NET Exam Pattern Details You Might Want to Know About

NET Exam Pattern Details:

The National Eligibility Test or NET is conducted for the post of ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship’. The NET exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of the University Grants Commission. The NET exam pattern has been specified by the UGC.

NET Exam Pattern
NET Exam Pattern

Date of start of application: 16th March to 16th April 2020

Admit card downloading: 15th May 2020

Date of NET exam: 15th June 2020 to 20th June 2020

Declaration of result: 5th July 2020

Mode of examination: Computer based online exam

Eligibility criteria:

Educational Qualification:

  • The candidate must have secured a minimum 55% in Master’s or equivalent degree for General/ EWS category.
  • The candidate must have secured a minimum of 50% in Master’s or equivalent degree for SC / ST / OBC / PWD / Transgender candidates.
  • Candidates who hold a PhD degree will be given a 5% relaxation in marks.


  • There is no age limit to appear for NET for the post of Assistant Professor.
  • To apply for Junior Research Fellowship, the candidate must not be more than 30 years of age.
  • Age relaxation will be as per the guidelines laid down by the Government of India.
  • OBC, ST, SC, PWD, Transgender and Women Applicants: 5 years
  • Research Experience (only if the certificate is produced by appropriate university or institute): 5 years
  • L.L.M. Degree: 3 years
  • Armed Forces: 5 years

NET Exam Pattern:

The NET exam is conducted online wherein each candidate is assigned a desktop with pre-installed software created for the exam. The questions asked are objective and are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) type. The NET exam comprises of two papers which are held consecutively without a break. 

UGC NET Paper No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper 1 50 100 A cumulative time duration of 3 hours.
Shift 1: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Shift 2: 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM
Paper 2 100 200
Total 150 300 180 minutes

The marking scheme is as follows:

Type of Answer Marks Allotted
Correct Answer 2 marks
Incorrect Answer 0 mark
No Answer 0 mark

Application fee:

  • General candidate: 1000/-
  • OBC – NCL candidate: 500/-
  • SC/ ST/ PWD candidate: 250/-
  • The application fee can be paid via credit/ debit card or through net banking.

For any queries or further details about the NET exam pattern, the candidate must check the UGC website.

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