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Date : 15-August-2018

UGC-NTA NET/JRF Exam December 2018|Eligibility & Change in Exam Pattern

The university grants commission national eligibility test [UGC NET] is a test to determine who all are eligible for college and university level lectureship and for junior research fellowship [JRF].This is for Indian nationals. This is to make sure that only people who are qualified and meets minimum standard will be allowed in teaching and research positions.


Change in pattern

Until July 2018 this exam was conducted by CBSE but from December 2018 onwards NTA [National testing Agency] will be conducting the UGC NET. Another major change is this exam will be conducted twice a year as per government press-release and this will be conducted online unlike previous years which was offline.



UGC NET Eligibility criteria

Candidates who have completed their Masters in any subject from a recognized university with 55% marks are eligible to apply for this test.For [ST/SC/OBC/PWD] categories it is 50% aggregate.


Students who are doing their final year masters are also eligible to apply under result-awaited category.

Important thing to note is as per the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria, the candidates must choose only the subjects which are same or related to their PG subjects.

Ph.D. Holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September, 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks.


Age limit

For General- 30 years

For SC/ST/OBC/PWD-35 years

For female -35 years

LLM holders -35 years



Qualification procedure [change in Exam pattern]

The paper will be divided into two papers - Paper 1 & 2. The students would have to attempt total (both paper 1 &2) 150 questions in 3 Hours. Candidates who score more than the cutoff marks in the exam would be declared qualified for JRF. Top 6% of candidates will be selected for each subject and category eligibility for Assistant Professor only if they haven't applied for JRF. From net qualified students, a list of JRF will be prepared. The merit list will be prepared by using a certain formula.



Updated NTA UGC NET Exam pattern

The exam will be conducted with two papers only unlike in earlier tests which was three. Now it is paper I and paper II. Paper I will be General aptitude and paper II will be of questions from opted subject.



Paper 1 100 marks 50 questions compulsory 1 hour[9.30am-10.30 am]

Paper II 200 marks 100 questions compulsory 2 hours[11am to1 pm]

There will be no Negative marking in new UGC NET 2018.


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