UGC NTA NET June 2021 and December 2020 (May 2021) Online Application Form

15 Aug, 2021

University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test June 2021 & December 2020 Cycle (May 2021)

In order to regularize the UGC-NET examination cycles, the National Testing Agency (NTA), with the concurrence of UGC, has merged both UGC-NET of December 2020 and June 2021 cycles so that they be conducted together in CBT mode. The Application process is therefore being reopened for the new applicants to fill in and submit their forms. 

The National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility of Assistant Professorship, Junior Research Fellowship or both, for Indian Universities and Colleges.

Until June 2018, the NET was conducted by CBSE in 84 subjects at 91 cities across the country. Thereafter from December 2018 onwards, the UGC- NET is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian universities and colleges.

The schedule of UGC-NET June 2021 is as follows:

Online registration and submission of Application Form
(complete in all respect) through NTA Website:

10 August to 05 September, 2021 (upto 11:50 pm)

Last date for successful transaction of Examination fee

06 September, 2021 (upto 11:50 pm)

Correction in the Particulars in the Application Form (online only)

07 September to 12 September, 2021

Downloading of Admit Card from NTA Website

To be announced later on website

Dates of Examination

06 October to 11 October 2021

Timing of Examination

First Shift: 09.00 am to 12.00 pm
Second Shift: 03.00 pm to 06.00 pm

Educational Qualifications: General/Unreserved/General-EWS candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent
examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC (available on the website: in Humanities and Social Science (including languages), Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test.

The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to Non-Creamy Layer/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Third gender
category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

Age limit & Relaxation:

1) JRF: Not more than 31 years as on 01.10.2021 (October 1, 2021). (This age limit is applicable for the current examination only).

A relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC-NCL (as per the Central list of OBC available on website: /SC/ST/PwD/Third  gender categories and to women applicants.

2) Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit in applying for UGC-NET for Assistant Professor.

National Eligibility Test: The December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) of UGC NET will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in multi shifts as per the time schedule specified

Application Start Date: 10.08.2021 (from 11:00 am onwards)

Last Date to apply: 05.09.2021 (till 11:50 pm)

Application Fee: Fee Payable for UGC-NET(Pay fee using the Payment Gateway(s) integrated to the Online Application through Net
Banking Debit Card / Credit Card / UPI / Wallet)
1. General/Unreserved Rs. 1000
2. Gen-EWS/ OBC-NCL Rs. 500
3. Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribes (ST) / Person with Disability (PwD)/Third Gender Rs. 250

(Applicable service/processing charges & GST over and above the Examination Fee, are to be paid by the candidate to the concerned Bank/ Payment Gateway Integrator)

Mode of Examination:
The Examination shall be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only.

Pattern of Examination:
The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of Objective type, multiple choice questions. There will be no break between papers.



Number of


 Total duration




The questions in Paper I intends 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.

03 hours (180 minutes) without
any break. All the questions
are compulsory.




This is based on the subject
selected by the candidate and
will assess domain knowledge.

Subject and Syllabus of Test: The List of Subjects and their Codes for December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) of UGC NET are given at Annexure-II. The candidates may note that the syllabus has been modified and the new syllabus applicable from June 2019 onwards has also been notified through a Public Notice on NTA website.
Updated Syllabi for all NET Subjects can be downloaded from the UGC website:

Medium of Question Paper:
i) The medium of Question Paper shall be in English & Hindi only.
ii) Option of medium of Question Paper should be carefully chosen by the Candidate, while filling the Application Form online. The option once exercised cannot be changed.
iii) Candidates opting for Hindi medium in the Application Form will be given bilingual paper, but candidates opting for English medium will be given English version only.
iv) Candidates are required to answer in the medium as per option exercised in the Application Form.
v) In case of any ambiguity in translation/construction of a question in the exam, its English version shall be treated as final and the decision of NTA shall be final in this regard.

Marking Scheme:
i) Each question carries 02 (two) marks.
ii) For each correct response, candidate will get 02 (two) marks.
iii) There is no negative marking for incorrect response.
iv) No marks will be given for questions un-answered/un-attempted/marked for Review.
v) To answer a question, the candidate needs to choose one option as correct option.
vi) If a question is found to be incorrect/ambiguous during the Key Challenge, only those candidates who have attempted the question and chosen one of the correct answers would be given the credit. Only for dropped question(s), if any, marks will be given to all the candidates.
vii) In case a Question is dropped due to some technical error, full marks shall be given to the candidates who have attempted it.

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