UGC NET 2018: Notification, Exam Pattern, Dates & Eligibility Criteria

Good news for all the UGC NET aspirants who are waiting for UGC NET 2018 Notification. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)has released the official notification for University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) exam 2018. The process of submission for online application is from 06.03.2018 to 05.04.2018.

A. Examination Pattern

Session Paper Marks Number of Question Duration
First Paper I 100 marks 50 (questions all are compulsory) 1 Hour (09:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.) IST
Second Paper II 200 marks 100 questions all are compulsory 2 Hours (11:00 A.M. to 01:00 P.M.) IST

B. Fee Details

SNo Category Application Fee
1 General Rs. 1000/-
2 SC/ST/PwD/ Transgender Rs. 250/-
3 Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy layer) Rs. 500/-

C. Important Dates

SNo Important Events Dates
1 Submission of online application form 06.03.2018
2 Last date for Applying Online 05.04.2018
3 Last date of submission of Fee through online generated Bank challan, at any branch of (Syndicate/Canara/ICICI Bank) or through credit/debit card 06.04.2018
4 Correction in Particulars of application form on the website 25/04/2018 to 01/05/2018
5 Date of Examination 08.07.2018

D. Eligibility Criteria


i) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC (on the website: in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science &Applications,
Electronic Science etc. (list of subjects of post graduation attached at page No. 20) are eligible or this Test. The Other Backward Classes(OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/Scheduled
Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST)/ persons with disability(PwD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

ii) Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Master s degree (final year) examination and whose
result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be
considered eligible for award of Junior Research Fellowship/eligibility for Assistant Professor only after they have passed their Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC falling in Non Creamy layer/SC/ST/PwD (persons with disability)) category candidates. Such candidates must complete their Masters degree or equivalent examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

iii) Candidates belonging to third gender in other words transgender would be eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and qualifying criteria for NET (i.e. Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories. The subject wise cut-offs for this category should be the lowest among those for SC/ST/PwD/OBC NCL categories in the corresponding subject.


i) Junior Research Fellowship: Not more than 30 years as on 01.07.2018. A relaxation up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on website: ) SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority. Three years relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates
possessing L.L.M. Degree. A relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces up to the first day of the month in which the concerned UGC-NET is to be held. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.

ii) Assistant Professor: There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.

E. Marks Scheme Details

There are no negative marks of incorrect answers.

To read the Official Notification click the link given below:
Official Notification

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