The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the UGC NET December 2018 exam dates and started the registration process on September 1. The National Eligibility Test (NET), which is conducted for determining the eligibility for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) posts in Indian universities and colleges, is held twice a year. NET is conducted for 84 subjects in 91 cities across the country.
This national-level exam will be conducted as a computer-based test (CBT). As NTA has started accepting the application forms for UGC NET December 2018, candidates should know some key points before they apply. Here are some of the important points you should know prior to registering for UGC NET December 2018.
Difference Between JRF And Assistant Professor In UGC NET
Candidates who qualify for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) post are eligible to pursue research in their respective postgraduate subject and are also eligible for the post of Assistant Professor. On the other hand, candidates who qualified exclusively for the Assistant Professor post will not be considered for the post of JRF.
UGC NET Eligibility
Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks in their master's degree or equivalent examination from the UGC-recognised institutes are eligible for this test. For OBC, SC and ST candidates, 50% marks in their master's degree or equivalent are required.
UGC NET Exam Pattern
The UGC NET 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. UGC NET is conducted for a total of 300 marks.
UGC NET Age Limit
The upper age limit for JRF is 30 years. An age relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to candidates belonging to the non-creamy OBC layer besides SC/ST/PwD/transgender categories and women applicants. However, there is no upper age limit for candidates applying for the post of Assistant Professor.
UGC NET Exam Fee
Candidates belonging to general categories have to pay INR 800 as application fee, which is INR 400 for OBC category students. For SC/ST/PWD/transgender candidates, the application fee is INR 200. GST/processing charges & GST are to be paid by the candidate, as applicable.
Test Practice Centres (TPCs)
The HRD ministry has mandated that NTA set up the test practice centres across India, specifically in rural and/or remote areas to make aspirants to familiar with the CBT. This is available for free of cost. Candidates are advised to register to take a practice test in a TPC. This will be available in November.
UGC NET Syllabus
UGC NET Syllabus Paper-1: As we stated above, paper-I is common to all the candidates. It tests the candidates on their teaching/research aptitude. It is designed to test the reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. There are 94 subjects in paper-2. Click here to download the detailed syllabus.
UGC NET December 2018 Exam Dates
Mode of examination: Computer-based
Registration dates: September 1 and 30, 2018.
Download of admit cards: November 19, 2018
Date of examinations: December 9 to 23, 2018
Date of announcing results: January 10, 2019
The HRD ministry has formed NTA recently to conduct the entrance examinations such as JEE Main and NEET (UG) along with UGC NET.