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UGC NET 2021 Application, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card & final result (out)

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Jan 8, 2021

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NTA will conduct the UGC NET 2020 exam from 24 September 2020 to 13 November 2020. UGC NET 2020 Admit Card is expected to release soon. UGC NET is conducted to determine candidates’ eligibility for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorship. UGC NET 2020 Application Form has been released on March 16, 2020, at The application fee is INR 1000 for General, INR 500 for OBC and EWS categories, and INR 250 for SC, ST, PWD, and Transgenders. The last date for form correction has been extended till July 20, 2020. Also, read- APSET 2020 application process begins

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UGC NET 2020 Exam Dates

NTA has released the official UGC NET June 2020 Exam Dates:

Events June 2020 Session 
Release of UGC NET June 2020 Official Notification March 16, 2020
UGC NET 2020 Registration to begin on March 16, 2020
Exam centre re-selection dates July 6-15, 2020
Last day to submit UGC NET 2020 Application Form June 30, 2020  (Extended)
Last Date for Payment of Online Fees June 30, 2020 (11:50 PM)
Online Form Correction Window July 20, 2020 (extended)
Issue of UGC NET 2020 Admit Cards September 18, 2020 (Expected)
UGC NET 2020 Exam Dates

September 24-25, 2020

September 29-30, 2020

November 4, 11, 12 and 13, 2020 (revised)

UGC NTA NET Admit card 2020 October 29, 2020 onwards for November 4-13, 2020
Release of UGC NET Result To be announced

UGC NET Eligibility

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The UGC NTA NET admit cards are going to release soon. It is usually released 15 days before the exam. the exam is scheduled from September 16-18, 2020 and 21-25, 2020. Once the link is made live, candidates can download their admit card from the official website.
UGC NET 2020 Registration has been further extended by NTA till June 30, 2020. Click Here to Apply

As per UGC NET 2020 eligibility, candidates possessing a post-graduate degree with 55% marks are eligible to apply for UGC NET 2020. Candidates should not be more than 30 years in age for JRF but there is no age restriction to apply for the post of Assistant Professor. Check  UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

The exam consists of two papers i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is common to all and Paper 2 is opted by the candidates from 81 subjects offered by NTA. As per UGC NET Paper Pattern, to complete both the papers 3 hours (without any break) will be given to candidates. There will be no negative marking in the exam. The major topics for Paper 1 are reasoning, numerical, and teaching ability, and the syllabus of Paper 2 is purely based on the subject chosen by candidates. Download  UGC NET 2020 Syllabus

Candidates have to score 40% marks (35% for reserved candidates) together in Paper 1 and Paper 2 to qualify the exam. A total of 10,34,872 candidates had registered in UGC NET December 2019 session, out of which 7,93,813 appeared and 60,147 exam takers qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only whereas 5,092 qualified for both JRF & eligible for Assistant Professor. Check  UGC NET Cut Off

Also read- APSET application procedure starts from August 14, 2020. Check the details here.

UGC NET 2020 Highlights

The important points about UGC NET 2020 exam are highlighted below:

Exam Name University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test
Commonly known as UGC NET Exam
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam Level National
Official Website
Periodicity Bi-annually (June and December)
Conducted for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorship
Mode of Exam Computer-based Test
Medium English or Hindi
UGC NET Helpdesk 8076535482, 7703859909 |,

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UGC NET Exam Dates

UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates willing to apply for UGC NET June 2020 have to fulfil certain eligibility conditions laid down by NTA. UGC NET Eligibility is based on the academic qualification and age limit as described below:

UGC NET 2020 Educational Qualification Requirement

  • Candidates must have scored at least 55% marks (50% for reserved categories) in their Post Graduation or equivalent from any recognized university.
  • Final year students are also eligible to appear in the exam. However, they will be considered for award of JRF or professorship after they pass their qualifying exam with minimum marks.
  • Ph.D. degree holders whose post-graduation exam was completed before September 19, 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) are provided an additional relaxation of 5% in minimum marks requirement.

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UGC NET 2020 Age Limit

  • Assistant Professorship: There is no age limit for UGC NET Assistant Professorship.

  • Junior Research Fellowship: The upper age limit is 30 years as on June 1, 2020.

  • However, age relaxation is provided to reserved category candidates as per the government of India norms.

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UGC NET Application Form

UGC NET 2020 Application Form

Candidates can fill UGC NET 2020 Application Form in online mode only at  Apply Now

ugc net june 2020

Step 1: UGC NET Registration 2020

  • Visit the official website and click on Apply online to fill the registration page.
  • Enter your personal details, email ID, and mobile number.

Step 2: Filling UGC NET Application Form 2020

  • Post-registration, a system generated application number will be sent on the email Id and mobile number.
  • Login again and select your subject, position, and preferred exam center.

Step 3: Uploading Scanned Images

Particulars Photograph Signature
Size between 10 kb – 200 kb between 4 kb – 30 kb
Dimensions  3.5 cm X 4.5 cm 3.5 cm X 1.5 cm

Step 4: Pay UGC NET Application Fee

  • Make application fee payment either through debit card/ credit card/ net banking or Paytm
  • Final step is to download the copies of filled in application form and e-receipt of fee payment for further reference.​

UGC NET 2020 Application Fee

The application fee determined by NTA varies according to the category of the candidate. Candidates can pay the fees in online mode only.

Category Examination Fees
General  INR 1000
OBC (Non- Creamy Layer)/ EWS INR 500
SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender INR 250

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UGC NET 2020 Admit Card

UGC NET Admit Card for June 2020 session will be issued on May 15, 2020. Candidates can download UGC NET 2020 Admit Card only from the official website- by logging in with their registration number and date of birth. UGC NET 2020 Admit Card will specify the candidate’s name, roll number, category, photograph, signature, allotted exam date, time, and center.

ugc net admit card

Steps to Download UGC NET 2020 Hall Ticket

  1. Visit the official website –
  2. Click on the link “Click Here for Login for Admit Card”.
  3. Login with “Application Number” & “Password”.
  4. The admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  5. Download it and take a printout for further reference.

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UGC NET 2020 Exam Centers

  • Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates will be given an opportunity to modify their online application form and re-select new exam centres from July 6-15, 2020. They can also change their photos and signature and pay the application fees if needed. Only changes made through the official website and application form will be accepted.
  • UGC NET Exam will be conducted in 224 cities this June. 
  • Candidates have to indicate 4 exam cities in order of their preference while filling UGC NET 2020 Application Form
  • NTA will try to allot the most preferred exam center to the candidate.
  • However, it reserves the right to allot any exam center other than the ones selected by the candidates.
  • Also, it can add or cancel exams in any city if the number of applicants for that city is negligible.
  • A city may have more than 1 exam center. The address of the allotted exam center will be mentioned on UGC NET admit card.
  • Candidates have to carry their admit card, one passport size photo, and an original photo ID proof with its photocopy.

UGC NET Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern

UGC NET Exam is a computer-based test having multiple-choice questions.

  • The exam has two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.
  • Paper 1 is the same and compulsory for all candidates. It tests teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness of the candidate.
  • Paper 2 is based on the subject chosen by the candidate. It tests a candidate’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in the respective subject.
  • The combined exam duration for Paper 1 and Paper 2 is 180 minutes. Candidates are free to move and attempt any paper or question in these 3 hours.  Check Detailed  UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern
  • Each question carries 2 marks and there is no negative marking in any of the papers.
ugc net exam pattern

The Exam Pattern for Paper 1 and Paper 2 is tabulated below:

UGC NET Papers  Number of Questions Maximum Marks Exam Duration
Paper 1  50 100 A cumulative exam duration of 3 hours 
Paper 2  100 200
Total  150 300 3 hours

UGC NET Syllabus

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus 

NTA has updated UGC NET Syllabus 2020 for Paper 1 and all NET subjects under Paper 2. The syllabus for each subject is different, hence candidates should prepare accordingly. 

UGC NET 2020 Paper 1 Syllabus

  1. Teaching Aptitude
  2. Research Aptitude
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Communication
  5. Reasoning 
  6. Quantitative Aptitude
  7. Data Interpretation
  8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  9. People and Environment
  10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity, and Administration

UGC NET 2020 Paper 2 will have syllabus from specific subjects as chosen by the candidate for UGC NET 2020. Download UGC NET 2020 Syllabus

UGC NET 2020 Books for JRF/ LS 

Candidates should rigorously go through their respective program curriculum books and readings for Paper 2. However, for Paper 1, Candidates must refer to books of various authors/ publications as it is the same for all NET candidates. Some of the recommended books for UGC NET 2020 examination are:

ugc net books
Name of the Book Publisher/ Author
Trueman’s UGC NET/ SLET General Paper I Danika Publishing Company
UGC NET/ JRF/ SLET General Paper Arihant Publisher
UGC NET /JRF /SLET Teaching & Research Aptitude Upkar Publishers
UGC NET/SET Paper 1 McGraw Hill Education
CBSE UGC NET: Teaching and Research Aptitude- JRF & Assistant Professor Exam Guide (Paper 1) Ramesh Publishing House
Trueman’s UGC NET Paper 1 (Hindi) Trueman Publishers
UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper 1- Shikshan Avum Shodh Abhiyogita Arihant Publishers
UGC NET Teaching and Research Aptitude: Previous Paper & Test Papers RPH
13 Years Solved Papers UGC NET/SET Teaching & Research Aptitude General (Paper 1) GK Publishing

Note: NTA provides the facility of Mock Tests to candidates for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 on the official website Candidates can log in using their credentials to avail of the facility.

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UGC NET 2020 Answer Key

NTA will release UGC NET Answer Keys along with candidates’ response sheets and question papers for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 at the official website.

  • Candidates can match their recorded responses and the answer keys and estimate their scores.
  • Candidates will be able to raise objections online by paying a fee of INR 1000 per question till June 27, 2020.
  • The fees are refundable if the objections are approved by the agency. 

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Steps to Download UGC NET 2020 Answer Keys

Step 1: Visit the official website of UGC NET i.e.

Step 2: Click on the link “Download Answer Key and Response Sheet” 

Step 3: Enter your Application Number and password/ Date of birth.

Step 4: Now, download the answer keys and response sheets 

UGC NET 2020 Result 

  • UGC NET Result for June 2020 session will be released on after exam conducted sucessfully.
  • Candidates can download the result from the official website – by logging in with their registration number and date of birth.
  • It is declared in the form of a scorecard containing marks obtained in both papers for JRF and LS.

How to Download UGC NET 2020 Result?

Step 1: Go to the official website of UGC NET –

Step 2: Click on UGC NET 2020 Result on the menu bar.

Step 3: Enter your roll number or date of birth, d

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


koyena biswas
When was NET introduced?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. The National Eligibility Test (NET), which is also known as UGC NET or NTA-UGC-NET, is taken to determine the eligibility of candidates for the post of assistant professor and/or Junior Research Fellowship award in Indian universities and colleges. It was started in 1989-90.

koyena biswas
What are the marks secured by me in National Eligibility Test conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC-NET) and what were the subject-wise cum category-wise qualifying cut off marks?
kavita rani

Hi koyena. Candidates who qualified in UGC NET is equal to six percent of the candidates who appeared in both papers of the exam. To be considered for the award of JRF and/or eligibility for Assistant Professor, candidates must obtain the minimum marks 40% (for general category) to get considered further. More details related to the same are presented here.

Sir In UGC NET 2020 I have scored 150/300 marks that mean 50% in SC Environmental science. Will I get qualify for the exam? Will I get E-certificate?
abdul nazir

Hi Durga, yes you will qualify as for SC category, the aggregate marks required is 35% in paper 1 and 2. The cut off list has not been prepared yet, but those who qualify for the post can download the e-certificate from NTA website once it is released. For details on UGC NET 2020 click here.

laxmi mishra
Which is the best book for UGC NET Paper I preparation?
kavita rani

Hi Laxmi. Some of the books that can be referred include CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Physical Sciences by Dr. Surekha Tomar, UGC-CSIR NET (JRF & LS) Physical Science by W.Malemnganba Chenglei, etc. 

sheetal chib
Is trueman's UGC-NET Political science any good?
kavita rani

Hi Sheetal. Yes it is a good option as this book covers the whole syllabus covered, last year exam questions and most importantly practice questions, as well.

shubham sharma
Are we eligible for NET exam when we change stream in PG?
kavita rani

Hi Shubham. Yes, you are eligible to do so. But you need to appear for NET in the subject you studied in your PG.

karan rathod
For what subjects of CBSE UGC Net is a CS (company secretary) qualified person eligible?
kavita rani

Hi Karan. Candidates who have obtained a minimum of 55% marks in Master’s degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC are eligible to give the CBSE UGC NET.

sadim ansari
How many times is the NET/JRF conducted in a year and, respectively, when are the results announced?
upender l

Hello Sadim,

NET/JRF is the examination conducted by NTA twice a year in the month of June and December for determining the eligibility for the post of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowhsip.

lakshay kakkar
Which are the subjects I can opt for in Paper 2 of NET exam after MBA in insurance and banking?
kavita rani

Hi Lakshay. Since you have completed your MBA in insurance and banking, you can apply for both UGC NET Management and UGC NET Commerce. You can decide the choice based on your interest.

rahit bhar
What are your success strategies to crack the NET JRF commerce exam?
kavita rani

Hi Rahit. First of all, make an effective time management skills, clear your concepts, get exam analysis, prepare smart study strategy, practice mock tests, etc. All these tips will help you to crack the NET JRF commerce exam.

How do I prepare for the UGC NET English Literature at home?
kavita rani

Hi Prahasti. Some useful preparation strategy include:

First of all, make yourself aware of the latest pattern as well as the mode of examination.

Check the detailed syllabus

Do more last year's question papers

Divide the time properly.

nafisa khatoon
What is the validity period for UGC NET Exam for lectureship and junior research fellow (JRF)?
kavita rani

Hi Nafisa. Candidates qualifying for the award of Junior Research Fellowship will get fellowship of UGC under various schemes, subject to their finding placement in universities/IITs/institutions. The validity period of the offer is two years and it will be considered from the date of issue of JRF Award Letter.

vikram dewan
Which book should I refer to for the UGC/CBSE NET (electronics science) for paper 1 and paper 2?
kavita rani

Hi Vikram. Some of the books that can be referred while preparing for the UGC/CBSE NET include:

Electronic Science for NET written by Dr. S.L Kakani. K.C Bhandari and UGC NET Electronics written by JP Pradhan, DP Pradhan, Aakash Shukla

surabhi s
What is the best book for the NET exam in commerce?
kavita rani

Hi Surabhi. Some of the books that can be referred include Trueman's UGC NET Commerce, NTA-UGC-NET: Commerce (Paper II), RPH Editorial Board, etc.

puja sao
I have done my graduation in theology and PG in English. Can I appear for UGC NET English?
kavita rani

Hi puja. Candidates planning to apply for this exam must have obtained a minimum of 55% marks in their PG or equivalent from any recognized university. To know more about the eligibility criteria, refer here.

Can we attempt the UGC NET after an MSc. in Mathematics?
kavita rani

Hi Naman. Yes, you are eligible to give the UGC NET after a MSc. in mathematics. Candidates obtaining at least 55% marks in their Master’s Degree or equivalent from recognized universities are eligible to give the UGC NET exam.

ashish singh
Can I give the NET exam if I have done my masters from IGNOU?
kavita rani

Hi Ashish. Yes the degrees offered by IGNOU are valid and recognized not only in India but across the world as well. So you can give the NET exam as well.

Can I apply for UGC NET exam if I am M.Ed for pursuing assistant professor post in any university or college? What will be my subject option for UGC NET ? And yes if I am M.Sc Disaster Management student then am I eligible for UGC NET Environment Science subject?

Hi Archana, 

You can apply for NET exam if you have passed your Masters with an aggregate of 55% from a recognised institution irrespective of the subject. Good luck!

vikram dewan
What is the procedure of getting the JRF (NET) certificate from UGC, after qualifying for the CBSE NET exam?
kavita rani

Hi Vikram. You need to send documents like your marksheets, pass certificates, degree certificates, a photocopy of NET admit card, etc. to the UGC office to get the certificate.

sheetal chib
What is the best strategy for cracking upcoming UGC CBSE NET 2021 exam for Mass Communication and journalism without coaching? Which books should I refer and what should be my strategy?
kavita rani

Hi Sheetal. There are certain strategies and preparation tips that must be followed while preparing for UGC NET through self-study. First of all you need to have the latest syllabus and do planning in the right direction as it will help you clear the exam. Try to spend at least 6-8 hours as you have to study huge syllabus. Some of the books which you can refer to include NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1 by KVS Madaan; NTA UGC NET / SET / JRF – Paper 1 by Harpreet Kaur, among others.