UGC NET Application 2021 Online form, Syllabi, Eligibility

UGC NET Application 2021: Application Form has been released by the University Grants Commission. The UGC NET for the December 2020 cycle will be held in the month of May 2021. The dates fixed for the exam are 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 17th May 2021.

UGC NET is a national level test organized by NTA to determine the eligibility for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) & Assistant Professor and for Assistant Professors. Candidates who qualify in the test are considered for recruitment as Assistant Professor or JRF in Indian Universities and Colleges. This article provides complete details related to UGC NET 2021 application form, exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, etc. Candidates who are eligible and interested to apply and meets all criteria can read the full notification before applying online and download admit card and results.

Important Dates – UGC NET Application 2021

Start of Online Application02-02-2021
Last Date of Online Application02-03-2021
Fee Payment Last Date03-03-2021 (till 11:50 pm)
Correction in the Particulars of Application Start Date05-03-2021
Correction in the Particulars of Application Last Date09-03-2021
Downloading of Admit CardTo be announced later
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UGC NET Application May 2021

How to Apply OnlineUGC NET Application 2021

The following are the steps to Apply Online for the UGC NET Application May 2021:
Step-1: The candidate should register for Online Registration using his/her own Email ID and Mobile No. On successful registration, an Application Number will be generated. Candidates should note down the system generated Application Number. For subsequent logins, the candidate will be able to login directly with the respective system generated Application Number and created Password.
Step-2: Complete the Online Application Form by login with the system generated Application Number and created Password.
Step-3: Upload legible scanned images of:

  • A recent photograph (in jpg/ jpeg file, size 10Kb – 200Kb) either in colour or black & white with 80% face (without mask) visible including ears against a white background;
  • Candidate’s signature (file size: 4kb – 30kb);

Step-4: Pay the fee using the Payment Gateway(s)/Payment Modes of concerned Banks/Paytm integrated to the Online Application and keep proof of fee paid.
Note: The candidate should upload the correct Photograph and Signature as there will be no facility for correction of the same.


Pattern of Exam UGC NET 2021

The Examination will be conducted in a Computer Based Test (CBT) only. Two papers of objective type multiple choice questions are to be attempted by the candidates in a single sitting. All the questions in the exam are compulsory. The duration of the exam is 3 Hours (180 minutes). Question Paper shall be in English & Hindi only.

PaperMarksNo. of QuestionsMCQ Type
I10050The 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.
II200100On the subject selected by the candidate and will assess domain knowledge.

Marking Sceme

  • 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.

Syllabi for UGC NET Application 2021

Updated Syllabi for all NET Subjects can be downloaded from the UGC website. Click here to download.

List of NET Subjects and their Codes

SubjectSubject CodeSubjectSubject Code
Adult Education/ Continuing Education/ Andragogy/ Non Formal Education.46Linguistics31
Arab Culture and Islamic Studies49Malayalam22
Arabic29Management (including Business Admn. Mgt./Marketing / Marketing Mgt. / Industrial Relations  and  Personnel  Mgt.  /  Personnel  Mgt.  /  Financial  Mgt.  / Co-operative Management)  17
Bengali19Mass Communication and Journalism63
Bodo94Museology & Conservation66
Buddhist, Jaina, Gandhian and Peace Studies60Music16
Comparative Literature72Pali83
Comparative Study of Religions62Performing Art – Dance/Drama/Theatre65
Computer Science and Applications87Persian42
Defence and Strategic Studies11Physical Education47
Dogri33Political Science02
Economics / Rural Economics /Co-operation / Demography / Development Planning/ Development Studies / Econometrics/ Applied Economics / Development Economics / Business Economics  01Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence / Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies.  90
Education09Population Studies15
Electronic Science88Prakrit91
Environmental Sciences89Public Administration14
Folk Literature71Punjabi24
Forensic Science82Rajasthani43
French (French Version)39Russian41
German44Sanskrit traditional subjects (including Jyotisha/Sidhanta Jyotish/ Navya Vyakarna/ Vyakarna/ Mimansa/ Navya Nyaya/ Sankhya Yoga/ Tulanatmaka Darsan/ Shukla Yajurveda/ Madhav Vedant/ Dharmasasta/ Sahitya/ Puranotihasa /Agama).  73
History06Social Medicine & Community Health81
Home Science12Social Work10
Human Rights and Duties92Sociology05
Indian Culture50Spanish40
Kashmiri84Tourism Administration and Management.93
Konkani85Tribal and Regional Language/Literature70
Labour Welfare / Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare / Human Resource Management55Urdu28
Law58Visual Art (including Drawing & Painting/Sculpture Graphics/Applied Art/History of Art)79
Library and Information Science59Women Studies74

Eligibility for UGC NET Application 2021

Category of CandidateQualification Criteria
General/Unreserved/General-EWSAt least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent
(OBC belonging to Non-Creamy Layer/SC/ST/PwD/Third genderAt least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent

Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s 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.

Age Limit and Relaxation

PostMaximum Age as on 01-03-2021Relaxation
JRFNot above 31 Years5 Years for OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD/Third gender/Women applicants/Candidates with research experience
3 Years for candidates with L.L.M. degree
5 years is provided to the candidates who have served in the armed forces subject to the length of service
Assistant ProfessorNo upper age limit.

Reservation for UGC NET Application 2021

OBC Non-Creamy Layer27%
PwD (with 40% or more disability)4%
Kashmiri MigrantSubject to notification from Ministry of Education for Academic Session 2021-22

Application Fees

EWS / OBCRs. 500/-
SC / ST / PwDRs. 250/-

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