UGC NET 2021 Result, E-Certificate & Answer Key

Topics Covered: UGC NET JRF 2021 Result, Result Dates, 2020 Result & its Statistics, How to Check Result, Details on Scorecard, E-Certificate & JRF Letter, How to Download E-Certificate, E-Certificate Validity, Answer Key & Marked Responses, Important Dates & Steps to Download Answer Key, How to Challenge & Information on Answer Key

Remember the times when you used to take part in sports or academic events in your school and win. Remember how happy you used to get when the results would be announced, & you’d get a certificate for it. That is the same type of happiness, which I felt when I got my UGC NET results, and I got certificates for them.  

You see I cleared my UGC NET in the subjects of Commerce and Management with scores high enough to get me inducted into the junior research fellowship programs in both.  

For both papers, I was ecstatic when I got to know the results and was able to download my UGC NET e-certificate online. As for my UGC NET JRF certificates, I received them several months after the results were declared.  

However, you should note that it’s not the case anymore. From the year 2020 onwards, The NTA (National Testing Agency) has begun to issue JRF certificates or award letters through an online portal.  

So, it could be said that the NTA’s process of UGC NET JRF certificates being issued online is a great step, as far as applying for jobs sooner and saving time is concerned.  

That said, as you might have figured it out by now, in this article I shall be talking about anything and everything related to the results of the NTA UGC NET exams; From the UGC NET 2021 result dates, how to check the results, up to the list of things that you can expect to find in the UGC NET result sheet/scorecard. 

So, without any further ado let us begin. 

Table of Content – UGC NET Result 2021, E-Certificate & Answer Key

NTA UGC NET Result 2021

UGC NET announces the result within a month after the completion of the exam cycle. The result is declared in the format of a scorecard containing the certain relevant information related to the candidate in addition to the candidate’s personal details. I have written them in detail, in the section below. 

That said, note that as per UGC, ‘the number of candidates to be qualified (total slots or Eligibility for Assistant Professor) shall be equal to 6% of the candidates who appeared in both the papers of NET’. 

These total slots are segregated as per the reservation policy of GoI into different categories. 

Now, talking about the result of the UGC NET 2021 exams, they’ll be held on the following dates: 20,21,22,24,25,26,29,30 November 2021, & 01,03,04,05 December 2021.  

Therefore, my estimate is that the results will be declared latest by the first week of January 2022.

UGC NET 2021 Result & Related Dates

In this section, I have mentioned in a tabular format, when the UGC NET 2021 result will be declared, and have also mentioned the other dates related to the same. 

UGC NET 2021 Result Related Events UGC NET 2021 Result Related Dates
UGC NET Release of Answer Key To Be Announced 
UGC NET Result To Be Announced 
Release of UGC NET e-certificate To Be Announced 

Assuming that you have gone through this section, let us know some things about the UGC NET result of 2020. 

UGC NET Result 2020

You must be curious to know the previous UGC NET exam result so as to set a goal for yourself. Don’t worry we all do that. 

And why wouldn’t you be curious and excited to crack the exam yourself, JRF job profile is a reputed one and is sought after due to its handsome NET JRF Holder salary. 

This is also the reason that the competition is really tough for this exam. 

The June 2020 Cycle of the exam was conducted from September 2020 to November 2020. 

UGC NET Result Statistics (June 2020)

In this section, I have mentioned the statistics related to the results of the 2020 UGC NET exam, such as the number of candidates who registered, appeared and qualified, for the post of Assistant professor (AP), and also those who applied for JRF and AP both. 

I have given below a table and a corresponding graph demonstrating the same:

Parameters Assistant Professor only JRF and Assistant Professor Total
Number of candidates registered 2,59,734 6,01,242 8,60,976
Number of candidates appeared 1,40,479 3,86,228 5,26,707
Number of candidates qualified 40,986 6,171 47,157
Result 2020 Statistics for UGC NET JRF Exams.

That is all I have for the results statistics section. Let us now look at the steps you’d need to follow in order to check the UGC NET 2021 results.

UGC NET Result – Steps to Check

I am a very optimistic person and I do hope that you clear the upcoming UGC NET exam.  

That said, let me just tell you the steps to check your NTA UGC NET Exam Result (UGC NET 2021 Result is yet to be declared. Once it is declared you may check the result using the steps below). 

Step 1: Go to 

Step 2: Click on the result link for UGC NET. 

Step 3: On this page, enter your Application Number, Date of Birth & Security Pin. Click on Submit button. 

Step 4: Your UGC NET result will be shown on the screen. Download & print it. 

The cut-off marks are released shortly after the result is released by NTA. I have mentioned the past year’s Cut Offs here. Don’t forget to go through them. 

Anyways, now that you know the steps to check and download your UGC NET scorecard or result, whichever suits you the best, I’ll now talk about the details mentioned on the same. 

Details Mentioned on the UGC NET Scorecard

I have mentioned below a table about the various details that you’ll find written on your UGC NET result/scorecard: 

  • Roll number  
  • Number of candidates registered for the concerned subject  
  • Application number 
  • Number of candidates appeared for the concerned subject  
  • Name  
  • Post applied for (JRF and Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor Only)  
  • Father’s name  
  • Paper-wise and total marks obtained  
  • Mother’s name  
  • Paper-wise and total percentage obtained  
  • Category  
  • Paper-wise and total percentile score obtained  
  • Subject code and name  
  • Exam qualifying status

In the image that I have given below you can get an idea of all the details mentioned in the UGC NET scorecard:

UGC NET JRF Final Result

Now that I have listed all the details given on the UGC NET scorecard, you now know what to expect after downloading your UGC NET result. 

Furthermore, while checking your UGC NET scorecard, if you find in your exam qualifying status as positive, you can then expect another piece of document that the NTA will release in your name. 

Let us know about these documents called the UGC NET e-certificate & JRF letter.

UGC NET E-Certificate & JRF Letter

Now, as I have mentioned above, if according to your UGC NET result, you are able to qualify for the test, then NTA comes out with the next piece of documentation in your name, I.e., the UGC NET e-certificate or the JRF letter. 

You become eligible to receive the UGC NET E-certificate if you qualify just for the post of Assistant professor in your UGC NET exam.  

Whereas, if you qualify for the position in the JRF, then you become eligible to receive the JRF letter. 

These certificates are like award badges that you’d need to have with you to apply for the various job interviews, research positions, and teaching jobs. 

That said, once your UGC NET/JRF qualifying certificate is released, you’d be required to download the same for future use. Let us see how to do so in a step-wise manner. 

To give you an idea of how an e-certificate looks like, you can refer to the image below:

E-Certificate & JRF Letter of UGC NET Exams.

How to Download UGC NET E-certificate & JRF Letter

In the lines written below, I have explained in a step-wise manner how you can download your UGC NET e-certificate or/& your JRF letter. 

Here are the steps: 

  1. Go to the UGC NET website.
  2. On the website, you’ll find the link for downloading e-certificates/JRF letters.
  3. Next, select the exam and enter the captcha code and proceed. 
  4. Then enter details like application no. and date of birth, and then enter the captcha code.
  5. Then click on proceed.
  6. Next, a page opens where you can check and download your e-certificate and/or JRF award letter. 

Now, that you know the steps to download your UGC NET e-certificate/JRF letter, let us quickly go through the topic about the duration of their validity. 

UGC NET E-Certificate/JRF letter Validity? 

Coming to the validity of the certificates awarded to those who are able to achieve a qualifying status in their UGC NET result, they are of two types. 

The two types of certificates that we usually refer to as the UGC NET e-certificate and the JRF letter are formally known as: 

  • Certificate of Lectureship (LS) 
  • Certificate for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) 

That said, both have different validities. 

The Certificate for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) will be valid only for the 3 years post the date of the declaration of your result. 

Whereas, the Certificate of Lectureship has no such time limit. You can apply for a lectureship position any time after qualifying for your UGC NET exam.  

UGC NET Answer Key & Marked Responses

Before the UGC NET results are announced, the NTA usually comes out with UGC NET provisional answer keys, marked responses, and question papers. 

I know what you must be thinking. What is this new term called, “provisional answer key” now? 

Well, let me explain. After the UGC NET exams are over, a provisional answer key is released. However, it’s worth mentioning that in the case of the UGC NET June 2020, it was released twice, once during the exam cycle for the then completed exams and other after the cycle for the remaining exams, owing to discrepancies due to COVID. 

Nonetheless, as a general rule, the provisional answer key (also called the preliminary answer key) is declared around a fortnight before the final results are announced. 

The reason for releasing the provisional answer key and marked responses is to give the candidates the opportunity to challenge the answer key, with details and supporting evidence, if they can spot any discrepancy in it. 

Another reason is to allow the candidates to figure out their own marks by matching the answers they had written in the exam, listed in their marked responses, to the provisional answer key. 

An important thing to note is that there is a processing fee of Rs. 1,000 per answer challenged, this fee is refunded if your challenge is found to be correct. 

This facility is typically available for only 2-3 days. 

For the UGC NET June 2020 exam (held from September 2020), the provisional key for 55 subjects came out on 5th November 2020, and the key for the remaining 26 subjects came out on 16th November 2020. 

Once this facility is closed there is no further provision to challenge an answer and subsequently, NTA releases the final answer key. 

UGC NET 2021 Answer Key – Important Dates

Here in the table below, candidates can check the dates of UGC NET October 2021 (December 2020 + June 2021 merged) answer key (will be updated once the dates are announced):

Events Dates
UGC NET 2021 Exam Date 20,21,22,24,25,26,29,30 November 2021, & 01,03,04,05 December 2021
UGC NET 2021 Answer Key To Be Announced

While we wait for these dates to be announced you may want to check the June 2020 UGC NET exam’s final answer key which was released on 30th November 2020. 

UGC NET June 2020 Final Answer Key PDF.

UGC NET Answer Key (Provisional) – Steps to Download

Follow the steps that have been given below to download the answer key and question paper:

  • Step 1: Visit the NTA’s official website.
  • Step 2: Click on ‘Display of Final Answer Key and Question Paper’.
  • Step 3: After you’ve clicked the link, a new page will come up which will give you an option to sign in using your date of birth, Application number, and a security pin.
  • Step 4: After you have entered the required personal credentials, click ‘Submit’.
  • Step 5: After clicking on submit, you’ll be presented with the final answer key.

UGC NET Answer Key – Challenge

As mentioned earlier, the NTA offers the opportunity to challenge the released provisional answer key, in case they find any discrepancy in it. This provision lasts for 2-3 days.

To challenge the answer key, you’ll have to pay a fee of INR 1000 per answer challenged (refundable if correct).

The final decision on the challenges will rest on the NTA and the eventual result will be based on the final answer keys.

How to challenge the UGC NET Answer Key:

  • Step 1: Go to the NTA’s official website
  • Step 2: After that log in with your Application Number, Date of Birth & enter the Security Pin, then press Submit. Next, click “View Question Paper” for marked responses and if you want to view or challenge the answer keys, click the link called “Click to view /Challenge Answer Key”
  • Step 3: Next, you would be able to see the Question IDs in sequential order. The ID against the question under the column ‘Correct Option(s)’ stands for the correct Answer Key to be used by NTA. The questions that are dropped are highlighted and not for challenge. If you’d want to challenge this option, use any one or more of the Options IDs present in the next 4 columns by ticking on the check box
  • Step 4: After that scroll down, ‘Save your Claims’, and then move to the next screen. Here you’ll see all the option IDs you have challenged. You may also choose to upload supporting documents to back up your claim by selecting, ‘Choose File’ and upload. (Remember to put all documents in a single PDF file). Click on ’Save your Claims and pay the fee’, or if you want to modify your claim click on ‘Modify your Claims’
  • Step 5: After you save your claims, you will come upon a screen displaying all your challenges
  • Step 6: After that pay the fee, by clicking on ‘Pay Fee’. Only after successful payment of the fee, your claims would be saved successfully
  • Step 7: Next, select the Mode of payment and pay the INR 1000 per question challenged. You can make your payment via Net Banking/ Debit/Credit Card
  • Step 8: If your claim is found to be correct, you would be refunded the amount in the same account

Information Included on the UGC NET Answer Key

The NTA UGC NET Answer Key basically comprises all the correct answers to the questions asked in the examination. As far as the other details that are given in the answer sheet, they are given below:

  • Name of the Examination
  • Exam Date and shift
  • Subject Name and Code
  • Question ID
  • Correct Option ID

That brings us to the end of the topic of UGC NET answer keys.


With that ends this long but hopefully informative blog about the topic of UGC NET results. In it, I have talked about everything related to the UGC NET results, from the date of the release of the UGC NET 2021 to the UGC NET answer keys, and also about the UGC NET e-certificates and JRF letters. That said, best of luck with the upcoming UGC NET exam.

Take care and God bless!

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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 5 years of experience in the field of Education.

UGC NET Result, E-Certificate & Answer Key

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    How to check UGC NET result if candidate forgets application number?

    In the case that a candidate forgets their application number required to login into the registered account to check the UGC NET result, it can re-generate it by following certain steps. 

    1. The first step would be going to the official website of the UGC NET.  
    1. Then click on the link for the UGC NET 2021 result.  
    1. Then you’d need to click on the link called, “Forgot Application No.?”. 
    1. After that you’d need to enter your personal details like your name, your mother’s name, your father’s name, your date of birth. 
    1. Then authenticate the information by entering the security pin visible on the screen. 
    1. Next comes the final step of clicking the button of ‘Get Application Number’.  

    The Application number thus generated can be used by you to log in to your account and check your UGC NET result. 

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    How to check UGC NET Result 2021 if you Forgot your Password?

    If you by any chance forget the password required to check the UGC NET result, you can follow certain steps, doing which you’ll be able to retrieve your UGC NET password. 

    1. The first Step to follow would be to visit the website of UGC NET.  
    2. Then to select the option called, “forgot my password”.  
    3. Next, you’d be displayed 3 options, using any of which you can retrieve your password. 

    The various options that you can use are:  

    • First, to use the security question and answer that you chose during form-filling. 
    • Then there’s the option of using a verification code sent via text message on your phone. 
    • And the last one involving a reset link being sent to you via email on your registered email address. 
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    How to apply for Revaluation/Recheck of UGC NET Result/Score?

    The NTA does not entertain any correspondence related to rechecking or revaluation of the UGC NET result or score. Thus, there is no provision for rechecking results. I know it seems unfair, but that’s the way it is. 

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    When will the UGC NET 2021 results be declared?

    According to NTA, the new UGC NET exam dates are 20,21,22,24,25,26,29,30 November 2021, & 01,03,04,05 December 2021. Therefore, the result can be expected to be released by the first week of January 2021. 

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    What were the passing marks for UGC NET 2020?

    The passing marks for the UGC NET 2020 exams were 40% for General Category candidates, & 35% for Reserved category candidates. 

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    Will NTA give an opportunity to raise objections for UGC NET Answer Key?

    Yes, NTA gives candidates the opportunity to challenge the released provisional answer key, in case they find any discrepancy in it. This provision can be availed only for 2-3 days. 

    To challenge the answer key, you’ll have to pay a fee of INR 1000 per answer challenged (refundable if correct), and also follow certain steps. 

    To know how to challenge the UGC NET answer key, you can read about it in the article above

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    Will I receive my UGC NET result through SMS?

    Well, the answer to that is “NO”. You won’t be able to check your UGC NET result on text message as the NTA doesn’t send results via SMS. To check your UGC NET result you will have to log into your registered account. 

    Sure, you can get a notification through SMS stating that the result is out though.  

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    What details are required to check the UGC NET result?

    To check your UGC NET result, you’d need to feed in your application number, and your password or date of birth as the login details. To know the steps to check your results, refer to the relevant section in the article above. 

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    What after the UGC NET Result 2021 Declaration?

    After the UGC NET result 2021 are declared, and assuming that you do qualify it, you’d be issued an e-certificate and a JRF letter, or just an e-certificate depending on whether you qualified for JRF and lectureship both or for lectureship only. 

    If you are issued an e-certificate then you can use to apply to the various teaching posts in the various universities in the country.  

    If you get a JRF letter, you can use it to apply for the various research positions in the various universities of India, and also be eligible for the monthly JRF stipends of Rs. 31000. 

    Talking about the validities of these documents, the JRF letter is valid for the 3 years post the declaration of the UGC NET results, and the e-certificate has no such time limit for being valid. Meaning that a UGC NET e-certificate holder can apply for a lectureship post any time after qualifying his NET. 

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