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UGC-NET December 2020 Cycle (May 2021)

UGC-NET December 2020 Cycle (May 2021)
(University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test)
conducted by
National Eligibility Test (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.

    + 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: https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in 02 February 2021
    02 March 2021
    Last date for successful transaction of Examination Fee
    (through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking & Paytm Payment Modes till 11:50 P.M.)
    03 March 2021
    (till 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/Wallet)
    General/Unreserved Rs. 1000/-
    Gen-EWS*/OBC-NCL** Rs. 500/-
    Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribes (ST)/Person with Disability (PwD) Rs. 250/-
    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, Annexure -I may be referred to.
    Correction in the Particulars of Application Form online only 05 March - 09 March 2021
    Downloading of Admit Card by the Candidate from NTA Website To be announced later on website
    Dates of Examination 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17 May 2021
    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
    Website www.nta.ac.in
    *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-T.S.I 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 www.ncbc.nic.in).

    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 2020 Cycle (May 2021) of UGC NET in "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: Register for Online Registration using your own Email ID and Mobile No. and note down system generated Application Number.
        Step-2: Complete the Online Application Form and note down the system generated Application Number.
        Step-3: Upload legible scanned images of: (i) a recent photograph (in jpg/ jpeg file, size 10Kb Ė 200Kb) either in colour or black & white with 80% face (without mask) visible including ears against white background; (ii) candidateís signature (file size: 4kb - 30kb);
        Step-4: Pay fee using the Payment Gateway(s)/Payment Modes of concerned Banks/Paytm integrated to the Online Application and keep proof of fee paid.
      • All the 4 Steps can be done together or at separate timings.
    • After (successful completion of Step-4, Confirmation Page of the Application Form, should be downloaded and a printout of the same may be retained for future reference. The Confirmation Page of the online Application Form could be generated only after successful payment by the Candidate.

      In case the Confirmation Page is not generated after payment of prescribed Fee, then the candidate should approach the concerned Bank/Payment Gateway Integrator (in the helpline number and email given in Annexure- I of the Information Bulletin), for ensuring the successful payment.

      Inspite of above, if successful transaction is not reflected on the Portal, the candidate may contact NTA Helpline. If the payment issue is still not resolved, the candidate may pay second time.

      However, any duplicate payment received from the candidate by NTA in course of said transactions will be refunded through the same payment mode through which the duplicate payment is received, after fee reconciliation by NTA.
    • Information such as his/ her name, contact details / address, category, PwD status, educational qualification details, date of birth, choice of exam cities, etc provided by the candidate in the online Application Form will be treated as final. Any request for change in such particulars after the closure of correction period will not be considered by NTA.
    • NTA does not edit/modify/alter any information entered by the candidate under any circumstances. Any request for change in information will not be entertained. Therefore, candidates are advised to exercise utmost caution for filling up correct details in the 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.
    • NTA disclaims any liability that may cause due to incorrect information provided by the candidate in his/her online Application Form.
    • Candidates are advised to visit the NTA Website and check their e-mails regularly for latest updates.
    • Candidates shall appear in the exam at their own cost at the Examination Centre on the Date/Shift and time indicated on their respective Admit Cards which would be 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 ĎAssistant Professorí and ĎJunior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorí 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 2020 Cycle (May 2021) 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 Annexure -II in selected Cities spread across the Country (Annexure-III).
    • 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.
    • Time: Subject and Syllabus of Test
      The List of Subjects and their Codes for December 2020 Cycle (May 2021) of UGC NET are given at Annexure-II. 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: https://www.ugcnetonline.in/syllabus-new.php.

      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 Masterís Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC (available on the website: www.ugc.ac.in 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 Annexure-IV. 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 Masterís degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.
      • Candidates who are pursuing their Masterís degree or equivalent course or candidates who have appeared for their qualifying Masterís 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 Masterís 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 Masterís 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/OBCĖNCL/General-EWS categories in the corresponding subject.
      • The Ph.D. degree holders whose Masterís 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 Annexure-V.
      • 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 Annexure-IV, 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 Masterís degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi (www.aiu.ac.in).
    • Instructions:
      • The eligibility for ĎAssistant Professorí or for ĎJunior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professorí 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 ĎAssistant Professorí or ĎJunior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professorí. 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. 01.03.2021 (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: www.ncbc.nic.in) /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 concluded. 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 mentioned below. The 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 Rs. 4/- + 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 Nil Transaction upto Rs. 2000/- 0%
      Transaction above Rs. 2000/- 0.5% + GST Transaction above Rs. 2000/- 0% Transaction above Rs. 2000/- 0.8% + GST
      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/-)
      (Minimum Rs. 12/-)
      0.4% + GST
      International 2.35% of Transaction value International Nil Charge International 2.35% of Fee + GST International 3.50% of Fee + GST
      (Minimum Rs. 11/-)
      International 3.5% + GST
      4. Unified Payment Interface (UPI) ICICI or other banks Transaction upto Rs. 2000/- 0% Nil Charge     Transaction upto Rs. 2000/- 0%
      Transaction above Rs. 2000/- 5.0% + GST Transaction above Rs. 2000/- 0.65% + GST
                      PAYTM Wallet Charge 0.8% + GST
    • Helplines:
      • If Paying through State Bank of India (SBI):
        Level Name Email ID Contact Number
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        2 Helpdesk3 sbi.05222@sbi.co.in 08026599990
        3 Customer Care agmcustomer.Ihodel@sbi.co.in 1800112211
        4 Through SMS UNHAPPY (add text) 8008202020
      • If Paying through Canara Bank:
        Level Name Email ID Contact Number
        1 Helpdesk pgsupport@billdesk.com 01202400850/1
        2 Complaint Management Services genadmnronoida@canarabank.com 01202400850/1
        3 Customer Care genadmnronoida@canarabank.com 9971262371
        4 Through SMS genadmnronoida@canarabank.com 01202400850/1
      • If Paying through HDFC Bank:
        Level Name Email ID Contact Number
        1 Shri Vikram Singh vikram.singh4@hdfcbank.com 9799810080
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      • If Paying through ICICI Bank:
        Level Name Email ID Contact Number
        1 Aiysha Khatun support.nta@ingenico.com 01204728426
        2 Vishal Kumar vishal.kumar5@icicibank.com 7428928047
        3 Mohit Bhatia mohit.bhatia@icicibank.com 9810086455
      • If Paying through PAYTM:
        Level Name Email ID Contact Number
        1 Shailesh education.support@paytm.com 7827407411
        2 Ambreen Fatma education.support@paytm.com 0120-4789521
      • 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):
        Email: ugcnet@nta.ac.in
        Phone No.: 0120-6895200

    + List of NET Subjects and their Codes and Syllabus

    Note: Syllabi for all NET Subjects can be downloaded from the UGC website: https://www.ugcnetonline.in/syllabus-new.php.

    National Testing Agency will not send the syllabus to individual candidates.
National Testing Agency
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