University Grants Commission (UGC), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET). UGC NET is conducted twice a year in order to select candidates for only Assistant Professor or both Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor in Indian universities and colleges. As per latest media reports, from 2018 onwards UGC NET will be conducted once a year.
It may be noted that candidates qualifying for Assistant Professor post will not be considered for award of JRF. “Candidates appearing in NET should clearly specify in the application form whether they are applying for both JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor or only for eligibility for Assistant Professor”, informs the official website.
CBSE UGC NET exam pattern is such that it is conducted in three sessions wherein candidates need to appear for three different papers. JRF and Assistant Professor/ Assistant Professor positions are given to candidates basis their performance in all the three papers. However, it may be noted that only 6% of the candidates clearing UGC NET exam are declared eligible for the post of Assistant Professor. Also, the reservation policy for SC, ST, OBC, and PwD candidates is applied to this 6%.
a) Accounting and Finance
c) Human Resource Management
d) International Business
Scheme of the Test
The Test will consist of three papers.
Paper - I will consist of 60 multiple choice questions of two mark each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any 50 questions. The paper shall be of general nature intended to assess the teaching / research aptitude of the candidate. It is designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension and divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated. Total Marks of Paper-I will be 100.
Paper-II will consist of 50 objective type questions, of 2 marks each, all of which are compulsory, based on the subject selected by the candidate. The candidates will have to mark their response for each question on the answer sheet attached at the end of the test booklet. Total Marks of Paper-II will be 100.
Paper-III will consist of 75 objective type questions, of 2 marks each, all of which are compulsory, based on the subject selected by the candidate. The candidates will have to mark their response for each question on the answer sheet attached at the end of the test booklet. Total Marks of Paper-III will be 150.
ALL QUESTIONS OF PAPER - II & PAPER - III WILL BE COMPULSORY, COVERING THE ENTIRE SYLLABUS. (INCLUDING ALL ELECTIVES WITHOUT OPTIONS).
The candidates are required to obtain minimum marks separately in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III as given below:
||Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
||67.5 (45%) rounded off to 68
There will be no negative marking in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III.
Only such candidates who obtain the minimum required marks in each Paper, separately, as mentioned above, will be considered for final preparation of result.
However, the final qualifying criteria for Junior Research Fellowship(JRF) and eligibility for Lecturership shall be decided by UGC before declaration of result.
The test will consist of three Papers of only objective type questions and will be held on the day of Examination in two separate sessions as under:
||1hr & 15 min. (9.30 am to 10.45 am)
||1hr & 15 min. (10.45 am to 12.00 noon)
||2hrs & 30 min. (1.30 pm to 4.00 pm)
Candidates qualifying for the award of Junior Research Fellowships will be eligible to receive fellowship under various schemes subject to finding their placement in the University / IITs / Other National Organisations.
The validity of the offer is two year w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF award letter. However, in case the candidate has already joined M.Phil / Ph.D., the date of commencement of fellowship will be from the date of declaration of examination result or date of joining, whichever is later.