UGC NET 2018: Notification, Exam Date, Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility, Cut-OffThe UGC NET 2018 will be conducted by the UGC (University Grants Commision) to provide for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for the position of Assistant Professor to Indian nationals, in various national and state colleges and universities. The exam is conducted once a year. Candidates who obtain Junior Research Fellowship are also eligible to pursue research in the stream of specialization from IIT’s or other national institutes on the basis of their exam scores.

UGC NET 2018 Registration:

Candidates willing to appear for the UGC NET 2018 will have to register themselves through the official website –

Candidates will have to register using the name, active email id and valid mobile number. Upon registering successfully, a user id and password is generated.

UGC NET 2019 Application Form Details:

After getting the user id and password in the active email id and phone number, the candidate will have to use the details to log in to the website and open the application form. Upon opening the application form, the candidate will have to fill up – personal details, contact information, education details, work experience details (if any), choice of course/programme and exam center. After verifying the details, candidates will have to upload scanned copies of their recent passport size photograph and signature.

After uploading the documents, candidates will have the pay the application fee. The fee can be paid online (through debit/credit card or net banking) or offline (through e-challan – payable at Syndicate/Canara/ICICI Bank). Upon successful fee payment, candidates will generate a confirmation page which they will have to download and keep for future reference. For candidates paying offline, once the payment is done, they will have to enter the details stamped on the challan to the UGC NET online application form and submit it in order to complete the process.

The application fee for the different categories will be as follows –

General – Rs. 600

OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) – Rs. 300

SC/ST/PWD/Transgender – Rs. 150

UGC NET 2018 Rules and Regulations:

Candidates willing to appear for the UGC NET 2018 need to be aware of the following rules and regulations

  • There will be no upper age limit for candidates applying for Assistant Professor.
  • Candidates can select four exam centers/cities according to their preference from the 91 centers all over India. However, the authorities decision regarding the same will be final and binding.
  • Only 6% of the total qualifying candidates are deemed eligible for Assistant Professorship.
  • The exam will be conducted in 3 separate sessions. Candidates will be chosen as Junior Research Fellow and Assistant Professor based on their performance in the first two papers.
  • In case candidates are willing to challenge the authenticity of questions or the checking format/pattern, they will have to pay Rs. 1000 for each question.
  • If a candidate forgets to bring the admit card to the examination center, the invigilator will under no circumstances let the candidate sit for the exam.

UGC NET 2018 Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates willing to appear for the UGC NET 2018 examination must meet the below-mentioned eligibility criteria

  • There will be no upper age limit for candidates willing to appear for the post of Assistant Professor.
  • Candidates appearing for Junior Research Fellowship must not be more than 28 years of age as of November 1st (Can be relaxed for SC/ST/OBC/PWD/Female candidates).
  • Maximum relaxation of up to 5 years will be allowed for candidates with LLM degree or having research experience.
  • A masters degree (MA, M.Sc, MBA, M.Tech, M.E, M.Com etc) in any stream of Humanities, Social Sciences or any other course.
  • A minimum score of 55% (50% for candidates belonging to reserved categories) in the last qualifying examination.
  • Candidates who are currently awaiting results or are appearing for their final exams are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who possess a Ph.D. or who have completed their Masters on or before September 1991 will be eligible for a 5% relaxation in the aggregate score of the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates who have qualified for SET (before 1st June 2002) are exempted from appearing for the NET exam. Candidates who have appeared for SET (after 1st June 2002) will be eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only, to the universities and institutes of the state from which they have appeared for the SET exam.

UGC NET 2018 Exam Dates:

Candidates willing to appear for the UGC NET 2018 examination need to keep the following dates and time frames in mind –

(P.S – The dates and time frames are given below are tentative and subject to change.)

  • Online availability of UGC NET application form will be from 1st September 2018.
  • The last date for submission of application will be on 30th September 2018.
  • The last date for payment of fees will be on 1st October 2018.
  • Application correction window will be open from 8th to 14th October 2018.
  • Admission card will be available for download from 19th November 2018.
  • UGC NET 2019 examination is scheduled to be held from 9th to 23rd December 2018.
  • Publication of results will be in 10th January 2019.

UGC NET 2018 Exam Pattern:

Candidates willing to appear for the UGC NET 2018 examination need to know of the exam pattern as can be expected. The pattern will be as follows

  • Total time allotted for the exam will be 3 hours.
  • The exam will be conducted online.
  • There will be no provision for negative marking.
  • The exam will be divided between three papers – Paper I, Paper II and Paper III. The paper I and Paper II will be assessed for each candidate for JRF or Assistant Professorship. Paper III will be conducted later (if needed).
  • For every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded +2.
  • It is compulsory to attend all questions.
  • A total of 150 objective type questions will be asked. The exam will be worth 300 marks.
  • Paper, I will consist of 60 questions out of which 50 need to be attempted worth 100 marks covering topics like Reasoning Ability, Comprehension, and General Awareness. This paper will assess the teaching and research aptitude of the candidate.
  • Paper II will consist of 100 questions worth 200 marks covering the particular subject the candidate has applied for.
  • Paper III will have 75 questions worth 150 marks covering the particular subject the candidate has applied for.

UGC NET 2018 Syllabus:

Since there are 84 subjects for which a candidate can apply for, the syllabus for the same will be different for each subject. Candidate will have to prepare for the specific subject he or she has applied for.

UGC NET 2018 Preparation Tips:

Candidates willing to appear for the UGC NET 2019 examination need to keep the following tips in mind

  • Try preparing from and following good guidebooks and books specializing in the particular subject applied for.
  • Study each topic individually and invest enough time in all the subjects so that none of the topics are left behind.
  • Time yourself so that you know where you stand with regards to completing the paper with or without time in hand.
  • Practice mock tests. Mock tests are a way of analyzing the situation after you’ve prepared yourself. Solving mock tests will help you get used to the exam pattern and the types of questions you can expect in the examination.
  • Eat healthily and stay hydrated. It is very easy to fall victim to panic and fear. In order to avoid that, try staying stress-free and tension free.
  • Remember to read the rules and regulations of the exam clearly so that you don’t miss anything important.
  • Take enough rest and sleep, as they are essential in keeping a healthy and fresh mind.

UGC NET 2018 Expected Cut-Off:

Given below is the expected cut-off for candidates appearing for the UGC NET from different categories

  • General – Both paper a minimum of 40%.
  • OBC/SC/ST/PWD – Both papers a minimum of 35%.