Important Dates, Syllabus, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern & Mock Test of UGC NET:

UGC NET stands for University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test. The National Testing Agency conducts this examination twice a year on the national level. to shortlist candidates for the position of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in universities and colleges. Previously this examination was conducted by the CBSE but after June 2018 UGC took the conduct under themselves. This examination is held twice a year in June and December. However, the dates for the UGC NET 2021 sessions are still to be announced. Students can check the latest information on the UGC NET examination on the official NTA website.

The eligibility criteria to apply for the UGC NET examination are as follows. It is important to have a minimum of 55 percent aggregate marks in the post-graduation to apply for this examination. For a junior research fellowship, the candidate should not be of more than 31 years. However, there are no age restrictions to apply for the post of Assistant professor. Candidates who fall under the reserved category will get an age relaxation of five years.

UGC NET is an online examination of 3 hours where the candidates have to answer 150 questions. There would be 2 sections in the question paper. The first section is common for every candidate but the second section of the examination is based on selected subjects. The first section is teaching & research aptitude. There will be 50 questions in this section of 2 marks each. The second section of the examination is a Subject-specific section of the question. In this section, candidates will get questions from a particular subject or post for which they have applied for. Candidates can check the complete syllabus of subject-based examinations on the NTA website.

Students face different types of difficulties while preparing for the UGC NET examination. In this case, they can visit the Spin on Education to get complete information about any exam. Also, we are capable of providing personal counsellors to the students who will help them to choose the best course or examination to pursue their careers. Candidates can also ask for the previous year’s question paper or most tests to prepare according to the exam pattern of previous years. Also, you will get a separate weightage of topics on our website. This will help the candidate to prepare for the topic that has high weightage in the examination.

Students can check the result of the UGC NET examination on the NTA website after 15-20 days of the examination. So keep checking the website to get instant updates of the examination dates and other information regarding the UGC NET examination.


Twice in a year, the National Testing Agency (NTA) conduct the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET). The UGC NET is a national level examination and is organized for hiring the candidates to the post of Assistant Professor and by giving this exam qualified candidates can also get selected for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). Out 85 subjects candidates can choose any one subject for appearing in the UGC NET examination. Get here all details related to the UGC NET Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, and Syllabus.

UGC NET 2021

Each year more than lakh of candidates appear for the examination. Usually in June and December UGC NET Examination is conducted but the agency. From below Check the tentative UGC NET examination schedule.

UGC NET 2021 EventsImportant Dates (Tentative)
June SessionDecember Session
Release date UGC NET 2021 NotificationTo be announced4th week of August 2021
Application Form Releasing dateTo be announced1st week of September 2021
Last date to submit UGC NET formTo be announced4th week of September 2021
Admit Card Release DateTo be announced3rd week of November 2021
UGC NET 2021 Exam dateTo be announcedDecember 2021
Result Declaration DateTo be announcedJanuary 2022

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria

Firstly read the eligibility criteria before applying for the examination as if applicants found ineligible then he/she will be not be considered for the further examination process. Read the detailed eligibility criteria below.

Age Limit

  • JRF – The general and SC/ST/OBC category candidate’s age must be 30 and 25 years old, respectively.
  • Assistant Professor – No Age Foundation.

Age Relaxation

  • Experienced candidates (in the research field only) will be given 5 years of age relaxation.
  • The one who has dome LLM must be 33 years old.
  • Candidates who served armed forces are given 5 years of relaxation.

Qualification Criteria

  • The candidates should have completed masters in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science, and Applications, Electronic Science, etc (list of subjects given below).
  • The general and SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates in master must have scored 55% and 50% aggregate marks, respectively.

UGC NET Exam Pattern

The candidates should know the exam pattern as it helps candidates in doing the UGC NET Exam preparation. From below check the detailed exam pattern of UGC NET.

Exam Duration: 3 hours

Mode of Exam: Computer-based test (Online)

Total No. of Questions: 150

Total No. of Marks: 300

Type of Question: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

UGC NET Marking Scheme: For each right answer 1 marks will be awarded.

Language of Paper: Bilingual (Hindi and English)

Paper Detail:

Paper NameTotal No. of questionsTotal No. of Marks
Questions on teaching & research aptitude (Paper-I)50100
Subject-specific (Paper-II)100200

Distribution of Questions in Paper I

Topic NameTotal No. of Questions
Teaching Aptitude5


Research Aptitude
Mathematical Reasoning & Aptitude
Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
People, Development and Environment
Higher Education System


UGC NET Subject Code and Name

Subject CodeName of SubjectSubject CodeName of Subject
00Questions on Teaching and Research Aptitude (Paper -I)55labour welfare, industrial relation, human resource management, personnel management, labour& social welfare
02Political Science59library & information science
03Philosophy60Jain, Buddhist, peace studies & Gandhian
04Psychology62comparative study of religions
05Sociology63mass communication & journalism
06History65performing art – dance, drama, theatre
07Anthropology66museology & conservation
10Social Work70tribal and regional language, literature
11Defence and Strategic Studies71folk literature
12Home Science72comparative literature
14Public Administration73Vyakarna, Siddhanta Jyotish, Navya Vyakarna, Navya, Sanskrit, Jyotisha, Tulanatmaka Darsan,  Sankhya Yoga, Shukla Yajurveda, Madhav Vedant, Dharmasasta, Sahitya,  Puranotihasa, Agama, Mimansa.
15Population Studies74women studies
16Music79visual art
18Maithili81social medicine & community health
19Bengali82Forensic Science
23Oriya87computer science & applications
24Punjabi88Electronic Science
25Sanskrit89Environmental Sciences
26Tamil90international studies including defines, politics including international relations, strategic studies, African studies, south Asian studies, Southeast Asian studies, soviet studies, American studies, west Asian studies
28Urdu91Human Rights & Duties
29Arabic93Tourism Administration & Management
38Marathi46continuing education, nonformal education, adult education, andragogy
39French (French Version)47Physical Education
40Spanish49Arab culture & Islamic studies
41Russian50Indian Culture

UGC NET Syllabus

Among 85 subject candidates have to choose any of the subjects at one time candidates can appear for a single exam. Different subjects are containing different topics and as per the mentioned topics, the question will be asked in the examination. Paper 1 will be common for all the candidates, but Paper 2 questions will differ as per the chosen subject. For knowing the detailed UGC NET Syllabus of Paper 1 and 2 tap syllabus link given below-

UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus

UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus

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