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UGC-NET - December 2021 and June 2022 (merged cycles)

(University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test)
December 2021 and June 2022 (merged cycles)
conducted by
National Testing Agency (NTA)

UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for 'Assistant Professor' and 'Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor' in Indian Universities and Colleges.

    + Public Notice

    + Important Information and Dates at a Glance

    Dates, Fee Details and Application Procedure:
    Online registration and submission of Application Form (complete in all respect) through NTA Website: 30 April 2022 to 20 May 2022
    (upto to 05:00 P.M.)
    Last date for successful transaction of Examination fee (through Credit Card / Debit Card / Net Banking / UPI Payment Modes 20 May 2022
    (up to 11:50 P.M.)
    Fee Payable for UGC-NET
    (Pay fee using the Payment Gateway(s) integrated to the Online Application through Net Banking Debit Card / Credit Card / UPI)
    General/Unreserved Rs. 1100/-
    Gen-EWS*/ OBC-NCL** Rs. 550/-
    Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribes (ST) / Person with Disability (PwD) Rs. 275/-
    Third gender
    Applicable service/processing charges & GST over and above the Examination Fee, are to be
    Paid by the candidate to the concerned Bank / Payment Gateway Integrator. For details, Appendix-I may be referred to.
    Correction in the Particulars of Application Form online only 21 May 2022 to 23 May 2022
    Intimation of Cities of exam centres To be announced later on website
    Downloading of Admit Card by the Candidate from NTA Website To be announced later on website
    Dates of Examination To be announced later on website
    Duration of Examination 180 minutes (03 hours)
    No break between Paper 1 & Paper 2
    Timing of Examination First Shift:
    09:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
    Second Shift:
    03:00 P.M. to 06:00 P.M.
    Exam Centre, Date and Shift As indicated on the Admit Card
    Display of Recorded Responses and Provisional Answer Keys on the Website for inviting challenge(s) from Interested candidates. To be announced later on website
    Declaration of Result on NTA website To be announced later on website
    *As per the OM No. 20013/01/2018-BC-II dated January 17, 2019 issued by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the OM No. 12-4/2019-U1 dated 17.01.2019 as well as the Letters No 35-2/2019- dated 21.01.2019, 01.02.2019, 04.02.2019 and 15.02.2019 of MHRD Department of Higher Education regarding implementation of reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) for admission in Central Educational Institutions.

    **OBC (Other Backward Classes)-NCL (Non Creamy Layer) as per the central list of Other Backward Classes available on National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC- Government of India website

    The candidates falling in this list may mention OBC in the Category Column.

    State list OBC Candidates who are not in OBC-NCL (Central List) must choose General.

    • Candidate must read carefully the Instructions (including how to fill up Application Form online) given in the Information Bulletin available on the NTA Website. Candidates not complying with the Instructions shall be summarily disqualified.
    • Candidate can apply for December 2021 and June 2022 Cycle (June 2022) of UGC NET through "Online" mode only. The Application Form in any other mode will not be accepted.
    • Only one application is to be submitted by a candidate. More than one application i.e. multiple Application Forms submitted by a candidate will not be accepted.
    • Instructions for filling Online Application Form:
      • Download Information Bulletin and Replica of Application Form. Read these carefully to ensure your eligibility.
      • Follow the steps given below to Apply Online:
        Step-1: Apply for Online Registration using own Email Id and Mobile No.
        Step-2: Fill in the Online Application Form and note down the system generated Application Number. Upload scanned images of: (i) a recent photograph (file size 10Kb – 200Kb) either in colour or black & white with 80% face (without mask) visible including ears against white background; (ii) candidate’s signature (file size: 4kb - 30kb).
        Step-3: Pay fee using SBI / CANARA / ICICI / HDFC Bank / Debit Card / Credit Card / UPI and keep proof of fee paid.
      • Download, save and print a copy of Confirmation Page of the Application Form (which would be downloadable only after successful remittance of fee) for future reference.
      • All the 3 Steps can be done together or at separate timings. The submission of Application of a candidate could be considered as successful and his/her candidature would be confirmed only on the successful transaction/receipt of the prescribed application fee from him/her.
    • The Confirmation Page of the online Application Form will be generated only after successful payment by the Candidate.
      • In case the Confirmation Page is not generated after payment of fee, then the candidate should approach the concerned Bank/Payment Gateway (in the helpline no. and email given in Appendix-I of the Information Bulletin) for ensuring the successful payment or for obtaining the refund of duplicate / multiple payments.
      • However, if inspite of above action payment has not been successfully made it means that the transaction has not been completed and the amount not reflected in the NTA account. Such amount will be refunded to concerned Credit/Debit Card/UPI within a reasonable time. Therefore, such candidates have to pay the fee once again and ensure the OK fee status.
    • Candidates shall ensure that the information entered by them in their respective online Application Form is correct.
    • Information provided by the candidates in their respective online Application Forms, like, name of candidate, contact/ address details, category, PwD status, educational qualification details, date of birth, choice of exam cities, etc. will be treated as final. Any request for change in such particulars after the closure of correction period will not be considered by NTA under any circumstances.
    • NTA does not edit /modify/alter any information entered by the candidates under any circumstances. Any request for change in information after submission of Application Form will not be entertained. Therefore, candidates are advised to exercise utmost caution for filling up correct details in the Application Form.
    • NTA disclaims any liability that may arise to a candidate(s) due to incorrect information provided by him/her in his/her online Application Form.
    • Candidates must ensure that their email address and mobile number to be registered in their online Application Form are their own, as relevant/important information/ communication will be sent by NTA through e-mail on the registered e-mail address and / or through SMS on registered mobile number only. NTA shall not be responsible for any non-communication / mis-communication with a candidate in the email address or mobile number given by him/her other than his/her own.
      Candidates are also requested to download and install the SANDES application as a secondary channel to receive time-to-time notifications from NTA.
      SANDES APP can be downloaded and installed on Mobile Device by following the below-listed steps:Candidates are advised to visit the NTA Website and check their e-mails regularly for latest updates.
      • Visit the Google Play Store on your Mobile Device.
      • Search for the “Sandes App” in the search bar.
      • It then displays the app in the play store.
      • Click on Install, and then the app gets downloaded to your mobile device.
      • Now, mobile users can enjoy the services of the Sandes Mobile App.
    • Candidates shall appear at their own cost at the Examination Centre on the Date, Shift and time indicated on their Admit Cards issued by the NTA in due course through its Website.

    + University Grants Commission - National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET)

    • UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ and ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian universities and colleges.
    • The selection of candidates for the following Fellowships of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Ministry of Minorities Affairs is also made through the UGC-NET:
      • National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students (NFSC)
      • National Fellowship for Other Backward Classes (NFOBC)
      • Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students (MANF)
    • Candidates aspiring for the Fellowships listed above, shall also have to apply for the Test.

    + December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) of UGC NET

    The December 2021 and June 2022 (merged cycles) of UGC NET will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in multi shifts as per the time schedule specified in the Information at a glance, in the Subjects given at Appendix -III in selected Cities spread across the Country (Appendix -IV).
    • Mode of Examination
      The Examination shall be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only.
    • Pattern of Examination
      The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of objective type, multiple choice questions. There will be no break between papers.
      Paper Marks Number of Questions MCQ Total duration
      I 100 50 The questions in Paper I intends to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, reading comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. 03 hours (180 minutes) without any break.

      All the questions are compulsory.
      II 200 100 This is based on the subject selected by the candidate and will assess domain knowledge.
    • Subject and Syllabus of Test
      The List of Subjects and their Codes for December 2021 and June 2022 (merged cycles) of UGC NET are given at Appendix -III. A new subject "Hindu Studies" (Subject code 102) has been introduced among the list of subjects vide letter no. F.No.4-1/2019(NET/NTA) received from UGC-NET Bureau dated: 24.03.2022.

      The candidates may note that the syllabus has been modified and the new syllabus applicable from June 2019 onwards has also been notified through a Public Notice on NTA website.

      Updated Syllabi for all NET Subjects can be downloaded from the UGC website:

      National Testing Agency will not provide the copy of syllabus to any candidate.
    • Medium of Question Paper
      • The medium of Question Paper shall be in English & Hindi only.
      • Option of medium of Question Paper should be carefully chosen by the Candidate, while filling the Application Form online. The option once exercised cannot be changed.
      • Candidates opting for Hindi medium in the Application Form will be given bilingual paper, but candidates opting for English medium will be given English version only.
      • Candidates are required to answer in the medium as per option exercised in the Application Form.
      • In case of any ambiguity in translation/construction of a question in the exam, its English version shall be treated as final and the decision of NTA shall be final in this regard.
    • Marking Scheme
      • Each question carries 02 (two) marks.
      • For each correct response, candidate will get 02 (two) marks.
      • There is no negative marking for incorrect response.
      • No marks will be given for questions un-answered/un-attempted/marked for Review.
      • To answer a question, the candidate needs to choose one option as correct option.
      • If a question is found to be incorrect/ambiguous during the Key Challenge, only those candidates who have attempted the question and chosen one of the correct answers would be given the credit. Only for dropped question(s), if any, marks will be given to all the candidates.
      • In case a Question is dropped due to some technical error, full marks shall be given to the candidates who have attempted it.

    + Eligibility Criteria for December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) of UGC NET

    • Qualifying Examination:
      • General/Unreserved/General-EWS candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC (available on the website: in Humanities and Social Science (including languages), Computer Science and Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test. List of subjects at Post Graduation level is attached as Appendix-V. The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to Non-Creamy Layer/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Third gender category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.
      • Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/eligibility for Assistant Professor only after they have passed their Master’s Degree or equivalent examination with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of OBC-NCL/ SC / ST / PwD / Third gender category candidates). Such candidates must complete their Master’s degree or equivalent examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
      • Candidates belonging to the Third gender category are eligible to draw the same relaxation in fee, age and Eligibility Criteria for NET (i.e. JRF and Assistant Professor) as are available to SC/ST/PwD categories. The subject-wise qualifying cut-offs for this category would be the lowest among those for SC / ST / PwD / OBC–NCL / General-EWS categories in the corresponding subject.
      • The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination have been completed by 19 September 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET. The list of Post-Graduation courses and their codes is given at Appendix-VI.
      • Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their Post-Graduation only. The candidates, whose Post Graduation subject is not covered in the list of NET subjects attached as Appendix-V, may appear in a related subject.
      • Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor printout of their Application Form or Confirmation Page to NTA. However, the candidates, in their own interest, must ensure themselves about their eligibility for the test. In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the UGC/NTA at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action. NTA does not verify the information provided by the candidates during online registration and hence candidature will be purely provisional subject to the fulfillment of eligibility criteria.
      • Candidates with post-graduate diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University/ Institute or foreign degree/diploma/certificate awarded by the foreign University/ institute should in their own interest, ascertain the equivalence of their diploma/degree/ certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi (
    • Instructions:
      • The eligibility for ‘Assistant Professor’ or for ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ will depend on the performance of the candidate in both the papers of UGC-NET in aggregate. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for the award of JRF. Candidates appearing in UGC-NET should thoughtfully select in the Application Form whether they are applying for ‘Assistant Professor’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor’. Candidates who qualify the Test for eligibility for Assistant Professor will be governed by the rules and regulations for recruitment of Assistant Professor of the concerned Universities / Colleges / State governments, as the case may be.
      • The candidates who qualify for the award of JRF are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for full time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them.
      • Junior Research Fellowship: Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will be eligible to receive fellowship of UGC under various schemes, subject to their finding placement in universities/IITs/Institutions. The validity period of the offer will be three years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award Letter. However, for those candidates who have already joined M.Phil. / Ph.D., the date of commencement of Fellowship shall be from the date of declaration of NET result or date of their joining, whichever is later.
      • The National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students (NFSC), National Fellowship for Other Backward Classes (NFOBC) and the Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students (MANF) shall be governed by the guidelines available on the official websites of the concerned Ministries and/or the UGC.
    • Exemption (Eligibility for Assistant Professor):
      • NET/SET/SLET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. In this regard, exemption from NET/SET/SLET will be governed by UGC regulations and amendments notified in the Gazette of India from time to time.
      • The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR/ JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
      • For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, and are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st June 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the universities/colleges situated in the State from where they have cleared their SET.
    • Age Limit and Relaxation:
      • JRF: Not more than 31 years as on 1st day of the month in which the examination is concluded i.e. 01.06.2022 (This age limit is applicable for the current examination only).

        A relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC-NCL (as per the Central list of OBC available on website: /SC/ST/PwD/Third gender categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates with 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 production of a certificate from appropriate authority, which should be a recognized Indian university / Institute of National Importance / foreign university which is duly approved / recognized / accredited in its own Country / Public Sector Undertaking of Government of India / State Government in India. The research should not have been carried out towards completion of graduation or post-graduation degree(s). Three years relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates with L.L.M. degree. A relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces upto the first day of the month in which the concerned UGC-NET is, conducted, i.e., 01.06.2022. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.
      • Assistant Professor:
        There is no upper age limit in applying for UGC-NET for Assistant Professor.

    + Payment of Exam Fee - Procedure/Mode/Service Provider(s) and Services Charges

    • Prescribed Examination Fee (please see the Information at a Glance) can be paid through any Bank/Payment Gateway in any Payment Mode [service/processing charges per transaction & GST applicable @ 18% are to be paid by the candidate, except for payment made through debit card (Visa/Master):
      1. Net Banking ICICI NIL Charge HDFC NIL Charge Canara Bank NIL Charge SBI Rs. 5/- + GST
      Other Banks Rs. 4/- + GST Other Banks Rs. 4/- + GST Other Banks Rs. 5/- + GST Other Banks
      2. All Debit Card ICICI or Other Banks Transaction upto Rs. 2000/- 0% HDFC or Other Banks Transaction upto Rs. 2000/- 0% Canara Bank or Other Banks Nil Charge Transaction upto
      Rs 2000/-
      Transaction above Rs. 2000/- 0.5% + GST Transaction above Rs. 2000/- 0% Transaction above
      Rs 2000/-
      3. Credit Card Domestic 0.40% of Transaction value Domestic 0.40% of Fee + GST Domestic 0.80% of Fee + GST Domestic 0.80% of Fee + GST
      (Minimum Rs. 11/-)
      International 2.35% of Transaction value International Nil Charge International 2.35% of Fee + GST International 3.50% of Fee + GST
      (Minimum Rs. 11/-)
      4. Unified Payment Interface (UPI) ICICI or other banks Transaction upto Rs. 2000/- 0% Nil Charge     Transaction upto
      Rs 2000/-
      Transaction above Rs. 2000/- 5.0% + GST   Transaction above
      Rs 2000/-
    • Helplines:
      • If Paying through State Bank of India (SBI):
        Level Name Email ID Contact Number
        1 Helpdesk 18004253800
        2 Helpdesk3 08026599990
        3 Customer Care 1800112211
        4 Through SMS UNHAPPY (add text) 8008202020
      • If Paying through Canara Bank:
        Level Name Email ID Contact Number
        1 Helpdesk / / (022)61060524 / 8700098336 / 7428206788 / 9535293631
        2 Complaint Management Services / / (022)61060524 / 8700098336 / 7428206788 / 9535293631
        3 Customer Care / / (022)61060524 / 8700098336 / 7428206788 / 9535293631
        4 Through SMS -- (022)61060524 / 8700098336 / 7428206788 / 9535293631
      • If Paying through HDFC Bank:
        Level Name Email ID Contact Number
        1 Shri Vikram Singh 9799810080
        2 Amit Singh 7428869770
        3 Shri Ripon Bhattacharjee 9625031697
      • If Paying through ICICI Bank:
        Level Name Email ID Contact Number
        1 Vikas Dwivedi --
        2 Risheb Sharma --
      • NTA Helpdesk Contact details (in case the payment related issues are not resolved through the above mentioned Helplines of the concerned Bank/Payment Gateway Integrator):
        Phone No.: 011-40759000

    + List of NET Subjects and their Codes and Syllabus

    Note: Syllabi for all NET Subjects can be downloaded from the UGC website:

    National Testing Agency will not send the syllabus to individual candidates. The candidates with Master’s Degree in Geography (with specialization in Population Studies) or Mathematics / Statistics are also eligible to appear in the subject "Population Studies" (Code 015).

    ‘**’ The candidates with Master’s Degree in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences are eligible to appear in subject "Women Studies" (Code 074).

    ‘***’ "Hindu Studies" (Subject code 102) introduced among the list of subjects vide letter no. F.No.4-1/2019(NET/NTA) received from UGC-NET Bureau dated: 24.03.2022.

    Note: General Paper on Teaching and Research Aptitude (Paper-I) is compulsory for all.
National Testing Agency
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