UGC NET Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), which is now known as the Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India (GOI) has established the National Testing Agency (NTA) as an independent, autonomous, and self-sustained premier testing organization under the Societies Registration Act (1860) for conducting efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admissions to premier higher education institutions.

The NTA has been entrusted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the task of conducting UGC-NET, which is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian universities and colleges.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Twice in a year
Purpose of the Exam To certify the eligibility of the candidates for the post Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor.
Conducting Body National Testing Agency

UGC NET Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. Candidates appearing for the examination must be an Indian Citizen.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • General/Unreserved/General-EWS candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities and Social Science (including languages), Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test.
    • Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test.
    • The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination have been completed by 19 September 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.

  4. Age Limit
  5. Lower Age Limit: 28 years

    Upper Age Limit:

    • Assistant Professor: No Upper Age Limit
    • JRF: Not more than 30 years

    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST (JRF) 35 years
    OBC (JRF) 35 years
    Women (JRF) 35 years
    PWD(GEN)-JRF 35 years
    Ex-Servicemen (JRF) 40 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. No minimum or maximum limit on a number of attempts, candidates just need to meet the upper and lower age limit.

UGC NET Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application August 10, 2021
Last Date of Application September 5, 2021
Online Form Correction Window September 7, 2021
Issuing of Admit Card September 30, 2021
Starting Date of Exam October 17, 2021
End Date of Exam October 25, 2021
Declaration of Result To be notified

UGC NET 2020 Dates:

Online Application and Registration Date (Previous-Dec 2020 Exam) 2nd February to 9th March 2021
Last Date of Online Payment of Application Fees (Previous-Dec 2020 Exam) 10th March 2021 (till 11:50 PM)
Correction of Online Application Form (Previous-Dec 2020 Exam) 12th to 16th March 2021 (up to 11.50 p.m.)

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the pattern of the exam:

  • UGC NET examination comprises of two papers i.e Paper-I and Paper-II.
  • Paper-I is about Research and Teaching aptitude whereas, in paper II, the candidates need to choose any one subject which they have an in-depth understanding of the concepts.

Pattern for Computer Based Test (CBT)

The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of objective type,
multiple-choice questions. There will be no break between papers.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper-I

The questions in Paper I intends to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, reading comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness of the candidate

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 100
2 Paper-II

This is based on the subject selected by the candidate and will assess domain knowledge

Merit Ranking Nature 100 Objective (Multiple Choice) 200
Total Marks* 300

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

UGC NET Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Computer Based Test (CBT)

1 Paper-I

Teaching Aptitude:

  • Teaching concepts,
  • Objectives,
  • Basic requirements,
  • Characteristics,
  • Memory understanding and reflective teaching,
  • Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners, and individual difference,
  • Factors affected to teaching related to teacher,
  • Learner,
  • Support material,
  • Learning environment,
  • Methods of teaching in high education institutes,
  • Teachers centered versus learner-centered approach,
  • Teaching support system,
  • ICT based teaching system,
  • Types of evaluation,
  • Computer-based testing ,
  • Innovations in the evaluation system

Research Aptitude:

  • Meaning, types and characteristics of research,
  • positivism, and post positivistic approach,
  • Various method research like descriptive, experimental, historical, qualitative, quantitative


  • Questions will be asked from passage


  • Meaning and types of communication,
  • Characteristics,
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication,
  • Intercultural and group communication,
  • Classroom communication,
  • Barriers to effective communication, society and mass media

Mathematical Reasoning:

  • Number series,
  • Letter series,
  • Codes and relationship,
  • Fraction,
  • Time  and distance,
  • Ratio and proportion,
  • Percentage,
  • Profit and loss,
  • Interest and discount,
  • Averages

Logical Reasoning:

  • Forms of logical reasoning,
  • Structure of categorical propositions,
  • Mood and figure,
  • Formal and informal fallacies,
  • Uses of language,
  • Connotation and denotation,
  • Classical square of opposition,
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning,
  • Analogies,
  • Venn diagram,
  • Establishing the validity of arguments,
  • Mean of knowledge of Indian logic,
  • Pramanas,
  • Perception,
  • Inference,
  • Comparison,
  • Verbal testimony,
  • Implication,
  • Non-apprehension,
  • Structure and kinds of Anupama,

Data Interpretation:

  • Sources,
  • Acquisitions
  • Classification of data,
  • Quantitative and qualitative data,
  • Bar chart,
  • Pie chart,
  • Histogram,
  • Table chart,
  • Mapping of data,
  • Data interpretation

Information and Communication Technology:

  • General abbreviations and terminology,
  • Basics of internet,
  • Intranet,
  • E-mail,
  • Audio and video conferencing,
  • Digital initiatives in higher education,
  • ICT
  • Governance

People Development and Environment:

  • Millennial and sustainable development,
  • Anthropogenic activities and their implication,
  • Local, regional, and global air pollution,
  • Water pollution,
  • Noise pollution,
  • Waste,
  • Climate change,
  • Political dimensions,
  • Natural and energy sources,
  • Natural hazards and disasters

Higher education system:

  • Institutes of higher education in ancient in India,
  • Evolution of higher learning and research in Post Independence India,
  • Oriental, conventional and non-conventional learning programs in India,
  • Professional and technical based education,
  • Value education and environmental education, policies, governance and administration

2 Paper-II


  • Economics,
  • Applied economics,
  • Political science,
  • Philosophy,
  • Psychology and sociology,
  • History,
  • Anthropology,
  • Commerce,
  • Education,
  • Social work,
  • Defence studies,
  • Home science,
  • Public administration,
  • Population studies,
  • Music,
  • Management,
  • Marketing Management,
  • Regional language,
  • Hindi,
  • English,
  • Linguistics,
  • Chinese,
  • Dogri,
  • Nepali,
  • French,
  • Spanish,
  • Russian,
  • Persian,
  • Adult Education,
  • Islamic studies,
  • Physical education,
  • Indian culture,
  • labour welfare,
  • law,
  • library and information science,
  • Buddhist,
  • Jaina,
  • Gandhian and Peace studies,
  • Comparative studies of religion,
  • Mass communication,
  • Performing arts,
  • Museology,
  • Archaeology,
  • Criminology,
  • Tribal language,
  • Folk Literature,
  • Comparative literature,
  • Sanskrit traditional subjects,
  • Women studies,
  • Visual arts,
  • Geography,
  • Social medicine and community health,
  • Forensic science,
  • Pali,
  • Computer science,
  • Electronic science,
  • Environmental science,
  • International politics,
  • Human rights and duties,
  • Tourism administration,


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