National Testing Agency (NTA) Exams 2020
National Testing Agency - Established in November 2017, National Testing Agency also known as NTA is an exam conducting authority. National Testing Agency (NTA) is responsible for conducting various entrance exams and eligibility tests. The exams for which NTA is responsible are Joint Entrance Examination – Main (JEE Main), National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET UG), National Eligibility Test (NET), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT). However, through this article, we will discuss the eligibility tests which grants the ability to become Assistant Professors and to award Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). The two eligibility tests are the Council of Scientific Research Institute (CSIR) NET (National Eligibility Test) and UGC NET exam.
NTA conducts both CSIR UGC NET and UGC NET exam twice a year - June and December. However, this year the June session exam has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new exam dates of both CSIR NET and UGC NET will be announced by the National Testing Agency soon. Candidates can however fill the application form till May 31, 2020. To know more about CSIR and UGC NET conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), go through the article below.
NTA Dates 2020 - UGC NET, CSIR NET
NTA Application Form Dates 2020 - UGC NET, CSIR NET
Two the most important exams conducted by NTA are:
UGC NET (National Eligibility Test)
CSIR UGC NET
NTA Exam Pattern - UGC NET, CSIR UGC NET
Candidates must go through the NTA exam pattern to know the section from where the questions will be asked, mode of the exam, total questions asked and the marking scheme.
As per the NTA exam pattern for UGC NET, the test is held for a total of two papers - paper I and II. Both the papers are conducted for a total of 300 marks wherein paper I is of 100 marks while paper II is of 200 marks. In paper I, the questions are asked from Reasoning ability, Comprehension, Divergent thinking, and General awareness while paper II is based on one of the 101 subjects opted by the candidates. The UGC NET is held in online mode. There are a total of 50 questions in paper 1 of two marks each while paper II has 100 questions.
NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020
Subject selected by candidate
3 hours (Consolidated)
Mode of Exam
No negative marks for wrong answers
The exam of CSIR NET is conducted for five subjects - Life Sciences, Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences. Candidates will have to choose their desired subjects from among the five. The question will be asked in three parts - part A, B, and C. The test of CSIR NET will be conducted for a total of 200 marks.
NTA CSIR NET Exam Pattern
Total Number of questions
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
Nation Testing Agency Qualifying Marks
NTA determines the qualifying marks for both CSIR NET and UGC NET exam. As per the qualifying marks, General & OBC candidates must secure 33% while the SC/ST/PWD candidates must secure 25% marks for CSIR NET. For UGC NET, a general candidate must secure 40% while OBC Non-creamy layer, PWD/SC/ST must secure 35% marks. However, securing just the qualifying marks will not consider them qualified. They must also secure the minimum cut off marks prescribed by the National Testing Agency. It must be noted that only 6% of the total appeared candidates will only be considered qualifying after securing the cut off marks.
NTA Cut off - UGC NET and CSIR NET
UGC NET Qualifying Marks
Paper I (Out of 100 marks)
Paper II (Out of 200 marks)
UGC NET qualifying marks for General (Unreserved)
OBC Non-creamy layer, PWD/SC/ST and Transgenders
CSIR NET Qualifying Marks
Minimum Qualifying Cutoff
General & OBC
SC/ST and PwD
NTA Eligibility Certificate
All those candidates who will qualify in NET will be awarded with the NET eligibility certificate. The certificate will be an e-certificate and it will be issued after almost a month from the declaration of the result. Candidates will be able to download their certificates from the official website. After getting the e-certificate, all successful candidates can apply for the post of Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges. Candidates who will qualify for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) will be able to pursue their research.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - National Testing Agency (NTA) Exams 2020
Question: Can CSIR UGC NET application fee be paid in offline mode?
No, you can pay the application fee in online mode only.
Question: Where can I get the list of CSIR NET exam centres?
The exam centre list will be available in the notification PDF.
Question: What educational qualification I required for a transgender candiadtes to appear in UGC NET?
A transgender candidate must have secured at least 50% marks in Master’s degree to appear for UGC NET 2020.
Question: Which subject should I choose for Paper 2 of UGC NET?
NTA has given a list of 101 subjects from which the candidate can choose one subject for paper 2. However, one can only choose the subject in which they have a Master’s Degree.