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December 17, 2019 • 5:54 pm

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

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020

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NTA UGC NET is a national level exam which is conducted by National Testing Agency twice a year. By qualifying this test, postgraduate students can apply for lecturership in reputed universities and may also seek admissions for Ph.D. Programs in Net Coordinating Universities.


The candidates who wish to appear in UGC NET must have fulfilled eligibility criteria declared by NET Coordinating Institutes.


Below in this blog, you will be benefited with the NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern explained in detail. Please scroll down for complete information.



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NTA UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020 [Updated]


The pattern of UGC NET Exam Paper 2020 is classified between the following categories –



Scheme of Test


UGC NET Exam consists of two objective type papers. Each paper has its different standard and difficulty level which increases from first to second round.


1. Paper-I

This round is General Aptitude Test which consists of sections like– Reasoning Ability, Comprehension Reading, Mental Ability, and General Awareness etc. To know more about the UGC NET Syllabus of Paper-I please click the URL.


There will be 50 questions each of two marks. As per the UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020 Exam, the candidates must attempt all the 50 questions.


2. Paper-II

The UGC NET Question Papers of Paper 2 (Opted Subject by Student) will consist of 100 compulsory MCQ (Multiple choices with a single correct answer), each of two marks.



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Note - Paper-II covers the entire syllabus of the subject selected by the candidate.


Paper Marks Number of Questions Duration
I 100 50 Questions all are Compulsory  3 Hours
II 200 100 Question all are Compulsory



Both the Papers will be conducted in Computer Based Test mode in a single three hour duration.


Note - Only Eligible candidates will be able to download their UGC NET Admit Card using application no. and password or DOB..



Note (for Person with Disability)


 The Centre Superintendent will identify the scribe, only in case, a request is received from the candidates. He/she would be allowed to meet the scribe a day before the examination to verify the suitability of the scribe.


 There will be extra time of twenty minutes for Paper I and 40 minutes for Paper II for candidates having more than 40% disability irrespective of the fact that the aspirant is availing the facility of scribe.


 If a candidate suffering from diabetes, he/she allowed to carry into the examination hall the eatables like sugar tablets/fruits and transparent water bottle.



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Selection and Cut off Procedure for UGC NET Exam 2020


1. Step-I

The candidates are required to obtain the following minimum marks -


General Category Candidates – Candidates must secure 40% aggregate marks in both the Papers.


Reserved Category Candidates – Candidates must secure 35% aggregate marks in both the Papers.


2. Step-II

Amongst those candidates who have cleared step I, a merit list will be prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of both papers secured by such candidates.


3. Step-III

Top 6% candidates (for each subject and category), from the merit list mentioned under step II, will be declared NET qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only.


4. Step-IV

A separate merit list for the award of JRF will be prepared amongst the NET qualified candidates figuring in the merit list prepared under step III.



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Career Options after Qualifying UGC NET


 Once you have cleared UGC NET Exam, you will be eligible to apply for the post of Lecturership as per the vacancies announced by the UGC Approved Universities and colleges. The selection will depend on your interview.


 The candidates who have interest in research program may also pursue Junior Research Fellowship from the Coordinating Institutes of NET. The selection procedure of students for award of JRF will depend on the student’s performance in the test.


However, the candidates qualifying Assistant Professor exclusively will not be considered for the award of JRF (i.e., if you didn't opt for JRF while filling the form you will not be considered for the Fellowship program).



Know the Most Frequently Asked Questions About UGC NET Exam Pattern Here


There are many candidates who have got some common doubts or queries related to their exams. So, here we have catered the most frequently asked questions of aspirants who aspire for the NTA NET Exam.


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

Solution – The National Testing Agency has introduced some new changes for the upcoming UGC NET Exam. Above in this blog, you can check all the updates regarding NTA NET Exam Pattern.


Question – What are the duration/timings of UGC-NET June 2020?

Solution – As per the updated exam pattern, the duration of NTA NET Exam is 3 hours for both the papers and there will be no 30-minute breaks in Paper 1 and Paper 2.


Question – How should we prepare for the newly changed UGC NET Exam Pattern?

Solution - There is nothing to worry about the new UGC NET Exam Pattern. All you need is to work to boost up your speed of solving question and prepare yourself for attempting the Paper for three hours continuously.


Question – Is there any negative marking in UGC NET Exam?

Solution – No, attempting all the questions in NTA NET Exam is compulsory as there is no negative marking for any question.


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

Solution – The NTA NET 2020 Exam will be a Computer Based Test (Online mode) only.


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For more latest UGC NET updates or keep visiting the following blog - UGC NET Notifications. If you have any doubts regarding UGC NET Exam, then do ask us in the comments box below.




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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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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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 ) ...
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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 team eduncle.. I have score 103 aggregate in geography-80 and also completing all criteria of cbse ugc net.. now what is the chance for me in net & jrf? Plz suggest me p...
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    Hello Ankita   Please download the updated copy of UGC NET Management Syllabus from here -
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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 ...
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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.
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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??
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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??
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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.
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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.
    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
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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?
    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    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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