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UGC NET 2021 Updates: Application Form, Exam Dates and More

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UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates for the June session have been released by NTA. The exam will be held between 15th to 20th June 2021. 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 2021 updates.

EXAMUGC NET 2021 will be organized by a newly formulated body – National Testing Agency through online CBT mode. 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.

With so much demand by candidates on various platforms yearning for information about UGC NET; application form, guide, sample questions, and exam pattern for 2021. Many candidates also have been asking us questions like;

In this article, we have provided complete details related to UGC NET 2021 updates. So all your questions will be answered, carefully read through.


The National Eligibility Test (NET), also known as UGC NET or NTA-UGC-NET. It is the test for determining the eligibility for the post of Assistant Professor and/or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) award in Indian universities and colleges.

UGC NET is considered one of the toughest exams in India, with a success ratio of merely 6%. Previously, the passing ratio was around 3% – 4%. Assistant Professors in private colleges may or may not be NET qualified but NET qualification is mandatory for universities & government colleges.

According to a recent report of the National Testing Agency(NTA), a total of 10,34,872 candidates applied for December 2019 examination, covering 81 subjects, across 700 centers in 219 cities. Until July 2018, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the UGC NET exam but from December 2018 onwards, NTA is conducting the UGC National Eligibility Test.

As per the press release by the Indian Government, the exam would be conducted twice a year June month and December month, and it will be conducted in an online mode instead of offline mode

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UGC NET 2021 Exam Dates

Check the official UGC NET Exam Dates in the below-given table for the June & December session released by NTA:

Events Dates 2021
June Session 2021 (Announced) December Session 2021 (Tentative)
UGC NET 2021 Notification In February 2021 Last week of August 2021
Release of Online Application 16th March 2021 1st week of September 2021
Last date to fill online application 16th April 2021 Last week of September 2021
Availability of Admit card 15th May 2021 3rd week of November 2021
UGC NET 2021 Exam 15th to 20th June 2021 2nd to 3rd week of December 2021
Release of Answer Key June 2021 December 2021
Announcement of Results 5th July 2021 2nd week of January 2021

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UGC NET 2021 Application Form

Candidates can check below the complete details of the UGC NET 2021 Application Form:

  • The Online Application Form of UGC NET 2021 updates will be released on 16th March 2021 for the June session exam and in the first week of September 2021 (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.
  • The last date to fill the application form online is till 16th April 2021 for the June exam and in the last week of September 2021 for December Session.
  • Candidates can also correct mistakes in the details of the application form when the board will open the correction facility.

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Check Here – How to Fill UGC NET 2021 Application Form 


UGC NET 2021 Application Correction

In case candidates have made mistakes while filling in details in the application or uploading images, corrections can be made. The board will open the UGC NET application correction window after the completion of the 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 2021 Eligibility Criteria

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

Academic Qualifications:

  • Qualifying Exam: Applying candidates should own a Master’s degree or its equivalent from a board or university recognized by UGC.
  • Qualifying Marks: Candidate must have secured a 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 the qualifying exam can also apply.

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UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern

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

  • Exam Date: UGC NET 2021 Exam will be conducted in the second week of July 2021 for the July Session and the third week of December 2021 for the December Session.
  • Exam Mode: The entrance test will be organized in an Online CBT mode.
  • Number of Papers: There will be two papers for the exam – Paper I and Paper-II.
  • Number of Questions: A 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 answers.

Click Here – Check Marking Scheme for Various Papers for UGC NET 2021

UGC NET 2021 Syllabus

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

Paper I of UGC NET 2021 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 2021 will contain various topics from the subjects selected by the candidates. The topics will be related to the bachelor’s and Masters’s level syllabus.

Click Here – Get PDF for all Subject for UGC NET 2021 Syllabus

UGC NET 2021 Preparation Tips

Below we have provided UGC NET 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.
  • The 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.

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UGC NET 2021 Admit Card

UGC NET 2021 Admit card is an important document that must be carried by the appearing students on the exam day. No candidate will be allowed to take the exam without showing the admit card to the invigilator.

The Admit Card will be released on 15th May 2021 for the June session exam and in the 3rd week of November 2021 for the December session exam. It will be available through online mode only by entering the 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.

Click Here – Download UGC NET 2021 Admit Card

UGC NET 2021 Answer Key

After completion of the entrance exam, the board will publish the UGC NET 2021 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 to 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.

Click Here – Download UGC NET 2021 Final Answer Key

UGC NET 2021 Result

After the completion of exams and the release of the answer key, the board will announce the result. The results will be released on 5th July 2021 for the June session exam in the second week of January 2021 for the December session.

Students can check their results 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 counseling process.

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UGC NET 2021 Scorecard

The scorecard will be released along with the release of results. UGC NET 2021 Scorecard will mention various important details about the candidate and the entrance exam.

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

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UGC NET 2021 Cut Off

UGC NET 2021 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 last year trends:

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

Click Here – Get UGC NET 2021 Cut Off for All Subjects

If you have any queries regarding UGC NET 2021 Updates, you can ask your query in the comments section below. Don’t forget to share these updates with your friends and loved ones, to enable them access to this vital information.

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