UGC NET 2018: Application Form, Eligibility, Dates, Exam Pattern, NTA

UGC NET 2018UGC NET December 2018 Exam Dates have been announced now. National Testing Agency (NTA) holds the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC). 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. UGC NET exam is conducted two times in a year. Aspirants can read this article further for getting information about UGC NET 2018 including application form, eligibility, dates, result etc.

Application Form Exam Dates Eligibility Criteria FAQs

UGC NET December 2018 Notification – Exam Dates Released

newiconUGC NET December 2018 Exam Dates have been announced. The registration will be started from 1st September 2018.  Check below for other dates.

newiconUGC NET December 2018 examination will be conducted through online mode (computer based exam). 

UGC NET July 2018 Notification:

UGC NET 2018 Result for July exam has been declared on 31st July 2018.  Check here for result details.

UGC NET 2018 Answer Key (Revised) also has been released on 31st July 2018. Click here to view answer key.

Click here to view Notice for Revision in Answer Keys.

Click here to view Question Papers.

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UGC NET 2018 Answer Keys, Question Papers & Responses (official) for all sets have been released now. Candidates can submit their objections till 27th July 2018. Click here to view answer keys.

As per the sources, UGC NET 2018 Examination for Allahabad centre has been cancelled & it will be organized soon.

UGC NET 2018 Answer Keys (Institutional) for all sets have been released now. Click here to view answer key.

UGC NET 2018 Admit Card has been released on 21st June 2018. Check here for admit card details.

Notice has been released regarding centre address change for UGC NET 2018 exam.  Click here to view notice.

UGC NET 2018 Application Image Correction has been started from 23rd March 2018. Check here for application correction details.

UGC NET 2018 Application Correction has been started from 25th April 2018.  Check here for application correction details.

UGC NET 2018 Application Form has been closed now. Last Date for fee payment is 13th April 2018 (11:59 PM).  Check here for application details.

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

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.

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

UGC NET 2018 Exam Date

UGC NET is held two time in a year through offline mode. Candidates can check official dates of UGC NET 2018 exam from here:

For December Session:

Releasing of official notification7th July 2018
Application form release1st September 2018
Last date to submit application30th September 2018
Admit card available1st week of November 2018
Exam date2nd December to 16th December 2018 (two shifts per day on Saturdays and Sundays)
Answer key releaseDecember 2018
Result declarationJanuary 2019

For July Session:

Issue of Detailed Notification1st February 2018
Commencement of online application form6th March 2018
Image correction start23rd March 2018
Last date to submit the form12th April 2018 (Extended)
Last date of fee submission13th April 2018 (Extended)
Corrections in particulars of application form25th April to 1st May 2018
Admit Card Availability21st June 2018
Exam Date8th July 2018
Availability of Answer Key24th July 2018
Last date to submit objection27th July 2018
Declaration of Result4th August 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 will be given above).
  • The application form will be released from 1st September 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.
  • NTA will also provide the correction facility in UGC NET application form 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.

UGC NET 2018 Application Correction

Candidates will be able to make correction in the images as well as in filled data. The application data will be corrected from the month of October 2018. The correction will be done only through online mode. No chnages/correction will be allowed after last date.

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 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.

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 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 2019

UGC NET (UGC National Eligibility Test) is a national level entrance test. This test is managed by the CBSE board on behalf of UGC. It is organized for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor Both in Indian Universities and Colleges.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018

Candidates can check the 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 online mode.
  • 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 NET, candidates can follow these preparation tips:

  • First of all, gather the complete syllabus as prescribed by NTA.
  • 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: The application form will be released on 1st September 2018.
Answer: National Testing Agency (NTA) will organize the NET December exam.
Answer: The examination will be conducted via online mode.
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: 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.
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 November 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 UGC NET answer key 2018 will be published. The answer key for December exam will be published in the month of December 2018. The answer key for July exam has been released on 24th July 2018. Candidates also have the opportunity to challenge the OMR Sheet/answer key till 27th July 2018. For challenging each question, the authority will charge Rs. 1000/-. If the challenge is accepted, then the fee will be refunded.

UGC NET Result 2018

CBSE has announce the UGC NET 2018 result online on the official website of CBSE NET (link is given above). The result has been declared on 31st July 2018.  Candidates can check their results by entering their roll number and date of birth. Result for December 2018 session will be declared in the month of January 2019.

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. Debendra Limboo says:

    Well informed

  2. Mohan Singh Drora says:

    Those not knowing compute,how they will be assisted to appear on line exam?

  3. Chandan kumar says:

    I am eligible for this exam .I have done my pg in Master of physiotherapy. If yes than please guide me in maling address.

  4. Jasmeeta Kaur Arora says:

    I am willing to appear for 2018 december NET exams .I wish to know can I opt for Human Resources as my subject.

    Please provide me the details.

  5. bibhuti mohanty says:

    sir,i have completed BBA.And pursuing M.COM(finance & control).Can i applay for ugc-net

  6. Indu says:

    Is there any minimum age limit and I m in MA final year van I fill UGC net December 2018

  7. Savita maheshwari says:

    Sir I am post graduate in two subjects .I am forty years old.Am I eligible for net examination?

  8. Mohiud din says:

    What will be qualifying criteria for NTA NET

  9. Richa says:

    How to get study material

  10. Anusja says:

    Sir, my age is 31.i am a woman aspirant but fall in general category. So can I opt for Jrf?

  11. Harvinder kaur says:

    Sir can I apply for ugc net exam 2018 Dec on the bases of b.ed

  12. Aditya Kumar Verma says:

    Respected Sir ‘ I have Qualified M. SC in food technology subject with in 74% marks under ugc regulate state
    government university
    Am i eligible for UGC net exam 2018 ( December)

  13. Divyansh Singh Rajpoot says:

    Is Chemistry subject not available in second paper

  14. siva says:

    i have completed “PG DIPLOMA IN YOGA THERAPY AND STRESS MANAGEMENT” weather i am eligible for assistant professor post in any college and can i appear the NET EXAM

  15. Pameela Johnson says:

    Is there any chance of revising July 2018 NET result?

  16. Usha says:

    I have cleared net but not eligible for JRF or lecturship . What can I do?

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