UGC NET 2020: Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Application Form, Admit Card, Result

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

"Want to do high order research in the University departments? Get fellowship and funding for researches after qualifying for the NET exam for UGC. You can also become a reputed Lecturer and acquire Lectureship after qualifying UGC NET 2020. Check the preparation tips to help your preparation for the exam."

Latest Update: UGC NET 2020 June Session Application Forms were released on March 16, 2020. The last date to apply is April 17, 2020.

What is UGC NET?

The full form of UGC NET is University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test. It is a National Level Entrance Test conducted by NTA for the post of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship. It is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) every year on behalf of the University Grants Commission to provide admission to an eligible candidate for the post of assistant professor or Junior Research Fellowship in various colleges or universities.

UGC NET at a glance
Exam Name University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test
Acronym UGC NET
Level National
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Courses Offered Junior Research Fellowships & Lectureship
Mode Online i.e, Computer-based test
UGC NET 2020 Exam Date June 15, 2020
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 every year in 84 subjects at 91 selected cities spread across the country. Research Programme is offered in the name of 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 university. University Grant Commission validates and inspects the universities in India before finalizing vacant positions.

The performance of candidates in all three papers of UGC NET 2020 is counted for JRF award and eligibility for Assistant Professor or eligibility for Assistant Professor only. Candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF.

Candidates can apply for various management programs which include:

  1. Two-year Full-Time MBA
  2. Two-year Evening MBA Executive
  3. Two-year evening MBA Executive (Health Care Administration)
  4. Ph.D

Candidates who clear UGC NET 2020 can be a part of the teaching profession and 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.

Fellowship is offered to candidates qualifying JRF, this will be provided by UGC or other institutions under various schemes. A monthly stipend of INR 25,000/- is given during the period of Research. The validity period of this offer is 2 years for the date of the issue of JRF Letter.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Date

Exam Dates for UGC NET have been decided by NTA. Its application form will be available on the official website from March 16, 2020 and the last date to submit the Application Form is April 17, 2020 (Date Extended). Candidates who satisfy the eligibility for UGC NET can apply.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Dates for all the events have been announced on the official website itself. UGC NET 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


Important Events to UGC NET Dates
Application Form Start Date March 16, 2020
Application Form Last Date April 17, 2020
Correction Window for UGC NET Application Form April 25- May 2, 2020
UGC NET Admit Card Availability May 15, 2020
UGC NET Exam Date June 15, 2020 to June 20, 2020
UGC NET June Exam Result Date July 5, 2020

UGC NET 2020 Eligibility

The basic UGC NET eligibility criteria for a candidate who is applying for the 2020 exam is that a candidate should have completed his/her Master's degree or an equivalent with a minimum aggregate of 55%.

Earlier, the upper age for UGC NET Junior Research Fellowship 28 years. Now, it has been increased by two years i.e. 30 years for 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 i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2.

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

UGC NET New Syllabus will be based on the studies done by the candidates previously and the subject they have chosen.

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.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for UGC NET 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 (Paper1 - 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

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

Once the registration is done for NTA UGC NET, 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?

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

  • Step 1: Go to the official website of and click on the registration link.
  • Step 2: Now, fill up the Registration Form. You will receive credentials for login on your registered mobile phone.
  • Step 3: Log in with received credentials and then fill up an application form
  • Step 4: Upon filling UGC NET form, you need to upload the documents i.e, Photograph and Signature
  • Step 5: Then you will have to pay the fee for your application form.
  • Step 6: When the whole payment is done, you will need to take a printout of your application form for future references.

UGC NET 2020 Application Form

UGC NET Form was available on the official website of conducting authority (NTA) from March 16, 2020 to April 17, 2020. Candidates who satisfied eligibility criteria will be the only ones who can fill the UGC NET 2020 Form.

UGC NET Application Fee for different categories is given below:

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

Fee can be paid through Credit/Debit Card/E-Challan.

Documents required for form filling

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 2020 has been already released on May 15, 2020. Admit card is available to download from the official website of NTA.

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 below-mentioned steps to download UGC NET 2020 Admit Card:

  • Step 1: Firstly, Visit the official website of UGC NET.
  • Step 2: Enter your Application Number and Password.
  • Step 3: Then, click on the "Submit" option and your Admit Card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 4: Take the printout of your admit card. and keep it safe.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Centres

UGC NET 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 the UGC NET application.

UGC NET conducting authority makes sure that candidates get exam centers that they have chosen. Once an exam center 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

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

Candidates are advised to take a printout of their results for future reference. This will be proof of their eligibility for getting the fellowship.

How to download NET Result 2020?

Candidates can follow below-mentioned steps to download their UGC NET result from the official website:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website
  • Step 2: Click on UGC NET 2020 Result link. Enter your credentials (Registration Number) card along with password and then log in. Then, the results will be displayed.
  • Step 3: Candidates will have to take a printout of the result for the future Admission process.

UGC NET 2020 Preparation

Applicants should keep following steps in mind while preparing for 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 most of the questions.

Analyze previous year papers.

Solve Previous year paper and mock papers of UGC NET. This will give you an idea about how questions in the exam will be framed. Changes in question paper over the years can be well predicted if practiced with heart.

Use of flashcards.

To enhance memory retention, you can use flashcards. Preparing these for the important concepts which 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 Marks

UGC NET Cutoff is decided by the conducting Authority. A cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks candidate has to score to be eligible for the post of Assistant professorship and JRF.

A separate cutoff list will be prepared for category wise eligibility and subject wise eligibility.

UGC NET 2020 Counselling

After the declaration of result, conducting authorities announce the counseling on the official website. UGC NET 2020 Counselling is only for candidates who clear the examination.

UGC NET Selection Process

Candidates who score marks that are eligible for Assistant professorship or Joint Research Fellowship (JRF) under UGC NET 2020, will be called for the counseling. During their counseling, candidates will be allotted to the postings they have applied for only if they are eligible.

UGC NET Dec 2019 Paper Analysis

The exam will be conducted between 2-6 December 2019. The exam was conducted in shifts on different dates. 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 students appeared 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. LR 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. In the form of e-challan, debit or credit card is permitted.

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 ?
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 ?
Be Positive!
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.