National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) for two sessions - June and December, in online mode. The examination is held for determining the eligibility of candidates as Assistant Professors and for awarding Junior Research Fellowship. UGC NET is held in two stages – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Till July 2018, the examination would be conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), however, from December 2018 onwards the exam has been conducted by NTA. Paper I is held for 50 questions against 100 marks, while Paper II is conducted for 100 questions against 200 marks. For each correct answer, candidates are given 2 marks.
50% marks in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination for Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PwD)and Other Backward Classes(OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer.
Candidates who are Ph.D degree holders and completed their Master’s level examination and waiting for the declaration of the result are eligible with 5% relaxation in aggregate marks (i.e. 55% to 50%).
Candidates with master’s degree or those who are appearing in their final year of master’s exam or those who are waiting for their results can apply for this exam. However, candidates have to pass their master’s degree to be considered as eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship/eligibility for Assistant Professor.
Candidates who have done post graduate diploma/ Institute or foreign degree/certificate awarded by the foreign University/diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University must check their ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi.
Candidates must be 30 years to be eligible for Junior Research Fellowship.
There is no upper age limit for Assistant Professor.
Mode of Application : Offline and Online
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NTA will release the online application form of UGC NET 2019 for December session. In order to apply for online application, candidates have to fill the application form in three parts. Part 1 of application form contains details like name, email- id, mobile number, date of birth while in part 2 of registration candidates have to select the net subject, centre, category. Candidates have to upload the signature and photograph in part 3.
OBC (Non-creamy layer)
To start the preparation of UGC NET, candidates must be aware about the exam pattern and syllabus of UGC NET. This makes the task of preparation easy for the candidates. It is always advised to the appearing candidates that they must start the preparation of UGC NET exam keeping the time left in mind. Proper planning, solving previous years’ question papers, making short notes, covering syllabus topic-wise etc. makes preparation strategy easy. To score well candidates must follow their preparation strategy, solve last year question papers, read newspapers for daily updates and enhance their general awareness.
According to the exam pattern of UGC NET, there are two papers which will be conducted in computer-based mode. Paper-1 will constitute of 50 objective type questions carrying 2 marks each. The questions in this section will be asked from reasoning, comprehension, general awareness, divergent thinking to assess the candidates’ research/ teaching aptitude.
Exam pattern of Paper 1
Number of questions
As per the UGC NET exam pattern, Paper 2 will consist of 100 objective type questions carrying 2 marks each based on the subject selected by the candidate. There is no provision of negative marking in this paper.
Exam pattern of Paper 2
The admit card of UGC NET will be issued in online mode. Candidates can download the admit card till the day of examination either by entering their application number and password or by using application number and date of birth. Candidates can check the details specified in the admit card like about the venue, time, date and shift of exam in the admit card. They have to bring the photo identity card along with the admit card on the exam day.
NTA will release the answer of UGC. The release date of answer key will be announced by the commission later. Candidates will be able to check the number of correct and incorrect answers. If a candidate finds any answer discrepancy in the answer key he/she can challenge it within the time provided by the commission. To challenge the answer key online candidates have to pay the requisite fee after which the final answer key will be released by the commission.
NTA will announce the result of UGC NET 2019 few days after the Candidates can check the result and cutoff released by National Testing Agency (NTA) along with the all India merit list. The merit list of the qualifying candidates will be made on the basis of the aggregate marks. The separate merit lists will be prepared for those qualifying for Assistant Professor and JRF.
UGC NET Cutoff
UGC NET cutoff is of two types subject wise cut off marks and qualifying marks released NTA. As per the NTA notification, candidates appearing for Assistant Professor and both JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor have to secure 40% aggregate mark in both papers for General and 35% for OBC/ST/SC/Pwd/ Transgenders. The subject wise cutoff will be released by the commission.
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