UGC–NET 2019 Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Dates, Fees and Preparation Tips

Looking at to get a job of Lecturer (Asst. Professor) in a Govt. College or a Junior Research Fellow in a Government aided Laboratory or in a Govt. aided University? Then you must know about UGC NET 2019. The National Eligibility Test (NET), also known as UGC NET, is a test to determine eligibility for college and university level lecturership and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals. UGC-NET is among the toughest entrance exams in India. The UGC-NET is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), on behalf of the University Grant Commission (UGC), to ensure the minimum standards for the entrants in teaching professions and research.


UGC–NET 2019

Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Dates, Fees, and Preparation Tips

By Parinita Gupta


What is UGC NET?


UGC NET or The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test is a test conducted by the National Testing Agency to know the eligibility of the aspirants who want to become Assistant Professor, Junior Research Fellowship or both. UGC NET or NET is one of the highest entrance examinations in the country which determines the eligibility of the aspirants for university and college-level lectureship. This exam is conducted to assess the Indian students for a lecturer position in Indian Universities and Colleges. Interested students who want to attend and score well must collect all the information about the exam like registration process, eligibility, syllabus, exam pattern and exam dates and further processes details in order to understand the selection process further.


UGC NET Eligibility


Age Criteria


  • There is no upper age limit for the aspirants who want to appear for Assistant Professor Position
  • Candidates who are seeking for Junior Research Fellowship must have the upper age limit of  30 years as on 1st January 2019.
  • Females candidates, SC/ST/OBC/PWD, candidates with LLM degree and those with research experience have a relaxable period of five years.


Academic Qualification


  • Candidates must have a Master’s degree from any recognized University especially in the subjects like Humanities, Electronic Sciences, Social Sciences, and Computer Science etc.
  • Should have a minimum of 55% of marks in the NET examination.
  • Candidates with a reservation should have at least 50% of score in UGC NET.
  • Final year students or the students who are waiting for their final results can also appear for the exam.
  • Candidates with aPh.D.D degree or who have completed Master’s degree either on or before September 1991 will get a 5% of age relaxation in aggregate marks.
  • Candidates are required to appear for the subject of their qualifying exam only. Candidates, whose qualifying exam subject remains uncovered in the subject list mention by UGC, are required to appear in a related subject only.


UGC NET Syllabus and Exam Pattern


UGC NET Exam Pattern 2019


NTA had released a new pattern for UGC NET 2019. According to the new pattern, there are 2 papers which are compulsory to attend for final selection:


Paper 1- In Paper 1 there will be 50 questions with each of 2 marks and have a duration of one hour. Paper 1 will test the candidate’s ability in


  • Comprehension
  • Reasoning ability
  • General awareness
  • Divergent thinking


Paper 2– Paper 2 will be of two-hours with a total of 100 MCQ’s. Every question is of 2 marks each. The total marks for Paper 2 will be 200.


The paper-wise details are tabulated below:


UGC NET Exam Pattern


Quick Facts on UGC-NET Exam Pattern


  • Total 150 questions will be asked in NET (Paper 1: 50 Question and Paper 2: 100 Questions). All questions are compulsory to attempt.
  • Paper I will consist General Aptitude Questions and Paper II will have questions related to the subject selected by candidates. M
  • Hindi and English are the only options to attempt UGC NET. The choice for the paper medium can be exercised at the time of filling the form.
  • UGC-NET exam is an MCQ one. There is no negative marking in this exam and total duration of the exam is 3 hours.


Syllabus for NTA UGC NET 2019


In UGC NET examination, there are 84 subjects and the syllabus for each subject will be different. The syllabus will be updated by NTA and preparation should be according to the new syllabus prescribed by NTA. The list of UGC-NET subjects along with their respective codes is given below:


Code                                                               Subjects

01                                                                    Economics

02                                                                    Political Science

03                                                                    Philosophy

04                                                                    Psychology

05                                                                    Sociology

06                                                                    History

07                                                                    Anthropology

08                                                                    Commerce

09                                                                    Education

10                                                                    Social Work

11                                                                    Defence & Strategic Studies

12                                                                   Home Science

13                                                        Public Administration

14                                                        Population Studies

15                                                        Music

16                                                        Management

17                                                        Maithili

18                                                        Bengali

19                                                        Hindi

20                                                        Kannada

21                                                        Malayalam

22                                                        Oriya

23                                                        Punjabi

24                                                        Sanskrit

25                                                        Tamil

26                                                        Telugu

27                                                        Urdu

28                                                        Arabic

29                                                        English

30                                                        Linguistics

31                                                        Chinese

32                                                       Dogri

33                                                    Nepalese

34                                                    Manipuri

35                                                   Assamese

36                                                    Gujarati

37                                                   Marathi

38                                                    French

39                                                    Spanish

40                                                    Russian

41                                                     Persian

42                                                    Rajasthani

43                                                    German

44                                                    Japanese

45                                                    Adult Education

46                                                    Physical Education

47                                                    Arab Culture and Islamic Studies

48                                                    Indian Culture

49        Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social
Welfare/Human Resource Management

50                                            Law

51                                            Library and Information Services

51                                            Buddhist, Gandhian & Peace Studies

52                                            Comparative Studies of Religions

53                                            Mass Communication and Journalism

54                                            Performing Arts

55                                            Museology & Conservation

56                                                        Archaeology

57                                                        Criminology

58                                Tribal & Regional Language/Literature

59                                                        Folk Literature

60                                            Comparative Literature

61-68   Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha/SidhantaJyotisha/NavyaVyakarna/  Vyakarna/Mimamsa/Navya Nyaya/Sankhya Yoga/TulanatmakaDarsana/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedanta/ Dharma Sastra/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa/Agama

69                                              Women Studies

70                                               Visual Arts

71                                                Geography

72                                            Social Medicine & Community Health

73                                                        Forensic Science

74                                                        Pali

75                                                        Kashmiri

76                                                        Konkani

77                                            Computer Science and Applications

78                                            Electronic Sciences

79                                            Environmental Sciences

80                                           Politics

81                                            Prakrit

82                                           Human Rights and Duties

83                                           Tourism Administration & Management

84                                           BODO


The Syllabus of the above subjects are available in the official website of NTA – net/syllabus.aspx.


UGC NET Cut off-


University Grant Commission has set a minimum cut off score to assess the student’s knowledge. A candidate has to score at least the minimum cut off in all the papers in order to get qualified.


General 40 % 40 % 50 %
OBC / PwD / SC / ST 35 % 35 % 40 %


Candidates Must have a minimum score to get qualified in the exam.


UGC NET July 2019 Session Exam Dates as per the official notification.


UGC Net December 2019 Events Dates
Availability of Online Application 2nd week of March 2019
Deadline for Submission of Application Fee 3rd week of April 2019
Availability of Admit Card 2nd week of June 2019
Exam commencement date July 2019
Result Declaration August 2019


UGC-NET 2019 Application Fee Structure


The application fee is different for different categories which are mentioned below:


  • General candidates: Rs.1000/-
  • OBC-NCL candidates: Rs.500/-
  • SC/ST/PWD candidates: Rs.Rs.250/-


Payment for the application fee is completely online only through Debit/Credit cards or Net Banking. The application fee will not be refunded in any circumstances.


Preparation Tips for UGC-NET


The interested candidates who want to get qualified in UGC NET exam must collect all the significant information about the exam and prepare correctly according to the syllabus released in the official website.


  • Since it is a national level exam, there will be very high competition for one single position. So 100% effort and dedication are must, to get qualified and to get placed in your dream job.
  • Solve and Refer to the previous question papers to understand the pattern and difficulty level of each of question.
  • Candidates should have a strong command of current affairs and general knowledge.
  • Buy books which are relevant to the prescribed syllabus.
  • For JFS position, consider the Age criteria mention in the official notification.
  • You are recommended to start the preparation early which will help you to cover the entire syllabus and revise it again.
  • Remember scoring good marks in both the papers is very important.
  • Don’t panic and have good knowledge of analytical questions.
  • Be positive and confident during both the preparation and examination.



Author Bio: Parinita Gupta is a full-time banking professional. Additionally, she is also a passionate blogger and digital marketer.

She mostly writes about the Banking & Finance, Technology, and FinTech sector. But, she also enjoys writing on other topics as well.  You can follow her on Twitter.



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