UGC NET 2018 Exam: Important Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Exam Pattern, Result

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. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the exam on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Some of the most popular exams covered by CBSE other than UGC NET are - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET Exam), IIT JEE Main Exam, Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET Exam).

The CBSE UGC NET exam 2018 will be conducted on 8 July 2018 (Sunday). The detailed notification of the UGC NET 2018 exam was released on 23 February 2018 while the application submission process will begin from 05 March 2018. Candidates can check the important details here.

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Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

National Eligibility Test

Conducting Authority

C.B.S.E. (Central Board of Secondary Education)

Official Website

Exam Type

National level

Paper Language

Hindi and English

Type of Questions

 Objective Type Questions

Mode of Exam

Offline Mode (Paper and Pen)

Marking Scheme

2 marks for every correct answer. No negative marking.

Available Application Forms

UGC NET Exam Important Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates

Notification Release

23 February 2018

Online Application Form submission

From 05 March 2018

Last date for Applying Online

05 April 2018

Last Date of submission of Fee

06 April 2018

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) 


UGC NET Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The UGC NET 2018 exam pattern has been changed. Recently, an official notification has been released in this respect. Chek it out here. Following will be the exam pattern for UGC NET 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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Paper-I will consist of questions will be on teaching/research aptitude, reasoning ability, divergent thinking, comprehension and general awareness.

Recommended Books For UGC NET Paper-I

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

Important Links -

Recommended Books for UGC NET Exam

Eligibility for UGC NET Exam

  • A candidate should have a Master’s Degree from arecognized 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.

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 degreewill be given 3 years age relaxationin the JRF Exam.
  • Candidates who have research experience will also be given suitable relaxation in the age limit.

Exemption from Requirement of UGC NET Exam -

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

  • SET Exam qualified prior to 1st June 2002 – Those candidates, who have qualified the SET (State Eligibility Test) prior to 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 Ph.D. Degree - Those candidates who have Ph.D 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 in 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 Application Process

  •  Candidates can apply for the UGC NET 2018 Exam online.
  • They can visit the official website of the UGC and CBSE NET to fill the application form.
  • Candidates should 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 CBSE, rather 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.

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

Result Declaration

The answer key for UGC NET is declared before the declaration of final result with the scan copy of candidates OMR sheet. Candidates also have the option to challenge the answer key against a payment of the fee. Recently, the qualifying criterion of the exam has been changed.

Check the changes here : Changes in Qualifying Criterion and Exam Date

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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

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

Q. When to get the Application form for UGC NET 2018 Exam?

The notification was released on 23 February 2018 and the Application form for the UGC NET Exam 2018 will be available from 05 March 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 aggregate 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?

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?

Since the exam pattern has been chaged, so the information on minimum cut-off marks will be provided once the official notification will be out.

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.


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