UGC NET 2021: Admit Card, Dates, Application Form, Syllabus, Pattern, Updates & Result


National Testing Agency (NTA) has postponed UGC-NET May Session (December 2020 cycle) due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

UGC NET exam is conducted twice a year. However, in the year 2020 due to the pandemic, the December 2020 session was postponed. It is now scheduled to be conducted in May 2021. UGC NET is a national level entrance test that will be organized by NTA. Through the UGC NET exam, the eligibility will be determined for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) & Assistant Professor and for Assistant Professor only. Candidates who will successfully qualify for the test will be considered for recruitment as Assistant Professor or JRF in Indian Universities and Colleges. The application process for the May 2021 session (December 2020 cycle) starts from 2nd February 2021 and will continue till 9th March 2021. In this article, we have provided complete details related to UGC NET 2021 application form, exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, etc.

Every year, the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is conducted to select the eligible candidates for the post of Assistant Professor and the award of Junior Research Fellowship. As per a recent announcement by the HRD Ministry, the examination will now be conducted by the newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA).

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UGC NET 2021 Latest Updates –

  • National Testing Agency (NTA) has postponed UGC-NET May Session (December 2020 cycle). The revised exam schedule will be announced later.
  • Download UGC Net 2021 (December session) admit card from 15th April. UGC NET Hall ticket can be downloaded from the official NTA website.
  • The last date for application submission is 9th March 2021.
  • The online application process for the May 2021 (December 2020 cycle) exam has started on the official website from 2nd February 2021 onwards. 
  • The computer-based test is scheduled to be held from 2nd to 17th May 2021.

NTA UGC NET 2021 Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

National Eligibility Test

Conducting Authority

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Official Website

Exam Type

National level

Paper Language

Hindi and English

Type of Questions

 Objective Type Questions

Mode of Exam


Marking Scheme

2 marks for every correct answer. No negative marking.

Exam Date

For May session (December 2020 cycle) - 2nd to 7th, 10th to 12th, 14th, and 17th May 2021 (Postponed)

UGC NET 2021 Notification –

UGC NET 2021 will tentatively be held in the month of June 2021 and in December 2021 through online CBT mode. However, there is no information on the 2021 exam yet. The exam which is being conducted in May 2021 is for the December 2020 cycle. Interested candidates must keep an eye on the official website for further updates.

Available Application Forms

UGC NET Exam 2021 Important Dates

UGC NET 2021 (May Session - December 2020 Cycle)

As mentioned above, the December 2020 session (postponed due to the pandemic), is scheduled to be held in May. The important dates for the same are as under:

Exam Events

Important Dates (Tentative)

Registration process begins

2nd February 2021

Last date of application submission

9th March 2021 (Extended)

Application correction window

5th to 9th March 2021

Admit Card Availability

15th April 2021

UGC NET May exam date

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, and 17th May 2021 (Postponed)

Provisional answer key

May 2021

Final answer key

June 2021

Result declaration

July 2021

UGC NET 2021 (December Session) 

As per the official notification released by NTA, here are the important dates for various UGC NET exam events:

Exam Events

Important Dates (Tentative)

Registration process begins

September 2021

Last date of registration

October 2021

Admit Card Availability

November 2021

UGC NET December exam

December 2021

Result declaration

January 2022

UGC NET 2021 Time Schedule For Candidates

The May 2021 (December 2020 cycle) exam will be held in two shifts per day - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 3:00-6:00 PM. Given below is the time schedule for both the shifts of the UGC NET exam:

UGC NET Exam Events

UGC NET Exam timings for Shift-1

UGC NET Exam timings for Shift-2

Timing of examination

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

3:00-6:00 PM

Entry into the examination center

7:00-8:00 AM

01:00-2:00 PM

Entry in the examination hall/ room

8:15-8:30 AM

2:15-2:30 PM

Instructions by the invigilators

8:45-8:55 AM

2:45-2:55 PM

Test commences

9:00 AM

3:00 PM

Test concludes

12:00 PM

6:00 PM

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UGC NET Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

UGC NET 2021 exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) through the computer-based mode. Here is the detailed pattern for the exam:

Latest UGC NET Exam 2021 Pattern -

NTA has introduced a minor change in the UGC NET 2021 exam. Both the papers will be conducted in a single session of three hours. Earlier, there used to be a 30-minutes break between both the papers. Here is the new exam pattern:


Number of Questions



I (Teaching/Research Aptitude)

50 questions (all compulsory)


3 Hours

II (Subject Paper)

100 questions (all compulsory)


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Paper-I consists of 50 questions on teaching/research aptitude, reasoning ability, divergent thinking, comprehension and general awareness.

  • Unit-I: Teaching Aptitude
  • Unit-II: Research Aptitude
  • Unit-III: Comprehension
  • Unit-IV: Communication
  • Unit-V: Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude
  • Unit-VI: Logical Reasoning
  • Unit-VII: Data Interpretation
  • Unit-VIII: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Unit-IX: People, Development and Environment
  • Unit-X Higher Education System

Paper-II consists of 100 objective type questions of 2 marks each based on the subject selected by the candidates.

UGC NET Syllabus 2021

The University Grants Commission has updated the syllabus for the UGC NET exam and the same has been circulated through a Public Notice uploaded on the official NTA NET website. The notice states,

“The University Grants Commission has updated the syllabus of all NET subjects (including Paper-I on General Awareness). The updated syllabus of UGC-NET (applicable for upcoming exams from June 2019 onwards) is available on UGC-NET website -”

We have compiled the UGC NET 2021 Syllabus in one place for aspirants’ convenience.

Paper I or General Paper is common for all the candidates. Candidates are first required to appear in Paper I and then in Paper-II which is their subject paper. The syllabus for General Paper I include topics related to Teaching and Research Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, Mathematical Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, etc.

Here is the official UGC NET Syllabus for some of the popular UGC NET subjects (paper II):

UGC NET 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

The National Testing Agency issues an advisory stating some guidelines for the UGC NET candidates. All participants 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.

Things to Carry On The Exam Day ​✔️️​​

UGC NET 2020 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 centre to avoid any last-minute hassle.

Things Not To Carry On The Exam Day 

UGC NET aspirants are not allowed to carry any 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 inside the exam hall include:

  • Any kind of paper/stationery/textual material (printed or written material)
  • Handbag/purse
  • Geometry/pencil box
  • Eatables and water (loose or packed)
  • Mobile phone/earphone/microphone/pager
  • Watch
  • Calculator
  • DocuPen
  • Slide rules
  • Log tables
  • Camera
  • Tape recorder

Diabetic students are allowed to carry some eatables like sugar tablets, fruit and transparent water bottle to the exam hall. However, such candidates are not allowed to carry any packed food like chocolates, candy and sandwich.

Documents Required To Carry At The Exam Venue

Important documents that candidates need to carry at UGC NET exam centre 2021 are:

  1. Admit card: Candidates need to carry a clear printout downloaded UGC NET admit card from the NTA website.  
  2. Passport size photo: They need to carry one passport size photograph preferably the same as uploaded on the application form.
  3. ID proof: Carry a valid and original photo ID proof such as PAN card/driving license/voter ID card/passport/Aadhaar Card (with the photograph)/e-Aadhaar/Ration Card to the test centre.

PwD certificate: Candidates who wish to claim relaxation under the PwD category must carry their PwD certificate issued by the competent authority.

UGC NET Exam 2021 Eligibility

Eligibility for UGC NET 2021 for the candidates belonging to different categories is explained below:

Educational Qualification:

  • A candidate should have a Master’s Degree from a recognised University or Institution of India.
  • He/ she should have a minimum aggregate of 55% marks. However, a candidate belonging to the Reserved category (SC/ST/OBC/PWD) should have a minimum score of 50% marks.
  • Relaxation of 5% marks is given to the candidates who have qualified their Masters by 19th September 1991
  • Candidates who are appearing in their final year exams are also eligible to apply.

UGC NET Age Limit:

For JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) -

  • Age Limit – The candidate should not be more than 30 years of age. However, for the May 2021 exam, the JRF age limit has been increased to 31 years.

For Assistant Professor -

  • No upper age limit to apply for the post of Assistant professor.

Relaxation in the Upper Age Limit -

  • Reserved category candidates (SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PWD) will be given relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit.
  • The candidates with an LL.M degree will be given 3 years of age relaxation in the JRF Exam.
  • Candidates who have research experience will also be given proper relaxation in the age limit.

Exemption from Requirement of UGC NET Exam -

Certain categories of candidates are exempted from the requirement of the NTA NET Exam qualification to apply for the Assistant Professor post. Check below-

  • SET Exam qualified before 1st June 2002 – Those candidates, who have qualified for the SET (State Eligibility Test) before 1st June 2002 are not required to qualify for the NET Exam additionally. They can apply directly for the post of Assistant Professor in any University and Colleges of India.
  • SET Exam qualified candidates after 1st June 2002 – Those candidates who have qualified for the SET (State Eligibility Test), but on a later date after 1st June 2002 are also exempted from the NET Exam. However, they cannot apply to Universities and Colleges all over India. They can apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the State from which they have qualified for their SET Exam.
  • Candidates with PhD Degree - Those candidates who have PhD degree, as per the University Grant Commission are also exempted from the requirement of NET/ SET/SELT. They can apply directly to any University and Colleges of India for the post of Assistant Professor.
  • UGC-JRF Qualified – Those candidates who have already qualified for the UGC JRF Exam are also exempted from the requirement of NET. They can also apply to University and Colleges of their choice all over India for the Assistant Professor post.
  • CSIR-JRF Qualified – Those candidates who have qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship program of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research are also exempted from NET. They can apply for the post of Assistant Professor in any University or College across all over India.

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UGC NET Exam 2021 Application Process

UGC NET 2021 Application Forms have been released by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for December 2020 cycle. The exam will be conducted in May 2021. To fill the application form, candidates must have a master’s degree with a minimum qualifying percentage. National Eligibility Test (NET) is a national level exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). UGC NET is an exam offering job of Assistant Professor & Lectureship in different colleges & Universities of India. The UGC NET exam is conducted twice in the year June & December, respectively. Candidates are advised to go through the article below for brief information about UGC NET 2021 Application Form.

Follow the steps provided below to fill in the online application form:

  • Visit the official website for the NTA UGC NET 2021 exam.
  • Click on the link to apply for the UGC NET 2021 exam.
  • Candidates are required to fill the application form, upload the scanned copies of all necessary documents, like photographs and signatures and finally pay the requisite application fee.
  • After making payment of the application fee, the candidates should download the fee confirmation page for future references. The confirmation receipt should not be sent to the examination conducting authority. Instead, it should be kept by the candidate.

The fee once paid is non-refundable under all circumstances.

Please Keep: Keep a check on the ‘Fee Status’ after the payment of the fee. Once you see the status is ‘OK’, take a printout of the confirmation page.

UGC NET Application Form Fees -


Application Fee


₹ 1000/-

OBC (Non- Creamy Layer)

₹ 500/-


₹ 250/-

The application fee can be paid both online as well as offline. Applicants can submit their application fee online through Credit Card, Debit Card, or Net Banking. They can also deposit their application fee offline through the Bank E-challan generated online. They should pay in cash to the Canara/Syndicate/ICICI Bank.

Documents Required to fill UGC NET 2021 Application Form -

There are necessary documents that the candidates need to provide while filling the application form as proof of their eligibility for the examination. The list of such documents is given below:

  • Marksheet of last semester/Degree certificate for certifying the qualification.
  • Copy of Board's certificate to verify the candidate's name, Father's Name, Mother's Name, and Date of Birth (DOB).
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • PwD Certificate
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Valid Id proof (Bank details/Voter Id/Passport/Ration card/PAN card or any Government Id)
  • Scanned Photograph and Signature
  • EWS (Economically Weaker Section) certificate if belong to that category

UGC NET 2021 Application Form Correction

After the completion of the Application Form process, UGC NET 2021 Application correction window will be open by the National Testing Agency (NTA) so that candidates can make the UGC NET 2021 application form corrections to an allowable extent. Candidates have to regularly visit the official website to know the exact dates when corrections/modifications will be allowed.  No modifications will be communicated through email/fax/mobile.

The corrections/modifications will be allowed in some particulars only like:

  • Wrong spelling of Name or other details.
  • Uploading wrong photographs
  • Changes in subjects name
  • Changes in identification type or number

Other Details

UGC NET 2021 Admit Card (June Session)

The NTA UGC NET 2021 admit card will be released online on the official website on 15th April 2021. Candidates can download it using their application number and password. Take a printout of the same for future use. It has to be produced at the exam centre with valid ID proof (mandatory). The exam is conducted in two sessions throughout the year- June and December, respectively. For which the hall tickets will be released separately.

Steps to download the UGC NET Admit Card:

Candidates who have successfully registered for the UGC NET exam can download the admit card through these steps:

  • Go to the official National Testing Agency website -
  • Click on the link to download admit card on the home-page.
  • Log-in with your Application number and password. If you have forgotten your log-in details, recover them through your registered email id or SMS.
  • Your e-admit card will appear on the screen.
  • Download it and take a print out for future reference.

Please note that NTA doesn’t send hard copy of the UGC NET hall ticket to candidates under any circumstances. It can only be downloaded from the official website through online mode.

UGC NET 2021 Hall Ticket

The Candidates are advised to go through the following instructions carefully before going for the UGC NET 2021 Examination:

  1. In case candidates are unable to download the Hall Ticket from the website, in that case, the candidate can approach the helpline between 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  2. The aspirants are advised to read the instructions on the Admit Card carefully & follow them during the examination.
  3. If any discrepancy in the applicants' particulars or his/her photograph and signatures are shown in the Admit Card and Confirmation Page, the candidate may immediately approach the Helpline between 10:00 A to 5:00 P.M.
  4. In these cases, applicants would appear in the examination with the already downloaded Admit Card. However, NTA will take necessary action to correct the record later.


  • The candidate must know that their hall ticket will not be sent via post.
  • In no case, the duplicate  Admit Card for June 2021 UGC-NET would be issued at the test centers.
  • Aspirants must not mutilate the Admit Card or change any entry made therein.
  • Applicants are advised to preserve their hall tickets in good condition for future reference.
  • No Admit Card shall be issued/published to the candidates whose applications are found to be incomplete/defective for any of the reasons (including indistinct/ doubtful photographs/unsigned Applications) or who do not fulfil the eligibility criteria for the examination.
  • However, the issue of Admit Cards shall not necessarily mean acceptance of eligibility, which shall be further inspected at subsequent stages of the admission process.

Details on the Admit Card:

The admit card will have the following details -

  • Candidate’s name
  • Photograph and Signature
  • Address of the Examination Venue
  • Date and Timing of the examination
  • Candidate’s address
  • Subject Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Category
  • Father’s Name
  • Mother’s Name
  • Important instructions

Kindly check all the details printed on your admit card. If you find any discrepancies, inform the exam conducting authority (earlier CBSE now NTA) at the earliest to get them rectified.

NTA UGC NET 2021 Answer Key

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the answer key for 81 NET subjects. UGC NET result is prepared based on the final answer key. The aspirants can challenge the answer key by providing proof in support of challenging the question. The candidates are awarded 2 marks for every correct answer. No negative marking for the wrong answer.

Check UGC NET Final Answer Key Online

  • Open the official url of UGC NET.
  • On the homepage, tap the link that reads, “Answer Keys UGC-NET 2021”.
  • The UGC NET final answer key 2021 in a pdf format will be displayed on the screen.

Details Given on UGC NET Answer Key 2021 –

UGC NET 2021 answer key contains correct answers for all the questions asked in the exam. Some of the details that are present on the UGC NET answer key are as follows:

  • Exam date
  • Exam shift
  • Exam subject name and code
  • Question ID
  • Correct option ID

Steps To Challenge Released Answer Key –

All candidates who are not satisfied with the answer(s) can challenge it in the prescribed format on the official website of the exam. However, candidates have to pay ₹ 1,000 per question in online mode via debit card/credit card/e-challan. In case, the challenge of any candidate is accepted, the fee is refunded. In all other cases, the fee once paid is not refunded.

  1. Visit the official website of UGC NET.
  2. Click on the link available for the answer key.
  3. Click on any one of the links:
    • Through application number and password
    • Through application number and date of birth
  4. Enter application number, password/date of birth, and security pin (as shown on the screen).
  5. Click on Sign In.
  6. Click on the Challenge Answer Key link.
  7. Select the correct answer option ID for the question ID for which challenge needs to be made.
  8. Click on Save Your Claims button.
  9. Upload the document supporting your claimed answer.
  10. Click on ‘Save Your Claims & Pay Fee’ button.
  11. Pay ₹ 1,000 per question in online mode.

NTA UGC NET Result 2021 -

UGC NET 2021 Results will be released by the National Test Agency (NTA) on the official website. There is no announcement for the exact result date yet. The NTA UGC NET result is only accessible via the only mode through the authorized portal. No other medium is available to download the NET June result. In order to check the result, one should need to keep their application number and password ready and enter them in the asked field to obtain the same.

How to download UGC NET 2021 Result cum Scorecard?

  • Click on the official website of UGC NET 2021.
  • Now click on the download scorecard tab.
  • UGC NET 2021 login page will open on the screen.
  • Candidates will now be required to enter the UGC NET 2021 application form number followed by the date of birth and the security pin visible on the screen.
  • Click on the submit tab.
  • UGC NET result cum scorecard will be visible on the screen.
  • Candidates must take a printout of the UGC NET result.

How to Check UGC NET Result if Forgot Application Number?

In case, candidates forget their application number, required to login to the registered account to check UGC NET result, they can re-generate it by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of exam.
  • Click on the link available for UGC NET December 2021 result.
  • Click on the “Forgot Application No.?” link.
  • Enter the below-mentioned details:
    • Name
    • Father’s name
    • Mother’s name
    • Date of birth
    • Security pin as visible on the screen
  • Click on ‘Get Application Number’ button.

How to Download UGC NET E-Certificate & JRF Award Letter?

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to download the JRF award letter and e-certificate for UGC NET June 2021 exam:

  • Visit the official website of UGC NET -
  • Click on the link available for downloading the e-certificate and JRF award letter
  • Enter roll/application number and date of birth
  • Enter the captcha code
  • Click on Proceed
  • Check and download the JRF award letter and e-certificate

UGC NET Result 2021

UGC NET 2020 result was released by National Testing Agency on 01st December. The result was released in the form of a scorecard on the official website of the exam. Candidates can check their results and download the UGC NET scorecard by logging into their registered accounts using the application number and date of birth/password. This year, a total of 47,157 candidates have qualified for the UGC NET exam out of which 6,171 candidates have qualified for ‘JRF and Assistant Professor’ and 40,968 have qualified for ‘Assistant Professor only’. Total 8,60,976 candidates registered for the UGC NET 2020 exam out of which, 5,26,707 aspirants appeared for the exam.


Still, got doubt? Don't forget to check UGC NET FAQ 2021


March 31, 2020
Yesterday I applied for UGC NET 2020 but yet I didnt receive the confirmatory mail. Where should I contact?
Vivek saraswat
December 1, 2019
June 2019 ka e-certificate kab tak ayega
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January 2, 2020
Certificate aa gya hai. ntanet website check karo.
November 13, 2019
I have passed net June 201o in history.when will upload e-certificate please tell me
Exams Planner
January 2, 2020
Download the e-certificate from ugcnetonline website.
October 6, 2019
Still i didnt get e certificate. When will upload e certificate for passed candidate june 2019 net.
Exams Planner
October 11, 2019
There is no specific date announced by UGC. Keep a check at the official website.
September 16, 2019
I have passed net june 2019 in education. when will upload e certificate
Exams Planner
September 19, 2019
The certificate is released by UGC in around 3 to 4 months. It will be uploaded soon at ugcnetonline.
Venkatesh H D
August 19, 2019
I am passed UHC net Kannada .when does comng certificate
Exams Planner
August 27, 2019
You must check out at the UGC online website for the e-certificate.
July 26, 2019
when will the december 2019 net exam notification annouced?
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August 1, 2019
There is no information on the same yet. We will update once the notification is released.
June 8, 2019
what is the syllabus for the biochemistry ?
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June 12, 2019
The syllabus can be downloaded from the CSIR NET website.
May 22, 2019
is there a december 2019 entrance exam for JRF?
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May 23, 2019
There is no notification no that. But, it is expected to be conducted in December.
sunil kumar
May 16, 2019
last year December 2018 first paper need
Pooja dubey
April 7, 2019
Can I get last 14 years solved question papers in psychology
February 24, 2019
How can I get notes for ugc net management 2019 ?
February 7, 2019
Last sample paper of Net English
Exams Planner
March 7, 2019
It is available only through the registered email id and password. See if you can get the same from any friend.
February 6, 2019
NTA has made some errors in the question papers of some of the papers. For example they have made two errors in English. They first notified that marks will be awarded for this. Later On they simply cheated the poor students and did not give marks. My daughter failed for a very meagur margin of 0.6%. She got 52.0%. It is a sin which will get punishment.
January 2, 2019
if i get the minimum cutoff marks ie 40% in both the subjects , then am i qualified for ugc net and can i apply for phd with this in any university in our state without needing any other individual uninersity exam and can i get the scholorship .please clarify my doubt. please send ur reply to my email aslo
Exams Planner
January 4, 2019
As per the qualifying criteria, 6% of the candidates who have appeared for both the papers and cleared it by securing the minimum qualifying marks will be declared NET qualified. Yes, you can apply for Ph.D. on the basis of NET score. If by scholarship you mean JRF, it is allotted to only the top performers. You need to make sure that you appear high in the merit list.
Kaveri Amol Nawale
December 22, 2018
Result date
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December 22, 2018
The result of UGC NET December session 2018 exam will be released by 10th January 2019.
Virender Singh
December 20, 2018
my application is found to be invalid i do not know the reason though i have received the message of successful submission of online form with fee how can i get my Roll NO ? Appl. No. 18D6148500
Exams Planner
December 22, 2018
The roll number is mentioned in the admit card. You must contact the UGC NET helpline numbers to find solution for your issue.