The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of UGC. The online exam is conducted twice every year – in June and December – for the Junior Research Fellowship award and Assistant Professor in Indian universities.
UGC NET Exam Pattern
- The UGC NET exam pattern is divided into two papers: Paper I and II. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours. 2 marks will be given for every right answer with no negative marking.
- The exam paper is bilingual and can be attempted in English or Hindi.
- Paper I is aptitude-based and common for all candidates. It consists of 50 MCQ-based questions.
- Paper II is subject-specific and consists of 100 MCQ-based questions.
- The candidate has to attempt a total of 150 questions from both papers in 180 minutes.
UGC NET Eligibility Criteria
Candidates should have obtained a minimum of 55% (General category), and 50% (Reserved categories) in Master’s degree from any UGC recognized university.
For Junior Research Fellow: Candidate should not exceed 31 years of age by the 1st of October of that year.
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- Candidates belonging to Reserved categories, Transgenders, and Ex-servicemen in the armed forces are given relaxation of up to 5 years.
- LLM students are given an age relaxation of 3 years.
- Candidates with research experience are given relaxation based on the period they have spent in research, but it should exceed the maximum relaxation of 5 years.
For Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for the post of assistant professor.
Who Qualifies for the UGC NET Exam?
- The UGC NET cut-off to qualify in Paper I and II for the General category is 40% and 35% for Reserved categories, i.e., SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD/Transgender.
- A subject-wise and category-wise merit list is created among qualified candidates based on the aggregate marks obtained in two papers.
- For lectureship: General category candidates have to obtain aggregate marks in the range 54-60, and for OBC NCL, SC/ST, EWS candidates, it is 49–56, 45–54, and 48–58, respectively.
- Only the top 6% of the candidates from the prepared list are selected for NET Lectureship.
- A similar merit list will be prepared for JRF as well. The cut-off of the JRF list is higher than the lectureship.
- NTA would release the UGC NET e-certificate and JRF award letter on its official website for qualified candidates.
UGC NET Normalization Process
The normalization process is to adjust the difficulty level of examination to provide unbiased results for every candidate. The two papers are conducted in two different sessions. Therefore, for every session, a different question paper is designed to avoid any unfair acts.
The scores of Normalization are based on the percentile method. The score of candidates are converted into percentile using the following formula:
Total percentile = number of candidates who appeared in the given session with a raw score equal to or less than the candidates/the total number of appeared candidates in the given session.
For JRF students, a different formula is applied to prepare the merit list:
Number of slots under general category = (number of candidates applied for assistant professor in particular subject * total number of available slots in general category)/total number of general candidates opted for JRF and are also qualified for lectureship.
Steps to Check the UGC NET Result
- Visit the official website of the National Eligibility Test.
- On the website, click on the UGC NET result link.
- Enter your UGC NET Application Number and Date of Birth or Password.
- Your result will appear in the form of a scorecard. Details on the scorecard include the candidate’s name, hall ticket number, rank scored, paper name, marks secured in each paper, total marks obtained by the candidate, and the percentile and percentage.
- Download and print the result for future use.
It’s not difficult to understand the eligibility criteria for UGC NET. Yes, the qualification criteria are quite complicated to understand at first, but if you read about it a couple of times, you will understand it well. To check the UGC NET result, log in with your details on the official NTA website, and your scorecard will appear. Ace your preparation for the UGC NET with BYJU’S Exam Prep.