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UGC NET Exam Pattern (Updated), Marking Scheme and Syllabus

Updated On - May 3rd 2019 by YASHIKA GOEL

UGC NET 2019 is a computer-based exam (online) organized by NTA from June 20, 2019 to June 28, 2019 across the nation. The exam will be held to become eligible for the post of ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)’. 

NET comprises two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. The questions will be of objective type with no negative marking. Duration of Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be 1 hour and 2 hours respectively. The exam will be conducted in two shifts (morning and afternoon) for 7 days.

Latest: Syllabus for the all NET subjects (including Paper I on General Awareness) is revised. Check now!

Slight changes have been made in the timings of the exam, the break between Paper 1 and Paper 2 will not be provided. The exam will be held in one session of 3 hours.

Note: NTA has released subject-wise mock tests for all the sessions at

CheckUGC NET 2019 Admit Card

UGC NET 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

National Eligibility Test or NET 2019 is a national level exam conducted by NTA on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC). This national level test is a qualifying exam for lectureship in universities. It is also mandatory for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). Listed below are key facts related to the exam pattern:

  • No. of Papers: 2
  • No. of Questions: Total 150 questions will be asked in the exam (Paper 1: 50 Questions and Paper 2: 100 Questions). All questions are compulsory to attempt.
  • Subjects: Paper 1 will consist General Aptitude Questions and Paper 2 will have questions related to the subject selected by candidates.
  • Medium of Paper: Hindi and English are the only options to attempt UGC NET. Choice for paper medium can be exercised at the time of filling the form.
  • Negative Marking: NTA will not be not following negative marking scheme in UGC NET.

Download Free UGC NET Practice Papers

UGC NET 2019 Exam Pattern Details

On behalf of UGC, the National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘only for Assistant Professor’ or ‘for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor both’ in Indian Universities and Colleges. Till recently, CBSE conducted UGC NET in 81 subjects at 263 selected cities spread across the country. From December 2018 onwards, UGC NET will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).  

Mode of Exam

  • Online i.e. Computer Based Mode.
  • Each candidate will be allocated their own desktop with a preinstalled software especially created for the examination.
  • Make sure to check that the system and the mouse is working properly before the exam commences. 

Nature of Questions

  • The questions in both the papers will be objective in nature.
  • This means, all the questions in UGC NET (December 2018) will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs), having 4 choices.
  • Candidates must select the most appropriate answer.
  • The duration of Paper 1 is 60 minutes (1 hour) and Paper 2 is 120 minutes (2 hours)

Total Questions | Sections

  • Paper 1 will have 50 questions and Paper 2 will have 100 questions in total.
  • No restriction to move to and fro among the sections.
  • All the questions are compulsory to attempt

UGC NET Marking Scheme

  • A uniform marking system is followed in the exam i.e. for Paper 1 and 2, each correct answer carries + 2 marks.
  • As per the revised exam pattern of UGC NET Exam, there is no negative marking for any unanswered or incorrect answer.
  • Hence, instead of skipping a question, one can use their calculated guess and mark the answer. 

Check Changes Introduced in UGC NET

Section-wise Questions, Shifts & Marks Distribution

PaperMarksNo. of QuestionsDuration
1100501 hour
Shift 1: 9.30 am – 10.30 am
Shift 2: 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm
22001002 hours
Shift 1: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Shift 2: 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm

UGC NET Marking Scheme

The updated marking scheme of UGC NET is given below:

Type of SituationMarks Allocated
Correct Answer+ 2 marks
Incorrect Answer0 mark
Unanswered 0 mark
Note: If a question for any reason is found to be incorrect, the benefit of marks will be given to only those candidates who attempted the question.

UGC NET 2019 Syllabus (Updated)

Syllabus for UGC NET 2019 varies are per the subject opted at the time of registration. A brief about both the papers are:

In UGC NET Paper I:

  • The questions will be generic in nature, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate.
  • It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.

In UGC NET Paper II:

  • This will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.
  • All the questions of Paper II will be compulsory.
  • It is suggested to thoroughly revise all the topics of Bachelors and Masters syllabus.

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UGC NET Recommended Books

There are some of the important books that will help to prepare better for the National Eligibility Test. They are given below:

Books for Paper 1:

Book NameAuthorPublisher
Trueman’s UGC NET/SLET General Paper IM. Gagan (Author), Sajit KumarDanika Publishing Company; 2015 edition
UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research AptitudeArihant expressArihant Publication; Ninth edition (2017)
CBSE UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research AptitudeKVS MadaanPearson Education; Second edition
UGC NET/SET Paper 1--McGraw Hill Education; Second edition
CBSE UGC-NET: Teaching and Research AptitudeDr. M S Ansari & RPH Editorial BoardRamesh Publishing House

In Case of Hindi Editions

Book NameAuthorPublisher
Trueman’s UGC NET Paper 1 (Hindi)by Sanjay Gupta, A.K. SinghTrueman’s
UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Shikshan Avum Shodh Abhiyogita--Arihant; Fifth edition
UGC NET/ SET – Paper 1 (Hindi)--McGraw Hill Education

Books for Paper 2:

Economicsfor UGC-NET / SLET and Other Competitive ExaminationsAtlantic
UGC NET/SLET Economics Guide Paper II & IIIRamesh Publishing House
Political ScienceUGC NET/SLET Political ScienceCosmos Book hive’s
UGC-NET Political Science Previous Year’s Papers (Solved)R Gupta
PhilosophyUGC NET / SLET PhilosophyA.M. Tripathy
UGC NET/SLET Paper II PhilosophyCosmos Book hive
SociologyModern UGC NET / SLET SociologyAnmol Publisher
 AnthropologyUGC NET / SET AnthropologyA. M. Tripathi

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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Hello! I am a pharm.d graduate. Am i eligible to apply for UGC NET Exam?

31 May, 2019 14:13
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Aishwarya, students who have pursued masters degree are eligible to apply only. Thus, you are not eligible to apply for this exam for now.

31 May, 2019 14:54

i am currently 38 years old and have done PGDBM in marketing in 2003 from IILM, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. . Am I eligible to apply for CBSE- UGC-NET?

19 Mar, 2019 15:55
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Check the Eligibility Criteria for appearing in the exam from here.

19 Mar, 2019 16:43

what are the minimum qualifying marks required in paper 1 and paper 2 of CBSE-UGC-NET for assistant professor?

19 Mar, 2019 15:53
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Hemant, the cut off marks for various posts are decided by the exam authorities. It would be notified on the official website of the exam authority.

19 Mar, 2019 16:36
Kaur Mand

I had completed mba..... Can in enroll in net by English as a main subject

15 Feb, 2019 17:41
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Mand, kindly refer the article above or visit the official website of the organization for getting relevant information.

15 Feb, 2019 17:49


29 Jan, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Anshu, you may check the Eligibility Criteria for UGC NET 2019 from here.

29 Jan, 2019 15:06

Are the books of 2nd paper of English literature available?

23 Jan, 2019 11:08
Sarthak Mahajan

Hi Maruf, You may please check the official website to get the suggested readings of English Literature subject.

23 Jan, 2019 15:26
Shraddha Sunil Rana

Hi, now I'm appearing M .Com s.y fourth semester. Which subjects are related to my degree course in this syllabus ?

14 Jan, 2019 15:10
Sarthak Mahajan

Hi Shraddha, You may please contact the college authorities to get the subjects related information.

17 Jan, 2019 12:22
Ragasree Govind

Hi, please help in Iocating the course MPH - Master of Public Health

10 Jan, 2019 14:42
Akansha Expert

Hi Ragasree, How can I help you?

10 Jan, 2019 15:03
Arpita Bhattacharya

I have done and then pursued MA in english. Can i appear for UGC NET English?

04 Jan, 2019 00:20
Monika Content

Hi Arpita, Yes you can appear for the exam and the eligibility is given in this link,

14 Feb, 2019 13:18
Krina Simaria

Sir is there any subject related computer science in this Syllabus? , if there then please help me with the Syllabus because i wasn't able to find it out.

18 Dec, 2018 09:38

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