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UGC NET (for Assistant Professor)


About NET

National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted by National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) to determine eligibility for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research. Subjects in which the test is conducted are Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science.
The test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. The Government of India, through its notification dated 22nd July, 1988 entrusted the task of conducting the eligibility test for lectureship to UGC. Consequently, UGC conducted the first National Eligibility Test, common to both eligibility for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship in two parts, that is, in December 1989 and in March, 1990.
The test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. The Government of India, through its notification dated 22nd July, 1988 entrusted the task of conducting the eligibility test for lectureship to UGC. Consequently, UGC conducted the first National Eligibility Test, common to both eligibility for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship in two parts, that is, in December 1989 and in March, 1990.
UGC conducts NET twice a year, i.e., in the months of June and December. The notifications announcing the June and December examinations are published in the months of March and September respectively in the weekly journal of nation-wide circulation, viz, Employment News.

NET Exam Eligibility Criteria

Masters degree in relevant subject.
For general category, minimum 55% in Master Degree. For OBC, minimum 55% in Master Degree. For SC/ST/PWD, 50% in Master Degree.
For general category, minimum 55% in Master Degree. For OBC, minimum 55% in Master Degree. For SC/ST/PWD, 50% in Master Degree.

NET paper structure:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).
(ii) Numerical Answer/Fill in the blank Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For numerical answer questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter the answer (which will be a real number, signed or unsigned, e.g. 25.06, -25.06, 25, -25 etc.) using a virtual keypad. An appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Design of Questions.
(iii) The Fill in the Blank Questions usually consist of 35% - 40% of the total weightage.
(iv) The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities:
The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities:
(i) Recall:

These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.

(i) Recall:

These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.

(ii) Comprehension:

These questions will test the candidate's understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

(iii) Application:

In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis:

In these questions, the candidate is presented with data, diagrams, images etc. that require analysis before a question can be answered. A Synthesisquestion might require the candidate to compare two or more pieces of information. Questions in this category could, for example, involve candidates in recognising unstated assumptions, or separating useful information from irrelevant information.

4. NET Exam pattern

1. The CBSE (UGC) -NET exam comprises of three papers which consists of only objective type questions i.e.. MCQs and will be conducted on the notified day of Examination in two different sessions in following manner:

Session Paper Number of Questions Marks Duration
Morning I Attempt 50 out of a total of 60 questions 50x2= 100 1¼ Hours (09.30 a. m. To 10.45 a. m.)
Morning I Attempt all 50 questions 50x2= 100 1¼ Hours (10.45 a. m. To 12.00 Noon.)
Afternoon II Attempt all 75 questions 75x2= 150 2½ Hours (01.30 p. m. To 04.00 p. m.)

2.Minimum desired marks individually in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III are as follows:

Category Paper I minimum marks(%) Paper II minimum marks(%) Paper III minimum marks(%)
General 40(40%) 40(40%) 75(50%)
OBC 35(35%) 35(35%) 67.5(rounded to 68)(35%)
PH/VH/SC/ST 35(35%) 35(35%) 60(40%)