UGC NET JRF 2021 Complete Information

You know the best part about cooking with the help of recipes is that before the recipe starts they give you a whole list of ingredients that you need to have.

This way at the time of cooking, you’re completely prepared.

I do have a valid point with that example, please have patience with me.

Similarly, with any exam wouldn’t it be just great if you’re given a list of things you need to worry about so that you can then thoroughly go through each of them and avoid any end-term panic.

In this blog, I’m going to give you a list of all the things that you need to worry about or research when it comes to the NTA UGC NET JRF Exam like UGC NET Notification (see I told you, I had a point).

I will talk about everything from what the UGC NET Online exam is, the syllabus, and also about job opportunities.

For the purpose of this blog not being too long and you ultimately giving up on me because of my bad jokes, I will add the link to every topic that I’ve discussed in more detail in the blog itself.

So buckle up, you’re in for a long ride.

UGC NET JRF Complete Info

NTA UGC NET Exam 2021

The NTA UGC NET JRF 2021 Exam is conducted twice a year by the NTA and lakhs of students get involved in this drive. The UGC NET Notification is released approximately 2 months before the exam.

The UGC NET JRF Paper helps you to pursue professorship as your career.

The NTA UGC NET exam was earlier conducted by the CBSE but from December 2018 onwards, it is being conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency).

The June 2020 Exam conducted by NTA was conceptual as well as tough as compared to the previous year’s papers.

So, toughen up your game if you’re really determined to crack the NTA UGC NET JRF Examination.

NTA UGC NET Exam Dates 2021

S.No. UGC NET December 2020 Notification Events Important Dates
1. Issue of Detailed Notification 2nd February 2021
2. Commencement of UGC NET Online Application Form 2 February 2021
3. Last date to submit the Form 2 March 2021
4. Last date of Fee Submission 3 March 2021
5. Correction in Particulars of Application form 5 March to 9 March 2021
6. UGC NET Exam Dates 2021 2-17 May 2021
7. Availability of Answer Key TBA on website
8. Last date to submit an Objection TBA on website
9. Declaration of Result online TBA on website

Due to the COVID-19 scenario in the year 2020, the National Testing Agency (NTA), had revised the registration dates not once but twice. 

The NTA UGC NET exam dates for June 2020 was postponed to September 2020, and therefore the December 2020 NTA UGC NET exam will be held most probably in the months of March and April in 2021.

This information was given in the UGC NET 2021 Notification that was released in the February of 2021.

UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2021

There are a lot of terms and conditions when it comes to the eligibility criteria for any exam. But to sum it up in short, you should fulfill the following criteria to apply for the UGC NET JRF exam as per the official UGC NET Notification 2021.

1) Age Eligibility

Your age should be less than 31 years on the first date of the month in which the UGC NET JRF Exam registration process would be concluded. There is also relaxation in the upper age limit for the UGC NET JRF 2021 exam which can be checked in the UGC NET 2021 Notification.

There is no Age Limit for NET, i.e., Assistant Professorship.

2) Educational Qualification for UGC NET (General)

You should have a Master’s Degree from a University/Institution recognized by UGC with a Minimum of 55% marks (this will be 50% in case of SC/ST/PWD/transgender candidate) or grade.

Eligibility Criteria is a vast topic and has a lot of things to be discussed. For further details, read here the complete UGC NET 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

UGC NET Online Application Form 2021

Aren’t we all tired of listening to the same old stories from our parents about how they had to walk miles and miles to reach school and we’ve got everything easy in life?

While in the broad spectrum that might not be that accurate, but we sure have gotten things a little easier when compared to them.

Even though our job to fill the UGC NET Online application form is quite easy as compared to what they had to go through, it still can be a tricky job.

To make it easier for you, I have made a separate blog as to how to fill the online application form for the UGC NET JRF exam without making any mistakes (our generation is a little messier too).

Check here, how to fill the Online Application Form.

UGC NET Admit Card 2021

The admit card for UGC NET JRF 2021 will be issued 10-20 days prior to the UGC NET Exam  dates 2021.

You can download UGC NET JRF Admit Card by visiting the official website.

UGC NET Job Profile 2021

Now coming to the topic you’ve all been secretly waiting for.

When you choose an exam as difficult as the NTA UGC NET JRF, it’s obvious to say that you had a picture of your job in your head before applying for the exam.

But, you might not be aware of the industry standards and that’s what I’ll be discussing in this section.

You can read about more details of the UGC NET Job Profile here.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

For the guys at NTA, clearing one paper is not enough, they had to take 2 UGC NET papers instead.

But no, seriously, both Paper I and Paper II hold separate importance when it comes to clearing the UGC NET JRF Exam.

The Exam Pattern of UGC NET JRF 2021 Examination consisted of the following steps –

  • Paper 1
  • Paper 2

Both the papers are objective in character. You can go through the details of UGC NET Paper 1 and Paper 2 here.

UGC NET Syllabus 2021

Ever since NTA has been handed over the responsibility to conduct the examination, the syllabus for NTA UGC NET JRF has changed.

Unfortunately for all of you planning to give the exam after the change, the papers conducted after 2018 have certainly been more challenging than before.

So, you better buckle up and be prepared for some hard-working days ahead.

Exam Pattern & Syllabus of UGC NET 2021 Paper I & II can be viewed here.

UGC NET Cut off

An idea of the previous year cut off of UGC NET Paper 1 & Paper 2 exams will help you to understand the type of questions asked and also the minimum number of questions that must be correct from the overall questions in order to clear the exam.

You should attempt all the Questions in the UGC NET Exam as there is no negative marking. So, here are the UGC NET Cut off June 2020, Dec 2019, July 2019, Dec 2018, and July 2018.

Year NET JRF Cut Off List
June 2020 Download PDF
Dec 2019 Download PDF
July 2019 Download PDF
Dec 2018 Download PDF
July 2018 Download PDF

UGC NET Preparation Tips 

The overall level of the UGC NET 2021 exam is on a higher side when compared with other teaching examinations.

You should have a proper study program in place whilst preparing for this exam.

Also, with NTA coming into the scene, the examination is made even more conceptual. So, you should boost your preparation with UGC NET Online Coaching provided by us.

Overall and sectional strategy for this exam will eventually help you to score better. Check here to read more about this approach to crack UGC NET 2020 Exam.

UGC NET Result 2020

The official result of UGC NET is updated generally in the month of July on the website of NTA.

But for the year 2020, because of COVID-19, it was declared on 1st December 2020.

You can check your result here.

How to Crack UGC NET in three months?

If you’re giving an exam, you give it with the purpose of clearing it.

So, it’s obvious, you, like every other student, will try to look for schedules or shortcuts that can help you to crack the exam.

Even though I don’t believe in shortcuts, I know having a strategy can always help.

And hence I am sharing the ‘Three months Strategy’ for the upcoming UGC NET. This article will definitely help you with UGC NET Preparation.

Know more in detail about how to crack UGC NET in 3 months?

UGC NET Previous Year Question Papers

It is essential to attempt UGC NET previous year question papers to be familiar with the type and level of the questions asked in the exam.

In this post, we have provided UGC NET JRF past year papers with a detailed solution.

You can go through more Past Year Papers of NTA UGC NET.

Click here to find the UGC NET JRF Examination December 2018 Papers with Answers


I hope by the end of this blog, you’ve probably got an overview of what the UGC NET JRF exam is all about. If you’re one of the determined kids, you must be having like a bunch of additional links opened on your browser that I have provided in this blog for detailed information.

Best of Luck!!
Keep Learning!!

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About Anuj Jindal

Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 4 years of experience in the field of Education.

FAQs: UGC NET Complete Info

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    What is JRF in the UGC NET exam?

    This question calls for an analogy as an answer. Take a glass of creamy milk. Churn it until the cream separates from the milk beneath it. Now assuming that the glass of milk was a glass full of UGC NET qualifiers, the cream on top is the layer of JRF qualifiers. Do you get my drift? Basically, the Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) are the creme de la creme of all those who qualify the NET exams, which constitutes a very less percentage of the total qualifiers. The JRFs are entitled to some special benefits that separate them from normal NET qualifiers, such as exemption from written tests while applying for an M.Phil. Program, acceptance into Ph.D. programs in exclusive universities, entitlement to a monthly stipend of approximately 31000 INR, etc.

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    What is the stipend for JRF qualifiers?

    This question is a fairly simple one, and yet the answers to it can be many. So if you are a JRF qualifier, you’ll be paid a stipend of around 31000 INR per month if you pursue a Ph.D. or M.Phil. from a UGC NET approved university. This amount increases up to 35000 INR per month after 2 years. Now, this amount is inclusive of the House Rent Allowance (HRA) which is different for different cities. Therefore the stipend amounts also varied depending on the city you’ve chosen to do your Ph.D. from.

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    Is UGC NET and JRF the same?

    This question that you’ve asked is an important one, my friend. Let me say it straight of the bat that qualifying for the UGC NET and qualifying for JRF through the UGC NET are two different things. Not clear?…let me elaborate.

    When the UGC NET JRF results are declared, then there are two cut offs declared, one for the UGC NET and the other for the UGC NET JRF. The UGC NET JRF cut off is slightly higher than the UGC NET Cut off. Those who clear the UGC NET JRF cut off become JRF qualifiers and those who manage to clear the UGC NET Cut off but not the UGC NET JRF Cut off become eligible for Assistant Professor.

    The next difference is that the score of NET is valid for a lifetime whereas the score of JRF is valid only for 2 years. The JRF qualification entitles you to a host of benefits that are not available to other NET qualifiers. Some of them are exemption from written test while applying for an M.Phil. Program, acceptance into Ph.D. programs in exclusive universities, entitlement to a monthly stipend of approximately 31000 INR, etc.

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    What is the benefit of NET JRF?

    Being a NET JRF qualifier myself, I think I can answer this question better than most. You see, the UGC NET exam gives you an opportunity to foray into the field of academics and research by making you eligible for a post of an assistant professor, or a Junior Research Fellow (JRF), or both. In the case of the assistant professor post, you only need to score in the UGC NET exam above the cut offs to become eligible for it. However, to be eligible for the JRF post, you’d need to clear the exam with high marks. Being a JRF will entitle you to a scholarship of 31000 INR per month for the first 2 years and 35000 INR per month for the remaining tenure after that. Sweet isn’t it? So, I’d urge you to put in the extra effort, ace your UGC NET, and become a JRF.

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    When will UGC NET December 2020 Exam be conducted?

    I know for a fact that if you were to get a buck for every time you read about the UGC NET 2020 Exam getting rescheduled due to the COVID-19 crisis, you would be a millionaire by now. So I won’t bore you with the details further. However, it should be noted that the UGC NET December 2020 Exam has been postponed, and will finally take place in the month of May from the 2nd to 17th in 2021. I write this after referring to the official UGC NET December 2020 notification that came out in February 2021.

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    For how many subjects is the UGC NET Exam conducted?

    The UGC NET exam is a series of exams conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for around 100 different subjects ranging from Management, Philosophy, Electronic Science, to Yoga. Most of the subjects belong to non-science streams like Humanities, Management, Arts, etc. Having said that I’d like to emphasize that the UGC NET exam is not a cakewalk. It will take meticulous preparation and effort on your part if you want to clear it in the subject of your choice. Having cleared the UGC NET JRF twice myself, I think I am qualified enough to make that claim.

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    How many papers does one need to clear in order to qualify for the UGC NET Exam?

    The UGC NET exam consists of 2 papers, namely Paper 1 and Paper 2, having a total of 150 questions, which you’d need to solve in 3 hours’ time. To clear the UGC NET exam you’d have to score above the UGC NET qualifying cut off marks of both papers. If you belong to the general category, you’d need to score above 40% in both the papers. In case you are from the SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD/Transgender category, then you’d need to score above 35% for the same. By the way, I have to say something that you might like. The UGC NET exam does not have negative marking. This should make you attempt every question to the best of your ability to try and score well above the cut offs.

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    How many times is UGC NET conducted in a year?

    If you think that the NTA UGC NET is a single exam that takes once a year, you are grossly mistaken. Having cleared the UGC NET myself and having been taught thousands of UGC NET students over the years, I can say that the UGC NET is no walk in the park. The UGC NET is basically a series of 100 or more subject-specific exams held over a period of a fortnight, twice every year. Once in June and once in December.


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    How can I get the UGC NET previous year papers of UGC NET Commerce?

    I commend your decision to start solving UGC NET previous year question papers. It’s the wisest thing to do before any exam. These are not just papers but treasure chests of the most important questions and topics that are best not overlooked while preparing for the upcoming UGC NET exam. Unfortunately, ever since the start of the UGC NET exam in the online format, they have stopped providing the past year question papers, but don’t worry, I have compiled the past year papers with the help of my past year students. To get all commerce past year question papers: CLICK HERE. You may also choose to buy my book for the same.


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    • Hey,

      Really happy to see that this blog helped you.

  2. Sir, how much mock test sets available free for paper 1.

    • Hey,

      I provide 10 mock tests for Paper 1. Let me know if you have any further query.


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