UGC NET Apply Online, Syllabus & Selection Criteria

We live in simpler times, you have to agree with me. Applying for exams earlier was such a pain for all the students, you had to send in a letter to go to the post office and mail it. But now UGC NET Apply Online task is not that difficult.

All we have to do is open our laptops or even mobile phones and just with a click, boom we’ve applied for the exam.


I assure you, even though our generation is privileged because of the internet, we still can face issues while filling the online form.

But before we get to that, let’s discuss the selection criteria, shall we?

UGC NET JRF Selection Criteria

In our last blog, we discussed the UGC NET JRF Eligibility Criteria (UGC NET JRF Admit Card, Eligibility Criteria & Exam Result).

Hence the checklist for you to know your eligibility, let’s discuss the checklist of the UGC NET JRF exam that checks your efficiency.

UGC NET Selection Criteria is one of the main features you need to study before and even after applying for the exam.

Not that I want to scare you but UGC NET JRF is one the toughest selection process and a low percentage of the total candidates appearing for the exam, actually clear the exam with the required cut-off.

So, let’s dive into the UGC NET Selection Criteria before I scare you off any further, and let’s make sure you’re one of the few who pass the exam with flying colors.

Now the UGC NET JRF Selection procedure is based on and divided into 2 tests – Paper I & Paper II.

UGC NET JRF Selection Criteria – Paper I 

Even though both exams are tough and equally important, if I had to compare out of the two evils, Paper I is definitely a little better than Paper II. 

Paper I of the NET JRF exam is an objective examination that goes on for an hour constituting 50 questions.

Now for every right answer, the candidate scores +2 mark (yay) and for every incorrect answer, there is no negative marking.

You heard it right, no negative marking. So after you’re done attempting all the questions you’re absolutely sure about, go crazy and let your instinct guide you for the rest of the exam. 

Even though the marks of both, Paper I & Paper II, together make the final result, it is still advisable for the candidate to try and score the maximum marks in Paper I itself because remember, Paper I is lesser of the two evils. 

The National Testing Agency (NTA) instead of conducting the exam on one day, conducts the exam over a time period.

Since the exam takes place online, the candidate is free to choose a date and time in the given time period. Both Paper I and Paper II take place on the same day.

Now let’s discuss the exam pattern of the Paper I:

Exam Duration: 60 minutes

Units Questions Marks
Teaching Aptitude 5 10
Research Aptitude 5 10
Reading Comprehension 5 10
Communication 5 10
Arithmetic Reasoning 5 10
Logical Reasoning 5 10
Data Interpretation 5 10
ICT 5 10
People and Environment 5 10
Higher Education 5 10

The Qualifying marks for Paper 1 General Category are 40 and the qualifying marks for Paper 1 Reserved Category is 35.

UGC NET JRF Selection Criteria – Paper II

Finally, we’ve been calling this part of the exam evil for quite some time now so let’s dig into the details without wasting any more time.

Paper II exam is the Second stage under the UGC NET Selection Criteria. Paper I and Paper II will be held on the same day in a span of three hours.

The Overall Selection is based on the marks obtained by a candidate in both the exams, so it is very important for a student to score equally good marks in both the exams as just cracking the cut off will not help you to achieve a certificate of UGC NET JRF.

Now unlike Paper I, Paper II depends on the subject you want to get your certification in.

A total of 100 questions with the same criteria as Paper I, +2 for every right answer and NO negative marking for incorrect answers (I guess, it isn’t as bad as we thought). 

The syllabus of Paper II is the complete syllabus of Graduation and Post Graduation of the particular subject (I think I spoke too soon about Paper II not being bad). 

To know more about the exam pattern and the syllabus for the UGC JRF NET Exam, head up here: UGC NET Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Cut Off & Past Year Papers

Total Exam Duration: 180 minutes

Note: Paper I and Paper II will be set in both language English and Hindi. A candidate who is giving the exam has to secure minimum marks independently in each paper and total also.

We have launched the UGC NET JRF Complete courses & Test Series for Paper I & Paper II Exam. To help you in your preparation, Get here for Past Year Papers of UGC NET JRF.

UGC NET JRF Selection Criteria – Let’s Brief it Up!

  1. You have to qualify in each of the tests as per the marks prescribed by the NTA
  2. Go crazy with all the answers you’re not sure about since there’s no negative marking ( that doesn’t mean you’ll give the entire exam on a hit and trial basis).
  3. In all, it’s not just important to secure the cut off marks but also score enough marks to make it to the merit list.

Don’t forget to check out the previous year UGC NET JRF Cut Off to know how much you need to score to pass in the UGC NET JRF result.

UGC NET Apply Online

Even though our jobs have become easier with the advent of technology and the internet, it still can be hectic to fill the form online.

Don’t worry I have got you covered, I have a step by step process on how to fill the form without making any mistakes.

If you want to apply for UGC NET JRF you can apply straightforward from the official link below: UGC NET Apply online

Note – You can access this page from desktop/laptop/mobile.

    S.No. Exam Events Important Dates
    1. Opening Date of Online Application 16th March, 2020
    2. Closing Date of UGC NET JRF Online Application 15th June, 2020
    3. Downloading of Admit Cards 19th September, 2020
    4. Dates of Examination 24th September, 2020

    Let’s make this easy for you, I’m going to make a list of all the things that you need before sitting down and filling your application form.

    For all the people who love making lists, we already did your job so you can enjoy ticking things off in the list:

    • Board/University declaration
    • Ration card/Passport number/Aadhaar card number/Voter ID card number/other Government ID
    • Qualifying degree declaration
    • Class declaration (if pertinent)
    • Financially Weaker Section (EWS) declaration (if pertinent)
    • Individual with Disability (PwD) declaration (if relevant)
    • Scanned pictures of photograph and signature in JPG position (record size of photograph: 10 kb to 200 kb, document size of signature: 4 kb to 30 kb)
    • A legitimate email ID and portable number
    • Changeless and correspondence address with pin code
    • Four exam areas arranged by choice
    • Code of NET subject for which the applicant intends to take the test (accessible in data handout)
    • Code of post-graduation course (accessible in data handout) 

    UGC NET JRF: Steps to Apply Online

    Don’t take filling the form lightly and make sure you read all the steps carefully to avoid any mistakes. 

    Step 1: Fill UGC NET Registration Form  

    To Apply for UGC NET 2020, you first need to visit the UGC NET page on the official site of the test.

    Now tap on the Fill Online Application Form button at the base of the page.

    On tapping the button, you’ll be redirected to another page.

    You need to tap on the New Registration button and download the information brochure.

    When done, tap on the checkbox at the base of the page and tap on the ‘Click Here to Proceed’ button.

    On tapping the button, the UGC NET enrollment page will open on the screen. Subtleties to be filled in the enlistment structure are:

      Personal Details
      Your Name Father's Name Mother's Name
      Date of Birth Gender Identification Number
      Identity type (Note: from December 2018 onwards, Aadhar Card is not a mandatory document for UGC NET registrations. Candidates are free to provide any other valid Government ID number such as passport number, bank account number, etc.)
      Contact Details
      Complete Postal Address Email Address Mobile Number
      Choose Password
      Password (to be chosen) Security Question (to be chosen) Security Answer

      When all details are filled, you can tap on the Submit button to continue further with the application procedure. When all details are submitted, an application number will be produced on the screen. You need to take note of that application number produced application number for future reference. 

      Step 2: Fill UGC NET Application Form

      Next, you need to login to their enrolled account utilizing application number and password. Once signed in, you can begin filling the online application structure. Details to be filled in UGC NET Online Apply include: 

      • Exam related details: Here, you need to choose your preferences for the UGC NET test centers. Likewise, you need to choose the subject and also the job (Assistant Professor/JRF and Assistant Professor) you want.
      • Personal data: This area incorporates your details, for example, name, sexual orientation, guardians’ name, phone number, email address, date of birth, and so on.
      • Mailing address
      • Permanent location
      • Educational qualification: This incorporates filling off details, for example, the subject of postgraduate test, the status of post-graduation (passed/showing up), college name, year of passing post-graduation, the status of M.Phil.and Ph.D. (passed/showing up/not showing up), and so on.
      • Security pin: This includes filling off the security number previously given to the page.

      After all the subtleties are filled, you need to tap on the “Next” button. On tapping the button, and again you will be diverted to another page. 

      Step 3: Upload Image and Signature 

      Next, you need to upload your examined pictures and signature according to the particulars referenced in the table underneath. The examined pictures and signature ought to be in the JPEG format. 

      Size of photo image  Greater than 10 kb and less than 200 kb 
      Size of signature image  Greater than 4 kb and less than 30 kb 

      Step 4: Pay UGC NET Application Fee  

      You can pay the UGC NET Exam Apply charge through SBI/HDFC/Syndicate/ICICI/Paytm payment gateway (debit card/credit card/net banking/UPI).

        Category UGC NET Application Fee (in Rs.)
        General 1,000
        General - EWS/OBC-NCL 500
        SC/ST/PwD/Transgender 250

        Step 5: Download the Confirmation Page 

        Once you have successfully paid the UGC NET Online Apply fee, an affirmation page will be created. Take printouts of the affirmation page and save it for future reference.  

        From there on, the UGC NET Online Apply 2020 procedure will be finished. 

        UGC NET Application Form Correction  

        When the UGC NET Apply Online procedure is finished, NTA offers a one-time opportunity to amend the application form (they know we’re humans and are capable of making mistakes).

        Steps to get the UGC NET 2020 application structure rectification opportunity are referenced underneath:  

        • Visit the official website
        • Login utilizing application number and password
        • Click on the connection accessible for application structure amendment
        • Make changes in the necessary fields of the application structure
        • Click on Submit catch to present the altered application form

        UGC NET Exam Apply: Brief it Up!

        • You can fill the application structure in online mode on the official site of the test as it were. UGC NET applications submitted in some other mode won’t be acknowledged
        • You can submit just a single application form
        • You must enter your email ID and phone number in the application form accurately as all the significant correspondence with respect to the test will be finished by NTA through email or SMS
        • All the four stages of the application procedure (enrollment, application form filling, uploading of photograph and signature, and application fee payment) can be done together or at discrete occasions
        • You don’t have to provide any document other than examined photograph and signature in the UGC NET Online Apply application form
        • In the event that the affirmation page isn’t created after the payment of the application fee, this implies the transaction has been dropped. In such cases, the sum will be refunded to your account. Be that as it may, you need to make another payment for the online application form
        • You must hold the printed duplicates of the affirmation page for future reference
        • Since the whole UGC NET application process is on the web, you don’t have to send any archive through post/fax/by hand/email to NTA (technology really is a boon most of the time).

        UGC NET Syllabus 

        Let’s discuss the thing that we as students dread and can’t survive without either. The UGC NET syllabus. 

        Remember those days, when we used to be in school, and for any unforeseen reasons, sometimes our syllabus used to be cut short. Well, those days are long gone. 

        Well, even when the UGC NET Syllabus might get updated periodically, it can never be cut short at the end time. This isn’t school, you guys. 

        Let’s dive into the syllabus for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 for the UGC NET.

        UGC NET Paper 1 Syllabus

        We’ve already discussed the exam pattern for the UGC NET wherein we discussed the segregation of marks and questions per topic for the Paper I exam. 

        The UGC NET Paper 1 syllabus is on the official website of the UGC Net bureau, you can find it here. 

        So I’m not going to waste your time by copy-pasting the UGC NET Paper 1 syllabus, here again, instead, I will discuss some of the important topics in each of the categories for Paper I. 

        UGC NET JRF Teaching Aptitude:

        • Nature, Objectives, Characteristics
        • Learners Characteristics
        • Factors Affecting Teaching
        • Methods of Teaching
        • Teaching Aids
        • Different Approaches in Education

        UGC NET JRF Research Aptitude:

        • Meaning, Characteristics & Types
        • Steps of Research
        • Methods of Research & Research Design
        • Research Ethics
        • Article, Paper, Workshop, Seminar, Conference
        • Sampling Techniques and Types
        • Thesis and report writing

        UGC NET JRF Reading Comprehension

        UGC NET JRF Communication:

        •  Nature & Characteristics of Communication
        • Types of Communication
        • Barriers to Effective Communication
        • Process of Communication

        UGC NET JRF Data Interpretation:

        • Profit & Loss
        • Percentages & Fractions
        • Ratio & Proportion

        UGC NET JRF Mathematical & Logical Reasoning:

        • Number Series, Letter Series, Codes
        • Relationships and Classification
        • Understanding the Structure of Arguments, Deductive, Inductive
        • Verbal Analogies-Word Analogy, verbal Classification
        • Venn Diagram Analytical Reasoning
        • Indian Logic

        UGC NET JRF Information and Communication Technology:

        • Meaning, Advantages, and Disadvantages
        • General Abbreviations and Terminologies
        • Basics of Internet and E-mailing

        UGC NET JRF People and Environment:

        • People & Environment Interaction
        • Sources of Pollution
        • Pollutants and their Impact on Humans, Diseases, etc.

        UGC NET JRF Higher Education & Governance:

        • Structure of Higher education In India, Important Apex Bodies
        • Recent National and International Rankings, Schemes of the Government
        • Basics of Constitution and Polity, President, Governor, etc.

        Now that we’ve covered all the important topics from UGC NET Paper 1 syllabus, let’s head over to Paper-II.

        UGC NET Syllabus – Paper II

        Unlike Paper I, Paper II is subjective to each of you and will depend on the subject you choose as your specialty. Most of the students choose the subject that they specialized in their post-graduation, however, there’s no hard and fast rule for this.

        You can choose any subject in a total of 101 subjects for the UGC NET JRF Exam. Isn’t that cool, you’ve literally got like 100 options. 

        Here’s the list of those 101 subjects and their syllabus-

        Subject Code Subject Syllabus [in English] Syllabus [in Hindi]
        01 Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics/Development Eco./Business Economics Download Download
        02 Political Science Download Download
        03 Philosophy Download Download
        04 Psychology Download Download
        05 Sociology Download Download
        06 History Download Download
        07 Anthropology Download Download
        08 Commerce Download Download
        09 Education Download Download
        10 Social Work Download Download
        11 Defence and Strategic Studies Download Download
        12 Home Science Download Download
        14 Public Administration Download Download
        15 Population Studies Download Download
        16 Music Download Download
        17 Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing/ Marketing Mgt./Industrial Relations and Personnel Mgt./ Personnel Mgt./Financial Mgt./Co-operative Management) Download Download
        18 Maithili Download Download
        19 Bengali Download Download
        20 Hindi   Download


        Applying for any exam can be a little stressful as there’s so much information that needs to be filled. Before filling the form, remember to take a deep breath and know that even if you make a mistake, you can correct it later. I hope I have given you all the information that you might.

        All the best!!
        Keep Learning!!


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        FAQs: UGC NET Apply Online, Syllabus & Selection Criteria

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          How can I Apply Online for UGC NET?

          To appear for the test, the candidates can fill UGC NET application form in online mode by visiting the official website i.e Registration fees for the general category are INR 1000, INR 500 for OBC and EWS, and INR 250 for SC/ ST/ PWD and Transgender candidates.

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          Is UGC NET Exam Online?

          Yes, this will be computer based test (CBT) and will be conducted through online mode.

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          What is the application fee for UGC NET 2020 Exam?

          Candidates have to pay Rs 1,000 (Rs 500 for EWs/OBC-NCL and Rs 250 for SC/ST/PwD) as the application fee for UGC NET exam.

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          I have forgotten my application number. How can I recover the same?

          In case, you forget your application number or password, you can recover the same on the official website of the exam by clicking on the Forgot Password or Forgot Application Number link.

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          Do I have the option of submitting the application form in offline mode?

          No, unfortunately, you cannot submit the UGC NET application form in the offline mode, i.e. by post, or through an offline portal. The UGC NET application forms can only be submitted online through the official UGC NET exam website.

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          Can I pay the UGC NET application fee through the demand draft?

          Assuming that you read and understood the UGC NET application process as it has been mentioned on this website, you should know that after you are done filling in all the information in your UGC NET application form, the final application fee needs to be paid. Only after paying the fee can you finally consider your Application process completed.

          So, it’s very important that you correctly understand the mode of payment through which the UGC NET application fee needs to be paid. If you are thinking of paying the fee through the demand draft, know that according to UGC NET’s official website, only payments made through credit/debit cards/net banking, or UPI are accepted. All payments made through money orders, demand drafts, and IPO s are rejected.

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          How do I apply for the UGC NET 2020 in December?

          I assume you want to enquire about the application process for the UGC NET exams of the December session of 2020. If you are then I am sorry to say that the dates for applications for the same have not been announced as yet. You see due to the COVID pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns, even the UGC NET June session of 2020 had to be postponed till the first half of November 2020. This means that the 2020 UGC NET December session would also probably be postponed to a later date. However you don’t need t worry. I’ve got your back, you call always find the latest UGC NET updates on this website.

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          Does NTA provide the facility for application form correction?

          Oh! This is one of the most common questions that I get asked. You see, filling up UGC NET exam application forms incorrectly is something that happens so frequently that The NTA (National Testing Agency) has now provided the facility to correct the Application forms that you have already filled in before. You can find the form correction portal on the UGC NET website itself. However, there is a catch.

          The portal is open only for a limited number of days after the application process is over. Also, you need to keep in mind that not all details can be corrected in the form. Therefore, what I would recommend you to do is fill in the form as carefully and mindfully as possible at the first go itself.

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          Is the UGC NET application fee refundable?

          I know that sometimes we take steps that we think are the right ones for the moment, but while looking in retrospect, we realize that we were wrong. I am sure this must have happened to you as well. Such a thing can happen to you while applying for the UGC NET exam also.

          For instance, there might be a case where you may be done paying the application fees and finalizing your NET application, but later realizing that paying the application fees was the wrong thing to do, you may want the fee amount refunded back to you.

          In such a case, there is bad news for you my friend. The National Testing Agency (NTA) or the body that conducts the UGC NET exam, does not process requests for fees refund once the fee amount has been paid by the candidate. Therefore you should always take the UGC NET application fee payment step after much deliberation to avoid the regret of losing the fee amount later, and also because the application fee payment is the final step of your application process.

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          Can I apply for the UGC NET exam while pursuing my master's?

          This question that you asked me is a very important one and is also a very common one at that. Therefore, let me be as clear as possible. You can very well apply for the UGC NET exam, even if you are in the first year of your master’s course. There’s a reason why this is allowed. Let me elaborate.

          In case you are able to clear the UGC NET exam, the NET qualifying certificate that you’d receive would be valid for the next three years. This means that even after you graduate out after the second year of your master’s course, you’d still have at least an extra year left in the validity of your NET qualification certificate, using which you can apply for jobs. To get complete details you can go over this blog.

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          Can I apply for NET in two different subjects?

          Choosing to appear for the UGC NET in two different subjects is a brave thought my friend, and I would like to tell you that it’s entirely possible to do so. However unlikely it might sound, there are people that appear for the NET in two different subjects and are also able to ace in them both. If you are one of them and really want to appear for the same, make sure that you have the required master’s degrees or their equivalents with a minimum passing marks of 55% in both subjects. Also, make sure that the subjects are listed under the UGC NET subjects list. To know more about the topic, click here.


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