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June 1, 2020 • 3:44 pm

NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020 | Marking Scheme & Total Questions

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020

UGC NET Smart Study Plan

To score well in UGC NET, aspirants must have a proper preparation plan. In order to have the best strategy for the exam, you must know the NET paper pattern and marking scheme.

In this blog, you will get the complete idea of UGC NET Exam Pattern for all the sections in an easy to understand format.

Let’s have a look at the following details in the blog:

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020

Scheme of Paper Pattern

Frequently Asked Questions



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UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020 for JRF & Assistant Professor


The first step towards the preparation of any exam is understating its structure. The NTA conducts the UGC NET exam twice a year (in June and December month) in two different shifts:


Exam Shifts

Shift Timing

Shift - 1

9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Shift - 2

2.30 pm to 5.30 pm


The NET paper pattern for both General Paper 1 and Paper 2 is explained in detail below.



Scheme of UGC NET Paper Pattern– Understand the Paper Format!


UGC NET Exam consists of two objective type papers. Each paper has a different standard and difficulty level.


1. General Paper-I

General Aptitude Test is common for all the subjects. The questions in Paper-I are based on teaching and research aptitude that measure the candidate’s interpretation skill. It consists of Reasoning Ability, Reading Comprehension, Mental Ability, General Awareness, etc.

You can check the complete UGC NET Syllabus for paper-I here.

2. Paper-II

The Paper-II is a subject-based paper which consists of 100 MCQ type questions (Multiple choices with a single correct answer), each of two marks.

Paper-II covers the entire syllabus of the master’s degree subject selected by the candidate. The candidates must have deep knowledge of their opted subjects to qualify the exam.

Here is the marking scheme and duration of paper 1 and paper 2:




Number of Questions





3 Hours (180 minutes)

Without any break.





Important Note:

1. For each correct response, the candidate will get 2 marks in both Paper I & II.

2. There is no negative marking for incorrect response. Therefore candidates are advised to attempt all the UGC NET questions.

3. No marks will be given for questions Unanswered/Marked for Review.

4. All the questions are compulsory.

5. If a question is found to be incorrect/ambiguous during the key challenge, only those candidates who have attempted the question and chosen one of the correct answers would be given the credit.

6. Only for dropped question(s), if any, marks will be given to all the candidates.



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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) About UGC NET Exam Pattern


Below, we have mentioned some common questions that are generally asked by the aspirants who are preparing for the exam. Check them below -


Question - What is the exam pattern for UGC NET 2020?

Solution - You can check UGC NET Paper Pattern for 2020 session from here.


Question – What is the duration of the UGC-NET 2020 Exam?

Solution – As per the exam pattern, both the Papers will be conducted in a single three-hour duration but for PwD Candidates, there will be extra time of 20 minutes for Paper-I and 40 minutes for Paper-II in case the aspirant is availing the facility of the scribe.


Question – Is there any negative marking in the exam?

Solution – No, there is no negative marking in both Paper-I and Paper-II. We would recommend you to attempt all the questions in the NTA NET Exam.


Question – What is the mode of NET Examination in 2020, online or offline?

Solution – The NET 2020 Exam will be conducted in online mode (Computer Based Test) only.



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We hope the above information will help you in understanding the paper format in a better way.  

If you have any doubts regarding the exam, then ask here in the comments section below. We will provide you the best possible answer as soon as possible.


Thank You!!




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  • Shruthi
    Hello Sir Im preparing for UGC NET. In paper III are there 75 objective type questions or two parts A and B subjective type? Is there any descriptive exam in paper III. P...
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    Hello Shruthi, Greetings from Eduncle! There are no subjective questions asked in Paper III. Paper III consists of 75 objective type compulsory questions, of 2 marks each. All q...
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    Bande Ganesh
    is there any negative marks in UGC NET-2017 (new format ) ...
    Hello Ganesh,   Greetings from Eduncle!   No, there's no any negative marking in UGC NET.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
    Hello sir/mam... I'm applying for ugc net exam in computer science..... I checked that there are 5 electives in paper 3.... Can u pls confirm should I study all electives for paper...
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    Hello Monisha,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You can study any one of them. For more guidance, please call us on our toll free number - 1800-120-1021 and talk with our UGC ...
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    Hello Sunil,   Greetings from Eduncle!   We have updated the blog as per latest cut off of UGC NET 2017 Exam. As per the PDF, you seem not to qualify the exam. Still, we ...
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    sir,kindly i have an confussion plz clear it ,i m preparing for ugc net in education subject ,sir i want to know that syllabus of paper 2and paper3is maximum same, so how to prepa...
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    Hello Preity, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your query with us! Both Paper 2 and Paper 3 in the UGC NET Exam cover questions from the opted subject chosen by the ca...
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    Rashmi S
    No it's objective
    Ridhima Kad
    no . paper 3 will contain objective type 75 question , each que carry 2 marks ... there is no any subjective questions in ugc net exam .
  • Ankita Gupta
    hello sir/madam i am a post graduate from finance (mba). there is a lot confusion regarding syllabus for management in it that i have to prepare for all the general ...
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    Ankita Gupta
    hello sir /madam on the site of ugc a pdf is provided which states about paper 2 n paper 3(a) .. by paper 3 they mean electives. on ur site i surfed about syllabus where the s...
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    Ankita Gupta
    sir please respond to the aforesaid querry the soonest possible
    Hello Ankita,   We've replied to all your queries. If you have any more queries, please feel free to get in touch with us.   Thanks for asking your query to us!   Ki...
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    Hello Ankita   Please download the updated copy of UGC NET Management Syllabus from here -
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    Hello Ankita,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You can get the updated copy of UGC NET Management Syllabus as well as the July 2018 Exam's sample paper and sample study materi...
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  • Alka
    Sir what is the new procedure for selecting the students for net and jrf candidates ...
    Hello Alka,   Greetings from Eduncle!   As per the latest NET Selection Criteria, No Changes were made in UGC NET JRF Exam.   Thanks for asking your query with us! &...
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    Dear Sir, I have done BE mechanical -2006 and MBA operations-2011 from MDU university correspondence. My questions are: 1. Can I take NET lecture-ship with BE degree. 2.Can I...
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    Hello Ritesh,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You must go ahead with the Management Degree. As Management is a subject listed in the UGC NET Exam Subjects List, you would fac...
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  • Sgt naresh Mandivarapu
    Sir I persued MBA HR from ignou distance education....I may apply for commerce or management in UGC net exam...Give me advise.please
    Hello Naresh, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your query with us! You are eligible to take the CBSE UGC NET Exam in Human Resource Management. Kindly call on our toll...
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    Sir maine net jan.2017 mai dia tou paper ist mai mere 17 qs correct hai as I belong to obc category...mera ye paper qualify hai ki nai. ....plzzz reply.
    Hello Sam, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your query with us! To qualify UGC NET Paper 1 you should have answer 18 questions correctly. As there are 60 questions in ...
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  • Basavaraj
    Sir, I have completed B.E . I wish to apply for CSIR NET december ,Can i select any of the subjects or should I select only engineering sciences??
    Hello Dilip, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your query with us! From December 2015, CSIR Net exam is not conducted in Engineering Sciences. So you can either opt for...
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    Sir, Can I opt for life sciences??
    Hello Dilip, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your query with us! If you have pursued your BE in Biotechnology, then you can take CSIR NET Exam in Life Sciences. Kind...
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  • Sanchit
    sir i have completed MBA (Finance & HR). What all subjects can i choose for paper III or there are some specific subjects only. For eg. Being a MBA can i choose Commerce or ...
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    Hello Sanchit, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your query with us! Going by the clearly defined eligibility conditions for appearing for the CBSE UGC NET Exam, it's a...
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    Brahmi Snigdha
    Sir I've done my with zoology, so apart from appearing in csir ugc net in life sciences, can I even appear in the cbse ugc net environmental sciences? Kindly revert sir.
    Hello Samaira,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Yes you're eligible for both CSIR NET Life Sciences and UGC NET Environmental Sciences.   Thanks for asking your query wit...
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  • Pratyusha Karthik
    hello ed uncle thanks for the information. but i have a doubt about .. is there any negative marking in UGC NET exam 2017
    Hello Pratyusha,   Greetings from Eduncle!   No negative marking is there in UGC NET Exam.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
    Hlo sir is there any change in age limit for jrf to the women
    Hello Vipanjeet,   Greetings from Eduncle!   No changes are there in the Age Limit Criteria of UGC NET Exam.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Rega...
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  • Wangchuk
    Greetings to the entire Eduncle Team. Sir, I want to appear NET for the session of January,2018. However, I will just be passing my 3rd semester of M.a in Political Science. Am ...
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    Hello Wangchuk, Greetings from Eduncle! Thanks for sharing your query with us! Yes, you are eligible to apply for UGC NET Exam Jan 2018 making sure that by that the time you qua...
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    Thank you so much for the information.
  • Vandana Singh
    sir/ ma'am, i would like to know whether in all the papers 1/2/3 , there's mcq based exam in NET or descriptive also. please solve this query. my subject is Hindi. thanks
    Hello Vandana, Greetings from Eduncle! Vandana there are no descriptive questions asked in UGC NET Exam. All the three Papers i.e. 1, 2 and 3 will have Objective Type questions. ...
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  • Deepak Vyas
    Hello sir, Net qualify karne ke baad kya vah limited period tak hi valid rahta he? Kuch samay baad fir se net ko qualify karne ki jarurat hoti he kya?
    Hello Deepak, Greetings from Eduncle! Agar aapne UGC NET JRF keliye diya hai toh uski validity JRF Award Letter ki declaration date se 2 saal tak valid rahegi. And gagar aapne UG...
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