UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021: Check complete details

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given the responsibility to conduct the UGC NET exam to check the candidate’s eligibility for the post of ‘Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ both in Indian universities and colleges.

From June 2020 onwards, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment/ Minority Affair shall also conduct the following Fellowships program recruitment through the NET 2021 exam.:

  • National Fellowship for Scheduled Students
  • National Fellowship for Other Backward Classes
  • Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority candidates

UGC-NET Exam Pattern 2021

NTA UGC NET exam will be a Computer Based Test (CBT) having objective types of questions with multiple choices.

The Exam pattern consists of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2. There will be 50 Multiple-choice questions in Paper-1 and 100 multiple-choice questions in Paper-2.

Candidates will have to attempt both papers simultaneously, there will be no break between both papers. Candidates will get 3 hours to complete both papers. There is no fixed timing for any paper.

There will be no negative marking in the UGC NET Exam and for each correct answer 2 marks will be awarded.

Exam pattern of Paper-1 & Paper-2 is given below:

UGC NET PaperNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Paper 150100The cumulative time duration of 3 hours.
Shift 1: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Shift 2: 2.30 PM – 5.30 PM
Paper 2100200
Total150 MCQs300 Marks180 minutes

Important UGC-NET articles:

Exam date
Cut Off
Eligibility Criteria
syllabus
Admit Card
Result
Apply online

Important points about NET Exam:

  • NET Exam will be an online objective type test
  • The total duration for the main exam will be 3 hours.
  • There is no separate timing and candidate can attempt any paper as per his/her choice in 3 hours
  • Candidates will have to attempt 150 questions carrying 300 marks
  • For each correct answer, the candidate will get 2 marks.
  • Candidates can attempt all questions in the exam.
  • No marks will be given for questions Unanswered/Marked for Review.
  • There is no negative marking for an incorrect response.

Details about both Papers:

Paper-1:

There will be a total of 10 sections in the UGC NET Paper-1. Paper-1 is designed with questions that are intended to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, reading comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness of the candidate.

UGC NET Admit Card 2021 for June exam will be released soon. Check how to download?

Section-wise UGC-NET Paper-1 exam pattern details:

Paper-I SectionsNo. of questions in Paper-IPaper-I Marks
Reading Comprehension510
Research Aptitude510
Teaching Aptitude510
Data Interpretation510
Reasoning (including Maths)510
Logical Reasoning510
Communication510
Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration510
People & Environment510
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)510
Total50100

Paper-2:

In Paper-2, candidate domain knowledge will be assessed based on the subject selected by the candidate. Candidates must check the UGC NET exam syllabus for better preparation for their subjects.

UGC-NET Marking Scheme:

The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:

Type of AnswerMarks Allotted
For Correct Answer2 marks
For Incorrect Answer0 mark
For No attempt0 mark

Note: During the Answer Key challenge, if any question is found to be incorrect then the credit will be given to only those candidates who have attempted the question and chosen one of the correct answers during the NET exam.

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