UGC NET 2021: Application Form (Extended), Notification, Exam Dates & Eligibility

What is UGC NET?

The notification of this UGC-NET 2021 for the December 2020 cycle has been issued on February 2, 2021. Candidates can fill the online UGC-NET application 2021 on the official website (

This UGC NET 2021 exam will be held on May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 17 May. For UGC NET 2021, the last date for applying for candidates online has been extended till March 9 and the last date for paying the application fee is now March 10, 2021.

The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is a national level examination, in which only candidates for Assistant Professor or both juniors are selected.

This research fellowship (JRF) and to be an assistant professor in Indian universities and colleges. As of June 2018, the NET is organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on behalf of the UGC.

However, in December 2018, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has started conducting the UGC NET exam. Let us know that UGC NET Result 2020 has been released on December 1, 2020. In total, 47,157 candidates can apply for the exam.

Your application form has been released through online mode only. To know all the details about the UGC NET application form 2021, all the candidates have read this article which includes the application details, fees, eligibility, and more.

UGC NET 2021 Highlights

Exam Name (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test) 2021
Conducting Body National Testing Agency
Exam Level National
Exam Mode Online only
Exam Duration 180 minute
Exam Purpose  Selections of candidates for posts of only Assistant Professors or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor in Indian universities and college
Registered Candidates It Will be updated after the applications closed
Test-Takers It Will be released after the UGC NET 2021 exams
Exam Helpdesk No. 0120-6895200
Official Website

NTA NET Exam 2021 Notification

NTA has released important dates for the May 2021 exam. So, if you are preparing for the upcoming NET exam, all the topics have been included in this article, you should read it below.

NTA has extended the date of the UGC NET application form from 2 March 2021 to 9 March 2021. Candidates who have missed the opportunity to fill the form can fill the form again.

NTA UGC NET Exam 2021 has been conducted from May 2 to May 17, 2021.

Exam Activities UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates (Dec 2020 Session)
Online Application for UGC NET May 2021 2nd Feb 2021 to 9th March 2021 (Extended)
UGC NET 2021 Exam Date 2nd May 2021 to 17th May 2021
Declaration of Result To be announced

UGC NET 2021 Application Form – Till 9th March

Candidates can check details about UGC NET 2021 application form from the given section:

  • The applications form has been released from 2nd Feb 2021 for UGC NET 2021 Jun sessions.
  • Candidates can fill their application form through online mode. Any offlines modes will not be provided.
  • Fill in all asked details carefully including educational, personal and communication, etc. in the application form.
  • Candidates will need to fill just one form, multiple filled forms will get rejected.
  • Candidates must fill in exam city choices as per their preferences.
  • Upload scanned documents i.e. passport size photograph and signature within the JPG/ JPEG format.
  • Authority will also provide correction facilities to the candidates from 12th to 16th March 2021 for the December session.
  • Candidates can fill their application form till 9th March 2021 for the December session.
  • Take the printout of the filled application form and keep it secure for future references.

Document Required at the Time of Filling UGC NET 2021 Application Form:

  • Email address
  • Mobile number
  • Scanned passport size photograph
  • Scanned signature
  • Identification proof
  • 10+2 and graduation mark sheets
  • Copy of board or university for candidate’s name, parent’s name, and date of birth
  • NET subject code
  • Category certificate
  • EWS certificate
  • PWD certificate

Application Fee:

  • The application fees can be paid through online modes only.
  • Candidates are able to fill their application fee using debit card/ credit card/net banking or PAYTM/UPI.
  • The fees are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Candidates can check the fee structure for all category candidates in the given table:

Category Application Fee
For Generals Category Candidates Rs. 1000
For Generals- EWS/ OBC – NCL Rs. 500
FOR SC/ ST/ Transgender Category Candidates Rs. 250

UGC NET 2021 Application Form Correction

Candidates are able to make corrections in the UGC NET 2021 application form through online mode. Candidates can make corrections in the details from 12th to 16th March 2021 for December correction.

UGC NET Application Correction facility will be provided only to those candidates who have successfully paid their application fee.

Candidates can make corrections in the application form using their login credentials i.e. application number and password.

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A correction facility will be provided only one time, so you must enter the correct details. Do not forget to take the printout of the corrected application form.

UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

You must undergo UGC NET Eligibility Criteria before filling the appliance form:

  • Qualification: Candidates must have a Master’s degree or equivalent from any recognized institute/ university.
  • Age Limit: there’ll be no regulation for assistant professors. For JRF, candidates shouldn’t be quite 31 years as of 1st March 2021.
  • There will be 5 years aged relaxation for reserved category candidates (SC/ ST/ PWD/ OBC NCL and Women) and three years for LL.M. degree holders.
  • Marks Criteria: Candidates must have obtained 55% aggregate marks (50% for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates) in their qualifying examination.
  • Subjects: Candidates must have passed their examination with stream i.e. computing and applications, humanities, science, etc.
  • Appearing: Candidates who are appearing in their final year also will be eligible to use.

Important UGC NET 2021 Dates

UGC NET 2021 Exam dates have not been released yet. Check tentative UGC NET exam dates 2021 below:

UGC NET Events UGC NET Exam Dates Salient Features
Notification 2 Feb 2021 UGC NET 2021 notification was released online by NTA.
Application form 2 Feb 2021 UGC NET 2021 application window was activated with the notification.
Application Closing 3 Mar 2021 09-Mar-2021 The UGC NET 2021 application process has now been extended till March 9, 2021.
Admit card April 2021(Tentative) UGC NET admit card 2021 will be released on the official website of the exam as per the prescribed schedule.
UGC NET exam 2-17 May 2021 UGC NET 2021 Exam will be conducted from May 2 to 17 at the designated exam centers.
Provisional answer key May 2021(Tentative) Provisional UGC NET answer key 2021 will be released soon after the exam.
Final answer key and cutoff June 2021(Tentative) UGC NET final answer key and cutoff 2021 will be released on the official website as per the prescribed schedule.
Result July 2021(Tentative) UGC NET 2021 result is expected to be announced on the official website in July.

How to Check UGC NET Result 2021?

UGC NET result out

Candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to check the result for UGC NET 2020 exam

Direct link to check the UGC NET result 2021 

Step 1: Visit the official website of the exam –

Step 2: Click the link, View Result.

Step 3: Enter the details:

  • Application number
  • Date of birth
  • Security pin as shown in the images

Step 4: Clicks on the Submits buttons.

Step 5: Downloads the UGC NET scorecard 2020.

How to Download UGC NET Admit Card 2021?

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to download admit card for the UGC NET exam:


Step 1: Visit the official website of UGC NET –

Step 2: Click on the Download Admit Card tab/option.

Step 3: Enter the below-mentioned details:

  • Application number
  • Date of birth 
  • Security pin as visible on the screen

Step 4: Click on the Submit button.

Step 5: View, download and print the UGC NET admit card.

How to apply for UGC NET 2021

Here candidates can check the complete procedure about how to fill UGC NET 2021 application form:

  • Visits the official website 
  • Clicks on the ‘Fill online application form’ button.
  • After that click on the ‘New registrations’ tabs.
  • Fill in basic details i.e. name, email ID, and working mobile number, and click on the ‘submit’ button.
  • A message will be sent to your registered email ID regarding login credentials.
  • Login using login credentials i.e. application number and password.
  • Fill in details carefully including educational, personal i.e. qualifications, address, and others.
  • Select four exam cities as per your preferences.
  • After filling in all the details click n the ‘submit’ tab.
  • Now go through the upload documents link.
  • Upload all necessary documents i.e. scanned passport size photograph and signature in JPG/ JPEG format.
  • A photograph should be uploaded in between 10 kb to 200 kb size and the signature size must be between 4 kb to 30 kb.
  • After uploading all documents click on the ‘save and proceed’ button.
  • Now pay the application fee through online mode using a debit card or credit card.
  • After successful payments verify & recheck all details carefully.
  • Take the printout of the filled application form (confirmation page) for future references.

UGC NET 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

National Testing Agency issues an advisory stating some guidelines for UGC NET aspirants. All candidates are recommended to read the advisory and instructions mentioned on the admit card carefully.

Candidates can also go through the instructions given below for better clarity.

What to carry on exam day?

UGC NET 2021 is a computer-based test and candidates are given a pen/pencil and blank sheets for rough work. However, candidates are still advised to carry a pen/pencil to the exam center to avoid any last-minute hassle.

What NOT to carry on exam day?

  • The UGC NET aspirants are not allowed to carry any instrument, metallic item, or electronic gadgets/devices to the exam hall. It may be noted that there might also not be any provision for the safekeeping of candidates’ valuables. Things that are strictly prohibited insides the exams hall includes:
Any kind of paper/stationery/textual material (printed or written material) Handbag/purse
Geometry/pencil box Eatables and water (loose or packed)
Mobile phone/ear phone/microphone/pager Watch
Calculator DocuPen
Slide rules Log tables
Camera Tape recorder

UGC NET Result percentage

The result’s the result of your preparation and that they assist you to decide the trail to your goal. For the right idea and to strategize the preparation, you ought to check the previous year’s cut-off marks because it will assist you to line your target for the exam.

Note – NTA has declared the June 2020 Exam Result on 1st December 2020. Below, you’ll check the NTA NET June 2020 stop marks for the unreserved category: –

NET Subjects Cut off marks percentage for Assistant Professor only Cut off marks percentage for JRF & Assistant Professor
Economics 62.67 70.00
Education 58.00 67.33
Human Rights and Duties 66.00 72.00
Political Science 60.00 68.00
Management 56.67 64.67
Commerce 95.63 99.35
Geography 60.67 68.00
English 98.29 99.74
Library Science 52.67 58.00
Sociology 61.33 70.00
Law 62.00 69.33
Computer Science 54.67 63.33

Eduncle has also given the complete cut-off for other categories along with step by step procedure to check the result on UGC NTA NET Cut Off Marks and UGC NET Results blog.

Overview of UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

UGC NET exams comprise two papers (paper-I and -II) containing multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Candidates need to complete both the papers in the duration of a single of three hours.

UGC NET Paper Number of Questions Marks
I 50 100
II 100 200
Total 150 350

Check complete UGC NET exam pattern.

UGC NET Syllabus for Paper-I

UGC NET Papers-I (General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude) is commons and mandatory for all candidates. Checks the complete UGC NET exam Paper-I syllabus 2021 below:

UGC NET Paper-I Units UGC NET Paper-I 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 associated with Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment, and Institution
  • Methods of teaching in institutions of upper learning: Teacher-centered vs. learner-centered methods; offline vs. online methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs, etc.).
  • Teaching support system: Traditional, modern, and ICT based
    Evaluation systems: Elements and kinds of evaluation, evaluation in Choice
  • The base system in 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 designs of referencing
  • Application of ICT in research
  • Research ethics

Unit-III: Comprehension
  • A passage of text is givens. 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 a reasoning
  • Numbers series, letters series, codes, & relationships
  • Mathematics aptitude (fraction, time & distance, ratio, proportion and percentage, profits and loss, interest & discounting, averages, etc.)

Unit-VI: Logical Reasoning
  • Understands the structure of arguments: Arguments forms, the structures of categorical propositions, moods & figure, formal and informal fallacies, uses of language, connotations, & denotations of terms, a classical square of opposition
  • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning
  • The Analogies
  • Venn diagrams: Simply and multiples use for establishing the validity of arguments
  • Indians Logic: Means of pieces 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 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 the 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 & their impacts on the 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 & political dimensions
  • Impacts of pollutants on human healths
  • Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear, and Forests
  • Natural hazards & 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 & education in ancient India
  • Evolution of higher learning and research in post-independence India
  • Oriental, conventional and non-conventional learning programs in Indias
  • Professional, technicals & skill-based education.
  • Value education and environmental education
  • Policies, governance, & administrations

Best UGC NET Books for Paper-I Preparation

Go through the list of important books recommended by toppers for preparation of UGC NET paper-I below:

UGC NET Paper-I Book Author
Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper I M Gagan and Sajit Kumar
NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF Paper I: Teaching and Research Aptitude by Pearson KVS Madaan
General Paper-1 UGC NET/JRF/SLET – Teaching & Research Aptitude Arihant Experts
Upkar’s UGC-NET/JRF/SET Teaching And Research Aptitude (General Paper – I) Dr. Lal Jain and Dr. KC Vashistha

UGC NET Exam Pattern Overview

UGC NET exam pattern 2021 is going to be released by National Testing Agency (NTA) alongside the discharge of the Overview.

Till December 2018, the UGC NET exam pattern was such the test consisted of two papers (Paper I, II) that were conducted in two different sessions. Candidates had to finish both the papers (Paper I, II) during a duration of 1 and two hours, respectively.

However, in June 2019, NTA changed the UGC NET exam pattern as per which candidates now need to give both the papers during a single three-hour duration.

Before elaborating on the UGC NET exam pattern, allow us to have a glance at the main highlights of both the papers of the exam.

Particulars UGC NET Paper-I Highlights UGC NET Paper-II Highlights
Exam mode Online Online
Exam duration 3 hours (180 minutes)
Type of paper Common for all candidates Subject-specific questions
Total questions 50 100
Type of questions MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option
Total marks 100 200
Marking scheme +2 for the correct answer

0 for an incorrect answer

+2 for the correct answer

0 for an incorrect answer

Language of paper English and Hindi English and Hindi

UGC NET Exam Pattern and Time 2021

As mentioned above, UGC NET may be a web exam conducted as a Computer-Based Test (CBT). The exam contains two papers that candidates need to complete during a duration of three hours.

Both paper-I and -II contain objective-type questions and it’s mandatory for candidates to aim questions from both papers.

UGC NET Paper Number of Questions Total Marks
I 50 100
II 100 200
Total 150 350

The first step towards the preparation of any exam is knowing its structure. The NTA conducts the UGC NET Exam twice a year (in June and December month) in two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Paper 1 is predicated on General Paper while Paper 2 may be a subject-specific exam (for the topic that you simply choose during the shape filling process).

The UGC NET Paper Pattern for both General Paper 1 and Paper 2 is given below –

NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 Paper 1 Paper 2
Type of Papers Common for all subjects Subject-based paper
Type of Questions

MCQ (Multiple choices with a single correct answer)

No. of Questions 50 100
Marking Weightage 100 (2 marks of each question) 200 (2 marks of each question)
Total Time

3 hours (180 minutes)

Questions Based on Topics General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude Subject related topics
Exam Mode

Online (Without any break)

Marking Scheme

No negative marking

UGC NET Pattern for Paper 2

Paper-II may be a subject-based paper that consists of 100 MCQ-type questions (multiple choices with one correct answer), each consisting of two marks.

The NTA UGC NET Paper-II covers the whole syllabus of the master’s degree subject selected by the candidates. And to qualify for the exam, you want to have deep knowledge of your chosen subject.

Here is that the marking scheme and duration for Paper 1 and Paper 2:

Marking in the Exam UGC NET Total Marks Number of Questions Duration
Paper-I 100 50 3 hours (180 minutes)

without any break

(Shift 1: 9.00 AM – 12.00 PM; Shift 2: 3.00 PM – 6.00 PM)

Paper-II 200 100
Total 300 150

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