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NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021- Marking Scheme, Ques, Timing

UGC NET Exam Pattern

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To score well in the UGC NET exam, aspirants must have a proper preparation plan. In order to have the best strategy for the exam, you must know the UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 and the marking scheme.

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

Here in this article, you will find: -

NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

Scheme of NTA UGC NET Paper Pattern

UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper 1

UGC NET 2021 Exam Pattern for Paper 2

UGC NET Marking Scheme

UGC NET Syllabus

Frequently Asked Questions About NET Exam



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NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 for JRF & Assistant Professor


The first step towards the preparation of any exam is understanding its structure. The NTA conducts the UGC NET Exam twice a year (in June and December month) in two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Paper 1 is based on General Paper while Paper 2 is a subject-specific exam (for the subject that you choose during the form filling process).

The UGC NET Paper Pattern for both General Paper 1 and Paper 2 is given below – 


NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021

Paper 1

Paper 2

Type of Papers

Common for all subjects

Subject-based paper

Type of Questions

MCQ (Multiple choices with a single correct answer)

No. of Questions



Marking Weightage

100 (2 marks of each question)

200 (2 marks of each question)

Total Time

3 Hours (180 minutes)

Questions Based on Topics

General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude

Subject related topics

Exam Mode

Online (Without any break)

Marking Scheme

No negative marking


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As per the UGC NET 2021 Notification, the exam will be conducted in two different shifts:


UGC NET Exam Timing 2021



Exam Time

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Total Duration

3 hours

Entry Time

1 hour before the exam

Documents Checking Before Entering

30 minutes before the exam

Instructions by the Invigilators

8:45 AM to 8:55 AM

2:45 PM to 2:55 PM

Paper Starting Time

9:00 AM

3:00 PM

 End of the Exam

12:00 PM

6:00 PM


Note – It is expected that NTA will release the subject wise UGC NET Exam Time Table for 2021 exam soon. You can check all the updates and news here - UGC NET 2021 Notification.



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Below, we have explained the NTA UGC NET Paper Pattern 2021 in detail. You can check it for a better understanding of the exam scheme.



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


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



NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern for Paper 1 - General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude


General Aptitude Test is common for all the subjects. The questions in UGC NET Paper 1 are based on teaching and research aptitude that measure your interpretation skill. It consists of Reasoning Ability, Reading Comprehension, Mental Ability, General Awareness, etc.

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UGC NET Pattern for Paper 2


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

The NTA UGC NET Paper-II covers the entire syllabus of the master’s degree subject selected by the candidates. And to qualify for the exam, you must have deep knowledge of your chosen subject.

Here is the marking scheme and duration for Paper 1 and Paper 2:


Marking in the Exam

UGC NET Total Marks

Number of Questions





3 Hours (180 minutes)

without any break

(Shift 1: 9.00 AM – 12.00 PM; Shift 2: 3.00 PM – 6.00 PM)








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UGC NET Marking Scheme


According to the UGC NET 2021 Marking Scheme: -

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

There is no negative marking in UGC NET for incorrect responses. Therefore, you are advised to attempt all the UGC NET Questions.

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

All the questions are compulsory.

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.

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


UGC NET Negative Marking

Making Process

Each Incorrect Answer

0 marks deducted

One Correct Answer

2 marks added

No Answer

0 marks deducted

Wrong Question

Marks will be given to all aspirants


Note – The above-mentioned details for UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 is based on the latest notification released by National Testing Agency.


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UGC NET Syllabus 2021


After checking the complete UGC NET Exam Pattern, you should also know the updated syllabus. It will help you to know the important topics and sub-topics that can be asked in the exam. If you are preparing for the 2021 exam, then you should check the UGC NET Syllabus 2021 along with the paper pattern.



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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) About UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021


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 pattern of UGC NET Exam 2021?

Ans. – You can check NTA UGC NET Paper Pattern for 2021 from here.


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

Ans. – As per the UGC NET 2021 exam pattern, both the papers will be conducted in a single three-hour duration but candidates belonging to the PwD category have an 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 UGC NET exam?

Ans. – No, there is no negative marking in both Paper-I and Paper-II. We would recommend you attempt all the questions in the National Eligibility Test.


Question – What is the mode of NET examination in 2021, is it online or offline?

Ans. – The NET 2021 Exam will be conducted in online mode (Computer Based Test) only.


Question - How many papers are there in the UGC NET Exam?

Ans. – The UGC NET Exam consists of two papers – Paper 1 (general paper) and paper 2 (subject-wise paper). 


Question - How many times is the UGC NET exam held in a year?

Ans. – Every year, UGC NET Exam is conducted 2 times, in June & December. But due to Covid -19, the officials have decided to merge the December 2020 and June 2021 session.


Question - Does UGC NET Exam Pattern change every year?

Ans. – No, the NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern doesn’t change every year.



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We hope the above information will help you in understanding the UGC NET Exam Pattern 2021 in a better way. If you have any queries about NTA NET Pattern, you can share them with us through the comment box below. 

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  • Sonali singh
    What is the meaning of education group 1 and group 2 in ugc net exam?
    Hello Sonali,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Group 1 and Group 2 are just the different shifts for the UGC NET Education exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Priyanka
    Do I need to get qualified in Paper I so to become eligible for taking up paper II ?
    Hello Priyanka
    Welcome to Eduncle!
    There is no such compulsion to qualify paper 1 to become eligible for paper 2. You have to clear both papers with the desired cutoff to...
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  • Priyanshi rajput
    is calculator allowed in UGC NET exam for commerce stream?
    Hello Priyanshi,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    No, NTA doesn't allow calculator in UGC NET Exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Anas
    follow the UGC website
  • Ritu trivedi
    Hi I am Ritu... from Kota.... done MBA in 2008 with 78%... working as HR Manager in Automobiles... I want to do NET in HRM ... So plz guide... eligibilty.. What are the passing % r...
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    Hello Ritu,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You can check our blog UGC NET Eligibility to know the complete eli...
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  • Dhamu
    how to prepare net exam computer science and application
    Hello Dhamu,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You should check out the complete syllabus first and make a strategy accordingly. Check out the
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    Swetha mendam
    UGCNET Computer Science
  • Bharathi
    Hello sir/madam, i am a post graduate from (MSc chemistry) Can i opt for chemical Sciences
    Hello Bharathi,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible to apply for CSIR NET Chemical science subject.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Ashwini g c
    Hello sir I completed and I haven choosen commerce for ugc net exam, how many papers will be there?
    Hello Ashwini,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    There will be 2 papers. Paper 1 is a general aptitude test and paper 2 is a subject-based paper.
    Thank You!!
  • Ram chandra mahali
    Hello Sir i am preparing for UGC NET . What is the minimum marks to eligible
    Hello Ram chandra,
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    You will be eligible to apply for UGC NET exam if you have got minimum 55% marks in post graduation degree.
    Thanks for ask...
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  • Jyoti
    I am in microbial biotechnology, currently doing B.ed. kindly tell me for which subject under UGC NET i should applied.
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    You should apply for CSIR NET Life Science subject. For more details, kindly know the
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