University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test Exam

What is UGC NET Exam?

Commonly known as UGC NET, University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) is an entrance test conducted in order to select the eligible candidates for the post of Assistant Professor for Colleges/Universities level lectureship and for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

JRF awardees will be eligible to pursue research in their postgraduate subject from IIT's or other national organisations. Such candidates are also eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in Colleges/Universities of India.

The award of ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both’ or ‘Eligibility for Assistant Professor only’ depends on the performance of the candidate in both the papers of UGC-NET in aggregate. 

Candidates who qualify for ‘Assistant Professor only’ are not eligible for award of JRF. Candidates who qualify the Test for eligibility for Assistant Professor governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments.

Who Will Conduct UGC NET Exam? 

The UGC NET exam was initiated by UGC and later, the CBSE conducted the NET in 84 subjects at 91 centres across the country. From December 2018 onwards, the responsibility of UGC NET has been transferred to the National Testing Agency (NTA), which has been established as a premier and autonomous testing organization for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.

UGC NET Exam Details 

Exam name  University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET)
Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency  Twice a year (June & December)
Exam level National 
Purpose  For posts of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) 
Application mode  Online 
Exam mode  Online 
Exam duration  180 minutes (3 hours)
Average no of test-takers (single session) Over 8 lakhs 
Official website 
NTA helpdesk  0120-6895200 

UGC NET Notification 2021 May 

The NTA will release the UGC NET notification on its official website. The UGC NET exam notification is available in both English and Hindi. Aspirants who are aiming for an exam should check all the details in UGC NET information bulletin to get familiar with exam pattern, exam dates, syllabus, the application process, etc. It is advised to download UGC NET notification pdf and keep the hard copy for future reference. Candidates can download UGC NET notification 2021 (May here. 

UGC NET May 2021 Dates 

UGC NET notification date  February 2, 2021 
UGC NET registration  February 2 to March 2, 2021 
UGC NET admit card  April 2021 
UGC NET exam date  May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17, 2021 
UGC NET result  June 2021

UGC NET May 2021

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has established the National Testing Agency (NTA) as an independent autonomous, self-reliant, and self-sustained premier testing organisation to the conduct the various exams like NEET-UG, JEE Main (I) & (II), CMAT, GPAT, and UGC NET.

NTA will conduct the UGC NET for only Assistant Professor or for both Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only from June 2021. A test will consist of two papers and click here to know.

Candidates who hold a Master's or equivalent degree with a minimum of at least 55% marks from a recognised UGC universities/institutions in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible to apply.

The candidates from Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/persons with disability (PwD) category candidates are to be entitled with a relaxation 5% marks ineligibility. Click here to know more about the eligibility criteria in details.

NTA strictly follows the Government of India's reservation policy, as per which a minimum of 27%, 15%, 7.5% and 5% of fellowships are reserved for the OBC (non-creamy layer), SC, ST and Persons with Disabilities (PwD).

Age Limit:

1. For Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for applying for Assistant Professor.

2. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): The Upper age limit fixed 30 years as on 01-06-2020, (Age relaxation up to 5 years to candidates belonging OBC).

Application Fee:

For General Candidates - INR 1000/-
For OBC Candidates - INR 500/-
For SC/ST/PwD/Transgender Candidates - INR 250/-

UGC NET 2021 May Registration:

In order to appear in UGC NET May 2021 exam, the candidates are required to apply online by following the terms & conditions strictly mentioned in the registration procedure.

The submission of Online Application Form may be done by accessing NTA website, i.e. only. To know more about the detailed scenario of registration procedure click here.

UGC NET May 2021 Cities of Examination:

A candidate has to select any four cities of his/her choice. The board will be made to allow the city of examination of the candidates in order of the choice opted by them in their application form. However, in some exceptional circumstances, a different city of the nearby area may be allotted. Click here to know the list of Exam Centres.


The candidates, before submitting the Online Application Form, shall satisfy their eligibility to appear in the test.

The Candidates should fill their complete postal address with PIN Code for further correspondence.

The NTA shall not be held responsible for any loss due to an incorrect address was given by the applicant in the Online Application Form.

PSU Jobs Through UGC NET

In 2013, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that the aspirants who clear the NET would be eligible for remunerative jobs in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). PSUs will use the UGC NET scores for the recruitment process of the posts of executives in their organisations in disciplines like Science (Research & Development), Management, Corporate Communications, Human Resources, and Finance etc. Candidates with UGC NET scorecard can occupy prominent positions in PSUs. Candidates can find the list of career options after passing UGC NET here. 

UGC NET May 2021 Session Postponed

The NTA has postponed the UGC-National Eligibility Test (NET) exam scheduled to be held from May 2 to 17 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has tweeted, "Keeping in mind the safety and wellbeing of candidates and exam functionaries during COVID-19 outbreak, I have advised @DG_NTA to postpone the UGC-NET Dec 2020 cycle (May 2021) exams."

He also tweeted, "Looking at the present situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and also taking into account the safety and well being of the candidates and examination functionaries, it has been decided to postpone the UGC-NET exam." 

21 April 2021
UGC NET 2021: Last Date To Apply Extended

The National Testing Agency has extended the last date to apply for UGC NET 2021 May examination. The online applications will be accepted till March 9, 2021. Interested candidates who have not yet registered for the exam can apply online through the official site of NTA UGC -

The UGC NET 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 17, 2021. The admit card will be released at least 10 days before the exam date.



3 March 2021
UGC NET 2021 Registration Window To Close On March 2

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will be closing the UGC NET 2021 application window tomorrow, i.e., March 2. Candidates who have not yet registered for the UGC NET 2021 can apply online on the official website -

The NTA has started the UGC NET 2021 registration process on February 2. The Agency will be conducting the UGC NET exam from May 2 to 17, 2021. 

1 March 2021
UGC NET 2021: Upper Age Limit For JRF Revised For May Session

The upper age limit for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in UGC NET 2021 has been increased to 31 years from 30 years.

"This age limit is applicable for the current examination only," the exam conducting agency, NTA, has said. "A relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC-NCL /SC/ST/PwD/Third gender categories and to women applicants." 

"Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates with 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," it also adds.

3 February 2021
UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates Announced

Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has announced the exam dates of UGC NET 2021. The exam is for December 2020 and May 2021 cycle. 


Education Minister tweeted, “National Testing Agency will conduct next UGC-NET exam for Junior Research Fellowship & eligibility for Assistant Professor on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14 & 17 May 2021”.

The application window and official notification will be available on the official website. 

2 February 2021
UGC NET 2018 Deadline Extended For Completion Of Master's Degree
UGC NET June 2020 Result Statistics
UGC NET June/December 2020 Final Answer Key Released
UGC NET Answer Key June 2020 Released For 26 Subjects
UGC NET June 2020 Result Expected Soon
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