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UGC NET: All about the new exam pattern

UGC NET: All about the new exam pattern

The National Eligibility Test (NET), which is also known as UGC NET or CBSE NET, is a nationwide test to determine eligibility for college and university level lecturership and the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals. It ensures completion of minimum standard qualification for the entrants/ aspirants in teaching and research profession. 

On behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) holds this test every year. More than 9 lakh candidates had appeared for the last NET examination held in November’17.

The next examination to be held on 8th July, 2018 will be based on the new pattern as notified by UGC earlier this year. Please find below all the important information related to the examination.

Frequency of the examination: Twice a year

Mode of the Exam: Offline

Age Limit and Relaxation

1.    Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): For JRF, upper age limit is 30 years as on 01.07.2018 (previously it was 28 years). 

Terms of relaxation:
•    Upto 5 years relaxation to the candidates belonging to OBC, SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and women applicants. 
•    For candidates having research experience, relaxation will be 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. 
•    Relaxation of 5 years to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces. 
Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.
2.    Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit or cap on maximum number of attempts for Assistant Professor.


Exam Pattern

Paper I –: General Awareness (Multiple Choice Questions)
Exam Pattern: 50 compulsory question of two marks each (Total 100 marks paper). 
This paper will be of general nature and is meant to test the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. As per the notification, the paper will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. 
Exam Duration: One hour
Negative Marking: No


Paper II –: Based on specific discipline (Multiple Choice Questions)
Exam Pattern: 100 compulsory question of two marks each (Total 200 marks paper). 
The questions will be based on the subject opted by candidate. The questions will cover entire syllabi of earlier Paper II & Paper III (including all electives, without options).
Exam Duration: Two hour
Negative Marking: No

Both the papers will be held on the same day and qualification in both of them is compulsory.