UGC NET 2021 Application Form, Eligibility,Exam dates, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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Oct 8, 2020

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UGC NET 2021 is the gateway for higher education as well as jobs for many candidates. Clearing NET exam makes you eligible to hold the job of an assistant professor in any college or university recognized by the government. Along with this, if you clear the cutoff for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), you become eligible for a fixed monthly stipend. 

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NET is the exam that you need to clear if you have any aspiration of teaching in colleges or universities. It is only if you have your NET clearing certificate that you become eligible to apply for assistant professor jobs if vacancies arise. You can also apply for NET exam if you have dreams of research and higher education beyond postgraduate degrees. We all know how expensive research can get. Research scholars still remain, students, while their peers commence their work life. In this situation, financial independence is a welcome prospect. This is exactly what is promised to you if you can clear NET exam with high marks, that is, if you clear the cutoff announced for Junior Research Fellowship.

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You can choose to appear for NET only for the eligibility for ‘Assistant Professor’ if you do not want to continue with research, and your main aim is to qualify for a teaching job. Otherwise, if you want to be eligible for scholarship while doing your research while filling up the registration form, you can indicate that you would like your score to be considered both for the post of ‘Assistant Professor’ as well as ‘Junior Research Fellowship’. What you get qualified for will depend on your score and the cutoff announced for that year. The cut off for Junior Research Fellowship is always higher than what is required to be eligible for being an Assistant Professor.

UGC NET 2021 exam will consist of two papers, Paper 1 is common to all the candidates and Paper 2 is opted by the candidates from 81 subjects as per their academic background. They are advised to choose the same or very close subject they did their masters in. Both the papers will have to be completed in 3 hours without any break. UGC NET 2021 Syllabus for Paper 1 will test candidates' reasoning, numerical, and teaching ability while Paper 2 syllabus will examine their knowledge and expertise in the subject chosen by them.

Candidates have to score 40% marks (35% for reserved candidates) together in Paper 1 and Paper 2 to qualify the exam. Only the top 6% qualifiers will be eligible for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorship. 

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UGC NET 2021 Highlights

The important points about UGC NET 2021 exam are highlighted below:

Exam Name

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test

Commonly known as


Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam Level


Official Website


Bi-annually (June and December)

Conducted for

Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorship

Mode of Exam

Computer-based Test


English or Hindi

UGC NET Helpdesk

8076535482, 7703859909 |,

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UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates

UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates

UGC NET 2021 exam will be conducted twice a year, once in June 2021 and then in December 2021. This provides you with two opportunities to clear the exam in the same year. UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates have not yet been fixed. However, let us have a look at the tentative dates of UGC NET 2021 so that you can get a rough idea of when to start preparing.


UGC NET June 2021 exam

UGC NET December 2021 exam

Release of official UGC NET 2021 Notification

February 2021

August 2021

UGC NET 2021 Registration begins

1st week of March 2021

1st week of September 2021

UGC NET 2021 Application process closes

2nd week of April 2021

2nd week of October 2021

UGC NET 2021 Form Correction Window

4th week of April 2021

4th week of October 2021

Issue of UGC NET 2021 Admit Card and announcement of exam centre

2nd week of May 2021

2nd week of November 2021

UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates

2nd week of June 2021

2nd week of December 2021

Release of UGC NET 2021 Result

4th week of June 2021

4th week of December 2021

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility

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UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates willing to apply for UGC NET 2021 must satisfy the eligibility conditions laid down by NTA. UGC NET 2021 Eligibility can be determined on the basis of academic qualification and age limit as described below:

UGC NET 2021 Educational Qualification Requirement

You are eligible to appear for NET exam if you have completed your Master’s degree or are pursuing the degree at present. You need to have scored at least 55% marks if you are from the General category. 5% marks relaxation is allowed for students from Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST), thus making 50% mandatory for them. Students in their final year of master's studies are also eligible to appear in the exam. However, they will be eligible JRF or professorship only after they pass their qualifying exam with minimum marks.

UGC NET 2021 Age Limit

There is no age limit for candidates appearing for eligibility of Assistant Professor. However, if you want to apply for Junior Research Fellowship, you must not be more than 28 years of age as of January 1, 2021. Age relaxation of 5 years can be allowed for students belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST). In addition, female candidates can also benefit from this age relaxation of 5 years. For Other Backward Caste (OBC) – Non-Creamy Layer students, age relaxation of 3 years is allowed.

UGC NET 2021 Application Form

UGC NET 2021 Application Form can be filled in online mode only at the official website - 

  • Candidates will have to enter their name, date of birth, mobile number, and email Id in the registration form to get their UGC NET registration number and password.
  • Visit the official website and click on Apply online to fill the registration page.
  • Login again using the above-mentioned credentials and enter your personal, qualification, and communication details and select your subject, position, and preferred exam center.
  • You will have to upload your photograph and signature in the specified format followed by online application fee payment through debit card/ credit card/ net banking or Paytm
  • NTA will also open a form correction window for candidates to make any corrections in the application form.

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UGC NET 2021 Application Fee

The application fees may be raised for the upcoming year. The previous year's application fees charged by NTA is tabulated below: 


Examination Fees


INR 1000

OBC (Non- Creamy Layer)/ EWS

INR 500

SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender

INR 250

UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern

UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern

In UGC NET 2021 exam, you have to appear for a total of two papers. Paper 1 is common for students from all subjects. Paper 2 is specific to each subject. Earlier, the exam used to be conducted in offline mode using OMR sheets. But now the exam is conducted in online mode only. You can appear for the exam in English or Hindi, whichever language you are comfortable in.

There will be a total number of 150 questions for you to answer. Paper 1 comprises of 50 questions to test your teaching and reasoning ability, research aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness while Paper 2 quizzes you on 100 questions based on your subject-specific knowledge. Each question carries 2 marks. Thus, Paper 1 is of 100 marks and Paper 2 is of 200 marks. The total marks for the exam are 300. Each correct answer fetches you 2 marks. Do not worry, there is no negative marking.

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

UGC NET Papers 

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Exam Duration

Paper 1 



A cumulative exam duration of 3 hours 

Paper 2 






3 hours

UGC NET Syllabus

UGC NET 2021 Syllabus

As per the official website of NET exam, it is informed to the aspirants that Paper 1 will be based on general aptitude. This is a section that quizzes students on research methodology and teaching ethics, testing their ability to conduct research or take on the responsibility of a college professor. There will also be questions that check the students’ logical aptitude and their analytical ability. For this purpose, questions will be asked on number series, letter series, and data interpretation. Candidates’ general knowledge will be tested through questions o current affairs, people, and the environment. Along with this, students will be expected to answer questions based on passages, testing their ability for comprehension.

UGC NET 2021 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 2021 Paper 2 Syllabus

Paper 2 tests the students’ knowledge in their core subjects. There is a total number of 81 subjects on which students can appear for NET exam. Here is a list of some subjects and the areas on which questions are asked:

  • English: History of English Literature, Poetry, Drama, Novels, Literary Theory, Cultural Theory, Research Methods used in English, Language, English in India, and so forth.
  • Political Science: Concepts and Political Traditions in Political Theory, Political Thoughts of important thinkers, Indian Political thinkers, comparative political analysis
  • History: Various ideas and terms associated with the history, how to negotiate various sources of information, the movement from state to empire, emergence of various regional kingdoms, society and culture, etc.
  • Commerce: Business environment and international business, accounting and auditing, business economics, business statistics and research methods, marketing management, and so forth.
  • Mass Communication and Journalism: introduction to mass communication and journalism, communication for development and social change, reporting and editing, advertising and marketing communication, etc.
  • Comparative Literature: Conceptual framework of comparative literature, literary historiography, history of comparative literature, translation in a comparative context, Indian literature, literary models, genres and themes, etc.

UGC NET 2021 Paper 2 will have syllabus from specific subjects as chosen by the candidate for UGC NET 2021. Download All NET Subjects Syllabus Here.

How to Prepare for UGC NET 2021 exam? 

  • First of all, it is important to understand that NET exam has a vast syllabus. For each subject, the syllabus for NET comprises of almost everything taught in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. This means that you need a thorough knowledge of your core subject.
  • It is absolutely crucial that you have a look at the new syllabus and the new question pattern. Since the time NTA came in charge of NET exam instead of UGC, there have been considerable changes in the old pattern. Make sure you are well aware of the important changes.
  • There are certain patterns that you can figure out from a detailed study of previous years’ question papers. Go through old question papers to know the question pattern well.
  • For Paper 1, it is highly recommended that you read the newspaper daily. This will help you answer the current affairs section.
  • Keep yourself aware of General Knowledge issues so that you can score well in Paper 1.
  • Many students are unable to clear NET even though they score well in their core subjects. To avoid this, it is absolutely crucial that you pay adequate attention to the logic and analytical section of Paper 1.

Should you Take Coaching for UGC NET 2021 exam?

That is a good idea! It can help you revise all that you have studied and keep you on track. Here is a list of the best coaching centers for NET in various cities.

Name of institute


Subjects of specialization

Humanities Point


English, Environmental Science, Commerce, Management

Gyan Bindu Institute


English, Environmental Science, Commerce, Management

Horizon Academy


Physical Science

Igniting Minds


Geography, Philosophy, Law, Psychology

Gurukul Edutech



UGC NET 2021 Books for JRF/ LS 

Candidates must refer to their graduation and master's curriculum books to prepare for Paper 2. However, for Paper 1, they can take the help of books of various authors/ publications as it is the same for all NET candidates. Some of the recommended books for UGC NET 2021 examination are:

Name of the Book

Publisher/ Author

NTA UGC - NET/SET/JRF Paper I - Teaching and Research Aptitude


UGC-NET Paper-I Previous Years' Papers Solved - NTA


NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF Paper - I - Teaching And Research Aptitude 1 Edition


UGC NET Paper 1 - 32 Solved Papers 2019 To 2004 2nd Edition


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 the facility. Download UGC NET Question Papers

UGC NET 2021 Result 

UGC NET 2021 Result 

  • UGC NET 2021 Result will be released in the months of July and December for June and December session respectively.
  • Candidates will be able to 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.

UGC NET 2021 Cutoff 

UGC NET 2021 Cut-off

Candidates must obtain the minimum qualifying marks to clear UGC NET 2021 Exam. It is different for various categories as mentioned below:


Minimum marks to be obtained Paper 1 and Paper 2

General/ EWS 

40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together


35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together

Download UGC NET December 2019 Cutoff PDF Here

UGC NET JRF and SRF Fellowship





INR 31,000/ PM

For the initial two years


INR 35,000/PM

For remaining tenure


As per university rules


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about NET exam.

Q: What is the application fee for NET exam?

A: The application fee will be Rs. 800 for unreserved category, Rs. 400 for OBC and Rs. 200 for SCs and STs.

Q: What is generally the cut off for clearing NET?

A: On average, NET requires 45% marks. A relaxation of 5% can be expected for reserved categories.

Q: What is the nature of questions in NET?

A: NET has multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

Q: Is there any validity for NET exam score?

A: NET result is valid for life.

Q: Is there any time limit for JRF?

A: Yes, you have to get enrolled in research course within two years of qualifying for JRF.

Q: For how long do you get Junior Research Fellowship?

A: You will get money for 5 years of research.

Q: Do you remain a Junior Research Fellow for 5 years?

A: No, after 2 years, you can be promoted to Senior Research Fellow.

Q: Can you apply only for Assistant Professor qualification?

A: Yes, in your application, you can indicate whether you want to appear for Assistant Professor or JRF or both.

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