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 June

Due to postponement of December 2020 UGC-NET in view of Covid - 19, the schedule of June 2021 UGC-NET has been delayed. In Order to regularize the UGC-NET examination cycles, the National Testing Agency (NTA), with the concurrence of UGC, has merged both UGC-NET of December 2020 and June 2021 Cycles so that they be conducted together in CBT Mode. The Application process is therefore being reopend for the new applicants to fill in and submit their forms.

The candidates who have registered for UGC-NET of December 2020 Cycle but have not been able to complete the application process, can also complete and submit the application form online on the website :, during the period specified below.

The schedule of UGC-NET June 2021 is as follows :

UGC NET June 2021 Dates 

UGC NET notification date  August 10, 2021 
UGC NET registration  August 10 to September 05, 2021 
UGC NET admit card  September 2021 (Tentative)
UGC NET exam date  20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 November to 01, 03, 04, 05, December, 2021 
UGC NET result  January 2022

UGC NET June 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 June Registration:

In order to appear in UGC NET June 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 June 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 2021 Admit Card Anytime Soon

The NTA is all set to release the UGC NET 2021 admit card anytime soon. Candidates should enter their login credentials to download UGC NET admit card for the December 2020 and June 2021 session at

30 September 2021
UGC NET Application Form 2021: NTA Activates Correction Window

The NTA has opened the UGC NET application form correction window in online mode on the official website - Candidates can make changes till September 12, 2021.

As per the sources, candidates can edit only the personal details, academic details, and choice of exam centres through the UGC NET correction window 2021.

9 September 2021
UGC NET Exam Dates 2021 Revised

The NTA has revised the UGC NET December 2020 and June 2021 cycles exam dates. The exam will be held from October 6 to 8 and October 17 to 19, 2021. 

The Agency has revised the exam dates due to a clash with some major examinations. 

3 September 2021
UGC NET 2021 Registration Started

The NTA has started the UGC NET registration for June 2021. Candidates can now apply online till September 5, 2021. The Agency will be conducting the exam from October 6 to 11, 2021. 

Candidates can make corrections from September 7 to 12, 2021. The official information bulletin is available on the official portal. 

11 August 2021
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
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