UGC NET December 2019: Exam Date, Pattern and Syllabus.

UGC National Eligibility Test is conducted by NTA to evaluate the eligibility of assistant professors and Junior Research Fellowship in Indian universities and colleges. 

Notification for UGC NET 2019 is out! 

UGC NET 2019 is being conducted on 2nd Dec to 6th Dec. The qualified candidates will be getting E-Certificates by UGC NET Bureau. 

The online registration form submission starts from Sep 9th, 2019. 

The last date of downloading admit cards is on 9th November


Eligibility criteria according to age

For Junior Research Fellowship: 

  • Not more than 30 years as on 1st December 2019. A relaxation up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non-creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on Website SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and to women applicants. 


  • Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on the production of a certificate from the appropriate authority.


  • LLM Degree candidates will be permissible for three years of relaxation in age.


  • 5 years of relaxation applicable for the candidates who served armed forces. 

For the Assistant professor, there is no upper age limit for applying. 

Educational Qualification: 

  • Candidates must have a score of at least 55%(50% for reserved categories) in their post-graduation
  • Students from the final year are also eligible to appear in the exam. Once they clear their academics exam, they will be posted as a junior research fellowship or professorship. 
  • Candidates who have completed their post-graduation exam before September 19, 1991and have done a Ph.D. are eligible for this exam.and they are provided with additional relaxation of 5% minimum marks in requirement. 

Application Fee: 

General Category Candidates:  INR 800 

OBC (Non- Creamy Layer)/ EWS: INR 400 

SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender:  INR 200

UGC NET exam will be conducted in 263 cities this year. 

The admit card will be issued on November 9th as mentioned above. Candidates can download their Admit Card only at by logging in with a given registration number and date of birth.  Admit card will have all the details a candidate will require like, name, roll number, photograph, signature, exam details including date, time and slot. 

Exam Pattern: 

This exam has two papers, 1 and 2. It is a computer-based exam with multiple-choice questions. Each question carries two marks and there is no negative marking. 

Paper 1 is common for all candidates. It covers teaching, reasoning, aptitude, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness. 

Paper 2 is on the subject chosen by the candidate. The questions are way more in-depth and specific about the subject selected. 

Exam duration combining both the papers is 180 minutes i.e; 3 hours. 

UGC Net Papers Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Paper 1 50 100
Paper 2 100 200
Total 150 300



The syllabus has been updated by NTA this year for both the papers. 

Syllabus for Paper 1 : 

  1. Teaching Aptitude
  2.  Research Aptitude
  3.  Reading Comprehension 
  4. Communication Reasoning
  5.  Quantitative Aptitude
  6.  Data Interpretation Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 
  7. People and Environment
  8.  Higher Education System: Governance, Polity, and Administration

Paper 2 syllabus will be completely subject-specific. 

Exam Results will be out by December 31st, 2019. Candidates can download the results from by logging in with registered number and date of birth.

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