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UGC NET JRF 2022 Result, Answer Key & E-Certificate

Topics Covered: UGC NET JRF Result – Important Dates, 2021 NTA NET Result Statistics, Steps to Check Result, Details on Scorecard, E-Certificate & JRF Letter, How to Download E-Certificate, E-Certificate Validity, Answer Key & Marked Responses, Answer Key & Steps to Download It, 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, to the candidates who qualify UGC NET, 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 and answer key of the NTA UGC NET exams

So, without any further ado let us begin.

Table of Content – UGC NET 2022 Result, Answer Key & E-Certificate

NTA UGC NET Result 2022

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 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.

With this, let’s now move to the process of the current year.

The UGC NET Official Notification has been released on April 30th 2022, and the registration process for the examination has also been started, on the same date.

The NET exam 2022 will be a merged cycle and will entail December 2021 and June 2022 editions.

Exam dates have been released by NTA on 25th June 2022 and the exam was supposedly scheduled to take place in two phases i.e., Phase I and Phase II. Later on, Phase III has also been added.

About the detailed date sheet, on 4th July 2022 NTA released the detailed date sheet along with the schedule of UGC NET Exam Dates 2022. The finalised dates were 09th, 11th & 12th July 2022 (Phase I) and 12th, 13th & 14th August 2022 (Phase II).

The Phase I has been conducted successfully, but the notification dated 8th August 2022, intimated about the postponement of the Phase II exam.

The Phase II will now take place during the 20th to 22nd September 2022 time period.

As for Phase III, it will begin on 23rd September 2022 and will culminate on 14th October 2022.

Talking about the results of the 2021 UGC NET exams, they had been released on 19th February 2022.

UGC NET Result – Important Dates

In this section, I have mentioned in a tabular format about the UGC NET 2022 result and have also mentioned the other dates related to the same.

UGC NET 2022 Events UGC NET 2022 Dates
UGC NET 2022 Exam Date - Phase I 09th, 11th & 12th July 2022
UGC NET 2022 Exam Date - Phase II 20th to 22nd September 2022
UGC NET 2022 Exam Date - Phase III 23rd September to 14th October 2022
UGC NET Release of Final Answer Key TBA
Release of UGC NET e-certificate TBA

Assuming that you have gone through this section, let us know some things about the UGC NET result of 2022.

UGC NET Result Statistics 2021

In this section I have mentioned the statistics related to the results of the 2021 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.

Result Statistics of UGC NET JRF 2021

UGC NET Result – Steps to Check

I am a very optimistic person and I do hope that you have cleared UGC NET exam. However, if you are yet to check your NTA UGC NET Exam Result, then apply the following steps to see your result.

Result was declared on 19th February 2022.

Step 1: Go to https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/.

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 for UGC NET 2021 were released shortly after the declaration of final result. Check the 2021 UGC NET Cut Off here.

Anyway, 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.

Preparation Kit for UGC NET JRF Exams
Preparation Kit for UGC NET JRF Exams

Details Mentioned on the UGC NET Scorecard/Result

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 Result Image

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 Award Letter

Now, as I have mentioned above, if according to your UGC NET result, you are able to qualify 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 for teaching jobs.

With that let me come to the specifics. A while ago, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had released the UGC NET E-Certificate 2021 on its official website. If you are yet to download your UGC NET certificate 2021 then follow the steps below to access and download your NET certificate.

However, before you do that, please confirm your eligibility.

To give you a brief about eligibility, let me tell you again, the eligibility for JRF and Assistant Professor is in direct relation with the performance of candidate. Moreover, the candidates qualifying for Assistant Professor exclusively will not be considered for the JRF certificate.

Now, let us see how to download UGC NET certificate 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 of UGC NET JRF

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:

Step 1: Go to the UGC NET website.

Step 1 - Download UGC NET E Certificate & JRF Letter

Step 2: On the website, scroll down to the bottom and find important links section. In the section you will the see the head “UGC NET e-certificate.” Click on it

Step 2 - Download UGC NET E Certificate & JRF Letter

Step 3: The website will re-direct you to the “Candidate login area” page. Next, select the exam and enter the captcha code and proceed.

Step 3 - Download UGC NET E Certificate & JRF Letter

Step 4: Then enter details like application no./Roll no. and date of birth, exam session, and then enter the captcha code. Then click on proceed.

Step 4 - Download UGC NET E Certificate & JRF Letter

Step 5: Next, a page opens where you can check and download your e-certificate and/or JRF award letter.

Step 5 - Download UGC NET E Certificate & JRF 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.

But just before that, let me highlight what you need to do in case you are unable to download your UGC NET E-certificate.

  • Using your registered e-mail id, send a mail of your grievance to certificate@nta.ac.in. In the mail, please mention your, Roll Number and your name.

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 (or qualifying score/grade) 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 your UGC NET exam.

Note: NTA fixes two qualifying scores/grades also known as cut off marks for NET (Certificate of Lectureship) and JRF (Certificate of Junior Research Fellowship). Now, it depends on the marks scored by the candidate whether he/she will be awarded any certificate or not.

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, after the UGC NET exams are over, a provisional answer key is released. 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. We can also say that the UGC NET results are announced approximately after a month from the date of the last exam conducted by NTA.

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. 200 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.

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

UGC NET Answer Key

Every year after the culmination of the UGC NET exam, UGC releases a provisional and a final answer key. Since, the 2022 cycle has only began, and the exam has not been conducted yet, there is a considerable time before UGC releases the 2022 UGC NET Answer Key.

However, you can get an overall idea about the answer key by referring to its 2021 version. The information of the 2021 UGC NET Answer Key is as follows.

Along with the declaration of the final result of UGC NET 2021, UGC also released the notice declaring the final Answer Key on the official website of National Testing Agency on 19TH February 2022.

NTA had released the final answer keys for the exams conducted by NTA in Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. The comprehensive document carrying the answer key was released in the PDF format on the official website of NTA.

Here’s the link to download the UGC NET Final Answer Key 2021.

Download the UGC NET Final Answer Key 2021

While the answer key is exhibited to give candidates a fair knowledge about the answers of the questions that came in the exam, it also eliminates every confusion. In lines with the same, UGC made certain changes in 2021 Answer Key.

To give concise knowledge and to avoid any kind of confusion, the testing agency specified symbols (% and &) while defining the UGC NET Answer Key.

  • ‘%’ was used to highlight marks that were awarded to all the candidates who did appear in the exam
  • ‘&’ was used to highlight the questions that were not considered for evaluation

Earlier, the UGC also showcased the provisional Answer Key, and a specific time to challenge the marking scheme was given.

Since the UGC NET 2022 exam process is yet to begin, hence there is no latest information regarding answer key to showcase. However, to give you a general perspective about the dates of the provisional and final answer key, I’ve provided some useful information below.

The given table will showcase the information related to the Answer key (Provisional and Final)

Events Dates
Release of provisional UGC NET answer key 2021 January 21, 2022
UGC NET 2021 answer key Challenge January 21 to 24, 2022 (till 11:50 pm)
Final Answer key February 19, 2022

UGC NET Answer Key (Provisional) – Steps to Download

Since the UGC NET 2022 official notification & exam dates has released, and the exam admit card has also been released, yet there is considerable time left before the release of the UGC NET Answer Key (Provisional).

However, when it will be released the following steps will come in the picture again to download the provisional UGC NET Answer Key.

Step 1: Visit NTA’s official website for UGC NET – ugcnet.nta.nic.in and scroll down to the bottom where you’ll find a blue tab, “Display of key challenge for UGC NET Dec 2020 and June 2021”, click on it.

Step 2: A new page opens with 2 login options. You can choose any one of them.

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. After you have entered the required personal credentials, click ‘Sign in’

Step 4: A new page opens, move down to the bottom of the page where you’ll find 2 options in blue tabs. First – View Question Paper and Second – Click to View/Challenge Answer Key. Click on View Question Paper first.

Step 5: A new page opens up with your response sheet. You’ll find an option of “Print Response Sheet” at the top, click on that.

Step 6: A new pop-up appears on the screen. Select “Save as PDF” option and then click on Save option. Your Response Sheet will be downloaded in your device.

Step 7: Then again go back to the previous page where there were 2 options as mentioned in the Step 4. Now click on the second option – Click to View/Challenge Answer Key.

Step 8: A new page opens up with the provisional answer key. Just right click on the page anywhere and click on print option.

Step 9: A new pop-up appears on the screen. Select “Save as PDF” option and then click on Save option. The Answer Key will be downloaded in your device.

Now you have your response sheet as well as the answer key downloaded in your device. You check your answers against the answers mentioned in the answer key and calculate your total score.

Now that you know the steps to download the provisional answer key, lets now look at the steps you should take in case of discrepancies that might be found in it.

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) through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net-Banking/UPI.

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 Card/Credit Card/UPI

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 for the upcoming UGC NET exam. Take care and God bless!

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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.

FAQs: UGC NET JRF 2022 Result, Answer Key & E-Certificate

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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 UGC NET result, it can re-generate it by following certain steps. 

    • The first step would be going to the official website of the UGC NET.  
    • Then click on the link for the UGC NET 2021 result.  
    • Then you’d need to click on the link called, “Forgot Application No.?”. 
    • 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. 
    • Then authenticate the information by entering the security pin visible on the screen. 
    • Next comes the final step of clicking the button of ‘Get Application Number’.  

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

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    How to check UGC NET Result 2021 if Forgot 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. 

    • The first Step to follow would be to visit the website of UGC NET.  
    • Then to select the option called, “forgot my password”.  
    • Next, you’d be displayed 3 options, using any of which you can retrieve your password. 
    • The various options that you can use are:  
    1. First, to use the security question and answer that you chose during form-filling. 
    1. Then there’s the option of using a verification code sent via text message on your phone. 
    1. 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? 

    The results of 2021 UGC NET exams are declared on 19th February 2021. 

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    What are the passing marks for UGC NET 2021? 

    UGC has declared the category-wise cutoff of UGC NET 2021. Here’s the complete information regarding UGC NET Cutoff 2021

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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 2021 exam is passed? 

    After you clear the UGC NET 2021 exam, 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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    How to apply for name correction in UGC NET certificate? 

    You need to write to UGC for the same. Ask UGC to send you affidavit format for the name correction in UGC NET Certificate. send them the correct name with the proper proof.

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    What is the validity of UGC NET score/grade? 

    There are 3 types of scores in UGC NET, they are: 

    • Score less than UGC NET cut off score 
    • Score more than UGC NET cut off score but less than JRF cut off score 
    • Score more the JRF cut off score 

    Now if the candidate falls in the first category, then the UGC NET score/grade is not valid. If the candidate falls in the second category, then the UGC NET score/grade is valid for lifetime. IF the candidate falls in the third category, then the UGC NET score/grade is valid for 3 years from the date of announcement of result. 

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    How to Calculate UGC NET Score based on Answer Key? 

    You can match the answers mentioned in the answer key with your response sheet and every correct answer shall give you 2 marks each with no negative marking. In this way you can calculate your total marks.

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    Is The UGC NET Final Answer Key released? 

    Yes. Prior to the final result of UGC NET 2021, UGC released the Final Answer Key of UGC NET 2021. 

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