UGC NET 2019 – Admit Card, Syllabus, Mock Test, Question Papers

On behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted. UGC NET 2019 exam will be held under the jurisdiction of the National Testing Agency (NTA), which was earlier conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The UGC NET exam qualification marks the eligibility of candidates for either assistant professor, or both assistant professor and JRF. Those who qualify the exam are recruited at the desired posts as per the norms of the government institutions. Furthermore, students across 81 disciplines can appear for the exam that is conducted twice a year. Below is a detailed examination of all the aspects of UGC NET 2019.

Latest: NTA has extended the last date for submission of application form for the candidates of Jammu & Kashmir only. Scroll down to get the latest information.

UGC NET 2019

UGC NET 2019 exam tests the proficiency of a candidate in his chosen subject. In other words, if an aspirant appears for NET in the English Literature discipline, he must have all the post-graduation level knowledge about the same. Apart from the subject paper, a general aptitude test is common to all the disciplines.

Important Dates

NTA, on 21 August, 2019 declared the test dates for the attempt. Before analyzing the different dimensions of the exam, it’s important to know the scheduled dates-

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UGC NET 2019 Dates
Notification Date 21 August 2019
Application Form Date 9 September 2019
Exam Dates 2 December 2019 to 6 December 2019, 4 December 2019, 5 December 2019, 6 December 2019
Last Date to Apply 15 October 2019
Last Date to Pay Fee 16 October 2019
Application Form Correction Date 18 October to 25 October 2019
Admit Card Date 10 November 2019
Result Declaration 31 December 2019

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Eligibility Criteria

The next thing in line is to meet the pre-requisites of the exam. To clarify, NTA has set certain basic grounds of eligibility. Only those candidates who positively meet the requirements can move ahead to the application process. The eligibility criteria for UGC NET 2019 is stated below-

  • The unreserved/General-EWS candidates must have a total of 55% in their post-graduation degree, without rounding off the figure. Whereas the SC/ST/OBC/PwD candidates need an aggregate of 50%.
  • Furthermore, candidates pursuing their PG can also apply for the test. But, they will be considered eligible for Assistant Professor or JRF stature only after passing the PG exam with 55% aggregate (unreserved candidates)/50% aggregate (reserved candidates). Moreover, if the student fails to complete his post-graduation within 2 years, he will be disqualified.
  • The aspirants who hold a PhD degree will be given a 5% relaxation in eligibility percentage. But, their PG exam has to be completed before/by 19 September 1991.

Age Limit:

  1. The upper limit for JRF candidates is 30. However, certain relaxations are given on the following grounds-
  • A relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to the reserved categories.
  • Furthermore, age relaxation is given to the research candidates. The upper limit increases by the number of years they have devoted to research studies. However, the number of years cannot exceed by 5.
  • 3 years of relaxation is offered to the L.L.M. candidates.
  • Up to 5 years of relaxation to the candidates who have served in armed forces. The exact relaxation period is identified by the years of service.

2. There is no upper limit in the Assistant Professor department.

*Note: Most importantly, the relaxation period cannot exceed 5 years under any circumstance.

Application Fee

NTA has increased the application form fee for UGC NET 2019 December attempt by 25% for each category. Consequently, it is safe to be well aware of the renewed fee structure before filling the form. Below is the list of the fee amount for every category-

CategoryFee Amount
UnreservedINR 1000
Gen-EWS/OBC (Non-creamy layer)INR 500
SC/ST/PwD/TransgenderINR 250

Pattern of the Exam

Before beginning the preparation of the UGC NET 2019 exam, one must know the pattern pretty well. Furthermore, the knowledge of the pattern of the exam eases the preparation process. NTA has provided the following details with respect to the current pattern-

  • Mode of the test- The exam is conducted through the online mode (Computer Based Test).
  • Marking scheme- The examiner gives 2 marks for each correct answer. Further, the added bonus in the NET exam is that there is no negative marking.
  • Number of questions- There are two papers in the exam. Paper I is common to all the candidates. It consists of 50 questions. These questions are from 10 general subjects. Paper II consists of 100 questions that are specific to the subject chosen by the examinee.
  • Time duration- The total time is of 3 hours. Earlier a break was given between the two papers, but now both the papers are conducted in continuation.
  • Number of attempts- NET is conducted two times in an academic session. The first attempt was scheduled in June, 2019 and the coming attempt is in December, 2019.
  • Number of shifts- The exam is held in two shifts, that is, 9:30 am-12:30 pm and 2:30 pm-5:30 pm.

Reserved Seats

The policy of reservation followed by Central Government is applicable to UGC NET 2019. This suggests that certain seats will be reserved for candidates in the Central Universities. Following is a tabulated reservation provision for various categories-

CategoryReservation percentage
General- Economically Weaker Section (Gen-EWS)10%
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
OBC- Non-CreamyJ Layer27%
Persons with Disability (PwD)4% of seats in each category

Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)

JRF is one of the greatest perks of UGC NET. In other words, JRF is a privilege for those who wish to pursue Ph.D. Through Junior Research Fellowship, you can avail INR 31,000 for the first two years of your research. However, as you enter the third year, you are elevated to the Senior Research Fellowship (SRF). Moreover, in the SRF period, a candidate can avail INR 35,000/month for his research. The longevity of SRF is 3 years.

Since JRF provides numerous perks, the cut-off for the same is higher than the Assistant Professor post.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any provision for ‘Economically Weaker Sections’ in universities through NET?

Certainly. Gen-EWS fill up 10% of the total seats in the centrally governed universities.

I have 54.8% in my PG degree and I belong to the General category. Am I eligible for NET?

No. To clarify, UGC has a strict provision wherein a candidate needs 55% at least to meet the eligibility criteria. Furthermore, one cannot round off the percentage to sit for the exam.

What are the opportunities after qualifying NET?

Ans. Qualifying UGC NET opens various doors. Following are some fields for NET qualified candidates-
>>Firstly, you can apply for the post of Assistant Professor in various government institutions across the country.
>>Secondly, if you’re able to meet the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) cut-off, you get financed for your Ph.D research. Furthermore, INR 31,000 is allocated for the first two years and INR 35,000 for the next three years.
>>Thirdly, you can opt for teaching in a coaching institute for UGC NET. Lastly, one can also apply in the public sector institutions.

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