Mode of ExamOnline
Level of ExamNational Level

What is UGC NET?

The UGC NET examination is conducted on the national level by the National testing Agency twice a year. The UGC NET exam is conducted to determine the eligibility for the post of Assistant Professors/lecturers and Junior Research Fellowship. Candidates who will get shortlisted in UGC NET 2021 can apply in any government colleges or universities for the subject they are qualified for. NTA provides 81 subject options for the applicants. However, candidates can apply for only that subject in which they completed their post-graduation degree. There will be two papers in the UGC NET 2021 exam. The paper I of UGC NET is designed to test the candidate’s teaching and research ability as well as aptitude sense. The UGC NET syllabus of Paper I includes the comprehension, analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning whereas Paper II is based on the subject chosen by the applicant. 

There is no upper age limit for the candidates who choose Assistant professor/lecturer in UGC NET exam. For the JRF, the upper age limit is 31 years. The UGC NET 2021 paper I consists of 50 questions carrying 100 marks whereas paper II comprises 100 questions carrying 200 marks.

What is the Full Form of UGC NET ?

The UGC NET full form is University Grants Commission (UGC)- National Eligibility Test (NET). The UGC NET exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The main objective of conducting UGC NET 2021 exam is to find out the most eligible candidates who can apply for the post of Assistant Professors/Lecturers and Junior Research Fellowship in different government colleges and universities of India. Along with the full form of UGC NET, it is important for aspirants to know all about the UGC NET 2021 exam   

What's new for the UGC NET 2021 exam ?

This year, NTA has merged the December 2020 and June 2021 cycle together. The UGC NET 2021 exam for both the cycles will be conducted together. This decision has been taken to regularise the session of the UGC NET exam which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Along with the decision of merging both the cycle of UGC NET exam, NTA has also extended the upper age limit of JRF to 31 years for this session only. Earlier, the upper age limit for UGC NET JRF was 30 years. The decision to extend one year in the age limit for JRF has been taken because of the coronavirus pandemic.

UGC NET Exam Statistics for the past years

By analysing the past years UGC NET examination statistics, candidates will be able to understand the competitive level of UGC NET exam. The previous years’ exam statistics of UGC NET includes the number of students who appeared and qualified in the UGC NET exam. Check the table below for UGC NET previous years’ statistics


Candidates Registered

Candidates Appeared

Candidates qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only

Candidates qualified for JRF & eligible for Assistant Professor

June 2020





December 2019





June 2019





December 2018






UGC NET 2021 Application Process

Mode of Application : Offline and Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Bank Challan

NTA had released the application form of UGC NET 2021 in online mode on the official website for the June session on August 10 and the last date to fill the UGC NET application form is September 5 while the candidates can pay fees till September 6th. Also NTA opened the window to make correction in UGC NET application from September 7th to September 12. While doing the UGC NET 2021 registration, candidates should keep all necessary documents along with them. 

Documents Needed to fill UGC NET application form 2021:

  • Valid E-mail ID and Mobile Number 
  • Aadhaar Card Number/Voter ID Card/ Other Govt ID
  • Qualifying Degree Certificate or last semester marks sheet
  • Copy of Board/University Certificate
  • Category Certificate, if applicable for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Certificate, Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate

How to fill UGC NET 2021 Application Form (June attempt)

1st Stage: UGC NET Registration - 

  • Candidates need to register for the exam by furnishing the details like name, email- id, mobile number, date of birth, gender, address, etc., 
  • After the submission of these details, candidates will have to choose a password of their choice and select a security question with an answer and click on the submit button.
  • UGC NET 2021 application number will be sent to the registered mobile number and email after successful completion of the registration process.

2nd Stage: Filling the UGC NET Application Form - Candidates have to select a subject, exam centre, category, educational details, and other important details without any mistakes.

3rd Stage: Uploading Required Documents - Applicants will be required to upload scanned images of photograph and signature as per the prescribed format.

UGC NET Document Format:


File size



10 kb to 200 kb

3.5 cm X 4.5 cm


04 kb to 30 kb


3.5 cm X 1.5 cm

4th Stage: UGC NET 2021 Application Fee Payment - Candidates will be able to pay the application fee in online mode through SBI /Syndicate/HDFC /ICICI Payment Gateway (Debit/Credit Card or Net Banking/Paytm).

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General   Online Female, Male ₹ 1000
EWS, OBC   Online Female, Male ₹ 500
ST, SC   Online Female, Male ₹ 250
ST, SC PWD Online Transgender, Female, Male ₹ 250
General, ST, OBC, SC   Online Transgender ₹ 250


UGC NET 2021 Highlights

Full Exam Name University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test
Short Exam Name UGC NET
Conducting Body National Testing Agency
Frequency of Conduct 2 times a year
Languages Arabic, Assamese +19 More
Mode of Application Offline / Online
Application Fee (General) 1000 Rs [Online]
Mode of Exam Online
UGC NET Paper I - Duration 1 Hour +1 More



UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

NTA has issued the eligibility criteria of UGC NET 2021 along with the official notification. Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can appear for the UGC NET 2021 exam. The eligibility criteria consist of details like age limit and academic qualifications. Candidates must check eligibility criteria details clearly completing the UGC NET 2021 application procedure.

UGC NET 2021 Educational Qualification

  • 55% marks in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from institutions/universities recognized by UGC in subjects like Computer Science &Applications Humanities, Social Science, Electronic Science, etc.
  • 50% marks in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination for Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PwD) and Other Backward Classes(OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer.
  • Candidates who are Ph.D. degree holders and completed their Master’s level examination and waiting for the declaration of the result are eligible with 5% relaxation in aggregate marks (i.e.  55% to 50%).
  • Candidates with master’s degree or those who are appearing in their final year of master’s exam or those who are waiting for their results can apply for this exam. However, candidates have to pass their master’s degree to be considered eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship/Eligibility for Assistant Professor.
  • Candidates who have done post-graduate diploma/ Institute or foreign degree/certificate awarded by the foreign.
  • University/diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University must check their ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of  Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi.

UGC NET 2021 Age limit

  • Candidates must be 31 years to be eligible for Junior Research Fellowship.However, this is just applicable for this session only.
  • There is no upper age limit for Assistant Professor.


UGC NET 2021 Syllabus

For both papers, applicants must go through the UGC NET Syllabus 2021 to know all the important topics. The aggregate performance will be based on the marks scored separately in Paper 1 and Paper 2. Let us understand UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 1 and Paper 2 in brief.

  • UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus 2021 tests the teaching and research ability of the candidate. It assesses candidates’ cognitive abilities, general awareness about teaching and learning processes in the higher education system and interaction between people, environment.

  • The UGC NET Paper 2 Syllabus is focused on the subject of the candidate's choice. It measures the in-depth knowledge and expertise of the applicant in the respective subject.

NTA also provides UGC NET mock tests based on the UGC NET syllabus and the previous year question papers. The mock tests will help you to understand the preparation level.

UGC NET 2021 Paper 1: Marking Scheme

UGC NET Paper 1 is the same and mandatory for all candidates. Paper 2 is different for different subjects.

  • UGC NET Paper 1 will have a total of 50 multiple choice questions

  • Each question will carry 2 marks

  • The UGC NET Syllabus 2021 for Paper 1 covers 10 units

  • 5 questions will be asked from each unit (i.e. 10 units X 5 questions = 50 questions)

UGC NET Syllabus for Paper 1

Subject: General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude

The UGC NET syllabus for Paper 1 tests the candidate’s teaching and research ability as well as the aptitude of the candidate. The syllabus of UGC NET 2021 for Paper 1 is designed to test candidates’ cognitive abilities including comprehension, analysis, evaluation, understanding the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning. The UGC NET syllabus 2021 also provides for testing candidates’ general awareness about teaching and learning processes in the higher education system. Further, the syllabus of UGC NET 2021 assesses if the candidate is aware of the interaction between people, environment, natural resources and their impact on the quality of life.

The detailed UGC NET Paper I Syllabus 2021 is given in the table below to help the candidates clearly understand what they need to study.

UGC NET 2021 Syllabus for Paper I



Detailed UGC NET Paper I Syllabus 2021


Teaching Aptitude

  • Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching (Memory, Understanding and Reflective), Characteristics and basic requirements.

  • Learner’s characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners (Academic, Social, Emotional and Cognitive), Individual differences.

  • Factors affecting teaching related to Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment and Institution.

  • Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning: Teacher centred vs. Learner-centred methods; Off-line vs. On-line methods (Swayam, Swayamprabha, MOOCs etc.).

  • Teaching Support System: Traditional, Modern and ICT based.

  • Evaluation Systems: Elements and Types of evaluation, Evaluation in Choice Based Credit System in Higher education, Computer-based testing, Innovations in evaluation systems.


Research Aptitude

  • Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics, Positivism and Post-positivist approach to research.

  • Methods of Research: Experimental, Descriptive, Historical, Qualitative and Quantitative methods.

  • Steps of Research.

  • Thesis and Article writing: Format and styles of referencing.

  • Application of ICT in research.

  • Research ethics.



A passage of text is given. Questions will be asked from the passage to be answered.



  • Communication: Meaning, types and characteristics of communication.

  • Effective communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group communications, Classroom communication.

  • Barriers to effective communication.

  • Mass-Media and Society.


Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude

  • Types of reasoning.

  • Number series, Letter series, Codes and Relationships.

  • Mathematical Aptitude (Fraction, Time & Distance, Ratio, Proportion and Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest and Discounting, Averages etc.).


Logical Reasoning

  • Understanding the structure of arguments: argument forms, the structure of categorical propositions, Mood and Figure, Formal and Informal fallacies, Uses of language, Connotations and denotations of terms, Classical square of opposition.

  • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning.

  • Analogies.

  • Venn diagram: Simple and multiple uses for establishing the validity of arguments.

  • Indian Logic: Means of knowledge.

  • Pramanas: Pratyaksha (Perception), Anumana (Inference), Upamana (Comparison), Shabda (Verbal testimony), Arthapatti (Implication) and Anupalabddhi (Non-apprehension).

  • Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference), Vyapti (invariable relation), Hetvabhasa (fallacies of inference).


Data Interpretation

  • Sources, acquisition and classification of Data.

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data.

  • Graphical representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart and Line-chart) and mapping of Data.

  • Data Interpretation.

  • Data and Governance.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • ICT: General abbreviations and terminology.

  • Basics of the Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing.

  • Digital initiatives in higher education.

  • ICT and Governance.


People, Development and Environment

  • Development and environment: Millennium development and Sustainable development goals.

  • Human and environment interaction: Anthropogenic activities and their impacts on the environment.

  • Environmental issues: Local, Regional and Global; Air pollution, Water pollution, Soil pollution, Noise pollution, Waste (solid, liquid, biomedical, hazardous, electronic), Climate change and its Socio-Economic and Political dimensions.

  • Impacts of pollutants on human health.

  • Natural and energy resources: Solar, Wind, Soil, Hydro, Geothermal, Biomass, Nuclear and Forests.

  • Natural hazards and disasters: Mitigation strategies.

  • Environmental Protection Act (1986), National Action Plan on Climate Change, International agreements/efforts -Montreal Protocol, Rio Summit, Convention on Biodiversity, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, International Solar Alliance.


Higher Education System

  • Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India.

  • Evolution of higher learning and research in Post Independence India.

  • Oriental, Conventional and Non-conventional learning programmes in India.

  • Professional, Technical and Skill-Based education.

  • Value education and environmental education.

  • Policies, Governance, and Administration.

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UGC NET 2021 Syllabus for Paper 2

UGC NET Paper 2 will be based on the subject chosen by the candidate.

  • A total of 101 subjects are provided by the UGC.

  • The candidate has to choose one subject from these 101 subjects.

  • Paper-2 will also consist of only objective type questions (MCQs).

The detailed UGC NET 2021 Syllabus for Paper 2 is provided on the official website.

UGC NET Syllabus 2021 - Paper II (Subject-wise)

Download the UGC NET syllabus 2021 for all the other subjects here. Candidates must choose the Paper II as per their subject in post-graduation.

All UGC NET Paper 2 optional subjects

From the following table, candidates can check the UGC NET paper 2 optional subjects.

UGC NET Paper 2 Optional Subjects

Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education Anthropology Arab Culture and Islamic Studies Arabic
Archaeology Assamese Bengali Bodo
Buddhist, Jain, Gandhian and Peace Studies Chinese Commerce Comparative Literature
Comparative Study of Religions Computer Science and Applications



Defence and Strategic Studies

Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/

Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics / Development Economics /

Business Economics

Education Electronic Science
English Environmental Sciences Folk Literature Forensic Science
French (French Version) Geography German Gujarati
Hindi History Home Science Human Rights and Duties
Indian Culture Japanese Kannada Kashmiri

Labour Welfare / Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social

Welfare / Human Resource Management

Law Library and Information Science
Linguistics Maithili Malayalam

Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing / Marketing Mgt. / Industrial

Relations and Personnel Mgt. / Personnel Mgt. / Financial Mgt. / Co-operative


Manipuri Marathi Mass Communication and Journalism Museology & Conservation
Music Nepali Oriya Pali
Performing Art - Dance/Drama/Theatre Persian Philosophy Physical Education
Political Science

Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence /

Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South

Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies

Population Studies Prakrit
Psychology Public Administration Punjabi Rajasthani
Russian Sanskrit

Sanskrit traditional subjects (including Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/

Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla

Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama)

Sindhi Social Medicine & Community Health Social Work Sociology
Spanish Tamil Telugu Tourism Administration and Management
Tribal and Regional Language/Literature Urdu Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art) Women Studies and Yoga

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

UGC NET will be conducted by National Testing Agency in the following 

Application Start Date :
Application End Date :
Exam Date :
Result Date :
Conducted By :

National Testing Agency (NTA)

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