CBSE UGC NET 2021: Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Dates & Pattern

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Aug 27, 2020

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The aspirants, who are willing to join as an Assistant Professor in Universities/Colleges of India, need to earn a fellowship award for UGC NET 2021. CBSE UGC NET 2021 exam will be conducted in two papers, papers I and II. The aspirants can appear for the test twice in a year that is in July and December through the online CBT exam. To appear for the test, the candidates can fill UGC NET application form in online mode by visiting the official website i.e Registration fees for the general category are INR 1000, INR 500 for OBC and EWS, and INR 250 for SC/ ST/ PWD and Transgender candidates. 

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All the candidates are advised to go through the eligibility criteria prescribed by the authorities. The minimum marks required in the qualifying exam are 55% and the upper age limit is 30 years as of June 1, 2021. There is no age limit described for the Assistant Professor.  Check UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 

UGC NET Application Process involves online registration, filling required details,  uploading photo & signatureand fee payment. Candidates have to indicate their NET subject, the course at PG level, preferred exam cities and other details. UGC NET Application Fees can be paid in online mode only using debit/ credit card/ net banking or Paytm. Only successfully registered candidates will be issued UGC NET 2021 Admit Card.

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UGC NET 2021: Exam Dates

NTA UGC NET June Session for 2020 is going to be conducted on September 16-18 and September 21-25, 2020. Also, to know more about the exam dates of NTA UGC NET 2021, read the following content:

Activities For July session (Tentatively) For December session (Tentatively)
Beginning of application process March 2021, 1st week September 2021, 1st week
Closing of the application process April 2021, 2nd week September 2021, last week
Last date for application fee submission April 2021, 2nd week October 2021, 1st week
Correction in application form begins April 2021, 3rd week October 2021, 2nd week
Last date for form correction April 2021, 4th week October 2021, 2nd week
Printing of admit card June 2021, 3rd week November 2021, 3rd week
Examination dates July 2021 December 2021, 2nd week to 4th week
Declaration of result August 2021 January 2021, 2nd week

Steps to Fill UGC NET Form

How to Fill the UGC NET 2021 Application Form?

Aspirants can fill UGC NET Application Form 2021 by following the steps given below:

UGC NET Application Form

(All the 4 Steps can be done together or at separate times)

Step 1: UGC NET Registration 2021 

  • Registration: New users should register on the official website of UGC NET 2021 to apply for the same. Candidates can complete the registration process by filling the required details.
  • Log in: Already registered candidates can log in using their Application Number and Password.
  • Note: Candidates are advised to go through the Terms and Conditions and then click on "Proceed Further".
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Step 2: Filling UGC NET Application Form 2021

  • Enter Your Details: The online application form will be displayed and candidates must enter the required details such as 4 preferences of exam center, NET subject, the course at PG level, reservation category, and other details. 
UGC NET Application form

  • Submission: Fill all the details and click on the "Submit" option.
  • Confirmation: After submission, a Review Page appears where candidates can review the details entered by them. After verification, click the "Final Submit" button to submit the application form. Candidates should save the confirmation page.
  • Application Number:  Application number will be generated after the submission of the form. Candidates must save the number as it is used to log in and other uses.

Step 3: Uploading Scanned Images

Candidates are required to upload scanned images only in the below-specified format and dimensions: Check  How to upload photos and other documents?

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

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Step 4: Pay UGC NET Application Fee

  • Portal: After the final upload of the photo, the candidates will be redirected to the fee payment portal.
  • Payment mode: Candidates can pay UGC NET Registration fees in online mode only.
  • Payment Gateway: The fees can be paid using debit card/ credit card/ net banking of SBI/ Syndicate/ HDFC and ICICI bank or through Paytm or UPI.
  • Download Confirmation Page: Candidates must save 4 copies of filled in the application form and e-receipt of fee payment. Read UGC NET Syllabus

UGC NET Application Fee 2021

The application fee varies as per candidate’s category:

Category Application Fee (Revised)
General INR 1000
SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender INR 250
Note: GST/ Processing charges & GST to be paid by the candidates, as applicable.

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UGC NET Application Form Correction 2021

  • UGC NET Application Form Correction facility will be provided by NTA. 
  • The application form correction facility will be available in online mode only at the official website –
  • An email and SMS are sent to the candidates whose application form requires some rectifications. 
  • Candidates can edit/ correct only certain fields such as name, parents’ name, date of birth, contact address, category, gender, etc.
  • Candidates have to upload supporting documents to attest to the edits made and pay the required fees if any.

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UGC NET 2021: Exam Pattern

To know the detailed information about the exam pattern of UGC NET 2021, go through the following content:

Mode of exam: Online CBT mode.

Number of papers: UGC NET 2021 will be consisting of two papers

Language mode: Hindi or English. 

Exam duration: 3 hours without a break

Marking scheme: You will be rewarded 2 marks for every correct answer

Negative marking: No negative marking will be there.

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Question Pattern and Marks Distribution of UGC NET 2021

Paper Marks Number of Questions
Paper I 100 50
Paper II 200 100
Total 300 marks 150 questions

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UGC NET 2021 Eligibility

Before filling UGC NET Application Form, candidates must consider important points listed below:

  • Age Criteria: For Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) the upper age limit is 30 years as on June 1, 2021. There is no age limit described for the Assistant Professor.
  • Age Relaxation: 5 years relaxation is given in the upper age limit for OBC-NCL, SC, ST, and PwD category. Relaxation will also be provided to the research experience of students.
  • Qualifying Exam: Students must have a Master’s degree or equivalent from any recognized university.
  • Subjects: The qualifying exam has to be passed in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications and Electronic Science.
  • Minimum Marks: General category students must have scored 55% marks in the qualifying exam while 50% marks are required for reserved category students.
  • Appearing Candidates: Students who are appearing in the final semester of the master’s degree can also apply.
  • Relaxation: There is a 5% relaxation for Ph.D. degree holders in aggregate marks. Such students should have a Master’s degree examination completed before September 19, 1991.

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UGC NET Important Points

UGC NET Registration 2021 Important Points

The clear explanation on how to fill up the details asked in UGC NET 2021 Application Form is tabulated below:

Details Asked Filling Criteria
Applied for Select whether Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship or both
Subject opted for Select one subject from the 81 specializations available. 
City of Examination Select 4 cities from 224 cities where the test is being conducted.
Name Enter name
Gender Choose gender
Reservation Category Choose the Reservation Category properly from the drop-down list available
Mailing and Permanent Address Enter Mailing and Permanent Address
Educational Qualifications Enter all the educational qualifications
Password Generation Choose a password and security question and answer, which will be used for all future correspondence
  • The final submission of the online application form will remain incomplete if step 2 and step 3 are not completed. Such forms will stand rejected and no correspondence on this account will be entertained.
  • No request for refund of fee once remitted by the candidate will be entertained by NTA under any circumstances.
  • The entire application process of UGC NET June, 2021 is online, including uploading of scanned images, Payment of Fees, and Printing of Confirmation Page. Therefore, candidates will not require to send/submit any document(s) including Confirmation Page to NTA through Post/ Fax/ By Hand.
  • Candidates are advised to keep visiting the NTA’s website regularly for the latest updates regarding UGC NET 2021.

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Frequently Asked Questions

UGC NET 2021 Application Form FAQs

Ques. In case the Photograph is not having Name & Date of the Photograph, would the form be rejected?

Ans. No, the form will not be rejected. However, it is suggested to have a photo with name and date on it. All the details that need to be kept in mind while filling the online application form will be mentioned in the official notification releasing on March 16, 2020. Before applying, candidates must go through the document.

Ques. Do I have the option of editing my submitted application?

Ans. Yes, NTA will allow you to correct your UGC NET 2021 application form. All the exam-related dates will be out later. 

Ques. Whether Aadhaar Card number mandatory for filing UGC NET 2021 application form?

Ans. No, the Aadhaar number is optional. 

Ques. Can I apply for UGC NET 2021 exam through offline mode?

Ans. No, only an online application option is there. Candidates have to visit the official website to fill the application forms. Candidates must check the eligibility criteria before filling the form and paying online fees. 

Ques. I am a candidate appearing for my final year exams in my Master's degree. Can I apply?

Ans. Yes, final year students can apply. All the candidates are advised to go through the eligibility criteria prescribed by the authorities. General category students must have scored 55% marks in the qualifying exam and the upper age limit is 30 years as on June 1, 2021. There is no age limit described for the Assistant Professor.

Ques. Is the thumb impression necessary to upload with the application form?

Ans. No, thumb impression is not necessary.

Ques. Can I pay the application fee through any other mode like Money Order, Demand Draft, IPO, etc?

Ans. No. Candidates will be able to make fee payments only through the options available on the payment screen. No other method would be applicable for the same. The fees can be paid using debit card/ credit card/ net banking of SBI/ Syndicate/ HDFC and ICICI bank or through Paytm or UPI.

Ques. What subject should I select for UGC CBSE NET?

Ans. The subject in which you specialized in your post-graduation should be chosen for UGC CBSE NET. You can check the application procedure to learn more.

Ques. Is it possible to apply for NET in two different subjects?

Ans. No, you cannot apply for NET in two different subjects and only opt for the NET exam for your post-graduation subject.

Ques. How to change my UGC NET exam centre?

Ans. Once the admit card is published, you cannot appeal for changing the NET Exam centre in any way. However, during the application procedure, if you wish to change the exam centre before final submission, you can do so by simply editing the application form. For more details check UGC NET Application procedure here.

Ques. How many times can we attempt the UGC NET exams?

Ans. For JRF, you can apply only three times within the 30 years age limit. For an assistant professor post, you can attempt as many times as you want- there is no age limit or restriction on attempting.

Ques. In which language will the UGC NET exam be held?

Ans. The UGC NET exam is bilingual and the paper is in English and Hindi language.

Ques. Can a non-collegiate apply for the UGC NET?

Ans. A non-collegiate cannot appear for UGC NET as the minimum qualification required is a master's degree with 55% minimum aggregate.

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


aina aggarwal
Please share the subject choices for NET exam
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Aina, following are the subject choices for NET exam:

  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Earth Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Sciences 
rekha s
My master degree is from Ignou . Am I eligible to appear for NET exam ?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Rekha, yes, you may apply for NET exam provided you have scored at least 55% in your post graduation. You can refer to other eligibility criteria for the same from here: UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

hibah samar
Hey.. i have entered the wrong category option. I actually fall under the obc category and not in general category. Is it possible to change now?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Samar, form correction window has been enabled from Oct 18, 2019. You can correct the details using it from here: UGC NET Form Correction

kaur surinder
Hii I had applied for ugc net exam and filled the application form and their was a mistake of disability I choose yes but the answer was no and I had done the correction and then I choose no so after the correction made the fee raised up to 250 RS so I had applied to pay I filled all my debit card info and after clicking the button of proceed the page loaded and on it is coming invalid request. What is the solution of my problem??? Please respond fast?
tamanna khatoon
Can a BALLB passed out student apply for NET SAT exam??
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Tamanna, kindly check the Eligibility Criteria for the exam from here to know whether you are eligible or not.

keziah babu
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Keziah, you can log in again using your credentials and proceed further to fill the remaining application form.
muzammil ahmad shakil ajaz
I'm in msc first year can I eligible for Ugc NET
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Ahmad, at present you are not eligible for UGC NET. Yu can apply for this exam when you start studying in final year of your PG degree. Following are the provisions for similar cases:

  • Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or are waiting for their result or whose qualifying examinations have been delayed can apply for the test.
  • However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and will be considered for award of JRF or recruitment as Assistant Professor only when they will pass their Master’s Degree with at least 55% marks (50% marks for reserved category).
i have done pg in history subject unnivercity of bareilly can i appear for net exam2019??
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Ganga, yes, you are eligible for this exam provided you have scored at least 55% (50% if from reserved category) in your respective PG degree. You can also check other Eligibility Criteria in detail for NET from here.

archana balan
Sir in my certificates mera category general likha hai jabki obc mai aata hai mera category kya mai exam de sakti hu agar mai form mai obc fill karti hu
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Archana, yes, you appear in the exam and avail reservation benefits only if you have a caste certificate to show that you belong to the concerned category.
s. jagtap
hello I M completed M.Com in 2009, reserved category I want to know the subject
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Jagtap, you can apply for Commerce, Economics and Management in UGC NET exam. However, it is advised to go with the subject you have done post graduation in.