Basic Information about UGC NET
UGC NET is a national exam conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) for the qualification of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). From December 2018 onwards the exam is a computer based exam. In this article we discuss more about UGC NET Exam Pattern, Syllabus etc. For more details about UGC NET, visit another article UGC NET Exam Details, Eligibility, etc.
UGC NET Exam Pattern
Mode of Exam
The UGC NET Examination shall only be conducted as Computer Based Test (CBT).
Number of Papers
The examination consists of two papers, Paper 1 and paper 2. Paper 1 is of general nature and paper 2 is for selected subject of the candidate.
Questions in the Papers
Paper 1 consists of 50 questions, each carries 2 marks each, total marks 100. All questions are of multiple choice type. The questions will be generic in nature, intending to assess the teaching / research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.
Paper 2 consists of 100 questions, each carries 2 marks each, total marks 200. All questions are of multiple choice type. The questions will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. All the questions of Paper 2 will be compulsory.
Marking Scheme and Negative Marking
Each question carries 2 marks each. There is no negative marking for incorrect response. No marks will be given for unanswered / marked for review questions.
If a question for any reason is found to be incorrect, the benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempted the question.
Duration of Exam
Total duration of the exam is for 3 hours (180 minutes) without any break. There will be no break between papers. There will be two shifts on a day.
First shift : 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Second shift: 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
UGC NET Syllabus
Syllabus for paper 1 includes teaching/ research aptitude, reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking, general awareness, etc.
Syllabus for paper 2 is based on the subject selected by the candidate. The syllabus standard is of master’s degree course of that subject.
Syllabus for UGC NET has been modified and the new syllabus applicable from June 2019 onwards. Detailed syllabus can be obtained form UGC website. https://www.ugcnetonline.in/syllabus-new.php
Criteria for Cut-Off and Result
NTA is following a certain steps and procedure for declaration of result. Some important points are as follows:
The number of candidates to be qualified (total slots or Eligibility for Assistant Professor) shall be equal to 6% of the candidates appeared in both the papers of NET.
The total slots shall be allocated to different categories as per the reservation policy of Government of India.
In order to be considered for ‘both JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor’ and for ‘Assistant Professor Only’, the candidate must have appeared in both the papers and secured at least 40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for General (Unreserved) category candidates and at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for all candidates belonging to the reserved categories (viz., SC, ST, OBC (belonging to Non-Creamy Layer, PwD and Transgender).
For other procedure and steps for declaration of result, please visit NTA official notification.
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