UGC NET- Introduction, Eligibility, Scheme, Features



NTA  conducts the UGC NET examination for eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility of Assistant Professorship, Junior Research Fellowship or both, for Indian Universities and Colleges. UGC-NET is conducted twice every year. The eligibility for Assistant Professorship depends on the collective  performance of the candidates in Paper-I and Paper-II of UGC-NET.

Exams and tentative schedule

In order to allow adequate time for preparing for the exams, the tentative schedule for exams is being declared well in advance:


Features of exams to be conducted by NTA:

i) The examinations for all candidates will be conducted in online
(computer based) mode only. (starting from next exam UGCNET
ii)  UGC- NET is conducted in multiple sittings and a candidate will have an option of dates to choose from. Scores of different Page 2 of 3 candidates in multiple sittings will also be equated using standardization techniques.
iii) These examinations will use highly secured IT software and
encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure
no leakages and other malpractices.
iv) NTA will establish a network of test practice centres for
students of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity
to practice before the exam. Schools/engineering colleges with
computer centres would be identified and kept open on
Saturday/Sunday starting from 3rd week of August. Any
student can use the facility free of charge.
vii) All tests would be set in a scientific manner with the test items
developed jointly by the subject matter experts and
psychometricians. Before developing the question papers, the
item writers for the exams will be given feedback on the
functioning of the previous years’ items so that they are able to
make test items which are more valid and reliable. All the above
mentioned examinations will be held in existing number of

Eligibility Condition for appearing in the UGC NET June 2020 is given below:

  • 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 (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science &Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test.
  • The Other Backward Classes(OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PWD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the 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. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of Junior Research Fellowship/eligibility for Assistant professor only after they have passed their Master’s Degree examination OR equivalent with at least 55% marks(50% marks in case of OBC(Non- creamy layer)/SC/ST/PWD(persons with disability) category candidates. Such candidates must complete their P.G degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.


Scheme for the UGC NET 

Paper Marks Number of Question MCQ TOTAL DURATION
Paper 1 100 50 questions all are compulsory 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. 03 hours (180 minutes) without any break. All the questions are compulsory.
Paper2 200  100 questions all are compulsory This is based on the subject selected by the candidate and will assess domain knowledge.



Paper 1 which is on Teaching aptitude is compulsory for all the students. You have attempt 50 questions.

What should you study for paper1? (Teaching Aptitude)


Code No. : 00


The main objective is to assess the teaching and research capabilities of the
candidates. The test aims at assessing the teaching and research aptitude as well. Candidates are expected to possess and exhibit cognitive abilities, which include comprehension, analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning. The candidates are also expected to have a general awareness about teaching and learning processes in higher education system. Further, they should be aware of interaction between people, environment, natural resources
and their impact on the quality of life.

The details of syllabi are as follows:

Unit-I Teaching Aptitude
 Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching (Memory,
Understanding and Reflective), Characteristics and basic requirements.
 Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners
(Academic, Social, Emotional and Cognitive), Individual differences.
 Factors affecting teaching related to: Teacher, Learner, Support material,
Instructional facilities, Learning environment and Institution.
 Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher centred vs.
Learner centred metho

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