CBSE UGC NET 2017 Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

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Jan 12, 2018

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CBSE UGC NET (National Eligibility Test) was organized by Central Board of Secondary Education on November 5, 2017 for the selection of the candidates for the position of Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor. CBSE UGC NET is conducted through offline mode only. 

CBSE has released the UGC NET 2017 recorded responses and answer key on 

Students who have appeared for the examination can download the answer key for all the codes some weeks after the exam is conducted on the official website. Answer key contains correct answers to all the questions asked in the paper. CBSE UGC NET Answer key (unofficial) for November 5 exam is available in the form of pdf file.

CBSE UGC NET Answer Key by Key To Success Paper-1

The exam contained three different papers. Paper 1 comprised General Aptitude Questions while Paper 2 and Paper 3 contained the questions from the subjects chosen by candidate at the time of CBSE UGC NET Registration. Total time duration given to complete the exam was 5 hours. Total 185 questions were asked in the paper- 60 questions in Paper 1, 50 questions in Paper 2 and 75 questions in Paper 3.


Students can check the answer key through online mode only by visiting the official website. Soon after the completion of the exam, answer key will be released both officially and unofficially. Students can analyze their performance with the help of answer key. Candidates can easily get the idea of how much they can score in the exam. They can have a rough idea about the result. 

By following below steps, students can access the CBSE UGC NET Answer Key:

  • Visit the official website of UGC NET i.e.
  • On the website homepage, search for the important links section
  • Under the section, select the particular year.
  • Students will be redirected to another page
  • Click on the desired answer key link

After clicking on the link, answer key will be displayed on the screen in the PDF format. Students can download and take the printout of the answer key for their future use. The file contains the information related to Question Number and Key i.e. (correct option).

Challenging CBSE UGC NET Answer Key

If students find any discrepancy in the answer key, they can challenge the authorities by sending a valid proof of it before the last date of publication of answer key. They can challenge by filling an online application form by paying an amount of INR 1000 per section. The fees can be paid through credit card/ debit card or e-challan.

If the authority accepts the challenged answer key then the fee will be refunded otherwise it will not be refunded. Once the result will be declared, no queries regarding answer key will be entertained.

CBSE UGC NET Paper Analysis

As compared to the previous year exam, this time the paper was very easy and scoring for those who have studied very well. As the exam is comprised of three papers so, its difficulty level increased from Paper I to Paper III.

However, General Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Questions were found to be difficult to solve for Arts and Sanskrit candidates. So, it is right to say that the Paper I and Paper II were comparatively tougher. The difficulty level of CBSE UGC NET is as follows:

  • 60 questions from Paper 1 were easy to attempt, hence good score is expected. The questions were based on Logical Reasoning & Interpersonal skills, Environmental Science, Education, General Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude etc.
  • However, Paper 2 and Paper 3 had a moderate difficulty level. 


Cut off is the minimum marks scored by the candidates in order to qualify the examination. Cut off marks for both the general and reserved category candidates are different. For clearing all the three papers, students have to score at least 40% aggregate marks in all the three papers. But for the each subject, the final cut off will be decided by CBSE.

According to the cut off, merit list will be prepared. Merit list will be prepared according to the subject wise and category wise. The final cut off will be published on the official website of CBSE.

The following table shows the minimum cut off marks that students need to score:

Category Minimum Qualifying Marks
  Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
General 40 (40%) 40 (40%) 75 (50%)
OBC/ PWD/ SC/ ST 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 60 (40%)

The subject wise CBSE UGC NET cut off is shown on the following table:

UGC NET Examination Subject UGC NET Cut off From UGC NET Cut off To
Adult Education/ Non-Formal Education/ Andragogy 75.34 77.84
Anthropology 66.95 69.45
Arab Culture & Islamic Studies 72.48 74.98
Arabic 68.86 71.36
Archaeology 69.81 72.31
Assamese 62.95 65.45
Bengali 66.38 68.88
Bodo 65.05 67.55
Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian & Peace Studies 71.14 73.64
Chinese 67.91 70.41
Commerce 63.14 65.64
Comparative Literature 63.9 66.4
Comparative Study of Religions 66 68.5
Computer Science and Application 65.81 68.31
Criminology 70 72.5
Defence and Strategic Studies 69.05 71.55
Dogri 70.57 73.07
Economics 65.62 68.12
Education 65.81 68.31
Electronic Science 64.48 66.98
English 67.14 69.64
Environment Science 62.19 64.69
Folk Literature 68.29 70.79
Forensic Science 66.95 69.45
French 70.38 72.88
Geography 65.24 67.74
German 70.19 72.69
Gujarati 65.62 68.12
Hindi 68.86 71.36
History 64.09 66.59
Human Rights and Duties 68.67 71.17
Indian Culture 72.09 74.59
International and Area Studies 67.72 70.22
Japanese 64.1 66.6
Kannada 69.05 71.55
Kashmiri 59.14 61.64
Konkani 52.48 54.98
Law 64.48 66.98
Linguistics 66.76 69.26
Maithili 77.43 79.93
Malayalam 64.29 66.79
Management 64.1 66.6
Manipuri 57.62 60.12
Marathi 56.66 59.16
Oriya 70.95 73.45
Pali 75.14 77.64
Philosophy 67.33 69.83
Physical Education 66.57 69.07
Prakrit 70.76 73.26
Psychology 67.9 70.4
Punjabi 61.62 64.12
Rajasthani 68.67 71.17
Russian 73.05 75.55
Sanskrit 68.86 71.36
Social Work 63.91 66.41
Sociology 68.09 70.59
Spanish 68.48 70.98
Tamil 64.29 66.79
Telugu 66.38 68.88
Urdu 62.38 64.88
Visual Art 60.86 63.36

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