UGC NET Exam : A Comprehensive Guide

UGC NET Exam Guide

What is UGC NET?

If you are a post-graduate candidate and intend to start your career as nothing but a lecturer in universities or want a research fellowship, you are on the right page, in this blog we are going to make clear all the doubts regarding this career path. You must have heard of NET examination, today we are going to talk about this topic in details.

National Eligibility test, NET, is an examination conducted by University Grant Commission twice every year for deciding the ability and eligibility of a candidate to teach as a lecturer in a university and bestowing him/her Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

Basically, a NET examination is administered by Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, in the interest of UGC.

Why Should I go for NET?

By clearing this examination you not only get an opportunity to do a university level lectureship or pursue JRF but you will also get various opportunities to work in Public Sector Undertakings, PSUs, which are a state owned enterprise of India. In this way, you will get promising career perspective coupled with lucrative salary and prestige of working in a government of India department.

Besides, there is no other option for a post-graduate candidate to start his/her career in lectureship better than NET. Only candidates who have done Ph. D. are exempted from this examination. Another fact need to be considered is that teaching is the most respectable job in our society, and a candidate need not do much preparation for NET exams as the knowledge of Master’s degree is enough to crack it.

And the most important fact about UGC NET is the JRF, once selected a person can do Ph. D. in an easier way.

How to Prepare for UGC Net Exam?

The UGC invites various candidates for the examination in the month of June and December each year. You need to keep your eyes open about the notifications of the same. Usually, it is uploaded in the employment news or national newspapers.

First of all, you must know the pattern/stages of the examination. The UGC NET exam comprises three stages/papers and each of them is descriptive in nature and there is no negative marking.

Paper I:

  • This is the test to determine the ability and aptitude of a teaching of a candidate.
  • It consists of reasoning/thinking ability, comprehension test, and general awareness.
  • Out of 60 questions, a candidate has to attempt only 50 questions of 2 marks each.

Paper II:

  • It is the compulsory test, which contains the subject selected by the candidate.
  • 50 questions of 2 marks each need to be answered in this section.

Paper III:

  • It is also another paper chosen by the candidate. And it comprises 75 questions of 2 marks each.

The passing criteria of latest pattern 2017 are as follow

The candidates have to get these minimum marks of qualifying the all three papers, and after that, a merit list is prepared. Lastly, only the top 15% candidates get the golden opportunity of pursuing the career with UGC.

Syllabus of UGC NET

There are in total 94 subjects in whom the UGC conducts the examination, out of these a candidate has to choose a few relevant subjects only some of them are based on language, Science, and other management topics. You can check out the detailed syllabus of the same from the link of Official website of UGC that we have shared: Click here

Eligibility Details

Educational criteria

  • Candidates should have passed master’s degree graduation or equivalent from a University which is recognized by the act of the Central or State Legislature in India or any other Educational Institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
  • A general candidate must have got 55% marks, and the reserved category must have got 50% marks in the post-graduation.
  • Candidates belonging to the final year of master’s degree can also apply for the examination.
  • A candidate holding the degree of Ph.D. has been exempted 5% marks i.e. 50% marks should be in post-graduation.

Age limit

Age, not more than 28 Years as on a particular notification date. Age relaxations will be applicable as per the rules i.e. 5 years relaxation to reserved category.

Important Links

UGC official website

CBSE official website


We hope this blog will guide you in pursuing the career in teaching. The exam not only opens the doors of various opportunities for a candidate but also bestows the brainy students to the nation so that they can contribute toward the betterment of society.

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