NET- National Eligibility Test is an examination conducted to ascertain the aspiring candidates’ for college and university lectureship and for PH.D research jobs for Indian Nationals. This test is taken to maintain minimum standards of the applica

  • Overview
  • Important Dates
  • Application Form
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Exam Pattern
  • Others

NET- National Eligibility Test is an examination conducted to ascertain the aspiring candidates’ for college and university lectureship and for PH.D research jobs for Indian Nationals. This test is taken to maintain minimum standards of the applicants for teaching profession and research. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts NET, on the behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC) to determine the eligibility of Indian Nationals for the post of Junior Research Fellowship or Assistant Professor in Indian colleges and universities.

In 2013, the UGC announced that any candidate who clears NET can get flourishing jobs in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). This step taken by the UGC increased the number of candidates applying for UGC-NET.

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Important dates

The tentative dates of UGC NET 2018 are given below:

  • Official release of notification: September 2017.
  • Release of online application form: October 2017.
  • Final Date of online form submission: November 2017.
  • Final date of fee submission through e-challan: November 2017.
  • Availability of Admit card: December 2017.
  • Exam date: January 2018.
  • Result Declaration: May 2018.

Application Form & Fee

  • Candidates can fill UGC NET Application Form in online mode only.
  • Candidates applying for the UGC Net exam needs to visit the official of CBSE NET.
  • Aspirants need to upload their scanned photo and signature after filling the application form with their necessary details.
  • Candidates need to provide their Aadhaar number while applying for UGC NET.
  • After filling the Application form candidates need to make payment to register themselves successfully. Submission of fees through e-challan or Debit/Credit card.
  • The Application fee for General Category candidates is Rs. 600/-, for SC/ST/PWD candidates Rs. 150/- and for OBC-NCL candidates Rs. 300/-.

Eligibility Criteria

The UGC lays down certain eligibility criteria that the Candidates must fulfil before applying for the NET exam. The eligibility conditions for UGC NET 2018 are mentioned below:

  • Candidates must have a post-graduate degree or equivalent degree from a UGC recognized university.
  • Aspirants must pass in subjects like Humanities and Social Science, Electronic Science, Computer Science & Applications in the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates must pass with a minimum marks of 55% in the qualifying examination (50% marks for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).
  • Candidates appearing for the final master degree examination can also apply.
  • PHD degree holders will get a relaxation of 5% marks provided he/she completed the post graduation examination by 19th September 1991.
  • Candidates’ maximum age limit must be 28 years as on 01 January 2018.
  • SC, ST, OBC-NCL and PWD category candidates will get a 5 years age relaxation on the upper age limit. Candidates with LL.M degree are eligible for 3 years age relaxation. Candidates with research experience are also entitled for age relaxation.
  • There is no limitation on upper age for candidates applying for Assistant Professor.
  • Candidates must provide the required AADHAAR Card details while applying for UGC NET. Applicants from J&K, Meghalaya, Assam need to provide their bank account number/ration card/passport details or other valid Indian Govt. identity detail.

Exam Pattern

The examination pattern of NET is given below:

Papers 3
Exam mode Offline
Type of Question Objective type questions. Candidates need to mark their answers in OMR sheets
No. of questions 185 (candidates will have to attempt 50 questions out of 60 questions in Paper-1)
Subjects Paper-1: General Aptitude questions.

Paper-2 & 3: questions related to the chosen subject

Paper medium Bilingual, i.e. English & Hindi
Time duration Paper-1: 1¼  hours

Paper-2: 1¼ hours

Paper-3: 2½ hours

Marking Scheme 2 marks for each correct answer
Negative marking No provision for negative marking

Preparation Tips

  • Candidates appearing for the National Eligibility Test should know how to manage proper resources for their preparation. Management of proper study resources is the most vital part for NET preparation. Candidates must choose good study materials such as books and other resources under appropriate guidance.
  • Every topic in the syllabus for NET is vital. So candidates must not consider random topics as unimportant and must pay proper attention to every topic.
  • Candidates must follow an order while studying. The syllabus of NET is huge and an improper study style may leave the candidate hit the wall during the exam.
  • Under graduate and post-graduate syllabus are equally important. So candidates while preparing must also pay 100% attention in their previously studies chapters of graduation and post graduation level.
  • Candidates must keep in mind the latest question pattern of NET. This will help them plan their strategies while preparing for it.
  • NET question papers are lengthy. So candidates without wasting time must move on answering the next question if they are not sure about a particular answer.
  • Candidates are advised to take mock tests at regular intervals. This will help in giving them an idea on the level of their preparation.
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