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Paper Pattern and Eligibility of UGC NET Examination

About UGC-NET:

UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professors’ in the Indian Universities and Colleges.

The selection of candidates for the following Fellowships of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Ministry of Minorities Affairs is also made through the UGC-NET:


  • National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students (NFSC)
  • National Fellowship for Other Backward Classes (NFOBC)
  • Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students (MANF)


Candidates aspiring for the Fellowships listed above shall also have to apply for the Test.


Mode of Examination

The Examination is usually conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only.


Pattern of Examination

The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of objective-type, multiple choice questions. There will be no break between papers.


The medium of the Question Paper shall be in English & Hindi only.

Marking Scheme

  1. i) Each question carries 02 (two) marks.
  2. ii) For each correct response, the candidate will get 02 (two) marks.

iii) There is no negative marking for incorrect responses.

  1. iv) No marks will be given for questions un-answered/un-attempted/marked for Review.


Eligibility Criteria of UGC NET


Qualifying Examination:


Category Qualification
General/Unreserved/General-EWS candidates:


Should have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination.


The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to Non-Creamy Layer/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Third gender

category candidates:

Should have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.




Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/eligibility for Assistant Professor only after they have passed their Master’s Degree or equivalent examination with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC-NCL / SC / ST / PwD / Third gender category candidates). Such candidates must complete their Master’s degree or equivalent examination within two years from the date of NET result with the required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.


Examination Fees:

General/Unreserved: Rs. 1000
Gen-EWS/OBC-NCL: Rs. 500
SC/ST/PwD/Third Gender: Rs. 250

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