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UGC NET exam is a national-level exam conducted to test the eligibility of Indian nationals for Assistant Professors’ jobs only or for Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for Assistant Professors’ jobs in Indian Universities and colleges. This article is for all those individuals looking for detailed and updated information on UGC NET, the admission process, eligibility, and more.  

An Important update: UGC National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) – June 2020 will be conducted from 16th-18th September 2020 and 21st-25th September 2020, as per Public Notice dated 20-08-2020.

Some facts you must know:

  • The candidate’s performance in both the papers of NET exam determines his/her entitlement of JRF award and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both.
  • Candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for the award of JRF.
  • The recruitment of candidates qualifying the Test of eligibility for Assistant Professor will be governed and regulated by the concerned colleges/ states governments and universities.

What is UGC NET?

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test or UGC NET is a college/university Teaching & Fellowship Exam. It is conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian Nationals for the position of Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor both in Indian Universities and colleges.  

UGC NET is now conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA)and is usually conducted twice a year.

The candidates with at least 55% marks in Master’s degree or equivalent examination from university/ institution recognized by UGC are eligible to apply for UGC NET. To read about the UGC NET exam eligibility criteria in detail, jump on to the next section.

UGC NET Exam Eligibility

  • A minimum of 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from UGC recognized universities/ institutions in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science, etc. are eligible to apply for UGC NET.
  • Candidates belonging to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) non-creamy layer/ Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) or Persons with Disability, who have secured at least 50% marks in Master’s degree or equivalent exam are eligible to apply for UGC NET.
  • Candidates whose results for Master’s degree final examinations are awaited or who are still pursuing their Master’s degree are also eligible for UGC NET provided they pass their respective degree with at least 55% marks and within two years from the date of the NET result.
  • Candidates belonging to the third gender are also eligible to the qualification criteria for SC/ ST/ PwD categories i.e. relaxation in fee, age, and qualification criteria.
  • For candidates whose Master’s level exam dated 19th September 1991 are also eligible for a relaxation of 5% aggregate in qualification marks.
  • Candidates are required to appear for UGC NET in the subject of their Master’s Degree only. If the subject isn’t mentioned in the list, candidates can opt for the related subject for the exam.

Top 100 Universities in India Accepting UGC NET Score

As per the NIRF 2020 ranking, following is the list of top 100 Universities in India that accept the UGC NET score for admission to their various doctoral and postdoctoral courses:

  1. Indian Institute of Science
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru University
  3. Banaras Hindu University
  4. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  5. Jadavpur University
  6. University of Hyderabad
  7. Calcutta University
  8. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  9. Savitribai Phule Pune University
  10. Jamia Millia Islamia
  11. University of Delhi
  12. Anna University
  13. Bharathiar University
  14. Homi Bhabha National Institute
  15. Birla Institute of Technology & Science
  16. Vellore Institute of Technology
  17. Aligarh Muslim University
  18. Institute of Chemical Technology
  19. Andhra University
  20. Siksha `O` Anusandhan
  21. Jamia Hamdard
  22. University of Madras
  23. Kerala University
  24. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
  25. Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy
  26. Panjab University
  27. Mysore University
  28. Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education And Research
  29. Osmania University
  30. Mahatma Gandhi University
  31. Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  32. King George`s Medical University
  33. JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research
  34. Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  35. S. R. M. Institute of Science and Technology
  36. Alagappa University
  37. Amity University Noida
  38. Sri Venkateswara University
  39. Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology
  40. Tezpur University
  41. KoneruLakshmaiah Education Foundation University
  42. Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences
  43. Symbiosis International
  44. Gujarat University
  45. Delhi Technological University
  46. Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth
  47. Gauhati University
  48. University of Kashmir
  49. North Eastern Hill University
  50. Visva Bharati
  51. Guru Nanak Dev University
  52. University of Jammu
  53. Bharathidasan University
  54. Calicut University
  55. Banasthali Vidyapith
  56. Shiv Nadar University
  57. SVKM`s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  58. Pondicherry University
  59. Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research
  60. Madurai Kamaraj University
  61. Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences
  62. Cochin University of Science and Technology
  63. Bharati Vidyapeeth
  64. Punjabi University
  65. Mumbai University
  66. Birla Institute of Technology
  67. Mizoram University
  68. Bangalore University
  69. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University
  70. KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research
  71. Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management
  72. Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Higher Education
  73. Kuvempu University
  74. NITTE
  75. Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
  76. Maharshi Dayanand University
  77. Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth
  78. Lovely Professional University
  79. International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad
  80. Visvesvaraya Technological University
  81. Goa University
  82. Dayalbagh Educational Institute
  83. Periyar University
  84. Dibrugarh University
  85. Jain University
  86. Yenepoya University
  87. Central University of Punjab
  88. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Mahatma Gandhi Medical College Campus
  89. Kalyani University
  90. Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences
  91. The Gandhigram Rural Institute
  92. The University of Burdwan
  93. Maharishi Markandeshwar
  94. Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology
  95. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
  96. Utkal University
  97. Graphic Era University
  98. Chettinad Academy of Research and Education
  99. Kurukshetra University
  100. Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology & Research

UGC NET Selection Criteria

To be eligible for awards of JRF or Assistant Professor or both, students need to qualify and clear the UGC NET Exam. The exam comprises of two papers: Paper I and Paper II. UGC NET exam is a Computer Based Test (CBT). Both the papers consist of objective type, multiple choice based questions.

Take a look at the info graphic to know more details about the NET exam:

UGC NET Exam
UGC NET Exam
  • Paper I and Paper II have a cumulative time duration of a total of three hours. Usually, the first shift starts from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and the Second Shift starts from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
  • Paper I consists of a total of 50 questions of 100 marks. Two marks each for the correct answer and no negative marking for incorrect answer.
  • Paper-II consists of a total of 100 questions comprising of 200 marks. Two marks each for the correct answer and no negative marking for incorrect answer.
  • All the 150 questions are of objective type, multiple choice based questions.

NET Exam Application Form

Step 1- To fill the UGC NET Exam application form, visit the official website, and apply for UGC NET online. Fill up the registration form and download the information brochure. Once done students must read the brochure thoroughly and fill up the personal information on the web portal.

Step 2- After successfully filling the details, the next step is to fill the UGC NET Exam application form. Students must fill their personal details like name, father’s name, and important educational information.

Step 3- Includes uploading images and signature to the application form.

Step 4- Students are required to complete the application from by paying UGC NET application fee. For General category the application fee is Rs 1000; for General- EWS/ OBC- NCL- Rs 500 and; for SC/ ST/ PwD / Transgender- Rs 250.

Step 5- On successful payment of application fee, students can download the confirmation page and keep a print out of the same for future references.

UGC NET Syllabus

  • UGC NET Paper 1 evaluates a candidate’s teaching and research aptitude. The potential Candidates must possess possess and represent cognitive abilities, which include comprehension, analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning. Canidates must also hold fundamental understanding of teaching and learning processes in higher education system.
  • UGC NET Paper 2 is based on the subject chosen by the candidate. This paper evaluates the candidate’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in the respective subject.
  • NTA UGC NET is conducted for a total of 81 subjects.

UGC NET exam comprises of two papers as we discussed above. So let us now understand the NET Syllabus for both of these papers one by one.

UGC NET Paper- I

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 centered vs. Learner-centered methods; Off-line vs. On-line 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-I of UGC NET Paper 1
Unit-II Research Aptitude
Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism, and Postpositivistic 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-II of UGC NET Paper I
Unit-III Comprehension
A passage of text is given. Questions are 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, the structure of categorical propositions, Mood and Figure, Formal and Informal fallacies, Uses of language, Connotations, and denotations of terms, Classical square of opposition
Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning
Analogies
Venn diagram: Simple and multiple uses for establishing the 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
ICT: General abbreviations and terminology
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 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 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 programs in India
Value education and environmental education
Professional, Technical and Skill-Based education
Policies, Governance, and Administration

UGC NET Paper-II

List of subject options in Paper-II:

  1. Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics
  2. Political Science
  3. Philosophy
  4. Psychology
  5. Sociology
  6. History
  7. Anthropology
  8. Commerce
  9. Education
  10. Social Work
  11. Defense and Strategic Studies
  12. Home Science
  13. Public Administration
  14. Population Studies
  15. Music
  16. Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./ Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./ Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./ Financial Mgt./ Co-operative Management)
  17. Maithili
  18. Bengali
  19. Hindi
  20. Kannada
  21. Malayalam
  22. Oriya
  23. Punjabi
  24. Sanskrit
  25. Tamil Telugu
  26. Urdu
  27. Arabic
  28. English
  29. Linguistics
  30. Chinese
  31. Dogri
  32. Nepali
  33. Manipuri
  34. Assamese
  35. Gujarati
  36. Marathi
  37. French (French Version)
  38. Spanish
  39. Russian
  40. Persian
  41. Rajasthani
  42. German
  43. Japanese
  44. Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/Non-Formal Education
  45. Physical Education
  46. Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
  47. Indian Culture
  48. Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management
  49. Law Library and Information Science
  50. Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies
  51. Comparative Study of Religions
  52. Mass Communication and Journalism
  53. Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre
  54. Museology & Conservation
  55. Archaeology
  56. Criminology
  57. Tribal and Regional Language/Literature
  58. Folk Literature
  59. Comparative Literature
  60. 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)
  61. Women Studies
  62. Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)
  63. Geography
  64. Social Medicine & Community Health
  65. Forensic Science
  66. Pali
  67. Kashmiri
  68. Konkani
  69. Computer Science and Applications
  70. Electronic Science
  71. Environmental Sciences
  72. 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
  73. Prakrit
  74. Human Rights and Duties
  75. Tourism
  76. Administration and Management
  77. Bodo
  78. Santali
  79. Yoga
  80. Sindhi

Outlines of UGC NET Paper-II

Take a look at the syllabus of some of the subjects in UGC NET Paper II:

Subject: English
Unit– I : Drama
Unit- II: Poetry
Unit- III: Fiction, short story
Unit– IV: Non-Fictional Prose
Unit– V: Language: Basic concepts, theories, and pedagogy. English in Use.
Unit– VI: English in India: history, evolution, and futures
Unit– VII: Cultural Studies
Unit– VIII: Literary Criticism
Unit– IX: Literary Theory post World War II
Unit– X: Research Methods and Materials in English
UGC NET Syllabus for English
Subject: POLITICAL SCIENCE
Unit – 1: Political Theory
Unit – 2: Political Thought
Unit – 3: Indian Political Thought
Unit – 4: Comparative Political Analysis
Unit – 5: International Relations
Unit – 6: India’s Foreign Policy
Unit – 7: Political Institutions in India
Unit – 8: Political Processes in India
Unit – 9: Public Administration
Unit – 10: Governance and Public Policy in India
UGC NET Syllabus for Political Science
Subject: Commerce
Unit 1: Business Environment and International Business
Unit 2: Accounting and Auditing
Unit 3: Business Economics
Unit 4: Business Finance
Unit 5: Business Statistics and Research Methods
Unit 6: Business Management and Human Resource Management
Unit 7: Banking and Financial Institutions
Unit 8: Marketing Management
Unit 9: Legal Aspects of Business
Unit 10: Income-tax and Corporate Tax Planning
UGC NET Syllabus for Commerce
Subject: Psychology
Emergence of Psychology
Research Methodology and Statistics: Research: Meaning, Purpose, and Dimensions
Psychological testing
The biological basis of behavior: Sensory systems: General and specific sensations, receptors and processes
Attention, Perception, Learning, Memory, and Forgetting
Theoretical perspectives on thought processes
Determinants of personality: Biological and socio-cultural
Nature, scope, and history of social psychology
Issues of Gender, Poverty, Disability, and Migration: Cultural bias and discrimination
UGC NET Syllabus for Psychology
Subject: Computer Science and Applications
Unit – 1: Discrete Structures and Optimization
Unit – 2: Computer System Architecture
Unit – 3: Programming Languages and Computer Graphics
Unit – 4: Database Management Systems
Unit – 5: System Software and Operating System
Unit – 6: Software Engineering
Unit – 7: Data Structures and Algorithms
Unit – 8: Theory of Computation and Compilers
Unit – 9: Data Communication and Computer Networks
Unit – 10: Artificial Intelligence (AI)
UGC NET Syllabus for Computer Science and Applications

In Conclusion

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