prepp logo

UGC NET 2021 Notification: Application, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card & Result

Updated On -

Jan 25, 2021

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is conducted to select the aspirants for Assistant Professor or for both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor in the Colleges and Universities in India. UGC NET is conducted to determine candidates’ eligibility for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorship. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the NET exam till June 2018, on the behalf of the UGC. After that, from December 2018, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had started to organize the UGC NET exam. 

Get FREE EXAM 2021 Mock Tests, Sectional Quiz, Previous Years Papers. Click Here

Latest Update:  

14 December: UGC NET eligibility certificate has been out.

UGC NET 2021 Highlights

UGC NET 2021 Highlights

Exam Name University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test
Commonly known as UGC NET Exam
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Mode of the exam Online
Exam Level National
Official Website 

Duration of the exam 180 minutes
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 0120-6895200 |,

Download UGC NET Question Papers

UGC NET Exam Dates

UGC NET 2021 Important Dates

Important Dates of UGC NET 2021

UGC NET Events

UGC NET Exam Dates (Tentatively)


March 2021

Application form

March 2021

Admit card

May 2021

UGC NET exam

June 2021

Provisional answer key

June 2021

Final answer key and cutoff

July 2021


July 2021

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The Candidates 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 2021 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.

Check UGC NET Paper I Practice Tests free of cost

UGC NET 2021 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, 2021.

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

Read Detailed UGC NET 2021 Eligibility

UGC NET Application Form

UGC NET 2021 Application Form

Candidates will need to fill the UGC NET 2021 Application Form in online mode only at the official website.  Apply Now

Step 1: UGC NET Registration 2021

  • 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 2021

  • 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

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.​

Check UGC NET Paper I Practice Tests free of cost

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card

Candidates have to download UGC NET 2021 Admit Card only from the official website by logging in with their registration number and date of birth. UGC NET 2021 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 2021 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.

Practice Law (Topic Wise) Paper-II free of cost before appearing for UGC NET 2021 Exam

UGC NET 2021 Exam Centres

UGC NET 2021 Exam Centers

  • 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 2021 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 2021 Exam Pattern

UGC NET Exam is a computer-based test having multiple-choice questions. The exam has two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.​

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

Check Detailed  UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2021 Syllabus 

NTA has updated UGC NET Syllabus 2021 for Paper 1 and all NET subjects under Paper 2. UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus tests teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness of the candidate. UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus is based on the subject chosen by the candidate. It tests the candidate’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in the respective subject. NTA UGC NET is conducted for a total of 81 subjects.

Download UGC NET 2021 Syllabus

UGC NET 2021 Answer Keys

UGC NET 2021 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.
  • The fees are refundable if the objections are approved by the agency. 

Solve Computer Science Sample Papers (II) during your Preparation time for free

Steps to Download UGC NET 2021 Answer Keys

Step 1: Visit the official website of UGC NET 

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 2021 Result

UGC NET 2021 Result 

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 2021 Result?

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

Step 2: Click on UGC NET 2021 Result on the menu bar.

Step 3: Enter your roll number or date of birth, and Application Number

Step 4: The UGC NET Result 2021 will be displayed on the screen.

Step 5: The aspirants will download and print the UGC NET Result 2021 for future use. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. When will the UGC NET 2021 exam be held?

Ans. The UGC NET 2021 exam date has not been yet released. Nonetheless, as per the past trend, it can be expected that UGC NET 2021 exam will be commenced in July 2021. 

Ques. For how many subjects the UGC NET 2021 exam conducted?

Ans. The UGC NET 2021 exam will be held on a total of 81 subjects.

Ques. Is the UGC NET conducted online?

Ans. Yes, the UGC NET 2021 exam will be conducted in online mode. It is the computer-based test (CBT).

Ques. What will be the age limit of applying for the UGC NET exam?

Ans. For applying for the Assistant Professor, age is no bar. However, if the aspirants will be applied for the JRF post, the aspirants should be at least 30 years age. 

*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.