UGC NET Exam Pattern

National Eligibility Test or NET is a national level exam conducted by NTA. The entire procedure will be conducted in online mode only. National Eligibility Test is one of the most important and well-known entrance examinations. The exam is conducted for the Junior Research Fellowship or Assistant Professor Posts for Indian citizens. CBSE conducts UGC NET in 84 subjects at 91 selected cities spread across the country. The exam will be conducted in a single window. Candidates should check the exam pattern carefully before they go to give the exam. They can take a reference to the important books given at the end of this article to prepare.

UGC NET Exam Pattern

  • Paper-I shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions.
  • The questions which will be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate.
  • It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.
  • Paper-II shall consist of 100 objective type compulsory questions.
  • The questions will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.
  • Each question in both the papers will be carrying 2 marks.
Paper Number of Questions Marks Duration
I 50 questions (all compulsory) 100 1 hour
II 100 questions (all compulsory) 200 2 hours

Duration and Shift

Paper Duration Shift
1 1 hour Shift 1: 9.30 am – 10.30 am
Shift 2: 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm
2 2 hours Shift 1: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Shift 2: 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Marking Scheme

Type of Situation Marks Allocated
Correct Answer + 2 marks
Incorrect Answer 0 mark
Unanswered 0 mark

Minimum Marks Required

Category Paper-I Paper-II
General 40 marks (40%) 80 marks (40%)
OBC-NCL/PwD/SC/ST 35 marks (35%) 70 marks (35%)

For more details about CBSE UGC NET Exam Pattern, you may access the official website.

Syllabus for Paper I

Teaching Aptitude

Nature and objectives of Teaching Factors affecting teaching
Basic requirements of Teaching Methods of teaching
Teaching Characteristics Teaching Aids
Learner’s characteristics Evaluation systems

Research Aptitude

Meaning of Research Research Ethics
Characteristics and types of Research Characteristics of Thesis writing
Steps of research Format of Thesis writing
Methods of research Paper, article, workshop, seminar, conference and symposium

Reading Comprehension and Communication

  • A passage to be set with questions to be answered
  • Communication Nature, characteristics, types, barriers and effective classroom communication
  • Reasoning (Including Mathematical)
  • Number series, letter series, codes, Relationships, classification

Logical Reasoning

Word analogy Understanding the structure of arguments,
Applied analogy Deductive and inductive reasoning
Verbal classification Simple diagrammatic relationship, multi-diagrammatic relationship
Venn diagram Analytical Reasoning

Data Interpretation

Sources, acquisition Quantitative data
Interpretation of data Qualitative data
Graphical representation Mapping of data

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • General abbreviations and terminology
  • ICT: Meaning, Advantages, Disadvantages and Uses
  • Basics of internet and e-mailing

People and Environment

Sources of pollution People and environment interaction
Natural hazards Pollutants and their impact on human life
Mitigation The exploitation of natural and energy resources

Higher Education System

Value education Institutions and their interactions
Governance Structure of the institutions for higher learning and research in India
Polity and administration Formal and distance education
Concept Professional/technical and general education

Important Books for UGC NET Exam Pattern

  • UGC NET/SET Paper 1 by McGraw Hill Education; Second edition
  • Trueman’s UGC NET/SLET General Paper I by M. Gagan (Author), Sajit Kumar
  • CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madaan
  • UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude by Arihant express
  • CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research Aptitude by Dr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial Board

38 thoughts on “UGC NET Exam Pattern”

  1. hello, sir my name is sanjeev arora i am in final year exam in june 2016 of from ignou please tell me i will qulifiy for net exam i am 29 year old and my phone number is 9810219659

  2. sir, i m clear about the syllabus for paper1 and paper2 but have doubt about the syllabus for paper3 as there are 4 electives and we have to choose one of them although the question paper comes same for everyone so is it necessary to study other three remaining electives

  3. I completed my in Computer science, can I eligible for these net exam. If eligible means please send the exam syllabus.

  4. hi sir/mam ! Here is Dr Asraf and done master in hospital and healthcare administration.
    Please tell me that I am eligible for ugc net in the field of public health /community medicine

  5. Hello, sir my name is Swati Chatterjee. My M.A. Part II Examination finished this month . I done this from Kalyani university Distance Course, can I eligible for NET examination in December,2016?

  6. Hi… I have completed M.Com (BP &CG) with 58% from IGNOU and got the exemption of 1 year….Am I eligible to apply for net exam

  7. Sir i have completed my post graduation in 2015..
    am i eligible to sit in the examination hall.. ??
    kindly reply

  8. Sir,I have finished MBA (HR and mrktg) .I want net exam syllabus and good books for exam preparation.pls suggest me and reply to my mail id.

  9. dear sir
    i am student of subject history for net please book choosing help me and my mobile no 9889989646

  10. sir i have done ma english 56 % can i apply ugc net

    and i know about study material and which book best for preparation for study of ugc exam

  11. Hello Sir,
    As per you provided the dates of online application form for UGC NET july 2017, I am not getting the link.
    Is it starts or not? Please tell me..please reply

  12. Sir I completed M.Com with 72% I wrote NET examination 2times.So please tell me sir any restrictions to write exam.
    And how many times I apply to the NET Exam

  13. Sir I completed M.Com with 72% I wrote NET examination 2times.So please tell me sir any restrictions to write exam.
    And how many times I apply to the NET Exam.


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