UGC NET 2020: Registration, Dates, Full Form, Syllabus, Admit Card, Answer Key, Result

Exam Date : June 15, 2020 To June 20, 2020
Result Date : July 5, 2020

Aspiring to do higher-level research in the university departments? Get a fellowship (JRF) and funding for your researches after qualifying in the UGC NET exam. You can also acquire Lectureship (LS) and become a Lecturer after qualifying in the UGC NET 2020. Check out the preparation tips mentioned here, to help you prepare for the exam.

Latest Update The exam that was scheduled to be held on June 15, 2020 now stands postponed. The revised examination dates will be announced soon.

What is UGC NET?

Full-Form of UGC NET is University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test. It is a national-level entrance test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) biannually, on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to provide admission to an eligible candidate for the posts of Lecturer (LS) and/or Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in various colleges or universities across the nation.

UGC NET at a glance
Exam Name University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test
Acronym UGC NET
Level National-level
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Courses Offered Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) & Lectureship (LS)
Mode Online, i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)
UGC NET 2020 Exam Date To be announced
Language English or Hindi
UGC NET Exam Duration Paper 1 - 90 minutes and Paper 2 - 90 minutes
UGC NET Official Website
UGC NET Helpline Number 8076535482 / 7703859909

NTA conducts UGC NET twice every year in 84 subjects at 91 selected cities spread across the country. Research Programmes are offered under the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

Candidates who have got Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or a related subject. The number of seats available varies every year based on the requirements of the universities. UGC validates and inspects the universities in India before finalizing vacant positions.

Candidates who clear UGC NET 2020 can be a part of the teaching profession and/or can pursue high-level research on several subjects of Humanities (including Indian and some foreign languages), Social Sciences, Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science, Forensic Science, and Environmental Sciences.

The performance of the candidates in both the papers of UGC NET 2020 will be accounted for awarding a JRF and eligibility for Lectureship (LS). Candidates qualifying exclusively for Lectureship (LS) will not be considered for JRF.

Fellowship is offered only to the candidates who qualify the JRF mark. This will be provided by UGC or other institutions under various schemes. A monthly stipend of INR 25,000/- is provided during the period of research. The validity period of this offer is 2 years from the date of the issue of the JRF Letter.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Date

Exam Dates for the UGC NET2020 have been decided by the NTA. Its application form is available on the official website of UGC NET from March 16, 2020 up to the extended date of June 30, 2020. Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can apply for UGC NET 2020.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Dates for all the events have been announced on the official website of UGC NET. The exam will be conducted online (Computer-based Test) on June 15, 2020.

Dates for Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh Students
Application Window November 4 to November 8, 2020
UGC NET June2020 Dates
Important Events to UGC NET June 2020 Dates
UGC NET June 2020 Application Form Start Date March 16, 2020
UGC NET June 2020 Application Form Last Date June 30, 2020
UGC NET June 2020 Application FormCorrection Window To be announced
UGC NET June 2020 Admit Card Availability To be announced
UGC NET June 2020 Exam Date To be announced
UGC NET June 2020 Exam Result Date To be announced

UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The basic UGC NET 2020 eligibility criteria for the candidates who want to apply for the UGC NET June 2020 exam is that they should have completed their Master's degree or an equivalent, with a minimum aggregate of 55%.

Earlier, the upper age limit for applying for UGC NET JRF was 28 years. Now, it has been increased by two years, i.e. up to 30 years, for the candidates who belong to General Category.

For the reserved category (SC, ST, OBC), the upper age limit to apply is 35 years, which means a relaxation of 5 years.

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus

UGC NET Syllabus 2020 is decided by the National Testing Agency (NTA). UGC NET 2020 will have 2 papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2.

UGC NET Exam Syllabus
Paper SUBJECT Maximum Marks
Paper 1 General Aptitude 100 Marks
Paper 2 Subjects selected by candidates 200 Marks

UGC NET 2020 New Syllabus will be based on the subjects studied by the candidates, and the subject they have chosen to appear for.

Paper 1 is a mandatory paper for all the students taking up this exam. There are almost 100 subjects in UGC NET 2020. Candidates can select any subject from all those available courses for their Paper 2.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for UGC NET 2020 is decided by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

UGC NET will comprise only two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2. Earlier, this exam included three papers.

Total Number of Questions - 150 (Paper 1 - 50, Paper 2 - 100). It is mandatory to attempt all questions from both the papers.

Learn more about UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern here.

UGC NET 2020 Registration and Application

The Registration and Application Forms for UGC NET will be available on the official website of UGC NET from March 16, 2020. Candidates will have to enter their details including an ID Number (not necessarily an Aadhar card; it can be any Government Approved ID card).

Once the registration is done for the UGC NET 2020, there will be an Application Number generated on the screen. Candidates will have to make a note of this number for future reference.

How to apply online for UGC NET 2020?

A step-by-step procedure to apply for UGC NET 2020 is provided below:

  • Step 1:Go to the official website of UGC NET at
  • Step 2: Click on the "Fill Application Form UGC-NET 2020" link
  • Step 3: Fill in the Registration Form. You will receive credentials for logging in on your registered mobile number.
  • Step 4: Log in with the received credentials and then fill in the Application Form
  • Step 5: Upon filling in the UGC NET Application Form, you will be needed to upload the required documents,
    i.e. a Scanned copy of your passport-sized Photograph and of your Signature
  • Step 6: Proceed to pay the fee for your application form.
  • Step 7: When the payment is successfully done, you will need to take a printout of your application form for future references.

UGC NET 2020 Application Fee

The UGC NET June 2020 Application Form is made available on the official website of UGC NET, from March 16, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Only the candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can fill in the UGC NET June 2020 Form.

The UGC NET Application Fee for different categories is given below:

UGC NET June 2020 Application Fee
Category Application fee
General INR 1000/-
Other Backward Classes (OBC) INR 500/-

The Fees can be paid either online through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking, or offline through e-Challan.

Documents required during filling in the Application Form

Following documents are required to apply for UGC NET:

  • Marks sheet of class 10 and 12
  • A scanned file of Photograph and Signature
  • A valid Credit/Debit/Net banking for Fee payment

UGC NET 2020 Admit Card

NET Admit Card June 2020 will be released on May 31, 2020. Admit card is available for downloading from the official website of UGC NET.

Admit card is an important document which a candidate has to carry to the examination hall. Along with his/her admit card, a candidate must also carry a government-approved ID card and a photograph.

Candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to download the UGC NET June 2020 Admit Card:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of UGC NET.
  • Step 2: Enter your Application Number and Password.
  • Step 3: Click on the "Submit" tab and your Admit Card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 4: Take the printout of your admit card, and retain it carefully.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Centres

UGC NET 2020 will be held at 264 Exam Centres across India. Candidates will get the option of choosing 4 UGC NET 2020 exam centres of their choice while filling in the UGC NET application.

The NTA, the conducting authority of UGC NET, makes sure that candidates are allotted their preferred exam centres. Once an exam centre is allotted, it cannot be changed. Seats will be allotted based on availability.

Candidates will have to carry the following documents to the exam hall along with them:

  • Admit Card
  • Photo ID proof
  • A passport size photo

UGC NET 2020 Result

The UGC NET 2020 Result will be announced on the official website on July 5, 2020. A scorecard or a result card will not be mailed or sent to the candidate by post.

Candidates are advised to take a printout of their result card for future reference. This will act as a valid proof of their eligibility for getting the fellowship or the lectureship.

How to download UGC NET 2020 Result?

Candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to download their UGC NET June 2020 result:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of UGC NET
  • Step 2: Click on the link of UGC NET June 2020 Result.
  • Step 3: Enter your Registration Number along with your password, and then log in. The result card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 4: Candidates will have to take a printout of the result card for future use.

UGC NET 2020 Preparation

Applicants should keep the following things in mind while preparing for the UGC NET 2020.

  • Time management is the key to success.

Aspirants will have to write two papers, so they should plan their course of action, dividing time for each question. Also, don't spend too much time over one question. That may reduce your chances to cover the rest of the questions.

  • Analyze previous years' question papers.

Solve previous years' papers and mock papers for UGC NET. This will give you an idea of how the questions in the exam will be framed. Changes in the question papers over the years can be well predicted if practised diligently.

  • Use of flashcards.

To enhance memory retention, you can use flashcards. Preparing these for the important concepts that are hard to memorize can be very useful. You can paste them on a wall to take your preparation to the next level.

UGC NET 2020 Cut-off

UGC NET 2020 cut-off marks is decided by the conducting authority, the NTA. A cut-off is the minimum qualifying marks a candidate has to score to be eligible for the post of Lectureship (LS) and/or Fellowship (JRF).

A separate cut-off list will be prepared for category-wise eligibility and subject-wise eligibility.

UGC NET 2020 Counselling

After the declaration of the UGC 2020 results, the conducting authority announces the counselling dates on the official website.

UGC NET 2020 Counselling is only for the candidates who clear the examination.

UGC NET 2020 Selection Process

Candidates who score qualifying marks that are eligible for Lectureship (LS) or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) under the UGC NET 2020, will be called for counselling. During their counselling, candidates will be allotted to the postings they have applied for only if they are deemed eligible.

UGC NET Dec 2019 Paper Analysis

The exam was conducted in shifts and on different dates between 2-6 December 2019.

The exam analysis has been discussed below in detail:

UGC NET Shift 1 Paper Analysis

The questions for Shift 1 were asked from the sections mentioned below:

UGC NET 2019 Analysis-Shift 1
Category Number of Questions Difficulty
Governance, Polity, Administration & Current Affairs 3-4 Difficult
Teaching Aptitude 11-13 Easy
Communication 3-5 Moderate
Research Aptitude 7-9 Difficult
Reading Comprehension 5 in 1 set Easy
Mathematics 4-5 Easy to Moderate
Information & Communication Technology (ICT) 2-3 Difficult
Logical Reasoning 7-8 Easy
Data Interpretation 5 in one set Moderate
People & Environment 3-4 Difficult
Total 50 questions (2 marks each)

UGC NET Shift 2 Paper Analysis

The questions pattern for Shift 2 is given below:

UGC NET Shift 2 Pattern
Category Difficulty
Higher Education System Easy
Information & Communications Technology Moderate
Research Aptitude Difficult
People & Environment Moderate
Logical Reasoning Difficult
Reading Comprehension Easy
Communication Easy to Moderate
Mathematics & Reasoning Moderate
Data Interpretation Easy

UGC NET Shift 3 Paper Analysis

The candidates who had appeared for the UGC NET Dec 2019 exam, deemed the question paper to be easy to moderate. They found the Data Interpretation section very easy as compared to the expected difficulty. A question that was asked in the shift was about Classroom Communication, 4th Generation Language and Effective Learning.

The questions asked in the paper were from Number System, Compound Interest, Ration, Blood Relations. There were some memory based questions too. The communication problem asked in the paper was easy to solve as per the students. Logical Reasoning was a tough section and the questions were asked from Fallacies, Square opposition, and Inductive Reasoning. The Current Affairs questions asked were also easy.

This exam is conducted for over 84 subjects and selected candidates are placed across the country in over 874 Universities. Payment of application fee can be made online as well as offline, through debit card or credit card, or e-Challan.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the post of JRF, the age limit is 30 and for the post of an Assistant professor, there is no upper age limit.

No, the candidates can provide any government approved ID proof like Passport, Voter ID, etc.

UGC NET exam is conducted twice in a year, usually in the months of June and December. The upcoming UGC NET exam is scheduled on June 15, 2020 to June 20, 2020.

Colleges which accept [UGC NET]

Want to get in ?
Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Medical), batch of 2021
17 Apr 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

In the case of B.Tech/ B.Arch program, admission is done on the basis of JEE Main Paper I /JEE Main Paper II or NATA score, respectively. Similarly, for ME/ M.Arch, candidates must have a recent valid score of GATE. For MBA program, a candidate must have a valid score of either one of the following: CAT/ MAT / GMAT. For Ph.D. courses, CU-Ph.D.

Entrance Test is conducted by the university although CSIR NET/ UGC NET/ GATE/ GPAT or SLET qualified candidates can also apply for admission. Upon shortlisting on the basis of submitted scores, they will have to go through Group Discussion and Personal Interview round. These rounds will decide the final selection of the candidate.

For my course BSC MEDICAL and other undergraduate programs, completion of 10+2 level of education is a must with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks. In order to foster academic diversity, Chandigarh university has more than 250 tie-ups with foreign universities. This helps to establish partnership and facilitate student exchange program with them.

Want to get in ?
Master of Philosophy [M.Phil], batch of 2019
30 Nov 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility criteria for MPhil is 60% aggregate marks in MSc along with 10th to graduation 1st class career and admission procedure is entrance exams with written and viva voce. It depends on your performance and selected by the respected lecturer of that institute. I have applied for UGC NET for environmental science and also admission entrance test for MPhil. Generally cut off for UGC net environmental science especially for general category is 60%.

Want to get in ?
BS-MS, IPHD,PhD, batch of 2024
11 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

CSIR NET, UGC NET, and ICMR GATE are the entrance exam to get the admission in this college. The students who are shortlisted must give the personal interview.

Want to get in ?
Master of Philosophy [M.Phil], batch of 2018
26 Dec 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

For M.phil, the student must clear P.G with the relevant subject along with 60%. The student must clear UGC NET. The first part is written test, and the second part is viva_voce. (75+25)

Want to get in ?
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Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Biology), batch of 2018
03 Dec 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

You have to appear for or passed your 10+2 exams in any stream. You need to appear for Undergraduate Admission Test(UGC NET) and need to score at least 40% out of total marks to get admission in the main campus. 

Want to get in ?
MSc (Botany), batch of 2016
02 Mar 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • The eligibility criteria for getting admission in West Bengal State University is to pass the 12th in Biology stream with 55% of marks in which I scored 60%.
  • The students have to clear the UGC NET exam to get admission in this college.

Want to get in ?
Ph.D (Management), batch of 2017
21 Jan 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • Eligibility criteria to join the Central University of Haryana is passing the Post Graduate with at least 55% marks.
  • The students have to clear the UGC NET exam or CUCET exam.

Want to get in ?
Integrated MSc Earthsciences, batch of 2017
20 Jan 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • The eligibility criteria for joining Yogi Vemana University is clearing the UGC NET exam with good marks is required to get admission.

Want to get in ?
Master of Science [M.Sc], batch of 2014
19 Jan 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • The eligibility criteria for joining Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology and Sciences is clearing the UGC NET exam.

Want to get in ?
Master of Science [M.Sc], batch of 2018
07 Dec 2016
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • The entrance exam taken is UGC NET.
  • The typical cutoff is 60% or above to get admissions in Barkatullah University, [BU] Bhopal.

Discussion Forum

UGC NET 2017 Results

When will I get the Results to this years UGC NET Exam?

Asked By: Sujith Yadav,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The UGC NET Results will be published in the month of June.

Candidates are advised to keep themselves updated on UGC NET notifications to make sure you don't miss out on anything important.

CBSE not issuing certificates to UGC NET 2017 candidates

What are the rumours of CBSE not issuing certificates to this year's UGC NET candidates?

Asked By: Karan Sharma,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

These are not rumours.

CBSE will not be issuing the relevant certificates to individuals who appeared in UGC NET 2017.

Official Updates regarding this have been released by CBSE and UGC NET on their Official Websites.

All candidates are advised to get in touch with the Board to get a clarification as they haven't released further details regarding the next step.

Contact Number to UGC NET (Delhi HQ): 011-24116316, 24115416, 24115419

Answer By: Rahul Sharma

Hello, As per the UGC NET paper pattern the exam is conducted in three rounds. Paper-I is common for all the candidates which consists questions based on reasoning, general awareness and quantitative aptitude. Paper-II & III are related to the subject chosen by the candidate. 

About UGC NET 2017 e-Certificate

May I know how to get UGC NET 2017 e-Certificate?

Asked By: Suraj Kavi,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Candidates who cleared CBSE/UGC NET exam can download eCertificate from UGC NET Official Website

Steps to download eCertificate:

  • Open UGC NET Official Website
  • Login with your Registered eMail ID and Password.
  • After successful login click on Download eCertificate link which can be seen in left side panel.
  • Click on Click Here to Download e-Certificate button.

Applying for UGC NET 2017

If you wish to apply for UGC NET – June 2016, however you had already applied for UGC NET – December 2017?

Asked By: Shivshankar Patil,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

In case you had already applied for UGC NET – December 2016 and you wish to apply for UGC NET – June 2017 session, use – ‘Login Section’ at home page and act accordingly.

About UGC NET JRF letter 2017

I am a UGC NET 2017 aspirant. How can I get UGC NET JRF Letter?

Asked By: Bharti Gupta,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Candidates who cleared UGC NET 2017 with JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) will be given JRF “Letter of Award”.

This will be sent to the candidates home address after releasing eCertificates on UGC NET Official Website (typically within 2 months).

Password of UGC NET 2017

May I know what is the Password of UGC NET e-Certificate?

Asked By: Arpita Kaur,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The UGC NET 2017 e-Certificate is protected by a password, which is a combination of first four letters of your name (in capital letters) and your date of birth as DD/MM/YYYY.

Validity of UGC NET 2017

May I know what is Validity of UGC NET 2017 Certificate?

Asked By: Poornima Jain,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

UGC NET E-Certificate is valid Life Time.

However, JRF Letter of Award is valid for only Two Years from date of results.

Answer By: Ritu Gupta

The validity of JRF is 2 years and the lectureship certificate is valid for lifetime. The result of UGC NET Jan Session is going to release very soon.

Changes made in UGC NET

What are the recent changes that have been brought out by the UGC NET Board in regards to the Exam?

Asked By: Bryan Althandra,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The candidate attempting for NEET has to be aware of the following updates to NEET 2017:

  • The age limit for medical aspirants seeking admission under the 15% all India quota has been set for 25 years while the candidates belonging to reserved categories may appear in the test up to 30 years of age. Candidates can attempt for the NEET exam three times only.
  • As per the notifications and news CBSE might make the Aadhaar card compulsory to apply for NEET 2017. Earlier CBSE had made the Aadhaar card mandatory to register for JEE main 2017 examination. CBSE has released another notification making it clear that Aadhar will be one common identity proof for all examinations.
  • Candidates from various states and diverse backgrounds appear in the NEET examination. Therefore, CBSE has decided to conduct the NEET 2017 in eight regional languages other than English and Hindi. The languages Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Marathi and Telugu have been confirmed for NEET 2017.