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Know more in detail about UGC NET – University Grants Commission - National Eligibility Test

01 September,2022  |  By Brainwonders

Know more in detail about UGC NET


UGC NET – University Grants Commission - National Eligibility Test is an entrance conducted by the National Testing Agency entrusted by University Grants Commission in order to select the candidates for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professors in Indian Colleges and Universities.

UGC NET is conducted twice a year. Until June 2018, CBSE administered the NET in 84 subjects in 91 countries. The UGC-NET is administered by the National Testing Agency beginning in December 2018. (NTA). 

NTA conducts the UGC NET for Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor in Computer Based Test online mode. A test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of multiple choice questions and objective types. There will be no break duration between papers.

UGC NET Exam Highlights

Exam Name University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET)
Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency  Twice a year (June & December)
Exam Level National 
Purpose For position of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
Exam mode Online
Exam duration 180 minutes
Official website

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals who have secured a minimum of 55% marks in a Master's degree or equivalent examination from universities recognised by UGC in Humanities and Social Science, Electronic Science, Computer Science & Applications, etc., are eligible for the test. The other backward classes belonging to the non-creamy layer/ SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks in their Master's degree.
  • Individuals who have appeared or will be appearing at the qualifying Master's degree examination and whose results are still awaited or individuals whose final year examinations are delayed may also apply for this test. Moreover, such applicants will be admitted provisionally. They shall be considered eligible for the award of Assistant Professor/ JRF eligibility only after they have completed their Master's degree examination a minimum of 55% (50% in case of OBC/ SC/ ST/ PWD). If they don't finish their P.G. degree exams with the required percentage of marks within two years of discovering their NET results, they will be disqualified. 
  • The PhD degree holders who have completed their Master's level examination shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in total marks for appearing in NET.
  • Candidates are suggested or advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. The candidates whose post-graduation subject is not covered in item No. 9 may appear in the related issue.
  • Candidates holding a postgraduate diploma/certificate from an Indian university or a foreign degree or diploma or certificate from a foreign university or institute should check with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi, to see if their degree is equivalent to a Master's degree from a recognised Indian university. 

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UGC NET Exam Pattern

Paper Marks Number of questions MCQ  Total Duration
Paper-1 100 50

The primary goal of Paper-I questions is to gauge the candidate's potential as a professor or researcher.

To what extent the candidate's reasoning, reading comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness will be put to the test is the primary focus of the exam. 

3 Hours (180 minutes
Paper-2  100 50 This is based on the candidate's chosen topic and measures domain knowledge 
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UGC NET Application Fee

General/ Unreserved   ₹. 1100/-
General-EWS/ OBC-NCL ₹. 500/-
ST/ SC/ PWD ₹. 275/-

UGC NET Reservation

The Government of India's Reservation Policy applies to UGC-NET. Accordingly, the reserve of seats at Central Universities and institutions believed to be universities shall be as follows: 

  1. 15% of the seats for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates.
  2. 7.5% of seats Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.
  3. 27% of the seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) candidates as per the Central List*
  4. 10% of the seats for General-Economically Weaker Sections (General- EWS) candidates.
  5. 05% of seats in the categories mentioned above for Persons with Disabilities\s(PwD) with 40% or more disability (increased from 4% to 5 % vide decision from the commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in the court of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (PwD), dated 05.04.2022 as per\section 32 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016). 

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List of NET Subject along with their Codes

01 Economics, 02 Political Science, 03 Philosophy, 04 Psychology, 05 Sociology, 06 History, 07 Anthropology, 08 Commerce, 09 Education, 10 Social Work, 11 Defence and Strategic Studies, 12 Home Science, 14 Public Administration, 15 Population Studies, 16 Music, 17 Management, 18 Maithili, 19 Bengali, 20 Hindi, 21 Kannada, 22 Malayalam, 23 Odia, 24 Punjabi, 25 Sanskrit, 26 Tamil, 27 Telugu, 28 Urdu, 29 Arabic, 30 English, 31 Linguistics, 32 Chinese, 33 Dogri, 34 Nepali, 35 Manipuri, 36 Assamese, 37 Gujarati, 38 Marathi, 39 French, 40 Spanish, 41 Russian, 42 Persian, 43 Rajasthani, 44 German, 45 Japanese, 46 Adult Education/ Non Formal Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy, 47 Physical Education, 49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies, 50 Indian Culture, 55 Labour Welfare/ Labour and Social Welfare/ Human Resource Management/ Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations, 58 Law, 59 Library and Information Science, 60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies, 62 Comparative Study of Religions, 63 Mass Communication and Journalism, 65 Performing Arts and Dance/Drama/Theatre, 66 Museology & Conservation, 67 Archaeology, 68 Criminology, 70 Tribal and Regional Language/Literature, 71 Folk Literature, 72 Comparative Literature, 73 Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotisha/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimamsa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulnatmak Darsana/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhva Vedanta/ Dharma Sastra/ Sahitya/ Purana-itihasa/Agama/Advaita Vedanta), 74 Women Studies, 79 Visual Arts (including Drawing & Painting/ Graphics/ Applied Art/ History of Art/ Sculpture), 80 Geography, 81 Social Medicine & Community Health, 82 Forensic Science, 83 Pali, 84 Kashmiri, 85 Konkani, 87 Computer Science and Applications, 88 Electronic Science, 89 Environmental Sciences, 90 International and Area Studies, 91 Prakrit, 92 Human Rights and Duties, 93 Tourism Administration and Management, 94  Bodo, 95 Santali, 100 Yoga, 101 Sindhi, 102 Hindu Studies

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