UGC NET 2018 December Exam: Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Dates, Admit Card, Answer Key, Result


UGC NET application process begins from 01st Sept 2018. The National Eligibility Test (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). In fact, UGC NET 2018 December session would be the first exam of the agency.

NTA UGC NET December 2018 Exam Dates: UGC NET December 2018 registration process has been started from 1st September 2018 and will continue till 30th September 2018. NTA has announced exam schedule for December 2018 session UGC NET Exam. According to NTA, the exam is scheduled to be held between 9th to 23rd December 2018.

Till now, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been conducting the examination. The UGC NET 2018 July Session examination conducted on 8th July was the last exam conducted by CBSE. CBSE also conducts other national-level competitive exams such as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET Exam), JEE Main Exam, Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET Exam). The NTA will also conduct NEET and JEE Main exams from the year 2019. The HRD ministry has not mentioned anything about the CTET examination yet.

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The following article covers all the detail related to eligibility, important dates, exam pattern, admit card, etc. for the UGC NET 2018 Exam which is scheduled to be conducted on December 2018.

UGC NET 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

Online (from the December 2018 session)

Marking Scheme

2 marks for every correct answer. No negative marking.

UGC NET Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

Available Application Forms

UGC NET Exam 2018 Important Dates

NTA UGC NET 2018 (December Session)

The National Testing Agency will conduct the next session of the exam in December 2018. The announced schedule for the examination is as follows:

Exam Events

Important Dates

Online application form submission begins

01 September 2018

Last date for online form submission

30 September 2018

Admit Card Release Date

19 November 2018

Examination Dates

09 December to 23 December 2018 (In two shifts each day on Saturdays and Sundays)

Declaration of results

10 January 2019

CBSE UGC NET 2018 (July Session)

The exam has been successfully conducted on 8th July & re-exam on 22nd July across various centres by CBSE.

Exam Events

Important Dates

Notification Release

23 February 2018

Online Application Form submission

From 05 March 2018

Last date for Applying Online

12 April 2018 (Extended)

Last Date of submission of Fee

13 April 2018 (Extended)

Correction in Application Form

25 April 2018 to 01 May 2018

Uploading of Admit Card

3rd Week of June

Examination Date

08 July 2018 (Sunday) 

Answer Key Release Date

24 July 2018 (Download Now)

UGC NET Result Date

31 July 2018 (Get Result)

UGC NET Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

As per the press meet held by HRD Ministry, there wouldn’t be any change in the NTA UGC NET 2018 December exam pattern and syllabus. The only change that has been prescribed by the Agency is that from the academic year 2018-19 onwards, the NET exam would be held in the ONLINE mode. Further changes (if any) would be announced in the official notification of the exam which is expected to release in September 2018.


Number of Questions




50 questions (all compulsory)


1 Hour (09:30 AM to 10:30 AM)


100 questions (all compulsory)


2 Hours (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

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UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern:

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

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

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UGC NET Exam 2018 Eligibility

As per National Testing Agency, the eligibility criteria for UGC NET December 2018 exam will remain the same. Here are the details:

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.

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 LL.M degree will be given 3 years 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 the SET (State Eligibility Test) before 1st June 2002 are not required to qualify 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 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 in Universities and Colleges across all over India. They can apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the State from which they have qualified 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 in any University and Colleges of India for the post of Assistant Professor.
  • UGC-JRF Qualified – Those candidates who have already qualified the UGC –Junior Research Fellowship Exam are also exempted from the requirement of NET. The can also apply to University and Colleges of their choice across all over India for the Assistant Professor post.
  • CSIR-JRF Qualified –Those candidates who have qualified 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.

UGC NET Exam 2018 Application Process

The application process for UGC NET exam will be online. As per the latest official notification, the online registration will start from 01st September 2018. The last date for UGC Net registration will be 30th September 2019. Follow the steps provided below to fill the application form:

  • Visit the official website for the NTA UGC NET 2018 exam.
  • Candidates are required to fill the application form, upload the scanned copies of all necessary documents, like photograph and signature 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. 

Fee once paid is non-refundable under all circumstances.

Please Note: 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. The fee will remain the same for UGC NET 2018 exam.

Examination Fee Details


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.

Other Details

UGC NET 2018 Admit Card (December Session)

The NTA UGC NET 2018 admit card will be released from 19th November 2018 onwards. Candidates can download it from the official website using their application number and password. Take a print out and carry the admit card to the exam centre with valid ID proof. Admit Card is mandatory for making entry to the examination venue.

Steps to download 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.

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.

CBSE UGC NET 2018 Result (July Session)

As per the latest updates, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) UGC NET 2018 result for the July session has been declared on 31st July 2018. To check the results, students need to provide their roll number and DOB. The exam was held on 8th July 2018.

NTA UGC NET 2018 Result (December Session)

The UGC NET 2018 result is scheduled to be released on 10th Jan 2019. Before the declaration of the result, answer key with scan copies of candidates’ OMR sheets will be released. This helps the candidates to check their answers and analyse their marks. An option to object the answer key will also be provided. A separate merit list will be prepared for the candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

UGC NET FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. For which jobs candidate become eligible by qualifying UGC NET Exam?

Candidates who qualify for the UGC NET exam become eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor at Indian Universities and Colleges.

Q. When to get the Application form for UGC NET 2018 Exam (December session)?

The application form process will begin from 01st September 2018.

Q. What should be the educational qualification to become eligible for UGC NET Exam?

Candidate should have done their Masters with a 55% marks in aggregate. However, the reserved category candidate should have 50% of the total marks to become eligible for the exam.

Q. What is the age limit for the UGC NET Exam?

There is no upper age limit to apply in the UGC NET Exam for the Assistant Professor while for the award of JRF, it is 30 years.

Q. What is the age limit for UGC JRF?

The upper age limit for the UGC JRF exam is 30 years.

Q. How one can pay the Application fee?

The application fee for the UGC NET Exam can be paid through the Credit Card, Debit Card, Net Banking or E-Challan.

Q. What should be the minimum cut-off marks required to qualify in the UGC NET exam?


Paper I (Maximum Marks 100)

Paper II (Maximum Marks 200)

General (Unreserved)

40 (40%)

40 (40%)

OBC Non-creamy layer, PWD/SC/ST and Transgenders

35 (35%)

35 (35%)

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Q. What is the question pattern of the UGC NET Exam?

Objective type questions are asked in the UGC NET Exam.

Q. Is there negative marking in the UGC NET Exam?

There is no scheme of negative marking in this exam.