UGC NET Exam: Scheme, Pattern and Syllabus for Paper I, II and III

University Grants Commission UGC holds the National Eligibility Test (NET) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and eligibility for Lectureship in Indian universities and colleges. Thousand of candidates appear for the test conducted twice a year. Today we are posting the details of the pattern of the UGC NET Exam.
(i) The UGC NET Test consists of three papers. They are divided into two separate sessions. The breakup of the papers is as follows:

Session Paper Marks Duration
First I 100 1¼ Hours
First II 100 1¼ Hours
Second III 200 2½ Hours

Paper-I

This paper is of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It is designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.

Changes in December 2009: Internal Choice

UGC has decided to provide choice to the candidates from the December 2009 UGC NET onwards. Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any fifty (50). In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated

Paper-II

It shall consist of fifty (50) short questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. All questions are compulsory and carry 2 marks.

Paper-III

This part consists of only descriptive questions from the subject selected by the candidate. The candidate will be required to attempt questions in the space provided in the Test Booklet.

NEW PAPER III Format

Section 1: Essay Writing (2 Questions, 40 Marks)

Two questions with internal choice on general theme and contemporary, theoretical or of disciplinary relevance may be given. The candidate is expected to write up to 500 words for each question of 20 marks.

In case the questions are based on electives, the choices will be general nature, common to all candidates. In case of science subjects like Computer Science and Applications, Environmental Sciences, Electronic Science etc., two questions carrying 20 marks each may be given in place of essay type questions.

Section 2: Extended Answer Questions (3 Questions, 45 Marks)

Three extended answer based questions to test the analytical ability of the candidate on major specialization / electives. Candidates may choose one specialization. There will be no internal choice. Each answer should be of 300 words and will carry 15 marks each.

Section 3: Definitional Questions (9 Questions, 90 Marks)

Questions will seek particular information to be answered in 50 words each. There will be no internal choice. Science subjects may have short computational questions.

Section 4: Definitional Questions (5 Questions, 25 Marks)

Questions will have 200-300 words of text taken from the works of thinker/author. Five specific questions will asked based on the text. Answers should be around 30 words each. Questions will test critical thinking, ability to comprehend and apply the knowledge once possesses.

Note: Paper-III is evaluated only for those candidates who are able to secure the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I and Paper-II, as per the table given in the following:

Award of Lectureship:

Category Minimum Qualifying Marks
PAPER - I PAPER - II PAPER - I + PAPER - II
GENERAL/OBC 40 40 100 (50 %)
PH/VH 35 35 90 (45 %)
SC/ST 35 35 80 (40 %)

Award of JRF:

Category Minimum Qualifying Marks
PAPER - I PAPER - II PAPER - I + PAPER - II PAPER III
GENERAL/OBC 40 40 100 (50 %) 100 (50 %)
PH/VH 35 35 90 (45 %) 90 (45 %)
SC/ST 35 35 80 (40 %) 80 (40 %)

Negative Marking in UGC NET Paper I and II:

Negative marking at the rate of 25% has been introduced from December 2009 UGC-NET onwards. For each incorrect answer, 0.5 marks shall be deducted.


UGC NET Sample Question Papers:

UGC NET Sample Questions (Paper I)

UGC NET Solved Questions (Paper II-GK)

UGC NET Previous Year Question Papers:

UGC NET Previous Papers

UGC NET Syllabus and Pattern:

UGC NET Syllabus and Pattern

35 Comments

  1. lalita said:

    I m a student of M.Lib. My medium is Hindi. I want to clear the net exam. Plz guide me.Thanx.

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  2. Dear sir/Madam
    i request to you please give me guidance about NET. I completed MA (Sanskrit) in kumaun univeristy Nainital (Uttrakhand).

    i want preparing of NET Examination but i don't know about there study materials which books read for said examination.

    Please give me direction for study syllabus/ books. and other terms and conditions.

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  3. can u send me solved question papers of last 10 years for UGC NET computer science.

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  4. I don't have any kind of knowlage about the NET.
    Rightnow i am doing my PG (Pre) in History subject from
    Kota Open university. I want some information from you and your site to give me any kind of information for NET.
    How i prepare?
    What can i do for my study?

    i am from genral cast (Rajput) tell me the cut-off list of NET

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  5. sir
    will you please tell me the date of commencement of ugc exam and also how to apply.

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  6. i want
    1) list of books of computer science which covered net syllibus.
    2) 10 years solvedquestion paper.

    Please give information.

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    • hai madam i am surya, i am working as associate prof, i too need the information, if u get any solution for it please forward to me too madam. thanking you

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  7. To,
    sir/madam

    I request you to send me the information regarding karnataka SET exam syllabus pattern and solved question papers. And exam centres in karnataka and the exam fee structure and exam date

    thanks you

    bhagyarashmi

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  8. Dear Sir/madam I want syllabus and LAST 5 YEARS soived QUESTION PAPERS of physical science for NET exam

    Please send me above mentioned things on my e-mail i will be very much thankful to you.

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  9. plz send me ugc sylabus

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  10. i am in M.A PART 2.I WANT TO CLEAR NET IN ECONOMICS .CAN YOU SUGGEST SOME GOOD AUTHORS FOR STUDYING NET SYLLABUS.HOW MANY TRIALS ARE THERE FOR THIS EXAM AND IS THERE ANY DRAWBACK IF NOT SELECTED IN FIRST TRIAL?

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  11. Hello sir/mam
    please send me samole question of paper 1st,for net exam..please send me ur reply as soon as posible..please

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  12. Hello sir/mam
    i want to know that there is any negetive marking in paper 1st and 2ed in commerce subject...please give a answer as soon as possible...please my exam is on 28 june...so please faster..

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  13. Iam a student of M.A (economics) i want to clear ugc net exam what can i do

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  14. sir/madam, i am going to complete my mca from sikkim manipal university by distance learning. i want to know that can i give ugc net exam which will be held on 28 june. pl give me reply soon. thanks for your help.

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  15. dear sir please help wish subject net examination hade be taken

    thanking you

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  16. Dear Sir,
    I am Isha of RISHIKESH, am student of MA English obtaint 65% Marks. I want to clear the net exam.
    what can i do to complete the NET in December 2009, any Friend can help me & reply me please.

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  17. hi every one,
    I am preparing 4 ugc net exam.plese send me sample papers of computer science.

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  18. i need NET ( COMMERCE AND HINDI OLD LAST 5 YEARS QUESTION PAPERS )

    PLEASE GIVE ME THE SUGGESTION OR SENT IN MAIL THE LAST 5 YEARS QUESTION
    PLEASE HELP ME

    PRAVEEN KUMAR V U

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  19. hi every computerlover
    pls
    send me the paper of comp sci for net

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  20. if someone have economics sample papres plezz forward it to me

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  21. Hi
    I have applied for NET 2009 in Management,just wanted to know will I get paper 2 and 3 on my specialization i.e marketing or it will be about Management as a whole.

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    • Dear Anjali
      The entire paper 2 and part A od paper 3 are same for all specializations. However part B of paper 3 will be different for different specializations.
      e.g. I'm attempting for HR & you're in mktg, in this case we'll have same paper 1,2 and 3(A). Only the essay type question will be different.
      All specilation questions for essay type questions will be mentioned, Whatever you'll attempt will be considered.
      Best wishes
      Neeraj

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  22. Does anybody know wht's VH / PH ???? Please reply... Does it mean Defense Service Parents ? If Father is retired from Defence Service then? Is it applicable?

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    • PH: Physically Handicapped
      VH: Visually Handicapped

      EXSM: Ex Service Man

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  23. can smone send me d que papers of UGC NET Paper I and II of Education in 2007 and 2008

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  24. Hi,
    Am Sonal Dhir mba in marketing am giving net ,june 2009.if somebody have sum sample papers pls forward me...

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  25. im a student of biotechnology,currently in my second year....Is Biotechnology a subject in Paper 1 ?am i elegible for the NET exams with biotechnology?

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  26. i completed m.com intl business... i want to complete net exam please guide me

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  27. i am student of MA home scince. iwant to clear the net exam.
    wat can i do reply me please

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  28. Hi,

    I am M.Sc. Home Science (Food & Nutrition) Student. If somebody have UGC NET Exam question paper of Home Science Subject according to new syllabus which effect from june 2005, Please send me those all question papers I, II, III.

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  29. Hi,

    I am M.Sc. Home Science (Food & Nutrition) Student. If somebody have UGC NET Exam question paper of Home Science Subject according to new syllabus which effect from june 2005, Please send me those question papers.

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  30. i want to know books for genal paper-1 of net in science

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    • hi pinki....u know there r two types of paper in science...if r u in geo then it is related to csir...if u r realed to sci.it will be based on gen scienc...1st paper is same for every one..

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  31. Dear Ankit
    These days there're several books of UGC NET available.
    Their cost is about Rs 350-400.
    Just visit some book shops and ask for UGC NET book for Management subject
    Best wishes
    Neeraj

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