UGC

UGC NET 2018 Detailed Notification has been released now. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) holds the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC). Aadhaar Card is mandatory to apply for UGC NET. CBSE UGC NET determines the eligibility of Indian candidates for Assistant Professor or for Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor both. Junior Research Fellowship awardees will be eligible to pursue research in their postgraduate subject from IITs or other national organizations. Such candidates are also eligible for the post of Assistant professor in Indian colleges/Universities. For the year 2018, UGC NET exam will be conducted only one time in a year. Aspirants can read this article further for getting information about UGC NET 2018 including application form, eligibility, exam dates, pattern, etc.

UGC NET will be held only one time in a year through offline mode. Candidates can check official datesof CBSE NET 2018 exam from here:

EventsDates (Announced)
Issue of Detailed Notification1st February 2018
Commencement of online application form5th March 2018
Last date to submit the form5th April 2018
Last date of fee submission6th April 2018
Corrections in particulars of application form25th April to 1st May 2018
Admit Card AvailabilityJune 2018
Exam Date8th July 2018
Availability of Answer Key & OMR SheetAugust 2018
Declaration of ResultJuly 2018
  • Candidates wishing to apply for UGC NET 2018 have to fill the application form online only on the official website of CBSE NET.
  • The application form will be released from 5th March 2018.
  • No application will be accepted after the last date.
  • Aadhaar card is necessary to apply for UGC NET 2018.
  • The application process will consist of four steps viz. fill the application form, upload scanned photograph and signature, pay the examination fee and print confirmation page.
  • There is no need to send the printout of confirmation page to CBSE.
  • CBSE will also provide the correction facility in UGC NET application form 2018. The correction will be done from 25th April to 1st May 2018.

Application Fee:

The application fee of UGC NET 2018 varies category-wise. Application fee, once paid, is not refundable or transferable under any circumstances. Fee details are as follows:

CategoryApplication Fee
GENRs. 1000/-
OBC-NCLRs. 500/-
SC/ST/PwD/TransgenderRs. 250/-

Mode of Payment:

Application fee is payable through credit/ debit card or through e-challan. Candidates submitting the fee through e-challan have to make the payment in cash to Syndicate/Canara/ICICI bank.

For every examination, there is a specific eligibility criteria that candidates have to fulfill, if they wish to apply for that examination. The conditions of eligibility for CBSE UGC NET 2018 is given below:

Qualification Eligibility:

  • Qualifying Examination: Master’s or equivalent degree from Universities/Institutions recognized by UGC.
  • Subjects: The qualifying examination must be passed in subjects like Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science &Applications, Electronic Science etc.
  • Minimum Marks: The percentage of marks required in qualifying examination is 55% (50% marks in case of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD categories).
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing for final examinations towards a Master’s degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to apply.
  • Relaxation: Relaxation of 5% marks in qualifying examination shall be given to Ph.D degree holders whose master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September 1991.

Age Criteria:

For Junior Research Fellowship:

  • Age Limit: The maximum age limit is 30 years as on 1st January 2018.
  • Relaxation: 5 years relaxation in the upper age limit will be provided to OBC-NCL, SC, ST, transgender and PwD category candidates. Relaxation will also be given to the candidates having research experience. Candidates possessing LL.M. degree will be eligible for 3 years relaxation in age.

Candidates can check the CBSE UGC NET 2018 exam pattern which tells about the number of questions, marking scheme, type of questions, duration of the exam and other details related to the exam.

  • Papers: The test will consist of two papers.
  • Exam Mode: Examination will be conducted in offline mode. Candidates have to mark their responses on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) Sheet.
  • Number of Questions: Total 150 questions will be asked in NET which are divided into 2 papers. Paper-I will have 50 questions and Paper-II will have 100 questions. All questions are compulsory to attempt.
  • Type of Questions: All the papers will have objective type questions.
  • Subjects: The Paper-I consists of General Aptitude Questions and the Paper-II contains questions related to the subject selected by candidates.
  • Medium of Paper: Candidate can choose the paper medium either Hindi or English. Choice for paper medium can be exercised at the time of filling the form.
  • Exam Duration: Paper-1 will be of 1 hour while Paper-II will be of 2 hours.
  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer will carry 2 marks.
  • Negative Marking: CBSE is not following negative marking scheme in UGC NET.

PaperNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksExam Duration
I50 questions (all compulsory)1001 hour (09:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.)
II100 questions (all compulsory)200 2 hours (11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.)

The syllabus of National Eligibility Test (NET) is different for different subjects. The subjects included in NET is more than 100. Candidates should also prepare from the syllabus of their qualifying examination. Candidates must prepare as per the syllabus prescribed by the CBSE.

How to Prepare for UGC NET

  • First of all, gather the complete syllabus as prescribed by CBSE.
  • Candidates can take the reference of previous years question papers to know the exam pattern and important topics.
  • Purchase some good books that covers the whole syllabus.
  • Prepare the short notes and highlight the important topics.
  • Keep yourself updated with current affairs. Candidate should have complete knowledge about their concerned UGC NET Subject.
  • Time management is also important. Manage your time effectively for studies and for daily revision.
  • Last but not the least, be confident and positive.

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