UGC Net 2021 Application Form Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus and Exam Pattern

UGC Net 2021 Application Form Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus and Exam Pattern, Exam Dates, Admit Card or Hall Ticket

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What if full form of UGC Net?

University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test. It is is a national-level exam conducted in order to determine the eligibility of candidates for only Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor post in Indian universities and colleges. Till June 2018, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted NET on behalf of UGC. However, from December 2018 onwards National Testing Agency (NTA) started conducting the UGC NET exam.

National Testing Agency has merged the examination for December 2020 and June 2021. Now, the examination of both the sessions will be held simultaneously from 6 October to 11 October 2021. Due to Corona, there was a delay in the conduct of the examination of December 2020 session and the process of application for June 2021, hence the examination of both the sessions is being conducted simultaneously. The application process for the UGC NET exam to be held in October has started. Interested candidates can apply online by visiting and

The last date for application is 5 September 2021. The last date for fee payment is 6 September 2021. Candidates will be able to make corrections in their application form between September 7 and September 12.

Earlier the UGC NET exam of December 2020 session was scheduled to be held from May 2 to May 17, 2021. But it was postponed due to Corona. The application process for UGC NET December 2020 was held in February-March 2021.Such candidates who have registered for the UGC NET December 2020 examination but could not submit the application completely can also complete the application by visiting,

UGC Net Important Dates

Registration Process 10 Aug – 5 Sep 2021
Last Date for Fee Payment 6 Sep 2021
Date for correction in application form 7 – 12 Sep 2021
Admit Card will be released soon.
Exam Dates 6 Oct – 11 Oct 2021
Conducting Body National Testing Agency
Exam Level National
Exam Mode Online
Number of applicants 8,60,976 (In 2020)
Number of Test-Takers 5,26,707 (In 2020)
Official Website

The examination will be conducted in two shifts from October 6 to October 11. The first shift will be from 9 am to 12 noon and the second shift will be from 3 pm to 6 pm. The exam will be conducted in computer based (CBT) mode. There will be two papers in this test. Both the papers will have multiple choice questions.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test for Junior Professor Fellowship and Assistant Professor is conducted twice a year, usually in June and December, in universities and other higher education institutions across the country. In the year 2020, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the conduct of June examination was delayed and later NTA conducted the examination from 16 September to 18 September and 21 September to 25 September.  Due to the delay of June exam, the conduct of UGC NET December 2020 exam was also delayed. The application process for UGC NET December 2020 took place in February-March 2021.

Notice : Postponement of the UGC NET December 2020 cycle (May 2021) Examination – 20 April 2021

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2021

Candidates must apply the UGC NET after meeting the eligibility Criteria –

  • Candidates should secure at least 55% aggregate marks in post-graduation.
  • Candidates should not be more than 31 years of age in order to be eligible for JRF
  • There is no age restriction to apply for the post of Assistant Professor
  • 5% relaxation in educational qualification is given to reserved category candidates
  • A relaxation of five years in age criteria is given to reserved category candidates
  • Candidates who have cleared State Eligibility Test (SET) before June 1, 2002 are exempted from taking the UGC NET exam

How to Apply for UGC NET Application form?

NTA has declared the UGC NET 2021 application process for the merged December 2020-June 2021 cycles. Eligible candidates can apply online now for the UGC NET exam. Candidates can fill the UGC NET application form by following the given steps:

Visit the website- . You will see the link bottom of website page for UGC NET (i.e. Application Form UGC-NET December 2020 and June 2021 Cycles). Or click on the link. If candidates has already application number, they can sign in directly using application number and password. Otherwise click on New Registration link and register.

Step 1 – Register for Online Application Form and note down system generated Application Number. The candidate should supply all the details while filling the Online Application Form and is also required to create PASSWORD and choose Security Question and enter his/her Answer. After successful submission of the personal details, Application number will be generated and it will be used to complete the remaining Steps of the Application Form and will also be required for all future correspondence. For subsequent logins, candidate will be able to login directly with the respective system generated Application Number and created Password.

Step 2 – Complete the Application Form Candidate can login with the system generated Application Number and created Password for completing the Application Form.

Step 3 – Upload Scanned Images of Candidate Photograph and Candidate Signature 

  • The photograph should be recent and coloured or black/white (but clear contrast).
  • Scanned photograph and signature should be in JPG/JPEG format.
  • Size of scanned photograph should be between 10 kb to 200 kb.
  • Size of scanned signature should be between 4 kb to 30 kb.

Note : Upload the correct Photograph and Signature as the facility for correction will not be given.

Step 4 – Pay Examination Fee by Debit/Credit Card/UPI/Net Banking/PAYTM :

UGC NET Application Process

UGC NET Application Fee 2021

Category Fee Amount
General Rs. 1000/-
OBC -(NCL)/EWS Rs. 500/-
SC/ST/Person with Disabilities (PwD)/Transgender Rs. 250/-
Service Charges & GST (as applicable) will be charged extra by the Bank.

UGC NET Notification PDF Download

Aspirants can download notification PDF for UGC Net from link here.

Is UGC NET Syllabus changing every year?

No. Last revised and updated syllabus was released in 2019. After 2019, no changes are made.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

It comprises two papers containing multiple choice questions (MCQs). Aspirants need to complete both the papers in a single duration of three hours.

UGC NET Paper Number of Questions Marks
1 50 100
2 100 200
Total 150 350

UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 1

UGC NET Paper-I (General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude) is common and mandatory for all candidates. Please check the complete UGC NET Paper-I syllabus 2021 below:

UGC NET Paper-1 Units Topics
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 methods; offline vs. online methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs etc.).
  • Teaching support system: Traditional, modern and ICT based
  • Evaluation systems: Elements and types of evaluation, evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in higher education, computer based testing, innovations in evaluation systems
Unit-II: Research Aptitude
  • Research: Meaning, types, and characteristics, positivism and post-positivistic approach to research
  • Methods of research: Experimental, descriptive, historical, qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Steps of research
  • Thesis and article writing: Format and styles of referencing
  • Application of ICT in research
  • Research ethics
Unit-III: Comprehension
  • A passage of text be given. Questions to be asked from the passage to be answered
Unit-IV: Communication
  • Communication: Meaning, types and characteristics of communication
  • Effective communication: Verbal and non-verbal, inter-cultural and group communications, classroom communication
  • Barriers to effective communication
  • Mass-media and society
Unit-V: Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
  • Types of reasoning
  • Number series, letter series, codes and relationships
  • Mathematical aptitude (fraction, time & distance, ratio, proportion and percentage, profit and loss, interest and discounting, averages etc.)
Unit-VI: Logical Reasoning
  • Understanding the structure of arguments: Argument forms, structure of categorical propositions, mood and figure, formal and informal fallacies, uses of language, connotations and denotations of terms, the classical square of opposition
  • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Analogies
  • Venn diagram: Simple and multiple use for establishing validity of arguments
  • Indian Logic: Means of knowledge
  • Pramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication) and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension)
  • Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasas (fallacies of inference)
Unit-VII: Data Interpretation
  • Sources, acquisition and classification of data
  • Quantitative and qualitative data
  • Graphical representation (bar-chart, histograms, pie-chart, table-chart and line-chart) and mapping of data
  • Data interpretation
  • Data and governance
Unit-VIII: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • ICT: General abbreviations and terminology
  • Basics of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing
  • Digital initiatives in higher education
  • ICT and Governance
Unit-IX: People, Development and Environment
  • Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals
  • Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on environment
  • Environmental issues: Local, regional and global; air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, noise pollution, waste (solid, liquid, biomedical, hazardous, electronic), climate change and its socio-economic and political dimensions
  • Impacts of pollutants on human health
  • Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear and Forests
  • Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies
  • Environmental Protection Act (1986), National Action Plan on Climate Change, International agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio Summit, Convention on Biodiversity, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, International Solar Alliance
Unit-X: Higher Education System
  • Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India
  • Evolution of higher learning and research in post-independence India
  • Oriental, conventional and non-conventional learning programmes in India
  • Professional, technical and skill-based education.
  • Value education and environmental education
  • Policies, governance, and administration

UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 2

The subject for paper-II needs to be chosen by the candidate. A candidate can choose the subject of his/her post-graduation or a related subject. NTA UGC NET is conducted for total of 101 subjects.

Subject Code Subject Syllabus [in Hindi] Syllabus [in English]
01 Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics Download Download
02 Political Science Download Download
03 Philosophy Download Download
04 Psychology Download Download
05 Sociology Download Download
06 History Download Download
07 Anthropology Download Download
08 Commerce Download Download
09 Education Download Download
10 Social Work Download Download
11 Defence and Strategic Studies Download Download
12 Home Science Download Download
14 Public Administration Download Download
15 Population Studies Download Download
16 Music Download Download
17 Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management) Download Download
18 Maithili Download Download
19 Bengali Download Download
20 Hindi Download
21 Kannada Download Download
22 Malayalam Download Download
23 Oriya Download Download
24 Punjabi Download Download
25 Sanskrit Download Download
26 Tamil Download Download
27 Telugu Download Download
28 Urdu Download Download
29 Arabic Download Download
30 English Download Download
31 Linguistics Download Download
32 Chinese Download Download
33 Dogri Download Download
34 Nepali Download Download
35 Manipuri Download Download
36 Assamese Download Download
37 Gujarati Download Download
38 Marathi Download Download
39 French (French Version) Download Download
40 Spanish Download Download
41 Russian Download Download
42 Persian Download Download
43 Rajasthani Download Download
44 German Download Download
45 Japanese Download Download
46 Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education. Download Download
47 Physical Education Download Download
49 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies Download Download
50 Indian Culture Download Download
55 Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management Download Download
58 Law Download Download
59 Library and Information Science Download Download
60 Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies Download Download
62 Comparative Study of Religions Download Download
63 Mass Communication and Journalism Download Download
65 Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre Download Download
66 Museology & Conservation Download Download
67 Archaeology Download Download
68 Criminology Download Download
70 Tribal and Regional Language/Literature Download Download
71 Folk Literature Download Download
72 Comparative Literature Download Download
73 Sanskrit traditional subjects (including) Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama). Download
74 Women Studies Download Download
79 Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art) Download Download
80 Geography Download Download
81 Social Medicine & Community Health Download Download
82 Forensic Science Download Download
83 Pali Download Download
84 Kashmiri Download Download
85 Konkani Download Download
87 Computer Science and Applications Download Download
88 Electronic Science Download
89 Environmental Sciences Download
90 Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies. Download Download
91 Prakrit Download Download
92 Human Rights and Duties Download Download
93 Tourism Administration and Management. Download Download
94 Bodo Download
95 Santali Download
100 Yoga Download Download
101 Sindhi Download Download

Is there any negative marking in UGC NET 2021?

There is no negative marking for the wrong answers in UGC NET Exam.

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