UGC NET & UGC CSIR : Easy and Free Guide

The National Eligibility Test is popularly known as UGC NET or NTA -UGC-NET. This is an all India level examination for adjudicating the eligibility for the post of Assistant Professors and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Indian colleges and Universities

 

JRF awardees are eligible to pursue research in their postgraduate subject from the top institution or national organizations.

 

The UGC NET exam was started by UGC, but later the CBSE conducted the test. From December 2018 the responsibility of UGC NET has been transferred to the National Testing Agency (NTA), which has been established as an autonomous body testing organization for admission and fellowship in higher education institutions.

 

There are  two NETs conducted in India by National Testing Agency (NTA). They are as follows :

  1. University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET)
  2. University Grants Commission Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Eligibility Test (UGC CSIR)

Highlights of UGC NET

Exam Name University Grant Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET)
Organizing Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency Twice a year (June & December)
Exam Level National
Exam Mode Online
Number of Registration Approx. 8 lakh
Official Website Ugcnet.nta.nic.in

 

NTA releases the notification of the UGC NET exam in the month of June & December 

UGC NET JUNE EXAM UGC NET DECEMBER EXAM
Event Tentative Month Event Tentative Month
UGC NET Notification March UGC NET Notification September
UGC NET Exam June UGC NET Exam December
UGC NET Result July UGC NET Result December

 

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Eligibility Criteria 

1. Nationality

A candidate should be a citizen of India.

 

2. Age Limit 

Category Age Limit
Assistant Professor No upper limit
Junior Research Fellowship (General) 30 years
Junior Research Fellowship (OBC/SC/ST) 35 years

 

Note : As per the Government of India reservation policy, a minimum of 27%, 15% ,7.5%, and 5% of the fellowship are reserved for the Other Backward Class (OBC) non-creamy layer/ Scheduled Caste( SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Person with Disability (PWD).

 

3. Educational Qualification 

  • A candidate should have completed the Master’s Degree or equivalent examination with a minimum of 55% marks from a UGC recognized University /Institution in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science, and Application, Electronic Science, etc.
  • The candidate belonging to Other Backward Class (OBC) non-creamy layer/ Scheduled Caste( SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Person with Disability (PWD) are to be entitled 5% marks relaxation. They should have completed the Master’s Degree or equivalent examination with a minimum of 50% marks from a UGC recognized University /Institution in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science and Application, Electronic Science, etc.
  • D. degree holders, who have passed master’s degree before September 1991, with a minimum of 50% marks are also eligible to apply for Lectureship.

Note: Candidate belonging to the Transgender category will be eligible to draw the same relaxation in fees, age, qualifying criteria in NET ( JRF & Assistant Professor) as are available for SC/ST/PWD.

 

UGC NET EXAM PATTERN

NTA conducts the examination on behalf of UGC. This exam consists of two papers and is conducted on the same day.

PAPER 1 & 2
Paper No of question Max Marks Type Duration
Paper 1 50 100 Objective (MCQ) 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 2 100 200 Objective (MCQ) 1 hour 30 minutes
Total 150 300 3 hours

Note: All the questions are mandatory to attempt. There is no negative marking.

 

UGC CSIR

 

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Eligibility Test (UGC CSIR) is conducted by NTA in CBT mode to select the candidate eligible for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for Lectureship (LS)/ Assistant  Professor in Indian colleges and Universities.

 

Highlights of UGC CSIR EXAM 

Exam Name Council of Scientific and Industrial Research University Grant Commission National Eligibility Test (CSIR UGC NET)
Organizing Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency Twice a year (June & December)
Exam Level National
Exam Mode Online
Number of Registration Approx. 3 lakh
Official Website csirnet.nta.nic.in

 

NTA releases the notification of the UGC CSIR exam in the month of March & September :

UGC CSIR NET JUNE EXAM UGC CSIR NET DECEMBER EXAM
Event Tentative Month Event Tentative Month
UGC CSIR Notification March UGC CSIR Notification September
UGC CSIR Exam June UGC CSIR Exam December
UGC CSIR Result July UGC CSIR Result December

 

 

UGC NET CSIR

 

Eligibility Criteria 

1. Nationality 

A candidate should be citizen of India.

 

2. Age Limit 

Category Age Limit
Assistant Professor No upper limit
Junior Research Fellowship (General) 28 years
Junior Research Fellowship (OBC-Non Creamy Layer) 31 years
Junior Research Fellowship (SC/ST/Physically & Visually handicapped/Female) 33 years

 

As per the Government of India reservation policy , a minimum of 27% , 15% ,7.5%, and 5% of the fellowship are reserved for the Other Backward Class (OBC) non-creamy layer/ Scheduled Caste( SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Person with Disability (PWD)

 

3. Educational Qualification 

  • Candidate must have completed M.Sc. or an equivalent degree/Integrated BS-MS/BS – 4 years/ BE/B.Tech/Pharma/MBBS with a minimum of 55% marks. For SC/ST/Physically & Visually handicapped candidates, a minimum of 50% marks is needed.
  • Sc (Hons) or equivalent or candidate enrolled in the Integrated MS-PhD program can also apply.
  • Candidate with bachelor’s degree and who has also enrolled in Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. program can also apply.
  • D. degree holders, who have passed master’s degree before September,1991, with a minimum of 50% marks are also eligible to apply for Lectureship.

 

UGC CSIR NET EXAM PATTERN 

NTA conducts the examination on behalf of UGC. The exam pattern is highlighted below:

Particulars Description
Mode of Exam Computer Based Test (CBT)
Exam Type Objective (MCQ)
Exam Duration 3 hours
Exam Medium English & Hindi
Total Marks 200
Total Questions Section A: 20

Section B : 40

Section C : 60

Negative Marking Yes

UGC CSIR NET EXAM is conducted in 5 subjects : Chemical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, Mathematics Science and Physical Science.

 

Section-wise Exam Pattern of Chemical Science
Parts No of questions Questions to attempt Marks per question Negative Marking
Part A 20 15 2 0.5
Part B 40 35 2 0.5
Part C 60 25 4 1
Total 120 75 200

 

Section-wise Exam Pattern of Earth Science
Parts No of questions Questions to attempt Marks per question Negative Marking
Part A 20 15 2 0.5
Part B 50 35 2 0.5
Part C 80 25 4 1.32
Total 150 75 200

 

Section-wise Exam Pattern of Life  Science
Parts No of questions Questions to attempt Marks per question Negative Marking
Part A 20 15 2 0.5
Part B 50 35 2 0.5
Part C 70 25 4 1
Total 140 75 200

 

Section-wise Exam Pattern of Mathematical Science
Parts No of questions Questions to attempt Marks per question Negative Marking
Part A 20 15 2 0.5
Part B 40 25 3 0.75
Part C 60 20 4.75 0
Total 120 60 200

 

Section-wise Exam Pattern of Physical Science
Parts No of questions Questions to attempt Marks per question Negative Marking
Part A 20 15 2 0.5
Part B 25 20 3.5 0.875
Part C 30 20 5 1.25
Total 75 55 200

 

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