UGC NET Exam Pattern Details

On behalf of UGC, the National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals ‘only for Assistant Professor’ or ‘for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor both’ in Indian Universities and Colleges. Till recently, CBSE conducted UGC NET in 84 subjects at 91 selected cities spread across the country. From December 2018 onwards, UGC NET will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Mode of Exam

  • Online i.e. Computer Based Mode.
  • Each candidate will be allocated their own desktop with a preinstalled software especially formed for the examination.
  • Make sure to check that the system and the mouse is working properly before starting the exam.

Nature of Questions

  • The questions in both the paper will be objective in nature.
  • This means, all the questions in UGC NET (December 2018) will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs), having 4 choices.
  • Candidates must select the most appropriate answer.
  • The duration of Paper 1 is 60 minutes (1 hour) and Paper 2 is 120 minutes (2 hours)

Total Questions | Sections

  • Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will have 100 questions in total.
  • No restriction to move to and fro among the sections.
  • All the questions are compulsory to attempt

UGC NET Marking Scheme

  • A uniform marking system is followed in the exam i.e. for Paper 1 and 2, each correct answer carries + 2 marks.
  • As per the revised exam pattern of UGC NET Exam, there is no negative marking for any unanswered or incorrect answer.
  • Hence, instead of skipping a question, one can use their calculated guess and mark the answer.


Section-wise Questions, Shifts & Marks Distribution


Paper Marks No. of Questions Duration
1 100 5 1 hour
2 200 100 2 hour


UGC NET Marking Scheme

The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:

Type of Situation Marks Allocated
Correct Answer + 2 marks
Incorrect Answer 0 mark
Unanswered 0 mark

Note: If a question for any reason is found to be incorrect, the benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempted the question.

UGC NET Syllabus

Syllabus for UGC NET varies are per the subject opted at the time of registration. A brief about both the papers are:

In UGC NET Paper I:

  • The questions will be generic in nature, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate.
  • It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.

In UGC NET Paper II:

  • This will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.
  • All the questions of Paper II will be compulsory.
  • It is suggested to thoroughly revise all the topics of Bachelors and Masters syllabus.