NTA NET Application, Important Dates, Eligibility, Pattern

UGC NET 2020UGC NET 2020 will be organized by newly formulated body – National Testing Agency. This national level entrance exam is conducted twice every year to determine the eligibility of various candidates for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) & the Assistant professor or only for Assistant Professor. It will be organized in the months of December and July. Candidates have to qualify the entrance exam in order to get selected for these positions in various Indian Universities and colleges. Through this article, we have provided complete details regarding UGC NET 2020.

UGC NET 2020 New Changes Introduced

Check all the new changes introduced in the UGC NET 2020 exam:

  • According to the changes introduced by HRD Ministry, NTA will conduct the entrance test of UGC NET 2020.
  • Earlier the exam was conducted for three papers. With effect to the introduced changes, the entrance test of UGC NET 2020 will be conducted for two papers.

UGC NET 2020 Important Dates

Check the tentative UGC NET 2020 Dates in the below given table for the July and December session:

Events Tentative Dates
July Session 2020 December Session 2020
UGC NET 2020 Notification In the month of February 2020 Last week of August 2020
Release of Online Application 1st week of March 2020 1st week of September 2020
Last date to fill online application 2nd week of April 2020 Last week of September 2020
Availability of Admit card 3rd week of June 2020 3rd week of November 2020
UGC NET 2020 Exam 1st or 2nd week of July 2020 2nd to 3rd week of December 2020
Release of Answer Key 4th week of July 2020 December 2020
Announcement of Results 1st week of August 2020 2nd week of January 2021

UGC NET 2020 Application Form

Candidates can check below the complete details of UGC NET 2020 Application Form:

  • The Online Application Form of UGC NET 2020 will be released in the first week of March 2020 (July Session) and first week of September 2020 (December Session).
  • Candidates can fill the application form by following various steps – Online Registration, Filling the application form, uploading of scanned images and payment of application fee.
  • Last date to fill the application form online is till second week of April 2020 for July Session and last week of September 2020 for December Session.
  • Candidates can also correct mistakes in the details of the application form when the board will open the correction facility.

Application Fee:

Applicants have to pay the below application fee as per their categories:

  • For General Candidates – Rs.1000
  • For OBC- NCL Candidates – Rs.500
  • For ST/SC/PwD Candidates – Rs.250

Mode of Payment: Applying candidates can pay the application fee through debit/credit card or E-Challan at the nearest ICICI/Syndicate Bank/Canara Bank.

UGC NET 2020 Application Correction

In case candidates have made mistakes while filling details in the application or the uploading images, corrections can be made. The board will open the application correction window after the completion of application process.

Students can make corrections through online mode. In case any error is found in the uploaded images, a mail or message will be sent to the candidate’s registered mobile number.

The corrections in the application must be done by the students before the last date otherwise the forms will get rejected.

UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must fulfill the below given UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria before applying for the exam:

Academic Qualifications:

  • Qualifying Exam: Applying candidate should own Master’s degree or its equivalent from a board or university recognized by UGC.
  • Qualifying Marks: Candidate must have secured minimum of 55% marks (50% for ST/SC/OBC/PwD) in the Master’s degree in streams such as Social Science, Humanities, Computer Science & Applications and Electronic Science.
  • Appearing Candidate: Candidates who are in their final year of qualifying exam can also apply.

Age Criterion:

  • There is no age limit for the position of Assistant Professor. However, in case of JRF the age of the applicant must not be more than 30 years as on January 1, 2020. 5 years of relaxation is given to reserved candidates.
  • For LLM Degree possessing candidates, 3 years of age relaxation will be given.
  • Candidates, who have served in the armed forces, will be given 5 years of age relaxation.

Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor):

  • Candidates must clear their NET/SLET/SET exam in order to be eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in various Universities or institutions.
  • Candidates successfully clearing their SET before June 1, 2002 recognized by UGC will be exempted to appear in the exam.
  • Candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination earlier than the year 1989 are exempted to appear for the test.
  • Candidates who are awarded with a PhD Degree by UGC as per the minimum standards and process for the award will be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SET/SELT for appointment as Assistant Professor in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern

Check the complete UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern below, before starting you exam preparation:

  • Exam Date: UGC NET 2020 Exam will be conducted in the second week of July 2020 for July Session and third week of December 2020 for December Session.
  • Exam Mode: The entrance test will be organized in Online CBT mode.
  • Number of Papers: There will be two papers for the exam – Paper I and Paper II.
  • Number of Questions: Total of 150 questions will be there in the exam paper. 50 questions in Paper I and 100 questions in Paper II.
  • Type of Questions: The question paper will contain multiple choice type questions.
  • Language Medium: The question paper will be available in the medium language of English and Hindi.
  • Time Duration: Paper I will be of 1 hour duration while Paper II will be of 2 hours.
  • Total Marks: Paper 1 will be of 100 marks and Paper II will be of 200 marks.
  • Marking Scheme: For every correct answer, 2 marks will be given. There will be no provision of negative marking for incorrect answer.

Check the distribution of questions and marks for various papers in the below given table:

Papers Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
Paper I 50 100 60 minutes
Paper II 100 200 120 minutes

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus for Paper I and Paper II can be checked by the candidates through online mode. It will vary as per the subjects chosen by the candidate at the time of registration.

Paper I of UGC NET 2020 will contain questions of generic nature, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the students. This paper will test the candidate’s knowledge in reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness.

Paper II of UGC NET 2020, will contain various topics from the subjects selected by the candidates. The topics will be related to Bachelors and Masters level syllabus.

UGC NET 2020 Preparation Tips

Below we have provided preparation tips with the help of which candidates can score good marks and qualify the test:

  • Check the syllabus, exam pattern and marking scheme of UGC NET before starting your exam preparation.
  • Start your exam preparation early. It will give enough time in the end for revision.
  • Prepare notes and go through these notes every day to refresh your memory and remember the studied topics.
  • Study from the study materials which are mostly recommended by the experts and qualified students.
  • Solve previous year question papers and sample papers. This will give an idea to the candidates about the question trends.

FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)

UGC NET 2020 Admit Card

UGC NET 2020 Admit card is an important document which must be carried by the appearing students on the exam day. No candidate will be allowed to take exam without showing the admit card to the invigilator.

The Admit card will be released in the third week of June 2020. It will be available through online mode only by entering application number and password.

In case any problem arises at the time of downloading the admit card, candidates can contact the officials to rectify the problem. Also, if any candidate has forgotten his password or application number, he/she can retrieve it back by clicking the given option of forgot password answering various questions.

UGC NET 2020 Answer Key

After completion of the entrance exam, board will publish the UGC NET 2020 Answer key. Candidates will be able to download the Answer key through online mode.

The Answer key will be released for both Paper – I and II in various sets containing all the right answers of the questions asked in the exam paper. Candidates can also challenge the answer key in case they are not satisfied with the answers given in it.

After considering the challenges, final answer key will be released by the board.

UGC NET 2020 Result

After the completion of exams and release of answer key, the board will announce the result. The results will be released in the first week of August 2020 for the July session and second week of January 2021 for December session.

Students can check their result through online mode by submitting their roll number and date of birth. Only the candidates who will qualify the test by securing the cut off marks will be called for the counselling process.

UGC NET 2020 Scorecard

The scorecard will be released along with the release of results. UGC NET 2020 Scorecard will mention various important details about the candidate and the entrance exam.

These details will include candidate’s name, course name, hall ticket number, total marks, marks secured by the candidate in paper I and II, rank scored and percentage.

UGC NET 2020 Cut Off

UGC NET 2020 Cut Off will be published online by the authority after the entrance test. Separate category wise and subject wise merit list will be drawn for the students successfully securing the cut off marks.

In the below table we have mentioned the cut off marks for various categories as per the last year trends:

Category Minimum qualifying marks (in %)
Paper – I Paper – II
General candidates 40% 40%
OBC – NCL/PWD/ST/SC candidates 35% 35%

UGC NET 2020 Selection Procedure

Candidates qualifying the entrance test of UGC NET 2020, will be selected in the subject wise and category wise merit list published online. Top 6% of total students who have appeared for both the papers in the test will be considered qualified in the entrance test.

Admission into various Indian Universities or Institutions for the position of Assistant professor or JRF will be offered on the basis of cut off score secured as per their categories. Top 15% candidates from each category and subject will be selected and declared eligible for Assistant Professor Position only.

If you have any query regarding UGC NET 2020, you can ask your query in the comments section below.

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