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On behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET). UGC NET is conducted twice a year in order to select candidates for only Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges. As per media reports, from 2018 onwards UGC NET will be conducted once a year.

It may be noted that candidates qualifying for Assistant Professor post will not be considered for award of JRF. “Candidates appearing in NET should clearly specify in the application form whether they are applying for both JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor or only for eligibility for Assistant Professor”, informs the official website.

CBSE UGC NET exam pattern till 2017 was such that it was conducted in three sessions wherein candidates had to appear for three different papers. However, from 2018 UGC NET exam pattern is changed. Going forward, candidates have to appear for two papers only. JRF and Assistant Professor/ Assistant Professor positions will be given to candidates basis their performance in two papers. However, it may be noted that only 6% of the candidates clearing UGC NET exam is declared eligible for the post of Assistant Professor. Also, the reservation policy for SC, ST, OBC, and PwD candidates is applied to this 6%. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks in their Master’s degree exams (in streams such as Humanities, Social Science, Electronic Science, Computer Science & Applications, etc) from a UGC recognized college/ university fulfill UGC NET 2018 eligibility criteria. It may be noted minimum percentage required to meet UGC NET eligibility criteria for candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD categories is 50%.
  • Candidates who are appearing or awaiting results for their final year examination of Master’s degree are also eligible to appear for UGC NET 2018. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and will be considered for JRF and Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor only when they pass their Master’s exams with the required percentage.
  • Such candidates must complete their PG degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified”, informs the official website.
  • Note for Ph.D. degree holders: Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s exams completed on September 19, 1991 (regardless of the result declaration date) will be eligible for a relaxation of 5% marks in the aggregate. This means that the minimum percentage required to meet UGC NET 2018 eligibility criteria for such candidates will be 50% instead of 55%.
  • Age Criteria

• Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): Not more than 30 years as on July 1, 2018. A relaxation of five years is given to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD and women candidates. Relaxation is also given to candidates having research experience limited to the period spent on research in the relevant subject of post-graduation degree. Three years relaxation is also given to candidates holding LLM degree.

• Assistant Professor: There is no age limit to apply for the role of Assistant Professor, states the official website.

Exemption (For Candidates Applying for Assistant Professor Role)

• Candidates who are being or have been awarded a Ph.D. degree in accordance with GC Regulations, 2009 will be exempted from the requirement of meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for NET/SELT/SET.

• Candidates who have cleared UGC/CSIR JRF examination before 1989 are exempted from appearing for UGC NET 2018 exam.

• Candidates who have cleared States Eligibility Test (SET) before June 1, 2002, are exempted from appearing for UGC NET 2018 exam. Such candidates can apply for the post of Assistant Professor in colleges/ universities across India on the basis of their SAT score. Candidates who have cleared States Eligibility Test after June 1, 2002, can apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in colleges/ universities that are located in the state from where they have cleared the SET exam.

  • Note: Candidates are recommended to give the UGC NET 2018 exam on the subject of their post-graduation only. Candidates whose post-graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects given by UGC may appear in a related subject, informs the official website.
  • Also, candidates holding a post-graduate diploma/certificate by an Indian University or foreign university awarded foreign degree/diploma/certificate must determine if their diploma/degree/certificate is equivalent to the Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities. Candidates must determine the equivalence from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi.

Examination Date

Exam DatesConfirmed

  • Registration Start6thMar 2018
  • Admit Card Date7thJun 2018
  • Examination dates8thJul 2018

Expected

  • First week of March
  • First week of June
  • Second week of July

Application Fee

  • Rs.450/-

Syllabus

  • As per latest media reports, University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to revise the syllabus for National Eligibility Test (NET) for the first time in last ten years. For the same, UGC has set up 25 committees to revise the syllabus for different subjects. However, since UGC NET is conducted for 90 subjects, more committees are likely to be set up to cover all subjects.
  • Currently, all committees are in process of preparing the draft syllabus for different subjects. Once prepared, the draft syllabus will be sent for approval to the council. Once approved, the decision will be taken on when to implement the revised syllabus.
  • The decision of revising the NET syllabus has been taken by UGC in order to reflect changes in what is being taught in different universities and colleges. The decision has also been taken to ensure that the revised syllabus meets the current requirement of higher education. 
  • Candidates can view UGC NET 2017 syllabus for reference. As soon as the syllabus for UGC NET 2018 is released, the same would be updated in the table below.
  • Subject
  • General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I)
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Commerce
  • Education 
  • Social Work
  • Defense and Strategic Studies
  • Home Science
  • Public Administration 
  • Population Studies
  • Hindustani Music (Vocal/Instrumental)
  • Management
  • Maithili
  • Bengali
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Odia
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • Arabic
  • English
  • Linguistics
  • Chinese
  • Dogri
  • Nepali
  • Manipuri
  • Assamese
  • Gujarati
  • Marathi
  • French (French Version)
  • French (English Version)
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Persian
  • Rajasthani
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Adult Education/Continuing Education/Andragogy/ Non-Formal Education
  • Physical Education
  • Arab Culture and Islamic Studies 
  • Indian Culture
  • Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
  • Law
  • Library and Information Science
  • Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
  • Comparative Study of Religions
  • Mass Communication and Journalism
  • Performing Art - Dance/Drama/Theatre
  • Museology & Conservation 
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Tribal and Regional Language/Literature
  • Folk Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotisha/Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimamsa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsana/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhva Vedanta/ Dharma Sastra/ Sahitya/ Purana -itihasa/ Agama/Advaita Vedanta)
  • Women Studies
  • Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture/Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)
  • Geography
  • Social Medicine & Community Health
  • Forensic Science
  • Pali
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Computer Science and Applications 
  • Electronic Science
  • Environmental Sciences
  • International and Area Studies 
  • Prakrit 
  • Human Rights and Duties 
  • Tourism Administration and Management 
  • Bodo
  • Santali
  • Karnatik Music (Vocal Instrument, Percussion)
  • Rabindra  Sangeet
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Drama/ Theatre
  • Yoga

Note: Candidates possessing a Master's degree in Geography (with specialization in Population Studies) or Mathematics/ Statistics are also eligible to appear for Population Studies subject.

Also, candidates possessing a Master's degree in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences are eligible to appear for Women Studies subject.   

Exam Pattern

UGC NET Exam Pattern Changed

As per an official notification released by CBSE, UGC NET exam pattern is changed. Check UGC NET 2018 exam pattern below:

UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern: Going forward, UGC NET will consist of two different papers (Paper I, II) conducted in two sessions. Candidates will need to appear for these two papers in order to be eligible for JRF and Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor only.

Session

Paper

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration

First

I

50 (Questions to be attempted – All)

100

1 Hour (09:30 AM to 10:30 AM)

Second

II

100 (Questions to be attempted – All)

200

2 Hours (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

Total

-

150

350

3 Hours

 

The official website informs, "Paper I is designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate." The website also informs, "All the questions of Paper II will be compulsory, covering entire syllabi of earlier Paper II & Paper III (including all electives, without options)."

Marking scheme: Two marks will be awarded for each correct answer. There is no negative marking in the exam.

UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper I

Exam pattern for paper I is such that the question paper will be divided into 10 sections as mentioned below:

Section

Questions

Marks

Teaching Aptitude

5

10

Research Aptitude

5

10

Reading Comprehension

5

10

Communication

5

10

Reasoning (including Maths)

5

10

Logical Reasoning

5

10

Data Interpretation

5

10

Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

5

10

People & Environment

5

10

Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration

5

10

Total

50

100

 

 

Candidates can also view UGC NET 2017 exam pattern for reference below:

 

UGC NET 2017 Exam Pattern: UGC NET 2017 exam pattern was such that there were three different papers (Paper I, II, and III) conducted in three sessions. Candidates had to appear for all the three papers in order to be eligible for being awarded JRF and Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor only.

Session

Paper

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration

First

I

50 (Questions to be attempted – All)

100

1 Hour 15 Minutes

Second

II

50 (Questions to be attempted – All)

100

1 Hour 15 Minutes

Third

III

75 (Questions to be attempted – All)

150

2 Hours 30 Minutes

Total

-

185 (Questions to be attempted – 175)

350

5 Hours

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