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. June and December.

 

Name of the exam: UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test)

 

Age criteria:

  • Junior Research Fellowship: Not more than 28 years as on 1 December
  • Assistant Professor: No upper age limit for Assistant Professor

Educational qualification:

Candidates who have secured at least 55 percent marks in their Masters degree Candidates who have appeared or will be appearing for the Masters degree final year examination
Name of the posts:

  • Junior Research Fellowship
  • Assistant Professor

Preparation time: Recommended a minimum of three to four  months

 

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018

Candidates can check the UGC NET 2018 exam pattern which tells about the number of questions, marking scheme, type of questions, duration of the exam and other details related to the exam.

  • Papers: The test will consist of two papers.
  • Exam Mode: Examination will be conducted in online (CBT) mode.
  • Number of Questions: Total 150 questions will be asked in NET which are divided into 2 papers. Paper-I will have 50 questions and Paper-II will have 100 questions. All questions are compulsory to attempt.
  • Type of Questions: All the papers will have objective type questions.
  • Subjects: The Paper-I consists of General Aptitude Questions and the Paper-II contains questions related to the subject selected by candidates.
  • Medium of Paper: Candidate can choose the paper medium either Hindi or English. Choice for paper medium can be exercised at the time of filling the form.
  • Exam Duration: Paper-1 will be of 1 hour while Paper-II will be of 2 hours.
  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer will carry 2 marks.
  • Negative Marking: NTA is not following negative marking scheme in UGC NET.
Paper Number of Questions Maximum Marks Exam Duration (first shift) Exam Duration (second shift)
I 50 questions (all compulsory) 100 1 hour (First shift: 09:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. & 2nd shift: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM) 1 hour (02:00 A.M. to 03:00 A.M.)
II 100 questions (all compulsory) 200 2 hours (11:00   A.M. to 1:00 P.M. & 2nd shift: 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM) 2 hours (03:30   A.M. to 05:30 P.M.)

Career options once you clear UGC NET

Once you clear UGC NET, you become eligible to become a lecturer or pursue Junior Research Fellowship in distinguished universities. The vacancies are announced from time to time and you have to apply for the same.

Lecturer

Once you clear NET, you can apply for the post of a lecturer as and when the vacancies are announced by the colleges and universities. While clearing NET is a must have criteria in many colleges and universities, the final appointment will depend on how well you fare in the interview conducted by the concerned university.

Junior Research Fellowship

Junior Research Fellowship is for those who have their heart set on research. You become eligible for the Junior Research Fellowship if you have applied for it in your application form and you have subsequently cleared NET. Once you get selected, then you can pursue research in any prestigious university and get the tuition fees reimbursed. In some universities, the students even get direct admission into MPhil programmes.

UGC-NET COURSES
S.No Program Description Weekend Batch Weekdays Batch
1 Preparation of UGC – Net/ JRF / Ph.D Entrance Exam -Commerce “This training helps the Commerce students by conducting various NET online classes. Provides the students proper guidance and
support in their respective fields. It ensures minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.”
150 Hr 240 Hr
2 Preparation of UGC – Net/ JRF / Ph.D Entrance Exam – Management “This training helps the Management students by conducting various NET online classes. Provides the students proper guidance and
support in their respective fields. It ensures minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.”
150 Hr 240 Hr
3 Preparation of UGC – Net/ JRF / Ph.D Entrance Exam – Computer Science “This training helps the Computer Science students by conducting various NET online classes. Provides the students proper guidance and
support in their respective fields. It ensures minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.”
150 Hr 240 Hr
4 Preparation of UGC – Net/ JRF / Ph.D Entrance Exam – English “This training helps the English students by conducting various NET online classes. Provides the students proper guidance and
support in their respective fields. It ensures minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.”
150 Hr 240 Hr
5 Preparation of UGC – Net/ JRF / Ph.D Entrance Exam – Hindi “This training helps the Hindi students by conducting various NET online classes. Provides the students proper guidance and
support in their respective fields. It ensures minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.”
150 Hr 240 Hr

Greetings for UGC NET Aspirants!  

For December Session:

Events Dates
Releasing of official notification 31st August 2018
Application form release 1st September 2018
TPCs registration starts 10th September 2018
Last date to submit application 30th September 2018
Last to submit fee 1st October 2018
Application correction 8th – 14th October 2018
Admit card available 19th November 2018
Exam date 9th – 23rd December 2018
Answer key release December 2018
Result declaration 10th January 2019

 

Key Changes in the UGC NET Qualifying Criteria

 With the ongoing debate on the reservation, the UGC has decided to change the selection criteria for the candidates appearing for the Net Exam.

UGC has decided that 6% of the candidates appearing for the NET Exam will be declared as qualifying to be eligible for the entry level post of Assistant Professor and the Reservation Policy as per the category will be applied to this 6% qualified candidates.

 

As per the estimates by UGC data trends of last two decades, around 68% to 92% candidates qualifying UGC NET Exam are from the reserved category.

 

Current Norms v/s the Latest Change in UGC NET Qualifying Criteria

 As per the current UGC norms regarding the procedure and criteria for declaration of UGC NET Results, the top 15% candidates from each of the four reservation category (OBC, SC, ST, PWD) on the merit list with prescribed minimum marks will be declared as qualified for Assistant Professor.

The Merit List of the candidates who have secured minimum marks would be prepared subject wise and category wise.

 

Now, as per the new notification, only 6% of candidates of previously 15% will be now declared as qualified.

 

This means that if suppose 6 Lakh candidates appear in UGC NET Exam then 6% of 6 lakh i.e. 36000 slots will be provided for the qualifying candidates for different categories as per the new policy.

 

Why was the decision to change Qualifying Criteria undertaken?

 

The decision to change the selection criteria of UGC NET Exam came after a petition was filed by Nair Service Society with the Kerala High Court.

 

According to the HC order in January 2017, the selection criteria of giving relaxation marks to reserved categories was considered as unconstitutional and as a move which is unfavorable for the general candidates.

 

As per the petition filed, the High Court had argued that because of the UGC NET Qualifying minimum marks prescribed to the reserved categories candidates, there are more candidates qualified with minimum marks from these categories as compared to the number of general candidates qualified for the exam.

 

As per the current Reservation Policy, the reservation provided for the four categories are mentioned below.

 

S. No. Categories Reservation Provided
1. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 27%
2. Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
3. Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5%
4. Person with Disabilities (PWD) 3%

 

There would be no change in the method of allocation of these candidates and the various disciplines for UGC Junior Research Fellowships.