University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test Exam

What is UGC NET Exam?

Commonly known as UGC NET, National Eligibility Test (NET) is a 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.

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.

Earlier the exam was initiated by UGC and later, the CBSE conducted the NET in 84 subjects at 91 centres across the country. From December 2018 onward, the UGC NET is going to be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) only in online mode.

The eligibility for Assistant Professor and award of Junior Research Fellowship both or eligibility for Assistant Professor only depends on the performance of the candidate in both the papers of NET in aggregate.

However, a candidate qualifying as the only source for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF. A candidate who qualifies the test for eligibility for Assistant Professor is governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments.

UGC NET December 2018:

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 December 9, 2018, to December 23, 2018. A test will consist of two papers and click here to know.

Aspirants are required to apply through online between September 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018. The application fees can be paid up to October 1, 2018.

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): Not more than 30 years as on December 1, 2018, (Age relaxation up to 5 years to candidates belonging OBC).

Application Fee:

For General Candidates - INR 800/-
For OBC Candidates - INR 400/-
For SC/ST/PwD/Transgender Candidates - INR 200/-

UGC NET December 2018 Registration:

In order to appear in UGC NET December 2018 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 December 2018 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.

NTA Starts Application Form Correction For UGC NET

National Testing Agency (NTA) has started the application form correction process for UGC NET December 2018. Candidates who had applied for the UGC NET examination to be held in December 2018 can avail this facility through the official website. NTA will accept the application form corrections till October 14, 2018.  The agency has also released an official notice regarding the application form correction. 

NTA said, ''many candidates have inadvertently submitted incorrect data in their application form of UGC NET December 2018. In order to ensure that the data of the candidates is error-free and they do not face any hardships later on, NTA is providing a ''one-time correction facility.'' However, charges are allowed in all fields of the online application form. 

Candidates need to pay an additional fee if they make changes in their forms. The additional fee (if applicable) should be paid by the candidates through credit/ debit card/ e-challan. 

UGC NET December 2018 is scheduled between December 9 and 23. The admit card for the examination will be released on November 19, 2018. Click here to know more about the UGC NET admit card.

9 October 2018
NTA To Close The UGC NET Registrations On September 30

The National Testing Agency (NTA), which was vested with the authority to conduct the National Eligibility Test (NET) from 2018 onwards, is all set to close the window for online registration on September 30, 2018. However, candidates can pay the application fee amount till October 1, 2018. Candidates who wish to apply for the posts of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Indian universities and colleges can start applying for UGC NET. To know the registration process, click here

Candidates who qualify for JRF are eligible to pursue research in their respective postgraduate subject and are also eligible for the post of Assistant Professor. The UGC NET paper consists of two objective-type question papers and each question carries two marks. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours and is conducted for 300 marks. Access the UGC NET exam pattern here. 

The UGC NET December 2018 will be held between December 9 and 23, 2018. With less than three months left for the examination, candidates should start preparing for the exam strategically. If you are searching for the tips to crack UGC NET, click here

28 September 2018
UGC NET December 2018 Exam Pattern

The UGC NET Exam, also known as National Eligibility Test is meant for those who see their career in the Lectureship or research field. NET is conducted for 84 subjects in 91 cities across the country.

The UGC NET December 2018 Exam will be held from December 9, 2018, to December 23, 2018. A test paper consists of two objective-type question papers and each question carries two marks.

The duration of Paper I is one hour and will be of general nature to assess the teaching and/or research aptitude. The duration of Paper II is two hours and will be conducted on the respective subject selected by the candidate.

The candidates are required to apply through online between September 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018. Application fees can be paid up to October 1, 2018.

Click here to know more about the detailed structure of UGC NET December 2018 Exam Pattern.

6 September 2018

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