Some Frequently Asked Questions related to UGC NTA NET
1. What is the role of UGC in conducting the exam?
UGC Decides upon the syllabus and other criteria related to the exam like Qualification, age limits, reservations, and other aspects.UGC is also responsible for issuing NET Certificate and JRF Award letter.
2. What is the role of NTA in the NET exam?
NTA is entrusted with the task of conducting the exam. They prepare the Questions, conduct exams, and also declare the results.
3. What is the academic eligibility for applying?
· Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC (on the website: www.ugc.ac.in/old pdf/consolidated%20list%20of%20All%20universities.pd f in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science, and Applications, Electronic Science, etc are eligible for this Test.
· The Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to Non-Creamy Layer/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Transgender category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.
4. Can a student studying PG attend the exam?
· Yes, UGC Rules say that candidate has to complete PG within 2 years from the date of declaration of the result. It means if you are expected to complete your PG before 31st December 2021 then you can attend this December 2019 exam.[ 2 years from 31st December 2019(expected date of this year result).
· PG Completion means your PG result has to be declared and you should be passed with the required percentage of marks. (55 for general and 50 for reserved)
5. What are the age limits and relaxations for Assistant Professor[NET]?
· There is no upper age limit for applying for Assistant Professor.
6. What are the age limits and relaxations for JRF?
· Not more than 30 years as of 01.12.2019.
· Relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to OBC (Non-creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on the website: www.ncbc.nic.in) SC/ST/PWD/Transgender 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 the production of a certificate from the appropriate authority.
· Three years of relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates with L.L.M. Degree.
· Relaxation of up to 5 years is provided to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service in the armed forces to the first day of the month in which the concerned UGC-NET is to be held.
· Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.
7. What is the maximum number of attempts regarding the exam?
· There is no fixed number of attempts. In the case of JRF, you can do any number of attempts until you reach the specified age as in question 7.
· With regards to NET, you can have any number of attempts as long as you are physically and mentally fit to write the exam.
8. What are the minimum marks requires for considering NET/JRF from each category?
· To be considered for ‘JRF and Eligibility for Assistant
Professor’ and for ‘Assistant Professor’, the candidate must have appeared in both the papers and secured at least 40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for the General (Unreserved) category.
· Candidates must have secured at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for those belonging to the reserved categories (viz., SC, ST, OBC (belonging to Non-Creamy Layer, PwD, and Transgender).
9. Is there any minimum cut off for individual papers?
· No, There is only an aggregate cut off.
10. How many students got NET/JRF each year?
· As per NTA during June 2019 session, the Total number of students qualified for
· JRF & Assistant Professor is 4756
· Assistant Professor only is 55701
11. How is the number of NET in a subject is determined
Step I: The number of candidates to be qualified (total slots or Eligibility for Assistant Professor)shall be equal to 6% of the candidates who appeared in both the papers of NET.
Step II: The total slots shall be allocated to different categories as per the reservation policy of the Government of India.
Step III: To be considered for ‘JRF and Eligibility for Assistant
Professor’ and for assistant Professor’, the candidate must have appeared in both the papers and secured at least 40% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for General(Unreserved) category candidates and at least 35% aggregate marks in both the papers taken together for all candidates belonging to the reserved categories (viz., SC, ST, OBC (belonging to Non-Creamy Layer, PwD and Transgender)
Step IV: The number of candidates to be declared qualified
in any subject for a particular category is derived as per the methodology illustrated below
The aggregate percentage of the two papers corresponding to the number of slots arrived at, shall determine the qualifying cut-off for Eligibility for
Assistant Professor ‘in ‘Economics’ for the SC category.
· Similar yardstick shall be employed for deriving the subject-wise qualifying cut-offs for all categories.
12. How is the number of JRF in a subject is determined
· The total number of slots available for awarding JRF is allocated among different categories as per the reservation policy of the Government of India. The procedure for subject wise cum category-wise allocation of JRF slots is illustrated below:
· The aggregate percentage of the two paper scores corresponding to the number of JRF slots arrived at, shall determine the qualifying cut-off for JRF in ‘Economics’ for the ST category.
· Similar location procedure is used for all subjects and categories.
13. What was the cut-off of each subject in the 2019 December Exam?
· Cut off also vary from subject to subject.
· To know cut off and number of students qualified for your subject visit the link
14. What is the exam timing?
· As per notification Timing for both Paper 1 and Paper, 2 is 3 hours
· [9.30 -12.30 for the Morning shift and 2.30-5.30 for the Afternoon shift]
· It mainly implies 2 things
1. Both Papers will be available for attending for the whole 3 hours.
2. There will be no issue regarding lack of time especially for Paper 1.
15. Is there any specific time limit for individual papers?
· No, There will not be individual time limits.
16. How will NTA ensure equality with regards to students attending the same subjects in different time slots?
· For this purpose, NTA uses Normalization Procedure based on Percentile Score
17. How to download the latest syllabus of the NTA NET Exam?
· Syllabus can be downloaded from the below link
Free Basic Course