UGC NET 2020: Admit Card, Exam Dates (Out), Exam Pattern, Syllabus

UGC NET 2020UGC NET 2020 Admit Card is releasing in the month of April 2021. Exam date has been announced. The exam will be held on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th May 2021. This exam is organised by newly formulated body – National Testing Agency through online CBT mode. This national level entrance exam is conducted twice every year to determine the eligibility of various candidates for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) & the Assistant professor or only for Assistant Professor. The exam is organized in two sessions – June and December session. Candidates have to qualify the entrance exam in order to get selected for these positions in various Indian Universities and colleges. Through this article, we have provided complete details regarding UGC NET 2020.

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UGC NET 2020 Notifications – Admit Card Releasing Soon

newiconUGC NET 2020 Admit Card is releasing in the month of April 2021. Check here for admit card details. 

newiconUGC NET 2020 Exam Date (December session) has been announced. The exam will be held on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th May 2021. Check here for exam dates details. 

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newiconUGC NET 2021 on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th May 2021. Check complete details regarding UGC NET 2021 here.  

UGC NET 2020 New Changes Introduced

Check all the new changes introduced in the UGC NET 2020 exam:

  • According to the changes introduced by HRD Ministry, NTA will conduct the entrance test of UGC NET 2020.
  • Earlier the exam was conducted for three papers. With effect to the introduced changes, the entrance test of UGC NET 2020 will be conducted for two papers.

UGC NET 2021

NTA will conduct UGC NET exam two times in a year. It is a national level examination conducted to determine the eligibility for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) & Assistant Professor and for Assistant Professor only. The application form will be started from the first week of February 2021.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Dates

Check the official UGC NET Exam Dates in the below given table for the June & December session released by NTA:

EventsDates 2020 
June Session 2020 (Concluded)December Session 2020 
UGC NET 2020 Notification16th March 20202nd February 2021
Release of Online Application16th March 20202nd February 2021
Last date to fill online application30th June 20209th March 2021
Last date of application fee payment30th June 202010th March 2021
Correction starts6th July to 20th July 202012th to 16th March 2021
Availability of Admit card19th September 2020April 2021
UGC NET 2020 ExamFrom 24th September 2020 to 13th November 20202nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th May 2021
Release of Answer Key 5th November 2020May 2021
Announcement of Results1st December 2020June 2021

UGC NET 2020 Admit Card

UGC NET 2020 Admit card is an important document which must be carried by the appearing students on the exam day. No candidate will be allowed to take exam without showing the admit card to the invigilator.

UGC NET Admit card will be released for December session exam in April 2021. It will be available through online mode only by entering application number and password.

In case any problem arises at the time of downloading the admit card, candidates can contact the officials to rectify the problem. Also, if any candidate has forgotten his password or application number, he/she can retrieve it back by clicking the given option of forgot password answering various questions.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern  

Check the complete UGC NET Exam Pattern below, before starting you exam preparation:

  • Exam Date: UGC NET 2020 Exam is conducted on 2nd to 7th & 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th May 2021.
  • Exam Mode: The entrance test will be organised in Online CBT mode.
  • Number of Papers: There will be two papers for the exam – Paper I and Paper II.
  • Number of Questions: Total of 150 questions will be there in the exam paper. 50 questions in Paper I and 100 questions in Paper II.
  • Type of Questions: The question paper will contain multiple choice type questions.
  • Language Medium: The question paper will be available in the medium language of English and Hindi.
  • Time Duration: Paper I and II will be of 3 hours.
  • Total Marks: Paper 1 will be of 100 marks and Paper II will be of 200 marks.
  • Marking Scheme: For every correct answer, 2 marks will be given. There will be no provision of negative marking for incorrect answer.

Check the distribution of questions and marks for various papers in the below given table:

PapersNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Paper I5010060 minutes
Paper II100200120 minutes

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus

UGC NET Syllabus for Paper I and Paper II can be checked by the candidates through online mode. It will vary as per the subjects chosen by the candidate at the time of registration.

Paper I of UGC NET 2020 will contain questions of generic nature, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the students. This paper will test the candidate’s knowledge in reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness.

Paper II of UGC NET 2020 will contain various topics from the subjects selected by the candidates. The topics will be related to Bachelors and Masters level syllabus.

UGC NET 2020 Preparation Tips

Below we have provided UGC NET preparation tips with the help of which candidates can score good marks and qualify the test:

  • Check the syllabus, exam pattern and marking scheme of UGC NET before starting your exam preparation.
  • Start your exam preparation early. It will give enough time in the end for revision.
  • Prepare notes and go through these notes every day to refresh your memory and remember the studied topics.
  • Study from the study materials which are mostly recommended by the experts and qualified students.
  • Solve previous year question papers and sample papers. This will give an idea to the candidates about the question trends.

FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answer: UGC NET 2020 Application form for the December Session has been released on 2nd February 2021.

Answer: The Application fee of UGC NET 2020 for General Candidates is Rs.1000, for OBC- NCL Candidates is Rs.500 and for ST/SC/PwD Candidates is Rs.250.

Answer: You can pay the application fee by debit/credit card/Net banking/Paytm.

Answer: The last date to fill the application form for December session is till 9th March 2021.

Answer: Yes the UGC NET exam for December session has been announced.

Answer: No, there will be no negative marking in the exam of UGC NET 2020.

Answer: The maximum age limit of appearing candidates should be 30 years. Candidates above 30 years of age will not be permitted to take the test.

UGC NET 2020 Answer Key

After completion of the entrance exam, the board will publish the UGC NET 2020 Answer key. Candidates will be able to download the Answer key through online mode.

The Answer key will be released for 55 NET subjects. It will be released in various sets containing all the right answers of the questions asked in the exam paper. Candidates can also challenge UGC NET answer key in case they are not satisfied with the answers given in it.

After considering the challenges, final answer key will be released by the board in May 2021.

UGC NET 2020 Result

After the completion of exams and release of answer key, the board will announce the result. The result will be released in April 2021 for December session.

Students can check their UGC NET result through online mode by submitting their roll number and date of birth. Only the candidates who have qualified the test by securing the cut off marks will be called for the counselling process.

UGC NET 2020 Scorecard

The scorecard will be released along with the results. UGC NET 2020 Scorecard mentioned various important details about the candidate and the entrance exam.

These details include candidate’s name, course name, hall ticket number, total marks, marks secured by the candidate in paper I and II, rank scored and percentage.

UGC NET 2020 Cut Off

UGC NET 2020 Cut Off has been published online by the authority on 1st December 2020 for June session exam. It will be available in April/ May 2021 for December session cycle. Separate category wise and subject wise merit list will be drawn for the students successfully securing the UGC NET cut off marks.

In the below table we have mentioned the cut off marks for various categories as per the last year trends:

CategoryMinimum qualifying marks (in %)
Paper – IPaper – II
General candidates40%40%
OBC – NCL/PWD/ST/SC candidates35%35%

UGC NET 2020 Selection Procedure

Candidates qualifying the entrance test of UGC NET 2020, will be selected in the subject wise and category wise merit list published online. Top 6% of total students who have appeared for both the papers in the test will be considered qualified in the entrance test.

Admission into various Indian Universities or Institutions for the position of Assistant professor or JRF will be offered on the basis of cut off score secured as per their categories. Top 15% candidates from each category and subject will be selected and declared eligible for Assistant Professor Position only.

UGC NET 2020 Application Form

Candidates can check below the complete details of UGC NET 2020 Application Form:

  • For December session cycle, the application form has been postponed. It has been released on 2nd February 2021.
  • The Online Application Form of UGC NET 2020 (June session) has been released on 16th March 2020.
  • Candidates can fill the application form by following various steps – Online Registration, Filling the application form, uploading of scanned images and payment of application fee.
  • Last date to fill the application form online for June session was till 30th June 2020. For the December session exam, last date to apply is till 9th March 2021.
  • Students must submit only one application form.
  • Candidates can also correct mistakes in the details of the application form when the board will open the correction facility.

Application Fee:

Applicants have to pay the below application fee as per their categories:

  • For General Candidates – Rs.1000
  • For General EWS/ OBC- NCL Candidates – Rs.500
  • For ST/SC/PwD Candidates – Rs.250

Mode of Payment: Applying candidates can pay the application fee through debit/credit card/ Net Banking/Paytm.

Check hereHow to Fill UGC NET 2020 Application Form 

UGC NET 2020 Application Correction

In case candidates have made mistakes while filling details in the application or the uploading images, corrections can be made. The board has opened the UGC NET application correction window after the completion of application process.

Students can make corrections from 12th March 2021 through online mode. Students will be able to make correction in the application till 16th March 2021. In case any error is found in the uploaded images, a mail or message will be sent to the candidate’s registered mobile number.

The corrections in the application must be done by the students before the last date otherwise the forms will get rejected.

UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must fulfill the below given UGC NET Eligibility Criteria before applying for the exam:

Academic Qualifications:

  • Qualifying Exam: Applying candidate should own Master’s degree or its equivalent from a board or university recognized by UGC.
  • Qualifying Marks: Candidate must have secured minimum of 55% marks (50% for ST/SC/OBC/PwD) in the Master’s degree in streams such as Social Science, Humanities, Computer Science & Applications and Electronic Science.
  • Appearing Candidate: Candidates who are in their final year of qualifying exam can also apply.

Age Criterion:

  • There is no age limit for the position of Assistant Professor. However, in case of JRF the age of the applicant must not be more than 31 years as on March 1st, 2021. 5 years of relaxation is given to reserved candidates.
  • For LLM Degree possessing candidates, 3 years of age relaxation will be given.
  • Candidates, who have served in the armed forces, will be given 5 years of age relaxation.

Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor):

  • Candidates must clear their NET/SLET/SET exam in order to be eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in various Universities or institutions.
  • Candidates successfully clearing their SET before June 1, 2002 recognized by UGC will be exempted to appear in the exam.
  • Candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination earlier than the year 1989 are exempted to appear for the test.
  • Candidates who are awarded with a PhD Degree by UGC as per the minimum standards and process for the award will be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SET/SELT for appointment as Assistant Professor in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.

If you have any query regarding UGC NET 2020, you can ask your query in the comments section below.  

Displaying 359 Comments
  1. Sufiya Mohd Siraj says:

    I am student of MA clinical psychology. I want to give net entrance in June 2020. I want to know the best books to refer for Psychology. Please let me know.

  2. Manisha says:

    Hi, I have done and then PGDBM/MBA (Marketing and Finance) of 2 years regular Course. am i eligible for net exam for assistant professor?

  3. Anushikha says:

    I have master dgree in library science can i fill this form for net examination in next session

  4. Anushikha says:

    I have master dgree in library science can i fill this form for net examination

  5. Poonam kashyap says:

    I obtained 53.2% marks in Can I fill NET form?I belongs to OBC category.

  6. alka says:

    If I choose JRF and aast. prof option while filling form and score only for asst prof but not for jrf, will I be considered eligible for asst. prof. or not?

  7. Eli Mibang says:

    Sir,Is paper-1 marks do any effects on paper-2?

  8. Bindushree says:

    Sir yesterday I got my result. I got 162 marks. 52 I general and 110 in commerce paper. And I got 54% I have applied for both JRF AND Assist professor. Result said not qualified but I’m eligible for Lecture ship. Confused helpe

  9. Sruthi says:

    Subjects to be chosen by pharmacy graduate

  10. mukta says:

    i have done mcom so which subject i can apply for..

  11. Susmita says:

    I have done my M. Com and got 50.9%.I am from general category. So I am eligible for appearing for NET?? I will again reappear for M. Com exam to score a East 55% eligibility in April 2020. So what should I do? I cannot appear for the NET?

  12. vivek says:

    age counting date for jrf 2020

  13. Meghna pareek says:

    Minimum marks to clear net exam

  14. Kamal Chandra kandpal says:

    Sir,I have 54.7% in post graduation. And I have ews certificate. Can I apply for net entrance exam?

  15. Amulya Debnath says:

    I am 50 years old now.May I applied for assistant professor

  16. Ankita Purohit says:

    Hello im in the 3rd sem of my master degree can i eligible or not?

  17. Rajitha says:

    I have completed by M.Tech(CSE) in 2013,Am I eligible to write the Exam. My age is 32

  18. sr. says:

    I have done mba with IT,HR stream so i can choose only management or any other subject from IT OR HR .
    plz let me know as soon as possible.
    will u suggest me the books for paper 1 and 2 as well?

  19. Prachi Pandey` says:

    i have done M tech in Electronics & Telecommunication . Can you please suggest some good books for preparation.

  20. Sangeetha says:

    I am doing my 1st year pg.can I eligible to write the exam in the year of 2020 June.

  21. Priyanka soni says:

    I did then mbain finance and human resources.. i have teaching experience in maths and i wand to go for maths only.. is there any option for it?

  22. MEGHA says:


  23. Manjunath says:

    I did my M.Tech in Thermal( mechanical ) engineering. Am I eligible to write the NET exam?

  24. Divya says:

    Sir I have done ma first year in 2019 -2020 in April. Can i give net exam June attempt 2020

  25. Sumit Arvindrao Mondhe says:

    In stat of Maharashtra there is any entrance exam conducted by the Government for B. Ed course, and how long the course is

  26. Jyotsna Vale says:

    I am a chartered accountant. Can it be considered as a mastars degree for NET? Also, I am 31 years already.

  27. rohinisekar says:

    i have done maths ,now im eligibile or not

  28. Ujaas Madhan says:

    Sir, I have done PGDM (Finance and HR) from AICTE Recognised College and this PGDM is equivalent to MBA, So can i give NET exam or i have to do MPHIL for giving NET exam.

  29. Debolina Sarkar says:

    Is the subject environmental science present in ugc net 2020?

  30. Afaque Alam says:

    I have done MPT neuro can I qualify net exam for doing jrf

  31. kalika devlekar says:

    which books should i refer and publication do we need to join coaching class for this

  32. urvashi says:

    what are the subjects available in which one can apply??

  33. Varsha says: wale student form bhar shakte hai Kya sir

  34. Maliha says:

    Sir, how do I check ugc net 2020 syllabus??

  35. Shradha says:

    Bsc chemistry (graduation) running ke students bhi ye exam de sakte he Kya …..?

  36. neha thakur says:

    i have done post graduate diploma in business administration from symbiosis center for distant learning with 67% marks. Am i eligible for NET 2020.

  37. Anima says:

    I have done M.Sc in environmental science, am I eligible for net exam

  38. Poorva says:

    M.a first year ke students application de skate hai kya ?

  39. Samreen vanu says:

    I am in part 1. So can I appear now or I have to wait until my is complete?

  40. Sonam says:

    No relaxation in age for women? If I’m not awarded a JRF, I’m not eligible for PhD?

  41. Meenal Bhosale says:

    What study materials should I use to appear for the UGC NET (HR) examination?
    Also if I am not in the top 6% – 15% scorer in this examination but I still have cleared the cutoff then what is the scope?

  42. Brandon Dsouza says:

    I’ve paid my application fee already. Can I cancel my registration for NET 2020?

  43. Maria says:

    Are there any study material available for UGC exam

  44. Dilip says:

    What is tha age limit

  45. Nivedhitha says:

    Is the number of attempts will be considered? If so how many attempts are allowed for an candidate?

  46. Keshav Bagla says:

    I have completed my Bachelor’s in environmental engineering and I wish to apply for JRF. Can I ?

  47. Pramila das says:

    Sir a am pg last yr ..Can I apply net ugc net exam becbmr 2019

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      Applying candidate should own Master’s degree or its equivalent from a board or university recognized by UGC.

  48. Akila says:

    I’m 37 years old. Am I eligible for ugc net exam for assistant professor??

  49. priya dubey says:

    i have passed with 53% and have applied for improvement exam.. can i give exam in result awaited category..plz ans

  50. Shreya Das says:

    May I apply for the exam with 52%

  51. Saran says:

    What subject should I take for UGC exam? My bachelors was in commerce and masters in economics

  52. chandrakala says:

    when did the december 2019 ugc net exam condected please inform the 2019 december exam dates

  53. RANGA says:

    Education and Zoology exam date

  54. M.leelavathi says:

    Thank q.

  55. S N CHOUDHURY says:

    I am interested in UGC NET in English

  56. Namra khan says:

    What will be the date of upcoming December Net exam 2019

  57. Alimul Hoque says:

    Whos is the date of net exam in December….

  58. shruthi says:

    what is the procedure to write in two subjects? will we have to repeat general paper again in that case?

  59. Charu says:

    Can you help me with a list of universities in or near delhi which require NET Score for Ph.d. Admission ?

  60. Goutam Banerjee says:

    I am 42years old. Completed MEd from ignou. Can I appear in NET in Education and apply for the assistant professor’s post after securing rank in NET? I am also MA in English securing 44℅, but in Med I have secured 63℅.

  61. kalaimathi says:

    Why should i write NET Exam, Scope of the Exam?? what if i got cutoff and did not score the top marks.

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      Through qualifying UGC NET, you will be eligible for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) & the Assistant professor or only for Assistant Professor. Students have to qualify the exam by securing the UGC NET cut off marks to be eligible for various positions in various Indian Universities and colleges.

  62. Archana Salve says:

    iam appeared design,so which subject i give exam net or set plz say me

  63. priya says:

    this is too unjust charging highest amount from general for application forms and then cut off is also set so high for general..what the hell this system is doing to least extend to 40 years of age in recruiting general category because high cut offs and fees they may all reach upto the age of 40 while coping up with all these unfair rules..

  64. Sunil khati says:

    Sir , I’m passed msc in zoology with cell bio and entomology special subject can I give this exam

  65. Soumya Mohanty says:

    What is the cutoff percentage?If I am scoring 60%,then will I be selected for assistant professor?

  66. Omkar Bapat says:

    Engineers can give this exam?

  67. Harpreet Kaur says:

    Is it important after completing post graduation then we can give ugc net paper

  68. Sathya says:

    Need some study materials for paper 1… can you say some tips tq

  69. Preethi says:

    Maximum Age limit and fees for women

  70. Neelufher says:

    Sir …. Directly I can’t attend ugc exam in 2020 n is it compulsory to clear net/set/
    Slet exam …….. If compulsory means den I have to write both ugc n net/set/slet exam ….

  71. Divya says:

    I have done M.Sc in Biochemistry..and teaching Chemistry for undergraduate students since past 12 years… Can i wrote NET exam in Chemical Science.. Or only Life science

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