NTA UGC NET 2021: National Eligibility Test June Exam

Check all details about the NTA UGC NET June exam on this page. Find the latest updates such as updated NET syllabus, NET result, Answer Keys, Exam Pattern, etc for the National Eligibility Test.

Latest Update

20th April 2021: NTA has shared a notice to postpone the UGC NET exam which was scheduled to be conducted between 2 May to 17 May 2021. This step has been taken due to the present situation of the Covid-19 second wave. New dates will be notified later on the official website.

3rd March 2021: NTA has extended the last date to apply for the UGC NET exam. Now candidates can submit their online applications until 9th March 2021.

2nd February 2021: National Testing Agency has released the UGC NET June 2021 exam Information brochure. The online application process has also started on 2nd February 2021. Candidates can check all National Eligibility Test details on this page. UGC NET 2021 exam will be conducted on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 17 May 2021. Check the UGC NET exam date for more details.

28th December 2020: National Testing Agency has released the CSIR NET result for the June 2020 session.

30th November 2020: National Testing Agency has released the NTA UGC NET result for the June 2020 exam.

19th September 2020: NTA has made available the UGC NET Admit Card download link on the official website. Candidates can now download their Admit Card.

19th September 2020: NTA has shared a notice about the UGC NET date sheet on the NTA website. Check your exam date, shift timing according to your subject.

UGC NET exam was conducted from 24th September to 14th November 2020.

Candidates from the science stream can apply for the CSIR UGC NET Exam.

What is NET exam?

The National Eligibility Test (NET) is a national level competitive exam conducted by the National Testing Agency on behalf of the University Grant Commission two times a year to determine the candidate’s eligibility for the post of “Assistant Professor only” or “JRF & Assistant Professor both” in Indian Universities and Colleges.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) used to conduct the UGC NET exam till 2018. From December 2018 onwards, NTA was given the responsibility to conduct the UGC NET exam. UGC NET exam is conducted twice a year in online mode generally in the month of June and December. Previously it was conducted in offline mode.

Candidates qualified for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) get an e-certificate/ JRF award letter issued by the UGC and can be downloaded from ecertificate.nta.ac.in.

National Eligibility Test is considered one of the toughest exams in India with a success ratio of only 4-5&. NET qualification is mandatory to become Assistant Professor or Professor in Indian Universities and Government colleges.

NET exam overview

Exam NameUniversity Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test
AbbreviationUGC NET
Conducted byNational Testing Agency
Exam LevelNational
Mode of ExamOnline – CBT
Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
Exam Duration180 minutes (Without any break in Paper-1 & Paper-2)
Number of questions150
Total Marks300
Exam Purpose To check the candidate’s eligibility for Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor both in Indian universities and colleges
Exam Helpdesk No.0120-6895200, 011-40759000 
Helpdesk Email Id[email protected]
Official Net Websitehttps://ugcnet.nta.nic.in
NTA websitehttps://www.nta.ac.in
Address for CorrespondenceBlock C-20/1A/8, Sector 62,
Gautam Buddh Nagar, Noida -201309 (UP)

UGC NET exam date:

National Testing Agency has released the official notification for June 2021 Exam. All important exam dates like the Application date, Exam Date, etc can be found below.

Please check the exam date given below:

Sr. No.EventExam date 2021
1Notification release02nd February 2021
2Starting of Online Application02nd February 2021
3Last date to submit the online application form02nd March 2021 9th March 2021
4Last Date of Fee Payment03rd March 2021 10th March 2021
5Application Form correction window5th to 9th March 2021 12th March to 16th March 2021
6Release of the Admit Card2nd week of April 2021
7Exam date 20212, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 17 May 2021 Postponed
8Answer Key DateWill be updated
9Final ResultWill be updated

Exam Pattern

UGC has released the official exam pattern along with the official notification. There will be two papers in the UGC-NET 2021 exam and the total duration of the exam will be 3 hours. Candidates will have to attempt both exams without any break.

Sr. No.NET PaperNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
1Paper-150 100
2Paper-2100 200
Total150 350

Check full details about the NTA UGC NET exam pattern at the linked article.


Candidates must check the NET exam syllabus for a better understanding of the type of questions asked in the exam. The syllabus for Paper-1 is similar for all candidates and includes 10 sections. Syllabus for the Paper-2 will be based on the subject candidates selected while filling the online Application form.

Download the NET syllabus Paper-1 and Paper-2 pdf from the below-given link and start your exam preparation right away.

Please find the latest NET syllabus in the linked article. The syllabus is given in PDF file format. Candidates can download the syllabus pdf according to their subject.

Eligibility Criteria

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria is decided by the University Grant Commission (UGC). Eligibility criteria are different for ‘Assistant Professor only’ and JRF & Assistant Professor both’. Candidates will get the option to select the post while submitting the online application form. Candidates must check the eligibility criteria before applying for any post.

Educational Qualification:

CategoryEducational Qualification
General/ EWS55% aggregate in the Master’s Degree
ST/ SC/ OBC/ PwD/ Transgender50% aggregate in the Master’s Degree

Age Limit:

PostAge Limit
Junior Research FellowCandidates should not be more than 30 years as on June 1, 2020.
Assistant ProfessorThere is no upper age limit for Assistant Professor.

Full details about the UGC NET Eligibility Criteria can be found at the linked article.

Online Application Form 2021

If you want to apply for the NET exam then the first step is to apply online at the official website. Only online applications will be accepted. Other modes of application will get rejected by the agency.

Application Fee:

Please check the online application fee details given-below. Application fee for General category candidates is Rs. 1000/-, for General EWS, OBC candidates is Rs. 500/-, and for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates is Rs. 250/- + Transaction charges.

CategoryApplication Fee
SC/ST/ PwBD candidates250/- +Transaction Charges +GST
General EWS, OBCRs. 500/-
General candidatesRs. 1000/-

Please find below the online application process:

  • Step 1 – First-time registration for the UGC NET exam on the official website.
  • Step 2 – Complete the application form by filling the personal and educational details online.
  • Step 3 – Uploading of required documents.
  • Step 4 – Online application fee payment.

The last date to submit the online application for June 2021 is 2nd March 2021.

Candidates can also check the step by step process to submit the UGC NET application form.


Cut Off will be released by the exam conducting authority after the exam. NET Cut Off will be made available along with the result and a separate cut-off will be released for “JRF & Assistant Professor both” and “Assistant Professor only”. Candidates will have to secure minimum qualifying marks in order to be eligible for the exam for further process. Minimum qualifying marks are given below.

CategoryPercentage of Marks
SC, ST, OBC (belonging to Non-Creamy Layer, PwD, and Transgender35% aggregate marks
General (Unreserved)40% aggregate marks

Check the full details about the UGC NET Cut Off at the linked article.

Schedule of Examination:

The exam date for the UGC NET June 2021 exam has been shared by the NTA. National Testing Agency will conduct the December 2020 exam from 02nd May 2021 to 17th May 2021. The exam duration will be 3 hours without any break in between Paper-1 and Paper-2. Please find the below-given details about the examination scheme for exam day.

EventsFirst ShiftSecond Shift
Timing of Examination hours09.00 am- 12.0002.00 pm- 06.00 pm
Entry into the Examination Centre08.30 am01.30 pm
Entry in the Examination Hall/Room08.45 am01.45 pm
Instructions by the invigilators08.45 am01.45 pm
Test Start09.00 am02.00 pm
Test Ends12.00 pm06.00 pm

All candidates are advised to reach the examination center at least 2 hours before the exam. Candidates will not be permitted to enter into the Examination Center after 8.30 am in First Shift and after 1.30 pm in Second Shift.

Important Instructions:

  • The eligibility for ‘Assistant Professor’ or for ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ will depend on the performance of the candidate in both the papers of UGC-NET in aggregate.
  • The candidates qualifying for the Assistant Professor post will not be considered for the award of JRF.
  • Candidates are strictly advised to choose ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor’ post wisely while submitting the online application form.
  • Candidates who qualify for the Test for eligibility for Assistant Professor will be governed by the rules and regulations for the recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned universities/colleges/state governments.
  • All candidates who cleared the NET exam for JRF can pursue their research in the post-graduation subject or in a related subject. They will also be eligible for Assistant Professor. Further, Reputed Indian universities, institutions, IITs, and other national organizations may select the JRF to qualify candidates for full-time research work.
  • Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will be eligible to receive a fellowship of UGC under various schemes, subject to their finding placement in universities/IITs/Institutions. The validity period of the fellowship will be three years w.e.f. the date of the issue of the JRF Award Letter.
  • For those candidates who have already joined M. Phil. / Ph.D., the date of commencement of fellowship shall be from the date of declaration of NET result or date of their joining, whichever is later.

Reservation in UGC NET Fellowship:

Reservation quota is also applicable in the UGC JRF Fellowship program. Reservation is given as per the reservation policy of government of India. check below detals for more information.

OBC (non-creamy layer)27%

Exam day guidelines:

Candidates appearing for the June 2021 exam must take care of the important guidelines released by the Government and National Testing Agency.

  • Candidates are not allowed to carry personal things like a calculator, Wallet, Geometry Box, Mobile Phone, Camera, Any electronic item, etc.
  • Diabetic candidates may carry some items like fruits (Apple, Banana, etc), sugar, medicines.
  • Candidates must have a printed copy of the Admit Card and he/She must check all details mentioned on the Admit Card carefully such as Name, Father’s Name, Date of Birth, Photograph, examination center information, etc.
  • Reporting time is mentioned on the Admit Card. Candidates must reach the examination center according to their time slot.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination hall before the closing time. Candidates must return the rough sheet to the invigilator after the exam.
  • All candidates must follow the Covid-19 guidelines such as wearing a mask and sanitize their hands.
  • Candidates must maintain social distancing guidelines also.

NTA UGC NET official website:

Candidates can check all the important information they are looking for from the official website.

Official website: ugcnet.nta.nic.in

CSIR UGC NET official website: Information related to the CSIR exam will be available on a different website

Official website: csirnet.nta.nic.in

Frequently asked questions

Is UGC NET 2020 exam postponed?

Last year the UGC NET June 2020 exam was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak and December 2020 exam could not be conducted due to the same reason. Now the exam for the December 2020 cycle is going to be conducted in June 2021 cycle but it is again postponed now due to the second wave of covid-19 coronavirus. New dates will be updated later.

What is the UGC NET exam for?

UGC NET exam is conducted two times every year by the National Testing Agency for the Selection of the Assistant Professor and Award of the Junior Research Fellowship in Indian Universities.

Who are eligible for UGC NET exam?

All post-graduate students are eligible to appear for the NET exam subject to the minimum 55% qualifying marks (50% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD). For the JRF position, there is an Age limit of 30 years as on the eligibility date fixed by the National Testing Agency

How many attempts are there for NET exam?

If you are applying for the Assistant Professor post then there is no limit on the number of attempts however there is a limit of 3 attempts for the JRF post.

Is NET valid for lifetime?

Yes, After clearing the NET exam you will receive a NET certificate and you are eligible to apply for the Assistant Professor role in Indian Universities such as IIT, NIT, JNU, etc. You may also apply in top PSUs such as ONGC, NTPC, IOCL, etc.


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  2. UGC-NET University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test December 2020 cycle (June 2021) Information Bulletin, National Testing Agency, Feb. 02, 2021. Accessed on: Feb. 02, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/webinfo/File/GetFile?FileId=56&LangId=P.
  3. UGC National Eligibility Test December 2020 cycle (June 2021) Public Notice, National Testing Agency, Feb. 02, 2021. Accessed on: Feb. 02, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/webinfo/File/GetFile?FileId=58&LangId=P.
  4. Press Release (28 December 2020) NTA Declares Joint CSIR-UGC NET Examination June 2020 Scores, National Testing Agency, Dec. 28, 2020. Accessed on: Dec. 30, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://nta.ac.in/Download/Notice/Notice_20201228225403.pdf.
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