National Eligibility Test (NET)
About the N E T
The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research. The Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science.

The tests are conducted twice in a year generally in the months of June and December. For candidates who desire to pursue research, the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is available for five years subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. UGC has allocated a number of fellowships to the universities for the candidates who qualify the test for JRF. The JRFs are awarded to the meritorious candidates from among the candidates qualifiying for eligibility for lectureship in the NET. JRFs are available only to the candidates who opt for it in their application forms.

The test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. The Government of India, through its notification dated 22nd July, 1988 entrusted the task of conducting the eligibility test for lectureship to UGC. Consequently, UGC conducted the first National Eligibility Test, common to both eligibility for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship in two parts, that is, in December 1989 and in March , 1990.

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N E T Schedule
UGC conducts NET twice a year, i.e., in the months of June and December. The notifications announcing the June and December examinations are published in the months of March and September respectively in the weekly journal of nation-wide circulation, viz, Employment News.

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N E T Results Declaration Schedule
The result of June, UGC-NET is declared generally in the month of October. Similarly December, UGC-NET result is usually declared in the month of April. The UGC-NET results published in the Employment News are also available on UGC website.

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UGC Mandate
The UGC has the unique distinction of being the only grant-giving agency in the country which has been vested with two responsibilities: that of providing funds and that of coordination, determination and maintenance of standards in institutions of higher education.
The UGC's mandate includes:
  1. Promoting and coordinating university education.
  2. Determining and maintaining standards of teaching, examination and research in universities.
  3. Framing regulations on minimum standards of education.
  4. Monitoring developments in the field of collegiate and university education; disbursing grants to the universities and colleges.
  5. Serving as a vital link between the Union and state governments and institutions of higher learning.
  6. Advising the Central and State governments on the measures necessary for improvement of university education.
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Revised format of Papers of UGC NET
SCHEME AND DATE OF TEST
  1. The Test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be held on December in two separate sessions as under:

    Session

    Paper

    Marks

    Number of Question

    Duration

    First I 100 60 out of which 50 question to be attempted 1¼ Hours
    (09.30 A.M. to 10.45 A.M.)
    First II 100 50 questions all are compulsory 1¼ Hours
    (10.45 A.M. to 12.00 NOON)
    Second III 150 75 questions all are compulsory 2½ Hours
    (01.30 P.M. to 4.00 P.M.)

    Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any fifty (50). In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.

    Paper-II shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

    Paper-III will consist of 75 objective type compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

    All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options).

    The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet provided along with the Test Booklet.

    The detailed instructions for filling up the OMR Sheet will be uploaded on UGC website (www.ugcnetonline.in or www.ugc.ac.in) in the last week of November, 2013. It may be noted that instructions to candidates will not be sent to the candidate by post.

    PROCEDURE & CRITERIA FOR DECLARATION OF RESULT:

    This will comprise of following steps:

    Step I: Minimum marks to be obtained in NET for considering a candidate for the award of JRF and eligibility for Assistant Professor:

    The candidates are required to obtain following minimum marks separately in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III as given below:


    CATEGORY Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
    PAPER – I PAPER – II PAPER– III
    GENERAL 40 (40%) 40 (40%) 75 (50 %)
    OBC(Non-creamy layer) 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 67.5 (45 %) rounded off to 68
    PWD/SC/ST 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 60 (40 %)

    Step II: Amongst those candidates who have cleared step I, a merit list will be prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by such candidates.

    Step III: Top 15% candidates (for each subject and category), from the merit list mentioned under step II, will be declared NET qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only.

    Step IV: A separate merit list for the award of JRF will be prepared from amongst the NET qualified candidates figuring in the merit list prepared under step III.
    It may be noted that the above qualifying criteria decided by UGC is final and binding.

  2. For Persons with Disability (Visually Challenged candidates) thirty minutes' compensatory time shall be provided separately for paper-I and Paper-II. For paper-III, forty five minutes' compensatory time shall be provided. They will also be provided the services of a scribe who would be a graduate in a subject other than that of the candidate. Those Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates who are not in a position to write in their own hand-writing can also avail these services by making prior request (at least one week before the date of UGC-NET) in writing to the Co-ordinator of the NET Coordinating Institution. Compensatory time and facility of scribe would not be provided to other Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates.

    The facility of Scribe is applicable only for candidates with disability of 40% or more.

    The candidate has the discretion of opting for his/her own scribe or has to request the Co-ordinator of the Coordinating Institution for the same in writing at least one week in advance of the test. In such instances the candidate is allowed to meet the scribe a day before the examination so as to verify whether the scribe is suitable or not. Those candidates who opt for their own scribe have to produce the scribe before the Co-ordinator along with her/his certificates of educational qualifications at least one day before the test.
  3. Syllabus of Test: All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options). Syllabi for all NET subjects can be downloaded from the UGC Website www.ugc.ac.in and are also available in the libraries of all Indian Universities. UGC will not send the syllabus to individual candidates.
  4. In case of any discrepancy found in the English and Hindi versions, the questions in English version shall be taken as final.
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Submission of the Application Forms for Appearing in The UGC-NET
The procedure for applying for UGC-NET is described in detail in the notification for the relevant examination. The notification is published in the Employment News generally in the months of March and September and is also uploaded on the UGC website www.ugc.ac.in.

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Non-Receipt of NET Certificate
In the case of non-receipt of NET certificate the candidates are advised to correspond with/contact the University Grants Commission (UGC), Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110 002. In their covering letter, they must state their Roll No., the date of UGC-NET in which they have appeared and UGC-Ref. No. (in case known to them). In case, they have not submitted the attested copies of their documents earlier, they may do so with the covering letter duly signed by them. Attested copies of the following documents may be submitted:
  1. High School/Higher Secondary/Matriculation Certificate depicting date of birth.
  2. Master's degree/Provisional Certificate.
  3. Consolidated mark-sheet of Master's degree course. (Wherever grades are assigned, conversion table in terms of consolidated percentage may be produced from the issuing authority).
  4. Caste certificate (only in case of SC/ST/OBC candidates)
  5. Certificate of Physical disability (only in case of Physically Handicapped and Visually Handicapped candidates).
Notes :
  1. All certificate have to be attested by a gazetted officer with his/her official stamp bearing his/her name, designation and official address.
  2. The certificates, which are in languages other than Hindi and English, may be translated in Hindi or English and attested by the issuing authority of the original certificates.
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Procedure of issuing Duplicate Certificate
Duplicate NET certificate shall be issued only in the event of loss/ non-receipt of the original one. The candidate may submit the following documents for getting the duplicate certificate issued:
  1. An affidavit on a Judicial stamp paper duly attested by the competent Authority for the loss of original certificate issued by the UGC mentioning the name of the candidate, his/her particulars like father's and mother's names, date of UGC-NET, Roll number, subject, address etc. The candidate must state in the affidavit that in case of his/her discovering the original NET certificate/JRF Award letter, he/she would not misuse it and return it to the NET Bureau.
  2. A demand draft of Rs. 100/- drawn in favour of the Secretary, University Grants Commission, New Delhi payable at State Bank of India, Service Branch, (Code No. 7687), New Delhi.
  3. An attested Copy of FIR registered at a Police Station. The Attestation stamp of the Class-I gazetted officer must bear his/her name, designation and official address.
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