NET Exams 2020

UGC NET Exams 2020

About UGC NET Exam 2020

UGC (University Grants Commission) is a statutory organization, which was established by the Union government in 1956. Its main objective is to provide recognition to Indian universities and provide funds to such recognized universities and colleges. Every year, a huge number of candidates appear for the NET (National Eligibility Test). The test is conducted for determining the eligibility for college and university level lectureship and for awarding the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to Indian nationals for pursuing their Ph.D. or research.

The NET examination is held twice a year, mostly in June and December. But there are many candidates who are confused between UGC NET and CSIR-UGC NET. Although the purpose of conducting both of these exams is same, there is a difference in the subjects involved. CSIR and UGC are two different government departments and both conduct their respective NET entrance exam. The former is conducted for the Science stream, whereas the latter is conducted for all the other streams.

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UGC NET stands for The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test. It is the test conducted by the National Testing Agency to know the eligibility of the students who want to become an Assistant Professor, Junior Research Fellowship or both. UGC NET or NET is one of the highest entrance examinations in the country which determines the eligibility of the aspirants for university and college-level lectureship. This exam is conducted to assess the Indian students for a lecturer position in Indian Universities and Colleges. Interested students who want to attend and score well must collect all the information about the exam like registration process, eligibility, syllabus, exam pattern and exam dates and further processes details in order to understand the selection process further. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the UGC NET exam Until July 2018 but from December 2018 onwards, NTA is conducting the UGC National Eligibility Test. As per the press-release by Indian Government, the exam would be conducted twice a year, and it will be conducted in an online mode instead of offline mode.


CSIR stands for Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). It is a premier national R&D organization and is among the world's largest publicly funded R&D organization. CSIR conducts the Joint CSIR UGC NET, which is a national level entrance examination in the field of Science including Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Earth Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Sciences.

Junior Research Fellowship :

Junior Research Fellowship or JRF is a scheme provided by University Grant Commission during advance studies (M.Phil/PhD). The scheme is for those candidates who qualify the National Eligibility Test of UGC or CSIR joint test. Moreover, the National Eligibility Test is conducted twice a year. The main objective of the Junior Research Fellowship is to provide opportunities to qualified candidates to go in research work under advance studies (M.Phil/ PhD).

Jobs for NET Qualified Candidates : 

University Grants Commission (UGC) announced in 2013 that the candidates who clear the NET successfully would be eligible for lucrative jobs in public sector undertakings (PSUs). PSUs can use UGC-NET scores for the recruitment process of the posts of executives in their organizations in disciplines like science (R&D), management, corporate communications, human resources, and finance. This step taken by the UGC would also increase the number of students taking the UGC-NET examination which has witnessed a gradual decline in recent years.

UGC NET Exam 2020 FAQs

Q. What is UGC NET Exam? 
Ans: The University Grants Commission (UGC) holds UGC-NET exam. UGC-NET is an exam being conducted to analysis the eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Assistant Professor & Junior Research fellowship both in college and university.
Q. What is the duty of UGC towards UGC NET EXAM to be held in the month of June 2020?
Ans: UGC NET is an exam being conducted to establish the eligibility for ‘Assistant Professor only’ OR ‘Assistant Professor & Junior Research Fellowship both’.
Q. What is the minimum ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA/qualification to appear in UGC NET Exam?
Ans: Candidates who are pursuing master’s degree or equivalent courses or candidates who have appeared in the final year exam and results are awaited are eligible to appear in UGC NET Exam.
Q. What is the maximum AGE LIMIT for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Posts?
Ans: There is no minimum age limit for Assistant Professor but for Junior Research Fellowship the age limit is 30 years. 
Q. Is there any AGE LIMIT RELAXATION for SC, ST and OBC Categories?
Ans: Yes, there is age relaxation given to the SC, ST and OBC category candidates as given below:
1. For Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes (OBC), Women, Persons with disabilities (PwD)  and Transgender, it is 5 years (35 years as on the date of application)
2. For Candidates having research experience it is the period spent on research with a maximum 5 years
3. For Candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree, there is a relaxation of 3 years
4. For Candidates who have served in the armed force, the age relaxation is of 5 years 
Q. What are the eligibility criteria required for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Posts?
Ans: For General/ EWS (Including candidates waiting for their PG Final Year result or going to be appeared in the exam) there is a need for 55% aggregate in Master’s Degree or Equivalent Degree.
For ST/ SC/ OBC/ PWD/ Transgender (Including candidates waiting for their PG Final Year result or going to be appeared in the exam) there is a requirement of 50% aggregate in Master’s Degree or Equivalent Degree
For Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September, 1991 (irrespective of the date of declaration of result) there is a need for 50% aggregate in Master’s Degree or Equivalent Degree
Q. What is the exam pattern for UGC NET Exam?
Ans: Exam Pattern for UGC NET Exam is divided into two papers I and II. Paper I has 100 marks with 50 questions to be attempted in one hour and Paper II has 200 marks with 100 questions to be attempted in 2 hours. 
Paper I comprises of ten sections with MCQs on the following subjects 
1. Teaching Aptitude
2. Research Aptitude
3. Reading Comprehension
4. Communication
5. Reasoning (including Maths)
6. Logical Reasoning
7. Data Interpretation
8. Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
9. People & Environment
10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity & Administration
Paper II will have selected subjects based on the candidate’s choice with 100 MCQs. 
Q. Is there any NEGATIVE MARKING in the UGC NET  Exam?
Ans: No, there is no Negative Marking in UGC NET Exam.
Q. Is there any SECTIONAL CUT-OFF in the UGC NET Exam?
Ans: No, there will be no sectional cut-off in the exam.