CBSE NET 2018: Notification, Exam Date, Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility, Cut-OffThe National Testing Agency, as an independent autonomous body, has been established by the Ministry of Human Resources. On behalf of the University Grants Commission, the NTA will conduct various examination from this year onwards.

About CBSE NET 2018:

The National Eligibility Test (NET), which is also known as UGC NET, is a national level examination which is held twice a year, to choose the eligible candidates for college and university level lectureship and for junior research fellowship in Chemical Sciences/Ocean/Earth/Atmospheric Sciences/Life Sciences/Physical Sciences/Mathematical Sciences/Planetary Sciences.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) used to conduct the examination until July 2018, but NTA will conduct NET (for eligibility for Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship) from December 2018.

CBSE NET 2018 Registration:

The National Testing Agency has released the notification for NET 2018 on 1st September 2018 and the last date to apply for NET 2018 is 30th September 2018. All the applicants must register themselves before the last date on the official website There is only online mode available to apply for NET. No offline registration procedure is available.

CBSE NET 2018 Application Form:

All the applicants should read the information booklet before start filling the application form. Candidates can apply through website Application form can be filled in three steps which are explained below:

  • Fill in the application form
  • Upload scanned photograph (Size should be between 10kB and 100kB) and signature (Size should be between 4kB and 30kB), and
  • Pay examination fee.

Applicants should carefully provide the e-mail address and mobile number as these two will be used for communication purpose by NTA.

An application fee has to be paid by the applicant to appear for the examination. A candidate can pay the fee through online or offline mode. For online mode, net-banking/debit card/credit card can be used. For offline mode, e-challan can be downloaded from the website and the fee can be deposited to the nearest branch of SBI. Examination fee for different categories is given below:

Category Fee Amount
General Rs. 800/-
OBC Rs. 400/-
SC/ST/PWD/Transgender Rs. 200/-

Note: – Candidate should download the fee confirmation page after doing payment. Fee submission can be done till 1st October 2018 provided that the other details in the application form have been filled till 30th September 2018.

The National Testing Agency will give a chance to correct the details entered wrong by the applicants. Correction in details can be done by the official website from 8th October 2018 to 14th October 2018.

CBSE NET 2018 Eligibility Criteria:

  • A candidate, who has secured 55% ( 50% for reserved category SC/ST/PWD/Transgender) marks in aggregate in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities, Social Science, Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science, etc, are eligible to apply for NET 2018.
  • A candidate with the Ph.D. degree who has completed Master’s level examination by 19th September 1991, shall be eligible for NET 2018 with a minimum of 50% aggregate.
  • For Junior Research Fellowship, a candidate must not be more than 30 years as on 1st December 2018. A relaxation of 5 years is given to the reserved category applicants. There is no upper age limit for applying for Assistant Professor.

CBSE NET 2018 Exam Pattern:

The National Testing Agency will conduct the NET 2018 examination through online mode. The question paper will consist of multiple choice type questions and it will be divided into two parts: Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both the papers will be of objective type and a break of 30 minutes will be given between them. For each correct answer, two marks will be awarded. There will be no negative marking in NET 2018.

Type of Paper Number of Questions Total Duration
Paper 1 50 1 Hour
Paper 2 100 2      Hour

There will be two question papers, paper-II, and paper-III. Paper II will have 50 questions and each question will be of two marks carrying 100 marks. Paper III will be divided into two parts- A and B. Part A will have 10 short essay type questions carrying 16 marks each. Part B will have only one question of 40 marks from electives.

CBSE NET 2018 Syllabus:

As discussed above, there will be two papers for the NET 2018:

Paper 1 will be generic in nature and will check the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will contain questions from the following sections:

  • Reasoning Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Divergent Thinking
  • General Awareness
  • Communication
  • Mathematical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning
  • Data Interpretation
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • People and Environment
  • Higher Education System

Paper 2 will contain questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. It will be mandatory to attempt all questions of Paper 2. There are 84 different courses available under NET 2018 and all of them have different syllabus given below:

  • Economics: Microeconomic Analysis, Macroeconomic Analysis, Development and Planning, Public Finance, International Economics, Indian Economy, and Statistical Methods.
  • Political Science: Political Theory and Thought, Comparative Politics and Political Activities, Indian Government and Politics, Public Administration, and International Relations.
  • Philosophy: Classical Indian Philosophy, Modern Indian Thinkers, Classical Western Philosophy, and Modern Western Philosophy.
  • Psychology: Perceptual Processes, Learning Process, Memory and Forgetting, Thinking and Problem Solving, Motivation and Emotion, Human Abilities, Personality, Research Methodology, Measurement and Testing, and Biological Basis of Behaviour.
  • Sociology: Nature of Sociology, Basic Concepts, Social Structure, Social Group, Social Institutions, Socialization, Social Stratification, Sociological Theory and Methodology, and Social Change.
  • Home Science: Theories and Concepts, Problems of Peace and Security, Global Security Issues, Issues in Conflict Resolution, Economic, Science & Technology Issues and National Security.
  • Commerce: Business Environment, Financial & Accounting Management, Business Economics, Business Statistics & Data Processing, Business Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Banking, and Financial Institution, and International Business.

To check the full syllabus of all courses, candidates can check the website

CBSE NET 2018 Exam Dates:

All the candidates can check the examination date on the official website of NTA. The National Testing Agency will conduct the examination between 9th December 2018 and 23rd December 2018. The exact date and shift of the examination shall be made available by 21st October 2018 on the official website of NTA. The exam will be held in two shifts and the timing for different shifts is given below:

  • First Shift: 9.30 am to 10.30 am (for paper 1)

1.00 am to 1.00pm (for paper 2)

  • Second Shift: 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm (for paper 1)

3.30 pm to 5.30 pm (for paper 2)

Center, Date, and Timing of the examination will be mentioned in the admit card. NTA will release the admit card by 19th November 2018 on the website. Candidates should bring the admit card, one passport size photograph, and other relevant documents for verification to the examination hall.

CBSE NET 2018 Results:

The National Testing Agency will release the answer key on the website so that the candidates can challenge the Answer key if they have a doubt. The answer key will be available for three to five days. To challenge against answer key, candidates shall have to pay a fee of Rs. 1000/-.

After this, NTA will display the recorded responses of all candidates on the NTA’s website. To be eligible for the admission, a candidate must secure 40% marks in aggregate in both the papers taken together for General Category and 35% aggregate in marks for reserved categories.

The result of the online examination will be declared by NTA on 10th January 2019. The result will be displayed in the pdf format with the roll number of the selected candidates.

CBSE NET Preparation Tips:

  • All the candidates should note down the complete syllabus. Candidates should start preparing for the topic which they can cover fast.
  • All the aspirants should purchase books specified by UGC that will help them to clear basic concepts and logic with the whole syllabus.
  • Making short notes is the best way of practicing syllabus in a short time. All the important points and facts should be noted down which will be very helpful while doing a revision.
  • It is very important for all the aspirants to study with full concentration. Revision should be done once in a week.
  • NTA provides mocks for the practice. Candidates can attempt those papers to get an idea about the question paper.