CBSC UGC NET Exam 2022: Latest News, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

March 21, 2023

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UGC NET Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

The UGC NET Exam that is to be commenced on December 2020 and June 2021 is postponed due to pandemic reasons. Now the exam committee had decided to merge the exams of UGC NET December 2020 and June 2021. Now the exam will be conducted on October 2021 to maintain the examination phase each year.

In this Section, You will come to know a basic overview of the UGC NET Exam. They are,

  • About UGC NET Recruitment
  • Notification and News on UGC NET
  • Exam Dates
  • Application Fee
  • Eligibility Criteria for UGC NET
  • Age Limits and Relaxations
  • Vacancies
  • How to Apply
  • FAQs


The UGC- NET exam was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in over 90 cities based on 84 subjects until June 2018. After 2018, the National Testing Agency (NTA) replaces the CBSE to conduct the UGC- NET exam.

The UGC- NET is being conducted two times a year and the candidates can prepare and participate in this exam for the Assistant Professorship, Junior research fellowship or both on aggregated Indian Universities and Colleges. The qualifying candidate from this exam will be recruited for Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) posts. The candidate can also apply for the Assistant Professor post alone.

The Application Process for the UGC- NET exam has been announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) and the application process has begun from 10th August 2021 to 5th September 2021. The exam is a Computer Based Test mode (CBT) and there is no change regarding the syllabus for the UGC- NEET.

AbbreviationNTA- National Testing Agency
TypeAutonomous Organization under Ministry of Ayush, Government of  India
PurposeRecruitment of Assistant Professors and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
LocationNoida, India
ChairmanProf. M.S. Ananth
DirectorDr Vineet Joshi
PostingAssistant Professors and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
Exam ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Exam TypeNational level
LanguageEnglish and Hindi

The Admit card release date, exam dates and syllabus have also been released with the registration notification by NTA.

Notification on UGC NET 2021

As per the announcement made on August 10, 2021, from the NTA, the UGC NET 2021 exam registration has been initiated on the same day of the notification. Along with this notification, the admit card and exam dates are also been announced. The exam will be conducted from 6th October 2021 to 11th October 2021. The exams for the December 2020 and June 2021 sessions are to be conducted on these same dates. The candidates must register for the UGC- NET before the allocated time to participate in the exam.

The candidates need not register again if they have registered for December 2020 session.

Exam Dates for UGC NET 2021

According to the NTA, the exam session from December 2020 and June 2021 had merged and summed up the slots. The finalized exam date has been notified and is from 6th October 2021 to 11th October 2021. The other critical dates are tabled below.

Events of UGC NET 2021Dates 
Online Registration Opens at10.08.2021 (Tuesday) 
End date for submitting Online Registration05.09.2021 (Sunday) 
Payment of Application Fee10.08.2021 (Tuesday) 
Last date for payment06.09.2021 (Monday)180 minutes (3 hours) divided by paper 1
Correction of Application Form7th September to 12th Septemberand paper 2 without any breaks in between.
Downloading of Admit CardLast week of September 2021 
Exam starting date06.10.2021 (Wednesday) 
Exam end date11.10.2021 (Monday) 
Exam Result DateYet to be announced 

The Exam will be Conducted in Two Shifts, the first and second shifts starts and ends from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm respectively.

Application Fee

The payment fee for the application is based on the Candidate’s category. The fee payment for UGC- NET can be done through credit card, debit card or e-challan. The paid registration amount is non-refundable. Candidates who pay through E-challan have to make the payment in the bank.

CategoryExam FeePay Through
General/ Unreserved CategoryRs 1000 per candidateOnline
OBC-NCL CategoryRs 500 per candidateOnline
SC/ ST/ PWBD / TransgenderRs 250 per candidateOnline

The GST and processing charges are to be paid with the registration fee by the candidate.

Eligibility Criteria for UGC- NET 2021

The NTA has designed the special eligibility criteria based on the Candidate’s Education, Category and Age factor. The candidates who fall under this criteria are eligible to apply for the UGC- NET examination.

Eligibility based on Educational Qualification

  • The Candidate must have finished a Master’s degree from an aggregated Institution or the University of India.
  • The General/ Unreserved Candidate must be scored a minimum of 55% marks. He/ she should get a minimum score of 50% if the candidate belongs to Reserved Category (SC/ST/OBC/PwD).
  • The Candidates who had completed masters by 19th September 1991 will also have a relaxation of 5% marks in UGC- NET.
  • Candidates who are pursuing the final year in masters are also eligible for applying UGC- NET

Age Limit Eligibility

  • The Maximum Age Limit for the candidates who apply for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is 30yrs. But it has been increased to 31 years in 2021.
  • There is no maximum Age Limit for the candidates who apply for Assistant Professor.
  • Age relaxation will be given for reserved candidates (SC/ST/OBC/PwD) for additional 5 years.
  • Masters of Law Degree candidates also have a 3 yrs of age relaxation for JRF examination.
  • Candidates with Research experience i.e, with a PhD degree, will be given appropriate relaxation for UGC- NET.

Job Availability

The career options for UGC- NET qualified candidates are immense all over India as UGC- NET is not limited to only junior research fellowship and Assistant Professor post. You have multiple job options to apply with the Qualified UGC- NET result. The candidates shall also apply for jobs in PSUs which consider the score of UGC- NET for some job postings.

If a candidate got recruited as JRF in any university or Institution, this job also comes with promotions and other career options.

You can apply for these jobs if you had qualified UGC- NET for JRF.

  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
  • Project Fellowship (PF)
  • Project Assistant (PA)
  • Author
  • Project Manager

You can apply for these jobs if you qualify UGC- NET exam for Assistant Professors.

  • Junior Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Senior Assistant Professor
  • Selection grade Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor

Other Job Opportunities

The qualified candidates can also find new job opportunities in public sector undertakings such as ONGC, NPTC, EdCIL, etc. There are many government organization who recruits candidates with UGC- NET scorecard. The career option in these sectors for UGC- NET qualified candidates are

  • Program Executive
  • Transmission executive
  • Centre Manager
  • IP Lead
  • Lab Trainer
  • Guest Faculty
  • Consultant
  • Coaching Tutor


Even though you can apply for several jobs using UGC- NET scorecard, this exam mainly targets the candidate to get recruited for JRF and Assistant Professor jobs.

Salary, Promotions and other advantages of JRF

  • Once you got selected as a JRF in any college or university, you can also enrol for the PhD course offered by the institute and IIMs.
  • You will obtain a fellowship for five years in JRF and in enrolling on a PhD course.
  • The fellowship amount will be Rs 31000 + HRA (House Residency Allowance) per month. The stipend may vary.
  • The Maximum promotion for the JRF in any institute will be up to the Project lead Post.

Salary, Promotions and other advantages of Assistant Professor

  • As an Assistant Professor, you can teach the following students by joining any coaching institution.
  1. Undergraduates
  2. Professional students
  3. Post-Doctoral Fellows
  • An Assistant Professor would earn a basic amount of Rs 4.92 Lakhs for a Junior post and up to 11.88 Lakhs for a Professor post.

The salary for UGC- NET qualified aspirants may vary based on the institute they work in.

  • Private Institutes offers a salary range from Rs 35,000 – Rs 60,000 per month based on the experience
  • The Government Institutions salary range are quite steep, as it starts from Rs 70,000 – 1.2 Lakh per month based on the experience
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Syllabus for UGC-NET 2021

The UGC- NET has two different papers which are conducted online by National Testing Agency for 3hours. The NTA has published the syllabus for UGC- NET 2021 officially. The First paper which is also known as the general paper which focuses on testing the candidate’s ability on General awareness whereas the Second paper focuses on the selected subject by the candidates. The general and the specific subject Paper’s syllabus can be downloaded from the official website for the National Eligibility Test.

Syllabus for General Paper

General Paper/ Paper- I consist of the following subjects

  • Research Aptitude
  • Teaching Aptitude
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Data Interpretation
  • Higher Education System includes Governance, Politics and Administration
  • People and Environment

Syllabus for Paper- II

The second paper of UGC- NET has a total of  81 subjects. The candidates can select one subject to their interest. Each subject has its unique syllabus issued by the NTA which is published on this website. The number of subjects that candidates can select for UGC- NET is listed below

 NoSubject1.General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper -I)2.Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies/Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics3.Political Science4.Philosophy5.Psychology6.Sociology7.History8.Anthropology9.Commerce10.Education11.Social Work12.Defence and Strategic Studies13.Home Science14.Public Administration15Population Studies16Music17Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management)18Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education.19Physical Education20Arab Culture and Islamic Studies21Indian Culture22Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management23Law24Library and Information Science25Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies26Comparative Study of Religions27Mass Communication and Journalism28Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre29Museology & Conservation30Archaeology31Criminology32Tribal and Regional Language/Literature33Folk Literature34Comparative Literature35Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama).36Women Studies37Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)38Geography39Social Medicine & Community Health40Forensic Science41Computer Science and Applications42Electronic Science43Environmental Sciences44Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies.45Prakrit46Human Rights and Duties47Tourism Administration and Management.

The language subjects of the UGC NET exam are,

69French (French Version)
70French (English Version)

Exam Pattern for UGC- NET 2021

The exam pattern for UGC -NET defines the time duration of the exam, the number of questions asked and further details. As we know, the UGC- NET is a Multiple choice question type examination which is a computer-based test (CBT) conducted online. The Exam pattern is Tabled below for easy understanding.

Time Duration for Paper- I1 Hour (60 minutes)
Time Duration for Paper- II2 hours (120 minutes)
Interval between sessionsNO
Total number of Questions in General Paper50 questions
Total number of Questions in Paper- II100 questions
Maximum Marks in Paper- I100 marks
Maximum Marks in Paper-II200 marks
Marks for each Question2 marks
Negative mark for each QuestionNo negative marks
SessionsPaperExam TimeTotal marks
II9.00 AM to 10.00 AM300 marks
 II10.00 AM to 12.00 PM 
 I2.30 PM to 3.30 PM 
IIII3.30 PM to 5.30 PM 

The number of multiple-choice questions asked in the General paper is 5 questions per topic.

Admit Card for UGC- NET 2021

The release date of Admit Card has not been announced by the National Testing Agency yet. The possible release date of admit card for the UGC- NET exam will be at the last week of September 2021, a week before the exam. The admit card notification will be received at the website of UGC- NET. The candidate is asked to bring the hard copy of the Admit Card to the allocated exam centre compulsorily. The printed copy must be in the A4 sheet and the candidate must bring identity proof with the Admit Card.

Steps to download the Admit Card for UGC- NET 2021

  • On the official website of UGC- NET, click the release of Admit Card notification.
  • You will be redirected to the Admit Card portal where you should log in to enter.
  • Log in by clicking submit after entering the Application number, password and captcha.
  • After logging in, you can able to see the Admit card.
  • Click download to save the admit card to your device in a PDF format.
  • You can take multiple printouts for safety reasons.

ID proofs to bring with the Admit Card for UGC- NET 2021

Without the Admit Card and ID proof, the candidate will not be allowed to take the exam

ID proofs that can be brought to the UGC- NET 2021 Exam centre are,

  • Service ID Card
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Aadhaar Card
  • PAN Card
  • Bank Passbook with Photograph
  • Voter ID Card
  • Disability for PwD candidates.

Result for UGC- NET 2021

The Result for UGC- NET exam will be released on the last week of October after the release of the Answer key one week prior. The publication of the result will be notified on the official website of UGC- NET by NTA.  The mark sheet won’t be published by the NTA but you can download the softcopy of the result on the website.

How to Check and Download the Results for UGC- NET exam 2021?

Here are the steps you have to follow for checking and downloading the Result for UGC- NET 2021,

  • Visit the Official website for UGC- NET.
  • Click on the “View results for UGC- NET 2021” option, the page will be redirected.
  • Log in using the application number, D0B, password and captcha in the redirected page and click submit.
  • Now, the result will be displayed on the screen, you can view and download the results published.

According to the University Grants Commission (UGC) instruction, the candidate has to obtain marks to the required cut off for 2021 to qualify for the NET exam.

Cut Off for UGC- NET 2021

Only 6% of the candidates have been selected from the total candidates who participated in the exam. Therefore, the competition between the candidates is huge. So the cut off marks are important to qualify the candidates. Each mark in the NET exam determines the qualification of the candidate. The University Grants Commission (UGC) defines the Cut- Off marks based on the Candidate’s category every year.

The Cut Off for the NET exam varies for each category. The minimum marks a candidate must score from a Reserved/ General category for a selection of JRF or Assistant professor post is 40%  whereas the candidates from Unreserved/ OBC-NCL/ SC/ ST/Transgender/ PwD category have to score about 35% on both the papers combined.

How to Apply for UGC- NET 2021

The registration link has been published on August 10, 2021, on the official website of NTA. The Candidates are asked to register using the details and documents asked on the website.

The Registration day started on August 10, 2021.

The end date for registration is September 5, 2021.

The last date for correcting the registration form is September 7, 2021.

Steps to apply for UGC- NET exam online

  • Click on the “apply for UGC- NET 2021” on the NTA’s official website
  • Now, your site will be redirected. Fill the Register form using the details asked.
  • The important details that are to be filled in are,
  1. Candidate’s basic details
  2. DOB
  3. Contact details
  4. Category and Disability
  5. EWS (Economic Backwardness)
  6. Address
  7. Examination centre preferred (The centres could be changed by NTA)
  8. Subject choice
  • You must upload your recent photograph and a signature.
  • Now click submit and it will redirect to the payment gateway.
  • Pay the required registration fee amount as defined by the NTA for different categories.
  • The payment can be done through credit card, debit card, Net banking, E- challan etc.

The NTA will open the time slot to correct mistakes in the registration form. It will be opened after the last day of registration.

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Q. What is the minimum salary for the JRF or Assistant Professors who got selected for the NTA exam?

The candidates can expect a minimum salary of  Rs 30,000 for JRF posting on any institute of India and an amount of Rs 40,000 as the minimum salary for Assistant Professors who got selected through the NTA examination.

Q. How to apply for a Job after the qualification of the NET examination?

You can directly apply to any Institutes/ universities for JRF and Assistant Professor posting or through Job portal by UGC. Similarly, you can apply for jobs in public sectors and government organizations with the help of the NET Scorecard.

Q. What is the Validity for UGC- NET qualification?

The UGC NET scorecard validates up to 3 years for JRF and possesses lifetime validation for Assistant professors.

Q. Can I select any subjects for the UGC- NET exam?

Yes, you can select any subject of your interest for the UGC- NET exam. You will get a job posting regarding the subject you have selected.

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