UGC–NET 2020 Eligibility, Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Fees and Preparation
Looking for a job of Asst. Professor or a Junior Research Fellow in a Government institute in India? Then you must know about UGC NET 2020. The National Eligibility Test (NET), also known as UGC NET, one of the toughest entrance exams in India. On behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) & Assistant Professor, both in Indian Universities and Colleges. In this article, guest writer Parinita Gupta will talk about the UGC-NET 2020 eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, dates, and preparation tips.
Eligibility, Exam Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Application Fees & Preparation Tips
By Parinita Gupta
NET qualification is mandatory for a lecturer position in universities & government colleges. The award of JRF and or Eligibility for Assistant Professor depends on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-I and paper-II of UGC-NET.
UGC-NET Eligibility criteria
Interested candidates appearing for UGC NET 2020 need to fulfill the eligibility criteria which are mentioned below:
- Master’s degree from a recognized University preferably in subjects like Social Sciences, Humanities, Electronic Sciences, and Computer Science, etc.
- Candidates appearing for the final year exam of Post graduation in the year 2020 can also apply.
- Candidates should achieve a minimum of 55% of marks in the NET examination.
- Candidates with a reservation should have at least 50% of the score in UGC-NET.
- Candidates are required to appear for the subject of their qualifying exam only. Candidates, whose qualifying exam subject remains uncovered in the subject list mention by UGC, are required to appear in a related subject only.
UGC-NET Age Criteria
- The minimum eligible age limit by the exam authorities has been set to 28 years for general category.
- A relaxation of 5 years is given to the candidates from reserved categories.
- No maximum age limit is prescribed for Lectureship or Asst. Professorship.
- For Junior Research Fellowship; the maximum age limit will be 30 years as on 1st January 2020.
- The LLM Degree holder gets a relaxation of 3 years. For Assistant Professor, there are no age limits prescribed.
Note: For third gender (transgender) candidates, relaxation in fee, age and qualifying criteria for NET is at par with SC/ST and other categories.
UGC-NET 2020 Exam and Important Dates
Here we will jot down all the important dates for you to remember.
UGC NET 2020 Notification release date:
June Session – February 2020
December Session – Last week of August 2020
UGC-NET 2020 Release of Application (Registration Start Date):
June Session – 16th March 2020
December Session – 1st week September 2020
UGC-NET 2020 Registration last date (Last Date of Application):
June Session – 16th April 2020
December Session – Last week September 2020
UGC-NET 2020 Admit Card:
June Session – 15th May 2020
December Session – 3rd week November 2020
UGC-NET 2020 Exam Date:
June Session – 15 – 20 June 2020
December Session – Around 3rd week December 2020
UGC NET 2020 Results Announcement Date:
June Session – 5th July 2020
December Session – Around 2nd week 2020
UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern
The exam pattern comprises of 2 papers which are compulsory to attend for final selection.
For Paper 1: There will be 50 questions each comprising of 2 marks thus making the total marks 100. The duration of this paper is 1 hour and it is conducted in 2 shifts- Morning and evening.
Paper 1 will test the candidate’s ability in
- Reasoning ability
- General awareness
- Divergent thinking
For Paper 2: There will be 100 questions each comprising of 2 marks thus making the total marks 200. The duration for this paper is 2 hours and like paper 1, it is conducted in Morning and evening shifts. There are generally 3 sections, the first one comprises questions from the – Logical Reasoning, General Aptitude, Graphical Analysis, and Numeric Ability, etc.
The second section consists of multiple-choice questions covering numerous topics of the related subject. For Engineering Science subject, the questions are related to Mathematics and Engineering Aptitude.
And the final section consists of comprehension questions. There will be a total of 5 subjects in the UGC NET 2020 – Atmospheric, Mathematical Sciences, Earth, Planetary Science, Ocean, Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, and Physical Sciences.
The paper-wise details are tabulated below:
Quick Facts on UGC-NET Exam Pattern
- Total 150 questions will be asked in NET (Paper 1: 50 Question and Paper 2: 100 Questions). All questions are compulsory to attempt.
- Paper I will consist of General Aptitude Questions and Paper II will have questions related to the subject selected by candidates. M
- Hindi and English are the only options to attempt UGC NET. The choice for the paper medium can be exercised at the time of filling the form.
- UGC-NET exam is an MCQ one. There is no negative marking in this exam and total duration of the exam is 3 hours.
UGC NET 2020 Syllabus
In the UGC NET examination, there are 84 subjects and the syllabus for each subject will be different. The syllabus will be updated by NTA and preparation should be according to the new syllabus prescribed by NTA. The list of UGC-NET subjects along with their respective codes is given below:
UGC – NET
02 Political Science
10 Social Work
11 Defense & Strategic Studies
12 Home Science
14 Population Studies
45 Adult Education
46 Physical Education
47 Arab Culture and Islamic Studies
48 Indian Culture
49 Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social
Welfare/Human Resource Management
51 Library and Information Services
51 Buddhist, Gandhian & Peace Studies
52 Comparative Studies of Religions
54 Performing Arts
55 Museology & Conservation
58 Tribal & Regional Language/Literature
59 Folk Literature
60 Comparative Literature
61-68 Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha/SidhantaJyotisha/NavyaVyakarna/ Vyakarna/Mimamsa/Navya Nyaya/Sankhya Yoga/TulanatmakaDarsana/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedanta/ Dharma Sastra/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa/Agama
69 Women Studies
70 Visual Arts
78 Electronic Sciences
82 Human Rights and Duties
The Syllabus of the above subjects are available in the official website of NTA – www.ugc.ac.in/ net/syllabus.aspx.
UGC NET Cut off-
University Grant Commission has set a minimum cut off score to assess the student’s knowledge. A candidate has to score at least the minimum cut off in all the papers in order to get qualified.
|General||40 %||40 %||50 %|
|OBC / PwD / SC / ST||35 %||35 %||40 %|
UGC-NET 2020 Application Fees
The application fee is different for different categories which are mentioned below:
- General candidates: Rs.1000/-
- OBC-NCL candidates: Rs.500/-
- SC/ST/PWD candidates: Rs.Rs.250/-
Payment for the application fee is completely online only through Debit/Credit cards or Net Banking. The application fee will not be refunded in any circumstances.
Preparation Tips for UGC-NET Exams
UGC NET is considered as one of the toughest exams to clear as compared to the seats available, huge numbers of candidates appear for this exam every year. The aspiring candidates may follow a few helpful tips provided below in order to excel in the UGC NET 2020 exam.
It’s important that you start early and make a schedule to plan your time accordingly. You should be clear with these questions:
- How much time do you have for preparing for your exams?
- Which is the best time of the day you can focus or devote for your UGC-NET Exam study?
- How much time per day you can devote to prepare for each exam?
Always remember, studying in small chunks keeps the workload/study pressure manageable, hence try devoting time every day for preparation till you appear for the exam which will make you confident enough to crack the exam.
Few handy tips students can use:
- Choose a good UGC-NET book – Exam preparation books/content plays a major role in preparing for these exams. There are a lot of books available in the market for the preparation of UGC NET Paper 1 as it’s common for every candidate. For paper 2, you need to study from specific books of the subjects you will select for the exam. To name a few: Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper I, UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude by Arihant Publication, UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madaan.
- Expert help and self-practice – Your mentor’s job is to ensure all the subject material and content is covered before your exams however, it’s always you who needs to study and prepare. There often isn’t enough time during class to teach the material and do a thorough review. Taking time to review material on a regular basis will ensure you are ready.
- Start revising with old content – Begin by reviewing the content you have already completed in class/tuitions, this will help in revising past work. Refreshing your memory on a regular basis is the best strategy for effective learning.
Author Bio: Parinita Gupta is a full-time banking professional. Additionally, she is also a passionate blogger and digital marketer.
She mostly writes about the Banking & Finance, Technology, and FinTech sector. But, she also enjoys writing on other topics as well. You can follow her on Twitter.
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