NTA UGC NET 2021 notification has been released by the National Testing Agency on its official website, https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in. Candidates who are interested in can check details and download the University Grants Commission NET notification PDF from the official website.
Candidates can register online at the official website of UGC National Eligibility Test at ugcnet.nta.nic.in. NTA conducts the UGC NET exam for ‘Assistant Professorship’ and for ‘Junior Research Fellowship. The test consists of two papers. Both the papers will be conducted in a single three-hour duration. The exam will be in computer-based test mode.
The National Testing Agency announces holding of the National Eligibility Test (NET) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian universities and colleges. NTA will conduct NET in 83 subjects at 88 selected NET Examination Cities spread across the country.
The candidates who qualify for the award of JRF, Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for whole time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them.
|Name of the Exam||NTA UGC NET Exam 2021|
|Title||Apply for UGC NET Exam 2021|
|Subject||NTA has released UGC NET Notification 2021|
|Last Date to Apply||06-09-2021|
|October 6 – October 8 for December 2020 |
October 17 – October 19 for July 2021
The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both OR Eligibility for Assistant Professor only will depend on the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF.
The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research. The Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science
The candidates who wish to apply for the NTA UGC NET examination are advised to follow the given steps provided below (how to apply section) to register for the examination online via the official website of the exam. The UGC NET 2020 Exam admit cards will be issued only to those candidates who have successfully registered for the exam and have made the required fee payment.
The candidates who desire to appear in the test may see the detailed notification available on the website. The National Testing Agency (NTA) will activate the National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) exam application form link.
Following candidates are also eligible for the NTA UGC NET exam:
- Candidates who are appearing for their qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination.
- Candidates whose final exam’s results are still awaited.
- Candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed.
- Such candidates must complete their Masters degree within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
- For JRF, the candidates should not be more than 30 years old. There is relaxation of age for SC/ST/OBC, transgender, women, candidates having research experience, etc. For assistant professor exam, there is no upper age limit for applying.
What is Expected to be Changed?
1. Upper Age Limit Increased for JRF: As per the reports, NTA has increased the upper age-limit for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) aspirants from the current 28 years to 30 years, while keeping the age-relaxation rules same as before.
2. Exam Papers: The NTA UGC NET June 2020 exam will comprise of two papers only. Paper 1 will consist of 50 compulsory questions that will carry 2 marks each, while Paper 2 will consist of 100 compulsory questions that will carry 2 marks each. Candidates will be given 1 hour to attempt Paper 1 and 2 hours to attempt Paper 2. Paper 1 will carry total 100 marks while Paper 2 will be of 200 marks in total.
Candidates must keep a tab on the official website of NTA for UGC NET to know the details of National Eligibility Test (NET) 2021
Eligibility Criteria for NTA UGC NET:
i) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities /institutions recognised by UGC (list attached page No. 21 to 47) in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. (list of subjects of post-graduation attached at page No. 18 to 19) 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.
ii) 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.
iii) 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.
iv) 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 (on page 11), may appear in a related subject.
v) Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form (Confirmation Page) to NTA. 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/NTA at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.
vi) 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. (www.aiuweb.org)
Age Limit and Relaxation:
(i) Junior Research Fellowship: Not more than 28 years as on 01.01.2021. 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: www.ncbc.nic.in ) 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.
Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor):
i) 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.
ii) The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
iii) 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.
How to download UGC NET Notification PDF (Information Bulletin)?
NTA has released UGC NET notification on its web portal. Candidates who wish to apply for the exam they need to know the complete details of the notification. So, candidates can download the official notification, read it carefully before going to apply.
- Visit the https://www.nta.ac.in website
Candidates can visit the official website of National Testing Agency, https://www.nta.ac.in/.
- Go to the https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in web portal
On the NTA website home page, click on the link of UGC NET. Then University Grants Commission web portal will be appeared in your device.
- Click on UGC Information Bulletin Link
On the home page, Search for the detailed UGC NET notification and click on it. Detailed notification PDF file will be opened in your device. Download it and read it carefully.
- Click on UGC NET Booklet Link
If you want to detailed instructions booklet, click on the UGC NET Booklet Link. The booklet will be opened in your device in PDF format. Download it and read it carefully before going apply.
NTA UGC NET 2021 Important Dates
|Opening date of application||02-02-2021|
|Extended last date of application||06-09-2021|
|Exam Date||October 6 – October 8 |
October 17 – October 19
Steps to Apply for UGC NET 2021:
Candidates who wish to apply for this paper should do so by tonight from the official website. Exam fees of Rs 1,000 for the general category, Rs 500 for the OBC category and Rs 250 for the SC, ST and PwD categories.
- Go to the official website of the Commission.
- Click on the link that says “Fill Application Form – Login for Image Correction – NET 2021”
- If you have not already, register to the site and log in.
- Enter your details in the fields provided and upload the necessary documents.
- Submit the application and save a copy for further reference.
UGC NET Exam Paper pattern:
You have to clear three papers in order to crack NET. Paper-I will test your aptitude for teaching and research. The questions, here, are designed to check your ability to reason, comprehend and your general awareness.
You will have to answer 50 out of 100 questions within the time span of one hour and 15 minutes. Take note that if you answer more than 50, only the first 50 will be taken into account. This paper carries a total of 100 marks.
Paper-II is a subject-based paper: You will be asked 50 objective-type questions based on the subject of your choice. Each question in this paper will carry two marks, with a sum total of 100 marks. There is no negative marking, so make sure you do not leave any question in the one hour and 15 minutes that you are given.
UGC NET Exam Details
|First Session||100 Marks (9:30 AM to 12:30 PM)||50 Questions||3 Hours|
|Second Session||200 Marks (12:30 PM to 05:30 PM)||100 questions||3 Hours|
Last minute tips before the exam:
Stay healthy: A healthy body is as important as a strong mind. Make sure you eat well and sleep on time. Any imbalance in diet and sleep can affect your memory and performance during the examination.
Mock tests: With only three days to go, you must utilise this time to go through at least one mock test a day. As they say, practice makes the man perfect. Taking mock tests and attempting previous years’ papers will give you an idea of what questions may come up in the examination. It will also help in figuring out how to toggle between sections and how much time to put where.
Revision: Stick to your notes and all the basics. Go through all that you have already learnt and scan through the more elaborate topics. Do not start with anything new.
Trust what you know: Now that there is limited time left for the UGC NET exam, there is no point in picking up a new topic and trying to learn a new subject. You must believe in your preparation and concentrate on what you know.
Instructions to Candidate:
1. The candidates shall have to bring black ballpoint pen to the Examination Hall. Candidates should use only black ballpoint pen to write particulars on the cover page of the Test Booklet, Answer Sheet and for darkening the circles of responses. Use of pencil or any other means is strictly prohibited.
2. The candidates are advised not to bring any items mentioned at serial number 12(a) including bags, metallic items etc. as there may not be any arrangement for safe custody to keep these items at the examination centres. In case of any loss of any belongings, the candidates will themselves be responsible.
3. All the examination halls/rooms shall have a wall clock, Hence the candidates are not allowed to wear/carry any type of watch into the examination hall/room.
4. Candidates are requested to read carefully the detailed Notification for NET is available on the website:https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/. No TA will be paid for appearing in the Test.
5. Candidates are allowed to carry the Test Booklets of Paper-I, II and III after the conclusion of the examination.
6. The venue of Test: Candidates are requested to visit the Venue of the Test, a day before the examination so as to reach in time on the day of examination. The request for change of City/Centre of examination/Subject will not be entertained.
The candidates are permitted to appear at the allotted venue of test only. No candidate will be allowed to appear in the examination at any other centre of examination other than the allotted centre. The candidate should sit on the seat allotted to him/her only.
7. Candidates shall have to be present at the examination Centre by 7.00 am (IST) for Paper-I and by 1:30 pm(IST) for Paper-III i.e. at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the examination. Since the time gap between Paper – I and Paper – II is only 30 minutes no candidate is allowed to leave the examination hall/centre after Paper – I.
8. No Candidate, in any case, will be allowed to enter the Examination Centre after the commencement of the examination in each paper.
9. The candidate has to appear in the Paper-II & Paper – III in the subject mentioned in the admission card. Change of subject is not allowed.
10. Entry to the Examination Hall will not be allowed without this admission card. Candidates should also bring along with them a valid photo ID proof for verification.
11. No candidate will be allowed to leave the examination hall/ room before 12:30 P.M. in the 1st session and 4:30 P.M. in the 2nd session.
12. The following cases will be treated as unfair means and the results of such candidate(s) shall not be declared :
a. The candidate(s) found with any electronic devices/ Cellular phone/ Mobile/ Pager/ Calculator/ Log Tables/ copying material/ books/ notebooks/ bits of paper/ any other written materials.
b. The candidate(s) found talking to each other or discussing any matter during the examination or the candidate(s) found disturbing other candidates in the examination room/hall and not maintaining complete silence.
c. Candidate(s) found removing any page(s) from the Test Booklet and if any page(s) is/are found missing from his/her Test Booklet.
d. The candidate(s) not following the instructions given by the invigilators in the examination hall and found arguing with the invigilators/other staff involved in the examination duty at the examination centre.
e. The candidate(s) found sitting on the seat other than that seat allotted to him/her, appeared at other centres or appeared in other subjects than that mentioned in the admit card.
13. The Physically Challenged(PwD) candidates must carry a copy of the disability certificate in the prescribed format of the Govt. of India otherwise the relaxations mentioned at serial no. 9 pages 8 of the information bulletin of NET June 2020 will not be provided to him/her during the examination.
14. It may be noted that the admission card will not be sent to the candidates by post separately. Candidates should note that their candidature is strictly provisional. The mere fact that admission card has been issued after online submission of the application form and the candidate is allowed to appear in the test shall not imply that the NTA/UGC has finally accepted his/ her candidature.
15. The candidates have to strictly follow the instructions regarding the use of Test Booklets, OMR Sheet as mentioned on page 17 – 18 of the information bulletin of NET available on the website: https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/. Director UGC-NET
16. It would be the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the serial number and code number of the Test Booklet is same that of OMR sheet. If any discrepancy, report to invigilator to get change.
- What is UGC NET?
The UGC-NET, which is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian universities and colleges.
- What are the Fellowships made through the UGC NET?
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: (a) National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students (NFSC), (b) National Fellowship for Other Backward Classes (NFOBC) and (c) Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students (MANF).