UGC NET 2018: CBSE NET Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Dates

UGC NET 2018UGC NET 2018 Application Form has been released from 6th March 2018. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) holds the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC). Aadhaar Card is mandatory to apply for UGC NET. CBSE UGC NET determines the eligibility of Indian candidates for Assistant Professor or for Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor both. Junior Research Fellowship awardees will be eligible to pursue research in their postgraduate subject from IITs or other national organizations. Such candidates are also eligible for the post of Assistant professor in Indian colleges/Universities. For the year 2018, UGC NET exam will be conducted only one time in a year. Aspirants can read this article further for getting information about UGC NET 2018 including application form, eligibility, exam dates, pattern, etc.

Application Form Exam Dates  Eligibility

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UGC NET 2018 Notification – Application Released

newiconUGC NET 2018 Application Form has been released from 6th March 2018. Check here for application details.

UGC NET 2018 Notification & Complete Details (Information Bulletin) has been released.   Click here to check information bulletin.

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UGC NET 2018 exam pattern has been changed. Instead of three papers, there will be only two papers, i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2. Check more details from below.

UGC NET 2018 age eligibility criteria has been changed, the maximum age limit for appearing in JRF has been raised by two years, i.e. 30 years. Check more details from below.

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UGC NET 2018 Short Notification has been released.  Click here to view notification.

UGC NET 2018 Exam Date

UGC NET will be held only one time in a year through offline mode. Candidates can check official dates of CBSE NET 2018 exam from here:

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EventsDates (Announced)
Issue of Detailed Notification1st February 2018
Commencement of online application form6th March 2018
Last date to submit the form5th April 2018
Last date of fee submission6th April 2018
Corrections in particulars of application form25th April to 1st May 2018
Admit Card AvailabilityJune 2018
Exam Date8th July 2018
Availability of Answer Key & OMR SheetAugust 2018
Declaration of ResultJuly 2018

UGC NET 2018 Application Form

  • Candidates wishing to apply for UGC NET 2018 have to fill the application form online only on the official website of CBSE NET (link is given above).
  • The application form has been released from 6th March 2018.
  • No application will be accepted after the last date.
  • Aadhaar card is necessary to apply for UGC NET 2018.
  • The application process consist of four steps viz. fill the application form, upload scanned photograph and signature, pay the examination fee and print confirmation page.
  • There is no need to send the printout of confirmation page to CBSE.
  • CBSE will also provide the correction facility in UGC NET application form 2018. The correction will be done from 25th April to 1st May 2018.

Application Fee:

The application fee of UGC NET 2018 varies category-wise. Application fee, once paid, is not refundable or transferable under any circumstances. Fee details are as follows:

CategoryApplication Fee
GENRs. 1000/-
OBC-NCLRs. 500/-
SC/ST/PwD/TransgenderRs. 250/-

Mode of Payment:

Application fee is payable through credit/ debit card or through e-challan. Candidates submitting the fee through e-challan have to make the payment in cash to Syndicate/Canara/ICICI bank.

Eligibility Criteria

For every examination, there is a specific eligibility criteria that candidates have to fulfill, if they wish to apply for that examination. The conditions of eligibility  for CBSE UGC NET 2018 is given below:

Qualification Eligibility:

  • Qualifying Examination: Master’s or equivalent degree from Universities/Institutions recognized by UGC.
  • Subjects: The qualifying examination must be passed in subjects like Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science &Applications, Electronic Science etc.
  • Minimum Marks: The percentage of marks required in qualifying examination is 55% (50% marks in case of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD categories).
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing for final examinations towards a Master’s degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to apply.
  • Relaxation: Relaxation of 5% marks in qualifying examination shall be given to Ph.D degree holders whose master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September 1991.

Age Criteria:

For Junior Research Fellowship:

  • Age Limit: The maximum age limit is 30 years as on 1st January 2018.
  • Relaxation: 5 years relaxation in the upper age limit will be provided to OBC-NCL, SC, ST, transgender and PwD category candidates. Relaxation will also be given to the candidates having research experience. Candidates possessing LL.M. degree will be eligible for 3 years relaxation in age.

Click here to view the list of subject & PG courses.

Aadaar Card:

In reference to notification for UGC-NET(November) 2017 published in the news papers regarding schedule of filling online application for the said examination, following is being informed:

  • The use of Aadhaar for the applicants of UGC-NET(November) 2017 will result in accuracy of the applicants’ details. This will also help in ascertaining identities of the applicants at the examination centres in a convenient and hassle free manner. Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity.
  • The provisions of the Aadhaar Act and Regulations under the Act have come into effect from 14th September 2016 and notifications to this effect have been published in the Official Gazette. Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act 2016 permits the use of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual for any purpose pursuant to any law or any contract to this effect.
  • Accordingly, CBSE has decided to use Aadhaar for the applicants of UGCNET(November) 2017, and hereby notifies the following:
    • Applicants who are in possession of Aadhaar, shall enter Aadhaar number, name, date of birth & gender in online application for UGC-NET(November) 2017 for the purpose of his/her identity and authentication thereof.
    • Applicants not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, are hereby required to make application for Aadhaar enrolment in case he/she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of Aadhaar Act. Such applicant may visit any Aadhaar enrolment center (list available at to get enrolled for Aadhaar.
  • The above provisions shall be applicable in all states except J&K, Assam & Meghalaya.
  • The applicants from the states of J&K, Assam & Meghalaya need to enter the passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Govt. identity number provided they should select the city of examination in these states only.

For Assistant Professor:

  • Age Limit: No prescribed upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.

Who are Exempted From Appearing CBSE UGC NET (For Assistant Professor)?

  • Ph.D Degree Holders: Candidates possessing the Ph.D degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission shall be exempted from the requirement of NET/SELT/SET for recruitment of Assistant Professor in Universities/institutions.
  • UGC/CSIR JRF Qualified Candidates: The qualified candidates of UGC/CSIR JRF examination are exempted from appearing the NET but the condition is that the examination must be passed prior to 1989.
  • States Eligibility Test (SET) Candidates: The qualified candidates of SET (held prior to 1st June 2002) are exempted from appearing in NET. These candidates can apply for the post of Assistant Professor anywhere in India. Those who have cleared the SET (1st june 2002 onwards) are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the Universities/colleges situated in the state of passing the SET.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018 (Revised)

Candidates can check the CBSE UGC NET 2018 exam pattern which tells about the number of questions, marking scheme, type of questions, duration of the exam and other details related to the exam.

  • Papers: The test will consist of two papers.
  • Exam Mode: Examination will be conducted in offline mode. Candidates have to mark their responses on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet.
  • Number of Questions: Total 150 questions will be asked in NET which are divided into 2 papers. Paper-I will have 50 questions and Paper-II will have 100 questions. All questions are compulsory to attempt.
  • Type of Questions: All the papers will have objective type questions.
  • Subjects: The Paper-I consists of General Aptitude Questions and the Paper-II contains questions related to the subject selected by candidates.
  • Medium of Paper: Candidate can choose the paper medium either Hindi or English. Choice for paper medium can be exercised at the time of filling the form.
  • Exam Duration: Paper-1 will be of 1 hour while Paper-II will be of 2 hours.
  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer will carry 2 marks.
  • Negative Marking: CBSE is not following negative marking scheme in UGC NET.
PaperNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksExam Duration
I50 questions (all compulsory)1001 hour (09:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.)
II100 questions (all compulsory)200 2 hours (11:00   A.M. to 1:00 P.M.)

Click here to check UGC NET last year question papers.

UGC NET 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus of National Eligibility Test (NET) is different for different subjects. The subjects included in NET is more than 100. Candidates should also prepare from the syllabus of their qualifying examination. Candidates must prepare as per the syllabus prescribed by the CBSE.

Click here to check the UGC NET Syllabus 2018

How to Prepare for UGC NET

UGC NET is one of the competitive examinations that enables post graduate students to qualify for University level teaching jobs and also to seek admissions in PhD level programmes. To achieve good scores in CBSE NET, candidates can follow these preparation tips:

  • First of all, gather the complete syllabus as prescribed by CBSE.
  • Candidates can take the reference of previous years question papers to know the exam pattern and important topics.
  • Purchase some good books that covers the whole syllabus.
  • Prepare the short notes and highlight the important topics.
  • Keep yourself updated with current affairs. Candidate should have complete knowledge about their concerned UGC NET Subject.
  • Time management is also important. Manage your time effectively for studies and for daily revision.
  • Last but not the least, be confident and positive.

FAQs (Most Asked Questions)

Answer: UGC NET is the eligibility test for the post of assistant professor in Indian colleges/Universities. It is also the qualifying test for the award of Junior Research Fellowship.
Answer: You can apply for UGC NET 2018 only one time in a year. The application form has been released from 6th March 2018.
Answer: Yes, a relaxation of 5 years will be provided to the candidates who have research experience in the relevant subject of their postgraduate degree. LLM degree holders will get 3 years relaxation.
Answer: Corrections will be allowed in some particulars after the submission of application form. Candidates can make corrections from 25th April to 1st May 2018.
Answer: Yes, you need to bring one Identity proof along with the admit card.
Answer: The maximum age limit is 30 years as on 1st January 2018 for Junior Research Fellowship. No age limit prescribed for the eligibility of assistant professor.
Answer: You can pay the fee through credit card/debit card or e-challan.
Answer: Candidate should have at least master’s degree from a recognized institution to be eligible for UGC NET.

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UGC NET Admit Card 2018

UGC NET 2018 admit card of January session will be uploaded on the website in the month of June 2018. Candidates need to bring the admit card to the test centre in addition to a Photo-Identity Card. An acceptable Photo Identity Card is any one of Passport, Driving license, College/Institute Identity Card, Aadhaar Card, Pan Card, Voters Id Card, etc.

UGC NET 2018 Answer Key

After the successful conduct of examination, the exam conducting authority will release the UGC NET answer key 2018. The answer key will be released in the month of August 2018. Candidates also have the opportunity to challenge the OMR Sheet/answer key. For challenging each question, the authority will charge Rs. 1000/-. If the challenge is accepted, then the fee will be refunded. The result will be prepared on the basis of final answer key.

UGC NET Result 2018

CBSE will announce the UGC NET 2018 result online on the official website of CBSE NET. The result will be declared in the month of July 2018.  Candidates can check their results by entering their roll number and date of birth.

UGC NET Cut-Off 2018

The minimum marks that a candidate need to be score in UGC NET to be considered for the award of JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor in paper-I, paper-II is given below:

CategoryMinimum Marks (%) to be obtained
General40 marks (40%)80 marks  (40%)
OBC-NCL/PwD/SC/ST35 marks (35%)70 marks  (35%)

Subject-wise and category-wise merit list will be drawn for those candidates who will meet the cut-off scores. Merit list will be prepared using the aggregate scores of candidates in all the two papers. Top 15% candidates will be declared qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only. Separate merit list for JRF will be prepared from amongst 15% UGC NET qualifiers.

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  1. krutika nagarsenkar says:

    i have not found my application no i tried my application no. i cannot fill up the form again becoz i already register my adhar card no.

  2. TARIQ AHMAD MIR says:

    Sir! Hope that you will be fine!
    Kindly tell me sir can any one apply in Cbse net 2018 who is having Post graduation diploma in rural development

  3. Jaspreet says:

    Im doing mba from distance can im apply for net exam and its benefit of net exam

  4. Swagata Ray says:

    I have completed my masters from RBU in distance. Can i apply UGC NET 2018?

  5. ANWAR MEHDI says:


  6. Alekhya Bhattacharjee says:

    I have completed M.B.A in Human Resource. My major subject was HR and minor was Marketing. Can I appear for subject Labour welfare subject code 55?

  7. akeel khan says:

    Sir, I passed BA with economics 62% and MA with economics in last year 2018, can i apply for net exam 2018

  8. Naznin Kazi says:

    sir. i already filled application form for ugc net 2018, but the 2 problems arises that first one is i done one mistake while filling application form and second problem is that regarding fee payment. i already pay the application fee of ugc net but on my ugc-net 2018 candidate account it doesn’t show the fulfillment of fee. what i do now ? please help me…..

  9. ANNS REKTHA S says:

    I complete MBA in the scheme of Finance and Marketing .i want next level to get a job .give me a best solution what i have to study

  10. Veena Madapallil Sivaraman says:

    I would like to know about the caste certificate submission. Is it required to produce only after the declaration of the result or while applying the exam?

  11. Rajendra kumar kharol says:

    I want get syllabus of history subject…
    I can’t see in this side…

  12. Greeshma says:

    I am doing my m. Com 2nd semester…can I apply for net exam

  13. MANOJ says:

    am i eligible for applying UGC NET EXAM?

  14. Nisar says:

    My subject is maths but in application there is no name maths. There is no maths option. How can I apply

  15. mukti guha says:

    sir my sub is psychology in pg.can i apply for

  16. Aiman says:

    Sir, i am graduate in commerce.i hold degree of masters in sociology..
    Am i eligible for ugc net ?

  17. Dr.Rashmi Prabha says:

    हिन्दी का सिलेबस बहुत पुराना दिया हुआ है नये pattren के अनुसार नही है

  18. Farheen says:

    Hi, I’m doing from a institution which is AICTE approved,and that institution is affiliated with university which is UGC recognised. But my Institute is not directly UGC recognised. Should I’m eligible for NET exam? Please help me to understand.

  19. simmi says:

    I have my pg degree in distance education in lateral entry i want to know if i can fill up the ugc net 2018 exam?Please suggest me.

  20. DEEPA DHINGRA says:

    My dob is 24 sep 83. My age is 33 plus. Am I eligible for UGC net exam 2018 or not?

  21. gayathri says:

    if I have made any corrections in the application form. then there is any need of any payment for that?

  22. Reetu says:

    I have completed my post graduate in fashion designing …can apply UGC NET

  23. Chandra shekhar meena says:

    My ba final Complete in June 2018. And I will do post gradution in political science and it will be complete in 2020. If I give cbse net exam in political science and cleared this exam. What my net/jrf certificate will legal.

  24. Deepu says:

    Who subjects we need

  25. Shivani Sharma says:

    Shvani says

    I am PG student math subject Can I fill up net application
    without coming final result.

  26. reena says:

    I have done ll.m in criminal law ,can i apply for net exam in subject law or i have to apply for specific subject criminal law??

  27. Divs says:

    Sir, Kya me Mera adhar no correction time April me dal sakti hu,me Mera voter ID se form bhari hu. ya aur ek baar adhar k sath form bharu. Me already fee v byar chuki hu exam ka

  28. Shanthi says:

    Now UGC net has been revised two papers to 1 paper.The syllabus will be the same or modification? Question pattern ?

  29. Latha Kamalakanan says:

    I have done M.lisc and working as a librarian in a school. How is this UGC NET helpful in my profession. Please suggest

  30. amit kumar sadangi says:

    I have complited llm .my age is 36. I m general catagory..can i apply for net?

  31. JOTHI says:

    Is there any clear notification regarding ‘NO NEED FOR NET CLEARANCE FOR Ph.D’ HOLDERS.
    Thanking you dir

  32. Prachi Solanki says:

    I have last yr examination of masters thus april can I apply?

  33. Anonymous says:

    I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and science and my Master’s degree is in Computer Network Engineering. For which subject i should apply for net2018 is it for Electronics or Computer Science. can i apply for any or i should be specific

  34. BenazirYour Name... says:

    Still i am waiting for some solution…..

  35. sima says:

    sir I did ,b.ed in chemistry subject shall I write this exam?and which paper I can write in net exam.

  36. saloni mehta says:

    My master’s second-year exam will be held in December 2018.Am I eligible for this year July exam?

  37. Nagalakshmi says:

    Dear sir
    Im Nagalakshmi i pursued M.TECH branch EEE(HVE) Can i apply for net which subject i have to choose can u please reply to me

  38. poornima says:

    i have completed my post graduation in environmental engineering,can i write environmental science paper as paper2

  39. Siva says:

    My qualifications mba finance am I eligible ugc
    Commerce peaper please tell me

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