UGC NET 2021: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Pattern

GPAT 2021UGC NET 2021 will be held in the month of June 2021 and in December 2021 through online CBT mode. UGC NET is a national level entrance test which will be organized by NTA. Through UGC NET exam, the eligibility will be determined for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) & Assistant Professor and for Assistant Professor only. Candidates who will successfully qualify the test will be considered for recruitment as Assistant Professor or JRF in Indian Universities and Colleges. The application process for June session exam starts in the month of March 2021 and in the month of September 2021 for December session exam. In this article we have provided complete details related to UGC NET 2021 application form, exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, etc.

UGC NET 2021 Highlights

When can i register for UGC NET 2021? – February, Check application form

Distance Education degree holder can apply for UGC NET? Yes (From recognized institutions)

Is UGC NET and CSIR NET are same? – No 

How can i apply? Online mode only.

Can i apply for 2 subjects in UGC NET? – No, (You can apply for one subject only) Check eligibility

Exam Dates Application Form Eligibility

Exam Pattern FAQs Syllabus

UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates

To know all the events of UGC NET 2021, candidates can go through UGC NET Exam Dates in the below given table:

EventsDates 2021 (Tentative)
June 2021 December 2021
UGC NET 2021 NotificationFebruary 2021August 2021
Availability of Online Application3rd week of March 20211st week of September 2021
Last date to apply online3rd week of April 2021Last week of September 2021
Correction window opensApril 20213rd to 4th week of October 2021
Availability of Admit card3rd week of May 20213rd week of November 2021
UGC NET 20213rd to 4th week of June 20212nd to 3rd week of December 2021
Release of Answer KeyJune 2021December 2021
Announcement of Results1st week of July 20212nd week of January 2022

UGC NET 2021 Application Form

Students before applying for UGC NET 2021 Application Form must go through the below given details:

  • Before applying for UGC NET, candidates must go through complete information bulletin and details of application process. Also, students must be ready with all the documents required at the time of registration.
  • Complete procedure of application will be carried out in online mode.
  • During application process, candidates will have to first register with unique email id and mobile number. This will generate application number and other required login details.
  • Students will have to completely fill the online application form after registration.
  • After filling the form, students will be required to upload scanned images of photograph and signature as per the format (JPEG/JPG) and size.
  • After uploading process, candidates will have to make fee payment through available payment mode.
  • Students will be able to edit the application before submission of form. After submission of form, candidates will be able to edit the application only during the correction period.
  • Candidates are advised to print the application form and fee payment receipt for any reference in future.

Application Fee:

Payment mode: UGC NET application fee can be paid through online mode by Debit or Credit Card/ Net-Banking/ Paytm.

CategoryApplication Fee (in Rs.)
UR/ General candidates1000
General –EWS/ OBC – NCL candidates500
ST/ SC/ PWD/ Transgender candidates250
Check hereHow to Fill UGC NET Application Form 

UGC NET 2021 Application Correction

The UGC NET application correction window will be opened for the candidates who want to edit their application form. The correction window will open from April 2021. Students will be able to make correction only through online mode on the website.

The complete details related to editable and non editable fields will be available on the website. Also, students will be informed about correction window through mail and SMS. No modification will be allowed after the last date of correction.

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UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Students can check the UGC NET Eligibility criteria in the below given section:


  • Qualifying Exam: Candidate (General/ UR/ General- EWS) with Masters Degree or its equivalent from UGC recognized University or Institution is eligible to apply.
  • Qualifying Marks: Student in their Masters Degree level must have obtained at least 55% marks (50% marks for ST/SC/OBC (NCL)/PWD/ Transgender category candidates).
  • Qualifying Subjects: Candidates in the Master’s degree level should have passed with Electronic Science, Humanities and Social science (including languages), Computer science and applications, etc.
  • Appearing: Students who are in the last year of their Master’s degree level or who have appeared but results are awaited are also eligible to apply. Such students will be considered eligible only if they will fulfill the qualification requirements. Furthermore, the candidates must complete the Masters degree within 2 years of declaration of result otherwise he/she will be disqualified.
  • Ph.D Holders: Students with Ph.D degree whose Masters level exam has been completed by September 1992 will be given 5% relaxation in aggregate marks (which means from 55% to 50%).

Age Criteria:

  • Assistant Professor: For UGC NET, there will be no upper age limit to apply.
  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): Applying candidate should not be more than 30 years of age as on 1st December, 2021.
  • Age relaxation: ST/ SC/ PWD/ OBC- NCL/ Transgender/ women candidates will be given relaxation up to 5 years. Also 5 years relaxation will be given to candidates with research experience or who have served in armed forces. 3 years age relaxation will be given to candidates with LLM degree.

Exemption (For Assistant Professor):

  • Students passed the JRF/ UGC/ CSIR exam before the year 1989 are exempted to appear for NET.
  • For recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor in universities/ institutions, the minimum eligibility condition shall remain with NET/ SET/ SLET. So regarding it, exemption from NET/ SET/ SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments will be timely notified in the Gazette of India.
  • Students who have qualified SET accredited by UGC for Assistant professor held before 1st December 2003 will be exempted to appear in NET and can apply for Assistant professor anywhere in India. SET which has been held onwards 1st December 2003, the candidates clearing SET will be eligible to apply for Assistant professor only in colleges and universities of the state from where they have cleared their SET.

UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern

Students can know complete details of UGC NET exam pattern in the below given section:

  • Exam Mode: The exam will be held in CBT mode.
  • Number of Papers: There will be two papers in the test.
  • Language Medium: The paper will be present in the language as chosen by the candidate either in Hindi or English.
  • Type of Questions: There will be multiple choice, objective type of questions in the paper.
  • Time Duration: The time duration of the exam will be 3 hours without any break.
  • Questions: There will be total of 150 questions in the paper. Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will contain 100 questions.
  • Marks: The paper will be of total 300 marks. Paper 1 will be of 100 marks and Paper 2 will be of 200 marks.
  • Marking Pattern: For each correct answer, 2 marks will be given.
  • Negative Marking: There will be no negative marking in the paper.

Know distribution of questions and marks for UGC NET Paper in the below given table:

PaperMarksNumber of Questions
Paper I10050
Paper II200100
Total300 marks150 questions

UGC NET 2021 Syllabus

Students can check the complete UGC NET Syllabus from the website. Students will be able to check the detailed syllabus online as per their choice of subjects. Paper 1 of UGC NET will be of general nature and prepared to assess the research aptitude /teaching of the candidate.

Paper 2 will be prepared based on the core subjects or specialization as selected by the candidate. In paper 2 there are total 84 specialization subjects.

UGC NET 2021 Preparation Tips

Below we have provided UGC NET preparation tips for the candidates to excel in the entrance test:

  • Check complete syllabus and pattern of UGC NET on the website.
  • Students can solve previous year question paper or sample papers for practice.
  • Candidates can prepare notes noting down all the important points at one place.
  • A study routine should be made by the candidates and followed on a regular basis.
  • The preparation for the UGC NET must be done using a study material which is highly recommended by the professionals.

FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answer: UGC NET 2021 Registration process will get started from 3rd week of March 2021 for June session from 1st week of September 2021 for December session exam.

Answer: No, you can apply for only one subject in UGC NET exam.

Answer: Yes, but the degree should be from recognized institution.

Answer: UGC NET 2021 entrance test will be organized through online mode in 3rd to 4th week of June 2021 (June session) and in 2nd to 3rd week of December 2021 (December session).

Answer: No, there is no facility to make choice of exam date and shift. The exam date, shift and time will be allotted by NTA.

Answer: The e-certificate will be issued by UGC NET Bureau. The qualified candidates are required to contact at – Head, UGC NET Bureau, University of Delhi, South Campus, Benito Juarez Marg , New Delhi, Pin Code-110021, Phone No. (011-24116316, 24115416, 24115419)   

Answer: No, there is no negative marking for incorrect responses.

Answer: Yes, candidates will be able to make correction in the details of application form when the correction window will open.

Answer: No, online application once submitted cannot be cancelled/ withdrawn.

Answer: If you are not communicated by payment gateway after fee payment and not able to download acknowledgement page, then you must make fee payment again and download the acknowledgement page. The amount of failed transaction will be refunded back to your account within 7 to 10 days.

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card

The UGC NET Admit card will available for download in the third week of May 2021 for June session and in third week of November 2021 for December session. To download the admit card, students will be required to enter their login credentials. Students must follow complete instructions given on the admit card.

Students must check complete details to be correct in the admit card. In case of any discrepancy in the admit card, the candidates are advised to immediately approach helpline to get the problem rectified. The authority will take the necessary actions to get problem rectified.

UGC NET 2021 Answer Key

The provisional answer key of UGC NET will be displayed in the month of June 2021 (June session) and in December 2021 (December session). Also students will be able to challenge the provisional answer key. The key will be displayed on the website for two or three days.

For challenging of answer key, students have to make payment of Rs.1000 per question. After acceptance of challenge by the authority the final answer key will be published. The decision made by NTA based on challenges will be considered final and the result will be prepared based on final answer key.

UGC NET 2021 Result

UGC NET Result will be declared in the month of July for June session and in December for December session exam. Students will be able to check their result by entering their login details. The result will be available only through online mode on the website. No candidate will be intimated about result individually.

Students will be able to know their marks through the website which will be published by NTA after one week of announcement of result. No mark sheet will be issued by NTA authority for the candidates.

UGC NET 2021 Cut Off

To participate in the further admission procedure, students will be required to attain the cut off marks as per their category. A merit list will be prepared by the authority and published on the website. Category wise and subject wise merit list will be prepared separately for the qualified candidates.

The cut off is mentioned in the below table:

CategoryCut off Marks (%)
Paper – IPaper – II
General candidates40%40%
OBC (NCL)/ PWD/ SC/ ST candidates35%35%

UGC NET 2021 Selection Procedure

The Top 6% of the total students who will qualify the exam (both Paper 1 and 2) will be only considered qualified. Candidates will be given admission for the post of JRF or Assistant professor into various Indian institutes and universities based on cut off secured as per category.

For the post of Assistant Professor, top 15% qualified candidates from each category will get selected and considered eligible.

If you have any other query related to UGC NET 2021, you can ask your query in the comments section given below.

Displaying 20 Comments
  1. Davinder kaur says:

    Sir December 2020 ugc net exam ke liye application form kab fill up honge. Pls reply me

  2. Ameya chauhan says:

    Sir it is given that In selection procedure in general category for assistant professor top 15% qualified candidates will be qualified for job so what about others who brought above 40% but didn’t came in the top 15%list

  3. Farheen zehra says:

    I have done mba in II and finance from which subject can I qualify UGC net exam?

  4. Farheen zehra says:

    I hv an mba
    Can I qualify UGC net from IT.

  5. Harleen says:

    Sir i am doing pgdm from aicte approved college. I want to give NET exam next year. Am i elligible to apply

  6. Lekhoni Acharya says:

    Hello sir,

    I have completed my Masters a year ago. I am currently in Canada pursuing my PhD. I was wondering if anyway I could apply for NET 2021 online? If it possible to give the exam online?

    Thank you

  7. Shwetha k says:

    Kindly help me am unable to download admit card as I have June session

  8. Shweta Rani says:

    I have done my M.A. in English from Singhaniya University. Am I eligible for NET
    My age is 44yrs. I hope I am eligible to appear for NET for the post of Assistant Professor?
    Kindly reply

  9. Diksha Mishra says:

    In 2021 net jrf exam there is any attempts limit for jrf?

  10. Rakesh says:

    Sir, I have already applied for NET exam. Pls. Email me tentative exam date and when admit card is downloading

  11. Shilpa says:

    Any online coaching available fir UGC NET?

  12. Shilpa says:

    I completed MSC in 2004, worked as lecturer for 3 years. Can i apply for UGC NET 2021?

  13. Sada Qureshi says:

    Should i be eligible afer

  14. Sneha priya says:

    Sir UGC net next form kab tak niklega. Es baar form nahi bhar saki.

  15. NEERAJ KUMAR says:

    Sir i an currently pursuing my bachelors degree and next year i will be be in masters. so can i apply for ugc net exam in dec, 2021 as i will be in first year of masters degree

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      No, only the students who will be in the last year of their Master’s degree level or who will be appearing /awaiting for their results will be eligible to apply.

  16. Shreyan soundarya mohapatra says:

    What will be the code for chse board of odisha.02 or 03 .

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