UGC NET Exam Pattern, UGC NET Syllabus & Eligibity, UGC National Eligibility Test (NET)

UGC NET Exam Pattern, UGC NET Syllabus & Eligibity, UGC National Eligibility Test (NET)

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NET Exam Overview

UGC NET 2016 Exam is conducted by the National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC)  to determine  eligibility of the candidate for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) award and lectureship. The objective of this exam is to attain minimum standards for the entrants in research and the profession of teaching. UGC NET Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi conducts the UGC-CSIR NET for other Science subjects, namely, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences jointly with the University Grants Commission (UGC). These NET tests are conducted twice in a year generally in the months of June and December. The Junior Research Fellowship (JRFs) are awarded to the meritorious candidates from among the candidates qualifiying for eligibility for lectureship in the National Eligibility Test. The concerned notifications are issued separately by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). UGC NET 2016 Exam is conducted by the National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC). This test establishes the eligibility of the candidate for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) award and lectureship.

NET Exam Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must be an Indian national.
The candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science &Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test. The Other Backward Classes(OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PWD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.
Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the 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 Junior Research Fellowship/eligibility for Assistant professor only after they have passed their Master’s Degree examination OR equivalent with at least 55% marks(50% marks in case of OBC(Non- creamy layer)/SC/ST/PWD(persons with disability) category candidates. Such candidates must complete their P.G degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September 1991(irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.
Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post graduation only. The candidates, whose post graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects in item No.14, may appear in a related subject.
Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form (Confirmation Page) to CBSE. However the candidates, in their own interest, must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the Test. In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the UGC/CBSE at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.
Candidates having post-graduate diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University/ Institute or foreign degree/diploma/certificate awarded by the foreign University/institute should in their own interest, ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree/certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi. (
(i)Junior Research Fellowship: The maximum age limit for JRF exam is 28 years or Not more than 28 years. A relaxation up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on website: ) SC/ST/PWD categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority. Three years relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.
(ii)Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.
NET/SLET/SET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. Provided however, that candidates, who are or have been awarded a Ph. D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of the Ph. D. Degree) Regulations, 2009, shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SELT/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.
The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st Dec 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st Dec 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the universities/ colleges situated in the state from where they have cleared their SET.

NET Syllabus & Exam Pattern

University Grant Commission holds the National Eligibility
test every year. Those applicants who wish to give NET test here we have mentioned syllabus of UGC Net Test. You may also check the UGC NET Exam Pattern and Syllabus through this web page and official website. The candidates who are applied for this entrance exam and searching University Grant Commission, National Eligibility Test (NET) Entrance Exam Syllabus they may download it here. The Syllabus for NET Entrance Examination includes the subjects History, Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, no of question, duration, marks etc. Check out the topics which we have delivered subject-wise.
UGC NET Exam Paper Pattern

Paper Number of Questions Marks Duration
I There will be 60 total questions but you need to attempt 50 100 01 hours 15 minutes
II Total 50 questions will be there 100 01 hours 15 minutes
III Total 75 questions will be there 150 02 hours 30 minutes

UGC NET Syllabus Overview
Syllabus: Exam will be held in three papers: Paper I (General Knowledge), Paper II (Subject based MCQ Questions), Paper III (Subject based descriptive questions)
Paper I: Paper I is completely generic in nature, and focuses mainly on assessment of the candidate’s research or teaching aptitude. It tests the general awareness, comprehension, divergent thinking and reasoning ability.
This paper contains 60 objective questions, of which any 50 questions are to be attempted by the candidate. It carries a total of 100 marks, and the time duration given is 1 ¼ hours.
This paper is designed to test the candidates General Knowledge covering the following topics: Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Mathematical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Information and Communication Technology, Current Affairs related to the subject and Higher Education System- Governance, Polity and Administration etc.
Paper II: Paper II is an objective type paper which has 50 compulsory multiple choice questions, on the subject chosen by the candidate. The total marks for this paper is 100, and the time duration given is 1 ¼ hours.
Paper III: Paper III will consist of descriptive type questions. Here you have to describe all questions as per word limit. The Paper III has 75 compulsory questions from the chosen subject. This paper carries a total of 150 marks, and the time duration provided is 2.5 hours.
Subjects for Paper II and Paper III: You may chose subjects for Paper II, III from the list as mentioned below:
Qualifying criteria
Minimum marks to be obtained in UGC-NET for considering a candidate for the award of JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor:
The candidates are required to obtain the following minimum marks separately in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III as given below:

CATEGORY Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
GENERAL 40 (40%) 40 (40%) 75(50%)
OBC (Non-Creamy layer)/PWD/SC/ST 35(35%) 35(35%) 60(40%)

Step II:
Amongst those candidates who have cleared step-I, a merit list was prepared subjectwise and categorywise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by such candidates.
Step III:
Top 15% candidates (for each subject and category), from the merit list mentioned under step-II, have been declared qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only. By this method, if the number obtained is less than one, it is taken as at least one, i.e., a minimum of one candidate is qualified wherever a fraction less than one is obtained as per this methodology. However, for fractions greater than one, the figure is rounded off to the nearest whole number.

NET Exam Important Dates To Remember

Starts Date of Online Application form submission: 17th October 2016
Last date to apply online : 16th November 2016
The last date for submission of fee through online generated Bank Challan, at any branch of (CANARA/ICICI/SYNDICATE/HDFC)     : 17th November 2016
Correction in Particulars of application form on official website :22nd November to 29thNovember 2016
Admit Card availability date : 21st December 2016
Examination Date of UGC NET : 22nd January 2017

Official Website :
CBSE NET January 2016-17 Notification
Apply Online for CBSE NET 2016
Click Here for CBSE NET 2016
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