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January 5, 2021 • 10:43 am

List of Top 20 NTA UGC NET Frequently Asked Questions by Aspirants


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To crack UGC NET 2021 Exam it is good to have a deep knowledge of subjects. But apart from it,  there are many general queries you must know. UGC NET Frequently Asked Questions are the comprehensive source to clarify the common queries of candidates related to the exam, its criteria & procedure.

To solve your doubts, here at Eduncle, we have come up with the complete guide to present all the frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to UGC NET Exam.


We hope this blog will help you to understand the exam and will put some insight on the UGC NET Exam.



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Even if you acquire all the essential information regarding UGC NET Exam, before appearing for the same there may arise some questions in your mind. The questions can be predicted as below –


Question 1: What is the UGC NET Exam?

Answer: UGC NET stands for University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test. It is a national level test to determine eligibility for the lectureship and the award of Junior Research Fellowship in university or colleges.


Question 2: What are the benefits of qualifying UGC NET?

Answer: The benefits after qualifying the UGC NET Exam are as follows:


Become an Assistant Professor/ Lecturer in any of the UGC Approved Universities.

Become a Research Fellow, Project Assistant, or Research Analyst in any of the prestigious organizations, universities or laboratories.

Apply for highly reputed Public-Sector Organizations in India.

Become an Entrepreneur.

Publish your research.

Become an author or a NET faculty.

Start teaching Undergraduate or Post Graduate students or educational professionals.

Be a guest faculty in universities and institutes.

Work as a lab assistant.

Become a consultant or a counsellor etc.


You can check the future scope after qualifying the NET Exam in detail at- UGC NET Career Scope.



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Question 3: Is Aadhaar mandatory for UGC NET 2021?

Answer: The Aadhaar number is only one of the types of identification and is not mandatory. Aspirants can also use the Ration Card number, Passport number, Bank Account number, or any other valid Government identity number.


Question 4: Am I eligible for UGC NET after a PG diploma?

Answer: If you have completed your PG Diploma from a recognized university or institution, you are eligible.


Question 5: What is the age limit to apply for UGC NET Exam?

Answer: As per the UGC NET Eligibility, there is no age limit for the assistant professor while the age of the candidates for the JRF should not exceed 30 years.


Question 6: Will distance education be acceptable for UGC NET?

Answer: Yes, distance education is accepted for the UGC NET Exam only if you enrolled in UGC approved or recognized institute or university.


Question 7: What is the syllabus for UGC NET?

Answer: The UGC NET Syllabus is different for each subject. There are two papers included in the NET Exam.


You can check the complete syllabus for UGC NET for all the subjects through UGC NET Syllabus.



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Question 8: How to get a UGC NET Certificate after I clear the exam?

Answer: The candidates who have cleared the NTA NET Exam can check the step by step procedure to get their Certificates. The instructions are given in the following blog - UGC NET e-Certificate Download Procedure.


Question 9: Are there negative markings in the UGC NET Exam?

Answer: No, there is no negative marking in the UGC NET Exam.


Question 10: How to download the NTA UGC admit card 2021?

Answer: You can download the admit card by following the below steps:


1. Go to the official site and click on the Download Admit Card link.

2. Enter your application number and password correctly.

3. Click on the submit button to download your admit card.


Note: Visit our blog UGC NET Admit Card 2021 for more details and download your admit card before the exam. The admit cards will not be sent to the candidates personally by post. 


Question 11: What is the expected cutoff of the NTA UGC NET exam?

Answer: Candidates need to required minimum marks in UGC NET Paper-1 and paper-2 to be considered for the award of the JRF and Assistant Professor eligibility.


After the completion of the exam, the experts predict the cutoff marks based on the previous years’ trends and difficulty level of question paper. has also made it available for candidates to check the declared cutoff marks & results for UGC NET. Please visit the following links–

UGC NET Result 

UGC NET Cut Off Marks


Question 12: How to prepare for UGC NET Exam with perfect guidance?

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Question 13: Who will release the UGC NET e-Certificate for qualified candidates?

Answer: NTA releases the UGC NET e-Certificates on its official website. 


Question 14: What's the best book/guide to prepare for the UGC-NET Exam?

Answer: The UGC NET Exam is being conducted within 81 subjects. For the best UGC NET study material, sample papers, mock tests, and PDF notes, please visit UGC NET Study Material & Preparation Books.



Question 15: What are the duration/timings of UGC-NET 2021?

Answer: The duration of the UGC NET Exam is 3 Hours for both Papers. 

The candidates need to clear both Papers to be known as a UGC NET qualified candidate. Here you can check the complete UGC NET Exam Pattern.


Question 16: What is the difference between NTA UGC NET and CSIR UGC NET?

Answer: The Main difference between CSIR NET & UGC NET is that CSIR NET is conducted for the science stream candidates in five subjects while the UGC NET Exam is conducted for arts, commerce, and other streams for 81 subjects.


There are differences in the paper pattern, eligibility, career scope, and other differences that you can check here: UGC NET Vs CSIR NET: What is the difference between these two?


Question 17: How long will the result/award of UGC-NET be valid?

Answer: For Junior Research Fellowship: The validity period of the offer is three years w.e.f the date of issue of JRF Award Letter. In case of a candidate who has already joined M.Phil. /Ph.D., the date of commencement of fellowship shall be from the date of declaration.


Question 18: Can an art student apply for the JRF NET?

Answer: Yes, an arts student can apply for the related subjects in the UGC NET & JRF.



Want to know about difficulty level of Questions asked in exam? Download UGC NET Previous Papers and get an overview of the paper.



Question 19: What is the mode of the UGC NET Exam?

Answer: The UGC NET Exam will be conducted in Computer Based Mode (online) only.


Question 20: What is the salary of a UGC NET qualified person?

Answer: After qualifying the UGC NET Exam, the assistant professor gets the salary of around INR 30000-45000 per month while the candidates, who applied for JRF get INR 25000 stipend.  



We hope the above information will help you. If you wish to ask more queries regarding the NET Exam, share your queries in the comment section below.

Thank You.



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  • Rohit modak
    can you tell , after qualify UGC net not Jrf (commerce) ..can getting private or psu job as soon as possible
    Hello Rohit,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You can apply for the vacant posts in the universities after qualifying the NET exam. The selection will be held based on your NET sco...
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  • Aswani
    Hii eduncle, i hav applied both for LS and JRF, my doubt is that what if i didn't scored for the paper2 and scored enough for paper one, is that am i eligible for LS? Please reply...
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    Hello Aswani,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You must have score more than cutoff marks in both paper to be eligible for LS or JRF.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Alok
    Hi, I have done my PGDM from ITM Mumbai which Aicte approved. Can I apply for ugc net?
    Hello Alok,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You must have pursued your master’s course from UGC recognised university/college to appear in the UGC NET exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Sai
    Hi i am sai, i have completed my bcom in march 2019...i took admission into mcom through distance education recently...can i apply for ugc net in december 2019??
    Hello Sai,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    As per the NTA norms, after enrollment in post graduation, you can apply for the UGC NET Exam.
    So you can appear for UGC NET Dec ...
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  • Pallavi M
    Hi. I got qualified for jrf and assistant professor. I'm planning to start my PhD. My first option is manipal university mangalore Karnataka and second option is VTU Belgaum Karnat...
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  • Anshika
    HELLO I need information about UGC NET application process. will it be okay if i mark as EWS (economically weaker section) , before receiving the EWS certificate ?
  • Ranjana c a
    Hi..I have cleared Ugc NET,but not if I appear for the next exam..will this cleared NET will be unvalued??
    Hello Ranjana,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    No, the previous one will also be counted in valid certificate no matter you qualify the UGC NET at second attempt also.
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  • Rajeshsankuri1994
    I did my PG in computer applications , can I write for other subject in NET.
  • Irshad Khan
    Hi I have completed my b.e in electronic but my post graduation is in computer network which is computer science stream... so which subject should I select for net 2018 is it elect...
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    Hello Irshad,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You must select UGC NET Computer Science as your post-graduation is in Computer Stream.   Thanks for asking your query to u...
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  • Sudha
    I have done my b.a with 35% Of marks and my percentage in m.a is 60%. So, can i eligible for UGC NET exam..... Plzzzz reply
    Hello Sudha,   Greetings from Eduncle!   When it comes to UGC NET Eligibility, only your post-graduation marks and subject would be considered in that case. Yes, you can ...
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