How To Apply for NTA UGC NET 2021 (National Eligibility Test)

NTA has announced the examination dates for National Eligibility Test (NET) 2021. Simple steps to provided here for How To Apply for NTA UGC NET 2021 (National Eligibility Test). Candidates who wish to apply for this may submit online applications on the official website: https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in.

Eligible and interest candidates can check details and fill the online application form with the required information at the official website. The NET exam is conducted for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for Assistant Professor both in Indian universities and colleges.

National Testing Agency, NTA would begin the registration for UGC NET 2020 December examination on its official web portal. Candidates interested in taking up Assistant Professorship or apply for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) programs need to apply online on https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/. 

The examination would be conducted as per the schedule. The certificate would be however given by UGC. Paper I and Paper II would be conducted as was the format in December/June. The age limit for JRF is 32 years. There is no upper age limit for Assistant Professor Examinations.

The online window for the National Eligibility Test (NET) would be started as per the dates. The admit cards will be available for download from the web portal. The examination conducted in 84 subjects at 91 selected cities. It is held for eligibility for Assistant Professor post only or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or both.

UGC NET 2021 Registrations Date: As per the schedule, the UGC NET 2021 registration will begin from 02-02-2021 and the last date to apply for the same is 09-03-2021.

UGC NET 2021 Exam date: The NTA will conduct the UGC NET 2021 exams on May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17. Further, the NTA UGC NET 2021 admit cards will be available from would be announced soon.

How To Apply for NTA UGC NET (National Eligibility Test)

UGC NET 2021 Exam Details

  1. The duration of the exam will be for 180 minutes for Paper I and Paper-II
  2. There will be no break between Paper I and Paper II
  3. Paper-I will comprise of 100 marks having 50 questions
  4. Paper-II will comprise of 200 marks having 100 questions
  5. The examination will be conducted in two shifts- the first shift from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and second shift from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
  6. The examination shall be conducted as the Computer Based Test (CBT) only. Wherever Online examination has been used elsewhere in this booklet, it means CBT.

UGC NET Exam Schedule

ActivityUGC NET December
Exam Dates
UGC NET June
Exam Dates
Commencement of Online Application FormsSeptember 09March 16
Last date to applyOctober 15June 30
Download Admit CardsFrom November 09would be announced soon
Exam DatesDecember 2 to 6would be announced soon
Announcement of ResultsLast week of DecemberLast week of July
UGC NET Exam Schedule 2021

UGC NET Exam pattern

From this year, NTA will conduct the exam in 2 papers. So, there will be only 2 papers:- paper 1 and paper 2. 

Paper 1: It will be of 100 marks and will contain 50 objective type compulsory questions. Each question will carry 2 marks and will be of general nature and will test the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. The duration of the same will be one hour (9:30 am to 10:30 am). 

Paper 2: It will be of 100 marks and will contain 100 objective type compulsory questions. Each question will carry 2 marks and will be based on the subject opted by the candidate. The duration of the same will be two hours (11 am to 1 pm).

UGC NET 2021: Criteria to apply online

Those who have obtained at least 55 per cent marks in master’s degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC in humanities and social science, computer science and applications, electronic science etc. Those who are pursuing their master’s degree or have appeared for the same (final year) and whose result is still awaited can apply. The candidates who can qualify for JRF will be eligible to receive a fellowship of UGC under various schemes. The validity period of the offer will be three years. Candidates can appear in the subject of their post-graduation only.

Eligibility Criteria:

Educational Qualification: Candidates need to secure at least 55 per cent marks in Master’s degree or equivalent examination from recognised universities/institutions. There is five per cent relaxation for OBC, Scheduled Caste(SC)/ Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PwD) category and transgender candidates who have secured at least 50 per cent marks (without rounding off) in Masters degree or equivalent examination. Those who are pursuing their Master’s (in the final year) can also apply. Such candidates must complete their Master’s degree or equivalent examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of the mark.

Age limit:

The upper age limit for appearing in JRF has also been raised by two years, i.e. from the existing upper age limit of 28 years to 30 years. However, the age relaxation will be the same as it was earlier. 

Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): The upper age limit for appearing in JRF has been raised by two years, i.e. from the existing upper age limit of 28 years to 30 years (the relaxation as earlier will remain same).

Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit: Age limit increased: The age limit has been raised by 2 years. Earlier, the upper age limit for appearing for JRF was 28 years, but now, it has been increased to 30 years.

UGC NET: Aadhaar card not mandatory to apply online – Following queries received from the students, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has clarified that Aadhaar number is only one of the types of identification and is not mandatory. The UGC-NET bulletin December-2020 clearly provides that the candidates can also enter passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid government identity number, mentioned the official statement

Important dates:

1. Date of publication of notification: 01-02-2021
2. Online Application Process: 02-02-202021 to 09-03-2021
3. UGC NET Exam Date:  May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17
5. Result: To be announced

How to Apply for UGC NET?

NTA UGC NET 2021 Last date to apply at https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/The NTA has announced the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET)-2021. Candidates who wish to apply at the official website (NTAnet.nic.in).

Candidates who wish to test their eligibility for the post of assistant professors or for a junior research fellowship at various colleges and universities across the country, is the last date to submit the 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. The Commission has also announced that the correction facility for the application forms in case of mistakes will be open

4 Simple Steps to apply online

Application Procedure: 4 Simple Steps to be followed to apply online.

Step 1: Fill the Application Form: Fill in the Online Application Form and note down system generated Application Number The candidate should supply all the details while filling the Online Application Form and also required to choose PASSWORD and Security Question and enter his/her Answer.

After successful submission of the data, the Application number will be generated and it will be used to complete the remaining Steps of the Application Form and also required for all future correspondence. For subsequent logins, the candidate will be able to login directly with his/her respective system generated Application Number and chosen Password.

Step 2: Upload Scanned Photo & Signature: Upload Scanned Images of Photograph and Signature: The scanned images of photograph and Signature should be in jpg/jpeg format only.

Size of the photo image must be greater than 4 kb and less than 40 kb.
Size of the signature image must be greater than 1 kb and less than 30 kb.
Dimension of photograph image should be 3.5 cm(width) x 4.5 cm(Height) only. Dimension of signature image should be 3.5 cm(length) x 1.5 cm(Height) only.

NOTE: The Candidate will be able to modify/correct the particulars before the payment of fees. Once the payment of fee has been made / e-Challan downloaded, candidate particulars cannot be edited.

Step 3: Pay the Examination Fee: Pay Examination Fee by E-challan or debit/credit card: For Payment by Syndicate Bank/ ICICI/Canara Bank challan: The candidate has to select bank (Syndicate/Canara/ICICI) to deposit the application fee through e-Challan mode. As soon as he/she selects, an e-Challan will be generated containing specific details of the candidate along with the amount to be paid.

The candidate has to take a printout of the same and take it to the nearest branch of the selected bank for making payment. After the confirmation of fee deposited from Bank/NTA, the candidate will be able to print the Confirmation Page.

Payment by Debit/Credit Card: The candidate has to select Debit/Credit Card option to pay the application fee and follow the online instruction to complete the payment of fee. After successful payment, the candidate will be able to print the Confirmation Page.

  • Print Confirmation Page
  • The Candidate should take print of Confirmation Page and keep it for future reference. The Confirmation Page should not be sent to NTA.

Steps to apply for UGC NET 2021:

  • 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.

Apply For NTA UGC NET 2021:

  1. The last date for online registration is 09-03-2021
  2. The last date for submission of fee through online generated Bank challan, at any branch of (Syndicate/Canara/ICICI/HDFC Bank) or through credit/debit card.
  3. While applying online candidates should mention if they want to apply for both JRF and Assistant Professor post or only for Assistant Professor post
  4. In order to be eligible for the exam, applicants must have at least 55% marks in Master’s degree (50% marks for reserved category candidates). Those awaiting their final result of the qualifying degree are also eligible to apply
  5. PhD holders who have completed the Master’s level exam are eligible to apply and will be given a relaxation of 5% in the aggregate marks
  6. ‘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)’
  7. NET exam will comprise of 2 papers:  each paper will be of 150 minutes
  8. Pass mark for general category candidates is 40% in all the three papers taken together and is 35% marks for OBC (Non-creamy layer)/PwD/SC/ST category candidates
  9. On the exam day, candidates must carry their admit card along with a photo identity card
  10. NTA UGC NET December-2020 exam answer key will be released in January-2020

Apply For NTA UGC NET

Paper pattern:

PAPER I:
1. This paper will be of 100 marks consisting of 50 compulsory questions
2. The duration of the paper will be one hour from 9:30 am to 10:30 am
3. Paper-I shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions each carrying two marks.
4. The questions will be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching or research attitude of the candidate.
5. It will be primarily designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate

PAPER-II:
1. Paper-II will again be of 100 marks consisting of 100 compulsory questions
2. The duration of which will be two hours and will be held from 11 am to 1 pm on the same day
3. Further, Paper-II shall consist of 100 objective type compulsory questions each carrying two marks which will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.

About NTA UGC NET: UGC (University Grants Commission) is a statutory organisation established by the union government in 1956. Its main objective is to provide recognition to the Indian universities and provide funds to such recognised universities and colleges.

NTA  now conducts this exam on behalf of UGC for the post of Lecturer and for providing the JRF for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and in research. For any query, candidates can check out the official website.

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