UGC–NET 2020 June Exam Update, Eligibility, Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Fees and Preparation

Looking for a job of Asst. Professor or a Junior Research Fellow in a Government institute in India? Then you must know about UGC NET 2020. The National Eligibility Test (NET), also known as UGC NET, one of the toughest entrance exams in India. On behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) & Assistant Professor, both in Indian Universities and Colleges. In this article, we will talk about the UGC-NET 2020 eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, dates, preparation tips, and also UGC NET 2020 June exam update.


Latest Update on UGC NET June 2020


UG NET June 2020 exam has been postponed. The revised dates for the exam will be announced soon, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on May 7, 2020.



UGC–NET 2020

Eligibility, Exam Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Application Fees & Preparation Tips


By Parinita Gupta



NET qualification is mandatory for a lecturer position in universities & government colleges. The award of JRF and or Eligibility for Assistant Professor depends on the aggregate performance of the candidate in Paper-I and paper-II of UGC-NET.


UGC-NET Eligibility Criteria


Interested candidates appearing for UGC NET 2020 need to fulfill the eligibility criteria which are mentioned below:


  • Master’s degree from a recognized University preferably in subjects like Social Sciences, Humanities, Electronic Sciences, and Computer Science, etc.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year exam of Post graduation in the year 2020 can also apply.
  • Candidates should achieve a minimum of 55% of marks in the NET examination.
  • Candidates with a reservation should have at least 50% of the score in UGC-NET.
  • 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 Age Criteria


  • The minimum eligible age limit by the exam authorities has been set to 28 years for general category.
  • A relaxation of 5 years is given to the candidates from reserved categories.
  • No maximum age limit is prescribed for Lectureship or Asst. Professorship.
  • For Junior Research Fellowship; the maximum age limit will be 30 years as on 1st January 2020.
  • The LLM Degree holder gets a relaxation of 3 years. For Assistant Professor, there are no age limits prescribed.


Note: For third gender (transgender) candidates, relaxation in fee, age and qualifying criteria for NET is at par with SC/ST and other categories.


UGC-NET 2020 Exam and Important Dates


Here we will jot down all the important dates for you to remember.


UGC NET 2020 Notification release date:


June Session                –           February 2020

December Session      –           Last week of August 2020


UGC-NET 2020 Release of Application (Registration Start Date):


June Session                –           16th March 2020

December Session      –           1st week September 2020


UGC-NET 2020 Registration last date (Last Date of Application):


June Session                –           16th April 2020

December Session      –           Last week September 2020


UGC-NET 2020 Admit Card:


June Session                –           15th May 2020

December Session      –           3rd week November 2020


UGC-NET 2020 Exam Date:


June Session                –           15 – 20 June 2020

December Session      –           Around 3rd week December 2020


UGC NET 2020 Results Announcement Date:


June Session                –           5th July 2020

December Session      –           Around 2nd week  2020


UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern


The exam pattern comprises of 2 papers which are compulsory to attend for final selection.


For Paper 1: There will be 50 questions each comprising of 2 marks thus making the total marks 100. The duration of this paper is 1 hour and it is conducted in 2 shifts- Morning and evening.


Paper 1 will test the candidate’s ability in


  • Comprehension
  • Reasoning ability
  • General awareness
  • Divergent thinking


For Paper 2: There will be 100 questions each comprising of 2 marks thus making the total marks 200. The duration for this paper is 2 hours and like paper 1, it is conducted in Morning and evening shifts. There are generally 3 sections, the first one comprises questions from the – Logical Reasoning, General Aptitude, Graphical Analysis, and Numeric Ability, etc.


The second section consists of multiple-choice questions covering numerous topics of the related subject. For Engineering Science subject, the questions are related to Mathematics and Engineering Aptitude.


And the final section consists of comprehension questions. There will be a total of 5 subjects in the UGC NET 2020 – Atmospheric, Mathematical Sciences, Earth, Planetary Science, Ocean, Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, and Physical Sciences.


The paper-wise details are tabulated below:


UGC NET 2020 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 of 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.



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UGC NET 2020 Syllabus


In the 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                                                                    Defense & 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 %


UGC-NET 2020 Application Fees


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 Exams


UGC NET is considered as one of the toughest exams to clear as compared to the seats available, huge numbers of candidates appear for this exam every year. The aspiring candidates may follow a few helpful tips provided below in order to excel in the UGC NET 2020 exam.


It’s important that you start early and make a schedule to plan your time accordingly. You should be clear with these questions:


  • How much time do you have for preparing for your exams?
  • Which is the best time of the day you can focus or devote for your UGC-NET Exam study?
  •  How much time per day you can devote to prepare for each exam?


Always remember, studying in small chunks keeps the workload/study pressure manageable, hence try devoting time every day for preparation till you appear for the exam which will make you confident enough to crack the exam.


Few handy tips students can use:


  • Choose a good UGC-NET book – Exam preparation books/content plays a major role in preparing for these exams. There are a lot of books available in the market for the preparation of UGC NET Paper 1 as it’s common for every candidate. For paper 2, you need to study from specific books of the subjects you will select for the exam. To name a few: Trueman’s UGC NET/SET General Paper I, UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude by Arihant Publication, UGC NET/SET/JRF – Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madaan.


  • Expert help and self-practice – Your mentor’s job is to ensure all the subject material and content are covered before your exams however, it’s always you who needs to study and prepare. There often isn’t enough time during class to teach the material and do a thorough review. Taking time to review material on a regular basis will ensure you are ready.


  • Start revising with old content – Begin by reviewing the content you have already completed in class/tuitions, this will help in revising past work. Refreshing your memory on a regular basis is the best strategy for effective learning.




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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